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My Serious Selfie.

On my way out of my basement office, on a whim, I stopped for a moment to snap a selfie to see how a single light source worked out. I'm not totally unhappy with the results. But your mileage may vary. :)


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Google’s Cute Cars And The Ugly End Of Driving…

I, for one, welcome our self-driving robot overlords. Especially if it means AJ won’t need a drivers' license. :)

❝There’s a lot of skepticism about self-driving cars. About how successful they’ll be, about whether people will really want to use them, about whether they’re safe. But this is what you should know about autonomous vehicles: They are coming. Inevitably. Inexorably. Coming.❞

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mathonan/googles-cute-cars-and-the-ugly-end-of-driving#.dtBd3xMKGA


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Legal and Academic Equality Nonsense —  Walter E. Williams

❝According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times likelier to attack and kill men than they are women. Such a disproportionality leads to only one conclusion: Sharks are sexist.

❝Another disturbing sex disparity is that despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. Of those killed by lightning, 82 percent are men. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men.

❝Differences are seen by many as signs of inequality. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman put it best: “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”❞

http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/15/LegalAndAcademicEqualityNonsense
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Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

Thirty-Seven million men just soiled their pants…

❝A data dump, 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted on Tuesday to the dark web using an Onion address accessible only through the Tor browser. The files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs. Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump, going back to 2007. The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid. AshleyMadison.com claimed to have nearly 40 million users at the time of the breach about a month ago, all apparently in the market for clandestine hookups.❞

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/happened-hackers-posted-stolen-ashley-madison-data
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#FTFY: In Case of Fire… Levitate!

Saw this sign at a doctor’s office today. Apart from the dubious value of the legally necessary Braille markings, and aside from the questionable wisdom of descending into the flames lurking at the bottom of said stairwell, what struck me most was the clear depiction of levitational abilities.

Of course, this brings to mind other questions best left unasked.

I didn't have a Sharpie on me, so I defaced the sign digitally. ツ Enjoy.


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A moment of thought with AJ.

My son was standing in just the right light, and I asked him to hold still for a moment so I could shoot a photo. He immediately fell into this thoughtful sort of pose. I couldn't help but share it.

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Stephen Colbert, the fool…

I’ve always enjoyed Colbert…  after seeing this interview, I find him even more interesting.

In this interview, he gave an impressive summary of CS Lewis’s passage on laughter from The Screwtape Letters. Following is the original passage for your edification, and a link to the interview. It’s worth an hour.…

« MY DEAR WORMWOOD,

Everything is clearly going very well. am specially glad to hear that the two new friends have now made him acquainted with their whole set. All these, as I find from the record office, are thoroughly reliable people; steady, consistent scoffers and worldlings who without any spectacular crimes are progressing quietly and comfortably towards our Father's house. You speak of their being great laughers. I trust this does not mean that you are under the impression that laughter as such is always in our favour. The point is worth some attention. I divide the causes of human laughter into Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy. You will see the first among friends and lovers reunited on the eve of a holiday. Among adults some pretext in the way of Jokes is usually provided, but the facility with which the smallest witticisms produce laughter at such a time shows that they are not the real cause. What that real cause is we do not know. Something like it is expressed in much of that detestable art which the humans call Music, and something like it occurs in Heaven—a meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience, quite opaque to us. Laughter of this kind does us no good and should always be discouraged. Besides, the phenomenon is of itself disgusting and a direct insult to the realism, dignity, and austerity of Hell.

Fun is closely related to Joy—a sort of emotional froth arising from the play instinct. It is very little use to us. It can sometimes be used, of course, to divert humans from something else which the Enemy would like them to be feeling or doing: but in itself it has wholly undesirable tendencies; it promotes charity, courage, contentment, and many other evils.

The Joke Proper, which turns on sudden perception of incongruity, is a much more promising field. I am not thinking primarily of indecent or bawdy humour, which, though much relied upon by second-rate tempters, is often disappointing in its results. The truth is that humans are pretty clearly divided on this matter into two classes. There are some to whom “no passion is as serious as lust” and for whom an indecent story ceases to produce lasciviousness precisely in so far as it becomes funny: there are others in whom laughter and lust are excited at the same moment and by the same things. The first sort joke about sex because it gives rise to many incongruities: the second cultivate incongruities because they afford a pretext for talking about sex. If your man is of the first type, bawdy humour will not help you—I shall never forget the hours which I wasted (hours to me of unbearable tedium) with one of my early patients in bars and smoking-rooms before I learned this rule. Find out which group the patient belongs to—and see that he does not find out.

