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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I heard from some ACU grad students yesterday that they want me to post BEFORE 8:00 (which I usually do . . . but was a bit late yesterday) so they can check at the beginning of class. Have you ever noticed the number of comments from ACU graduate students? Have you ever thought about the fact that many of them are reading and posting WHILE IN CLASS? It's called laptops and wireless connection. Don't you love the image of a student nodding knowingly, while surfing to ESPN.com for last night's boxscores? - - - - I've been braindead recently. It happens every late spring, but seemed worse this year. I just ran out of creative ideas. I try not to worry about it, but sometimes irrationality overtakes me and I wonder, "Maybe I've said all I have to say?" Yesterday morning at 6:00 a.m. the wind must have changed directions. The muse of creativity returned. Not for long. Maybe just for two hours. But for two hours insights and ideas came rushing faster than I could write them down. It was like switching from 14.4 dial-up to broadband. Maybe in a week I'll look back and think those "insights" were stupid. But for the moment, it's nice to believe that my brain isn't in permanent freeze. - - - - To think that as of June 8 the Yankees are under .500 -- oh, baby. You've got to love that. $220,000,000 a year in payroll can buy you the best players. But it can't guarantee that you'll win. (I mention this now fully believing that the Yankees will be playing in the Series in October!)

29 Comments:

  • Thanks for the info about ACU students blogging during class. I don't feel so guilty now doing it from work. Oops. I shouldn't have said that (for Harry Potter fans).

    Tony

    By Blogger Tony Arnold, at 6/08/2005 05:11:00 AM  

  • Back in my day, we didn't have laptops in class. If we wanted to catch the latest news we had to sneak in a newspaper and hide it in our Trapper Keeper. That's the way it was and we liked it!

    These young whipper snappers and their fancy laptops...why didn't I think of that???

    By Blogger Lisa, at 6/08/2005 05:19:00 AM  

  • I'm exposed!

    Today, it's Advanced Intro. to the New Testament. (C'mon, 8 hours a day for a week! Gimme a break!) And to think they call this a "short course."

    And as far as the Yanks go, I'm in Seventh Heaven. The Sox are in first place if they are above the Yankees, but really seeing the Bronx Bombers (given new meaning in 2004) sincerely struggling brings me joy.

    Gotta go now. I have to nod to the Prof. in agreement...

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 6/08/2005 06:20:00 AM  

  • Mike
    Thanks for the shot out to the grad. students. Mike it seems that you have some anger issues with the Yankees. Have you ever thought about calling Dr. Phil to see if he could help you with that problem? Maybe some of your close friends should plan an intervention before it gets worse.

    By Blogger Luke, at 6/08/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • Mike, thanks for the early post. I am sitting in class right this moment, eating a Smores pop-tart (healthy breakfast), and drinking an AMP energy drink (8.4 fl. oz., but 30 grams of sugar). I have not been to espn.com yet, but I have checked my fantasy team.
    Oh, the joy of laptops and wireless internets. However, as a preacher, I hope that the day never comes when the laity bring their laptops into church.

    By Blogger Josh Ross, at 6/08/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • The best thing I've done in class is use my Apple iBook and the iChat program to broadcast a lecture to my pal in Belgium. From the middle of West Texas my little notebook microphone picked up the professor's voice, transmitted it halfway around the world in real time, and my buddy got to listen to 30 minutes of lecture on evangelism! At today's tuition rate it looks like we cheated ACU out of about $3,000 for that 30 minute segment!

    And yes, laptops and wireless have taken the "passing notes in class" thing to a whole new level.

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 6/08/2005 06:24:00 AM  

  • Hey, that's my son (and my money) that's blogging during class!

    Shut that thing off and listen to your teacher, boy!

    (Thanks for the heads up, Mike.)

    Affectionally,

    Steve Jr.'s Dad

    By Blogger MarkS, at 6/08/2005 06:34:00 AM  

  • Just don't shout too loud about our in class laptop habits, we don't want to hurt the professors' feelings. :-)

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 6/08/2005 06:42:00 AM  

  • Blogging has become a beast.

    My best friend and I rarely talk anymore -- we blog, e-mail and IM our way through life, as well as through the lives of those we care about.

    Of course, occasionally she's gotta come to Memphis for sushi 'cause I still haven't quite figured out how to get it to attach correctly to an e-mail. Outlook corrupts the sashimi, it seems.

