Why You Should Be Reading Books On Your Phone If You’re Not Already

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I remember thinking the same thing you probably are when someone suggested it to me too.

There’s no way I’m reading a book on my iPhone. That’s insane.

Somehow, my brain instantly categorized this preposterous notion as on par with fishing for King Salmon with a toothpick and dental floss.

Not happening.

And what was my main reason against it?

That’s too much to read on so small a screen.

Somehow, I saw my brain melting as it tried to cope with all the text. There’s just no way to stay focused over that long a period. Is there?

That’s about the time that reality set in, and I asked myself just how much do I read on my iPhone in a day anyway? The truth—as you might imagine—is that I read on it a whole heck of a lot. And chances are, you probably do too.

I read blog posts, weather alerts, headlines, news articles and product reviews. I read text messages, emails, phone numbers and addresses. I read instructions, quotations and statistics. I read comments, tweets, status updates and pins. Not to mention, I wrote on it a ton (this post not withstanding).

Come to think of it, I hardly use my iPhone to call anyone. All I really do is read on it.

So if reading a book on my iPhone is technically feasible—which it is, given Amazon’s Kindle reader (which I much prefer over iBooks)—than I asked myself the second most obvious question: why on earth would I want to?

The answer to this one, of course, is simple.

Because it’s with me. Constantly.

I’m not sure how your perfect reading scenario looks, but mine goes something like this:

I’m sitting in an overstuffed leather chair beside a crackling fireplace in my massive library. I have my favorite pair of slippers on, my grandfather’s pipe, a warm sweater, and mahogany table with a Tiffany desk lamp warming the pages of my favorite tome with soft incandescent light. I’m like my own personal PBS special.

And how often does this happen?

Uh. Never.

Why? Because I can hardly remember the last time I had twenty uninterrupted minutes all to myself. It’s not because I don’t want it, or think it’s important; but with the beautiful family I have, as well as the amazing church, businesses and relationships I live to foster, such “ease” is not apart of the season I’m in. And honestly, nor should it be.

And yet there is still the quite-necessary requirement that I must read in order to better myself and those who’ll be touched by my life.

Why read on your phone? While you may not have the perfect time frame or the perfect environment, you do have the perfect convenience. And that’s your phone.

It’s always with you, always remembers where you left off, and is always full of your favorite books. Sure, there’s no trumping your hardcover library collection, but that’s not the point. Your phone is your instant-access entry point into the pros that you never have to leave on the proverbial shelf.

As a result, you’ll read more. If you’re always waiting for the perfect scenario, then you’ll keep putting off reading those books you know you should be reading “when the time is right.” Guess what? If you’re really a doer, the cold hard truth is that the time is never going to be right, what with those long rainy nights curled up in the bay window with your cat. But there is time while you sit there getting your oil changed, while you’re in the waiting room, on the walk back to your office, while you wait for your lunch appointment to show up, when you’re standing at the bus stop, elevator, subway, flight, carriage ride.

Wait, strike that. You should never read during a carriage ride.

The point is, reading on your phone can finally kill the procrastinator in you once and for all. (It’s even a great device to write on).

So go on. Download a book and give it a try. Yes, the first few swipes on that tiny screen may frustrate you or even infuriate you. But chances are, once you get past the physiological aversions to it, reading on your phone may just become your next overstuffed leather chair.

ch:

PS :: If you need a book to start with, my book The Sky Riders is only $0.99 on Kindle right now.

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(While not exactly my description above, I randomly found this image on Pinterest after published my post).

Right Place, God’s Time

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Friday night I was sitting on the couch editing video. We’d just tucked the kids in, front porch light off, door locked.

Then someone knocked.

I opened the door to find an elderly man in cammo. A little strange, but not the first time.

“My sister’s gone,” he said, bewildered.

At first I was worried this 80+year-old gentleman had consumed a bit too much of the good stuff. Then Jerry introduced himself and explained that his sister is Joan, our 79-year-old next door neighbor. Jerry was visiting from another county, scouting his sister’s property for hunting stands, when he observed her walking across a field adjacent to both our homes, and then disappear into the thick brush.

“It’s been over an hour,” Jerry added, “and I don’t know what to do.”

While I wasn’t at DEFCON 5 yet, I instantly felt this could be serious. Joan was in fantastic health for her age, and mentally sharp.

