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Dwight Schrute Rainn Wilson, best known as Dwight Schrute on The Office, launched a website called SoulPancake in March 2009. The site’s motto is “Chew on Life’s Big Questions” and its intention is to engage young people in spiritual and philosophical discussions.

Wilson is a member of the Bahá’í Faith. Similar to Islam, Bahá’í sees the religious leaders who have come before (such as Abraham and Jesus) as prophets. Except, instead of Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are the most recent prophets. Founded in the nineteenth century, the 166-year-old faith is a young religion compared to Christianity (2,000 years old), Judaism (much, much older), and even Islam (1,600 years old). Bahá’í is younger than the United States!

I’m unable to tell from the website the extent of Wilson’s involvement. He may do nothing more than lend the weight of his celebrity to attract visitors. The website asks questions like, “If you were homeless, what would you write on your sign?” and “Are traditional churches obsolete?”

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On Monday I recounted how I rediscovered Adventures in Odyssey. Shortly after I began listening to Odyssey again, I discovered a website called The Odyssey Scoop. It is a great place to keep up with the latest Odyssey news and fun facts.

The Odyssey Scoop has republished “A Town Called Odyssey.” Check it out, and while you’re there, check out the rest of the website.

Plants vs. Zombies

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Plants vs. Zombies

I don’t get into video games that often, but with a name like Plants vs. Zombies, how could I not try it?

The basic concept of the game is simple. Protect your home from hoards of the living dead. You use plants like peashooters, cherry bombs and potato mines to keep the dead out of your house.

You can download the demo of this highly addicting game, but it times out after sixty minutes of play, or play the online version here. The full version of the game is $19.95.

What was the last video game you got addicted to?

Driving a Font

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You just witnessed the future occupation of “motor typography.” Okay, not really, but these typographers do design a font with a car. And here is the result:

iQ Font Sample

You can download the font for yourself. It is a case study in collaboration. This font wasn’t created by a typographer meticulously kerning characters alone in a dark studio.

A professional race car driver drove a car in the shape of each letter. A film crew filmed the car from above. A computer programmer developed a custom application that tracked special colored dots attached to the top of the car and converted the motion of the vehicle into a font.

This font was designed as a promotion for Toyota. Does its commercial purpose change its status as art? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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