What Does It Mean To Teach (or Better: What Does It Mean To Learn)?

Here is a paper on his website about Fred Putnam’s own journey through teaching and what it has taught him about teaching. He explains his own personal journey through teaching and shares his own values in teaching – and how it is probably not how most schools teach (which may also show why so much information is passed out but so little learning occurs).

Update 2014 Aug 30: see Putnam’s model for a seminary in the above link. Also, see Frame’s proposal.

Happy Birthday (Classical Twist?)

Yesterday was my birthday, and a friend emailed this video to me. It is a very funny (and skillful) reenactment of how famous composers might have played Happy Birthday. Enjoy. (Update 2016 Dec 9: there are now three videos of awesome music…)

Update: 2014 Oct 25: This classical arrangement is also beautiful. Loving Beethoven more and more …

UPDATE 2016 Dec 9: this one is not bad, but there is some overlap. Nevertheless, people have been hankering for new material. This was from another friend.

John Lennon and the Bible: Visions of “Utopia,” Justice, and the Church’s Mission

The purpose of this blog post is to get you to read this excellent article about the Church’s mission and Biblical utopias by Fred Putnam.

On Wikipedia, the featured article today was “Imagine,” by John Lennon. It was (and is) very popular and influential for its lyrical content and vision casting, among other factors. “Imagine” it was (and still is) a stirring song that invited us to travel to and, if only for a minute, inhabit or at least taste what it might be like to live in a “better” world (or at least a collectivist, atheistic one). However, the Bible also has its visions. In his article, Putnam traces the history of utopias out very helpfully and highlights what Christians (and non-Christians) may need to do in light of the utopias envisioned by the Bible. Continue reading

Great Life Hacks that Use Things You Probably Already Have

I had to create a new category, “Funny,” for this post. This tumblr blog post, 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier!,  was very funny, and it has some great tips on how to use things you usually throw away to do helpful things. It also has a lot of ingenious tips. Very funny and helpful. I tried the toilet paper roll “iHome,” and it does amplify the sound from your iPhone speakers. Good stuff. Good web-research/compiling skills went into this post, methinks.

Success for Free/Open Software as UK Government Recognizes Threat of Microsoft Monopoly Lock-in

See this heartening news from the Free Software Foundation. I appreciate the honesty and courage to admit that current policies and contracts with Microsoft do not represent good stewardship of public tax money. Are you considering upgrading your Office suite, but you are sick of paying an arm and a leg for the software? Use what the UK government and many other people who care about freedom (and saving money while at it): OpenOffice (or LibreOffice). They are both very robust, and choose whichever suite you like. Because they are open-sourced, there is no vendor lock-in, and both are compatible with one another, unlike Micro$oft Office, where you have to reformat all your files every few years and pay your dues for a new Office suite again and again. I personally recommend LibreOffice, but Apache’s OpenOffice is excellent as well. Continue reading

Copyright Trolls Get Busted – A Warning to Lawyers

See this article on Techdirt. The transcript is excellent, and the judge involved is to be highly commended. One commenter, “That Other Guy,” in a comment to the TechDirt article wrote:

I can only assume the judge either has titanium plated self control, or ended that case with her face entirely beet red from all the facepalms she ended up pulling listening to all that.

This is better than TV law shows. Continue reading