I threw some jeans on and walked out with Jerry to scout the area he’d last seen her. Within about 3 minutes of calling her name, it was clear that she’d gotten turned around in the dusk and ventured right into the middle of the 5,000 Nature Conservancy that we live amongst.

I pulled out my iPhone, and just before I dialed 911, my brain went through a series of scenarios, ranging from the embarrassment of calling out the whole town, only to find Joan in her backyard under headphones, to mobilizing a huge man hunt that ended in…

…I blocked that thought out, and hit “Call.”

Less that fifteen minutes later, I was on the back of a tractor with a flashlight and Google Maps, while my buddy Matt Parker worked the wheel. That’s when I started hearing the coyotes; pushed that thought out of my head, too.

Two hours later, Matt and I were in the lead with a NY State Police K-9 Unit covering 40 acres of thick brush on foot.

Four hours later, the temperature dropped below 40°F, and we knew Joan was not dressed for an overnight stay in the woods. The pressure was mounting.

A second K-9 Unit joined the hunt, as did Joan’s son, Bill Jr., as well as local Volunteer Fire Departments. We were going to find Joan. Alive. We just had to.

The big breakthrough came when I suddenly realized I had an old mobile number on my iPhone. For Joan. I doubted it worked, and no one answered. But the lead investigator called it in to have it pinged. Less than five minutes later, he got a call back that showed the phone was plotting.

Joan was moving.

Almost two miles from her house.

The three teams split up, now two K-9 Units and our tractor team that included Matt, Bill and a Trooper, all beating paths through heavy brush and dense forrest, hoping and praying we’d find Joan.

Just after 1:00 AM, we got the call from Team 1.

“We got her!”

Bill dropped to his knees like a rock and started thanking Jesus. We all thanked Jesus.

By the time we arrived on the scene, two Troopers were escorting Joan out of the woods amongst a group of Firemen. Joan had on her trademark smile, and was soaked up to her waist.

I snapped a quick pic of the team loading Joan into the ambulance. Mild hypothermia, and banged up knee. But not a scratch on her.

It was a miracle.

“I was praying all night,” said Trooper Hogan.

“Me, too,” I said. “So grateful God answered our prayers. He knew right where she was.”

And even used iPhones and dogs to help us out.

“I love it when a night ends like this and not another way,” said another detective. He paused, and then we all shuddered, knowing how it could have ended.

I know I speak for the Blance’s when i offer my most sincere thanks to the care and professionalism of the 911 Dispatcher, the NY State Troopers and Volunteer Fire Departments that organized this search.

This afternoon, after church, Joan’s daughter, Sherry, stopped by and hugged me for a long time, tears in her eyes.

“I’m not sure what to say,” she said. “Just, thank you. Thank you.”

“Honestly, Sherry,” I said, “I just answered the door. God did the rest.”

Isn’t that how everything good in life works?

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[Below: Bill Blance Jr. escorts his mother, Joan Blance, the rest of the way to the ambulance. She insisted on walking herself. Trooper Hogan in the foreground.]

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Life Office

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How Tech Has Created A New Kind of Work Space

Much like Starbucks purported itself to be the new Third Space, attempting to replace “home, office, church” with “home, office, Starbucks,” (finding it at least a little ironic that now some churches serve Starbucks), and that storytellers try and hide the Fourth Plane, that of being the metaphorical wall that hides the author’s hand from the eye of the beholder (whether camera or written plot device), I am joining many before me in shedding some light on my Second Office, or what I tend to think of as my Life Office.

Work spaces are important. They need to have certain qualities that help promote focus, efficiency and productivity. These include comfort, a level of seclusion, and services, all of which depend greatly on the nature of the work and the individual worker.

While I’m busy redesigning New Life’s office wing, including our front office and conference room, I’m also aware that in 2013, devices–not just spaces–help decide where an office can be.

“Taking the office with you” has been the axiom and pursuit of the Mobile Office since the invention of the laptop, furthered by the PDA in the 90′s. But there remained a barrier between the rest of the world and the Mobile Office user, a barrier that was blown apart with the creation of the iPhone.

Unlike a Mobile Office that merely permits me to work while “on the go,” a Life Office permits me to engage and respond to the various environments that I find myself in. So my life has the capacity of informing my work, regardless of vocation.

My Life Office is interactive, as the devices I carry don’t seclude me from my environment–if I discipline myself correctly–but actually involve me in my surroundings in new ways, ones I previously under-appreciated. They do this in numerous ways, the most powerful of which is the recognition that I have and am aware of an audience.

