Palm of My Hand

Hey all (assuming I have any readers out there), I apologize for not blogging much, but my time has been pretty well swallowed up by school work and everythingt surrounding it. The academics at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago are not that hard, but it is all the other work — field education (learning both pastoral care as well as participating in congregations and my eventual internship) and spiritual formation (the ELCA is right to be concerned about both of these things) take up a lot of additional time. Tomorrow, Friday, is a day off, yet I will be in a boundaries workshop ALL DAY, learning what I can and cannot do with congregants.

I do have a lot of things to say about LSTC and the process, but right now I’m going to keep tthem myself. I’ll wait at least until the end of this semester to make a few.

Something simple right now. I had a Palm Tungsten T2 handheld I’d bought when I was in Saudi Arabia. A little more than a month ago, I dropped it on my hard wood floor and broke the screen. Boo Hoo! I had actually become very attached to my handheld, and the loss of that nifty little piece of equipment was not quite devastating, but it was hard. Being a poort seminarian, I wasn’t really able to replace it — not with something new. So, after some looking, I won a Tungsten T3 in an E-bay auction and now all things are back to normal!

I do a lot with my handheld. I prefer reading computer documents on it, rather than my laptop, because it holds like a book. So, I use iSilo to download Antiwar.com, Lew Rockwell.com, Juan Cole’s Blog, and (starting this morning) Daniel McCarthy’s Tory Anarchist website. (I’d love to apply for the assistant editor job at TAC, but I don’t want to go back to Washington unless I absolutely have to. It probably doesn’t pay very well either.) I also have an Avantgo account and grab most of my newspapers and other press articles that way. And I practice my koine Greek vocabulary on virtual cards. It’s a very nifty tool, the T3 works better in some ways and worse in others than the T2, but it’s portable, has Documents to Go, and lets me keep my laptop at home.

I don’t know if handheld readers are the future or not — the e-book isn’t anywhere near as portable as its enthusiasts insist — but I like mine. My only gripe as that the version of Acrobat Reader for Palm OS doesn’t handle PDF files with graphics in them, so I cannot take all the books the Mises Institute has been putting out of late (a portable Nock library would make me very happy) and carry them around on my tungsten, because they are unreadable. (Same for my Church History professor…) So the laptop is useful even when I’m not using GarageBand.