Professional Drift Driver explores the Prejudices

This is a video that reminds me of the Tesla Insane Mode videos. There are 2 videos where people trying to make sense of reality that doesn’t make sense. In the Tesla video, it is the concept that electric cars can’t go fast. In the Maxman video, it is the concept that young girls can't drive. These videos show how people confront their prejudices about driving. 

Reflections from 100 Years beauty

Because fashion is one of those things that have an ephemeral nature, it is easy to think that the styles of today are all that is. Truth be told is that there are similarities and differences in styles, because of social and political influences. When you look at these videos - Iran, Mexico, North and South Korea, America - white and African American, you will see how fashion and style  influences  the events of the time in that region. Look at the video of North and South Korea video. After Korean conflict, you will see the difference in style between these two countries, because of different political philosophies. 

Batman Stroller

Tim Baker is a prop maker. He makes daily use objects based upon a fan's favorite TV show or movie. This is fascinating how a brand's strength can be seen in its adapted form for alternative uses and not be stuck to its brand. My daughter is not a Batman fan, but she loves the stroller concept. She actually wants one. And that's cool. 

Churches need cozy corporate spaces

As a general rule, churches are places that lack good design. It is a cross between thrift shop and late 70s corporate design. In most cases, it lacks being cozy. Yet if you ask people one thing that they want in their religious organizations, they want a place that they can feel comfortable. Now this is the challenge: how do you take a space that has a corporate function and make it feel cozy. 

As I looked at these photos at Airbnb office in Portland, I wished that more churches could take inspiration from this interior design. Look at the photos to see what I mean. 

Notice the color palette is bright and white. The designer broke the big space into smaller spaces, but the designer keeps the feel of openness by using bright colors. 

I love how they named their rooms in unconventional manners.  I think this is better than using names of people for these rooms or spaces. Fifty years or so, these names will be forgotten and we would not be able to pass on the stories of these names to the next generation. 

I like how they bring in natural objects of wood, cotton, metal and natural rope to the environment. I feel that every church should have a presenters loft. Figurehead??? 

photos via designtaxi.com via Fubiz, images by Jeremy Bittermann

Top Ten things I have been cooking

   Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad  with  Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing  - Delicious with homemade or store bought taco bowls. For homemade, I use tortilla shells and use tortilla taco bowl baker, which is like a waffle iron shaped like a bowl. My wife loves this dressing and uses it for veggie dips as well. 

Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad with Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing - Delicious with homemade or store bought taco bowls. For homemade, I use tortilla shells and use tortilla taco bowl baker, which is like a waffle iron shaped like a bowl. My wife loves this dressing and uses it for veggie dips as well. 

  Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano  - Great for those cold winter days when you want a warm and creamy dish. 

Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano - Great for those cold winter days when you want a warm and creamy dish. 

  Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew  - I like this with a drop of hummus in the center, and the key to this dish is the mint.  

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew - I like this with a drop of hummus in the center, and the key to this dish is the mint.  

   White Castle Sliders  - Yes when you read this, you will see that there is peanut butter and that’s all right. Perfect for these cheeseburger cravings and it's homemade. Yum! 

White Castle Sliders - Yes when you read this, you will see that there is peanut butter and that’s all right. Perfect for these cheeseburger cravings and it's homemade. Yum! 

   Slow Cooker Asian Beef-  Warning: This is addictive. Perfect for lettuce wraps with rice and beef. Yum! 

Slow Cooker Asian Beef- Warning: This is addictive. Perfect for lettuce wraps with rice and beef. Yum! 

   Chicken Couscous Salad  - Simple and easy, especially when you have leftover cooked chicken and cherry tomatoes on hand. Our daughter likes this dish, especially when it has feta cheese on top. 

Chicken Couscous Salad - Simple and easy, especially when you have leftover cooked chicken and cherry tomatoes on hand. Our daughter likes this dish, especially when it has feta cheese on top. 

  Baked Eggs with Buffalo Chicken  - Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Baked Eggs with Buffalo Chicken - Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner

   Basque Chicken with Bell Pepper and Tomato  -Simple, ethnic comfort food.

