Norwegian Electric Car

•August 1, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This electric vehicle will supposedly be available in the US by Fall 2008. Driving range without an ethanol extender 114 miles, top speed 62 mph. The Norwegian investors purchased the company when Ford Motors wanted out.

The Kingdom of God

•May 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Amen.

-Ken Untener

Slow down the mind

•May 11, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I know of someone who says that agitation in the mind, of any kind, interferes with our ability to love, and to grow.

When the mind does not flicker, there can be no fear. When the mind does not flicker, there can be no anger. All negative emotions are wild movements in the mind that vanish when the mind is still.

Eknath Easwaran

David Sifry of Technorati at O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo

•April 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

David Sifry of Technorati did a presentation on some of their blog stats today at Web 2.0. He came up with a few interesting tidbits:

  • 22% of the top 100 most-linked sites are blogs (this is interesting when you consider it in relation to mainstream media).
  • The single largest posting language is currently Japanese. 37% of all public posts use Japanese as a posting language (he noted that they do undercount French, Korean & Chinese)..
  • A newcomer of the top ten posting languages is Farsi (which is interesting if you assume that these bloggers are in Iran).
  • Blogs are getting less active. In May of 2006, 36% of all of Technorati’s tracked blogs were “active.” In March of 2007, 21% of all of their tracked blogs were “active.”

Steorn’s “Orbo”: Free Energy technology?

•April 13, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Over the years you’ve no doubt heard about the holy grail of energy technologies: “free energy.” Well, it looks like one company may have done it: Steorn, in Dublin.

Orbo produces free, clean and constant energy – that is our claim. By free we mean that the energy produced is done so without recourse to external source. By clean we mean that during operation the technology produces no emissions. By constant we mean that with the exception of mechanical failure the technology will continue to operate indefinitely.

So this isn’t a small thing.

I say, keep your eyes peeled. I like thinking about what this could mean for the world, even as a hypothetical situation.

Superior Software

•April 12, 2007 • Leave a Comment

What is superior software?

Leaving aside hosted applications for the moment, let’s consider one of the aspects of what superior software must look like.

The better companies no longer worry about locking people in to their software. They give you a much clearer exit path and instead bank on their ability to provide you with superior service, confident that you’ll choose them as a partner to help you manage software that is completely transparent.

In a way, software is just an idea. And even the best idea without execution is nothing (Derek Sivers).

Festivals and depression

•April 4, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Barbara Ehrenreich (“Nickel & Dimed”) writes in her new book Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy that around the same time a decline of public festivals occurs in our history, an increase in depression occurs.

How do public parties save us from depression?

“First, because such rituals serve to break down the sufferer’s sense of isolation and reconnect him or her with the human community. Second, because they encourage the experience of self-loss – that is, a release, however temporary, from the prison of the self, or at least from the anxious business of evaluating how one stands in the group or in the eyes of an ever-critical God.”