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I’m trying to recover from the CNMC…I’ll post later.
In the meantime, thought I’d pass along a ridiculous cat video for you. Saw it in the FB feed and laughed…mostly because I spent most of my senior year of college smoking terrible cigarettes and pretending to enjoy french wines and foreign films.
And then…I quit smoking, acquired a taste for fine wines, and became a blogger. It’s kinda the same thing.
As usual, we cut up, I forget to mute myself when I dissolve into the sillies…and the fine gentlemen on the panel, Jeff, Steve, and Billy, take over like the good guys they are.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy some of the totally random, often silly and meaningless, and occasionally deep (or at least honest) reflections that you find here.
I think my blog defies classification. It’s not anything in particular…a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. It’s just a collection of the stuff that I like, or think about, or feel like ranting over, or recommend, or…feel like sharing.
There’s probably a whole lot that this blog isn’t, but there’s one thing that it definitely is, and that is that it’s mine. A reflection of me.
Tomorrow, I’m going to refrain from posting here, or anywhere else, as part of Catholic Media Promotion Day.
You might think that’s a funny thing to do…to go silent on a day for promoting Catholic media. It’s not such a crazy idea. Sometimes the best way to think about things is not to do them.
We often forget that we are reflective creatures, capable of thinking deeply and processing our experiences in such a way that contribute to our growth. Pope Benedict XVI challenges us to embrace silence in our lives to give us that opportunity for reflection.
My friends at New Evangelizers challenged us last year with the first Catholic Media Promotion Day, and this year have embraced the Pope’s call for silence and reflection by encouraging us to go silent tomorrow, Wednesday, and then going back on Thursday to answer the question, “What in Catholic Media has had an impact on me during the past year?”
They’ve set up a forum for sharing. Read about it here.
You might also like to hear what Lisa Hendey of Catholic Mom elaborates on the topic. An excellent reflection here.
Give it a whirl…go silent. If not today, tomorrow. Or soon.
Put away the smart phone, the tablet, the computer, and think about the things that have such a hold on our lives that we have trouble disconnecting, or walking away from it, or living without it. And think about how we can take that and turn it around so that it becomes a source of positive influence in our lives and the lives of others.
I’ll be thinking about that tomorrow as I set aside Tweeting, and Blogging, and Facebooking, and do a little bit of praying, and reflecting and pondering.
I like that word, pondering. Perhaps you’ll do the same.
Capt. Jeff: Okay… I think I have us in a chat room. I still HATE this Skype 5 interface
Maria Johnson: what a goober. so this week, I watched the Avengers, loved it
Capt. Jeff: @Steve: Do you want to do some game show questions?
Steve Nelson: ours is not to reason why. ok, it is.
William Newton: I’m almost ready give me about 5-7 more mins.
Maria Johnson: there’s a lot about music…love it…something about beethoven and shakespeare…love Beethoven, think shakespeare’s a hack
Capt. Jeff: I need more time than that
Maria Johnson: and my favorite composer, vivaldi
Steve Nelson: I can do some Cinco de Mayo trivia – as long as we don’t talk about it beforehand.
Capt. Jeff: ok
Steve Nelson: easy stuff.
Capt. Jeff: What do you think about inviting Jimmy to be on?
Maria Johnson: may crowningings…that should elicit some memories from childhood…I wanna do that
Capt. Jeff: he’s online now
Steve Nelson: I don’t usually give it much thought.
Maria Johnson: I lik him
Maria Johnson: like…LIKE
Capt. Jeff: me too
Capt. Jeff: lik… ooh
Capt. Jeff: yuck
Maria Johnson: ew
Capt. Jeff: brb
William Newton: This chat appears to have become #scandalous in my absence.
Maria Johnson: <Like>
William Newton: Heh
Maria Johnson: I’m going to have that facebook thumbs up made into a stamp and put it on my students papers
Maria Johnson: i think, though, I may have to use it upside down
William Newton: I wish FB had a “Dislike” button.
William Newton: You could be all Caesar in the arena.
Maria Johnson: oooooh…..don’t pull off the toga look these days
Steve Nelson: et tu maria-te?
Maria Johnson: nice.
William Newton: I thought you guys had toga parties at the CNMC.
William Newton: This is very disappointing. Shattered illusions.
Steve Nelson: shhhhh….
Maria Johnson: no, we’re simple folks. we eat cheetohs
Steve Nelson: and oreos
Steve Nelson: and chips a’hoy
Maria Johnson: mmmmmm
Maria Johnson: [we do spike the punch, though]
Steve Nelson: and lots and lots of …. coffee
William Newton: I love Ian Maxfield’s podcast from last year when he was shocked by all the food you guys ate.
Steve Nelson: don’t be fooled. he packed it away just fine.
William Newton: Well he’s a tall guy as you guys mentioned afterwards; you had been expecting a smaller guy and were surprised when you picked him up, if I remember.