Now, no one should live on stage indefinitely. It’s exhausting. And does strange things to the ego. But living life in such a way as to believe others are always watching, and to “perform” with their concern in mind might not be as secular as you may think.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

- Author Unknown
Hebrews 12:1

In fact, there are untold hundreds of scriptures that talk about living rightly, that God is watching, that our deeds are being recorded, and that we’re setting precedent for the generations who follow.

I dare say that living with an audience in mind is one of the healthiest and most Biblical behaviors we can engage in as people. And digital devices have actually had a role in not only shaping what I see and how I see it, but in how I remember and how I invest.

iPhone: Connect, Capture, Consume

My iPhone has been a constant companion. Interestingly enough, one of its least-used functions in my world is as a phone. I use it to text (as these “mini notes” are far more efficient, with my minimum “short” phone call being eleven minutes), and send voice snippets in Voxer–a glorified, recording walker-talkie. If I only had three or four important issues to attend to in a day, I’d love them all to be around face-to-face encounters, or as personable phone calls, but I don’t have such a luxury.

The iPhone’s two other most powerful features are its camera–which constantly challenge me to see normal settings with new perspectives, thus making me appreciate them more fully–and its note-taking functionality, either in text or audio form. I make quick notes on the fly in Evernote, marking down ideas for a book I’m working on, a meeting coming up, or a new song I’m crafting a melody to. Instagram is my primary method of sharing the images of my life, something that’s become more of a discipline than a need. This populates Twitter automatically, and these images are used in my blog (which is finally linked from Facebook).

While my iPad is my preferred reading device, my iPhone still holds the record for the most amount of non-dedicated reading: web references, emails, articles, scripture references. I’m not really savoring material on my iPhone, I’m consuming and processing at a high rate. Unlike the comfort associated with my iPad (which I’ll get to in a second), here on the iPhone, it’s all business.

Interestingly enough, 90% of all my blog posts–including this one–are composed, edited and published through WordPress’ iOS app with my right thumb.

iPad: Impart and Savor

My iPad has completely transformed the way I communicate to professional and religious audiences. I don’t have a three-ring binder full of songs anymore; I have OnSong with all of my music lead sheets. And I prepare in and speak my messages–whether sermons and teachings for church settings or lectures on business at a school–directly out of Evernote.

My iPad is also my primary reading device for material I want to savor, like books, including the Bible. I use Kindle for novels and non-fiction, and OliveTree for studying and annotating scripture. I say “savor” specifically because I like using the iPad on the couch, on my boat, or somewhere where what I’m reading has my undivided attention.

MacBook Pro: Create

My Mac is my main workhorse. My product creator. Its operating the entire Adobe CS6 Suite, as well as Logic, ProTools and GarageBand, and cranks out unprecedented amounts of text, audio and video. When it starts to buckle, I move to a MacPro tower in our production hall at New Life, but that’s for big stuff–and definitely not a part of my Life Office platform.

My MBP always has at least a dozen tabs open in Chrome at any given time, and is my main processor of the hundreds of emails I receive every 24 hours.

And unlike blog posts which are created on my iPhone, all my novels are written on my Mac in Scrivener (which I’ve been a huge fan of for years).

Technovergence

The key with incorporating any man-made tool into our daily lives, whether a trowel or an iPhone, is managing it. If our tools manage us, we lose an appreciation for the very life we’re meant to be living. If, however, we can set boundaries and form good habits (a post for another day), these tools can actually amplify the quality of life-living we’re engaged in, and then inspire others to see the Creator’s world around us with new eyes.

Life, after all, is meant to be lived voraciously.

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First World Problems

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This expression is Levi’s, “Oh my gosh, is that an iPhone in front of me? I want it right now. No – I need it right now. Give it to me or I’m going to have a baby-sized breakdown,” face.

He’s 1-year old.

One.

He doesn’t even know what Apple is yet, let alone the amazing technological developments that have been employed to enable what is a modern marvel of personal communication glory.

He knows his high chair, his bottle, pooping, and blankies. And apparently iPhones.

I can’t help feel a little guilty here, as he sees his Daddy and Mommy with one everyday.

(Okay, mostly his Mommy).

(Okay, okay. Sheesh. Mostly his Daddy).

And I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that the iPhone is a pretty amazing device (Levi’s 3-year old big-brother Judah can navigate an iPad better than many adults I know…a testament to iOS genius).

