The Big Think

June 16, 2011


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 3:39 pm

“Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves.”

Norm Franz

Flat, Saddle, or Sphere?

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 2:15 pm

If you keep going around the universe, will you end up where you started?: “”

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Filed under: Audio,Movies — jasony @ 11:07 am

Storme’s account of winning the Best Feature award. Way to go, Storme!

June 15, 2011

Anti Gravity Dancing

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 3:27 pm

June 14, 2011

The Tatara Project: Making a Sword from Absolute Scratch

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 8:48 pm



Filed under: Music — jasony @ 6:26 pm

My roommate Robert introduced me to this band and this song in college. Still gets my vote for top 10 rock songs of all time. Just try and not tap your foot.

Just once I’d love to put this in the show. Once. Gahh, I love this song.

Oh, and for bonus points. Rick Emmet sings every note (up to high F#!) completely un-effected. No auto tune or other artificial aid. Take that, Bieber. That’s old school.

Here Comes Political Season

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 3:15 pm

Good thing we have our balanced news media to give us an unbiased report of the issues so we can make up our minds ourselves.


And some of my friends wonder why I go straight to the source information rather than through a “gatekeeper” media outlet like CNN or FOX. The better question is: why hasn’t everyone tuned all of these (redacted) out?

I need to make a pledge to ignore this for the next 16 months lest I blow an aneurism. I can’t change anything about it, and watching the combination circus/train wreck doesn’t help matters.

Seriously, friends, go to the original sources. Don’t trust what any outlet, by itself, says. And certainly don’t form an opinion based on the analysis of a bunch of talking heads. If they sound like they might have an agenda, they probably do.

Deep breath, Jason. Deep breath.

Picture This

Filed under: Friends,Space — jasony @ 7:56 am

Erin has a piano student who’s family is good friends with Mike Fincke, one of the astronauts who just went up on Endeavor last month.

Erin went to Mike’s Facebook page last night and discovered that he now has the single best profile pictures in the world.

Or out of it.

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You win, Mike, completely and totally.

June 13, 2011

Something to Learn About

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 9:20 pm

“In the past, I might have fought against my interest in the sense of smell, out of a belief that it was unproductive to spend so much time and energy on it. Now, however, I let myself follow such interests as far as they lead — and these passions give me great happiness. Happiness from my interest in the subject, and also from the happiness that comes from the atmosphere of growth created by gaining knowledge.”

The power of sheer curiosity. I can relate (as can some of the readers here) to that sense of overwhelming curiosity about a subject. The kind of curiosity that has you buying multiple books, spending hours researching on the internet, and devising ways to jump into an area to the point of complete absorption. Barbara Sher calls that type of personality a Scanner, and learning that I fall squarely into that category was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. One need not be a Scanner type to show curiosity, though. There are myriad ways of expressing this. The important thing, I think, is to practice some way of exercising your curiosity. Do you love cooking? Gardening? History? Neurology (wink)?

It doesn’t matter what your thing is. Just have a thing.

Three cheers for curiosity!

Monitor Me

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 5:28 pm

Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that | Video on


Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:59 pm

June 12, 2011


Filed under: Current Reading,Disclosure,Movies,Music — jasony @ 3:11 pm

“I confess that the best way to deter me from watching a movie is to tell me it’s “wholesome.” This is because that word applied to art is a lie on its face, because insofar as art is stripped of the world’s sin and suffering it is not really whole at all.

This seems to be a failing—on the part of artist and consumer alike—in what my Orthodox friends call theosis, or walk, as my evangelical friends say. In short, if Christian novels and movies and blogs and speeches must be stripped of profanity and sensuality and critical questions, all for the sake of sparing us scandal, then we have to wonder what has happened that such a wide swath of Christendom has failed to graduate from milk to meat.”

Why so much Christian art is bad.

I’ve had this ongoing discussion with several friends for years- that there is no grace without a fall, no redemption without something from which to be redeemed. In books, movies, and other types of art, I believe it is important- necessary– to show the to-be-rescued in their full evil and debasement in order for the eventual rescue to mean something. This applies in all art (not just explicitly “Christian Art”, whatever that benighted phrase is supposed to mean).

This, perhaps, is why so much post modern art, with its morally relativistic starting point, carries so little emotional impact for me. Telling me that a piece of art is based on a world with no moral foundation doesn’t make me question the idea that there are absolute morals in the world, it just makes me not relate to the piece of art.

Note that I am *not* saying that all stories need to be tied up in neat packages where the good guys win and the bad guy is either converted or destroyed. Uncertainty is just as much a part of our lives as is the evil that we all see. Denying either is to deny the common experience and trivialize the subject. Christian artists should be the most unflinching when it comes to showing the evil in the world, else where is the value of what we proclaim?

There is a necessary place in art, movies, and books, for the ugly stuff- the profanity, the sensuality, the horrible behavior, the murders, the evil. These imbue the journey of the characters with meaning and make them more relatable to the audience. Without one extreme on the moral spectrum, the other makes no sense. If there is no Great Moral Battle, why would the audience care?

h/t Sean for the link.

ISS Lamp

Filed under: Maker,Space — jasony @ 1:16 pm

ISS Lamp from Nathan Bergey on Vimeo.


Filed under: Audio,Movies — jasony @ 10:53 am

PARADISE RECOVERED wins the Grand Jury prize at the deadCENTER film festival. 1000 films submitted, 100 entered, one winner. Congratulations to Andie Redwine, Storme Wood, and the rest of Team Paradise on this great achievement! That DVD box is going to have laurel leaves all over it!

yup, check out the laurel leaves so far:

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UPDATE: Bad guy Mr. Sawyer (played by really good guy Andrew Sensenig) sends this email:

Good evening to the amazing Team Paradise!

My wife and I had such an amazing time at the deadCenter Film Festival this weekend, and sure wish the entire team could have attended. While we are all very excited about taking home the Grand Jury Prize, I wanted to let you all know something about this festival. Many others have a “best feature, best doc, etc”; however, they are voted on by members of the viewing audience who turn in ballots after a screening. This typically ends up being a contest much like homecoming queen, which is never an equal playing field. deadCenter Film Festival however uses a very distinguished panel of judges that live in this industry, day and night. In particular, the leading judge this year is Nick Cassavetes who has directed such films as My Sister’s Keeper, John Q, The Notebook, and Alpha Dog, as well as writing and producing some of Hollywood’s greatest films. To be voted the best feature in this festival, by such a highly esteemed panel is HUGE!!!! You all deserve a huge pat on the back.

We were also amazed at the extended conversations we had with so many audience members, and in particular, so many members of the festival screening committee and jury. They couldn’t stop talking about all the aspects of the film.

June 11, 2011

Like, Whatever

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 11:54 pm

David Soloway’s wonderful article on the state of literacy should be required reading for every 12th grader. Required as in: if you don’t understand the vocabulary and arguments, you don’t graduate.

Please don’t miss it.


Filed under: Apple,Humor and Fun,Technology — jasony @ 8:07 pm



Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 12:18 am

“Our number-one value isn’t in any of the skills we have. It’s that we’re essentially curious.”

Jim Coudal

June 10, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 10:33 am

Awesome gallery of BTS Star Wars photos. I’ve seen a lot of pics like this, but these were all new to me.

June 9, 2011

Big Brassy Ones

Filed under: Business,Music — jasony @ 12:26 pm

Hooray! EastWest Sounds is finally introducing a Play-enabled brass sound kit. Hollywood Brass is coming out on July 10th. Really great brass sounds have been the one missing piece of my sonic puzzle since updating to Logic a year ago. Can’t wait to see what these things sound like!

June 8, 2011

Add One to the Menagerie

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 9:57 pm

Cool, physicists might just have discovered a new fundamental particle.

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