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2019-04-19: Vinyl On Demand I never was one to buy a ton of records, but one of the reasons I have slacked off of my vinyl …

2019-04-19: Doctrine and Grace This is a piece I wrote almost exactly a year ago. It never made it to this blog but it seems …

2019-04-14: With all of the breathless coverage of the last season of Game of Thrones, I thought it was worth …

2019-04-13: This woman in a Chick-Fil-A commercial just referred to herself as a “grilled chicken influencer.”

2019-04-07: 🎵 Kisses - Bermuda: It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Kisses, but back in 2010, …

2019-04-06: Creator Interviews For those who are creating on the web and even monetizing their creative output, Richard MacManus - …

2019-04-05: The Kind Of Hearts We're Dragging Around My little guy had his seventh name day not long ago. He was over the moon to receive what he called, …

2019-03-29: I rarely lol when reading something, but this article on people having problems rebooting their Nike …

2019-03-28: “Our names are so similar. Where is your family from?” Mariana Timony interviews indie rock legend …

2019-03-27: In his review of the new AirPods, Federico Viticci quotes from The Cure deep cut, “To Wish …

2019-03-26: El Barto

2019-03-23: My son is complaining about having to watch a 30 minute TED talk for school. Does he think I’m …

2019-03-22: 🎮 Bad North: I recently read speculation that, if the Vikings hadn’t hired themselves out as …

2019-03-16: This story on some potential upcoming changes to Twitter gives me hope that the folks steering the …

2019-03-16: Catch the breeze.

2019-03-16: It will be interesting to see how the Reeder 4 read-it-later service with iCloud sync shapes up.

2019-03-13: Royal Trux is what it would sound like if that crummy college apartment close to campus made a …

2019-03-09: Fasting This Lent Last year, for the first time, I fasted during Lent. I made Friday my fast day and fasted from sunup …

2019-03-09: I still have a few disappointments, but I really enjoyed watching The Last Jedi on Netflix today …

2019-03-03: Tribute to Swift Most of the Record Store Day exclusives recently have not been my cup of tea. However, this year, …

2019-03-01: 🎵 Writing for Bandcamp Daily, Jes Skolnik describes the music of Barcelona’s Fatamorgana by …

2019-02-25: For the 25th anniversary of their album, For Your Own Special Sweetheart, Jawbox is going on a …

2019-02-25: Jonathan Merritt on the fate of churches forced to close and/or be converted for other uses. When …

2019-02-23: In 2017, @ayjay wrote about how it’s now harder to be forgiven since Christianity …

2019-02-22: I’ve never seen a kid who loves plushies more than my little guy. Yesterday we celebrated a birthday …

2019-02-15: It has been a while since I’ve played, but I still love this game.

2019-02-08: Great post on the position Patreon is in and the dangers of taking VC funding.

2019-02-04: I love this story about a Dutch church that held a months long worship service to protect Armenian …

2019-02-03: Real golf fans are not excited about the Super Bowl today but more so the perhaps inelegantly named …

2019-02-03: Micro.blog vs. Tumblr A lot of people these days are worried about the demise of Tumblr. The product has changed hands a …

2019-02-02: I’m not exactly an NFL apologist, but when a major pop music star is willing to perform at an …

2019-02-02: Go Home Alexa, You’re Drunk After pining for the Apple HomePod last year, but feeling like it was just a bit too expensive to …

2019-02-02: Coming out of hiding.

2019-01-31: Whenever my cat makes noises while she’s sleeping, I imagine she’s fighting dragons in …

2019-01-26: This month’s playlist.

2019-01-26: Excited to hear that the shutdown is over. Disappointed to hear Mary Louise Kelly from NPR …

2019-01-21: 🎵 Wild Nothing - Partners in Motion (live): There aren’t a lot of dream pop bands that feature …

2019-01-21: Using LEGO as an inspiration for building better software.

2019-01-21: Honesty in politics.

2019-01-20: 📚 The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky: I picked up this book many years ago and didn’t get very …

2019-01-19: Whereas the rest of the world uses Google as a verb to mean doing an internet search, my …

2019-01-19: TJ’s unicorn.

