Tag Archive: Joe Kawano


Though there’s always so much to say about technology, especially in this rapid “exponential” age of advancement and gizmos—I found that I was not fully using my unique voice, just posting here.

So, without further ado, let me announce the launch and inception of my new blog, “I Am Not Your Pastor,” which follows a short term I held as a minister at a local ministry.

The URL is IAmNotYourPastor.com, and here you can expect to find both my insights (which I hope and believe are unique and fairly helpful) and some stories of divine coincidence and other experiences I’ve had. Also, I’ve invited guest writers to share their thoughts, and we’ll see what happens from there.

I don’t pretend that I’m perfect, or that I have all the solutions to make life work right, but I’m here, and I have something to say.  So, just as Maya Angelou once wrote (or was it a Chinese proverb?) —

A bird does not sing because it has an answer,

it sings because it has a song.

And, thus—I just had to start singing—in this case, it’s a sort of writing and sharing through blogging.

My two main goals for this new website are “serendipity” (the discovery of new, right-angle-to-previous-thinking concepts) and “synergy” the emergence of better things through the combination of multiple angles or viewpoints (generating a result which is “more than the sum of its parts”).

Yes, you’ll still be able to check back here and find new things—but focus in online blogging will be there, at this new blog, at least for now.

I made a post a few months back about the concept of really following your dreams, making the world a better place, and “creating things of beauty never before seen on the earth.”

This is part of why I’m doing what I’m doing here.

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Thanks to my prior co-worker / friend Luke Slendebroek for posting this: Video Rental Stores’ Bizarre Survival Strategy.

1. Apparently video rental stores are offering tanning beds as an incentive for drawing in more crowds.

2. They are seeking legal action against Redbox kiosks using things like “wheelchair accessibility” as the excuse.

3. Making short movies including: using military tanks to run over competitors’ property.

4. Buying wholesale videos and then re-selling them at lower prices, justifying the process by calling the videos “previously viewed.”

What else will they come up with? What do you think?

Yesterday’s post featured a claim that Google-use had been overtaken by Facebooking time.  In other words, the users who search on Google are spending less time doing that than the users of Facebook are spending on that favorite social-media service.

Think about what Facebook hosts already, things primarily that used to be available only elsewhere on the internet:

  • Instant Messaging: With Facebook-chat, one can always catch up with friends online
  • E-mail: Facebook Messages allow one to communicate with one another just like you would with (old-fashioned?) e-mail.  User-to-user long-form messaging is what that’s all about.
  • Content: Growing numbers of Facebook pages/groups are starting to be the go-to options for businesses, even before they have their own professional webpages. Having so many users and contacts all right there to plug in to whatever cause, venture or endeavor you’re doing is just too tempting—especially when compared with the work necessary to get a regular website the type of traffic a Facebook page can potentially get with just a few clicks.
  • Advertising:  Sure, you can buy banner ads on the rest of the regular-old internet, but that old dinosaur (I say tongue-in-cheekly, but with an alarming edge of seriousness) is going the way of the…internet.  Why?  What gives Facebook ads a competitive edge?  Immediately available demographic data for pinpoint accuracy and market targetting.
  • Digg-style Media Sharing:  Yup, you can have…really any kind of media shared on Facebook, from video, to pictures, to text and more.
  • Games, games, games:  I’m surprised that this one didn’t blow the rest of them out of the water—or rather, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one wasn’t the number one reason that Facebook is the one-stop shop for everyone and the number one place for spending time.  Facebook games, which always bring in that social attachment, are highly addictive. FarmTown/FarmVille anyone?

I don’t think that there’s a whole lot more that needs to be said here.  I suppose the only thing that Facebook doesn’t have going for it is a good way to search the internet…oops, they have a Google built-in option for that.  I wonder if time spent using the Google plug-in to search the web (while still in the content-frame/shell of Facebook) counts as time for Google?  Probably not.

Basically, you can do anything on Facebook that you can do on the rest of the internet, but with Facebook’s dynamic social-linking engine, you can do it with your friends.

So why would you go anywhere else?

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