Sunday, 30 November 2008

The future

Mark Hall:

“Praying about the future? Take heart! God is already there. He’s standing at the end of our lives looking back on all our days.”

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Redeemer Sermon Store: The Reason for God

Redeemer Sermon Store: The Reason for God

Free sermons related to Tim Keller’s book “The Reason for God” from the series “The Trouble with Christianity: Why it’s so Hard to Believe it” in MP3 format.

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A message from God

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” —Rabindranath Tagore

[Via A Child Chosen.]

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Today’s phischbits

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge • Soles4Souls

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge • Soles4Souls

“Soles4Souls is a charity dedicated to donating shoes to the poor via shoe drive, shoe drop, giving shoes to children, disaster relief, shoe help. Donate shoes to help shoe charity.”

$5 buys two pairs of shoes, so it’s a donation nearly anyone can make.

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JellyTelly

JellyTelly

Phil Vischer’s latest project, currently in beta.

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Civic Literacy Report - Civics Quiz

Civic Literacy Report -  Civics Quiz

From the Intercollegiate Studies Institute:

“Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.”

Yours truly scored 81.82%, or 27 out of 33 questions.

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How to Get Rich « blog maverick

How to Get Rich « blog maverick

“But whatever you can save, save it. As much as you possibly can. Then put it in 6 month CDs in the bank.

“The first step to getting rich is having cash available. You arent saving for retirement. You are saving for the moment you need cash. Buy and hold is a suckers game for you. This market is a perfect example. Right at the very moment when cash creates unbelievable opportunity, those who followed the buy and hold strategy have no cash. they cant or wont sell into markets this low, that kills the entire point of buy and hold. Those who have put their money in CDs sleep well at night and definitely have more money today than they did yesterday. And because they are smart, disciplined shoppers, their personal rate of inflation is within their means. Cash is king for those wanting to get rich”

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Friday, 28 November 2008

Today’s phischbits

Panel of Experts: Now dig this Indiana Jones DVD review | Film | Arts & Entertainment - Times Online

Panel of Experts: Now dig this Indiana Jones DVD review | Film | Arts & Entertainment - Times Online

“Each week experts assess the authenticity of a DVD. Here, archaeologists excavate fact from fantasy in the latest Indiana Jones caper.”

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Monday, 24 November 2008

The most popular ringtone in Japan



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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Today’s phischbits

Apple Notebooks Take Huge Performance Hit without Battery - Gearlog

Apple Notebooks Take Huge Performance Hit without Battery - Gearlog

“Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro systems saw up to a 37-percent performance drop without the battery installed.”

The gist: keep the battery in.

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YellowPagesGoesGreen.Org

YellowPagesGoesGreen.Org

Kill dead-tree Yellow and/or White Pages delivery to your home.

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The Scorpions + The Berlin Philharmonic =


Awesome.

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Friday, 21 November 2008

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American Thinker: Obama Declares War on Conservative Talk Radio

American Thinker: Obama Declares War on Conservative Talk Radio

Nope, not the Fairness Doctrine. Rather, through a little-known (to the general populace, at least) FCC rule called “localism”.

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Thursday, 20 November 2008

An acappella tribute to John Williams


You can follow along with the lyrics.

[From my sweetie via e-mail.]

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Today’s phischbits

JPG Magazine: Stories: Photo Essay: Photo Essay - The Wolf

JPG Magazine: Stories: Photo Essay: Photo Essay - The Wolf

Scott Bourne shares my love of the wolf, only he’s gotten to photograph them in the wild, something I would love the opportunity to do.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Text to Send a Bible!

Text to Send a Bible!

You can donate a Bible via text message. Just send “Bible” to 20222, and your wireless bill will be charged $5. You can donate up to 5 times a month.

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Are You a Writer? | Copyblogger

Are You a Writer? | Copyblogger

A little inspiration for my fellow writers, especially those currently caught in the maelstrom of NaNoWriMo.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

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Leslie Carbone: Writing Well: Organization

Leslie Carbone: Writing Well:  Organization

“The most important factor in the successful organization of any piece of writing is knowing what you’re trying to say.”

Good post by Leslie on using some up-front thinking and organization to maximize your writing’s impact. This is mostly geared toward non-fiction, but fiction writers may find benefits as well.

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

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The Official Blog of Nectar » Blog Archive » 5 Tips For Dealing With Workplace Stress

The Official Blog of Nectar  » Blog Archive   » 5 Tips For Dealing With Workplace Stress

Stretch, breath, tea, tunes, and vitamins. Simple, practical advice.