    By Blogger Q, at 6/08/2005 06:58:00 AM  

  • Wow...three of today's Grad Student post-ers are all in my class (including myself).

    Drifting in and out of Romans...

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 6/08/2005 07:08:00 AM  

  • Oh yes, those poor, poor Yankees. My heart really bleeds. But on the flip side, how about them Cards?????!!!!!

    By Blogger Buzz, at 6/08/2005 07:12:00 AM  

  • Amen to Buzz! Why talk about the sorry Yankees when our Cards are kicking butt and taking names?!?!?!
    Just ask the Red Sox. And speaking of the pin-striped gang, they come to Busch this weekend. Reckon anybody will show up? :)

    GO CARDS!

    By Blogger David U, at 6/08/2005 07:23:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I don't know what Grad Students you were refering to, but I'm kind of offended. The nerve of some punk grad student asking you to comment early so that their time is free to surf the net from 8-5! Talk about a lack of priorities! It is as if online poker, reading about the emerging church, watching Fight Club, and looking at hundreds of online videos of great white sharks is somehow more important than your blog. That is sad to me. This selfishness is what is wrong with today's seminary student. How do they get such a good connection to the web anyway? Its almost like some middle-aged minister who's son is a total tech-head brought in his own wireless hub and hid it behind the computer cart to boost connectivity rates. And another thing: Last week in my short course I shared the back row with Casey and Luke and I'm here to tell you that we never, never, never "nodded knowingly" the entire week. Don't paint everyone with that brush buddy. No sir. It was heads down and surfing all the way. I'm sure lesser students like Ross and Holt Jr. might fall to the hypocritical temptation of lukewarmly fadding back and forth between lecture and surfing but I'm here to tell you that makes me (and God) puke. Pick a side: pay attention or surf with pride!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 6/08/2005 07:44:00 AM  

  • Guilty as charged! I too must confession I catch up on my blogs during my graduate classes; however, mine aren't till night, so feel free to post ANY time during the day for me! I'll give ya all day to come up with your brilliant ideas! ;)

    As for the series, I'm going to have to agree with David and support my hometown boys, the Cardinals! Only time will tell if we'll have to pull out the brooms today following the 3-game series with the Sox! ;)

    By Blogger FeedingYourMind, at 6/08/2005 07:48:00 AM  

  • Heh, I can remember sitting in Business Communication class (THE most boring and ineffective class) and thinking I was brilliant b/c I figured out how to play games on my PDA! What I could do these days with my iBook!!!

    I do hit the blogs and surf the web all morning long while I'm at work. I'm a good multi-tasker (like I have a choice).

    Thanks for the interesting blog postings!

    GO BRAVES!!!

    By Blogger Sarah, at 6/08/2005 08:03:00 AM  

  • Last night, my boy and I got to see Pedro pitch a no-hitter into the 7th. (Will the Mets ever get their no-hitter?) He went the distance in a 3-1 win over the Astros. Just as sweet was watching the scoreboard: Yanks losing, Cards winning. All was right in the world.

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 6/08/2005 09:41:00 AM  

  • I definitely think students have it easier these days. Oh to have the present technology back in the 80's. About the best we could do for classroom boredom was to have the handheld Mattel Classic Football on mute. Probably still would have gotten caught. At OCC the penalty of getting caught would probably have been to listen to a few chapel tapes, and write a report.

    Go Cards. This is the year.

    By Blogger EBC, at 6/08/2005 10:01:00 AM  

  • Q - Great to hear from you again! How's life in Memphis?

    Quile (I'm only responding to people with Qs in their name) -- I am trying to think of a middle-aged minister I may know whose son could pull off such a feat of technology. Strangely, your name comes to mind. You de man!

    Now a note to anyone who may be in my freshman Bible class this fall: I'm thinking of installing mirrors in the back of class so I can see what's on YOUR side of the screen!

    By Blogger Mike, at 6/08/2005 10:08:00 AM  

  • I know this is a stretch, but here goes...

    Speaking of sports, how about the NBA Finals! It's great to see two teams playing for the title with no big-ego, overpaid superstars (I guess Tim Duncan could be labeled a superstar, but he does not have a big ego and is not overpaid). Two teams that actually play team basketball and good defense. Should be a great series.

    Oh, by the way... GO PISTONS!

