Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Here is some technological nostalgia from an old guy. Let's go in the way-back machine to 1976.
TV stations were received by rabbit ears (antennae). TV screens were small. You could not record TV shows; it was real time or nothing. In Alaska, where I grew up, we got TV shows two weeks late, because the tapes had to be shipped up from the lower 48 (as we called it).
Music came on vinyl discs or on the radio or live. Music was only portable in car radios. Eight-tracks allowed you to play your own music in the car.
There were no electronic security checks in airports.
Banking was done by talking to humans at a physical location or sending things in the mail. Electric guitars has wah-wah pedals, phase shifters, and distortion boxes and echoplex and reverb. That was it. There were no electronic drums. Synthesizers were just being introduced.
Video games were no more sophisticated than the glacially slow game, "Pong." There was no Internet. Books were bound in paper and not electronic.
Yes, it was pre-historic--and we puzzled less over the black boxes that pervade and dominate our technopolis today.
Monday, June 27, 2011
1. Ronald Nash, Life’s Ultimate Questions. Zondervan.
2. Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates. Barnes and Noble.
3. Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness. Penguin.
4. Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions. Citadel.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Leibniz in The Monadology (1714):
And supposing that there were a machine so constructed as to think, feel, and have perception, we could conceive of it as enlarged and yet preserving the same proportions, so that we might enter it as into a mill. And this granted, we should only find on visiting it, pieces which push against another, but never anything by which to explain perception. This must be sought for, therefore, in the simple substance and not in the composite or in the machine.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. --Isaiah 50:4.