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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Surviving Disruptive Innovations

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The Perfect Storm

I was one of those "pre-qualified shoppers" on Wednesday, trying to
get in and out of Best Buy as quickly as possible, having decided
exactly what I wanted... Anyway, an interesting article here on shopping in general (and mall
kiosks in particular) from a local marketer...
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From: Brady Flower - Mall Kiosk Success
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:11:41 -0500
Subject: The Perfect Storm
To: Eric The Perfect Storm ***
Dear Eric, Seasons Greetings from Minneapolis! ***
I've been a little quiet the last couple of weeks because
I got the chance to open a cart in the Minneapolis area at
the last minute... for the last nine days before Christmas. I just finished those last nine days. There were lots of challenges opening at the last minute,
and I'm looking forward to perhaps sharing with you the
stories of some of these challenges. ***
One of the challenges that faced all the retailers here in
the Twin Cities areas were reports of a huge blizz…

On a more trivial music note...

...I wonder about Amy Lee's personal view of Jesus? Regardless of what Evanescence is/was, what does she believe as her own person who's accountable to the God who created our universe? (I guess you can take the seeker.TV domain out of the geek but you can't take the "Seekers Television" questions out of the Christian.) From http://web.archive.org/web/20070827083214/http://www.entertainment-news.org/b... (...Co-founder Ben Moody abruptly left mid-tour in 2003...) Q: "Fallen" was first released in the Christian market. Do you consider Evanescence a Christian band? A: Can we please skip the Christian thing? I'm so over it. It's the lamest thing. I fought that from the beginning; I never wanted to be associated with it. It was a Ben thing. It's over. It's a new day.

YouTube - BarlowGirl - Hallelujah (Light Has Come)

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Pondering preterism

I need to research the "preterist" position which, in a nutshell (as I understand it), says that the events of John's Revelation describe the fall of Jerusalem. In our Daily Audio Bible reading we're in Revelation (because its the end of the year now, duh) and I keep thinking, "The fall of Jerusalem was bad, but not THIS bad!" For further study: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preterism

A brief thought on heaven...

Brian Hardin from the Daily Audio Bible just emailed Christmas greetings and wrote: "I remember a year ago writing to everyone and saying how I wish I could sit with you over a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the richness of your story.?? I wish there were time to linger over God's faithfulness in each of our stories and ponder the future's path. Unfortunately some of those wishes may have to wait for now.?? Maybe one day."
Which got me thinking... Will we have "conversations" with fellow Christians in heaven? If so, why say "Maybe one day" (assuming, for the sake of argument, that your audience is truly Christian)? My pastor has emphasized how there will be "work" there and that it's a redeemed world/life rather than just floating on a cloud with a harp... But will it be like "life, only better" or it will be a completely inconceivable "oneness with God"? A rather deep topic on Christmas, which kinda represent…

About World Inc. | Social Response Capitalism = People, Inc.

Listening to a podcast of an interview with the author. Hmmm... http://www.worldincbook.com/about_book.html

Twitter as printing press - it's movable type and you do with it what you wish

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Pondering "leadership" again

I have to dig out my old podcast that quoted Gardner Campbell and the idea of leadership in the context of the "edupunk" movement: edu!edu!, or, living in the antechamber of hope ?? Gardner Writes http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1/?p=662

The Visible Media Maker

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I think I have "Social Media" figured out!

Okay, after a full 24 hours of soul-searching, I think I've got it. Bear in mind that I live in a mental world of metaphors... and that's what it to come up with the following, with full props to Rick and Mylk and everyone who works on the excellent Social Media Breakfast here in the Twin Cities...
We're looking forward to the upcoming CPBMSP #23! This month's Breakfast will continue to explore the new (but rapidly maturing) phenomenon of "Cocktail Parties" with a multitude of topics:

Drambuie vs. Glayva: Bringing Variety to your Cocktails!Marketing plastic storage containers through Cocktail PartiesHow to mix Selling Candles and Sipping CocktailsCocktails and Cooking: Hold a Pots and Pans Party!In planning our upcoming meetings, we're also hoping to have a discussion about some emerging uses of Cocktail Parties:

Some religious groups will gather in homes in what they call "Bible Studies;" since the consumption of cocktails at these gatherings is m…

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What is "social media" good for?

