I’ve heard some say that the soundtrack of the Christmas season is by Mariah Carey, but I would heartily disagree. For me and my house, we long ago chose Phil Wickham as go-to Christmas crooner. His first Christmas album—Songs for Christmas—still holds up years later, and like a Christmas gift you didn’t ask for but totally needed, Wickham has released a second Christmas collection, humbly titled Christmas.
There is an ongoing tension between quality and quantity.
Sure, it would be nice to have both — but most of the time the cost for this is simply too high.
So which is the better route? Is the answer always the same?
This week on the podcast we explore the tension between these two.
Marques Brownlee is a YouTuber known for his engaging, honest, and informative tech reviews of new products. He’s a bit of a hype man for Elon Musk at times and seems to always be at the forefront of tech talk. But he recently did a video a little outside of his brand which was a fun look at how YouTube does compression on their videos. Here the question: “What happens when you re-upload a YouTube video?” Still engaging, honest, and informative, but honestly kinda cool too.
In many church communication blog articles and Facebook groups, I’ve seen a common recommendation: “Use Unsplash photos for your church social media and website”. I’ve done it myself and will again in the future. But there are some very good reasons why your church shouldn’t use Unsplash. And, the more I see Unsplash photos being used, the more true they become.
I’ve written here before about how as humans we need to get off our phones more, and how that came to a head for me as a picture-taking addict. In the video below John Green talks about the evolution of taking pictures / videos and reminds viewers that even with all that cameras are today, they still don’t see everything. And yet, we’ve all become addicted to taking pictures.
I used to write a lot of poetry. In the past few years, though, I have primarily written prose. Prose requires a certain amount of creativity, but poetry—to me anyway—always seemed to something that shouldn’t be attempted without a ton of creative fuel in the tank. That’s why I was really eager to read Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon.