I Am Finley

Magic

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You can’t explain magic.1

Explaining time saved is next to impossible, as people perceive time very differently. I think this will be the killer feature of the Apple Watch: time saved. All those times you take your phone out of your pocket for a notification, quick directions, or because you are waiting for a message and don’t want to miss it, the Apple Watch will be right on your wrist. Keep you phone in your pocket.

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Old Rugged Cross

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Beautiful.

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I’m Sick With Rage

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The mother, Michelle Wilkins, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18.

When she arrived at the purported seller's home in Longmont, she was attacked, beaten, cut open and her fetus was removed. The baby did not survive.1

The horror of this act is incredible. But more over:

After the attack, prosecutors said it may be hard to muster a murder charge. Colorado state law does not recognize a fetus as a person, unless it is capable of surviving for a period of time outside the womb, a prosecutor said then.1

Colorado doesn’t consider a unborn baby a person. This is because of abortion supporters, “pro-choicers.” You want the law to protect your “choice” to rip your unborn child from your womb, limb-from-limb, and not be called the murderer that you are, but the consequence is that women can be brutally attacked and have their unborn children removed by force and the only charge that can be brought against their attacker is “unlawful termination of a pregnancy”2 and assault charges against the mother. Because you want the choice to murder your child, anyone can murder an unborn child and get away with it.

This is fucked up.

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Toward a Gracious Historic Sexual Ethic

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This teaching is admittedly unpopular in our late modern times. Yet Scripture shows no interest in being popular or relevant—that is, in being adapted, revised, or censored to align with ever-shifting times. We must remain countercultural wherever the culture and the truth are at odds. It is this posture that makes Christians truly relevant in the culture.

The Gospel Coalition

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Jony-come-lately

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But that’s okay. Apple knows that success isn’t measured by “first.” It’s measured by “best.” And that’s kind of Cupertino’s thing.

WatchAware

Like all the forum and comment trolls, screaming “first” gets you nothing.

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Filters

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Filters offers traditional image adjustments like brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation, color temperature and more, but also introduces three brand new adjustments: Shine, Luna, Intimidate, Color Boost and Smart Fade. These custom multi-effects intelligently assess image color data and let you add drama, vibrancy or the perfect retro look to your photograph.

Beautiful new app from Mike Rundle. Cannot wait to put this to use. Would have been great when we were out at Starved Rock over the weekend.

Image by Mohsen Kamalzadeh.

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Maggie

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It’s usually hard to take Schwarzenegger seriously, but this film actually looks very promising as a serious drama. With zombies?

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Fantastical 2

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Today the new Fantastical 2 is out for Mac. Instead of being just a menu bar app— saying “just” is an understatement, as it was a powerful, featured menu bar app— this update brings a full-on Calendar replacement to match the power and feature set of the iOS apps.

I have long used Fantastical on my phone, though I never bought it for my iPad or Mac. $6.99 isn’t a bad price for iPad, but I just don’t use a calendar enough to justify it. For the Mac, the cost is $39.99. If you use your calendar every day, this is certainly the app you need. Beautiful, powerful, and just a great app. I’ll be using the trial until it expires.

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Cleaning Up

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164.

That’s how many apps I had this morning as I flipped through the homescreens on my phone this morning. Half of them have been deleted or relocated to my iPad now. Games I played a few times, social apps I tried for a day, lots of photography apps, crappy keyboards, and stuff that had been filed away into folders to never be touched in months.

75.

That’s a lot better now. Not great, but a lot better. I could get rid of 10 more if I remove those I use once a month. Another 17 if I remove those used less than that. But for now, 75 is better.

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Wasted Time

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Since it sounds like your time spent typing can't possibly be less productive than your time spent not typing, have you tried typing SLOWER?

How much time do you waste on your phone? I know I waste a lot. Over the weekend I took a break (mostly) from tech and headed out to Starved Rock State Park for a hike. There is zero signal in the majority of the area. We got lost on the way out to the park and had no signal to use Google to find our way. I had to use my nature skills to continue heading west and hope I hit something. It was a joy to not be tethered. Do you take a break from time to time or are you always on?

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