On the Radar: Linux, Chicago, Space Quest

* ??Overheard in New York??: “That Really Gets My Goat”:http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/005665.html (“via Angela”:http://hereisangela.blogspot.com/2006/06/common-knowledge.html). That has got to be one of the funniest Overheard moments I’ve ever read.
* Google Maps “Send to Phone”:http://local.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=32461 and the “Firefox Extension”:http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/sendtophone/index.html. Send information (“even from maps”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/acmelab/120622272) to your phone directly from Google. This is freaking awesome.
* ??Mark Pilgrim??’s “recent declaration”:http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/02/when-the-bough-breaks to switch to Linux has got me looking at playing with Linux again. I decided to skip the “Powerbook installation from hell”:http://joh.deworks.net/powerbook/ and just create a partition on my Thinkpad from work. Impressions coming soon, but, overall, “linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose us”:http://ubergeek.tv/article.php?pid=54.
* ??Dean Allen??: “Things That Happened”:http://www.cardigan.com/2001/03-18/. Dean Allen’s old Cardigan Industries blog, dead since 2001, still has a lot great entries, many of which are too dirty to highlight here. 😉
* ??Killing the Buddha??: “Jesus and I Broke Up”:http://www.killingthebuddha.com/confession/jesusandi.htm. I’m frighteningly single. At least once a week I hit the religion section of the local bookstore, pick up the first title that catches my eye and take it home. Rumi one night. Buddha the next. I know it sounds cheap, but each time I hope it’s love. It never is.
* Wikipedia: “Space Quest”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Quest. My favorite video game growing up! Rumors are circulating that Sierra will be releasing a new compliation of these games come December, which is good because their 15^th^ anniversary game is now going for over $100 on eBay (it retailed at $40 a few years ago).
* ??Corissa Poley??: “Identity issues…continued”:http://cori.sojourn-of-grace.net/?p=90. Cori doesn’t exist — coulda fooled me.
* ??NPR??: “Life After Foster Care: A Tale of Two Boys”:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5443614http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5443614. These two kids — both 13 years old in 1994, both separated from their families, troubled and already acting up — told me with astonishing innocence and optimism about their lives in the group home and what their lives were like before they got there. I wondered what happened to them after that and what they made of their years in foster care.
* ??Eric Blair??: “Google Calendar and PHPiCalendar”:http://www.raoli.com/archives/2006/04/000561.php. The Village Church “calendar”:http://villagechurchnyc.com drama continues. My “brilliant idea”:http://kennsarah.net/2006/05/22/rethinking-the-tvc-calendar/ to use Google calendar has been working. I set up a cron job to pull in a file from Gcal, got the template to look right, uploaded the files, created a Gmail account, and created the events. All that, only to find that Gcal exports all events as “Private” even though they’re tagged as public. Here’s the part where I create a wonky “regular expression”:http://www.regular-expressions.info/ solution!
* ??Luckymonk??: “About the Luckymonk”:http://luckymonk.com/pages/contact. Best description of Chicago, ever. The second best was when I asked “Graeme”:http://www.myspace.com/graemehinde why he left Chicago to move to New York. He said, “You know, after three years of dating a girl, that you’ve either got to marry her or break up? Well, I wasn’t ready to marry Chicago.”
* ??Angela Wu??: ” A religious exemption for same sex marriage”:http://hereisangela.blogspot.com/2006/06/religious-exemption-for-same-sex.html. Sarah and I have wondered at the whole “legislating morality” issue before, and there seem to be two prevailing conservative schools of thought. Sam recently “touched on”:http://www.villagechurchnyc.com/worship/sermons/series/mark/2006/06/the-end-of-the-world-is-near/ this in passing: let the civic leaders stave off the inevitable decline of society. Angela’s approach — let the country do what it wants but let the church preserve its identity (and, perhaps, clean up the mess) — is much more laissez faire. Which creates a more just society, and is that the point?

5 thoughts on “On the Radar: Linux, Chicago, Space Quest

  1. Whoa, nice page design.

    Just to be clear, I think that Christians have a responsibility to participate in civic dialogue, that law can be normative (but only on the edges–you need a groundswell first, and the law can do the rest, but the law requires a certain degree of social legitimacy first), and that we do and should legislate moral issues.

    But we need to be issue-specific, too. When you get specific about same sex marriage, I think it’s clear that forbidding it by law will not prevent any of the things that Christians care about. It will not prevent people from having homosexual sex. It will not even prevent people from adultering. It will not prevent the divorce rate from going down (although having divorce laws does prevent people from being too impetuous and force people to think before they act a little more–maybe work through problems instead of run for a courthouse because getting a divorce is so darn difficult, for example). It will not strengthen heterosexual marriages by getting Christian men lay down their lives for their wives the way Christ did for the church, and make Christian women sacrificially love and serve their husbands more.

    But the way it’s played out, the FMA does distract us from a message of love, grace, and even the hard truth, that might get someone to think of sexuality in line with God’s laws instead of our own.

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  2. SPACE QUEST.
    Oh my I loved that game. Still have Space Quest 4 hidden around here somewhere.

    “Hey, keep your hands off yourself! This is a family game.”

    Thanks for the calendaring update.

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  3. Thank you so much for linking to the NPR article on the DC Foster Care System. I was so riveted and saddened listening to it that I sat in my car for a few minutes, even after it was over, to just digest what I had heard. I had forgotten to look it up when I got home.
    I actually got to this site looking for the “other” Sarah (Kuyt) Posegate’s site. Sarah and I went to high school together.
    Thank you for an entertaining and thought provoking site.

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  4. So Ken;
    Did you notice that it was MR ANDERSON who was the supervisor determining Cori’s true identity? Hmm – maybe a glitch in the Matrix.

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