Randall McRoberts

Flickr’s 12-hour migration/maintenance is now at 16 hours and counting. Hope there aren’t any big problems.

People are saying that Adobe has raised prices on the Photography package (LR and PS). Not true. The plan with ONE TERRABYTE of storage has always been $20/month. The $10 plan has only 20GB. No brainer if you are using Adobe for backup.

I finally gave up on iMazing today. It works ok for a while, then needs to have a USB connection to some devices, then forgets devices. I’m not messing with it anymore.

In patristic and medieval theology the Hellenistic conception of God as the impassible Absolute frequently overshadowed the biblical depiction of God as the gracious heavenly Father who condescends to share in our tribulation and ignominy.

Bloesch, Theology of Word & Spirit

Sheesh, this Brydge keyboard is so good that I keep attempting to access the nonexistent trackpad under the space bar.

Brydge keyboard for iPad Pro came today. Sadly, it is totally uncharged, so I have no action yet. It does look nice. Film at eleven.

Correction the next day: I believe it was charged pretty well and the problem was operator error. So far I like the keyboard.

It is too seldom recognized that the God of pluralism and inclusivism can be a jealous God, one that refuses to countenance any deviation from the pluralistic ideal. Pluralism itself becomes a new absolute that can tolerate no rival gods.

Bloesch, Theology of Word & Spirit

Faith is a humble acknowledgment that the truth of the Word of God resides outside us and that it becomes ours only when we take up the cross and follow Christ in lowly discipleship.

—Donald G. Bloesch, A Theology of Word & Spirit

Really proud of the Boston bullpen today.

Planned maintenance and Flickr downtime - Flickr Blog


According to ”Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, the big mistake we made was in grouping together in farming villages and settling down to a domestic life. If we had continued our hunting and gathering, all the woes of *Homo Sapiens” would never have happened.

I’m still reading the book, so I don’t know if it offers solutions to current problems, but to reverse the curse we brought on ourselves, we would have to lose about 99% of humanity and go back to our roots, our true selves.

Those on a paleo diet are partially on the right track but have only made a symbolic start to what is truly needed.

Sounds like a post-apocalyptic movie.

What Is the Proper Context for Interpreting the Bible? - LogosTalk

So what is the proper context for interpreting the Bible? Here’s the transparently obvious truth I was talking about: the proper context for interpreting the Bible is the context of the biblical writers—the context that produced the Bible. Every other context is alien or at least secondary.

I think “double-bind” is a perfectly good term. I shall attempt to deprecate “Catch 22” in my own usage.

Looking for my Shot - Episode 005

Looking for my Shot - Episode 005

  • Welcome to episode 5 of Looking for my Shot. This is the podcast where I talk about photography from my own viewpoint. I also go over my shooting project of the week.
  • Our spring weather has not been very cooperative this year. I suppose it’s the same in Indiana as everywhere else but Hawaii; you don’t know what to expect until you walk out into it.
  • I have been reading a couple of photography books:
    • Brooks Jensen, The Creative Life in Photography. I find Jensen to be in tune with many of my own thoughts. For one, it isn’t about the gear. Also, photography is not art in the same way that other graphic arts are art. No photographer—in fact, no artist of any kind—should expect to make a living doing what he or she wants to do just because there is passion involved. And it isn’t about how you see; it’s about how you express what you see. I like his approach to photography.
    • Olaf Sztaba, Seeing Simplified:How to see and craft great imagery. From Sztaba I’m learning to look things in a different way. I have a lot to learn, as you will see from this week’s project.
  • I have no problem recommending either or both of these books for your photographic reading. I’m a reader. Whatever interests me, I stoke up on as much reading material as I can handle. With photography, I’m not interested in gear-oriented reading. I want more about how to see as a photographer.
  • I really want to figure out the focus of my photography. For example, do I like to photograph brick buildings in small towns, or do I like to photograph small towns? Am I documeting or am I interpreting? Hard questions.
  • This week I set myself the task of making some landscapes. As I already said, the weather wasn’t great and I really wasn’t feeling too perky. But I decided to walk around a pond in one of our local parks and see what I could see.
  • I did walk, too. Left the wheelchair behind. I got about double the steps on Saturday than what I usually get, but it was fun to slowly walk around the little lake. I stuck with my 17mm lens. I enjoy not being distracted by changing lenses and worrying about which one I should use for this shot. But I do still find myself cropping more than I want to. Also, these are handheld photos. I didn’t want to drag a tripod around the lake with me.
  • I’m not overly thrilled with the photos from this shoot. I haven’t really been that focused on landscape photography, and I feel like these photos are awfully conventional. But here they are:


  • The first color we see around here in the spring, other than green, is the color of these redbud trees.
  • I see that the redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma. So, if you’re from Oklahoma, this is for you.

Sycamore and Spruces

Sycamore and Spruces

  • I tried to frame the sycamore with the evergreens. I kinda like the effect.

Picnic Table

Picnic Table

  • That picnic table, tucked under the trees next to a small pond, looks like a great place to read. I like places like that.

Sycamore and Barn

Sycamore and Barn

  • Same sycamore. I have a longstanding relationship with this tree starting several years ago when I first got serious about photography.
  • You would think that the sycamore would be the Indiana state tree, what with the moonlight being fair upon the Wabash and the candlelight gleaming through sycamores and all that, but our tree is the yellow poplar, the tulip tree. I prefer sycamores.

New Growth

New Growth

  • Same sycamore again.
  • Lots of bokeh here. Mostly bokeh. Strange focal point for a landscape. I gotta be me, I guess.

  • I tried for a more unified look for this project, rather than interpreting each photo on its own. That’s unusual for me, but it makes sense to think in terms of a collection of photos.

  • Not sure what we’ll have in store for next week, but we’ll think of something. Looks like the weather will be interesting again.
  • Thanks for listening. If there is something you’d like to talk about, drop me an email. See you next week.

Our understanding of scripture must always be open to refinement. All interpretations of Scripture need to be tentatively final. They have to be final in the sense that obedience cannot wait for the disciple to read yet one more technical article in biblical studies. At the same time, all efforts in biblical interpretation are flawed. Our interpretation of Scripture, therefore, must never be closed to correction and revision.

Kenneth E. Bailey, Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

Mayday : Essays in Idleness

The thesis, easily proved, is that the allocation of automobile parking spaces had, by the 1920s, determined the shape of every North American town and city, and the disposition of all human habitation within. The little Stalins, called “city planners,” have since that time been using this allocation of parking spaces as their basic “planning tool,” to micromanage the Kulaks.

Kind of Blue

An example of usury : Essays in Idleness

I marvel at this lady’s optimism, in buying the same thing over and over, for $11.95 plus $1.55 of sales tax on her debit card, when she could get the same from a dollar store, and pay only 13 cents of tax. (They come, after all, from the same prison camp in China.)

Strings Attached: Liberal California United Methodists to Redirect Giving Away from Non-LGBTQ Affirming Ministries - Juicy Ecumenism

Liberian United Methodist leader Rev. Jerry Kulah said at February’s Special General Conference that he and his fellow Africans would not sell their birthright in Jesus Christ for American dollars and “never, ever trade Jesus and the truth of the Bible for money.” Sadly, it appears likely that some United Methodist churches out west will intentionally refuse to fund growing biblically orthodox African churches.

Countercultural Methodism - Juicy Ecumenism

United Methodism is becoming countercultural after a century or more of American cultural conformity. This transition is required for its survival but it will be rocky.

Gladys looking down on iTunes.

I’m woke. Been up since about 8. I’ll stay woke all day, unless I take a nap.

DEVONthink is nicely improved. The division of Pro and Server makes sense. But I espcially like that it now has dark mode. Now it doesn’t feel like a guy wearing a white Tshirt to a gathering of geeks.

The NFL is boring. The NFL draft is boring, boring, boring.

Robin Miles is the finest audiobook narrator I’ve ever heard. Really, she is a voice actor. I believe she can make bad writing sound good.

Randall McRoberts

Made in Indiana