But as much as Levi is utterly convinced he needs to touch an iPhone, the reality is that it’s one of the last things he needs. (Heck, it’s probably the last thing I need! It’s 4:30am and I can’t sleep, so what am I doing? Thumb-typing this on my iPhone in bed).

No matter how bad our personal turmoil, no matter how badly we desire something, remember that you and I suffer from what I call “firstworlditis” – to play off the Greek suffix -itis, which means to suffer from a disease associated with, in my case, the First World. It’s a condition that affects, well, everyone I’ve met personally who lives in a First World nation.

The main symptom is an overt and seemingly nearsighted compulsion to voice disdain for what we don’t have in light of all that we already do have.

Essentially, we’re spoiled brats.

Forget that our toilet water is more drinkable that most human water supplies on the planet.

Forget that the average square footage of the First World home is palatial by comparison.

And forget that earning a mere $1,200 USD a year puts you in the top half of wage earners in the world.

Lost loved ones? My heart goes out to you. Yet welcome to the infinitesimal emotion shared by those who’ve endured genocide in Africa or Asia.

What really bends us out of shape is the hot water heater breaking, the clothing store not honoring the gift card, Starbucks messing up our drink, the fast food fries being cooked in old oil, having to pay for that unexpected vehicle repair, our spouse needing the car, a stain on our new cotton shirt, the lawn mower not starting, the kids scratching the flat screen TV, our sports team loosing by three, the store ran out of wings, and don’t I deserve to just come home for once and no one ask me any questions?

If you or I have any problems at all, I don’t doubt the very real emotions or frustrations we experience…

…just so long as we keep in mind that they are First World problems, because that’s exactly how God sees them too.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”

Genesis 12:2

Take your momentary affliction in stride today, and deliberately, intentionally look how you can bless someone around you with what you’ve been blessed with. You’ll honor The Lord as well as your position of privilege more than you can imagine…and take a giant step away from being a spoiled brat like me.

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Don’t Save It. Shoot It.

My final post of the productivity series got delayed due to our rather big announcement (followed by a slightly less big French announcement), so thanks for your patience.

So let’s be honest. I’m not the only hoarder out here. Am I? Go ahead. Raise your hand. (I’m watching, you know).

But so much of the stuff we collect (or that gravitates toward us) is cool. Or memorable. Or meaningful. Because we attach memories to it. When we touch it, we feel connected to a past we cherish. A moment.

But let’s face it: how many times have you actually pulled that thing out–whether it’s a collection of things or just a single prized thing–and looked at it? And for how long? If you’re like me, probably not very often, and probably not for very long.

So what’s the value in it? The answer is–unless it’s a sacred family heirloom–not much.

That’s because the real value is in you.

It’s within our own memories that things acquire meaning. And stuff, on the other hand, is very much expendable.

You don’t own things, things own you.

-Brad Ringer

Shoot It

My iPhone is glued to me. I almost feel naked without it anymore. Not because I like it (oh, it’s super cool, but sometimes I wish I wasn’t so dependent on it), but because of how much it actually does for me.

One particular day I was fed up with how much junk was in a certain section of my basement, taken up by cool old bottles I’d somehow deemed valuable along the way. Then the thought entered my head, “What am I ever going to do with these? And where would I display them? And who would care?” That’s when I decided to chuck them. But before I did, I remembered my iPhone.

And I took a picture of each of them.

Suddenly I realized their value was in my head, and the picture would stir that memory just as much as holding it. But without the physical space they’d take up. That section of my basement was purged, and I was free.

Likewise, when people are handing out copies of meeting notes, if they can’t email them to me I just take pictures of them on my iPhone and hand back the packet (to their astonishment). Because realistically those notes are just going to sit in my office and take up space; what I really need is to reference them later, a task much better suited for a digital image stored on my hard drive.

The pic above is of a conference promo card I got in the mail last week. I liked one of the design elements and wanted to save it for future reference. But rather than take up more valuable space in an already full morgue art file, I snapped a pic of it.

So what things in your life could you live with a picture of instead of the real thing? Tell us the juicy details below. I know, I know: it might be hard. But the sense of relief you’ll feel after throwing out all those things might just be worth the price (and then some). ch:

iPhone App: Word Lens

It seems my site is turning into a bit of a tech blog lately. Probably because I’m secretly a geek. And it’s Christmas, which means I have time for reviewing all sorts of fun items.

