Creation Groans and the Sun Erupts!

Solar Eruption – Justin Taylor.

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Just another day in the life of our sun? Think again! Did you hear about the massive solar eruption that took place two days ago? Justin Taylor linked to this video in which Dr.C. Alex Young (www.thesuntoday.org) explains with pictures the spectacular event. We tend to think that our sun is so secure and stable, as it provides us with light and heat from day to day. But the day will come when this earthly sun is done! For it too manifests the groaning of the creation for the glorious liberty of the children of God that will be revealed in the day of Christ, THE Sun of righteousness (Rom.8:21-23; Mal.4:2; Rev.21:23-24). May these images remind us of our ultimate hope in our Savior, even as we see our Creator’s presence and power in this eruption. Click on the link above to see and hear the video.

5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet – Wired.com

5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet | Epicenter | Wired.com.

 

John C. Abell, writing for Wired magazine (a technology publication), provides some good insights into why e-books and e-readers are still behind the benefit of traditional print books. As much as I have enjoyed dabbling with my PC Kindle, I’d still rather pluck a book off my shelf and see my stack next to my Lazy Boy chair than sit at my PC and read. Convenience isn’t everything. I hope you appreciate his comments. Go ahead and smile at the last one. I’ve posted two of his “reasons” here – read the other three at the link above.

 

2) You can’t keep your books all in one place.

Books arranged on your bookshelves don’t care what store they came from. But on tablets and smartphones, the shelves are divided by app — you can’t see all the e-books you own from various vendors, all in one place. There is simply no app for that. (With e-readers, you are doubly punished, because you can’t buy anything outside the company store anyway).

Apple doesn’t allow developers to tap into root information, which would be needed to create what would amount to a single library on an iOS device. If that restriction disappeared, there would still be the matter of individual vendors agreeing to cooperate — not a given since they are competitors and that kind of leveling could easily lead to price wars, for one thing.

But the way we e-read is the reverse of how we read. To pick up our next physical book, we peruse bookshelves we’ve arranged and pick something out. In the digital equivalent, we would see everything we own, tap on a book and it would invoke the app it requires — Kindle, Nook, Borders, etc. With the current sequence — open up a reader app, pick a book — you can easily forget what you own. Trivial? Try to imagine Borders dictating the size and shape of your bookshelf, and enforcing a rule that it hold only books you bought from them, and see if that thought offends you even a little bit.

 

5) E-books can’t be used for interior design.

Before you roll your eyes at the shallowness of this gripe, consider this: When in your literate life you did not garnish your environment with books as a means of wordlessly introducing yourself to people in your circle? It probably began that time you toted The Cat in the Hat, trying not to be dispatched to bed during a grown-up dinner party.

It may be all about vanity, but books — how we arrange them, the ones we display in our public rooms, the ones we don’t keep — say a lot about what we want the world to think about us. Probably more than any other object in our homes, books are our coats of arms, our ice breakers, our calling cards. Locked in the dungeon of your digital reader, nobody can hear them speak on your behalf.

It’s a truism that no new medium kills the one that it eclipses — we still have radio, which pre-dates the internet, television and movies. So it would be foolish to predict the death of books anytime soon. And we haven’t seen the end of creative business models — there is no “all access pass” in book publishing, as is the trend now for magazines and the newspapers which have put up paywalls. Getting an e-book along with your print edition (or, the other way around) could be the best of both worlds, or the worst.

It would certainly solve my unexpected home decor problem.

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