Showing posts from July, 2009

Cumberland Presbyterian Church: really..really?

In my hometown, religious sayings and "inspirational quotes" are quite the norm. But this? Does this overstep the boundaries of acceptable denominational messages? --at

Episode 5: Pizza Preacher


Episode 4: Pizza Preacher


College achievement

Data piece: 50% of those entering college for a degree don't make it. --at

Teen Technologies July15 2009

Teen Technologies presentation, July 15, 2009 Teen Technologies July15 2009 View more presentations from Chad Gesser .

"2009 or 1909?"

A good look with some sociological examination of discrimination at the private pool in Philly

Some success with ocal greening efforts

In the article below, local officials highlight successful efforts at cost savings and reduction in the use of energy. City government signed on to a "Cool Cities" initiative, already meeting the Kyoto Protocol standards. While recycling efforts continue to be stonewalled and minimal, it is encouraging to see these efforts and progress.

Smartphones, Social Media, and Sociological Research

Social media is obviously changing the landscape of the production of information in our world. What has not been discussed much in the sociology is the role that information technology, particularly mobile technology, can and will play in sociological research. I have experimented with the use of smart phones in my personal and professional life substantially over the past six months. I started out with the LG Vu and then upgraded to the iPhone 3G. What I will discuss below can largely be applied to current smart phones on the market (obviously combined with the appropriate data plan) that allow the following: * the function to take photos * the ability to text message (SMS) * the ability to record audio and/or video The sharing of such information/or research depends on the user's capacity to upload that information to be shared with others. A smart phone along with a the proper data plan can unleash the sociological imagination in anyone's world. I particularly have us

How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck

How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck Talk about timely! This better highlights the exercise we did in class regarding a basic needs budget.

Social Networking and Connection

Came across this article today, and was quite intrigued by the suggestion of division of social networking tool use based on social class and possibly race. Does Social Networking Breed Social Division? - Gadgetwise Blog -

Episode 3: Pizza Preacher


Krugman on Malthus

#Krugman on Malthus: goes wayyyyy ol' school with reflections on population growth, technology, and subsistence

Episode 2: Pizza Preacher