Archives for the month of: March, 2008

I’ve been thinking about design and how to do design for the Kingdom. Can I find a way to find a design job that pays well enough that really advances justice and truth and love? Should my theology be big enough to include working for any organization and serving them with my communication skills as long as their message is ethical? What about the whole question of representation and creating impossible standards for people? It’s hard. No wonder Starck is throwing in the towel.

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this is a cynical and hilarious look at myers-briggs letters.

i just found this article on what new laptops will look like. check it out!

thought this was funny: funny-pictures-emo-bath.jpg

this weekend was a blast.

parents in town. hiking. ethiopian food. sleeping in. design. easter vigil. peruvian goodness. death by corn–almost. mountain goats show. easter sunday. dinner. the devil wears prada. seeing T for like 10 mins. a slumber party.

i suppose it could’ve been more boss. no, no, it couldn’t.

The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer’s art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.

Our only health is the disease
If we obey the dying nurse
Whose constant care is not to please
But to remind of our, and Adam’s curse,
And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.

The whole earth is our hospital
Endowed by the ruined millionaire,
Wherein, if we do well, we shall
Die of the absolute paternal care
That will not leave us, but prevents us everywhere.

The chill ascends from feet to knees,
The fever sings in mental wires.
If to be warmed, then I must freeze
And quake in frigid purgatorial fires
Of which the flame is roses, and the smoke is briars.

The dripping blood our only drink,
The bloody flesh our only food:
In spite of which we like to think
That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood—
Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.
— T.S. Eliot, from Four Quartets

i keep running into organic haters. it’s never an overt hatred, but rather, a subtle disgust for people who like the little round label. the argument goes something like this: white snobby upper-class people want to exclude others based on some superfluous criteria that has to do with health or wellness. yeah, that sounds pretty dumb, to me, too. whenever i say something about organic produce, people look at me and moan and say, “it’s soooo expensive!” and i nod back in agreement.

but here’s the deal. you’ve gotta stop and ask the question: if this beef is grass-fed or this tomato is organic, how is everything else raised? the organic label becomes important when you discover the truth behind the alternative.

think about your great grandma. she probably had a vegetable garden, or she bought her produce from someone who did. likewise with her meat: she either raised (and butchered!) it herself, or she went to a market where she could get it fresh and it was probably raised in somebody’s backyard.

  • the seeds for the produce were simply crossed and saved from season to season.
  • natural means were used to control pests, like nets and planting other plants nearby to deter harmful insects.
  • crops and vegetables were rotated to different plots of land to keep from exhausting the soil of its nutrients.
  • the animals were raised in smaller groups and were allowed to live in the sunshine and eat grass and they lived longer lives.

now, contrast this with what you get at the supermarket now. *warning: this is scary!*

  • the vegetables are almost all genetically modified. GMO produce is labeled cryptically and crops are unlabeled.
  • the crops are raised without regard for soil balance and depletion and because of higher yielding seeds, each piece of produce or bushel of grain contains less nutritional value
  • crops and produce are sprayed liberally with highly toxic pesticides which they are resistant to due to genetic modification
  • the animals are raised in confinement, given injections of antibiotics because they are often sick from living too close, they are fed a dead diet of grain, they are bred to grow quickly, produce, and die.

it’s pretty scary. the organic label promises no genetic modification, no injections and no pesticides which makes your food a little closer to the food your grandmother ate. to go beyond that, choose grass-fed beef and free-range poultry. the organic label is not perfect and in some areas (like farm-raised “organic” fish) it is not beneficial, but most of the time it is attempting to restore sane farming techniques to produce good whole healthy food. be picky about what you eat. and if you still think it’s dumb, don’t be a hater.

don’t lie.

it seems like everywhere i go, i meet people who preface their opinions with “I’m not gonna lie . . .” I, too, am guilty of this.  anybody know where this came from?

the last few days have had some really lovely bits. allow me to share:

  • fabulous class on friday. honesty, true dialogue, prayer, even healing
  • baja fresh. the best fast food franchise on the planet.
  • hiking difficult run. even in plastic shoes.
  • sunshine over warm rocks.
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • ravioli
  • feline disaster averted
  • more sunshine
  • a call from a dear friend in wisconsin
  • fabulous hommus with a fellow fellow
  • discussing calling, gifting, plans for next year
  • prayer with a new friend and an amazing gift
  • champaigne brunch
  • amazing pan asian cuisine (no MSG, though, so my stomach lining is fine)
  • boondock saints
  • a conversation about being punks in junior high
  • catch phrase and other games
  • elevation burgers
  • lots of green
  • brogue
  • rest

wow, i wrote a lot about food.  well, that made this weekend great, but really it was the people with whom I enjoyed the food and the accompanying conversation that made the last few days so fabulous.  and the sunshine.  gosh, the light and [occasional] heat from the sun is doing wonders for my mood.  have a happy last 30 mins of st. patty’s day!

you probably know about all this stuff, but i’m going to share it anyway:

  • pandora. internet radio. plug in a few favorite artists and watch it spin a playlist for you. you can also pass on your playlists to your friends so they can enjoy your unique taste, too.i like to think about all the people who have provided feedback on specific songs that allows these different artists to be grouped together. it’s kinda cool.
  • bloglines. RSS feeds are really stinkin’ simple and bloglines makes it so easy. just go to this site, register w an email address and plug in your blogs, news sites, etc. to have everything in one place. it’s the very best way to track people and ideas.
  • librivox. Free–that’s right, free–audiobooks. all sorts of great classics, from James Joyce to TS Eliot to Beowulf. Poetry, novels, all sorts of great stuff. I’ve downloaded a few books and have favorite chapters lingering on my ipod. check out the selection and then listen the next time you’re cleaning your room or organizing your sock drawer.
  • linkedin. linkedin is a social networking site for careers. you can search for people you went to school with and worked with and then they become part of your network, then you can see their network. you can post your work history and even give other people public recommendations for their work. it’s really cool and a great way to not lose track of coworkers and business friends.

all cool stuff.  let me know what you like and use!