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Do You Really Want a Relationship Instead of a Religion?

One of the highly favored juxtapositions within some segments of modern American Christian thought is that of religion vs. relationship. The premise, as far as I have ever been able to divine, is that there is something about the content of religion that is somehow antithetical to the content of a relationship, specifically the “personal relationship” that is proposed between the believer and...

The Biscuits and Gravy Review: Foody’s

On a whim today we decided to hit up Foody’s and try out their biscuits and gravy. To be fair, we had been playing through a dungeon on Elder Scrolls Online and got stymied about halfway through (and, of course, it was the mage’s fault; it’s ALWAYS the mage’s fault…), and so I thought some b+g might be a good pick-me-up. I was at first a little worried that they...

Design is Not Art (And That’s a Good Thing)

When I first started in design I was a very insecure designer. I didn’t yet have much experience and was still very rough around the edges as far as my technique and skills were concerned. It was difficult to feel confident about anything that I was doing. But even deeper I always seemed to struggle with trying to justify my then nascent profession. When people would ask what I did for a living...

The Biscuits and Gravy Review: Beer Kitchen

My favorite brunch item is probably biscuits and gravy; at least one would reach that conclusion given the frequency with which I order it. And because I like this dish so much, I’ve decided to start reviewing biscuits and gravy from various restaurants and eateries as a service to the public. Such selfless devotion, I know… The first entry comes from Beer Kitchen in the Westport...

Delectable Gradient Maps

I am excited to release this fun pack of 45 gradient map presets for both After Effects and Photoshop. Perfect for creating quick duo-tone or tri-tone images for your social media needs or for just subtly adding interesting color corrections to your images. These presets are flexible and easily modifiable, so you create nearly infinite varieties of looks. Installation instructions are included in...

The More the Merrier

When I first started in design, the tools of the profession were—as far as I was concerned—fairly expensive. Granted, at the time I was unemployed and only had a few thousand dollars to my name, and thus every expenditure on equipment and software stung. The first computer I bought was a refurbished 2006 Mac Pro (the big cheese grater one), and while I had been running Illustrator on my old 2001...

The Leash

Taking Luna for a walk is always- how shall we say this?– an interesting experience. She is still very much a puppy, and thus still very much interested in sniffing everything and chasing after every single leaf that blows near her. If she sees a bird or a bunny she is very much interested in chasing it. If we come across other humans (especially kids), she is very much interested in saying...

Credit Scores and Climate Change

I came across this article about a week ago, and thought it was worth looking at a little more deeply, as from the first sentence on it makes a lot of interesting assumptions. Add into the mix politics and controversial contemporary issues, and what’s not to love? To what extent does financial savvy reflect political prognostication capabilities? And what does the sophistication of a given...

Worship Should be Boring

For all of its flaws, social media can often provide a covert yet revealing look into how things are perceived by means of what people choose to share and their reactions to what they share. No doubt previous generations would think us mad for perpetuating and participating in such unsolicited dispensation of opinions, feelings and the like, but they also didn’t have fun and mindless memes to...

Board of Silly Walks: Part 7

Climate change is quickly become one of those areas of discussion loaded with its share of shibboleths. As I’ve argued elsewhere, the term itself can be an exercise in equivocation at best, an excursion in begging the question in the middle, and a rhetorical cudgel at worst. Which, of course, makes it excellent fodder for the interwebs, especially in respect to the sewers of the world wide web...

I Was Wrong About Harry Potter: Part 2

In my previous foray into this subject I looked at the deplorable way in which I formerly viewed Harry and Hermione’s friendship. Initially I had wondered why Harry and Hermione didn’t end up as a couple; after all, it seemed so perfect and natural. Instead, Hermione ends up with Ron the buffoon, and this by choice! I eventually concluded that such a perception of the supposed “missing out” of...

How Art Keeps You In Purgatory

Beauty has a way of transfixing our attention, and in some cases even transfiguring it. Art in its myriad forms can promise transcendence, as it beckons the viewer to the Beauty behind all beauty. In this sense it can be a rung on the ladder to the divine; sometimes a stark and shocking vision of glory that shakes off the encrustation of the mundane, and sometimes a subtle and persistent reminder...

Two Weddings and a Funeral

This past Sunday the Gospel reading was from John 2 about the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle turning water into wine. Unique among the gospel writers, John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs, and given the biblical penchant for presenting things in sevens, his Gospel contains seven signs. There is some overlap between the signs contained in John’s Gospel and the miracles in the...

Powerballing the Poor Into Deeper Poverty

Apparently Americans are ever so fond of their lotteries. We evidently spend over $70 billion for the pleasure of throwing our money at what amounts to pieces of paper that signify nothing, which is more combined than we spend on sports tickets, books, video games, movies or music. After all, who doesn’t love a gambler! It’s a harmless enough diversion, so it seems. Spend a couple dollars here or...

Against Relevance

This past Advent was one of the saddest for me in recent memory. It had little to do with being extraordinarily busy or any sort of nostalgic incompleteness related to the season (we didn’t have time to decorate this year!). Rather, it had everything to do with Star Wars. Now, dear reader might suspect that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I haven’t yet seen...

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