"This Year" Begins With "Every Day"

December 31, 2010 | 6 Comments

Some of us are surging into 2011, while others of us are crawling in, barely ready to think about a new year. But for most, a new year brings us into some kind of reflection and resolve, thinking about what …

Ulysses Writing Software is 50% Off

December 28, 2010 | Leave a comment

I reviewed Ulysses last year and I like it. If I hadn’t already been familiar with Scrivener at the time, I would likely be a happy Ulysses user today. Selling at EUR 22.49, it’s right about US$30 at today’s rates.…

2010 in Review: Fiction

December 28, 2010 | 3 Comments

Looking over the fiction I read this year has me thinking that…

…more than one of these books could have made my top ten books of 2010. Don’t know why I felt like I should limit it to one on …

Refurbished MacBook Airs have Arrived

December 27, 2010 | Leave a comment

The new MacBook Airs are showing up in the Refurbished store on the Apple website. They come and go, but look like they are offering a consistent 15% discount on any given model. I’ve bought half a dozen refurbished products …

DropDAV: An easy way to link iWork for iPad and Dropbox

December 27, 2010 | Leave a comment

Creates a WebDav connection for your Dropbox so you can see your Dropbox folder from any of the iWork for iPad apps. A lovely service, and free for a free Dropbox user like myself. Takes about three minutes to setup …

Favorite Books of 2010

December 27, 2010 | Leave a comment

There’s less than a week left in 2010, so it’s time for my sixth annual favorite books of the year list. I read fewer books this year than I have in any year since I started this blog, but still …

Time lost and found

December 21, 2010 | Leave a comment

there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking,

Missional Postmortem: Ikon Timeline

December 21, 2010 | Leave a comment

I met Jason, and his wife Jenell, in LA last year. We resonated a lot with each other as we shared some similar hopes and dreams for forming a new church community. Jason’s community stopped gathering last month, and this …

nvALT

December 21, 2010 | Leave a comment

After seeing it mentioned in several places, I installed this fork of Notational Velocity created by Brett Terpstra . Some useful additions to the original app:

  • Widescreen (horizontal) layout option
  • Shortcut (⌘-⌥-N) to collapse the notes panel – Note: I

I, Reader

December 16, 2010 | Leave a comment

You are what you read. For some people, that means 22 boxes of books. Facing a storage crisis of bibliolatry proportions, Alexander Chee surveys e-readers and a life spent reading.

Any avid reader will identify with this article…I know I …

The Fusion Ads Holiday Bundle

December 16, 2010 | Leave a comment

A unique bundle for designers and developers. Not only Mac apps, but icons and even an Expression Engine license. I’m not buying, because I already have the stuff in the bundle I think I would use, but it’s worth a …

Evernote 2.0 for Mac is now available

December 15, 2010 | Leave a comment

I still don’t use Evernote, but this looks like a nice upgrade. Especially in the look and feel of the app, which is one of the things I haven’t liked about it. I suppose it’s time for my annual evaluation …

Six Megathemes Emerge from Barna Group Research in 2010

December 15, 2010 | Leave a comment

This article would be a good conversation starter for any church leadership team as a year end, or year beginning, time of evaluation.…

So I Got an Air

December 15, 2010 | 10 Comments

Last Monday, a silicon angel (hmm, might not be the best choice of adjectives) in a FedEx suit (and, strangely, an unmarked Dodge Caravan) arrived at my door with my new MacBook Air. It’s been a good week and a …

Review: The Unlikely Disciple

December 14, 2010 | Leave a comment

I had several points of contact with Kevin Roose’s The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University over the last year. Most notable was making the connection that Roose had worked briefly with AJ Jacobs while he was, …

The Indie Mac Gift Pack

December 13, 2010 | Leave a comment

Six apps for $60: Delicious Library, Acorn 2, MarsEdit 3, Radioshift, Sous Chef, Sound Studio 4. I use Delicious Library and MarsEdit almost daily, and the other apps can hold their own. (And one of these days I’m going to …

Review: Small Faith, Great God

December 10, 2010 | Leave a comment

I’ve read more pages by NT Wright than anyone else, and probably by quite a bit. Based on a quick estimate, I’d guess I’ve read about 5000 pages of Wright’s writing. I don’t think any theologian stretches me more in …

Now Equipped with a V8

December 10, 2010 | Leave a comment

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A few weeks ago, I quietly pushed out a new theme here. If my count is accurate, this is version 8.0. This theme is intentionally stripped down to a simple theme highlighting some of my brain’s meanderings as I move …

December 8, 2010 10:20 am

This is, as I said and believe, a book about Heaven, but I must say too that it has been a close call. For I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about …

7 Rules for Writing

December 6, 2010 | Leave a comment

A helpful kick in the pants for me. The whole thing distilled down into two words? Rhythms matter.

I especially like #3…

Don’t do anything else until you’ve written five hundred words.

A good affirmation for why I created 501words