Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bits and Pieces -- Sunday Feb 25

Another brief weekend post of tidbits from various blogs and publications. Back to more thoughtful content on Monday (Lord willing!)

  • The Wall Street Journal gives us this article about collaboration among several high tech companies (including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IMB, Sun Microsystems, and Dell) in trying to reduce the power consumption required by server systems and computer rooms. Nice to see business pouncing on the benefit of energy efficiency -- and without being told to do so by a regulatory agency.
  • Ypulse points to this article from c-net news: it's about a new social networking site trying to build itself around live streaming video from webcams. Some thoughtful discussion here about safety concerns -- also this might give us a clue as to why the church as institution will be woefully lagging in the online realm. Most churches are just catching on to blogging -- a few are on MySpace. The next hot thing is just too far ahead. It'll be up to individual Christians to be salt and light (and that's as it shoud be)
  • And then to cap the previous point off, Ypulse points to this article from Advertising Age about "trend school" where advertising execs pay megabucks to hang out with teenage hipsters who teach them all about what is and isn't cool.
  • Michael Kruse is starting another one of his patented series of processing a book he's reading -- this one is called The Other Six Days. It's a look at how we can disenthrone clergy from being being put on some kind of superchristian pedestal, and reclaim that idea that all members of the church are called to be ministers. Interesting thoughts so far -- I'm looking forward to seeing what Mike does with it.

Soli Deo Gloria