Food for Thought: 2017-07-03

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Really sad: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2017/06/27/disability-advocate-injured-during-health-care-sit-sen-youngs-office/430752001/I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/saving-silence and http://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/education/giving-god-our-attention. Quo...

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

It’s almost time! This year, I am a delegate representing Indiana Michigan Conference. You can find information, including our only resolution at the convention delegate page. To follow or mute updates from this bi-annual event, use #MennoCon17 (twitter, Facebook) on social media and the #MCUSA tag on this blog. I’ll try to do daily updates on Delegate session activity, including the vote on the "Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine" resolution and the Future Church Summit. Any questions...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-25

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:How to preserve land from development? Collectively buy it! (this would be even better if the DNR wasn’t one of the buyers): http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/06/23/land-trust-raises-enough-money-preserve-land-overlooking-white-river/423248001/Kevin Carson has a 4-step plan to address “cost disease": https://c4ss.org/content/48039 Quote:Destroying all unnecessary waste o...

Cocktail Experiment: Round 1

Posted on June 25th, 2017

Inspired by a tale of a Bruderhof recipe (see here), I’ve been sampling different scotch & port combinations. The cocktail is simple: 2 parts scotch1 part tawny port This cocktail is a precursor in flavor to the now-common technique of aging scotch in ruby port barrels or sherry casks. Many of those finished scotches can be very pricey, so one advantage of this cocktail is you can make a very affordable version, if you wish. To test that idea, I asked my wife to help me with a blind taste t...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-12

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy: https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-rainbow-as-theodicy.htmlSMBC asks “Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between ‘should’ and ‘can’?": https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/pressPictures of awesome Australian spiders: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jun/06/close-encounter...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/29/we-need-memorial-day-to-obscure-the-unbearable-truth-about-war/Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technolog...

Food for Thought: 2017-05-29

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode: https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/5/20/five-things-tech-companies-can-do-bet...

Top Links for 2017-05-22

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/20...

Top Links for 2017-05-15

Posted on May 9th, 2017

Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king/Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism: https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/862990067073265664Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality: https://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/everyone-lives-forever/Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunda...

Top Links for 2017-05-08

Posted on May 4th, 2017

'Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies"’: https://backchannel.com/melinda-gates-and-fei-fei-li-want-to-liberate-ai-from-guys-with-hoodies-17f058889a4cEdited to add: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.htmlSURJ has a really solid Values document: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutExistential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: https://twitter.com/existentialcoms/status/86018857281...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist