Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Golden Fleeced?

A day late, or so, but good analysis by Danny O'Neil on the Golden Tate catch Monday night vs. the Cheese. 

My analysis: 
1) Wouldn't be an issue if it was any team but the Cheese, the Belichicks or the Stealers! 
2) If it was caught by the Cheese, the national media would be saying things like "The Cheese did what great teams do - put themselves in a position to win", and 3) See O'Neil's #4 and...get over it!!!

Mid-Week Tech

Celebrating 25 billion (Dr. Evil voice) downloads, the Google Play store is having a sale! via @androidandme

Oh,  Apple and Appley-fans  via @techcrunch

Redbox and Verizon to team up before Christmas via @gigaom

But, you can buy followers too! Views vs. Followers via @bgr

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Miracast Wireless Display

Wi-Fi Alliance CEO on the Miracast wireless display for Android  via @androidandme

The Wife of Jesus?

All over the internet this week has been the story of a fragment of an ancient Egyptian document with the words "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'" In all, the fragment contains just 33 words and incomplete sentences - an English teacher's worst nightmare! Karen King of Harvard University, one of the scholars charged with analyzing the fragment, stopped short of saying this proves Jesus was married, only to add that some ancient Christians thought Jesus was in fact a woman...just to clarify...thought I'd throw that in for free!
Over the years, as these sorts of discoveries are unearthed and plastered all of the media, I've found these scholars (and there are more) to be level-headed, fair and accurate in their commentary. Check it out!
Darrell Bock
Craig A. Evans
Larry Hurtado
Simon Gathercole

Monday, August 27, 2012

Thoughts on Commentaries

Finally feeling the doors of time are opening to do some more reading - actually to catch up on reading is more like it - I've once again got a stack of books beside my night stand that's too tall and more than I can read before I need to return them to the library!

A few of the books in the stack are commentaries, two on Matthew's gospel and one on Luke-Acts. Commentaries have always been a love of mine for 20 years. I've referred to them, I've studied with them, I've read them. However, this love isn't without frustration; a frustration of two paradigms.

It is common - too common - that many authors write commentaries that are either too technical or too superficial. They are not always to be blamed since the vast majority of them are contracted to contribute to a series, managed by a publishing house. On the other hand, a balance between the technical and the practical is truly difficult to achieve.

In the intro to his Matthew commentary, theologian Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University) has some interesting thoughts on commentating (I am summarizing here), which I think can bridge this often artificial gap:

1. Don't write about the author, as if the book is fixed to a point and time; write with the author as if the book is written to us.
2. Retell the story as Matthew tells it.
3. Write so as to create a hunger in your audience to re-read Matthew.
4. The commentary is not a substitute for the Gospel. Hauerwas organized his commentary according to the chapter divisions of Matthew in the hopes that people would read Matthew first and then turn to his commentary for reflection/interaction.
5. An approach that the Matthew (and the bible, really) is a narrative (essentially) and not a poem to find meaning in every stanza.
6. Avoidance of sectarian and high-brow language.
7. No over-preoccupation with one, singular, over-arching meaning.
8. "Assertions are reports on judgements that require further inquiry." Think about it!
9. Respect for Matthew's compositional austerity and reticence displayed in his "gospeling".
10. No over-preoccupation with what we really don't know!

A long list, I realize - and I'm not usually one for "lists" - but good food for thought. If we never write a commentary, no worry - our lives should be commentaries!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Art of Reading...Narratively

Paul Borgman's "The Way According to Luke" is an interesting study in the art of biblical narrative reading. Borgman, an English professor, knows the playing field and writes his work to level it for the modern reader of Holy Scripture. Early in his book, however, he's honest about what he sees as inbred problems facing those that have been told that reading the Bible is a good thing. Basically - we don't know how to read! Oh, we read...but not with great skill. Borgman lists 5 challenges to skilled scripture reading:

1. We readers miss meaning because we read the text (but silently and without on-going reflection).
2. We read piece-meal.
3. We are strongly predisposed.
4. The text appears choppy.
5. We can be committed to liturgical practices that reinforce our bad habits.

Thoughts? Shout them out below.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Latest article on Husky Haul

The Huskies are about to embark upon a foreign tour which will take the team to Europe and Africa. Games will be played in Barcelona, Nice, Monaco, Paris before wrapping up in Aziz N’Diaye’s native country, Senegal. The last few weeks have been very busy at Montlake and this tour will certainly not aid in slowing things down. As the Huskies eye the date of their departure (August 25th), what will make a successful trip?

In a recent interview on KJR’s Mitch in the Morning program, Romar stated that this year’s team may settle into a more defined rotation earlier than in years past. I imagine, barring injury, the starting five are Gaddy, Wilcox, Suggs, Simmons and N’Diaye. They key for the Huskies, long term however, may well be that second rotation - however deep - off the bench. Romar’s shown in the past that minutes are there, but minutes must be earned. Though it’s early, we may see someone emerge from the bench that mandates minutes, even if they remain part of the second rotation.

New High Post Offense
On the heels of the Dawgs hiring former Western Washington University head coach, Brad Jackson, Romar announced the change from a motion offense to a high post offense. The high post offensive set is often attributed to John Wooden, who of course used it to great success at UCLA. Though there are varieties, the basic philosophy is to employ the strengths of each member on the floor, with proper spacing and flexibility in attacking the basket - oh, and a high post!

The reason Romar sited for the change, was that it better fit his personnel. It’s difficult to say what impact the Jackson hiring had on the decision, since he ran the high post successfully at WWU, but it does signal a shift in offensive philosophy, at least. Regardless of the origin and goal of the new offense, the overseas tour allows the Huskies to begin to draw upon its unique characteristics and gain a deeper level of familiarity with its intricacies. With guards who see the floor well, and athletic big men who can knock down perimeter shots - I’m thinking of Jarreau and Simmons - the new offensive set will likely provide the structure that, at times, seemed to lack last year.

This tour, due to NCAA rules, can only be taken every four years. In addition to being a life changing cultural experience and providing some additional exposure for the program, the European/African tour will mark the first step in what is shaping up to be a very intriguing season. Go Dawgs!