Sermons, Reflections, Thoughts, and Musings.

CMCL Reflections — July 21st, 2013

The following was presented as a reflection on July 21st at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 9:30AM service. So the past week has been a rollercoaster for me, one that started late Saturday night when I found out about the Zimmerman acquittal. I wasn't...

Sidekicks Are The Real Heroes

Well, inspiration didn't strike until very late in the week, so I apologize for the tardiness of this post. Better late than never, though, right? As I've mentioned before, I'm in the process of publishing the First Semester Physics Survival Guide, a lifeline for the...

Crowdfunding Your Project: 9 Things To Keep In Mind

Last Tuesday I had a lot of fun participating on the radio show Aspects of Writing with James Kelly. The topic of conversation turned to crowdfunding for writing projects. However, I thought it might also be good to write out some of what I've learned from using...

Introvert Open For Business

  So I have a confession to make: I'm an introvert. For those of you who know me well, this is probably not a surprise. For others, however, this may be significant news. I'll forgo the usual defense of introversion that normally follows; others have done it...

How Cyberpunk Predictions Came True

My introduction to cyberpunk was through the writings of William Gibson. I devoured Neuromancer, and partially enjoyed Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. (The pseudo-mystical elements left me a bit cold.) I loved Burning Chrome, however. From there I explored the...

Random Thoughts

Don't you hate it when you have a bunch of posts that you've got half formed, but none of them actually gel? I have several ideas for today's post but none of them came together in a satisfying way. For example, it struck me a few weeks ago that the predictions of...

Habitual Stress: Overwinding/Fractalnoia in Everyday Life

Today I want to explore habitual stress. Habitual stress is ever-present fear that your life is balanced on knife-edge. That every year, every month, every day, you need to keep track of more stuff. That at any point you could lose control and it would mean disaster...

Being a Storyteller in the Age of Narrative Collapse

Last week I mentioned that the Wired opinion article "Why Living in the Present Is a Disorder" held enough inspiration for a series of articles; this post is another in the same vein. This week, however, I want to focus on the idea of narrative collapse:...

Have a Darth Vader Easter

So my wife was out shopping when she was surprised to find (among the leftover and heavily discounted Easter candy) Star Wars Easter Eggs featuring pastel Darth VaderĀ  heads. I'm going to let the end of that sentence soak in a bit, because I had to do a double-take...

Securing the Cloud

I'm a big fan of Google products. I love gmail, and I was thrilled when Google launched Google Drive -- a way to store stuff on Google's servers so that it's accessible from wherever you are in the world. There's just one problem: your stuff is literally accessible...