Celebrating murder

by Lon on May 2, 2011

in Character,Culture,questions

So Osama Bin Ladin is dead. But should we really celebrate murder? (ht: sam radford)

I think all forms of evil ought to be stopped, but does this really end the cycle of violence?

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Entering a contest

by Lon on May 1, 2011

in Cause,Environment,future,tech

I’m entering a contest.

I feel uneasy about contests in general, especially about this one.  The Pepsi Refresh project contest has had notorious issues in the past, and there are a number of concerns I have for the way it’s running, but it’s one I feel like we need to take a shot at.

Some of you know I’ve been working on a little web startup called unstash – a platform for peer-to-peer collaborative consumption – ie. it’ll help people share stuff. There’s lots more to it, and I’d love to share more in person – but just know it’s mission is to help combat excessive consumerism, create a more sustainable planet, while cultivating stronger local communities.

1. Vote & Vote daily at http://refresheverything.ca/unstash – Votes count daily & cumulative so we could use your votes every single day for the next while. Bookmark or homepage it if it helps.

2. Share this with your networks and ask them to vote as well. You could simply Twitter / Facebook update / Email your social circles – “Save money, Save the planet – Please vote for unstash on the pepsi challenge at http://refresheverything.ca/unstash

3. Send us some social media love. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on twitter. Track with our blog. Add our link in your signature. Spread the word any way you know best.

4. Consider becoming a part of our campaign team. Send me an email and we can equip you further to support the cause – plus your own unique insights would be invaluable.

I’ll update more as things progress, but voting now early in the contest is critical. Thanks for getting behind the cause, it means the world to us!

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Hiatus

by Lon on April 20, 2011

in art,Character

Ever been on a hiatus?

You’re consistently working towards something that really matters, and then the pause button gets hit.

It usually starts with a really great reason. A legitimate interruption, a well-deserved break, whatever it was, it caused a momentary break in your creative flow.

Then another day slips by.

Then another. Some weeks it makes it to the top of the ‘to-do’ list. Other weeks you forget about it completely.

Some days you want to get back to it, but then you think why rush, what’s another day at this point?  I need a bit more down time, and then I’ll give it my all.

Other days small traces of motivation recur and encourage you to get back at it, but then you dismiss it as silly self-talk.

Yet the feeling lingers.

The worst days are when you revolt against yourself and question yourself at the core, whether you were ever suppose to do any of this in the first place.

Still, you truck on, but then you realize the longer you take, the higher the stakes are raised.  You’re not producing anything, so everyone thinks you’re in hiding away working on your awesome comeback album.  But you’ve got nothing, and the expectations become paralyzing.  You couldn’t pull it off the last time, what makes you think you have what it takes this time around?

Soon enough, you’ve built a mythical army of critics in your head who are ready to pounce on you the moment you start trying again.  And further down the spiral we go.

Now are you on a hiatus?  Or are you avoiding the one life you were made to live?

Photo Credit stewie dewie

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Ken Robinson on Passion

by Lon on March 29, 2011

in Character,creativity,video

Sir Ken Robinson speaking at the school of life on passion.

Your thoughts?

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Pole Dancing for Jesus

by Lon on March 24, 2011

in Culture,Faith,video

I believe in the redemption of all things… but now I wonder.

Your thoughts?

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Rob Bell – Love Wins review

by Lon on March 19, 2011

in Books,Christ

Backdrop: Rob Bell Controversy summary

I was suppose to get an advanced copy of the book, but I think it got lost.  I finally got around to reading it.  You can find plenty of highlights on the interwebs but here’s my quick take.

If you’re looking for things to critique and hate, you’ll find it.

If you’re looking for affirmation of the infinite love of God, you’ll find it.

I’m no academic but from what I can tell Rob Bell hasn’t written anything outlandish and new. What’s new is the book is a great compilation of timely questions and biblically-rooted reflections for today’s culture.

There were some inconsistencies and big gaping holes… but I’ve yet to come across any one unifying ‘theological’ theory of everything that’s even close to being airtight.

What many people don’t understand is that Rob Bell is a poet/artist/provocateur and you can’t read him as you would a scholar or apologist.

I love the title of this recent post regarding Jesus in Japan and Libya: “I was hungry… and you argued about Rob Bell

There are convictions and even foundations worth fighting for. But with the current state of our world, I am for the entire spectrum of those who hope to bring good to humanity.

If you’re a left-wing liberal tree-hugger and that’s your calling and contribution to our good earth, please keep doing so. And if you’re an old school bible thumping bullhorn preacher and that’s how God’s wired you, we need you to keep doing that too, and doing it well.

In the end, I think love does win, but whoever said it wouldn’t get messy?

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Human Planet

by Lon on March 10, 2011

in Culture,life,video

If you thought acquiring your iPad2 was exciting, check out what the rest of the world is doing.

Also for a photographer’s perspective a great audio slideshow by Timothy Allen on documenting the Human Planet.

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In the bread line

by Lon on March 7, 2011

in art,Christ,poverty

Jesus in the breadline

By German artist Fritz Eichenberg

Looking for God? Search the unlikely places.

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