Robbie Sapunarich

why I will always prefer print (but still begrudgingly use a kindle on occasion)

For a while now, I’ve tried to avoid the Bezos machine as much as I can in my consumer habits. I don’t need to enumerate the reasons I loathe Amazon — at this point, I think many people are familiar with them. But, much as I hate to admit it, the Kindle is a remarkable piece of calm …

SnowRuck 🎒🏃‍♂️❄️ Partial 📷 credit to @jensap

(In the spirit of “people should blog more” posts going around, I feel inspired to try my hand at some informal writing, of “thinking aloud in public”. No resolutions here — I may or may not continue this habit. Okay, enough meta-blogging. On with the show) I’ve been …

So happy with our new record cabinet. It’s nice to have all of our audio gear in one spot now. 🎧🎵

Notable Reads 2021

It’s hard for me to believe it, but we’re almost at the end of 2021. At one time, I thought I would write these reading roundups more regularly. Alas, I had other priorities. Here’s a list of favorites, with occasional annotations. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet Advent by Fleming …

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Tech and tech-adjacent peeps of Microblog — anyone have any suggested reading on transitioning from an IC to an engineering management role? For context, I currently work as an engineer, not a manager.

I went to Mars Hill. I’ve only listened to a little of the podcast. It’s an experience I have deep ambivalence about. Might write more someday. Since it’s wrapping up, there’ll be much pontification about it. But I think these words from Dave Zahl are spot-on. Ht @jensap

Dinosaur Valley State Park w/ @jensap 🥾🎒🦖

Always a blast to work out with these guys in the gloom. 🇺🇸🏃‍♂️🏛

satanic banality

Yuval Levin: The shift is evident in what the report, like a great deal of other social science in recent years, describes as a mix of good and bad news about American society. The good news is that some of the most troubling social trends of the second half of the 20th century have been abating in …

Three reasons I’m thankful for the library at The Center for Christian Study

Veteran’s Day reflection from Jason McCarthy 🇺🇸

The Other Side of Bothsidesism Christ is the End of the Law Class 1 / Class 2 Problems Exodus To Join the New Thing I Don’t Want a Metaverse HT @Cheri

Supply Chain Silver Linings The slab and the permacomputer Restorative cities Dead Subjects Iain McGilchrist on the coincidence of opposites

I think I’ll regularly revisit these words from Fr. Stephen Freeman to read, mark, and inwardly digest them.

Stalacpipe Organ, Luray Caverns

The World Wide Web Is Woven Out Of Threads Of Glass Our Anger Problem Is Making Me Angry bad dispensations

Words from St. Isaac of Syria IoT Hacking and Rickrolling My High School District a brief note on narrative Adversity: Death by a Thousand Cuts, or Practice for Greatness

All I could think of was Buddy Christ from Dogma’s “Catholicism Now!" when I read this from Giles Fraser: St Michael’s Church in Bournemouth had renamed itself St Mike’s “in a trendy rebrand to entice young people”. … The Vicar there, Sarah Yetman, has a tough gig and all …

Jeffrey Bilbro’s piece about staying sane in a mad time crystalizes some thoughts I’ve had for a while.

trainings In grey city spaces, a greener future is growing Magic Mushrooms (HT @ReaderJohn) indices Build a Bridge

Wesley Hill puts it well: I’ve come to think the reason Gamaliel, Jesus-disbeliever though he apparently was, gets quoted in the book of Acts is that his rationale was commendable. We believers in Jesus, too, have to wait for Judgment Day for God to sort out the wheat from the tares — for God to …

Felt like putting one of these bundles together again: a church in crisis the Mondragon moment When Prayers Become Gibberish Why I’m Fasting From Analogies The Mistakes We Cannot Make Again

Digital detox reflections/an update on this space

An update So, as I mentioned in this post, I tried a “digital detox” for about 30 days. Overall, I’d say it was a worthwhile experience, one with some surprising outcomes. A bit of housekeeping regarding this space — I gained a newfound appreciation for simplicity during that time. …