BiblioTech – The First ‘Bookless’ Public Library in the World


During my visit in San Antonio, Tx., in May 2016, I had the privilege of visiting the first completely digital library that was ever open anywhere in the world. I had heard about it before, and I made concrete plans to visit it while in Texas. So, on May 25th, with the gracious help of my friend Rev. Silviu Neagu, we set on the way to look for it, after a visit at the Central Library in San Antonio, where we got the address we needed – 3505 Pleasanton Road, in Bexar [pronounced ‘bear’] County, a 1.7 million members, and rapidly growing.

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Selfie with Rev. Silviu Neagu in front of BiblioTech

As we were driving deeper into the South, the poorest area of San Antonio, my friend was becoming more and more skeptical. It seemed almost impossible to find a library in such a place. Did we have the wrong address? Yet, there it was: Bexar BiblioTech, hosted in a not very large former warehouse space. My heart started pounding. I had found it.

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Rev. Silviu Neagu & Mr. JoseAngel Siller, head of BiblioTech in Pleasanton

As we entered the building, we were greeted by the guard, and the head of this institution, Mr. JoseAngel Siller, who became our guide during this visit. He had, among other things, a master’s degree in philosophy of religion, and seemed to be a religious man, even if he did not make too much out of it.

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One of the first things one sees on the wall after entering the building is the ‘tecolote’ [owl, in Spanish], the mascot and at the very same time the digital app of the library. As you scan it with your phone or table camera, you enter the virtual world of this technological miracle.Read More »


Internet speed across the European Union

Internet speed across the European Union

Romania, first place. Finally, we are good in something. What we do with it, is another matter. 😦

5 Essential Life Lessons from 4 Surprising Years of Blogging | UnTangled

Source: 5 Essential Life Lessons from 4 Surprising Years of Blogging | UnTangled

Some good lessons of blogging.

The World Online Map

world online map

You all know I love maps (search for ‘map’ on my blog and you will find many interesting ones). If you know how to read, they tell amazing stories.

Here is another one, where sizes of countries are depend not on square kilometres, but on the number of internet users. Enjoy

(Source, The Guardian.)

Peste 1.500.000 de vizite

Astazi blogul Persona a trecut pragul 1.500.000 de vizite. Nu e mult, comparat cu blogurile profesionistilor. Dar ce folos are comparatia, cind suntem cu totii unici, si avem fiecare audienta pe care o meritam.

Iata citeva date statistice:

– 7290 postari

– 72 de categorii (si incerc sa ramin la acestea)

– 6.378 de etichete


Si ma opresc aici, pentruca la ora plec din hotelul din Nicosia spre Romania.

A New Kind of Consensus: Reforming Islam in the Internet Generation | The Institute of Middle East Studies

A New Kind of Consensus: Reforming Islam in the Internet Generation | The Institute of Middle East Studies.

This is a text worth reading. here is the conclusion:

‘I argue that through this Internet Generation of Muslim thought, devoid of this particular identity crisis, there is hope for a new chapter of reformation in Islam. Additionally, there is hope for an inter-faith role in this reformation. These rising Muslim voices are not cloistered in their own communities. These Euro-American voices that have gained such traction are living amongst Christians, Jews, Atheists, Buddhists, and Hindus, which may explain why many fight not only against Islamophobia, but anti-Semitism and the persecution of Sikhs. During this period of reformation, the Western Christian community should be encouraged to strengthen their relationships with those in their local Muslim community. Christian communities should not view their Muslim neighbors or colleagues as suspicious threats or harbingers of violence and “creeping Shari‘a” but rather cohorts in building a respectful, safer, more loving world.’

Thanks, Rose Khouri.

Statisticile lumii in direct – Stiati ca?

Pe vremuri exista la radio o emisiune de curiozitati care se numea ‘Stiati ca?’. Unii acolo si-au facut cultura generala. 🙂 Ceva, oricum, e mai mult decit nimic.

Deci, stiati ca…

– populatia lumii se apropie galopant de locuritori?

– …si ca a crescut in acest an cu aproape 80 de milioane de locuitori?

– ca astazi se vor naste circa 500 de mii de oameni?

– …si ca vor muri vreo 200 de mii?Read More »

The Innovation of Loneliness

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk – Connected, But Alone.
Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness.


Experimental Theology: Social Media as Sacrament: A Thought For Rachel

Experimental Theology: Social Media as Sacrament: A Thought For Rachel.

This is a brilliant article, written by Richard Beck, in response to a question asked on twitter by Rachel Held Evans. It should be read by all Christian bloggers.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Internet of Things

A link shared today by my son on Facebook made me aware of a concept I have ignored up to this point. If you are like me, you may be enlightened by watching the short video clip below.

If you became interested and want to find out more, you can be enlightened by reading HERE and HERE.

Experienţa celor 7 zile fără tehnologie! | Ganduri ascunse cu Alina Ilioi

Experienţa celor 7 zile fără tehnologie! | Ganduri ascunse cu Alina Ilioi.

Alina povesteste, asa cum a promis, despre cum a petrecut sapte zile fara tehnologie.

Un experiment interesant si folositor noua, tuturor.

Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society.


Christian History – Free Download

Christian History 104

The Christian History Institute in Worcester, Penn. is the publisher of the very respected evangelical magazine Christian History, whose 104 issue is the last one published.

I have just found out that ALL issues of Christian History could be downloaded FREE on their website. I hope this would be good news for church history lovers. Enjoy!

Here is the link.


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

Bleen despre rolul unui blog (politic)

Mirel Valentin Axinte (Bleen)

‘Rolul unui blog e să dărîme miturile, să fie inteligent și deci incomod, chiar scandalos. Cîntatul în cor, cu moderație, nu ajută pe nimeni. Minciuna acomodantă face rău tuturor. Îi ajută doar pe autori să fie liniștiți cu nervii și să se înțeleagă bine cu toată lumea. Și pe lume o ajută să fie fericită și împăcată cu propriile idei și decizii. Or, ăsta e cel mai prost lucru. Oamenii trebuie scoși de urechi afară din băltoaca auto-mulțumirii așa cum scoți iepurii din joben. Asta presupune că prima lor reacție nu va fi una plăcută. Oamenilor nu le place să-i deranjezi din iluziile acomodante.’

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Cred ca se potriveste si altor tipuri de bloguri, inclusiv celor pe teme religioase, desigur, cu nuantele de rigoare. Voi ce credeti?

Your Own ‘Personal Jesus’ App

Your own personal Jesus.

The ‘Personal Jesus App’ – another example of the continued commodification of Christ, a Christ that we can “buy now,” that we can “Like” on Facebook, that can be placed on mugs and t-shirts.

Wireless bird

She has W-LAN

(Found on Facebook)

Failed launch – Windows sucks. Forever

Persona la 1,000.000 de accesari – Principalele cautari care au condus la Persona

Persona la 1,000.000 de accesari – Principalii referenti

Persona la 1,000.000 de accesari – Link-uri populare

Ce inseamna Persona pentru mine? Dar pentru tine?

O prietena virtuala remarca nu demult ca in ultima vreme mai degraba rebloghez textele altora decit sa scriu texte originale. Observatie absolut corecta si situatia absolut inevitabila, din pricina calatoriilor mele profesionale fara sfirsit.

Neputind sa scriu eu insumi, incerc sa-mi slujesc prietenii care adasteaza pe aici, sau pe Facebook, cu lucruri interesante prodiuse de altii. Va veni, probabil, si vremea de a scrie mai multe.

Banuiesc ca, in ciuda existentei pe blog a paginii numite Argument, unii dintre cei care viziteaza blogul se intreaba inca de ce scriu aici si cum gasesc timp pentru asta, cu viata mea atit de agitata.

Dincolo de cele spuse deja, vreau sa adaug faptul ca acest blog este unul dintre mijloacele prin care incerc sa-mi pastrez normalitatea (atita cita este), sanatatea mentala (care si ea este ceva relativ) si, mai ales, libertatea de exprimare, care este unul dintre cele mai importante valori personale.

In al doilea rind, blogul este un mijloc de a pastra legatura si de a influenta oameni cu care contactul personal este imposibil, din pricina distantei geografice.

Nu am timp acum sa adaug mai multe. Poate o voi face alta data (eventual la 2.000.000 de accesari 🙂 )

Pina atunci insa, vreau sa pun si eu o intrebare celor care vin din cind aici, daca aveti cumva chef sa raspundeti:

Ce anume va face sa reveniti pe acest blog? Ce inseamna Persona pentru voi?Read More »

Persona la 1,000.000 de accesari – Postari cu peste 3.000 de accesari

Persona la 1,000.000 de accesari – citeva statistici

Numar total de postari – 4.066

Data primei postari – 26.11.2007

Numar de comentarii – 12,323

Ziua cea mai aglomerata – 4,291 accesari/25.02.2009Read More »

Blogging Demotivator

Absolutely agree.

Druckversion – Blessing or Curse? Competing Visions of a Computer-Controlled Future – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Druckversion – Blessing or Curse? Competing Visions of a Computer-Controlled Future – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

This is a very interesting article, on an extremely important topic.

Theologians should engage more seriously with this issue, I believe.

Walter Brueggemann despre societatea de consum


Walter Brueggemann


In aceasta saptamina am avut sansa extraordinara de a petrece doua zile cu Walter Brueggemann. Inainte de a publica pe blog cite ceva despre aceasta intilnire, afisez din acest publicat initial acum trei ani.

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Contextul totalizant al producţiei şi consumului

Propun să înţelegem cultura de astăzi din Statele Unite ca pe un ,,totalism al productivităţii.” Prin totalism înţeleg un sistem ideologic atotcuprinzător care exclude abaterile de la regulile sale şi care îi anulează pe toţi cei care nu se supun acestei ideologii dominante. Prin productivitate înţeleg faptul că sistemul ideologic dominant din Statele Unite îi consideră valoroşi doar pe cei care participă la realizările consumiste legate de producerea şi de consumul de bunuri materiale, sistem care este guvernat de triada: bani, putere şi a sex. „Liturghiile” care susţin această ideologie sunt cele ale sportului şi ale întregii industrii de divertisment, care este specializată în chestiuni legate de putere, succes, bogăţie şi confort, livrate în proporţii nelimitate. Mijlocul de promovare al acestei liturghii este, desigur, televiziunea şi, din ce în ce mai mult, internetul care mediază o lume a vitezei, a puterii şi a dezvoltării, complet ruptă de realitatea trăită de persoane reale care-şi duc existenţa în comunităţi reale.

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Fight ACTA As Long As You Can

You may sign HERE the following call against the possible implications of ACTA on the freedom of the Internet:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which would destroy it. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy. We urge you to show true global leadership and protect our rights.

You may also sign HERE an apeal against the implications of ACTA on access to decently priced medicine for poor people:

Petition to governments negotiating ACTA:
We urge you to oppose any deal that could cut off millions of people from access to essential medicines. We call on you to ensure that no agreement is reached via the secretive process in Tokyo, and to release current negotiating texts for public scrutiny.

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Pentru cititorii romani

Cititi AICI mai multe despre ACTA.