creativityist notes – 07.30.08

July 30, 2008 | Leave a comment

Now that we are starting to get settled in Austin, I’m finding a few more chunks of time to work on Creativityist. Here are a few notes about the goings on that might be of interest to Creativityist readers:

  • I added a Resources page. Right now, it is a list of some recommended reads from my own experiences, though I might develop that page with some other resources as well.
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being life together

July 30, 2008 | 4 Comments

A catchphrase for the idea of community in Christian circles has been doing life together. I remember how appealing that phrase sounded to me the first time I heard it. I loved the idea of being so safe and intimate with a group of people. I recalled the days of living in the dorms in college where I was as comfortable in my neighbors’ suite as in my own.… Read more

using spaces as blinders

July 29, 2008 | 4 Comments

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions.

I’m often surprised by how many Mac users I see that aren’t using Spaces. It does require a new way of thinking about the desktop, but once you have put it to work for you, you too will ache when you use a machine without it.… Read more

christ and the caesars

July 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

A few months ago, I mentioned a book called Christ and the Caesars, by Ethelbert Stauffer. It has been out of print and in high demand because of a few mentions from Rob Bell and Ray Vander Laan. It turns out that the book has been picked up by Wipf and Stock Publishers and new copies are once again available.… Read more

wordpress for iphone

July 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

photoI’m writing this from my iPhone using the new WordPress for iPhone app. I can now blog from just about anywhere.

That doesn’t mean I will. But I can.

Just thought everyone should know.
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ted

July 22, 2008 | Leave a comment

TED is a conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design. I’ve had several friends recommend the TED website over the past few years. I’ve even watched bits of some of the talks that are posted there, but I never really dug into what was available until a few weeks ago.

Oops. I’ve been missing out.… Read more

evernote for iphone: early impressions

July 14, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m deeply committed to Yojimbo, but I’ve been flirting with Evernote for about three months now. Last week, Evernote rolled out a beautiful new iPhone app with the launch of the app store. Here are a few early impressions of the iPhone app:

  • It looks fantastic. It is fun to look at, and easy to understand.
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omnifocus for iphone: early impressions

July 14, 2008 | 2 Comments

The arrival of iPhone 2.0 has changed how I use my iPhone more than I imagined it would. But I did anticipate one thing correctly: OmniFocus for iPhone has tripled the usefulness of OmniFocus for me.

Some have been unhappy that OmniFocus is charging $20, but I gladly paid it. And after a few days of use, I can see that it will be the best $20 I spent in the app store.… Read more

recommended reading update

July 11, 2008 | Leave a comment

I like to read books. I like to tell other people what books I like. Sometimes they don’t ask, but I tell them anyway.

Nobody asked. But I freshened up my Recommended Reading page.

The links are associate links to Amazon. If you click on the covers and any of these books, Amazon will give me a credit to buy more.… Read more

the tangible kingdom

July 11, 2008 | 4 Comments

“The goal of our missional life is not to grow churches. The goal of church is to grow missionaries. The goal of the gospel is not to get people to church. The result of the gospel is that people will find each other and gather because of the deep meaning of a common experience.” (pg 168)

While reviewing some of my underlines after reading The Tangible Kingdom, the quote above stood out.… Read more

mobileme on the cheap(er)

July 7, 2008 | Leave a comment

You, like me, might be angling toward a MobileMe membership.

We already have a .Mac account, but with iPhone 2.0 coming out later this week, I’m realizing that a family pack will be useful for the two iPhones in our house. Amazon has the .Mac family pack for $120 while they last.… Read more

rappelling. yeah, it’s kind of like that.

July 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

While on my very very very very long drive from Seattle to Austin last week, I was reminded of the first time I went rappelling…

Early in the morning, we parked our church vans full of students near the base of the cliffs. After our guides went over some safety precautions and got it all set up, we got started.… Read more

housing update

July 3, 2008 | 4 Comments

One of these days, we might once again have a place we can call our own.

Last week, the same day we left Seattle, someone looked at our house. They liked it enough to put an offer on it. After a few shenanigans, we reached an agreement at the end of the week.… Read more