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Allen Krell
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Dear Facebook, we have always had an awkward relationship.   After you expanded beyond colleges, I was an early adopter.   I loved renewing acquaintances with long lost friends and classmates.   But, our relationship started to sour.   My first frustration was your confusing mess of ever changing privacy settings and new feeds displays.  Then, I found out that you were using psychological devices in the news feed to manipulate my emotions.

I often found my emotions being manipulated by you.  Over time,  your feed disintegrated into two types of posts.  First were the ‘perfect family’ posts where a small subset of the posters showcased their ‘perfect’ lives and ‘perfect’ families.  Second were those who have chosen to use Facebook to spout their political and social opinions.  I found myself saddened and disgusted by both.

With all the controversies of same sex marriage and the confederate flag, this summer has continued the degradation of our relationship.    One of your best and worse particularities was that you merged my “Work Friends”, my “Childhood Friends”, my “Church Friends”, and my family into one feed.  In the past, when social disagreement in society arose, etiquette and manners provided barriers between those worlds.  Now, when a polarizing topic such as same sex marriage gets discussed, all those worlds collide.  Your feed has now disintegrated into a hateful and ugly mess, showcasing the ugliness of humanity.

Our relationship has mostly run its course.   First, I deleted you from my cell phone to save space.  Now, my check ins continue to decline, I will be at once a week soon.      Like old friends, I may occasionally check in to see how you are doing.  But, over time the status checks will become fewer and farther apart.  In Internet years, our relationship lasted a long time, but all things must come to an end.    So long, and thanks for all the memories
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I'm with you.  Thanks for putting your thoughts in writing. 

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The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing - Quartz
Here's what happened when Google allowed its image recognition software to generate its own images.
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The Shocking Finding From the DOJ's Ferguson Report That Nobody Has Noticed - http://huff.to/1GACA7C
The Department of Justice's 102-page report is a rich source of damning facts about the Ferguson criminal justice system. But tucked halfway in and passed over quickly is a truly revelatory set of figures: the arrest warrant data for the Ferguson Mun...
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way to go Allen. That is great.

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My economic thought for the day.

Climate change is clearly being caused by humankind burning more carbon based fuels than the Earth can properly handle.   We are burning more carbon based fuels than non-carbon based energy sources because carbon based fuels are currently cheaper.  In the long run, economics always prevail.  So, if carbon based fuels become more expensive than the alternatives, they will be replaced.  Hopefully, the crossover point will occur at a point that our planet can handle it.  If it does not, our planet is screwed.  

#climatechange   #EconomicTheory  
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We are told to live in the present.  We must be a good parent today, we must manage money well today, we are to exercise today, we are to enjoy today, we are to enjoy this meal at this moment. But, we are so much more than today.  We are past, present, and future.  We consist of those who have gone before us.  We consist of all that has happened in our lives.  We consist of hopes and dreams yet to be experienced.

In our relationships, we often try to experience them in the moment.  We are told to forget the past and only focus on today.   Relationships are not built in the moment.  They are built on experiences past, experiences of the moment, and the hopes of experiences in the future.  Relationships are built on trust, built on experiences in our lifetime as well as experiences passed down from generations before us.  We so often try to build relationships based on the present, but they are only a shadow what might be.
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Due to a gracious gift from a friend, Penny and I attended Huntsville Symphony’s Orchestra’s “The Science Of Music” concert.  It was a fun depiction of the relationship between science and music.  It included three panelists, a scientist, an engineer, and a philosopher.  The best part was the conclusion of the panelists, that the best part of classical music was not its relation to science, but rather the joy of listening to gifted musicians playing a wonderful selection of music.

This is my place in the Christian life.  It is not about applying Christianity to my daily life, but rather experiencing the journey as the Father, the Son, and the Spirit do their wonderful work.
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I live on Chapman Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama.  It is a neighborhood of 1960s style ranchers built to house those who designed and built the Saturn rockets that sent humankind to the moon.   My neighborhood is currently going through a revitalization stage as the previous generation passes away, and a new generation moves in to renovate.

We have had three weeks now of snow and ice in our town, quite unusual for Alabama, and especially unusual for March.  The last ice is now melting away, but it was cold enough last night that a thick frost was on the trees and housetops as we arose to go to early service on the first week of daylight savings time. I saw at least three people out for an early morning jog.  I saw the fog as their warm breath met the cold morning air.  I was encouraged as I saw our revitalizing neighborhood waking up, even on this cold Sunday morning.
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Psalms in an age of Reason

The thoughts and the emotions of the modern world are led by reason.  We expect evidence for all things.  We base our lives on facts, not emotions.  We are constantly taught that our thoughts come first, then our emotions follow.

In likewise manner, the concept of time in the modern world is very linear in terms of existence.  What existed in the past no longer exists.  What will exist in the future, does not exist now.  We live in the here and now. All that matters is what exists at this moment.

This is why the book of Psalms has become one of the least read sections of the Bible.  The raw emotion seems so out of place in the modern world.   We look for reason, but we get emotion. We see a mysterious world where past, present, and future all co-exist.  We see a world where God exists in one place, as well as everywhere. We get confused, and we push the Psalms into a world of long ago.

The Psalms show raw emotion in a world where time and space intertwine in mysterious ways that we do not understand.  We experience anger, hurt, grief, and joy.  We see a mysterious Triune God of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We see the Son in the past, the present, and the future.  We see a kingdom that crosses time and space. We see a book for artists, not for those who use logic and reason.

This is a mystery, too deep to understand, but available for us to experience.
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Wonderful business class hotel. Its location near Silicon Valley is perfect, the rooms are comfortable, and the staff is great. I slept like a rock.
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Very nice Comfort Inn. Same or better furnishings or conditions as much higher priced high end business hotels. Only draw back is that one side is a bit close to the railroad and the train runs several times a night. The side away from the railway is fine.
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