2019-01-18: My favorite storyline in the House of Cards series was the one where the president picked his …

2019-01-17: My boss in LEGO.

2019-01-09: 🔗 The wisdom of Deo Volente Just as Muslims say “inshallah,” after mentioning plans to …

2019-01-03: 🎵 Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored: I probably saw this video when it first came out, but it’s …

2018-12-31: 🔗 Albuquerque mayor wears Pantera Christmas sweater while signing bill for paid parental leave. I …

2018-12-31: Analog Manifesto I like the idea of an analog manifesto from @rianvdm. The comparison to the Agile Manifesto, with …

2018-12-30: Over at the house of the Browns for breakfast before worship.

2018-12-29: Christmas Bells.

2018-12-29: Christmas in Motion This paragraph from Tim Challies’ recent Merry Christmas post captures the twinge of sadness …

2018-12-29: Working on a cover for a 2018 year-end playlist.

2018-12-28: Alexa Speaks Apple Music Though I have yet to see any of the ad placements he writes about, this piece from John Voorhees in …

2018-12-27: Evening festivities.

2018-12-26: For those of us who follow the liturgical calendar, we are still in Christmastide. Merry Christmas! …

2018-12-25: Alone time.

2018-12-22: The little guy imagining some characters.

2018-12-22: 📚 A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles: I really didn’t know what to expect from this book but it was …

2018-12-14: I Was A Teenage Bumblebee Surprisingly, a not-insignificant part of the plot of the Bumblebee Transformers movie involves the …

2018-12-13: Church parking lot at night.

2018-12-13: It’s interesting to see forestry.io implement content blocks in Jekyll by using front matter.

2018-12-09: This piece on dreampop, while not definitive, is an informative and succinct pocket guide to the …

2018-12-09: What the snowman learned about love.

2018-12-09: Snowbloom.

2018-12-08: Dinner at Aranda’s Mexican restaurant before we get snowed in.

2018-12-08: 📺 The new Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures shorts on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel are really …

2018-12-08: 🎵 Men I Trust - Say, Can You Hear: I had heard of Men I Trust before but never checked them out. …

2018-12-07: With the announcement from Microsoft that they are ditching Edge in favor of Chromium, many defects …

2018-12-05: It had been years since I’d heard the phrase higgledy-piggledy and now I’ve come across …

2018-12-05: “Hey guys, I found a tree full of cat toys.”

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2018-12-03: The “Payless Experiment” with a pop up shop called Palessi that sold the discount …

2018-12-01: At the front lines of the war on Christmas.

2018-11-29: K.Q. Dreger, with some spot-on thoughts about the current state of Medium.

2018-11-25: Feast Daze Each year at Thanksgiving time, I think about the time I spent working in retail and the family time …

2018-11-24: Nearby here, Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an undocumented immigrant living in a sanctuary church for the …

2018-11-23: Missionaries A few days ago, my mom showed me these books about my great grandfather/grandmother and great great …

2018-11-22: Every Glad Hand Full of Gold The public was recently treated to a preview of the new Star Wars themed areas at Disneyland/Disney …

2018-11-21: Speed Bumps on the Web Justin Kossyln, who works in product management for Alphabet, argues it may be time to add some …

2018-11-19: 🕹 Inside: This was easily one of my top 5 all-time favorite games. The dense atmospherics and …

2018-11-17: I will be playing more of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist D&D campaign tonight. This module has a …

2018-11-03: At an open source conference recently, a speaker asked for a show of hands on who thought open …

2018-10-30: I am digging the new iPad Pro pretty hard and wondering what this machine will be capable of when …

2018-10-29: In a bid to be more like Micro.blog, Twitter is considering removing the like button.

2018-10-28: I wrote this piece almost 3 years ago. Nothing substantial has changed since then, which is a …

2018-10-27: Hope In Source I was fortunate to see Henry Zhu speak at the All Things Open 2018 conference with honesty about the …

2018-10-23: At the state fair. The nice couple behind me in line prefaced most of what they said with “I ain’t …

2018-10-19: The Apple of My Eye The Apple New Music algorithm tries. It really does. At the end of every work week, it conjures up …

2018-10-18: Comic book selfie.

