‘The Grid’ – Is it Really Necessary Right Now?

From Fox News: “The Internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.”

What is Joe Average Going to Do With It?
IMO, it’s just hype. For what need will average consumers have of this kind of bandwidth? Any hardware (e.g. consumer pcs, even gaming consoles, etc.) that will actually be able to take any advantage won’t be available for years. Thing is, many consumer services that would take best advantage of those higher speeds (e.g. HD video) don’t take that long to download. Not long enough to warrant rushing in and adopting. So, I don’t know if it’ll really be missed.

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Filled by His Influence

There sits an empty vessel.
Void of passion and direction;
full of complacency and apathy.
Desirous of something or someone –
to give it a push or a pull.
There it sits: idle.

We are not designed to sit still, but so often that is exactly what we do; never realizing our potential to be all that we were made to be.

This all occurred to me in service this morning as my pastor taught on spiritual gifts. Speaking from the quintessential passage 1 Corinthians 12: 12 -13, he invoked a critical visual for us.

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Everyone has natural gifts, but there are some who are given supernatural gifts. That are only given to us from the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5: 22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Sure, many non-believers exhibit these traits as well, but the difference is, for whom does it serve, their selves? They cannot control how long anything remains, how then do their acts have anything more than an insignificant and ephemeral impact? And if their intention is to have no lasting impression, then, what was the point?

So, as a Christian, I want to be a vessel filled those fruit and influenced, but not for my own gain- rather to give glory to Jesus Christ. For He alone, as God, has the ability to make mine a legacy lasting for eternity. He has desired that I be close to Him and I stand in this truth and seek His eternity.

With the Internet primarily being a social medium now, some are predicting that we are in the post-Information Age. I wonder sometimes, what is out here on the interwebs that will have a lasting impact– for eternity? I remember in my college sociology class, almost a decade ago, there was a prediction that shortly after “the information era” we would see heightened spiritual awareness. What does that mean for this highly-connected generation?

Do not be idle. Do not let idleness take you. Don’t let theories and opinions rule you. Seek truth and realize for what you were truly made and make an impact.

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Gibson’s Neuromancer For Real? Anti-ecstasy/meth antibodies

This is pretty cool for people struggling with some drug addictions. Methamphetamine (ironically also found in over-the-counter bronchodialator medicines) can absolutely wreak havoc on families when a member succumbs to its trap. I saw it countless times growing up in Phoenix where the meth problem is huge.

Michael Owens and a team of researchers from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Arkansas, think they may have something that helps. Essentially, they’ve discovered a way to produce antibodies that will attach to the nefarious chemicals and removes them from the bloodstream.

From New Scientist:

…they say that a single injection can reduce the level of drug within the bloodstream for several days. By binding to drug molecules, the antibodies prevent them from reaching tissues like the heart and brain, and mark the compounds for clean up by the body.

The antibodies do not last for more than few days, so is there no “plugging” as with Neuromancer’s Case, but this could certainly help people who really want to get off the junk.

Link to New Scientist, Link to patent application

(Via Boing Boing.)

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Twitter’s Real Appeal

Twitter is addictive. There is no doubt about it. It’s strange really. Every time I try to explain twitter to the non-initiated, I realize just how awkward it really is:

Yeah, it’s this Web site that allows you to post messages “ but not more than 140 characters in length “ to people who you don’t know and people who don’t know you. (mostly).

Frankly, that sounds ludicrous, right? But that’s what it is! And even though I’ve been on and off twitter for almost a year now, I couldn’t figure out what it is that makes is so appealing.

Then, some popular newsworthy geekish gatherings came along. First it was MacWorld, then it was SxSW and TED. I watched the twittersphere do something that was so uncharacteristic: it got focused

Shortly after all the SxSW buzz settled down, it occurred to me: Twitter totally appeals to this post-boob-tube, ADD-afflicted, interconnected society because everything is so quick and ephemeral. Twitterati are random people saying random things at random times. Sure there’s the occasional string of @ replies, but then conversation ends with a couple remarks or goes offline to another medium like IM or something. Most times, though it’s a rapid stream of randomness that can zap your attention if you let it.

Twitter is not just a productivity-suck, though. There is a value to the distractions it provides: It’s these quick little bites of other’s lives that makes a quasi-public forum and I believe is imperative to our republic. I say this because even though the Web is “public” our taylor-made, day-to-day online experiences are becoming so personalized and secluded that I fear we’re isolating (or insulating) ourselves. It’s too easy to block out other personal views that won’t challenge us to think. And worse, if we make too much a habit of socializing with only like-minded people and shared experiences, that lost touch with diversity can lead to an atrophy of our convictions.

I know my folks wouldn’t “get Twitter,” but for a generation that feeds almost entirely on media morsels, this is the only way we’ll contextualize our messages we want to share.

Update:
Just found this repost of “Twitter in Plain English

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Feed Address Changed

Hey there, All-
If you’ve ever noticed, the title of this blog was “Something that Will Probably Change Someday.” It got that name because when first setting up the site, I went through about 5 installations of WordPress and wasn’t feeling particularly creative by the time I finally got it. So, I just plopped that in there.

Well, I didn’t realize that it would impact other services… it’s that whole Law of Unintended Consequences thing.

So, I’ve updated the name, well, kinda. The name of my site has always been, Forever in the Refining Fire, but now I’m going through and making it more consistent and updating all the services that relied on the title. Namely, FeedBurner. So, hate to bother, but you’ll need to update your feed readers. I know, I’m a pain. New Feed

Moral to this episode: Don’t get lazy. Always be creative. Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Have foresight, not 20/20 hindsight. Be perfect; don’t ever make a mistake.

Okay, don’t worry about that last one.

Thank you,
The management.

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