what ready player one gets wrong

(This post will contain a few spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.) Despite what you might conclude from the title of this post, I really enjoyed both the movie and the book.  After seeing the movie, I commented on Facebook that it was better than The Last Jedi and Black Panther - two … Continue reading what ready player one gets wrong

keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone … Continue reading keeping devices in their place

chapter 4: hermes reports

Chapter 1: Eros Chapter 2: Ares Chapter 3: Aphrodite If Ares and Aphrodite were just a little reserved in their enthusiasm for the new CEO's agenda (setting aside their parental pride), the same could not be said for Hermes who would be the next to report. There was not a single department head seated at … Continue reading chapter 4: hermes reports

when tweeting becomes your act of righteousness

Fighting racism doesn't start on Twitter. It starts at home. Talk to your kids. Seriously. Do it now. #charlottsville — Chad Ragsdale (@caragsdale) August 12, 2017 Like all of you I remain not just disgusted but deeply disturbed by the events in Virginia over the weekend. I'm disgusted because racism, hate, and violence are so … Continue reading when tweeting becomes your act of righteousness

too much information

The other day my son came walking upstairs where I was working, and I could tell he was agitated. He was sighing and pacing back and forth. Normally (especially this year) I would assume that something bad had happened during the Cubs game, but I knew they didn't play until that night. "What's up, buddy?" … Continue reading too much information

putting technology in its place (and why you need to go camping)

One of my favorite moments of the summer happened just last week. Some of my favorite memories growing up involved summer vacations spent all over the country sleeping in an old (air-conditionless) pop-up camper. My parents indoctrinated us with the belief very young that this is how "real families" vacationed. We weren't soft, hotel-people who … Continue reading putting technology in its place (and why you need to go camping)

10 ways technology becomes religion, you’ll never believe number 7

To be human is to be religious. There are simply no exceptions. Maybe in a future post I'll choose to defend that statement, but for now I'm just going to let it stand. The religion of choice for much of modern civilization we might vaguely call the religion of progress. It is a system of beliefs and attendant practices (rituals and ethics) organized around the abstract principle of "progress." One of our very favorite ways that we make this principle concrete is through the creation and use of technology.