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Free Stuff!

Who doesn’t like free stuff? If you’re one of those weirdos, then DON’T read this post about It’s a fun and safe website that gives you the opportunity to take advantage of manufacturers’ free samples. Granted, you’re not going to be able to stop buying groceries or something, but I’ve had some fun trying out new products (risk-free). So far I’ve tried a new line of Quaker granola bars (enh), a Fiber One Caramel Delight Cereal (gross), and some feminine products (no comment). I think there’s some shampoo and drink mixes coming sometime this week. It’s kind of fun; feel free to check it out.


Permanence and Technology

I ran across a great post by Owen Strachan via Challies that discusses how much our love (probably especially my love) for technology effects the way we look at the rest of life. Strachan does an excellent job identifying the problem and showing it’s inevitable outcome — an outcome visible all around us today.

How Technology Relates to Permanence, and What That Means for Christianity

I often find myself in the category of those who give too much importance to their technology (in my case, computers etc.) It really comes down to how much I value this life, at times, over the next. Though I don’t like to hear them, I find myself asking questions like: How does a new video card help me glorify God? Or how does a faster internet connection help me lay up treasure in heaven? The answers of course are not answers that the materialistic Eric likes, but nevertheless are true.

“…do all of these things aware that you must shape your approach to technology, and that you must let permanent things, things originating beyond the age of the earth, to direct your life.”


Book Review: Culture Shift by Al Mohler

It is with great pleasure that I recommend to you Culture Shift by Al Mohler (a.k.a. The Smartest Man Alive). It is a marvelously helpful and insightful analysis of present-day American culture, and it gives practical advice on how thoughtful Christians should approach today’s issues.

In 160 short pages, Mohler discusses such topics as the Christian’s role in politics, the abortion debate, the state of public schools, terrorism, torture, atheistic science, natural disasters, pluralism, today’s “coddled” generation, and the burden of history (Hiroshima).  How Mohler could possibly cover all these topics so thoroughly in so little space is a mystery to me, but then again, maybe it comes with the territory of being the Smartest Man Alive.

(Now, lest you think me indulging in hero-worship bordering on idolatry, let me just say for the record that I’m speaking partly in jest–but Mohler is without doubt a highly intelligent & clear-headed man.  The Church needs more like him.)

I firmly believe that young Christians in particular should all read this book.  The world is constantly bombarding us with pernicious lies and irrational thinking!  Read this book to help clarify and solidify in your mind what a biblical worldview looks like.


Challies Book Giveaway

In about 3 or 4 days is giving away a bunch of books. Click on the link below to sign up.

April Giveaway

Make sure you read his rules for the contest, they are simple but apparently people have forfeited because of technicalities before.

When you register you can put in the referral number 61975 so that I get credit for helping sign you up. Not to shamelessly increase my chances or anything…right.




“Simulated Imagery”?
Try “We Photoshopped Her Some New Skin” instead.


Operation: Cheap Groceries

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been attempting to improve my thriftiness, particularly with groceries (inspired by my super-savvy mother-in-law). For my latest project, I decided to get some actual data to help me decide which grocery stores had the best prices, and (in the future) to decide whether a sale is actually as great as it looks.

So, I made a list of our favorite staple products and wrote down the prices at 6 different grocery stores in town. Then, with the help of my skilled husband, I made a nifty little spreadsheet.

The result? A combination of Sam’s and Target is the best choice for us. I was surprised to find that Target’s grocery prices are very competitive, even beating Wal-Mart on several of my list items. The same cart of groceries that costs $78.13 at Wal-Mart costs $80.74 at Target. (Both of these totals are significantly lower than United, which is practically the only true grocery store in town.) When you subtract my team member discount (I work at Target, for those of you who didn’t know), I can get it for $72.67! If we get basic things like cheese, butter, sandwich meat, etc., at Sam’s, the total goes down even more. Yay!

Side note: My Target is actually not a SuperTarget, but is just what we call an “extended set.” This means we have an extensive grocery section, but it’s limited to packaged foods. Produce, fresh meat, and deli products are things I’ll have to go to Wal-Mart or Sam’s to get. Ah well.

So there you go. I’m sure I’ll have more projects to come!



Helvetica Type

I watched an excellent movie a few weeks ago; it was Helvetica by filmmaker Gary Hustwit.

I thought it was excellent because of its insights into the design field, the process of design and the thoughts of the designers themselves. I thought it was also excellent because it avoided the slanted perspective that most documentaries seem to come from.

You might ask, “Could someone really feel that strongly about a font?” to which I would reply, “Certainly.” I might not be in the ranks of people who hate particular fonts, but I have seen people who did — I didn’t realize until the other day that apparently there are plenty of schoolteachers who hate Comic Sans. It seems that the rest use it exclusively. Hustwit interviews people who think that Helvetica represents homogenization and loss of identity and also people who think of it as the height of design in the 20th century.

To all of you (read: nerds) who are interested in how “things” are designed, I would recommend this movie. You might find it as quotable as I did.

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Thought For The Week

I want to clarify that there is no political problem that is not really a heart problem with hearts not connected to Christ. Only one Kingdom is really important, and this isn't it.

But just as it's sad to see poorly coded software, a badly built building, or an ugly city, it's even more sad to see a nation being thrown away. As custodians of this earth, we should do better.

-Mark Ritchie