Life Journal

If you're interested in reading my reflections on the Life Journal Bible readings, check out Ian's Life Journal blog.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Brant Hansen on public disagreements

I struggle with this myself a lot.

Note: I summarized what Brant Hansen actually said. Here's what he actually said, unsummarized, on his 2 April 2015 podcast:

Man, people are mad online about stuff. There’s politics, and there’s all sorts of issues. I see postings from people all the time that I don’t agree with.

What I have found, though: I can tell myself that, “Oh, I want to correct this person. That’s all I’m doing, just correcting this person.”

It doesn’t work if I do it on their page. It doesn’t work if I do it in public. If I really want to correct the person, I could send them a private message, a Facebook message or whatever, an email, and say “Hey, here’s what I’ve heard about this. I’m curious what you think. I love you either way.”

That’s far more effective, if it’s concern about that person.

If you feel like “I need to take a public stand for truth here. My opinion needs to be in public,” I understand that, too. But man, when you follow up with a comment , if you want to box somebody in and make them look “How stupid you are” and insult somebody, if you think that’ll change somebody’s mind, I will tell you, it NEVER does, EVER.

It’ll just occupy you the rest of the day and you’ll feel like you’re in conflict, and for what?

You can find the podcast at http://branthansen.com

Friday, 3 April 2015

Good Friday!

Good Friday! Here's an excellent video explaining what this holiday is all about.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Free Christmas music!

This is one of my favourite Christmas albums, and Len Magee put it online at his website. Give it a listen!

Merry Christmas!

One of my friends shared with me this cool Christmas song by Go Fish. It explains the reason behind Christmas.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Mysterious tiny floating ball

Seen at the Faculty of Computing & Informatics, a mysterious tiny floating ball.



I think it's caught on an invisible strand of spiderweb.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Little blessings

Appreciating #LittleBlessings

This drinking water dispenser is next to the men's toilet near my office. It's a nice little blessing that I can put it there to fill, go in, pee, wash my hands, and come out and it'll be EXACTLY filled! EVERY SINGLE TIME (ok, sometimes, I'm slightly faster and I have to wait half a second.)

(Yes, I know this photo shows it slightly over-full, but that's because I took time to take my cell phone out to take this photo )