Monthly Archives: February 2004

The Passion of the Christ

Yesterday evening my wife and I went to see this film with her sister and husband. The experience was both moving and disturbing. Needless to say, neither one of us slept very well last night.

I’m the kind of person that needs to process events like viewing this film. Frankly I avoid immediate discussions of such intense experiences. There’s a forest amidst the trees that I’m striving to discern, and at times it seems like post event comments and questions are stuck on one tree or even just a tree’s leaves–what’s the big picture? What’s the main point? What is supposed to be the lasting impression? That’s not to say that my approach is better or right; it’s just different.

Anyway, I felt compelled to stay home from church this morning so that I could seek some closure through personal Bible study. I read through each of the Gospels’ account of the final hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah (Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, John’s). Instead of finding discrepancies, I was actually surprised how closely the film followed the Bible–to the word even.

I was pleased that the film did not end at the cross but showed a risen Christ. Those familiar with the full Gospel accounts know that Jesus appeared in the flesh following His resurrection to many witnesses. It would have been powerful to see these interactions as part of the film, in a manner similar to Jesus’ recollections of past encounters (e.g. Last Supper, washing the feet or His disciples, etc.). I can only imagine what it would be like to see a friend absolutely die in front of me only to see him later appear to me fully alive.

This film is indeed violent and graphically so. However, I found its visualization of the Biblical account to be accurate and not at all gratuitous. Jesus Christ’s passion (i.e. His suffering) for me and for you was truly terrific. It was important for me to see the words of the Bible come to life in the film. I’m thankful that Mel Gibson had the courage to produce this film, and I appreciate his convictions in the process.

Easter Sunday will never be the same. Singing a number of familiar choruses on any given Sunday has new meaning for me now, too.

It’s hard to single out a single scene as the most touching, but I was most affected when Jesus stumbled under the weight of the cross in the sight of His mother Mary, and Mary recalled a younger Jesus stumbling while running as playing children often do. Dropping everything, Mary ran to her young son’s aid: I’m here, Jesus. As the father of a young son, that season really resonated with me–I’d drop anything else to come to his aid. Yet, the present circumstances for her son were quite different. Mary was still there for her son, but Jesus was committed to His Father’s Will and there was no preventing the pain of His sacrifice. All so that I could be saved; so that anyone who calls Him Savior and Lord can be saved. Talk about amazing grace!

Apparently this film has affected a number of others in similar fashion.

Following up on my flagged items – Part 3

(Part 2, Part 1)

Concerning architecture, patterns, etc.:

  • Pattern libraries exist from IBM, Sun and Microsoft–and it’s especially important to consider each viewpoint where interop and heterogeneity are concerns in your enterprise and/or target market.
  • Folks weighed in on services vs. objects, SOA, services vs. components, etc. ([1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12]).
  • David Hill weighed in on the definition and makeup of smart clients (also here on his blog). I’m looking forward to contributing to this particular area of architecture as a member of the Microsoft Architect Advisory Board (MAAB).
  • If you are an architect, are you more of a Purist or more of a Realist? Michael Earls compares these two architect behaviors. Chris Anderson puts himself more on the Realist side; he also offers a great quote: one of my favorite things about Microsoft is that you are never the smartest person in the room. Later, Michael Platt blogs about architectural types.

Concerning web services:

  • Christian Weyer reminds us not to blindly trust public information–this time in the context of WS-I Basic Profile conformance in ASP.NET Web Services (ASMX). Matt Powell comments. (Mindreef SOAPscope 3.0 has received a fair bit of positive press in the web services ranks, in general, lately.) Digging still deeper, Christian uncovers an IIS behavioral issue at the root of his previous post, and offers a workaround. I’m looking forward to full BP conformance support in Whidbey of later this year.
  • W3C updated its Web Services Architecture document.

Concerning applications, tools & samples:

Concerning blogs, RSS, etc.:

Following up on my flagged items – Part 2

(Part 1)

Brad Abrams has quickly proven to be an excellent source of .NET Design Guidelines promotion (e.g. [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], and [7]).

Luke Hutteman kept us up to speed on activity at JetBrains recently. I have Intellij IDEA 4.0 now and just downloaded the ReSharper (VS.NET03 plug-in for C#) EAP M1 build. I’m anxious to see if my first impressions concerning ReSharper are similar to Luke’s. It will also be interesting to see how ReSharper adds value long-term to Visual Studio given that Whidbey is supposed to include refactoring support.

Tim Bray’s Two Laws of Explanation is an instant classic: [1] When you’re explaining something to somebody and they don’t get it, that’s not their problem, it’s your problem. [2] When someone’s explaining something to you and you’re not getting it, it’s not your problem, it’s their problem.

Blogging-related posts (e.g. RSS/Atom commentary, blogging tools, etc.):

On the subject of RSS aggregators & newsreaders, someone has said that they’re like today’s “Hello World” application in .NET. Perhaps, but it would be interesting to take a closer look at the architecture and design of .NET readers to see what patterns dominate the landscape and which readers are both feature rich (external wellness) and architectural sound (internal wellness).

Fast Company – Part 3

I believe that I’ve uncovered the missing FC issues from part 1 and part 2. Using my standard winnowing algorithm, here more articles (up to the present issue, FC80) that still hold personal interest:

Following up on my flagged items – Part 1

Yesterday I upgraded my RSS Bandit to the build. So far, the build quality seems high and my UI configuration issues are all addressed. Nice work, Torsten and Dare. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view), the upgrade caused to me revisit the nearly unmanageable list of items flagged for follow up. So, without further procrastination, I will attempt to clean up my queue concerning blogs, RSS, etc. and business (i.e. follow up, part one):

  • The readiness of RSS for primetime is debated, and I agree with Dare’s position–yes, it is ready!
  • Jon Udell provides an analysis of blog content (e.g. the cost of providing metadata and the benefits gained by working on the provided metadata).
  • Mihai Parparita posts a bridge from NNTP to RSS (in Perl). Coincidentally I’ve been involved in a number of work conversations about news readers where I’m thinking RSS and the other person is thinking NNTP; so, it’ nice to see these two worlds come together a bit.
  • Martin Fowler marries blogs and wikis in Ruby and publishes his bliki. (This was back in May 2003; I just recently subscribed.)
  • Computerworld reports that blogs are bubbling up into the business world.
  • Yahoo! provides a beta service for subscribing to RSS feeds. Subscribed! This was actually foreshadowed by Jeremy Zawodny, who later on his blog comments on why Google needs Orkut (their new social software service). Enlightening, as are the details on Yahoo!’s RSS feed crawler here.
  • Tim Heuer posts his RSS feed reader Web Part for SharePoint.
  • Howell Developments posts free .NET class libraries for RSS and Atom.
  • John Porcaro posts his answer to the question, How Do Blogs Help Your Company?
  • Robert Scoble offers/references some interesting insights about blogs and the Howard Dean campaign (after the disastrous Iowa Caucus results)(i.e. [1], [2] and [3])–insights not limited to the political arena. Dare responds.
  • Roland Tanglao (of Streamline): Yet another Knowledge Management article that doesn’t mention blogs. Up with blogs, down with Knowledge Management! In 2004, I wouldn’t trust any KM program that doesn’t include blogs. Blogs are the best way to tell stories and share tacit knowledge.
  • There may be adds coming soon to a feed near you, if RSSAds has any say in the matter.
  • Don Park continues the previous bullet point saying, “I think the next step in content syndication markets is emergence and proliferation of OEM news aggregators for premium content service providers.” Branded RSS experience anyone?