The Seventh-day Adventist denomination revealed its latest visual identity standards today at the General Conference’s spring meetings in Maryland. I’m impressed. The core font family, Advent Sans, is open source, based on Google font typography, and designed for more languages than those that use the characters A-Z. The twenty-year-old Bible-cross-flame symbol is unchanged and set on a […]
Intimacy in surveillance culture
I’ve been writing about privacy and surveillance on this site since 2013 when I first read Janna Malamud Smith’s book Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life. That spring and summer’s news was full of the name “Edward Snowden,” acronyms like “PRISM,” and code names like “XKeyscore.” While the mass media featured psychologists explaining how […]
Advent and info security
The Advent story in the Gospel according to Matthew takes a curious turn when foreign “wise men” show up and begin interacting with King Herod the Great. According to Matthew, these foreign visitors first journey to Herod’s palace to inquire about Jesus. Then, after dreams warn them that Herod has only malevolent interest in Jesus, […]
Who tells your story?
Early on in high school, my English teacher introduced our class to U.A. Fanthorpe’s poem, “Not My Best Side.” It’s a snarky modern piece inspired by Paolo Uccello’s painting of St. George and the Dragon, and it features the perspectives of St. George, the damsel he aims to rescue, and the dragon who brings them together. Why, I […]
Reading: Unprotected Texts and the legacy of Paul
I’m in two reading groups this fall. One has just begun reading Unprotected Texts by Jennifer Wright Knust, an attempt to push Hebrew and Christian scholarship on desire, human sexuality, and the body out of biblical studies journals and into the church library. The tone of the book is much lighter than you might expect! I think our […]
Will the revolution be transcribed?
Correspondence between the revolution and the rest of us Dear people who make podcasts: Always include a text transcript. Sincerely yours, Keisha Dear Keisha: Do you realize how much extra work that is? Best, People who make podcasts Dear people who make podcasts: Yes, as it happens I do: up to 6 hours transcription per […]