Eloquent Roundup: WWDC

One major thing happened this week: WWDC. I would be remiss to not link to the writing surrounding it since I spent most of my free time obsessing about the announcements and subsequent coverage. In addition, Oculus announced the consumer version of its Rift virtual reality headset, so naturally I link to a Wired article that was written in June of 2014, just after the Facebook purchase. And a couple other cool things that crossed my radar are noted at the bottom.


WWDC

Phil [Schiller] made quick, smart, informed references to Apple-related podcasts and sites, including mine, that made it clear that he personally reads and listens to our community.


Oculus

The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality - Wired (Originally read in print):

This was the problem with virtual reality. It couldn’t just be really good. It had to be perfect. In a traditional videogame, too much latency is annoying—you push a button and by the time your action registers onscreen you’re already dead. But with virtual reality, it’s nauseating. If you turn your head and the image on the screen that’s inches from your eyes doesn’t adjust instantaneously, your visual system conflicts with your vestibular system, and you get sick.

A portion of an old Michael Crichton book, Disclosure, talks about VR as a technological aside, the likes for which Michael Crichton was known. The reason I bring that up is twofold: it has taken this long (the book was written in the early 90s) to get the technology right and Crichton jokes in the book that in development, many guinea pigs of the system would get sick. I reference something from the 90s, but Palmer Lucky, the founder of Oculus, brought up the fact that just four years ago some of the things they announced yesterday would seem like science fiction. We shall see if they offer something compelling to the masses when the product is released in Q1 2016.


Miscellany

Introducing Spoken.co — Medium:

YouTube for videos. Instagram for photos. Medium for text. What about spoken experiences?

Spoken fills this void. It’s where the world finds a voice, either your own or that of others.

Terminology for OS X Dictionary - Agile Tortoise


Thanks to Brett Terpstra for his extremely useful tool from 2010 that did exactly what I needed this week: TabLinks Safari Extension


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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.