Maria Johnson: hilarious guy…I saw him with that tub of cheese puffs
William Newton: I love that he indulges my armchair interest in archeaology and paleontology when we correspond.
Steve Nelson: I thank him for introducing me to Boddington’s beer. Good stuff.
William Newton: A solid beverage.
Maria Johnson: yeah, not too many people today versed in the art of conversation on a multitude of topics
Steve Nelson: I are.
William Newton: Is you?
Steve Nelson: Want to know about scissortail flycatchers or the difference between ferric and ferous oxides?
Maria Johnson: sometimes I think it would fun to have bubbles over our heads in real life. or have a status bar above our heads to hashtag our conversations
Steve Nelson: or how the difference in ferrous and ferric oxides is exhibited in the lithology of fine grained sediments, aslo known as shales?
Maria Johnson: because, clearly, I’ve had too much caffeine this morning
William Newton: This reminds me of an episode of Arrested development where Lucille is angry b/c Lucille #2 has bought the company
Maria Johnson: it would replace the “I’m with stupid” t-shirts
Steve Nelson: Ok, I’m done being pedantic. I’ll resume my role as the dull one.
William Newton: She’s yelling and air-quoting while holding a martini and splashing everywhere and Jason Bateman says, “You know you need to stop quoting when you drink.”
Maria Johnson: well, that about wraps up Catholic Weekend…thanks for coming by, folks, the show never aired because it never got out of the chat
William Newton: Ha!
Steve Nelson: that would be funny – just have Jeff narrate the chat: And then Maria said,”…”
William Newton: I bet C-Span would air it.
Maria Johnson: I have half a mind to copy it and post it on my blog
Maria Johnson: this is your opportunity to say something about having only half a mind…GO!
William Newton: Are we allowed to talk about Joe Biden on SQPN?
Steve Nelson: <rim shot>
Maria Johnson: oh. my. does he have half a mind?
William Newton: That’s true, it might be out on loan.
Maria Johnson: that was…well…rhetorical
Steve Nelson: I think it’s just that the two sides of his brain excommunicate.
Maria Johnson: hahahaha. that’s…really funny
Capt. Jeff: …
William Newton: Sibelius is one of the speakers up the road for graduation this year. My undergrad alma mater comes through in the clutch for heresy yet again.
Steve Nelson: All statements by Steve do not necessarily represent the views of Steve. Copyright 2012.
This gave me pause. I’m not just silencing my phone these days…I’m powering it off.
How ’bout you?
The latest episode of Catholic Weekend features Lisa Hendey and the usual silliness. Listen here.
Meanwhile, our angelic kitteh needs a name. Any suggestions?
Hey! I have a guest post at Sarah Reinhard’s blog, SnoringScholar.com, at, um snoringscholar.com. She’s so gracious with her fun sandbox so I’m playing over there today.
Here’s a little bit of what I say:
We’ve all heard it – The Internet is an insidious source of distraction and evil in contemporary society. It’s true!
I blame a certain little addiction to cute farm animals and shiny pink tractors as one of those distractions. Thanks to family and friends mocking me at every obnoxious status update, I had an intervention and am pleased to report I’ve been Farmville-free for 18 months.
Of course, I’m making light of it – or am I? Social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Google + or [insert your favorite distraction here], can be a powerful time suck. It can be a black hole that takes us away from our families and friends, makes us less productive, and does nothing, nothing to make us better people.
Is it a crazy anti-internet rant? A public confession and self-flagellation left over from Farmville days?
Maybe. NO! One should never rant without a solution. See what a lot of people are doing to inject the internet with some positive medicine. Read the rest of my post here.
Check out Catholic Weekend. It’s a few friends that get together and talk about stuff. Some of it is personal, some of it is current events, but all of it is Catholic — and by that I mean, we’re Catholic so no matter what we’re talking about, it’s coming from that world view.
This weekend’s show was fun! Father Roderick, Captain Jeff and I talk about some neat things. Give us a listen here.
Well, how fun is this? I just got back from the Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City, where I not only wandered around to get autographs for the delightful Angela Santana, who is mentioned in Brandon Voght’s book, The Church and New Media, but Brandon and I sat down together during one of the breaks and chatted with the ustream audience.
My review of his book is currently up at the Catholic Portal over at Patheos.com. I hope you jump on over and read it there.
Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter entitled In the Beginning of the New Millennium (Novo Millennio Ineunte) reminds us that St. Peter and his companions trusted in the Lord when he urged them to “put out into the deep” (Lk. 5:4) and do the work of spreading the Gospel.
This image of the Apostles as fishers of men extends to all of us today, especially those in the field of new media. It charges us with a responsibility to “rekindle in ourselves the impetus of the beginnings and allow ourselves to be filled with the ardor of the apostolic preaching which followed Pentecost.”