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Micro.blog's intentional minimalism keeps it a sane and human place on the Internet

Inspired by @simonwoods reflection on internet comments:

The question before our digitally-saturated culture is:

How can we intentionally design an internet-based medium that can promote a thoughtful text-based conversation?

That’s a tough nut to crack, and I’m not sure anyone has totally figured it out yet, but Micro.blog seems to be aware of things that clearly do not tend to facilitate civility and true conversation: unlimited hashtags, the “like” or “heart” button, etc.

It really seems that keeping our communities smaller helps too…and the lack of follower counts here on Micro.blog really de-incentivizes growing “connections” for all the the wrong reasons.

I love so much about how @manton and @jean are building what could become the most sane and human space on the Internet.

A Darkmode version of the Micro.blog timeline would be awesome.

“God doth justify the believing man, yet not for the worthiness of his belief, but for His worthiness who is believed.”

Richard Hooker, Definition of Justification, ch. XXXIII.

Shane Parrish:

Inefficient does not mean ineffective, and it is certainly not the same as lazy. You get things done – just not in the most effective way possible. You’re a bit sloppy, and use more energy. But don’t feel bad about it. There is real value in not being the best.

Wow. This article is worth reading in its entirety (it’ll only take you a few minutes) and reflecting on at length. Really hits home for me, because I simply cannot be a specialist…as much as I would like to be! In fact, I have always wanted to be the best at something. This piece makes the case for being a generalist to better deal with a highly dynamic environments…and of that doesn’t describe my working life, I don’t know what does. I have to come to grips with the fact my calling is neither to be an academic, nor a monastic, nor a professional! I am parish priest.

Deleted Twitter, LinkedIN, MeWe. Deactivated Facebook, Messenger, Instagram. Uninstalled Reddit.

Feels weird.

This resonates.

From @richnewman:

I suddenly felt like I had an online network that I had to “manage” (not just on Facebook, though I am going to talk now only in terms of Facebook, since that’s where I lived the lion’s share of my online life). This idea of management, of course, implies a certain level of accountability, and so I spent more and more time monitoring Facebook, keeping track of what people were saying, finding things to say myself—which meant I was spending less and less time doing my own blogging, doing my own writing, my own reading…well, you get the idea.

🐶 We rescued Dusty today. Welcome to the family!

Can you help me replace OneNote?

I think I’m ready to think about replacing OneNote, and I think I need helping finding something.

As great as OneNote is on the desktop, I’m pretty frustrated with how the mobile works, especially when clipping articles from the web.

I’m looking for something that can clip text from the web, provides easy search across notebooks, and works well on the desktop (Windows) and mobile (iOS).

I’m not opposed to paying for something that works well!

🤔 According to Tish Warren, The Church Made Vagina Sculptures Long Before Nadia Bolz-Weber.

TIL text.npr.org is a thing, thanks to @eli. This is very cool.

Got a chuckle out of this.

🏃🏻‍♂️ 6 mile run today felt great.

John Bacon, writing for Anglican Pastor:

In our current climate, it would be very Anglican to return to the feet of the early, divided Church, and ask how we could more fully participate in the life of the Triune God in Holy Communion and in sanctified community.

It would also do us well to remember that Christendom and the Church are related, but not the same thing. The death of Christendom does not spell the death of the Church. Pentecost took place in a pagan empire, around three hundred years prior to the conversion of Constantine.

🎵 Sermon inspiration this week

Unbusy Microcast: Slowing Down To Rest

In this episode, I talk about the nobility of rest and ask for your thoughts on how to take time rejuvenate in order to be at your best for the people you love.

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A lament for a divided church

I was reading yesterday about Microsoft’s plans to replace OneNote 2016 with OneNote for Windows 10. This means an end to third-party add-ins. This is unfortunate, but not surprising. There are some things to like about OneNote for Windows 10, especially the improved layout.

The fog today in Phoenix was crazy!

I learned about the calendar, the Eucharist, the morning and evening office, the saints, the fasts, and the feasts. I was introduced to a Christian life that seemed whole and full.

Esau McCaulley

I’ve had glimpses of this.

The new Book of Common Prayer from the Anglican Church in North America will be here before we know it, and I’m excited. Looks like they were really thoughtful not only with the liturgical/theological content, but the print design as well.

This is not only encouraging, but needed.

Gwynnie (3) upon seeing my beardless face: “I don’t like your style.”

Beardless

Unbusy Microcast: Slowing Down To Have Better Conversations

So I’m microcasting (short-form podcasting) now. This first episode is about easing off Facebook so I can slow down and have better conversations. Also, perhaps I should specify: I’m not unbusy. But I’d like to be.

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Good to be home. Escudo in a MM Legend in the Arizona room.

Granny’s Apple Fries is probably one of the best of many great things about LEGOland