Quick Takes – 7/28/07

This one is for Mission Impossible fans. Ten ways to send a self-destructing email message. (HT: Lifehacker)

WikiHow explains how to share your obituary with your online friends. “You are probably going to want your online friends, who may live all over the world, to know why your postings have suddenly stopped.” (HT: Lifehacker)

Steve Matthewson offers some good advice for male preachers on connecting with their female listeners. “Preachers communicate truth through personality, but sometimes personality gets in the way – especially in the area of gender.”

John Stott retired from public ministry after preaching a final message at the annual Keswick Convention in England on July 17. The message was on the topic: What is God’s purpose for his people? “God wants His people to become like Christ. Christ-likeness is the will of God for the people of God … If we claim to be a Christian, we must be Christ-like.”

Tim Challies reviews Wendy Shalit’s new book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good. Shalit describes her book as “. . . my search for an alternative to our Girls Gone Wild culture. It’s about finding a way to acknowledge sexuality without having to share it with strangers. It’s about rediscovering our capacity for innocence, for wonder, and for being touched profoundly by others.”

Star Trek: The Original Series will be released in a 10-disc HD DVD/DVD combo disc set on November 20, 2007. “1960s special effects have been replaced with 21st century computer-generated imagery to give new depth and atmosphere to various elements including the main title sequence, the galaxy shots frequently seen from the Enterprise’s bridge, the battle scenes, planets and alien ships, some of the matte paintings used as backdrops for new worlds, as well as the Enterprise and other Starships, which have been replaced with state-of-the-art CGI-created ships. The new computer-generated Enterprise is based on the exact measurements of the original model, which now rests in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.” Is this a case of George Lucas Syndrome? Actually, it all sounds very cool to me.


  1. Tom says:

    Don’t call it …. “Star Trek: The Original Series ” if you are going to …
    “1960s special effects have been replaced with 21st century computer-generated imagery to give new depth and atmosphere to various elements…” edit it.

    What’s next “Live” news that has been “digitally enhanced”?
    History that has been “corrected”?
    Accurate true-life stories with “enriched” scenes?

    No wonder we have trouble identifying “TRUTH!”

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    I remember watching part of George Lucas’ 1971 film THX-1138 on TV last year. I had never seen it before and was amazed at how good the special effects were for 1971 – until I found out that he had updated the film with all new special effects just a couple yars ago! Still, I really enjoy Star Trek: TOS and would enjoy seeing some of those classic episodes with the updated effects.

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