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I am not a mistake. I am a one issue man. « Shawnsblogspot.com

I am not a mistake.  I am a one issue man. « Shawnsblogspot.com

“I am angry because as I read scripture I think that the church should have solved all of these issues by being the kingdom of God on earth. I am angry because there should be no need for socialism from our government because the church should be meeting the needs of the widow, the single mom, the down-and-out and the drug abusers. I am angry because the church should be seeking to “take care” of teen-age pregnancies by loving on young Moms and helping them financially rather than shunning them and calling the sinners and their children the product of sin. I am angry because the world has turned us into multiple-issue people and we lack the fortitude and the guts to stand up for life no matter the cost.

“So today I am taking back the issue of life and morals from the republicans and I am taking back environmentalism and social justice from the democrats. You do not own them and I will no longer be a a part of your political silliness at the expense of people. They do not belong to you. They belong to Jesus.”

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patrick collison - an offline Wikipedia reader for the iPhone/iPod Touch

patrick collison - an offline Wikipedia reader for the iPhone/iPod Touch

If you’d like to always have Wikipedia at your fingertips, even when you can’t get lowly EDGE service, and you aren’t opposed to giving up 2 GB—yes, gigabytes—of your iPhone or iPod touch, then this is for you.

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Monday, 10 November 2008

Differences

Michael Gartenberg:

Every time there’s a new OS release from MSFT they talk about the shortfalls of the current OS & how the new version will fix all problems.

Ever hear Apple dis a former version of their OS? Me neither. :)

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The Official Mac Pro Website

The Official Mac Pro Website

“Welcome to Mac Pro Systems & Software, Everything Macintosh… Everything!”

Recommended by my friend Tom as a good resource for Mac parts you may not be able to get from Apple. (And perhaps for a better price than the ones you can.)

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Friday, 07 November 2008

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Findings - Study Shows Conservatives May Enjoy Humor More - NYTimes.com

Findings - Study Shows Conservatives May Enjoy Humor More - NYTimes.com

“Do conservatives have more fun? Should liberals start describing themselves as humor-challenged? Scientists try to find out.”

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Thursday, 06 November 2008

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Invisible Children » Buy Kilometers, Build a School

Invisible Children » Buy Kilometers, Build a School

“It really is as simple as the subject says. Yannick Daoudi will be bicycling around Uganda throughout December & January to raise money for Keyo Secondary School, an Invisible Children partner school. To raise the money, he’s asking supporters to finance this by donating $3 for every kilometer he reaches on his 1000/km trip.”

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Obama Declines GOP Request to Redistribute Votes

Obama Declines GOP Request to Redistribute Votes

“It’s not that we want to punish your success,” wrote RNC chairman Mike Duncan. “We just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you has a chance for success too. Our attitude is that if the election’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … when you spread the power around, it’s good for everybody.”

Brilliant.

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Wednesday, 05 November 2008

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Nectar: A fresh look at you

Nectar: A fresh look at you

Nectar is all about delivering a online presence that doesn’t sell a product or service, but rather sells you. The team believes in helping people build their own personal brand.

Being friends with one of Nectar’s founders, I’ve gotten inside peeks of their development process. I can tell you, the team is passionate, their product is inspired, and if you need to consolidate your online presence, or create one from scratch, Nectar can deliver the goods.

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10 Handy Numbers to Save in Your Mobile Phone | Marc and Angel Hack Life

10 Handy Numbers to Save in Your Mobile Phone | Marc and Angel Hack Life

“‘Always be prepared!’  That’s the Boy Scout motto.  Here are 10 phone numbers we could not care less about until the moment we need them…”

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VMware: Team Fusion: Make Windows Unity windows look like Mac OS X Windows: WindowsBlinds with VMware Fusion

VMware: Team Fusion: Make Windows Unity windows look like Mac OS X Windows: WindowsBlinds with VMware Fusion

This is really a just-in-case sort of bookmark for my own future reference, but those of you using Fusion to run Windows on your Mac may find it useful as well.

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Tuesday, 04 November 2008

In praise of single-issue voting

Tony Woodlief:

Those other issues certainly affect a country’s safety, prosperity, and greatness. But I’ve come to believe that a nation that tolerates destruction of innocents deserves neither safety nor prosperity nor greatness. We’ve descended into barbarism, and it poisons how we treat the elderly, the incapacitated, even ourselves. We shouldn’t be surprised, having made life a utilitarian calculation, that more and more humans become inconvenient.

It’s certainly true that there are other issues that ought to concern Christians, like the sanctity of marriage, and how we treat the mentally ill, the elderly, and children who have been born. But abortion is, in my view, the touchstone. Get this one wrong and your moral compass can guide you in nothing else.

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Monday, 03 November 2008

ATPM 14.11

The November issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available for your reading pleasure.

Charles returns with another Filemaking column, taking readers through layouts and tables in the book database we’re building. There are lamentations from across the Pond, as Mark bemoans Honda and FireWire neutering, yet we can rejoice and be thankful this month on the American side of the ocean, as Ed has updated the GTD application master list.