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s Social Media Breakfast because its topic (health care) has the potential of talking about something that actually means something.

Let me back up.

I’m a fan of the “get rich quick” internet stuff (ever since the pre-internet magazine ads attracted my attention in the 1980s; I was too cheap to send in the $19.95 to find out the “secret to millions,” though I suspect the answers lay along the lines of “Run ads in magazines asking people to send $19.95…”). The problem is that most of the “get rich quick” marketing appeals to others who are marketing the same thing – “buy this $1000 seminar so that you can learn my secrets that have gotten me rich as I sell seminars”.

There are a few “real products” like weight loss or stock tips but, aside from Russell Brunson’s star pupil Joy Anderson (who sells information on how to start a preschool out of your home), it seems there’s very little “real content” to be had or sold.

I feel the same way about “social m…

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Pondering relationships

I've been meaning to post an interesting "juxtaposition" that happened to me a few days ago. As I wrote once on Facebook (part of one of those "X-many random things about me" memes) that I care very deeply about people... but they probably don't know it. On the same morning, I got two emails from friends that were pretty close a dozen years ago; we're still on great terms but just aren't in touch much. One replied to a mass-mail I sent to a group -- and we're getting together for lunch today. The other guy confirmed what I'd feared from some Facebook evidence: he and his wife are separated and planning to divorce. The former is an illustration of how "the church" works: after years, we still share a connection. The latter is an example of how "the church" fails. This couple shouldn't be splitting up. Something went wrong. His friends should have been able to help him. We didn't even know anything was wrong... a…

1 John 5:1-21?

(Open and public) note to self: Check into this translation of 1st John 5:1-21. The December 5th reading had some interesting language about "degrees of sin" that I hadn't caught before: Podcast Title: 1 Year Daily Audio Bible
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Yes, "computer literacy" is really important and should be taught!

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A theology of "giving generatively"?

I attended tonight's "Soulstice" service with my so-far "thorough skimming" of Peter Rollins' "How (Not) to Speak of God" in mind.  My concern in general around that book (and about the Emerging/Emergent Church, as much as I like to label anything) is the charge that they value conversation or dialog, not as a means to pursue understanding of the one real Truth, but as an end in-and-of itself because there's no one Truth to pursue.Much more to be said on that another day.But tonight's message was on "Gift" -- something of a pet topic of mine ever since it was the sole topic of my Theology 101 class my freshman year of college (in my pre-Christian days).  Pastor Micah Witham's terminology is that we should give not merely "generously", but "generatively" -- that our giving should parallel the work of Jesus, which "generated things" -- new from old, life from death, etc.  I like it.Micah's meta…

On Angels and Emergence

Two brief, unrelated thoughts to-be-journaled later. 1) Yesterday's daily Bible reading came to Daniel where the angel appears to him and says he was detained by the "prince of Persia" -- a competing demon, according to John Eldredge. Something I've not studied much but want to. Matthew 18 spends much time talking about angels and their acts/hopes/conduct, from the mouth of Jesus Himself. I think the evangelical church has ignored "angelology" and, while I think it's quite odd and "spooky," it's incredibly Biblical. 2) I'm just starting to read "How (Not) to Speak of God" by Peter Rollins, which talks of the "emerging church" as being on a "journey" in the context of wandering OT prophets who seemed strange to their culture. But when I read Paul (and others in the NT), the theme seems to be "That's all been fulfilled; now it's the goal-goal-goal of Jesus and Christ-likeness. Clear as a bell!…

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