When is it too early to start training?

I’m a big fan of having active kids. I’d rather have my kids making a ruckus in the house over watching T.V. Where is the line between advocacy and being a pusher?

Read the NY Times article here

It’s snowing outside in chilly Detroit for the first time this year as we kick off December and head into the Christmas (& more holidays) season. Another thing that mark’s the coming of Christmas is 24 ways.

24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. Each day throughout December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.

Check out 24ways.org daily for new tips and techniques.

4th Amendment Wear

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These underwear definitely make a statement. I wonder how legible they will be during a scan and how TSA agents will react.

Great quick idea to new tech.

Fried Eggrolls by Burnt Fat, on Flickr

This week America celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday.

How focused will you be on giving thanks on Thursday? An article from Mashable states that 50% of Americans admit to checking their work email on vacation days. Sadly, I’m one of those 50%. My excuse is that the internets are on 24 /7 so, I do need to make occasional corrections to the web sites that I manage.

I’m shooting to spend the day off the grid and urge you to do the same (unless it will get you fired). Let’s see if the world will end if we take a break from the grid.

Leave a comment if you plan to take a day off and leave the crackberry, iphone, or android off.

Courageous Church of Atlanta has a great creative use of Google Places Coupons. A coupon for free breakfast. For anyone who knows me, the fastest way to get me to show up to an event is to feed me. Check out the coupon here.

Courageous Church Google Coupon

I ran accross this after following Shaun King‘s  tweet for people to write a Google Places review for the church (another great use of crowd sourcing your advocates).

AND Conference Media Player

Granger Community Church hosted the AND Conference this fall. Generously, GCCWired offers the videos of the main sessions for free viewing. See them here.

The conversation focused on “the Genius of AND – the power to combine missional AND attractional strategies to reach our changing world. 

They wrestled with the question: “What would it look like if established churches used their strength and size to release missional communities AND virus-like growth?”

Arts Mash Up

My favorite part of this conference is the Arts Mash Up. GCC gives several ministries of difference sizes the same message to present. It is amazing to see the different productions revolving around the same theme.

The quality of the presentations are amazing especially from the “smaller” churches. Resources go deeper than money & equipment. No matter the size of your church, you can produce compelling media.

Here are some notes from the web on the conference:

  • Kem Meyer’s notes on her breakout session, “Increasing Chaos With Less Clutter?”. Get them here.

It’s great to see a corporate ad team pull off a great video based off successful online video memes . Far too often the corporate agency “dosn’t get it” and trys to hard to hit an idea that joe average discovered.

This video reminds me of an Improv Anywhere video.

Horay for T-Mobile.

On 11/15/2010, facebook announced their new modern messaging system including the “Social Inbox”. Mark Zuckerberg responded to claims that facebook is launching a “gmail-killer” with “I think Gmail is a really good product”. Techcrunch paraphrases Zuckerberg:

He noted that email is too cumbersome. There’s a subject field, a formal greeting, a closing. Teens are using SMS and IM because it’s much simpler.

While I’m an avid tweet-er, this shift in communication scares me. As Zuckerberg embraces a future that he extrapolates to thrive on informal communication, I mourn the loss of complete sentences. Gone will be the days of full thoughts as sentence fragments and 140 bleeps  champion conversations.

Informal conversations helps some let our guard done and speak freely. On the other hand, the inability to hold a thought and expound upon it in long run-on sentences as I do may hinder  the growth of truly original thought, ideas and innovation.

Call me an old foggie. My vote is to keep the greetings and closings on communication.

Christmas remains one of my favorite times of the year. I love the snow, the rich music, time with family, warm cocoa and of course the reason for the season – the gift of Jesus Christ our Saviour to the world.

Amidst all the Christmas cheer lies one element that’s hard for me. Drafting the Christmas wish list. While I am truly thankful for the gifts from others, I find more joy in giving than receiving. I have more than enough toys and as a tech geek find it difficult to relay the specific well researched products I would enjoy under the tree. (For example my Amazon Wish List)

Scott Harrison‘s talk at the Catalyst Conference urged me to give up receiving Christmas gifts for others. My heart aches for those tragically affected by a lack of clean water in Africa.

This Christmas I’m giving up “gifts” for a local cause. My mother-in-law aka Grandma Joy was victim to grand theft auto recently. She is a single mom in need of a reliable vehicle. Grandma Joy continually gives to others, volunteers in the lifechurch Kids ministry and bakes a lot of yummies.

Let’s come together and raise support so a Grandma who gives so much can get around town. So, if you planned on getting me a gift this year please donate to the chip-in below instead. I will also be donating all the proceeds from my affiliate links and advertising from this site.

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Think interviews Carlos Whittaker (Ragamuffinsoul.com) at Calibrate Conference 2010. Carlos shares on work life balance, creativity and reaching people where they are at – walking around with their phone in their face.
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