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Cloudy Day

One of the experiences I used to meet with mixed emotions was Adobe’s yearly update of its applications. It was naturally exciting to have new toys to play with, but in previous iterations it always meant opening up the wallet. Now that Adobe has moved over to its Creative Cloud subscription model, the updates lose a bit of the sting, since the total cost is spread out on a month-to-month basis...

Set to Default

For some reason I end up writing about debt far more frequently than my expertise should allow, but the beauty of having a blog is that no one can stop me. A rather silly article written by a man who should know better has been making the usual circuit, this time lauding the decision to willingly default on student loans. I say that the man should know better partially because he has surely lived...

After Effects Add-Ons You Can’t Live Without

After Effects in and of itself is a powerful application for creating motion graphics, but it really shines when coupled with some amazing 3rd party scripts, plug-ins and effects. These range from time-savers to things which further extend After Effects’ capabilities. So I wanted to take a peek inside my toolbox and see which ones I use on a day-to-day basis. Enjoy… and hang on to your wallets! 🙂...

Bad Trinity Formulations: Part 1

Getting the Trinity right is a difficult thing to do; in fact, given the utter transcendence of this mystery, it is and will forever be impossible to do so. At best our efforts aim at describing the eternal relations in as least inadequate a manner as possible. Yet the mystery of the threeness and the oneness of God is absolutely central to Christian theology, which means that while we will never...

How To Be A Luddite Iconoclast

I am convinced that one of the favorite pastimes for American Christianity is fear and self-loathing, and it is never afforded a better opportunity than when the Pew polling data on the state of religion in America comes out. Then come the predicable laments from some quarters about how the culture is packing up the hand basket to take a picnic to Hell, the rationalizations from other quarters...

How to Get God Wrong Wrong

Internet lists have become a rather ubiquitous (if not annoying) thing, and can range anywhere from the banal to… hmmm- well, whatever is slightly above banal. The best ones (by which I mean most amusing) are those which try to bring some sort of persuasiveness to an argument, either for or against something. And the cream of the crop naturally comes when someone tries to convince you that...

Effortless

There are rare moments in life where you come to a place of complete clarity, when suddenly the disparate pieces of reality seem to fit together and at least one thing makes sense of it all. I have had precious few moments like this, but one of the most memorable occurred when I was 16. (Kind reader will forgive a story probably recounted elsewhere, and thoughts refined from previous posts.) I...

Morph Cut and the Philosophy of Editing

Recently in a tech forum on non-linear editing (NLE) I was reading reactions to some of the new features included in the forth-coming update to Adobe Premiere Pro (Adobe’s NLE). On the whole most editors and those involved in post-production (and who were inclined to use Premiere Pro for that matter!) who commented on the feature updates were optimistic and excited, especially about a particular...

The Serpent’s Kiss

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 KJV) This passage has always somewhat perplexed me. The story of Job is a familiar one: he is a righteous man in whom no blame can be found. Satan thinks he can get Job to curse God by taking his stuff and then ultimately bringing him to brink of death, and God...

The Enemy of the Good

For whatever reason I have devoted more digital ink than is probably warranted to the subject of debts great and small, avoiding them and paying them off, etc., etc. I must confess to have given few figs to all things financial for most of my life, no doubt accompanied at times by the sweet bliss of ignorance. I have been fortunate to not have made too many major financial blunders, now more...

When Math Bites Back

I came across an interesting article that’s been floating around for the past few days about student loan debt, and decided that some of its arguments were worth examining. Original in quotes. “Go to college”, they told me. “It’s the only way you can get a good, well-paying job.” Keep this opening line in mind. I graduated college in 2007. The economic downturn started right before I graduated. I...

We Will Never Break God’s Heart

Suffering is often the crucible in which our hopes and fears rise to the surface, the clarity of pain serving to purify the double-mindedness that too often plagues our existence. For better or for worse, to suffer can bring a certain perspicuity in its wake, for good or for ill, being a maker of saints and a breaker of sinners, often simultaneously. In the midst of duress of any kind, man has...

The Curious Case of the Antipodes

In a previous post I looked the universality of Christian belief in respect to potential future contact with extra-terrestrials. I posited that the Christian understanding of angels (especially the traditional explication thereof that understands each individual angel as its own species) involves an a priori acceptance of extraterrestrial races, and since it as such did not pose any particular...

99 Designs Away From Financial Peace

This past year or so I’ve become a pretty big Dave Ramsey fan. For much of my life I haven’t paid much attention to personal finance, but largely due to his books and radio show (as well as to Megan being a financial genius) I’ve come to be more intentional with not only how I spend money, but also how I perceive it. All in all, I find his financial methods to be incredibly sound and have found...

Even E.T. Needs Jesus

Speculation about the nature of extraterrestrial life is perhaps fascinating, posing all kinds of intriguing questions. In a recent article entitled Is Your Religion Ready To Meet ET?, we are served up a volley of “cosmotheological” questions that the author believes will be appropriate and no longer merely speculative after (or, better put, if) we ever discover conclusive scientific proof for...

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