...the SMS version changes the voice of god from that of a wizened poet to that of a text-messaging teenager. Here's an example:Kim White concludes: Are you with me when I say that they jst dun hav d powR of d orignL txt.
4 god so luvd da world
I'm all for reading on cellphones and other portable devices, and I understand using a shorthand language for keying in messages, but why does the published book need to look like an electronic stenographer's notepad? I realize that the form of the electronic "page" is changing the way we write, but I'll be more than a little disappointed if this is the direction we are goingÂtoward a cutesy-looking shorthand that compromises the integrity of the text for the sake of expediency.
There seems to be some interest in gathering after the biblical session at SBL in Philadelphia, to talk about "open" biblical studies. So, acting unilaterally ;) I hereby announce that I will then and there meet with whomsoever is likewise interested!
We will (probably do things like:
* share what projects are around and where have they got to
* talk about their needs
* see if we can find ways (through things like, prioritising, collaborating, a central repository, promoting...) to further the goal of providing impetus to "open biblical studies"
* share a coffee and perhaps a bite of food
If you will be at SBL please mark this in your program book/diary etc.!
I'm not sure what "the foundation of the world" refers to in English. I know what a foundation of a building is. I know about the foundation of some things that are more abstract than a building. For instance, I understand what it means to refer to "the foundation of our democracy." I would think that the Greek word katabole could more naturally be translated here as "creation" even though the lexicons give one of its glosses as 'foundation.' To me both English words refer to the same event, and the word "creation" brings to a reader's mind more easily what that event is. But I can't say that it is wrong to translate with the word "foundation." To my mind, the word "creation" would translate Greek katabole as accurately as "foundation."I hesitate over "created" though. Now, I am sure this is what the writer thinks, but it is not quite what they have said. It is an inference from our presumption of their Christian theology... καταβολή generally refers to founding or beginning something, so how about "before the beginning of the world"?
Why is the web unlikely? Prepare for a moment of geek-speak. For most of us, the web is reached by general-purpose computers that use open protocols - standards and languages that are owned by no one - to communicate with a network (there is no central point from which all data comes) whose mechanisms for transferring data are also open.James rightly points out that we can see the importance of that if we imagine its opposite, a web designed by commercial or government interests:
Why might we not create the web today? The web became hugely popular too quickly to control. The lawyers and policymakers and copyright holders were not there at the time of its conception. What would they have said, had they been? What would a web designed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation or the Disney Corporation have looked like? It would have looked more like pay-television, or Minitel, the French computer network. Beforehand, the logic of control always makes sense. "Allow anyone to connect to the network? Anyone to decide what content to put up? That is a recipe for piracy and pornography."Happy birthday for Sunday, dear Web, and God bless you, warts and all!
And of course it is. But it is also much, much more. The lawyers have learnt their lesson now. The regulation of technological development proceeds apace. When the next disruptive communications technology - the next worldwide web - is thought up, the lawyers and the logic of control will be much more evident. That is not a happy thought.
Want 'War and Peace' Online? How About 20 Pages at a Time?Sorry to poop on your party guys, but frankly the answer is a big "NO!" No way do I want to cough up real money for 20 pages of Tolstoy... A novel is not made up of discrete "chunks" like the songs on a CD. Even the Readers Digest condensed "War and Peace" is not in the same league as the real thing. Include me out, no way no how!
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