creative soundtrack

November 24, 2008 | 5 Comments

When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics (unless they happen to be in Hopelandic).… Read more

crazy love

November 21, 2008 | 6 Comments

This fall, I’ve been reading through Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love (Kindle version) with my friend Dave. The book has a lot of good, and challenging, things to say, but I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I hoped I would. I have crazy respect for Francis Chan, both from the things I’ve heard him say here and there, and from what I know of the church he started.… Read more

helvetica

November 21, 2008 | Leave a comment

They never knew what they were caring for…they only knew what they were against.

This quote is offered as a critique of postmoderns. It is a sentiment that is common in church circles, where some would argue that the emerging church is defined more by what it is against than for.… Read more

of play, possibility, and productivity

November 20, 2008 | Leave a comment

In the drive to be productive, it is easy to eliminate play from our routines. Certainly play is the opposite of productivity, right? Neil Fiore suggests the opposite in The Now Habit:

From studying the performance styles of achievers, I have learned how essential guilt-free play is to attaining quality work and minimizing procrastination.

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the “official” job description

November 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Last week, I posted a simple job description for myself based on a description of Paul’s work. I’ve finished the job description I’m going to turn in to the IRS. I could have thrown something together, or even just copied someone else’s for the purpose of the IRS. But, I decided this would be a good opportunity to work through my primary functions for this season of Austin Mustard Seed.… Read more

give good food to your mac

November 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Mac users might be interested in a software promotion running through the end of the month called Give Good Food to Your Mac. A number of indie software developers have collaborated to bring you discounted software in this promotion.

I lost count, but there are well over 60 apps, utilities and games available.… Read more

you should read newbigin

November 17, 2008 | Leave a comment

The picture to the right is Lesslie Newbigin. It’s not exactly the kind of picture that will score an author a big book deal these days. Glance at the back cover of the best sellers rack, and you’ll see lots of hip, yet pensive, looking people. Or perhaps pensive, but hip.… Read more

the artist's way collective: week 12 and wrap-up

November 17, 2008 | Leave a comment

Welcome to the final week of The Artist’s Way Collective! I know several are working from a few chapters behind, but this post will wait patiently for you to arrive.

This week, we focus on Recovering a Sense of Faith, but it will also serve as a place to post your wrap-up thoughts.… Read more

producer or procrastinator?

November 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Throughout The Now Habit, Neil Fiore draws a contrast between producers and procrastinators. His idea of the producer matches up with what I think of as a creative person — one who practices creativity.

A creative person is not only someone who does art, though art should always be a celebrated product of creativity.… Read more

the thing about austin

November 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

As we’ve been getting settled in Austin, I’m trying to learn about the city through its history. While I’ve yet to find a thorough book with the history of the city, I’ve been able to pick up bits and pieces here and there.

Inherent to the culture of Austin is a long rivalry with Houston.… Read more

worth your time

November 12, 2008 | 3 Comments

Some links that are worth a few moments of your valuable time:

  • My friend Zach put his iSight to good use and recorded an iChat interview with Rob Bell. There’s a lot of good banter about creativity and teaching. For your viewing convenience, Zach broke it down into part 1, part 2, and part 3.
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the artist's way collective: week 11 hub

November 10, 2008 | Leave a comment

We are in the second to last week of The Artist’s Way Collective! This news might cause some of you to panic because it reminds you how far behind you are — and if that is you…keep going. It’s a worthwhile journey.

Week 11 focuses on Recovering a Sense of Autonomy.… Read more

my job description

November 7, 2008 | 4 Comments

We’re in the process of getting our 501c3 status with the IRS, and one of my tasks at hand it write my job description. With that in mind, I read the quote below from Richard Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament. If you replace Paul with John and Mediterranean with Austin, I think it pretty much nails how I would like my job description to read:

Paul* was first of all a missionary, an organizer of far-flung little communities around the Mediterranean* that united clusters of disparate people in the startling confession that God had raised a crucified man, Jesus, from the dead and thus initiated a new age in which the whole world was to be transformed.

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the distraction free mac

November 7, 2008 | 4 Comments

Mac users rave about the clean and streamlined user interface that a Mac offers compared to Windows; I am of the same mind. But, if you want a simple interface, why not go all the way? When I really need to engage on a project, I trim my screen down so that all I can see is that single app I am working on.… Read more

the now habit

November 5, 2008 | 3 Comments

While driving 2300 miles from Seattle to Austin this past summer, I thought it might be a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore.

It wasn’t.

Not that it isn’t a helpful book. It is. In fact, that was the problem. I was about an hour into the seven and a half hour recording when I realized that there was too much in this book for me to digest audibly.… Read more

some political perspective

November 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

I read this today, and it seemed rather timely…

There is no room for a political fanaticism that supposes that my political achievements will establish God’s kingdom, or declares a holy war against opponents, or tramples on individual human beings in the pursuit of a political millennium. The public political act has its real meaning simply as a kind of acted prayer for the coming of God’s reign.” — Lesslie Newbigin, Foolishness to the GreeksRead more

the artist's way collective: week 10 hub

November 3, 2008 | Leave a comment

Only three more weeks in The Artist’s Way Collective! Today we being week 9 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more