Want to Spit Coffee on your Monitor and Beat Your Head Against the Wall? Follow Casey Serin

I blogged about Casey Serin last year when he launched one of his comebacks. Now he’s back again. You can read my previous post or any of the 700+ articles at Caseypedia for most of the details rather than me creating a massive link-laden post.

In March of ’07, I read an article called “The World’s Most Hated Blogger”. It got me into a train wreck watching phase that I can’t break out of. Casey is about the weirdest Internet denizen I’ve ever seen. He’s alternately open and totally evasive at the same time. I can’t figure out if he’s lazy, stupid, manic depressive, bi-polar, NPD (narcissistic personality disorder), sociopathic, or just completely brainwashed by Real Estate Guru and MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) and motivational material. All I know is that waiting to see what he’ll do or say next for many becomes an obsession. I am no exception.

One commentor on his now-defuct “True Casey” blog (formerly at http://www.truecasey.com ) accused Casey of have a “cargo-cult” mentality over entreprenuership. He seems obsessed with being an Internet marketer, Real Estate Investor, and of course holder of “sweet passive income”, but like the cargo cults all he seems to do is shuffle papers around and talk.

If you’re looking for a source of free amusement, follow his new blog, Blogger Casey. Don’t try to offer him advice though, even if he asks. Casey never follows advice. It only gets you frustrated. It’s much more fun to watch other people get angry at Casey for not taking their advice, especially if that advice is tempered by decades in the industry or field from which he’s asking for advice.

Also, if you’re going to follow Casey, don’t correct any spelling thereby revealing yourself as a n00b. Some people have been following Casey since September of 2006 when his I Am Facing Foreclosure blog went live, and some of his famous misspellings have become legend and have entered into the lexicon of those who find themselves both frustrated and amused by Casey. Don’t correct words like “looser” and “advise” (especially when used in the context for which “advice” would be correct). Those who use them know what they’re doing.

Tim Challies- Don’t Take Your iPod to Church

Last Friday, Tim Challies posted "Don't Take Your iPod to Church" to his blog. (UPDATE: Today he posted a 1.5 update as he continues to develop his argument.) I normally enjoy Tim's posts, and I read through this one. I didn't agree with it, and since nobody else had commented, I left the first comment. I did my best to be reasonable, and I hope my comment came off that way. I then spent the weekend far too busy to get back to read other comments. I also spend some time thinking about the issue. The last thing I would want is for my own pride to get in the way. I've been reading the Bible on electronic devices for years. I find it much easier to carry and study the Scriptures from a handheld and from a laptop. When I teach classes in church, I've taken to bringing my laptop to church and teaching from my notes.

As I processed my thoughts on Tim's post over the weekend, I came to a realization that his arguments against reading the Bible on a mobile device, especially in church, seem to come from the same reasoning that old people might use in their "any hymn written after 1850 is from the Devil!" arguments. Simply because something is new does not make it bad, and simply because something is old does not make it good or right. Speaking of hymns, I'm about burned out on the 19th century hymns my church sings.

Sometimes, in an effort to be pious or to urge other believers to holiness, Christians make some really weird arguments. Two weeks ago, a lot of Christian blogs were repeating a post about why you shouldn't Twitter in church. I couldn't resist: I sat down in church that Sunday and Twittered that I was Twittering in church in response to a blog post I read. OK, the service hadn't started yet, but I felt like I had to. (My wife was furious with me when she saw that tweet on Facebook later). 

To this point, I'm not convinced that the possibility of misuing technology or being sidetracked by technology equals an admonition to not use technology in Bible study or corporate worship. I'm also not convinced that just because Twitter can be distracting means I shouldn't use it in church either. I know at least one person who attends our church's second service reads my first service Tweets.

The Onion: Obama Announces Plan to Run for McCain’s Senate Seat in 2010

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this post this morning. The Onion is hilarious!

An excerpt from the "article":

"The key thing we learned in 2008 is that McCain is beatable," campaign
manager David Plouffe said. "And our goal is to continue to exploit
that, whether he is running for the Senate, mayor of Phoenix, or board
president at an assisted living facility."

Reclaiming the Mind: Doing Business with Christians

C. Michael Patton asks an interesting question: have you ever been burned doing business with Christians? I think the question was directed more toward believers, but I’m sure most people in the west have stories. We’re notoriously picky diners and cheap tippers on Sunday afternoon right after church. I’ve heard horror stories about how waitresses are somehow expected to feed their families with those contrived Chick tracts rather than like money. My wife and I go out of our way to leave good tips on Sunday. If they don’t suspect we’re Christian, under the circumstances, we can live with that.

I’m not sure if I can say I’ve been burned by another believer, at least, not any more than I’ve been burned by anybody I’ve done business with. Have you ever done business with somebody who went out of his or her way to make sure you knew that he or she was a Christian, then either delivered a substandard product or service or just plain ripped you off?

What Is A Community? How Is A Community Lead? (AONC)

I came across a great post this morning by Chris Gullibeau about communities. This is probably the best, most concise definition I've read of what it means to have and to lead a community.

I think it also helps me to understand partly why my blog has never managed to go anywhere. Sure, I've written almost 600 posts and gained some valuable experience, but my readership never took off. I think the reason why is because this blog has always been about me. That's fine, because it's my blog. But then again, who are "we" in the context of my blog? What community could I write for?

I better figure that out. In the meantime, read Chris' awesome post.