The Story of Sadhu Sundar Singh

Story Of Sadhu Sundar Singh by Cyril J. Davey presents the story of the life of a young Indian mystic who rebelled against God.  After struggling with his life, he finally sought God and received an answer when the Lord Jesus appeared to him.  From that point on Sundar Singh lived the life of an Indian holy man who was totally committed to Christ.  His ministry stretched across India, into Tibet, and around the world.  All this took place during his 39 years of life.

Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), the son of a wealthy landowner in the Punjab plain of India, was a prime candidate for becoming another honored member of the “Singh” (lion) family.   God had other plans. Continue reading

Sociolinguistics studies affect on practical TESL

#3 Discuss how the topics in sociolinguistics will affect your practice in TESL and other relationships.

This Sociolinguistics class covered a variety of topics, and has proven very enlightening about communication styles and political attitudes in the United States concerning language education and very practical in how to deal with communications between cultures and genders. Continue reading

Nikon’s Mega Lens 1200-1700mm

The mega lens!

Popular Photography shared an image from the Italian newspaper La Stampa showing Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez using  the mega  Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED in Rome.

According to Popular Photography the lens that Nikon briefly made in the early 90s, which sold for $60,000-$75,000. Apparently it weighs about 35 pounds!

Read Reuters description of using this looooong lens in France back in 2007 (although they modified it to fit a Canon body).

 

I remember getting to borrow a Nikon 400mm lens when I was at the Mountain Workshops in Kentucky for shooting off the top of a bell tower. I thought that was pretty cool but imagine shooting eyelashes from three blocks away with the 1200-1700mm!

Here are other incredible lenses that are worth checking out for the extremist photographer!

Bad News: Is knowing better than ignorance?

“It’s something you’d expect from Ebenezer Scrooge: Firing 20 employees of a sandwich shop days before Christmas.” That’s how WGN-TV described the firing of 20 workers.

For me, as difficult as that news may have been, I think I’d rather know bad news like this before the big Christmas day instead of right afterwards especially considering how people often overspend in preparation for Christmas. At least the newly unemployed could cull their gifts to something that matches their new budget instead of trying to convince family members to let you have their gifts back or to look for cash exchanges for the gift cards they gave you!

What about you? Would you want to find out after Christmas or before if you were about to lose your job?

Communication Styles

Compare and contrast the communication style of American Indians, Israelis, and Black Americans based on readings, include why they choose to communicate in certain ways.

Being a part of community is vital to interaction between societies of every background.  In this essay we will consider some of the ways American Indians, Israelis, and Black Americans retain their sense of community between those who belong to those communities and exclude those who do not belong within their communities. Continue reading

Charity Publicity via Reddit

Heifer, the non-profit that helps poor by providing training, and animals around the globe, just received a big publicity boon from none other than billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

He participated in Reddit’s Secret Santa gift giving and made one Reddit user very happy. It also was a great marketing promotion for Heifer!

Read the story here:

Bill Gates Shares The Holiday Spirit With One Very Surprised Reddit User – Forbes.

Searching for Meaning in Life

The human race is continually searching, searching for the one thing which has eluded generations, but only because they are looking in all the wrong places.  It is as if they were to go to a grocery store knowing that they came for something but not remembering what it is.  With eyes drifting across the shelf, they glance at the top and at the bottom just in case that one item was tucked away in some recess.  Walking through the aisles their cart is filled with all sorts of products, but not one seems to be that for which they came.  Upon arriving home they unload their newly acquired goods and enjoy them for a while, but they eventually realize that that one product is still missing.

In John Updike’s Pigeon Feathers, young David is confronted with opposition to his faith in God.   Continue reading

DiGiorno Pizza Newsjacked the “Sound of Music”

I found another great example of newsjacking. DiGiorno Pizza got attention during the NBC’s Live Sound of Music Broadcast when they tweeted a series of messages drawing attention to how pizza should have been or “must” have been included in this production. This is classic and hilarious newsjacking!

DiGiorno Pizza live tweets ‘Sound of Music Live!’ Hilarity ensues

Here are some other examples  of newsjacking to get your mind going!

 

Photography Projects that show a worldview of life

Where Children Sleep is a project by photographer James Mollison that shows children from around the world and where they sleep at night. See some of the images here.

While I’m not particularly fond of the stark white “studio” shots of the kids themselves, I like what Mollison did with showing how people live through this collection of images. Nice idea!

A similar book that I’m reminded of by Where Children Sleep is Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Menzel, et. al.