2018-10-15: Micro Monday recommendation: @grindwell. Expanded thoughts from yesterday.

2018-10-14: Grind Well At its most effective, group therapy is successful primarily because it destroys the fallacy that we …

2018-10-13: Playing this urban D&D adventure/campaign tonight with some first time adventurers. More …

2018-10-12: That feeling when your 12-yr-old dissects the false claims made about sanctuary cities in a …

2018-10-06: Made this paper Minecraft sword for my little guy. He called it “flashy.”

2018-10-05: Never Coming Home Alexis Madrigal writes about how, despite the ability to switch to the reverse-chronological …

2018-10-05: 🎵 Softer Still - Turtle Bay: Softer Still may be my new favorite band. Their debut record, Nuances, …

2018-10-04: 🎵 Yumi Zouma - EP III: It may seem strange, but Yumi Zouma sounds different on the shorter EP format …

2018-09-30: I wasn’t learning about guys like this until college. Certainly not in seventh grade, like my oldest …

2018-09-29: 📚 City of Brass - S.A. Chakraborty: This book presents a nice respite from the Eurocentric fantasy …

2018-09-27: My six-year-old, on playing video games at church: “I couldn’t get any kills in Bongo …

2018-09-23: Even tying your shoes can be difficult with a kitten around.

2018-09-16: This has been a tough weekend for the NC Coast. I shudder to think what the fence in this picture …

2018-09-15: Thanks to hurricane Florence, we now have a bathtub on our deck.

2018-09-13: Encouraged by the divestiture from Pinterest, I’ve switched back from Pocket to Instapaper. It’s …

2018-09-12: With my lady friend at Old Brunswick ghost town.

2018-09-12: Prepping for Hurricane Florence in NC. Gas lines are long and people are quick to steal your spot at …

2018-09-09: Adolescent Punchbowl My family just enjoyed a beach trip with many of the amenities that renting a house by the ocean …

2018-09-08: I haven’t burned a CD in a long time, but this C86 covers comp makes a good soundtrack to …

2018-09-08: Gratifying to see the local paper do a piece on the great career of Nile Rodgers.

2018-09-07: A Defense of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator The other day, on Twitter, I stumbled across this thread of people espousing their opinions about …

2018-09-05: If you don’t consume dairy, does the Dairy Queen still have dominion over you?

2018-09-04: My wife was puzzling until her puzzler was sore.

2018-09-03: 📚 Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythology: After reading this, I finally feel like I know what was going on in …

2018-09-02: Decrying Internet Bias Has Some Familiar Echoes It seems the latest distraction thrown at the American public, from the president, is attacking the …

2018-09-01: I don’t often drink soda, but when I do, it’s the real stuff.

2018-08-30: I was on a Pinterest page, while logged into Google, when I attempted to click on an image and …

2018-08-29: Reagan, G.I. Joe and Me The Reagan administration was known for its deregulation initiatives. I never thought about one of …

2018-08-27: Kitten in a bag.

2018-08-26: King Knight from Shovel Knight looking regal. #videogames #papercraft

2018-08-26: 🕹 Shovel Knight - King Knight (Cubeecraft)

2018-08-25: Riding the Waves of News This week, for the first time in a long time, I actually enjoyed following the general news cycle in …

2018-08-21: Really excited about the open sourcing of Icro, a fantastic third-party micro.blog client.

2018-08-20: 🎵 Stars - Heart: There is an apocryphal story about a couple that wanted to play “their song,” Stars …

2018-08-18: On the decline of Twitter: Why rage quit a service when diminishing returns just erode your user …

2018-08-17: Your honor, in defense of glo-fi, I submit as evidence the first side of Small Black’s New …

2018-08-17: The fact that Medium is trying to get me to resubscribe by promoting think pieces celebrating …

2018-08-16: This guy’s name is Jeff and his haircut game is strong.

2018-08-14: Augustine, some of his contemporaries, and theologians in the Medieval era reinterpreted …

2018-08-13: 🎵 Tortoise - Tortoise: This classic post-rock album is full of wandering music.