Today’s spotlight is on a fairly new iPhone application called Word Lens. Creators Otavior Good and John DeWeese have come up with this nifty app that uses optical character recognition technology to translate words on the fly using your iPhone’s camera.

While it doesn’t quite work as seamlessly as the video, the fact that something like this at all is possible is astounding. And can only mean it will be improving in the months and years to come. Be forewarned: the app is free, but you must buy each language you want to translate to. Still, it’s pretty cool. Happy translating! ch:

Tether XBox 360 to iPhone

Question: Can connect to XBox live using my iPhone’s data-plan?

Answer: Yes. (If you don’t want to read my schmaltzy backstory, skip to “Directions” below).

For the record, I’m a geek. Not a nerd. Geeks make more money than nerds.

My biggest tech woe is that I live in the sticks. For those geeks not familiar with living on a one-lane dirt road 20 minutes from civilization, it means wire will never be run to your home for internet unless you’re willing to pay a $26,000+ install fee (my most recent quote from a mega-ISP).

As a result, we’ve tried everything under the sun. And I mean that. Satellites are the most common solution. But their weather-related finickiness combined with their outrageously low bandwidth allowances make it only slightly better than an internet dial-up connection. And for 100 times the money. Then there was Verizon’s nice USB stick option, which we tried. Until my first bill came back at $400 for exceeding the 4Gb monthly allowance.

Enter the iPhone.

While I wasn’t as open with discussing jailbreaking the iPhone before it became legal, I now see it as a more than viable option for bringing home internet capabilities to those of us “less-fortunate” in the sticks. A recent boost by AT&T to our local tower now feeds me a steady full-bar stream of 3G anywhere in my house. MyWi has become arguably my second most favored app (right after HeyTell). Now our little home in the middle of nowhere has beautiful wifi for all of our computers.

Except one. The only PC I own: XBox.

Before we moved to northern NY I had a sweet wireless router that I used for my Xbox. But now that my internet is provided by my iPhone, how do I get them to talk? The first trick is that you need a computer to act as a router. My directions are all for Macs, but the same principle will work for you PC users. (A big thanks to MacCheeta3 who’s 2007 directions I’ve modified below).

Directions:

While plugging in an XBox to your Mac’s ethernet port and pointing it to “share” your AirPort or USB internet connection might seem easy enough, the XBox 360 won’t dynamically take an IP from a Mac using Internet Sharing, so it must be static (Manual).

Any IP ranges using the 10.0.x.x or 192.168.x.x ranges will work. It’s best if you don’t use the same IP range as your router. If your router has an IP of 192.168.1.1 use a 10.0.x.x range and vice versa. I’ll use the 10.0.0.x range for example.

Mac OS X
1) Apple>System Preferences>Network>Ethernet>Advanced>TCP/IP
2) Set Configure IPv4: to Manually
- Set IP Address: to 10.0.0.1
- Set Subnet Mask: to 255.255.255.0
3) Apple>System Preferences>Sharing>Internet Sharing (don’t toggle on the field yet, just highlight the region)
4) Set: Share your connection from: to Airport
- Set: To computers using: to Ethernet
- Now click toggle on the Internet Sharing field, and click Start when prompted

XBox 360
1) While in the Dashboard, navigate to the System blade
2) Network Settings>Edit Settings>IP Settings>Manual
3) Set IP Address to 10.0.0.2 – The first three segments (ie 10.0.0) will need to match what you set in step #2 of the Mac OS X section
- Set Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0
- Set Gateway to 10.0.0.1 – what you set in step #2 under the Mac OS X section
- Click Done
4) Go to DNS Settings
- Set Primary to your router (iPhone). You can find your router’s IP by going to your MacBook and to: Apple>System Preferences>Network>Airport>TCP/IP.
-Leave the
Secondary
blank.
-Click “B” for back. Everything will save automatically. Now “Test Your Connection” to XBox Live.

Hope that helped! If you’re a PC user and want to list or link instructions below, I’ll gladly approve your comment.

Happy gaming fellow geeks! ch:

Oops!

Just the other day @jasonjclement and I were sharing a few of our tech “oops!”

We all have them. You know the kind.

How about when you forgot you placed your iPhone between your legs while driving, so when you got out of the car at a rest stop the iPhone went flying face down across the pavement? Oops! Or how about that holiday family gathering when your laptop got covered up by a blanket on the couch and Aunt Bertha sat down, crushing your MacBook Pro with all of her 356-lbs of sheer love? Oops!

