lines are blurring

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Jun 292005
 

I’m listening to podcasts on CD, because my PC won’t talk to my iPod. (as an aside, podcasting is the term for producing a podcast, what’s the verb for listening to podcasts?) First one that came up was Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code, where he was giving a keynote address at Gnomedex, which was his podcast. And this thought dawned on me: the lines between keynote speech and freely available podcast and videos and audios and blogs are blurring. Lines are blurring! This will be disturbing for those who like lines: those who want to know who’s in or out, what’s absolutely right or wrong, black or white, true or false, orthodox or heresy, paid or free, producer or consumer, individual or organization, ordered or random, allowed or forbidden.

Now, I’m going into seclusion for about 48 hours and will stay offline. During this conclave, I’ll be undergoing some Life Planning(tm). Then, off to a friend’s wedding for the long weekend. Happy 4th of July!

Jun 282005
 

Unbelievable. This website was hacked into, around 8:38pm last night, by someone routed through an IP address in Amsterdam. (I’m here in metro Washington DC). After a desperate plea for help and searching the Web for answers and contacting technical support at my web host, we were able to return online. Special thanks to Matt Constantine!

[update] Looks like I was a victim of a security flaw. Now there’s WordPress 1.5.1.3. And thanks to Joel for catching a missing plugin; now installed.
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obituary of my mentor

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Jun 262005
 

BUGNON Robert O. “Buggs” retired Senior Chief, USN 64, entered the gates of Heaven on June 23, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 2nd, 1941 in Philadelphia, Penn. Served his country with great pride 29 1/2 years including the Vietnam War. Buggs was a devoted husband, loving father, an awesome Paw-Paw, and faithful friend. He truly will be missed. Predeceased by his parents Marc G. and Ann P. Bugnon, also his first wife Kathleen D. Bugnon. Survivors include his wife of 35 years and best friend Ann E. Bugnon. His children Debbie (Jack) Gwynes, Lynne (Todd) Searles, Jennifer Robertson, Randy (Tess) Bugnon, Renee (Will) Clemons. 12 Grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild to arrive in Dec., one cousin Jeff Burns of Georgia, several brother in laws and sister in laws and a host of friends. Per Buggs request burial will be by cremation. A memorial service has been planned to celebrate his life on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 5 PM, at his church Westside Christian Family Chapel, 4541 Shirley Ave., Jacksonville, Fl with Pastor Ken Mitchell officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the Community Hospice 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jax., FL 32257. Arrangements by Hardage Giddens 5753 Blanding Blvd. Jax., Fl 32244. [from Jacksonville.com]

View/Sign His Guestbook [online until 7/27/05]

[update: online photo album, Remembering Buggs, with photos shown at his memorial service]

Jun 252005
 

We attempted to reconvene the Lynchburg Emergent Cohort today, at Hard Times Cafe in College Park, Maryland, and it wasn’t quite the same without Will, Nick, and Aaron “thevoiz”.

So this one was re-dubbed the Hard Times Emergent Cohort, with Tony Sheng, Anthony “PostmodernNegro” Smith, Rod Garvin, Steve Knight, and Stephen “emergesque” Shields & his wife Beth. Photo and show notes (a massive list of links to stuff we talked about) are courtesy of Emergesque. Stephen beat us to the punch & blogged about it first, but his blog doesn’t have trackback. :(

The remnant (Steve, Anthony, and I) hung out the rest of the day, and took in a movie, which could have been called: Batman Redeemed! (or, as one of the guys put it: they’ve deconstructed it and put it back together!)

Jun 242005
 

My Windows PC is not recognizing my iPod, like it has for over a year and a half. I’m connecting up the mini-dock via a FireWire cable like before. I’ve got iTunes 4.8. I’ve tried rebooting the PC. I’ve reset the iPod several times. I’ve started running diagnostic tests for my 10GB iPod. Is this the end of my podcasting listening days? Am I stuck with the songs on my iPod until I erase it?

Jun 242005
 

Some of you know that one of the hats I wear is working for L2 Foundation, developing leadership and legacy for Asian Americans. So, I was delighted to see the following ChristianityToday.com/MoneyandFaith.net interview with the Chou’s about L2 Foundation and more.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy Among Asian Americans
Paul and Alice Chou are training Christians to lead with character and courage.

Interview by Ted Rodgers

The Chou Family Foundation, also called L2 Foundation, specializes in developing leaders among Asian-American Christians and enabling them to leave a legacy behind that will encourage and strengthen the church. The foundation also oversees a ministry in China that trains students in business schools and classrooms, emphasizing the importance of character and ethics in the marketplace. We interviewed Paul and Alice Chou, who live in Raleigh, North Carolina, about their role with L2 Foundation, and where they see God taking their ministry in the future.

Read the full article.

Jun 232005
 

I just received this email from Ann Bugnon:

Bob has passed on into Heaven to be with His Lord at 8:15 on June 23, 2005. He is going to be missed so much by his many friends and family.

I don’t know when the Memorial will be yet but, will let you know as soon as I can. He died peacefully in his sleep.

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Jun 232005
 

While out of town, I had my bathroom remodeled. It’s a small bathroom, a part of a small single family house built in the mid-1940′s. You can look at some of the pictures taken while it was in progress. I’ll be painting it this weekend myself, since the contractor did not include it in their price. (I didn’t read the fine print, and I’m glad the price was kept below market average. My contractor was ATM Mechanical, found them via ServiceMagic.com)

Meanwhile, on the Internet, more satire/ parody/ criticism emerge against the Emergent/ emerging church conversation/ movement, including The Do-It-Yourself Group Blogging Kit for Emerging Religious Types (the BHT referred to in the comments is Boar’s Head Tavern) and The Sacred Sandwich: Throwing the Book at Postmodern Christianity. [update: danielsjourney deconstructs the emergent response to recent criticisms]

More voices out there than I could even try to keep up. And, I confess, I can no longer keep up with all my Bloglines subscriptions (672 feeds at the moment).

Jun 232005
 

Abner Ramos over at the El Acceso blog (El Acceso is the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at East Los Angeles College) has been sharing some poignantly personal reflections on theology, perspective, and racial reconcilation. I’ll link to them as he continues sharing about his journey.

Theology, Perspective, Racial Reconciliation (1)
Theology, Perspective, Racial Reconciliation (2)
Theology, Perspective, Racial Reconciliation (3)
Theology, Perspective, Racial Reconciliation (4)
Theology, Perspective, Racial Reconciliation (5)