The real use of Jokes or Humour is in quite a different direction, and it is specially promising among the English who take their “sense of humour” so seriously that a deficiency in this sense is almost the only deficiency at which they feel shame. Humour is for them the all-consoling and (mark this) the all-excusing, grace of life. Hence it is invaluable as a means of destroying shame. If a man simply lets others pay for him, he is “mean”; if he boasts of it in a jocular manner and twits his fellows with having been scored off, he is no longer “mean” but a comical fellow. Mere cowardice is shameful; cowardice boasted of with humorous exaggerations and grotesque gestures can passed off as funny. Cruelty is shameful—unless the cruel man can represent it as a practical joke. A thousand bawdy, or even blasphemous, jokes do not help towards a man's damnation so much as his discovery that almost anything he wants to do can be done, not only without the disapproval but with the admiration of his fellows, if only it can get itself treated as a Joke. And this temptation can be almost entirely hidden from your patient by that English seriousness about Humour. Any suggestion that there might be too much of it can be represented to him as “Puritanical” or as betraying a “lack of humour”.

But flippancy is the best of all. In the first place it is very economical. Only a clever human can make a real Joke about virtue, or indeed about anything else; any of them can be trained to talk as if virtue were funny. Among flippant people the Joke is always assumed to have been made. No one actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which implies that they have already found a ridiculous side to it. If prolonged, the habit of Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy that I know, and it is quite free from the dangers inherent in the other sources of laughter. It is a thousand miles away from joy it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practice it,

Your affectionate uncle

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Good night, Sleeping Bear Dunes.

We went camping up north of Muskegon and visited Sleeping Bear Dunes with some old friends of ours.

It has been a great, relaxing weekend.


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State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson…

❝For all the attention this summer to the fight over the Confederate battle flag, the less noticed moves by Democratic parties to remove Jefferson and Jackson from their official identity underscore one of the most consequential trends of American politics: Democrats’ shift from a union-powered party organized primarily around economic solidarity to one shaped by racial and sexual identity.❞

http://nytimes.com/2015/08/12/us/politics/state-by-state-democratic-party-is-erasing-ties-to-jefferson-and-jackson.html
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❝The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself wouldn't make any sense if quoted as it stands.❞

— Robert Benchley, in “Quick Quotations” in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936).

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Accidental selfie + photobomber!

I spent Sunday afternoon giving Jen the afternoon off while the kiddos and I took in a movie, explored some run-down building facades and toured a lighthouse.

While trying to shoot some broken windows from within the safe confines of the car, I accidentally reversed my iPhone's camera and took a selfie.

Meanwhile, my little photobombing monkey, Ellie, was ready to take advantage of the moment.

I'm guessing I should just always keep the camera on her! ツ


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  • SAGU
    BA: Cross Cultural Communication; Biblical Greek, 1986 - 1991
    Studied cross-cultural communication, with an emphasis in biblical languages (Greek).
  • AGTS (Seminary)
    MA: Theological Studies (Incomplete), 1994 - 1996
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Stuff I do: Word of mouth, photography, content marketing, social media marketing. Also freelance writer & editor.
Introduction
Marketing Director @ TheBestSchools.org

Previous haunts include visionSynergy, Logos Bible Software/Faithlife, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Zondervan, Christianity Today International, and the Assemblies of God national HQ.

In my off hours, I'm a writer, reader, blogger, PneumaBlogger, social media consultant, freelance writer, photographer, Flickrer & Instagrammer. wannabe “Pentellectual”…and Daddy-er.

I have too many interests. But I’m curious and love to collect ideas. I'll know what I want to be when I finally grow up… someday!
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Published freelance writer & photographer. Tableau Software certified. Social Media flogger & wary technologist. :)
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Content & Word of Mouth Marketing | Writer | Consultant | Photographer
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Writing, photography, analysis, creative solutions, Tableau Software, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel Paint Shop Pro, HTML & CSS.
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  • TheBestSchools.org
    Marketing Director, 2015 - present
  • Free Agent
    Freelance, Consultant, Editor, Writer, 1999 - present
    Editing | Writing | Consulting | Technical Work | Strategy. See: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richtatum
  • visionSynergy
    Communications Director, 2014 - 2014
    » Manage digital communications (email, newsletters, blogs, reports, etc.) » Manage social network & social media channels » Community manager for an online curriculum community » Manage websites » Training and curriculum development » Content creation and creative production (graphics, podcasts, video, blogs, ebooks, etc.)
  • Logos Bible Software
    Word of Mouth Strategy and Public Relations, 2013 - 2014
  • Zondervan | Harper Collins Christian Publishing
    Word of Mouth Marketing Strategist, 2011 - 2013
  • Zondervan
    Content Management Engineer, 2011 - 2011
  • Zondervan
    Associate Publisher for Digital Resources, 2009 - 2010
  • General Council of the Assemblies of God
    Internet and Online Services Analyst, 1991 - 1999
  • Christianity Today International
    Internet Operations Manager, 2000 - 2004
  • Cornerstone Church (Madison, TN)
    Marketing and Media Director, 2007 - 2007
  • Christianity Today International
    Webmaster, 1999 - 2000
  • Zondervan
    Editorial Operations Manager, 2008 - 2009
  • Christianity Today International
    Online Media Managing Editor, 2004 - 2006
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