Catalogue of Repackagings /Feb 22

Yes, I know. I failed to keep-up and update this catalogue. Life has its ways of messing-up your plans and schedules and you have no idea what I have been through that few weeks. To catch-up, I’ve been reading articles and clippings about productivity and reducing social-media use. HA HA HA. I know what you are thinking. Yes, I am damn desperate finding ways to cut-off my social-media-checking-habit. It’s destroying my work ethic, my studies, and my relationship with the humans.

That is basically the reason why I feel like I’m no longer human, like I am less than a human and more of a…um, a robot. That a part of me has been reduced into something…superficial.

To reduce the guilt a little, let me share these things to you, dear reader:

It’s a culture based on appearances, that says: “As long as I appear important from the outside, I probably am.”

When there is a flood, we simply build a raft, or wrap our legs in plastic bags, or go to elevated areas. We stock up on food and wait for the water to subside. To us, a city that is underwater is merely something to be tolerated, like the hassle of carrying an umbrella when there is rain. It’s almost a given.

Noteworthy blogs/Sites to check out:

  1. Digital Arts  : For graphic design references and tutorials.
  2. BBC : Food for the brain.
  3. millimetrs
  4. Mica Abesamis
  5. c82
  6. Humane Pursuits

 


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Catalogue of Repackagings /003

Week 3 : I wasn’t able to post my weekly catalogue last week due to my 4-day trip to Bukidnon for the Lit Fest 2016. Also, thank God for that trip, I was able to discover a couple of people who were into my shenanigans.

  • Breakfast Leftovers : This is just a brilliant presentation of church history. Hands down. History is always His story.
  • The Iphone and his boy : This is something to think about when we become “too” enslaved with our gadgets and “too” dependent with technology that we forget the “real” world. 
  • I Used to Be a Human Being : I finished reading this after three days. It’s a long article, but the main reason why it took me a long time to finish reading was the fact that I have been constantly checking my phone for updates while surfing my office desktop, and tweeting every single beautiful quote I encounter with the article.I do not agree with everything he has written, but his words on the essential things are true. Below are my favorite quotations : 

 

“Has our enslavement to dopamine — to the instant hits of validation that come with a well-crafted tweet or Snapchat streak — made us happier? I suspect it has simply made us less unhappy, or rather less aware of our unhappiness, and that our phones are merely new and powerful antidepressants of a non-pharmaceutical variety.”

“And yet our need for quiet has never fully gone away, because our practical achievements, however spectacular, never quite fulfill us. They are always giving way to new wants and needs, always requiring updating or repairing, always falling short. The mania of our online lives reveals this: We keep swiping and swiping because we are never fully satisfied. The late British philosopher Michael Oakeshott starkly called this truth “the deadliness of doing.” There seems no end to this paradox of practical life, and no way out, just an infinite succession of efforts, all doomed ultimately to fail.”

“If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation. Christian leaders seem to think that they need more distraction to counter the distraction. Their services have degenerated into emotional spasms, their spaces drowned with light and noise and locked shut throughout the day, when their darkness and silence might actually draw those whose minds and souls have grown web-weary.”

Noteworthy blogs to check out:

  1. Conchitina Cruz’s blog
  2. Dagmay – A literary Online Journal
  3. Dr. Oz’s recipes -If you love cooking, this blog is for keeps.
  4. Gentle Reformation

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Catalogue of Repackagings / 002

Week 2 :

  • Sex Negative : We breathe Oprah psychobabble. I pray to God for the renewing of our minds. Existentialism, after-all, is the air we breathe.
  • Book Excerpt : The First Impulse : This excerpt is gripping. After reading this, I poured an hour researching on Alexis and Nika’s death. Journalists and filmmakers wrote about the surprising death of the filmmakers and the state of the Philippine system of law enforcement. This narrative is well written. Fantauzzo successfully delivered a real life story enabling readers to investigate too.

Additional readings regarding the Tioseco – Bohinc Case : 

The man who killed Alexis Tioseco : Patricia Evangelista focused on the wrongly accused Danilo Jomoc who suffered months of imprisonment just because he had a face of a killer. Woe to the Philippines.

THE LETTER I WOULD LOVE TO READ TO YOU IN PERSON : The fact that Alexis wrote this for Nika made my heart weep a little more.

Alexis Tioseco’s Blog : Ain’t it weird that I have this fascination over dead people’s blog?

Noteworthy blogs to check out:

  1. https://www.firstthings.com/
  2. https://alexistioseco.wordpress.com/ (I SHALL FINISH READING ALL OF HIS ENTRIES SOON)
  3. http://www.patriciaevangelista.com/  
  4. https://roguemagazine.squarespace.com/

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Catalogue of Repackagings / 001


Week 1 : Just a little side-note. I will do my best to publish and list all articles and note-worthy websites I encounter every week in this new portion and feature in my blog : The Sideline kid’s Catalogue of Repackagings. I needed a place to store all the articles I’d like to reread and this would likely be what I would really want to do, thank you Eureka! My google keep couldn’t keep up with the links I’ve been copy-pasting. Also, I thought of this as a fun way to practice annotating (even in just a short number of words) and also serve as an archive for the awesome things that are worthy of note and remembering. I will try to do this every Friday for the next millennia.

…and oh, I probably got this from the awesome Tim Challies‘s A La Carte feature in his blog. Thank you, Tim.


Fresh Weekly Finds

People had gotten him wrong. This wasn’t a picture of a sad man, or at least, it wasn’t anymore.” 

 “At age 20 you’re told that the possibilities are endless. But I don’t want endless possibilities anymore. I don’t wan’t everything, I want these people and this place. And at age 30, that’s enough.

 “I can’t keep doing this,” each person in the country reportedly thought while shopping for groceries, replying to emails, sitting through meetings, walking to or from their parking spot, or tucking their children into bed. “Things can’t go on like this. They just can’t.” – This has been me.

Christianity isn’t normal anymore, and that’s good news. The Book of Acts, like the Gospels before it, shows us that the Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction. Only a strange gospel can differentiate itself from the culture around us. But the strange, freakish, foolish old gospel is what God uses to save sinners and to build the Church.

Noteworthy blogs to check out:

  1.  http://lithub.com/ -For the satisfaction of the linguistic and literary cravings.
  2. http://www.artofmanliness.com/ – Not just for the manly.
  3. http://www.russellmoore.com/ -His blog is precious for the teenage Christian mind.

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