Weekly Random Links

Witness the awe as 3-year-old sees ‘Star Wars’ for the first time

I think the kids glasses fog up…

My life in smartphone notification hell

Technically Incorrect: Is there any way out of all the alerts your phone delivers, seemingly by the second? There may not be.

Flexible implant will allow paralysed humans to walk

A flexible implant follows prior breakthroughs with paralysed rats, designed for humans with spinal cord injury.

What Do People’s Online Avatars Say About Them?

Online avatars — visual representations of human beings — are everywhere these days. From mainstream examples, like the photos or other images Gmail users use to represent themselves, to extravagant armor-clad monsters in role-playing games, it’s becoming increasingly common for people to go through the process of deciding how they want to be represented in an online space.

Why and How Paul Invented “Christian Theology”

On Nov. 11, 2014, leading New Testament scholar N.T. Wright, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a retired Anglican bishop, presented a lecture on “Why and How Paul Invented Christian Theology.”

Challenging Radical Islam

Nevertheless, it is equally misleading to argue that the jihadi groups represent the true face of Islam. While the legal and doctrinal edicts that the jihadists cite are integral parts of Islamic law, the jihadists without question violate that law by taking it into their own hands. Their failure to consider the conditions necessary for the declaration of jihad, as well as for its proper conduct, provides an obvious example.

Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet

The idea of Muhammad as a military man will be new to many. Yet he was a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations where others were in command but operating under his orders and strategic direction. Wounded twice, he also twice experienced having his positions overrun by superior forces before he managed to turn the tables on his enemies and rally his men to victory. More than a great field general and tactician, he was also a military theorist, organizational reformer, strategic thinker, operational-level combat commander, political-military leader, heroic soldier, and revolutionary. The inventor of insurgency warfare and history’s first successful practitioner, Muhammad had no military training before he commanded an army in the field.

What to Do When Your Boss Won’t Stop Talking

On Friday, the Harvard Business Review ran an interesting article by Joe McCormack on a common problem: what to do when your boss talks, and talks, and talks. It’s obviously a tricky situation given the power dynamics involved, but McCormack offers some useful advice on how to rein in an over-talker.