So what’s your worst tech oops? ch:

Jack Bauer or Bust

While watching 24 on Monday night, my friend @gregglovins told me, “The only person that makes you look unproductive in a day is Jack Bauer.” I felt both endeared to him and slightly concerned as–knowing our beloved multitasking TV hero like I do–no one was meant to live at such a high intensity level all the time. Only for 6 days. Or 6 seasons, depending on how you look at it.

Even my mom just told me I’m “like Jack Bauer and Bruce Willis combined.” Does that mean I can get blown up in every confrontation I encounter and still walk away looking like a stud while saying no more than 15 sentences during the entire deal? Well, regardless of the comparisons, I’m notably flattered, but I’ve gotten my fare share of laughs out of them.

Sure, I’ve had plenty of people tell me I’m unhealthy. No, not with implying I’m actually Jack Bauer; with doing all that I do. And to a certain extent, I hear them, and I’m grateful for their interest. In its most benign form, it’s concern. And I recognize that. Noted. But I also take issue with it because–while they may not mean it outright–they are actually implying that I ignore my wife, am not submitted to Godly leadership, and don’t listen to close friends. None of which are true.

The fact is, my level of operation is not new. Ask my parents what I was like as a kid and they’ll say, “He had a new project every day.” Legos. Tree-forts. Duct taped cardboard box bases. Recording projects. The point is, it’s in my blood. I’ve been living like this for over twenty years. I’m a true creative. A producer in the most real sense. It’s how I’m wired.

One long-time pastor I admire recently told me, “I’m not going to pray you stop any one thing you’re doing, because if I did, I’d be asking God to change who you are. Rather, I’m going to pray for wisdom on how to manage your time.” I was so grateful for this statement. It did nothing to demean me or my desire to live life to its fullest, all the while empowering me to seek the Lord for more insight.

You may not be married, raising kids, writing books, mixing a new CD, pastoring teens, overseeing a discipleship school, traveling, editing video, and writing business plans, but your work is no less valuable, and equally demanding of quality time. The question is, how do you organize it? How do you manage?

Here are a few of my tools:

1.) Omnifocus. Created by the Omni Group, OmniFocus is one of numerous projects designed to streamline tasks, to do lists, and projects. It’s one piece of software I can not live without. Granted, it’s on the more expensive side (the desktop version being over $100, and its iPhone counterpart at $20), and needs a good understanding of Getting Things Done, but for the serious producer, it’s a must.

2.) iCal (Mac). It goes without saying that my iPhone is more than just a fun toy or status symbol. It’s how I live. No, no, don’t go fundamentalist on me. (Please people). Without having my iCal at my finger tips–synced with my iMac, iPhone, and my personal assistant’s and my wife’s PowerBooks and iMacs–there is no human way I could keep up with the sheer amount of appointments I have to cope with.

3.) Address Book (Mac). And likewise, every single person that calls me or emails me gets logged into my Address Book. Granted, people I expect to have one phone call or email exchange with don’t get logged. But if there’s a chance of repeat communication, they’re in. The reason for this is that people are my business. Their names, locations, business interests, family members, and histories are essential to maintaining a strong network (something I’ll discuss in another post).

What’s going on in your life? And how do you manage your to-do lists, appointments, and projects? ch:

Daily Qik Video Updates

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Because I simply love technology (more specifically my iPhone and qik.com), and because Christians should be exploiting every opportunity we can to affect culture through said technology, I’ve decided to start posting daily video updates, live, from my iPhone. I’ll alert you through Twitter and FaceBook when I’ll be going live, while the feeds will automatically be categorized and archived for later viewing if you wish. ch:

why an iPhone is like a woman’s purse

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I find looking around in someone’s iPhone is much like looking in a woman’s purse: it’s terribly personal, but sometimes you so want to know what constitutes their bag of tricks.

So the purse thing is a bit much. I got it. But I do love finding out what apps people like.

Inspired by Shawn Blanc’s (@shawnblanc) Apple Set Up series and one of my Tweeps Nathan Davis’s (@mediapeople) recent notes to me with a screen shot of his iPhone, I’ve decided to do a bit of my own “Set Up” series. For the next several weeks, I’m going to be posting a number of peoples’ iPhone Set Ups–basically a screen shot of their favorite or most-used page of apps, a list of their favorite three apps, and a short bio.

This will not only satisfy the curiosity of looking in the purse, but might give you leads on new apps that are really cool (and will most likely make you spend more money). ch: