Getting Started with WordPress

Read to the end if you like free stuff

September 4, 2013 | 8 Comments

A few months ago, the ever talented and tall Ryan Irelan reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in creating a screencast series for Mijingo about WordPress. I’d already watched a few of the OmniFocus related screencasts that Ryan himself had made, and I recognized he was putting together quality work.… Read more

Lonesome Dove

A review two years in the making

August 20, 2013 | Leave a comment

I finished Lonesome Dove this weekend, and it may be the first Western I’ve ever read. I have a vague recollection of Little Britches as a kid, and I vaguely recollect that it would count as a Western. I’ve heard of Louis L’amour. Westerns aren’t my go-to genre.

My favorite Cultivator of Local Relationships and Good Will (may not be his actual title) at my favorite coffee shop had recommended Lonesome Dove to me.… Read more

So I Had This Idea…

and its about to ship.

August 8, 2013 | 4 Comments

There is tragic flaw of ambition that I share with many others. It leaves my own ideas lying dormant while squashing the dreams of others. Based on my highly scientific rough guess, it plagues 39% of all regular internet users. For readers of this blog, I would estimate it (highly scientifically) to be much higher.… Read more

Five Things

June 2013 Edition

June 10, 2013 | Leave a comment

Five things I’m into right now:

Dispatch app for iPhone:
I’ve tried some of the alternative mail apps that have made their way to iOS — Sparrow, Gmail, Mailbox. In each instance, though, I’ve find my way back to the built in Mail app. But after a week of trying Dispatch, I think I’m making a change.… Read more

Breaking the Evangelical Mold at an Austin Church

A story about my friends at Vox Veniae

June 10, 2013 | Leave a comment

On Friday, the New York Times website published this story about Vox Veniae. I preach every two months or so at Vox Veniae, and I’m proud to call them friends. Read the article, watch the video that accompanies it, and you’ll see why.

(Discerning eyes may even recognize my hind quarter around the 1:10 mark of the video.)… Read more

Family Road Trip Hack

It's not such a new idea, really

June 6, 2013 | 9 Comments

I try not to write about the details of my life that reveal just how cool I am. I don’t want to appear to be all braggy and stuff. But, in this case, my cultural transcendence is relevant to the point, so here goes: We bought a minivan three years before our first child was born.… Read more

Speaking Notes on the iPad, Revisited

The ongoing saga...

May 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

A few years ago, I wrote about how I use my iPad in place of paper notes for speaking. Tablets and apps have come quite a way since then, and I’ve experimented with a number of setups for this. Scrolling through a Pages or a Google Doc seems to be the most awkward way to do this, yet it’s what I see many people using.… Read more

Getting Cozy with Ulysses III

More like Yes-lysses

May 2, 2013 | 3 Comments

A few years ago, I took a good look at Ulysses as a writing app, and even wrote up a review. It was one of those apps that took some digging in to get a handle on, but the more I did, the more I saw how I might put it to use for larger writing projects.… Read more

Favorites from my Winter 2013 Reading

Shotgun style

April 17, 2013 | Leave a comment

I started blogging oh so many years ago to reflect and share my way through some of the books I’ve been reading. I haven’t kept up so well of late, but there are a few I read in the first quarter of this year that are worth sharing. Here’s a shotgun spray summary of several books I read this winter that are worth a look:

Endurance, by Alfred Lansing
Endurance was written 50 years about a true story that happened a hundred years ago, but it is as engaging as any of the best picture nominees from last year.… Read more

Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

A Review. Nay, a Recommendation.

March 6, 2013 | 4 Comments

By my accounting, there are five kinds of books in this world:

  1. Those you do, in fact, judge by the cover and dismiss as books you would never read.
  2. Those you start but never finish, even though you have some kind of nagging voice telling you it’s not okay to stop reading in the middle.
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Hands on With Poster for iOS

Fall in love with blogging again for the first time

February 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

During my guest appearance on Mac Power Users, David and Katie asked me about the WordPress app for iOS. I mentioned that it’s improved a great deal over time, and it has, though there are things I’d like to see it do better. Two days after we recorded, I discovered Poster, which had just released version 2.… Read more

Mac Power Users 121: The Website Show

Featuring the Not So Dulcet Tones of Me

January 21, 2013 | Leave a comment

As a subscriber since the first episode, I was honored and thankful for the opportunity to be a guest on this week’s episode of Mac Power Users: The Website Show. David and Katie invited me to share my expertise on WordPress. I was happy to oblige, though I offered my thoughts throughout the show as they explored other means of creating a website too.… Read more

A Time for Being, a Time for Doing, and a Time for Tinkering

One of those nerdy productivity posts that have gone out of fashion

January 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

I’ve been up to my neck in OmniFocus since the earliest betas. Before that, I used the Kinkless GTD system that inspired it. I’ve stuck with the same basic structure of contexts and projects from the start, with a tweak here and there. I wouldn’t call it a rut, but it was a rut.… Read more