the forty-second parallel

The Programmer’s Dream

Nick Bradbury

Like our software, our society just kind of happened over the years and it’s always on the verge of coming tumbling down. Nobody really knows what they’re doing or what they’re talking about.

Posted on December 17th, 2014 | Culture, Technology

Programming is not Typing

Jeffrey Ventrella

[P]rogramming is actually the act of bringing thought, design, language, logic, and mental construction into a form that can be stored in computer memory.

Posted on December 1st, 2014 | Work

Encouraged Behavior

William Van Hecke

The internet is like a car horn that you can honk at the entire world.

William Van Hecke – Your App Is Good and You Should Feel Good from CocoaLove on Vimeo.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 | Culture, Technology

Yosemite’s Look and Feel

Khoi Vinh:

My biggest complaint, personally, is that this fresh coat of paint does a poor job on visual contrast. Interface elements are often so light in color and/or so close to one another in color that they “bleed” into each other all the time. The effect is a blown-out look, as if a novice photographer stepped up the exposure on her camera well beyond advisability.

Posted on October 24th, 2014 | Technology

Distracting Ourselves to Death

Arthur Hunt

We are losing the capacity for attention. By which I mean the ability to focus on something and to think about it. And if we lose that ability, how then is God going to be the central, organizing thing in our lives? How are we going to become God-centered in our thoughts if we are fragmented in our thoughts? And God-honoring in our lives, if in fact our lives are just bits and pieces of information? That’s the problem.

A great interview by Tony Reinke at Desiring God with David Wells and Arthur Hunt. There’s also a good summary if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing.

Posted on October 8th, 2014 | Culture, Technology, The Gospel

iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus

Gabe Weatherhead

The ride up the hill was torture but the ride back home was like a two-wheel limo. That’s the best way I can explain the iPhone 6 Plus.

Posted on October 6th, 2014 | Technology

I love advertising because I love lying

I’m not sure which is better – the deadpan delivery or the awkward laughter.

Posted on October 6th, 2014 | Culture

Get Alone Undistracted

Arthur Hunt

We are now under a Technopoly, which says absolutely nothing is going to stand in our way of technological progress. We put so much cultural stock in sort of headlong rush into the future without any clear telos [goal]. The only real telos is it has got to be bigger, it has got to be faster, and it has got to be newer. Somebody might ask: Well, what is wrong with this? Well, it advances the notion that our purpose in life is to be a satisfied consumer of material goods. So the next big thing is not the coming of God’s kingdom, but the coming of the curved TV screen.

Posted on October 5th, 2014 | Culture, Technology, The Gospel

The frenzy of online

Dave Winer

This isn’t communication, or sharing. It’s growing more and more frenetic every day, it seems. And more pointless. I want a network that sheds light on things, not calls attention to nothing.

Posted on September 19th, 2014 | Culture

Union with Christ

Sinclair Ferguson on union w/Christ: “It’s as if all the medals & honors of Christ are pinned to your chest and all of heaven salutes you.”

via John Starke (@john_starke)

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 | Jesus

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