Monthly Archives: July 2006

YouTube – Day of the Longtail

Day of the Longtail – This video gives a bit of an overview of the struggles the media and entertainment giants are having with the community of bloggers. The “Longtail” itself as a term has been around awhile and the statistical phenom probably since the beginning of time.

Wikipedia Has this:

The phrase The Long Tail, as a proper noun, was first coined by Chris Anderson. The concept drew in part from an influential essay by Clay Shirky, “Power Laws, Weblogs and Inequality” that noted that a relative handful of weblogs have many links going into them but “the long tail” of millions of weblogs may have only a handful of links going into them. Beginning in a series of speeches in early 2004 and culminating with the publication of a Wired magazine article in October 2004, Anderson described the effects of the long tail on current and future business models. Anderson later extended it into the book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More (2006).

Posted in Design

Granger Community Church Baptisms

Granger Community Church Baptisms from
Just wanted to share our Baptism by the Bay video.

Wow! I wish all churches would take baptism this seriously. I love the idea of solidifying baptism as a major milestone in a person’s growth in Jesus by providing a video of the experience. I would give anything to have a video of my own baptism from when I was 10. I remember every moment of it, but seeing it now would be extra special. The video linked to above is worth your time.

Posted in Community

Didn’t need a reason for a nap, but now I have one

NIMH: “Power Nap” Prevents Burnout; Morning Sleep Perfects a Skill

New experiments by NIMH grantee Alan Hobson, M.D., Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., and colleagues at Harvard University show that a midday snooze reverses information overload and that a 20 percent overnight improvement in learning a motor skill is largely traceable to a late stage of sleep that some early risers might be missing.

Oh yes, I will be napping more regularly now! I have justification for napping… and you can’t call me lazy with the backing of the scientific community (though you could call me unevolved I suppose).

Posted in Design

What’s Happening: Spitzer Spots Building Blocks of Life in Supernova Remnant

Compare This:

What’s Happening: Spitzer Spots Building Blocks of Life in Supernova Remnant
Using infrared telescopes, Dwek and his colleagues detected silicate dust created by the star from before it exploded. This dust survived the intense radiation from the explosion. Nearly 20 years onward, the supernova shock wave blasting through the debris that was shed by the star prior to its fiery death is now sweeping up this dust, making the material “visible” to infrared detectors.

Dust — chemical particles and crystals finer than beach sand — is both a frustration and a fascination for astronomers. Dust can obscure observations of distant stars. Yet dust is the stuff from which all solid bodies are formed. This is why dust research, as bland as it sounds, is one of the most important topics in astronomy and astrobiology.

Dust is made in stars and hurled into space by stellar winds and supernovae, and it is found everywhere in the universe. But little is known about its origin and the processes that affect it.

With This From The Net Bible:

Posted in Best Practice

49 Simple Strategies for Better Blogging

Tony Morgan has a great little list of 49 ways to blog better. In my view, these kinds of lists are great for newbies like me, as well as old hats who have been doing this for awhile.

Now recently, at the church where I work, we have had a request to set-up pastors to blog. Everyone, including Rick Warren is doing it, right? Now, my first instinct is to utter an exuberant YES! But then you start realizing these folks know nothing about blogging, or the web in general. They are content consumers, not authors. We struggle to get them to write a newsletter article. But now, they see their ministry friends blogging and they want in. So, if we do it (and we should), then this will require some training and some guidance. Note that these guys don’t just want individual blogs where they reflect and muse on ministry. They want the blogs to be the format by which they engage the constituent/member/attendee online. I may post later on all the options we are considering.

Posted in Programming, Writing

What a month

The summer is busy isn’t it? At-least, as adults it is. As a kid, by the time the end of July rolled around, I was ready to get back to my friends at school. Enough time in the country, already!

But now, now I long for some time in the country fighting a sun-burn, a few mosquitoes, and a little boredom. Oh the paradox. When I had all the time in the world, I wish I didn’t; now that I don’t… I need it.

One reflection on my time in North Carolina last month is the slower way of life. It isn’t that commerce is less, or there isn’t as much to do. It is that people’s perspective on productivity, community, and work is different. For instance, we went to downtown Waynesville, NC for some grub at Wildfire Grill. Great food. I wandered over to the book store next door and bought the only book ever written on Waynesville (according to the bookstore clerk). Down the street bluegrass music was flowing out into the street from a combination coffee shop, italian ice-creamery, and furniture shop.

Posted in Community