2018-08-12: It was great to have Tru Pettigrew and the Cary PD at church today talking about bridging the divide …

2018-08-11: Opponent Process Theory I’m happy to finally have a name for that phenomenon that I always knew existed but of which I never …

2018-08-11: Media Scarcity in a Time of Entertainment Abundance I recently had my name day and added 2 years to the 4 decades I’ve been on the earth. I …

2018-08-11: Mid-century modern cat nap.

2018-08-04: 📚 I love it when books of fiction inform me of actual historical events about which I had previously …

2018-08-04: Without a sound.

2018-08-04: 🎵 Jorge Elbrecht - Wash Away With The Rain: Borrowing from the Johnny Marr jangle guitar template …

2018-08-04: Without a sound. #vinyl

2018-07-29: 📚 The Making of the Christian World - Robert Payne: I picked up this book from a retiring pastor who …

2018-07-28: Virtuous Fame Last year, I taught a confirmation class of 8th graders about famous Presbyterians. Although few …

2018-07-28: From CNET’s analysis of the beating that the valuations of social media stocks have taken this week. …

2018-07-28: Marriage is definitely easier when your spouse is impresssed that you know all of the words to …

2018-07-26: 📷 Mexican soda. Wanna Fanta?

2018-07-21: Therapy on audio tape.

2018-07-19: 📚 Armada - Ernest Cline: I understand that ebook usage may have peaked, but the Kindle Paperwhite is …

2018-07-18: 📷 On fire at the museum.

2018-07-15: Tinyletter about a big conversation Philip Christman captures the kind of frustration I felt when using Tinyletter. Readers, I …

2018-07-15: Life changes are usually best when they are planned. Saturdays are for spontaneity, though, which is …

2018-07-14: Punk in Drublix

2018-07-12: I want to work in this office.

2018-07-08: Apple vs. the Upside Down This article on the Apple data center in rural Maiden, NC sounds like something written about the …

2018-07-08: 📷 Light room. This installation at the NC Museum of Art was truly impressive.

2018-07-06: From @vasta, thoughts shared on the beauty of nightswimming.

2018-07-06: A celebratory vision of paradise from @restlesslens.

2018-07-05: Social media intern used to sound like a dream job but now it seems like the most fraught gig ever.

2018-07-05: I Consoled Myself With Rudimentary Thoughts The main response I hear to the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country is disbelief that the …

2018-07-04: Better food labeling.

2018-07-04: Presbyterians Get Political On this Independence Day, when we celebrate the birth of our nation and honor what that means to us, …

2018-07-03: RIP Richard “Dicky” Ochoa Swift Onassis. We have lost a very talented man. It’s also very sobering …

2018-07-01: A good piece on how passionate politics can still be civil, respectful.

2018-06-30: 📚 A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge Trilogy) by Ken Follett: Although Follett’s characters can …

2018-06-30: The Danger of Using the Bible Instead of Letting It Use You One thing that angers me a great deal is the misappropriation of passages from Holy Scripture. Tyler …

2018-06-27: Flowers in bloom in downtown Raleigh.

2018-06-26: Flowers blooming downtown. #raleighnc

2018-06-26: Nice tavern facade.

2018-06-24: Aaron Belz turns the best of list into poetry in Piloting from 2001.

2018-06-23: SNL imagine sitcom producers dealing with the hockey stick curve rise in identity politics in The …

2018-06-23: Apple Music indicates the most listened-to tracks on an album with a star. I have a theory that when …

2018-06-21: Statue fun. #tbt

2018-06-21: Dunbar’s Number and the Church Even as members and pastors have changed over the years, one complaint I’ve consistently heard about …

2018-06-18: When you hear Jeff Sessions speak, remember Matthew 4:5-7. Even the devil can quote scripture for …

2018-06-17: Being a dad means I get to make paper cameras for this guy. We have fun together.

2018-06-16: 🔗 As someone who struggles with a love of records and a simultaneous desire not to collect more …

2018-06-14: Has Apple Legally Sabotaged Itself? Justin Lee at Arc Digital argues that Apple is painting itself into a corner by arguing for a strict …

2018-06-13: Amateur photography.