    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 6/08/2005 10:10:00 AM  

  • My woes remain with the Astros. Glad to see the Yanks in the bottom as well, but it is all for naught. With the exception of the Cards in first the world seems a little backwards this year. Astros are usually out front, and of course the Yankees are typically dominant. But the biggest thing is the Nationals in first? My goodness. It's like all they needed was to leave the land of French speaking and go to the land of Freedom Fries and all is well.

    My dad has always been on the cutting edge of technology. My dad was planning and scheduling and reading and doing only God knows what with the earliest portable devices during church. Then he downloaded the Bible to his Palm and he could show the preacher, no look, I'm paying attention. (My dad leads singing and so is usually in one of the first rows.)

    By Blogger Kyle, at 6/08/2005 11:25:00 AM  

  • Mike, how I WISH it was only grad students. No, sadly, my high school students are just as active with their laptops, text messaging, and picture-taking cell phones. Oy!

    You know how I feel about the Evil Empire. If it wasn't for Tampa Bay, they'd have a firm grasp on last place. Hee hee.

    Meanwhile, my Angels go to face the Mets for the first time later this week. Who would Nolan Ryan root for? Hmmmmm. Interleague play messes with my head. John Lackey vs. John Smoltz? I mean, that was just COOL!

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 6/08/2005 01:00:00 PM  

  • Actually, as far as people on the net during church?

    If some has a wireless capable PDA as I do, and uses it as a Bible, as I do, it would be very easy to access a church's Wireless internet.

    Not that I do.

    By Blogger Phil, at 6/08/2005 01:18:00 PM  

  • I have yet to surf the net during class between not getting my wireless card working, needing to take notes, and having the feeling that it wouldn't look too convincing to take a laptop to Calculus and claim I'm getting all those symbols down. However, this is what I enjoy about summer: Getting paid to sit at Vanderbilt and blog surf for the last two hours of the day, because nobody has anything for us undergrad lab assistants to do. In the Fall, I'll just have to go back to hopping in the computer lab between my 8:00 and my 10:00 so I can get my daily blog dose in before chapel. :-)

    By Blogger Tara, at 6/08/2005 01:32:00 PM  

  • I can identify with your "lack of creativity" scare! For me, it's usually mid-winter (I'm a youth minister, so I HAVE to be creative in summer!) I have also found that in these times, if I humbly ask God for insight and creativity, it can come pretty quickly! (30 minutes, in one instance...true story!)
    My question these days, though is simply, "Do I THINK too much?" I try to be creative, but James says I should be a "do-er" of the Word. I DO enjoy thinking and being creative, though. Thanks for the blog...good thoughts!

    By Blogger Franklin Wood, at 6/08/2005 02:53:00 PM  

  • Have Faith, Mike. You can't make it to or win in the post-season with average pitching. Look at the teams that they're losing too. No Evil Empire in October! Yes!

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 6/08/2005 03:42:00 PM  

  • Who am I to give one of the more prominent cofC preacher dudes a pointer or two? Or, ain't it great I can even tell you Mike that Numbers 15:32-36 and John 1:30-50 both leapt out at me over the past 6 weeks very strongly. Can't get either story out of my head.

    By Blogger KentF, at 6/08/2005 05:04:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    I'm in the short course across from that grad class with Josh and and those grad students and they're definitely web surfing during the day. Ah, the days of my own iBook were lovely to have in class. And dont' believe that Joel guy--he sits by people like Casey and Luke to find better websites and goof off in class. ha!

    By Blogger TKP, at 6/08/2005 08:04:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I've just been oddly (for me) non-vocal, but I've been checking in. I'd never fully desert the blog that God has used in so many oddball ways in my life -- mostly in order to bring me into contact with more oddballs, it seems.... ^_~

    By Blogger Q, at 6/09/2005 07:35:00 AM  

  • How embarrasing it would be for them to visit a website with loud audio and forget to turn off the sound in class. BUSTED!

    When, oh when, will there be a salary cap?

    It's reasons like the Yankees that the precious A's don't have much of a chance to win. Think of how far they have come on so little. There needs to be some leveling and make everyone work with less.

    Get back to the days where baseball was played for fun and not money, and where players stayed on teams longer than just enough time to win a Series.

    By Blogger Tim Lewis, at 6/09/2005 10:42:00 AM  

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