I Am Finley

Vivaldi

by James Finley

Links, Tech

We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you.

https://vivaldi.com

The former CEO of Opera has a new browser. Worth checking out, though it is very green still.

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An Open Letter

by James Finley

Faith, Links, Millennials

If I can glean anything from these open letters, it’s this–maybe people (my people, Millennials) are leaving the Church because we are spoiled, selfish, uneasily satisfied, hypercritical, consumeristic and socially enlightened but biblically light-weight.

An Open Letter to All the People Writing (And Sharing) Open Letters About What’s Wrong with The Church

So many good points in this article. As a Millennial, I love hearing humbling things from other Millennials. That we are often biblically light-weight is a major problem today. Without solid apologetics or even a historical understanding of arguments against — or for — our faith, many fail to fight against the evil that is gripping our country today.

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9 Things You Should Know About Auschwitz and Nazi Extermination Camps

by James Finley

Links, Holocaust, War

The most commonly cited figure for the total number of Jews killed is six million — around 78 percent of the 7.3 million Jews in occupied Europe at the time. Additionally, the Nazis murdered approximately two to three million Soviet POWs, two million ethnic Poles, up to 1,500,000 Romani, 200,000 handicapped, political and religious dissenters, 15,000 homosexuals, and 5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, bringing the total genocide toll to around 11 million.

9 Things You Should Know About Auschwitz and Nazi Extermination Camps by Joe Carter

The atrocities that were committed by the Nazis are often too extreme to grasp. It’s because of evil men like Hitler that I believe America should intervene from time to time in other countries’ affairs.

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Lars Andersen

by James Finley

Links, Archery, Video

I jokingly said to my coworker this morning that everyone in the world sent this to me this weekend, though it was more like a dozen or so. I’m an archer and this is awesome. Mildly dorky, but the guy is definitely talented.

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The New Finley.im

by James Finley

Welcome, Blogging

In late 2013, my wife and myself launched Finley Home to give us a place to share our adventures, our thoughts, and — come Spring of last yearpregnancy and parenthood things. This came after I took a few years away from blogging. Finley Home allowed me to find my voice again, to get back into the swing of blogging.

As I’ve gotten back into that swing, many of the things I would have loved to write haven’t fit the more family-friendly mold of that site. Between politics, culture, and technology, I have struggled to find a place to voice my thoughts.

So in 2015, I’m launching a new blog for myself. It’s a work in progress. Not sure what all will be posted here. Likely a mix of the above: politics, culture, and technology. So welcome. Subscribe to the RSS and follow me on Twitter.

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Design Studios Are Not Going Away

by James Finley

Links, Web Industry

Much hoopla has been made lately about design services disappearing. Studios seem to be getting swallowed up by larger corporations to help aid their in-house design teams. This has led many folks to believe the design service industry as a whole is dying.

Well, it’s not.

Design Studios Are Not Going Away

Ben Cline of Rally Interactive comes to shake a shaken community out of it as another beloved studio shuts down.

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iPhone 6 Plus: A Change in Mindset

by James Finley

iPhone, Tech, Apple

My time for a phone upgrade came last fall and I went with the iPhone 6 Plus. As Android phones got bigger and bigger screens, I sat by and mocked with much of the Apple crowd. But I got an iPhone 6 Plus within months of it coming out.

Let’s get this straight, had I thought them a good idea, I still wouldn’t have purchased one. I’m an iPhone user through and through. But I mocked because I didn’t get the shift of view yet. Any time I saw one, I thought of them held up to someone’s ear, engulfing their whole face, and I laughed hard. I didn’t see it.

But once Apple had one, a huge phone, I took the time to think. The Phone is just an app on my mobile device. An app I seldom used, especially when compared to the other apps I used. What once was a cell phone that had apps now had largely become a mobile device that had a Phone app. Could that larger screen help my other apps become more useful? Very much so. Easier reading of my feeds, easier typing of notes and posts, easier surfing the web. A bigger screen is better for all of that.

I had seen my iPhone as a phone all this time and now I had shifted. Did I look ridiculous with my large phone up to my ear? Probably. Once every couple of days when I’d take a phone call. But all the rest of the time, I had a screen the size of my face that fit in my pocket. And after a few months, I still love it.

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