Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at technology: the good, the bad, the buggy with a Pokémon top ten list and a brand new column, plus five posts from the cyber cellar, a snarky cartoon and high-tech quotations.
You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Enjoy!
Top ten rejected Pokémon characters
With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten rejected Pokémon characters
2. Clintonoid (tie)
Can high-tech love lead to low-touch life?
Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.)
But when he demanded a marriage license from Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to grant it. (You may remember her as the embattled clerk who went to jail rather than being forced to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She was released in a plea deal to have her name removed from marriage licenses.)
Attempting to marry technology, however, is not new!
A video gamer, who goes by the name Sal9000, married “Nene Anegaski,” a character in the Nintendo game, “Love Plus.” The well-publicized “ceremony” was hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a live audience and a real priest. I suspect the honeymoon was spent in his parent’s basement. [Continue reading]
‘Cyber church’ has bats in belfry
Nearly 20 years ago (20 million years in Internet time), I wrote a snarky critique of the emerging “cyber church.” That was in 1998 when George Barna, the wet-finger-in-the-wind church expert, was predicting that, and I quote, “a majority of Americans . . . completely isolated from the traditional church format . . . will roam the Internet in search of meaningful spiritual experiences. Those people will never set foot on a church campus because their religious and spiritual needs will be met through other means—including the Internet.”
I think Barna was completely wrong! [Continue reading]
How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me! (Psalm 139:17-18).
I always wondered how God could be thinking of over 7 billion people at the very same time. (Being eternal and not being bound by time may be part of the secret.) But then I read about a Chinese supercomputer that can perform 34 quadrillion calculations per second. If chips of silicon can do that, then God can easily be thinking about over 7 billion individual people every second of every day!
Cartoon of the week
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. Andrew Brown
Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. Jonathan Sacks
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. B. F. Skinner
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard
Technology is completely amoral. Humans, however, can use it for moral and immoral purposes. jnw
Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.
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