2018-06-12: 🎵 Pure Bathing Culture - Hats: I immediately had the sense that Pure Bathing Culture covering the …

2018-06-10: One of the best things about the possibility of high definition vinyl is that it will work on …

2018-06-09: Taking A Knee From Christ and Pop Culture on how the NFL has handled the player’s protesting by kneeling during …

2018-06-09: Hey Rose, Hey Madder One of the most rage inducing/heartbreaking things I’ve read this past week is that Kelly Marie …

2018-06-08: Doing some papercraft with the little guy. #papercraft #starwars #solo

2018-06-07: Sending a GDPR notification email to the fans of your band is one of the most punk rock things you …

2018-06-06: Making Peace with Star Wars I was only a few years old when the Star Wars trilogy first came to theaters, and the movies and …

2018-06-06: 🎵 Wild Nothing - Letting Go: Wild Nothing is one of my favorite bands and I don’t care who …

2018-06-05: Today at work a colleague refused to drive my machine with an Apple mouse because he didn’t …

2018-06-03: Teen Daze is reissuing a few of their albums. Their debut, the chillwave classic Four More Years, is …

2018-05-29: 🎵 Weezer - Africa: Just in time to remind us that mainstream social media can actually be a force …

2018-05-29: Seeing All The Looks On The Harvard Faces 2018-05-26 A nautical journey in Boston. Walden Pond was not at all what I expected. I didn’t …

2018-05-27: Some people are just in it for the chase.

2018-05-27: Amen and amen.

2018-05-25: A Talking Camel With Cloven Hooves: The Phantom Menace In A Different Light Sarah Kurchak, writing about her grandfather’s apparent affection for Jar Jar Binks, who he called …

2018-05-25: New phone experience.

2018-05-24: IKEA Backs Out of A Deal After literally working with town officials for years on a new site for a store, IKEA has just …

2018-05-24: Industrial Aqua: OS X Envy Tedium has the backstory on a movement that took place in the aughts to make Windows machines look …

2018-05-20: 📺 Victoria (Season 2): This is such a charming show. Finishing up the season was like saying goodbye …

2018-05-06: I’ve written before about why I chose Apple Music over Spotify, but this integration between …

2018-05-06: 🕹Eastward - this game, from a Shanghai studio, looks like a retro-pixel RPG enthusiast’s dream …

2018-04-29: We Rented The Night Sky I’m not a lifestyle guru. You probably won’t see a post with a listicle on 11 ways to hack your …

2018-04-22: This poster speaks volumes to my teenage self and I’m really tempted to buy it.

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2018-02-24: A Continuing Odyssey This past week, Alto’s Odyssey, the sequel to the much lauded iOS game Alto’s Adventure, was …

2018-02-18: Rage Against The Machine The folks from the writing tool IA Writer (which I love) have an amazing blog post that gets a lot …

2018-02-16: Van Halen and the New Orthodoxy Van Halen’s debut record recently celebrated its fortieth birthday. Consequence of Sound …

2018-02-10: Queen Elizabeth Approximately Photo from the Library and Archives Canada on Flickr Some days, I find myself questioning the value …

2018-02-03: The Disappearance of Physical Media Smart speakers are becoming ubiquitous. Apple finally released their entry into this increasingly …

2018-02-03: Charming Legacy Last weekend, my five-year-old and I created a collage together.

2018-02-03: Ignoring the Big Fish in the Room For a few years now, I’ve followed a “read the Bible in a year” program. Last year, I used the plan …

2018-01-16: By The Numbers I recently mentioned to my boss that I’m used to metrics being involved in my work. I’m used to …

2018-01-15: Worms That Remembered Dirt Austin Kleon writes about his take on copyright law here. Since Kleon published a book titled Steal …

2017-12-19: Hall of Presidents Revision 45 When I was in Walt Disney World earlier this year, the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square in the …

2017-12-17: The Push Button Publishing Industry At this point, most of us have read about all of the research and effort that has gone into making …

2017-12-09: Gender is Not a Genre When I first saw the headline that Moogfest (which occurs annually right down the street from my …

2017-12-06: Looking Abroad for Inspiration and Not Trusting Rich People Listening to twee pop from South America and feeling nostalgic about the 90’s was not how I planned …

2017-12-05: Seventeen Seconds of Frankie Rose Today was one of those days. Down with a cold and unable to do much, I spent much of the day in bed …

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