A Review of Nest Cam

Now that we’re homeowners again I’m in the midst of a whole litany of home improvement projects. (I’m even writing today in my half built Tiny Office to get a sense of where I’ll want furniture, install outlets, and stuff like that.) Along the way I’m testing out home automation gadgets, trying to find some…… Continue reading A Review of Nest Cam

David on Tinder

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From his phone he saw a woman, the woman was very beautiful, and David swiped to the right. She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she went back home. 2 Samuel 11:2-4, on Tinder I’ve been thinking a lot about teenagers…… Continue reading David on Tinder

The House of Things

I got home from Open Seattle Sunday afternoon. And I’ve been consumed by the move ever since. Yesterday, I worked a half a day and spent the rest of the day moving stuff across the street one load at a time. I’m using “I” like I’m doing all of the work. In reality, Kristen has moved a…… Continue reading The House of Things

Tech Tuesday Questions about Snapchat, high school graduation, and big data

For the past month or so I’ve had a form in the sidebar of my blog. The intention is for readers to submit their questions about anything tech related. Here’s a few questions that have been submitted. Question How do I get in contact with Snapchat? I’ll track these mfs down and then snapchat and my friends…… Continue reading Tech Tuesday Questions about Snapchat, high school graduation, and big data

The Power of Self-Service

Back in the old days, 2005 to be exact, I had a problem. I needed an email template to send our very first newsletter for Youth Ministry Exchange. Email marketing was starting to become a thing and I wanted to send an HTML-based template that looked like I knew what I was doing. (Even if…… Continue reading The Power of Self-Service

A Brief History of Blog Gimmicks and The Problem of Cheap Traffic

This history of blogging is full of gimmicks to draw cheap traffic. And I’ll be the first to admit that over the last 10 years I’ve been influenced by these gimmicks, tried them out, and ultimately gotten better at recognizing that they aren’t part of my strategy. What is “cheap” traffic? “Cheap” blog traffic is…… Continue reading A Brief History of Blog Gimmicks and The Problem of Cheap Traffic

Tracking Anonymous Social Media Accounts Back to the Source

You aren’t the NSA and you have a problem Do you have a hater? Is someone anonymously posting things on social media that are driving you crazy or disrupting your school? Is someone posing as you? In many cases, it might seem like you can never figure out who these people are. And, usually, they aren’t doing…… Continue reading Tracking Anonymous Social Media Accounts Back to the Source