Some of you know that I am most likely moving back to Western Massachusetts at the beginning of next year. I do like California, but W. Mass very much feels like my home, and I'd wanted to return. There is a way that the landscape enriches me, and enfolds me, that I haven't found anywhere else. Thankfully, Ruth is willing, able, and interested to move. So that is the plan.
With just two weeks to go in this mid-term election season, and with things happening fast and furious, I figured it was a good time to catch people up on what's being talked about, and where things might be going. It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks, for sure.
So, Scott has some good answers to the question I posted last. He then goes on to ask what kinds of laptops could possibly be used. This is my answer: it depends. Does the minister just want a way to write sermons on the beach? Then, a simple laptop, with a single USB port for a thumb drive that can then be plugged into an office PC for printing would be all that you'd need. An old one would work fine.
Scott Wells and I are doing tag-team blogging this week, the topic: how well can a used laptop work to run an operating system like Ubuntu, or it's lighter cousin, XUbuntu. Scott's basic question (part 1) is posted on his blog today. Basically, the question is this – how do you provide a minister of a cash-strapped church (or, a seminarian) with a laptop that is affordable, and provides everything that's necessary?
One of the things that I have always wondered about is what the effect of television would be on developing brains. I kinda thought that the rapid increase in the diagnosis of things like ADHD, for instance, might be related in some way. One of the hallmarks of TV is that no visual cut lasts for more than 30 seconds or so, which would seem, to me, to have a potential effect on the developing brain.
I've already posted on Second Life, the newish virtual environment that allows you to walk around a virtual world, buy land, build, interact with people, etc. I registered my healthy skepticism already for SL as a tool for nonprofit organizations, and I decided that for me personally, although I might have been all over this 10 years ago, I think I'm getting to value my offline time way too much to decrease it for something like this.