Where Do We Go?

...but each day gets better

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Some photos from this past week!

Sundays are my days off from training. And today, I had the opportunity after going to church with my host family, to eat lunch at the local Chinese buffet. Being from the SF Bay Area, I knew going in that the food wasn’t going to be that great, and it certainly lived up to that expectation. It had a very… casino hotel buffet type feel, which certainly added to my amusement being there. It also upset my stomach a bit. All in all, I think I got the full experience there.

On top of that, I learned how to fire a shotgun and also had the opportunity to shoot some clay pigeons over my host family’s corn field. I nailed 4/5 on my first round of shooting ever! Felt pretty awesome afterwards (and a bit sore in the shoulder).

Lastly, music practice has been going well, with plenty of ups and downs. We’re learning and being challenged to emit more of a stage presence, which is hard when you don’t exactly have all the songs memorized yet and still have to think about them— and when you think you look foolish trying to hype up rows of empty pews. In spite of that, it’s been fun enjoying playing music with others.

Many of you want to know more details about what I’ll be doing in Singapore. The honest answer: whatever it is Singapore YFC (the ministry we’re assisting) wants us to do. So far, it’s meant taking a lot of group photos like the ones I’m posting, which are meant to promote the concert we’ll be playing. In the future, it might mean going on stage and embarrassing ourselves with our lack of Singlish knowledge, playing coffee shop sets, leading worship at different small groups, or even just helping move and pass out fliers. Though we might only be playing at most 5 full-band concerts, it’s all good. We’re going abroad for the sake of the Gospel, to aid the local ministry in their efforts to reach those who don’t know about Jesus, giving them a chance to hear and respond.

Blogging my CTI missions trip here. Got to do some exciting things today :)

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Inside the Mirrortocracy

There’s a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It’s a design bug woven into people’s identities and sense of self-worth. Fixing it will be painful. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it should be fixed before it gets any worse.

This aptly explains so much of what upsets me about tech and startup culture that I couldn’t really explain. And what he describes is applicable to so many of the other groups we find ourselves in.

(Source: lx)

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Host John Oliver Skewers Dr. Oz, Dietary Supplements, and Shameless Pandering on ‘Last Week Tonight’

John Oliver’s takedown skills are pretty incred.

Dr. Oz is a pseudoscientific snake oil salesman that should be banned from TV.

John Oliver, however, is a genius.

For a moment, imagine a world where people have enough experience with scientific thinking that they don’t need the help of a cable news comedian to save themselves from brain-falling-out-of-head syndrome. That’s a beautiful world. I want to live in that world. But if that world can’t exist, I’m glad that people like John Oliver and the countless scientists and science writers out there working to put out the Good Word of science live in this one.

After this and the World Cup piece, this segment from John Oliver’s show might have to become my favorite to follow and watch. It’s so on point.