Archive for April, 2006


In Is Jesus the next killer app? | CNET News.com the author explores what you’ve been learning about for a while, technology is a useful way of delivering any message, especially any message as world-changing as the church’s.

For whatever reason, Jesus left the local church in charge or His work. Can we get sidetracked? Yes. Can we forget the main thing? Yes. Is technology the cause of this loss of focus? Nope.

Paul

I get to help!

Parenting has really taught me a lot about my relationship with God. When she was first born, I thought that I could never be the man I needed to be to raise my daughter, but somehow God has changed who I am from a guy that thought kids were just “okay” to a man that thinks kissing baby dolls and having imaginary tea parties is a great way to spend an afternoon.

From time to time, I’m doing something that needs to be done and I hear some of my favorite words, “Daddy, can I help?” It’s not that I need help making, for example, chicken fingers. In fact, it really is a bit harder keeping a four-year old’s curious fingers out of the egg-filled batter and away from the raw chicken.

There are very few things that a pre-schooler can do when it comes to making a supper of this sort. I end up coming up with a simple task that I really could do myself. I ask her to move the herbs and spices from the counter below cabinet (after I’ve picked them out) and to the other counter where I use them to prepare the batter. It’s a simple job–one that I’d be able to do without really thinking. Yet, she’s excited about the possibility of helping. She wants to become who I am (a truly humbling thought), so every ounce of my tasks that I let her do are part of that becoming.

With Jesus, it’s the same. He could easily do all of the tasks that He asks me to do. For Him, evangelism, leadership, discernment, etc. come naturally. They’re who He is. For me, it’s a growth process. I want to become more like Him, so every ounce of His tasks that He lets me do are part of that becoming. Every day I think about the blessing of the fact that I get to help!

Paul

On today’s “Tech, No Babel”:
-Live Music with Pre-recorded Video
-Directing for IMAG vs. Directing for a Video Venue
-Why You Want Genuine Feedback and much, much more.

Links from today’s show:
Audacity
U3
U3 Contest information
ChurchMedia.net convention

Paul

New toll-free number

You can now reach the “Tech, No Babel” comment line by dialing our toll free number:
1-877-Pod-Echo (763-3246)

If it helps you remember, you’re echoing back to this podcast. Now, you have no excuse for not leaving me a message unless you’re outside of the U.S.

Paul

Have you heard of MMORPGs? In a place like the internet with its myriad acronyms you might not have heard of “Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Games”. What that means is that large numbers of people play these games co-operatively or competitively in what are really universes much like our own.

Video games started as solo endevours long ago. “Pong” wasn’t something you did at a party, in fact it was considered anti-social to play games like these. Soon two player versions of games developed, but the ability to play these was limited by the fact that a single monitor and gaming system had to be used.

Not much later, sports games brought the advent of four-player gaming into reality. Geographically, all players had to be in the same location using the same controller and when one person got tired, the game was over.

That all changed when the internet came into the mainstream. Games quickly developed, although they resembled the text-based forefathers of what was at the time a graphically driven gaming revelation. Still these games offered what their graphically-driven cousins couldn’t–interactivity with real people over long distances.

Now a more mature internet with the backbone of broadband access has created a realm where fantasy and reality mix. In MMORPGs a gamer can be whoever or whatever he wishes. Play isn’t limited to when friends can come over and play, but when hundreds of thousands of “friends” are always playing.

The activities in these other worlds are varied and sometimes rather ordinary. In some games, you must buy food, eat, sleep, etc. in order to do things like fight the forces of evil. You have to develop skills before you can win glory.

In this backdrop, a new economy has been created–an economy of manufacturing, buying, selling, banking, trading, etc. If you need something, you can make it (or much more easily) buy it. Whether it’s food, transportation, weapons, or clothing, the rules of economics apply in these other worlds as well as they do in our own.

The existance of these universes (however imagined) got me thinking. When a person enters these worlds, she has very little and must exert great amounts of time and energy amassing what she sees as necessary. When anyone leaves, he can’t take his new spear or coat or whatever into our world. In fact, only the relationships transfer. How you interact with people here or there matters.

There’s a lesson to be learned here. We all can be side-tracked thinking that what we do here on Earth matters much more than it does. In two-hundred years who will care if I drive a sports car or live in a mobile home or prefer one computer over another. None of those things will leave with me when I go.

What matters when I leave what is really a huge MMORPG with more features, is to live in my own real world is the relationships I’ve kindled with God and others. It matters much more that I know those around me than that I ride in a better chariot or hovercar. It matters that I don’t let those around me believe that their circumstances matter more than the fact that they can know the game’s Author and Developer. It matters much more that I realize that my identity is shaped more by the fact that He said that He loves me and is fully satisfied with me than that I can’t really play this game all that well. In the end only the other players matter that much to His heart. All the rest is just lines of code that He wrote for us as gifts, but that reside on His server, which will eventually crash. We’re all gamers who sometimes think this game matters more than real life. Sometimes, just sometimes we get that that’s not the case.

Paul

There are pushpins from all over the world (okay so Northern Ireland and Australia) as well as the U.S. Add yours here.

Paul

I talk in Episode 23 about running any os with virtualization via Parallels, but there’s a site claiming to have another way to boot XP, os X and Linux. That a look at this article for more information.

Paul

On today’s “Tech, No Babel”:
-A new contest for software developers,
-Run any x86 OS on an Intel Mac,
-Free and cheap podcasting solutions,
-What’s with the new tech boom?
And much, much more.

Links:
U3
Tech Podcasters Network
Bootcamp
Parallels
Intel Mac
BibleWorks
Asbury Seminary
ClickCaster
Dircaster
WordPress
Podpress
Loudblog
Libsyn
SourceForge.net
ChurchMedia.net
PBSKids.org
PlayhouseDisney.com

Now that everything is back up and running, I’ll try to get episode 23 posted today.

Server problems. Gotta love ’em.

Paul

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Paul