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TED Talk Tuesday: Part 3

This TED Talk is a little mindblowing. Embrace your inner nerd (even if you don’t think you have one) and marvel at where technology could be headed. Then consider that this technology is being developed by the government, and wonder what we don’t know about the real cutting edge, and worry about the unintended consequences […]

TED Talk Tuesday: Part 2

I don’t usually stray into poetry and literature here at No Longer Normal, but this was an interesting exploration of visual and poetry. Also, Billy Collins has an amazingly entertaining delivery, and the poem about an adolescent girl at the end is hilarious. It is worth the whole thing just for that!

TED Talk Tuesday

This idea might change the world …

Another Way to Grow Vegetation on a Wall

After learning about the ability to “paint” grass (or clover or ivy) on a wall, comes this: (HT: John Chase)

Not Sure Why You Would Want to …

But apparently, you can now plant seeds on a vertical wall by basically “painting” them on. This is oddly intriguing. HT: John Chase via Google+

The Future of Cars?

I wonder if someday we’ll be along for the automated ride like this. Of course, real world roads aren’t as linear. (HT: Gene Rohrbaugh)

Can the Social Gospel Be a Form of Idolatry?

Scot McKnight answers this question in the affirmative. Here is his take: “For [the one] who has lost God the people [or, the nation]can be a first station on [a] new way.” These are the words of Martin Buber, that brilliant Jewish philosopher. He is reflecting here on the loss of his pietist roots in Hasidic […]

Update from Rob Martin

Yesterday I posted about an attempt from The Simple Way to speak to the injustice they see in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed ordinance basically abolishing feeding the homeless unless you have permits and do it at approved places. My friend Rob Martin decided to participate in this gathering, and wrote about the experience over […]

Picking on the Homeless: Update

My friend Rob Martin will be heading into Philly to participate in an act of civil disobedience with The Simple Way this afternoon around 4:00. Here are some of the detail On Thursday 22nd March, The Simple Way and family will be having a little love feast/radical “food sharing” at Thomas Paine Plaza. We will break some bread […]

Picking on the Homeless

In recent weeks, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the department of health in the city have been championing regulations that would prohibit outdoor distribution of food to the homeless. This seems like the worst of big government intervening with sweeping legislation to solve an occasional problem. I thought I would share the following thoughtful response […]