It became really obvious to me last week when I was writing “Stuff I’m Reading…Err…Listening To” that my little breakdowns of the books I’m reading are becoming more like reviews and less like short run downs on the books I’m reading. And, while reviews are great, I’m thinking that in the interest of me actually writing one of these more than once a year (which has about been my track record) I’m going to write shorter, more promo-style blurbs for my “Stuff I’m Reading” page in an effort to keep things short, interesting, and more timely.
With that said, I’m moving my behemoth of a blurb to the “Stuff I’m Reading” Page to take its place in the pantheon of books that I’ve read. I’m also kicking around the idea of sponsoring a communal reading of a certain book over a certain period of time and posting thoughts and comments about content here and on my Twitter account. A good example is I just started reading Watchman Nee‘s “The Glorious Church” and I think it would be really interesting to either here or on Twitter discuss things we’re reading as we’re finding them in a common book. Let me know in the comment section or by tweet if you’re interested.
Until then, that’s all for tonight, folks!
So I’m cruising through Foxnews.com and I come across an article about Gmail failing during the early morning hours yesterday. Being somewhat concerned as a user and staunch advocate of most Google products, I read the article:
“Google’s Gmail online e-mail service ran out of juice for several hours Tuesday morning for users in Europe and possibly worldwide.”
Now you should know that Google was predictably unclear about what the problem was and if you should be concerned. It seems they were mostly concerned about calming people down. Their response was this:
“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a small subset of users,” read a posting at 5:46 a.m. EST in a GMail help forum.
Later, at 8:48 a.m., another post read, “The problem is now resolved and users have had access restored. We know how important Gmail is to our users, so we take issues like this very seriously, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
But the real story was found when you got to the bottom of the article. Never let a journalism proffessor tell you the most important facts are at the top of the story. The journalist writing the story goes on to describe the reaction of the “Twitosphere” but unwittingly uncovers the truth of the entire story:
“When Chuck Norris uses Gmail, the whole world waits until he’s done,” the posting read — in French.”