Monday, August 31, 2009

Continuous Partial Attention

Add another term to our ever-growing list of issues associated with communication technology. Terms like "absent presence" began appearing when people started answering their cell phones while in the presence of a friend they were just talking with. What does the friend do while they are waiting? Absent presence.

Now a new term. (Disclaimer) I noticed this WSJ article when a link to it appeared on my facebook feed from a friend of mine. "Continous Partial Attention" is now used to describe people who are constantly checking email, texts, facebook and any other message constantly. This can create A.D.D.-like behavior in anyone plugged in to so many social networking sites. Some businesses are combatting this by having no-technology meetings.

The article describing this was actually about Generation Y's inability to read non-verbal cues. This is something that is going to affect all of us. Read about it HERE.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where am I?

From St. Charles to Jackson Hole to St. Charles to Dallas to St. Charles to Springfield in 2 weeks. It's been a bit of a whirlwind the past 2 weeks.

Mancation in JH was great. Highlight- 12 fish. Not letting the big one get away. Hanging with the B boyz.

Leadership workshop in Dallas was also great. Highlight- talking about getting people engaged in the process. Hanging with the AC boyz.

Men's Retreat in Springfield. I leave in 45 minutes. Will let you know, but hoping for decent weather and one last boating extravaganza with LC boyz.

Spirit highlight of the week. Psalm 84. It rocks.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I will be away from my blog this week somewhere in the Teton mountains in Jackson Hole. Till then...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Story of Sustainability

Interesting article by Reuters called The Story of Sustainability. It speaks to great storytelling and how our culture is losing human person to person contact and storytelling with it. Here's a taste...

According to Paige, the elements of a great story are imagination, believability and content...with the consolidation of the media and corporate forays into political and community affairs, our common story has been on auto-pilot like never before. All this is abetted by the technology that seems to be stripping away the very essence of person-to-person communication - and storytelling. When's the last time you heard a great story around a campfire? But then, again, this is another aspect of the status quo story many of us have accepted: So much to do, so little time.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Adopted/ing...and proud of it.

Love the website "adoption bug" (actually a commerce site) that sells products expressing the joy of adoption and foster care. Adoption...what a beautiful choice.

fyi- the caption on the shirt says "Am I showing? the answer is on my face, not my belly"

Saturday, August 01, 2009

X-treme Faith

Found this article in the NYTimes interesting. X-gamers coming to faith in Jesus after one of them has a near-death experience.