Lee breaks down the various file formats available to us in Photoshop, while ATPM reader Zac Stivers was kind enough to share some photos from his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas in our desktop pictures offering. I think the second Quince photo is lovely.

Speaking of photos, and Photoshop, Lee also reviews Mask Pro 4.1.2, which can be helpful for those of without the experience Lee has in building masks from scratch. Chris rocks the Logitech MX Revolution’s world, putting the ergonomically-shaped, wireless mouse through its paces. Ed likes the intriguing PDFPen, while Linus enlisted the help of his wife and son in his review of the game StoneLoops.

We say good-bye to a dear friend this month in the pages of About This Particular Macintosh. Matt Johnson has been drawing his Cortland cartoon for us for six years, and this month, brings the series to a close. Matt has seen a lot of changes in his life of late: new wife (congratulations, you guys!), new job, and a new city. He’s taking a breather from cartooning to get in to the swing of things, but assures us he’ll be back in the near future.

Thanks for six great years, Matt, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

As usual, ATPM is available in a variety of reading formats for your comfort. Thanks for reading!

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What does it mean to be a Christian voter?

Tony Woodlief, with words I need to take heed of:

Cast aside what you think you know is right, the church marquee urges, and consider the God-breathed Word. Give yourself over to it and these seemingly large things—tax rates, economic growth, wars, and rumors of wars—will diminish. Meanwhile, those seemingly small things—the anger in our hearts when we, say, confront someone whose ideology we dislike or the fact that we find it so much easier to spend time with those we like rather than those who need us—will become grievous to our spirits.

This is the Word that cuts through every heart, through the very heart of darkness, illuminating the world as it is and will be. Beside it every politician ever born is remarkably inconsequential. Our business on Election Day is brief, and regardless of who wins our work remains the same—seeking and serving the lost, losing our own lives in the doing, and clinging to the Cross that shatters nations, tribes, and creeds.

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TidBITS Safe Computing: iPhone Security Tips

TidBITS Safe Computing: iPhone Security Tips

Rich Mogull’s article from earlier this year is still wonderful advice.

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Five Things You May not Know About NetNewsWire: NewsGator Widget Blog

Five Things You May not Know About NetNewsWire: NewsGator Widget Blog

Brent Simmons, creator of my favorite RSS reader, with five things you may not know about NetNewsWire. The keyboard shortcuts are alone worth the entire read.

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SHARKIE

SHARKIE

“Superficially, it shares many features common to most markers, but appearances can be deceptive. For starters, it’s made from the glass-reinforced plastic, Grivory […] and features walls that are 4 times thicker than similar markers. This means it’s built for impact and, in a self-defense emergency it can become an efficient Yawara stick for driving off an attacker. Plus, the screw-top cap will stay in place and won’t pop off like a regular marker’s cap would when you strike a percussion blow, or when obtaining joint locks or submission holds.” $6

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Saturday, 01 November 2008

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Kayak.com - Cheap Flights, Airline Tickets, Cheap Airfare & Discount Travel Deals

Kayak.com - Cheap Flights, Airline Tickets, Cheap Airfare & Discount Travel Deals

“Find and book cheap airline tickets, hotel rooms, vacations and rental cars with Kayak.com. Search hundreds of travel sites, compare results, and buy direct.”

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Baseball Brains - Fielding Into The World Series | Scientific Blogging

Baseball Brains - Fielding Into The World Series | Scientific Blogging

“With the crack of the bat, the ball sails deep into the outfield. The center-fielder starts his run back and to the right, trying to keep his eyes on the ball through its flight path. His pace quickens initially, then slows down as the ball approaches.”

An interesting look at the perceptions and mental processes of fielders in baseball.

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18 Means for Living Below Your Means | Marc and Angel Hack Life

18 Means for Living Below Your Means | Marc and Angel Hack Life

“Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one.  Do not spend to impress others.  Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking …”

Lots of good common-sense stuff here that too many of us don’t use our common sense on.

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Schedule Future-Dated Twitter Tweets » TweetLater.com

Schedule Future-Dated Twitter Tweets » TweetLater.com

“Stuck on an aircraft? Back to back meetings? Taking vacation? Running errands? Playing with the kids? Keep your Twitter stream ticking over with new tweets even when you’re not in front of your computer. Or, use it as your personal reminder system. PLUS… Send automated thank you notes to new followers, and automatically follow new followers, if you choose to do so.”

I haven’t actually used TweetLater, but thought the concept intriguing.

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HALLOWE’EN 2008

HALLOWE’EN 2008

Steve Hayman carved/built a Cylon pumpkin, complete with that terrifying red light…

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