Kindle Fire: The Curated Content Device

December 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

I had one primary goal when I ordered a Kindle Fire: it would free up the iPad to leave home during the day for my wife and kids to use. (Okay, okay, stop looking at me like that. I …

Six Days With the Kindle Fire

November 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Since the first Kindle was released, Amazon has offered a device that’s the perfect storm for this tech-loving book lover. Or is it book-loving tech lover? Either way, I’m a lover, and tech gadgets and books sit high on my …

Hands on With the Kindle

November 14, 2011 | Leave a comment

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, while we were all listening to Peter Gabriel, I ordered the new $79 Kindle model. The three readers in our house have been happily passing it around the last few weeks. …

A Quick Look at Ulysses 2.1

October 31, 2011 | 16 Comments

I reviewed Ulysses 2 a few years ago in anticipation of NaNoWriMo. I thought it was an impressive writing tool that’s merits consideration for any longer writing project. (I’ve used it some myself, though most of my writing projects …

iPad at Work

October 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

That David Sparks guy. Wow.

It was only last February I wrote up a review of Mac at Work, which David had been kind enough to send to me. Here we are less than a year later, and I’ve …

Three Things

October 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

In the last few weeks, I’ve been using a few tools that are new to me, and they may be new to you too. All of them are worth a look.

1) PogoSketch Pro Stylus from Ten One Design. …

Standing Outside the Library Blasting Peter Gabriel on my Boom Box

October 10, 2011 | Leave a comment

John cusackI’ve not been the most faithful library patron over the years, though I have made sure my kids have maintained regular visits. I find a lot of value in having my own books arrive at my doorstep or on a …

Thanks Steve

October 6, 2011 | Leave a comment

In 1984, my dad took me to a computer store to see the brand new Macintosh. The salesman opened MacPaint and helped me paint a tree. (I marveled at how the spray paint brush could be used to paint clumps …

Kindle Fire Pre-Order? Check.

October 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire. The first day. No hesitation.

Going in to last week’s announcement about the new Kindles, I had high hopes for an Amazon Kindle tablet. I hoped that Amazon would create a device that was …

If Knowledge is Power, I May Have Just Gone Nuclear

September 7, 2011 | 4 Comments

As much as I like to dabble with new apps and imagine the possibilities that they might offer me, I tend to stick with the apps that are tried and true, that I know will get the job done for …

More Morris Lessmore, Please

August 17, 2011 | Leave a comment

Morris lessmoreEarlier this summer, buzz echoed around the internets about an iPad app called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. If you haven’t seen it you should. And don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a kids book…adults should …

On Baseball and Presence

August 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

I still long to be someplace else, it’s just that the locations have changed.

I grew up an hour away from Mile High Stadium. It was the legendary home of the Denver Broncos, so named to remind opponents that oxygen …

Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process

August 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

Blaine hoganBlaine Hogan makes me sick.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the guy. I’ve known him for five years, and I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with him. He’s one of the most creatively expressive people I know, and even …

Echo Workshop: Rhythms and Tools for Creative Work

August 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Last week, I was a workshop presenter at the Echo Conference. I led a workshop called Rhythms and Tools for Creative Work. Here was the description:

Most of us have had a good idea come to us in

Flexing Workflows for Lion

July 26, 2011 | 6 Comments

LionI popped out of bed last Wednesday knowing Lion was set to show up in the App store at any minute. You might think me a nerd or a fanboy, but I’m going to go with “early adopting cutting edge …

The Creative Loop: Movement

July 18, 2011 | Leave a comment

In part one of this series, I introduced The Creative Loop and described the stages that exist in the loop: Engage, Capture, and Create. In this part, I will focus on the movement between the stages. It is helpful …

The Creative Loop: Stages

July 7, 2011 | Leave a comment

A year ago, I scratched out a drawing in Penultimate. It was an idea I dubbed The Creative Loop as an attempt to visualize how my creative process works itself out. (At the time, I think it was mostly …

This is a Great, Thoughtful Essay. Right?

June 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

I have this urge.

Sometimes I read great, thoughtful essays about things that most of us don’t have the time to care about. Sometimes I don’t read them, because I don’t have time to read them, let alone care about …

Our Monthly Community Rhythm

June 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

For most of this year, we’ve been thinking about the monthly rhythms in our church community, and how we might be more intentional in forming those.

And letting them form us.

The idea of a monthly rhythm has been …

"Checking Stuff"

June 9, 2011 | 4 Comments

“Checking stuff.”

That was the standard answer my friend Justin gave to his wife whenever she asked what he was looking at on the laptop. The exchange often happened in the evenings when they were both home. She didn’t understand …