Basque Chicken with Bell Pepper and Tomato -Simple, ethnic comfort food.

  Spicy Thai Chicken Soup-  This is one that I go back to time after time. Also perfect for those family members who aren't feeling great. Great to make and tastes better as leftovers. Don't put all the veggies in one day unless you have a huge gathering that will eat it up on that day.  Use the fresh veggies (bell pepper, snap peas and basil) as you plan to eat on that day in proportion to the servings, so it maintains freshness. Use less chicken broth and more water as it can be very salty. 

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup- This is one that I go back to time after time. Also perfect for those family members who aren't feeling great. Great to make and tastes better as leftovers. Don't put all the veggies in one day unless you have a huge gathering that will eat it up on that day.  Use the fresh veggies (bell pepper, snap peas and basil) as you plan to eat on that day in proportion to the servings, so it maintains freshness. Use less chicken broth and more water as it can be very salty. 

   Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens  - This is good with andouille sausage. To cut the heat and add some creaminess, add yogurt to the soup when you serve it. 

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens - This is good with andouille sausage. To cut the heat and add some creaminess, add yogurt to the soup when you serve it. 

Valentine Day Geeky Gastronomical Gift

We will consume 58 million pounds of chocolate candy this week thanks to Valentine’s Day. For your Geeky Gastronomical Valentine in your life, the ultimate gift is Chefjet 3D Printer. 

This  will only put you back $5,000 to $10,000, and it will be sold the later part of this year. However, there was an IndieGoGo campaign from Print Arsenal to make 3D printer for $3800.

Maybe next year at this time you will print personalized candy for your Valentine? Aww… romance! 


If you like chocolate check out my recipe Magical Mud Cocoa Mix 

Blogs that I read

Here are some of the blogs that I read on a regular basis. Thought you may enjoy reading them as well.

 

Interesting Engineering

This is a good website to check out new interesting designs out there. I like to call it a  "geek gadget porn".

Reformation Theology

I don’t always agree with everything on this website, but I do find that it informs me   theological perspectives that are outside my theology. Reading this blog helps me to grow my living faith, by looking at different perspectives of faith that are different from mine. 

Experimental Theology

I have read this blog for a long time, and I find his point of view refreshing and engaging in our modern reality.

Entrepreneur:

While I cannot claim that I am an entrepreneur, I do see many of these articles help me  to develop a sense of entrepreneurial ministry.

TAXI Daily News

This is a great website to explore about creative people who are doing interesting things on the Web.

Finding God on the Underground

This video is about a group of strangers riding on the Underground singing 'Respect' by Erasure. I love this idea that the chorus comes out of nowhere and then goes on its way. I think this reflects similar experiences of encountering the divine in the world. We often go through our lives doing our daily tasks and routines and then out of nowhere something unexpected happens. It feels real and then it vanishes. We move on in our lives doing about our business. Yet because of that unexpected moment, we are changed forever.

Ancient Babylonian Songs

I recently came across a recording called "Flood Preview".

 Stef Conner and Andy Lowings collaborated to create recordings of songs based upon Mesopotamian text by using reconstructed instruments of the time. My interest was peeked, so I downloaded the album.   

To the modern ear, the music has a sense of minimalist jazz. I experience this surreal image of an Babylonian jazz club in the 4th millennium BCE. Yet with lines like:  "Chickpea flour is appropriate of every woman in the palace.”  It opens up the experience finding oneself on a street in some town in Samaria hearing the sellers hocking their wares. That leads me to wonder more about the context that these songs were sung. Their music provokes a visual imagery of ancient peoples and an idea of what their lives may have been like. 

The world's most boring evangelical lesson

As I watched Thomas Hellum: The world's most boring television ... and why it's hilariously addictive" occurred to me that secret to keep people's attention is seeing that the viewer creates their own story, through the story that is given to them. Story tellers don't just tell the story but give people the material to create their own stories. Evangelization is giving the Gospel to people to create their own story.

Martin Luther King jr Day Post

In this upcoming year, may we hear a new symphony of siblinghood from the past year of jangling  discords of our nation.

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