"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 we hope will come about for us “this year”. While I’m not usually one to […]

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. via Ben Brooks

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 that list. …I read some good fiction in 2010. …I should read more fiction. Usually, […]

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 from Apple with nary a regret.

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 and you are good to go.

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 managed to (barely) reach my goal of averaging a book a week. And I must […]

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, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, […]

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 is the first of a handful of posts where he describes the process.

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 love this one Markdown, Textile and MultiMarkdown support with Preview window HTML source code tab […]

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 do. A thoughtful insight on how reading habits are changing, and being challenged, by the […]

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 visit just to enjoy the design of the site.

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 of Evernote to see if I want to use it to replace Yojimbo.

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 half. After the Air was introduced I avoided the Apple store for about a month. […]

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, um, researching The Year of Living Biblically. Most recent was a nice review by Adam […]

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 write a review about how much I love MarsEdit.) Looks like the deal is good […]

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 directions that I like to be stretched. All that to say, when I had an […]

Now Equipped with a V8

December 10, 2010 | Leave a comment

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 along in life. As I’ve now sub-titled it, I intend it to be “field notes […]

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 Hell—where we fail to love one another, where we hate and destroy one another for reasons abundantly provided or for righteousness’ sake or for pleasure, where we destroy the things we need the most, where we see no hope and have no faith, where we are needy and alone, where things that ought to stay together fall apart, where there is such a groaning travail of selfishness in all its forms, where we love one another and die, where we must lose everything to know what we have had.” — Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

A book about a long and meandering life with meaningful retrospective at the end. I hope mine turns out so well.

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.