Things That Make You Feel Small – The Hindenburg

I don’t remember how I came across this graphic, other than someone had posted it to Twitter.

Seeing how big that balloon was really puts things in perspective. When I showed my dad the graphic he simply said “that’s a lot of hydrogen.”

Any time I hear about new air ships I just can’t help but think of that scene from The Rocketeer.

Large Air Ship Comparisons


the iOS 7 Clock Spins!

There has long been complaints amongst the tech community that Apple doesn’t use widgets or active icons (save calendar) in iOS. The Verge even wrote a post about how Apple’s weather icon has been stuck at sunny and 73 since the inception of the iPhone.

I was looking at my iPhone this past weekend and noticed that the time on the clock matched the actual time.

”Huh, that’s  cool. What a neat coincidence,” I thought.

Then I looked a little closer at the icon. It turns out it was actually synchronized to the correct time.

I’m obviously not the first person to discover this, but I have been hoping that this means Apple is working on bringing some more ambient information to the home screen. Updates to the weather icon are really the primary thing I care about. I’m sure someone who’s a bigger dreamer than I am could think up some other cool things to do on the home screen without making it a hideous mess.

iOS 7 Animated Clock

N.D. Wilson On Raising Kids

A great quote about parenthood from N.D. Wilson’s Death by Living.

And then you aren’t. Other real live souls are now depending on you. You are the creator of their childhoods. You are the influencer of their dreams and tastes and fears. You are the emcee of all reality, the one to introduce those small people to the true personality of their Maker (as imaged by your life more than your words). The choices you now make have lives riding on them. Always. Their problems and struggles are yours to help them resolve. Their weaknesses yours to strengthen. Or not. (Maybe they’ll outgrow them.)

One Quick Reason I Love Day One: Hilarious Kid Quotes

I am absolutely crazy about my nieces and nephews. While many of them can’t talk yet, the ones who can are an absolute riot. What better way to save some of their crazy kid quotes than in Day One with a great picture? Memories captured in a gorgeous format.

The app is on iOS and Mac and I use both religiously. You should too.

One Reason I love Day One

The Internet: Gasoline On The Fire Of Our Heart’s Desires

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my use of the internet. I am an absolute tech geek. But how do I spend my time? What role does the internet have in overpowering my desires for Christ?

A lot, I think.

I’ve come to think of it this way: surfing the internet is like pouring gasoline on the fire of my heart’s sinful desires. So quickly, my seemingly harmless interest in technology, humor, etc, turns in to next hour binging on “looking in to” something1.

The Internet Is A Fertile Breeding Ground For Our Covetousness.

If our heart is factory churning out idols2, adding the internet is the equivalent of going from a river-powered sawmill to today’s robotic assembly lines.

Want to see someone with a better house than yours? Click here.

Want to see the latest and greatest fashions you shouldn’t waste your money on? Click here.

Want to see which of your friends / frenemies is at your favorite band’s concert right now? Scroll here.

Want to which island paradise this this hot, young Celeb went to for his/her Labor Day Weekend? Click here.

Our Covetousness Should Scare Us

I’ve been listening to Ephesians on my morning walks. What I’ve never noticed before was the huge warning sign Paul puts on covetousness:3

Ephesians 5:3-5

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

What has been shocking to me the degree to which Paul emphasizes covetousness. He is referring to it same level as sexual immorality, which is defined by many people in the church as the most heinous sin. So why do I take coveting my neighbors app or phone or skinny latte so flippantly? Why do I say I’m just “admiring” their nice house, dinner, or vacation spot, when in reality, I’m wishing that I was there, enjoying the comforts that this world has to offer? Why do I not see the seriousness of my sin and how it distracts me from loving Christ and finding my satisfaction in Him? Oh Lord, change my heart.

May we kill sin, wherever and however we find it in our hearts. When I find that I’m coveting more than praising God for what I see on the internet, I’ve removed apps from my phone, unsubscribed from blogs, and generally tried to take a few steps back from those things. May we only covet more of Jesus.

  1. I’m convinced that tabbed browsing was invented by Satan as a way to distract us very quickly from our task at hand. ↩
  2. supposedly from John Calvin’s Institutes, but I can’t find it anywhere in there… ↩
  3. I’m ignoring his condemnation of sexual immorality here because our culture still, to a degree, thinks that some types sexual immorality is wrong ↩

Flickr Auto-Uploading

Auto Upload for iOS 7

Up until now, you’ve had to upload photos from your iPhone manually. That can be a really painful and time-consuming process. We’re introducing Auto Upload for iOS 7 users to automatically save your photos to Flickr, securely and privately, until you’re ready to to edit and share them. With Auto Upload, you can always find your smartphone photos wherever you want – within the Flickr app and on

I’ve tried lots of different options for background uploading photos, but this is by far the best out there. Flickr gives you 1TB (yes, terabyte), of space, which is enough for some 600,000 photos.

I tried it tonight and the uploading was seamless, quick, and didn’t give me any needless prompts.

I’d previously been uploading everything to dropbox, but that was blowing up my dropbox storage way too quickly and then I’d have to manually remove the photos from there and drop them in to some other non-dropbox folder, iPhoto, or sometimes Aperture. So excited about this!

via Introducing Auto Upload and Auto-straightening for Flickr on iOS « Flickr Blog.

Music Monday: Dustin Kensrue – The Water & the Blood

Last week my favorite songwriter, Dustin Kensrue, came out with his first worship record, The Water & the Blood. I use the term “worship” that somewhat reluctantly, because worship music is such a loaded term. Dustin was the lead singer of Thrice, and while his songs in Thrice were definitely Christ-focused, they were never explicitly so[1]. If you want to hear some of Thrice’s worshipful stuff, I previously put together a collection of my favorite Thrice songs.

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