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Vanderbilt Divinity has Changed Me

This semester marks the beginning of my third year at Vanderbilt Divinity School. It also marks a return to a required MDiv course after two semesters of Ph.D. level seminars. As I am once again confronted with future social organizers, ministers, and other religious leaders who seem to default to contrarian heterodoxy I have found myself taking a step back to reflect on where I’m at theologically. Has Vanderbilt Divinity changed me and — as this is most likely true — has it changed me for the better? Read more...

Posted: Sun, Sep 11, 2016, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min
Tags: #mdiv #vds

Web Proxy for Retro Computing

The move to TLS-secured websites is great for privacy and a good step forward for the Internet. That being said, as someone who collects and uses retro computing technology, this poses a problem; TLS-secured website will not work in older browsers. Further, heavy use of Javascript, larger image sizes, etc. make loading even none TLS-secured websites problematic. —When you’ve got megahertz and megabytes to work with rather than giga or tera, large payloads take forever!— Over the last few days I’ve been ruminating a solution to this problem. Read more...

Posted: Mon, Sep 5, 2016, Words: ~400, Reading Time: 2 min

Audio in Windows 98SE on Parallels 12

When I was in middle school there were four games that consumed the vast majority of my time: Simcity 2000, The Sims, Sim Theme Park, and Spiderman Cartoon Maker. I loved these games and would play them with my brothers nearly every day. Adulthood means limited free time and, in my experience, a desire to in some way escape back to childhood via nostalgia. For me this manifest in my upkeep of old computers and software so I can play the games of childhood. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Aug 30, 2016, Words: ~500, Reading Time: 3 min

2005 Nissan Altima for Sale

Only $3,333.00! 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 168,000 Miles Experience the smooth ride and easy driving of the third generation Nissan Altima in this unique lightly-owned car. 2005 was a facelift year for the Altima with a new grill and an updated rear, so there’s already a lot to like. This car, however, isn’t just any Altima. This burgundy red Altima includes the SL luxury package and has spent the last decade being driven by a librarian. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Aug 28, 2016, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Review: Microsoft Foldable Universal Keyboard

Two years ago I first entered the world of iPad note taking. I was starting my first semester at VDS and had purchased a first generation iPad Air a few months before. My intent was to use my iPad to take notes during lectures and in my many meetings at work. — I was still rocking a giant, heavy HP Elitebook 8760w 17” portable workstation at the office. — I started down the path of pen input, but quickly realized that wasn’t the best way to go. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Aug 23, 2016, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min

No Estimates: Project Management without Guessing

I have long been a skeptic of AgileTM. There is no doubt that team-based, flexible, and product/value-focused software development is the best way we’ve discovered so far to build great, useful software. That, I believe, is fairly established even in the most corporate of environments. What I remain skeptical of is “methodologies” and processes which claim to “govern” and “better manage” the agile software development team and process. In my career I’ve found most of these techniques to serve MBAs’ and project managers’ need to track and quantify rather than to serve the team or improve the craft or quality of software. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Jun 3, 2016, Words: ~1100, Reading Time: 5 min

The Alliance: Honesty in the IT Community

Having recently left one employer for another, the topic of talent retention is fresh on my mind. When I started my new job at LifeWay the director over my department asked me to read The Alliance by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and and Chris Yeh. At first glance The Alliance looked like the typical IT management book. At only about 150 pages with a largish font and a trendy cover, my expectations where not high. Read more...

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2016, Words: ~900, Reading Time: 4 min

Linux Fileshare for Classic Macintoshes

Several weekends ago I got the idea in my head that I needed a fileshare for my classic Macintoshes. The move to HTTPS in recent years has left ancient browsers out in the cold for hitting classic software repositories like Macintosh Garden which meant I needed to either suffer the pain of heavy browsing in Classilla on my iMac G4 or download files on a modern machine that the Macs could get access to. Read more...

Posted: Wed, May 11, 2016, Words: ~600, Reading Time: 3 min