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 also love shiny new things. Like you don’t?)

While the iPad has held a steady place in my workflow, my primary use for it during the day was reading.… Read more

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 affinity list. Put all that together, and I took a serious look at the Kindle Fire when it was announced.… Read more

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. We’re making the jump from the Kindle 2 to this model, having skipped the Kindle 3 (aka the Kindle Keyboard).… Read more

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 have been shorter the last few years.) It’s one of those apps that might leave you scratching your head when you first open it, but once you’ve taken the time to learn a little about it, you see the possibilities blossom.… Read more

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 stepped out my front door to find another padded envelope waiting for me.… Read more

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. I carried the original PogoSketch stylus for most of the last year, but don’t use it so often.… Read more

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 device that I can mark up like a coloring book. But my love for the library is being rekindled, and after paying a few overdue fees, it looks like I’m being welcomed back.… Read more

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 of leaves.) The salesman printed it out for me to take home, and I held on to that picture for some time.… Read more

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 a hybrid between an iPad and a Kindle e-ink reader, filling an unexplored middle ground.… Read more

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 me. They sustain a system that works for me, and it’s not a system I want to mess with.… Read more

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 find it amusing and inspiring as well.

Shortly after purchasing the app, I discovered there was also a short film, based on the same story as the book.… Read more

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 would be scarce and gasps would be plentiful. My own visits to Mile High were just as scarce, and it was not the Denver Broncos that I saw on my first visit to Mile High Stadium, but the Denver Bears.… Read more

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 his Keynote presentations in grad school made me ooh and aah.… Read more

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 the mundane moments of life, like drifting off to sleep. (Hopefully, we remembered it in the morning.) While these epiphanies are nice, most creative genius is cultivated out of good habits and workflows.

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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 trendsetter”. My (im)patience was rewarded as it showed up right after I showered and dressed.… Read more

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 to recognize the stages, but the hard work of creativity happens in the between.… Read more

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 an excuse to try out Penultimate. An app I love, even though The Creative Loop scrawl is the only thing worth keeping that I’ve captured.)

The sketch stuck with me, and I revisited it from time to time to look at it and refined it here and there.… Read more

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 them. But I want to care about them. Or I want to want to care about them.… Read more

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 with us since the start, as we started with the intention of a forming a network of smaller communities that come together once or two Sundays per month.… Read more

"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 what stuff he needed to check, but I got it. Because I needed to “check stuff” all the time too.… Read more