December 8, 2013
I read an challenging supposition.
“…what if the whole water into wine thing is just a metaphor that you should turn something boring into a good time”
Well, what if, instead of seeing the water-into-wine story as a riddle to be solved…
instead of thinking the story accounts for a single, isolated instance of metaphysical magic or alchemy…
we look at the fact that—during the days of Jesus’ walk on this Earth—Romans occupied Jerusalem, and…
anyone having “servants” and six stone water jars at the ready (see John 2:5) is also likely to have belonged to an entirely different social class (and possibly race) than Jesus or the folks he often accompanied.
Perhaps, caught up in the mystery himself, the scribe who later penned the personal account of the apostle John hoped to convey the relatively miraculous idea that—due to the influence of Jesus, his example of Love and Peace—those wealthy, upper-class folks at the wedding feast in Cana saw fit to go ahead and break out the good stuff for the un-entitled (who are likely to have been followers, finding benefit in seeking out or following Jesus).
Maybe this applies to loaves and fishes, as well. With Love, we share what we have and…
December 7, 2013
One of my earliest design gigs in virtual worlds was the development of a HUD* used by students learning the Chinese language. After four or five years, that design is still in use. The image below is from the Chinese Island simulation.
* Heads Up Display – an interactive display with buttons and text that mediates their interaction with the virtual environment.
Note the blue dialog prompt, and the HUD in upper and left perimeters.
Early next year, a group of Monash University students will enter the virtual world of SecondLife™ to experience a variety of simulations; a restaurant, an airport, a medical clinic and a train station. Later, they will actually travel to Italy for a program of study, abroad.
The virtual environment in which they will immerse themselves is modeled on the neighborhood in Italy where they will be staying. The simulations are designed to prepare them for their visit. They will study maps, use currency, become familiar with local fixtures…like signs.
In support of the Italian Studies project, I am developing interactive objects—mainly the scripts—to provide a number of interactions. Students can open a “wallet” at the “ATM” and withdraw virtual currency, then visit a coffee shop and…maybe purchase a cappucino. On touching some of the things they see (think “mouse click”), the name of that object appears as text in Italian and they hear an audio-stream pronunciation of the term.
They will be required to buy tickets, read a public transit schedule, and complete many other tasks during their lessons.
Mom and I did something similar before our visit to New York City. After opening Google Earth and “roaming” the virtual streets around our hotel to prepare for our trip, we were able to navigate that neighborhood as though we had been there before.
So, thanks Mom…for helping field test this sort of technology.
November 28, 2013
Turkey and dressing at the Monument Cafe with Mom and friend, Flora; then, to the park for…
…a slice of quiet.
November 16, 2013
January 10, 2011
2 lbs. Roma tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 medium onion cut into large pieces
4 to 8 large cloves of garlic
1 – 1 1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
Good splash of olive oil
1 pint vegetable or chicken broth
- Combine everything except broth in a large mixing bowl, sprinkling herbs and stirring just to coat.
- Pour onto a large baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for one hour.
- Transfer roasted ingredients to a blender in portions, adding some of the chicken broth, puree.
- Transfer pureed liquid to large pot. Continue until it is all in the pot.
- Simmer for a while, season to taste.
Quantity of herbs are estimated here. Vary amounts when using fresh herbs (I used dried, powdered).
Serve with a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese, croutons, or all of the above.
Makes four to six servings.