Atheist: Prove there is a God.
Believer: Prove there is a sun.
Atheist (sneers): What do you mean? Of course there is a sun. It sustains all life on this planet.
Believer: Where is the sun?
Atheist: It's in the sky.
Believer: So if I go outside right now and look up in the sky, I'll see the sun?
Atheist: Well, not right now. It's night. The sun's on the other side of the world.
Believer: So I have to wait until daytime?
Believer: Interesting. So if I go outside tomorrow and it's cloudy and raining, I'll see the sun.
Atheist: No, you have to wait until the sky clears up.
Believer: Sometimes that takes a long time. So when the sky clears, can I look anywhere in the sky and see the sun?
Atheist: No, you have to be looking at the sun in order to see it.
Believer: So I have turn and face the sun in order to see it?
Atheist: Well, even if you are looking away from the sun there are shadows that indicate a large brilliant light source.
Believer: What if I have my eyes closed?
Atheist: You have to have your eyes open to see the sun.
Believer: There sure are a lot of rules to follow to see the sun, which you claim is the sustainer of all life on Earth. You're telling me I have wait until it's daytime, and while there are no clouds to obscure the view, walk outside and look in the sky, facing the direction of the sun, with my eyes open.
Atheist: Yes. It might be hard for you to understand...
Believer: It seems the sun is a lot more elusive than God in my experience.
Atheist: What do you mean?
Believer: If I go outside right now, and keeping my eyes open, say to the sun, "Show yourself to me!", will it turn the night into day, part the clouds and stop the rain, and turn me in the right direction to face it?
Believer: God will.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
How many boring (boorish?) Powerpoint presentations have you sat through? Don't you wish there was a way to make all that data into a dynamic, interactive multimedia presentation? Think Flash is going to solve your problems? Well, you don't need to know complicated software to make a compelling presentation. What you do need is (ta-dah!!!) compelling content. Here is an example by presentation consultant, Alexei Kapterev. (Yes, I know it's a Flash presentation, by there is no animation involved.)
As a designer, I've helped many people make their Powerpoint presentations more interesting by using animation strategically, but how much simpler would it be if they just followed the model shown here?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a hole, about 6 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 5 feet deep. It, along with seven or eight of its friends, was created this morning while I was trying to sleep. It is literally right outside my door (I actually stood in the doorway while I took this picture.) I guess this type of thing is going to go on until Saturday. My landlord is a really nice guy, but i think he owes his tenants who work second shift a couple of free nights at a motel.