See Also: Between Letters

September 2nd, 2012  |  Published in Personal

I’ve stopped writing at Fire and Knowledge for now and moved over to Between Letters. Please check it out!

Hobbes in a Small Box

March 17th, 2011  |  Published in Cats, Personal, Videos

Here’s one of my cats (Hobbes) trying to fit in a small box. It was taken a few years ago when we lived in Minneapolis:

Beacon Ad Platform Launches

June 5th, 2010  |  Published in Business, Personal, Technology

Christian Ad NetworkBeacon Ad Network (a company I co-founded) has launched their new ad platform. It is the first marketplace for placing ads on Christian websites.

Content producers submit their sites to the directory, and set ad zones across their site and the prices. Advertisers can then purchase ads in those zones in a few clicks, and then track the success of their ad in real-time. It’s never been easier to purchase ads on Christian sites.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Beacon Ad Network Launches

December 5th, 2009  |  Published in Business, Personal, Technology

I’m excited to announce the launch of Beacon Ad Network! Beacon is division of Rainsong Media, my design company. Beacon puts Christian ads on Christian blogs. We make it easy for advertisers to purchase ads on a wide range of niche sites with readers who would be interested in them.

Be sure to check out the site, and let me know what you think!

How do you tell a Democrat from a Republican?

March 20th, 2008  |  Published in Current Events, Personal, Politics, Thoughts

When I was a child I used to watch politics on C-SPAN and CNN with my grandmother. For fun, I’d guess who were the Democrats and Republicans. I could do it pretty well. I had a rigorous test: I would look at their faces and decide if they looked mean or nice. The nice ones were Republicans, and the mean ones were Democrats. It never worked out perfectly, but I was right more than wrong.

I’m sure that doesn’t give any hints about the political affiliation of my family. I assure you, I was very objective and unbiased and remain so to this day.

What happens if I apply my old philosophy to the 2008 campaign? Huckabee has the most real smile and I would inevitably thought him a Republican. He’s sort of the funny Uncle in the race, someone you like and respect but think he’d be better at running a tractor than the country. McCain I might have mistaken for a democrat, though. His smile is more grim, yet there is kindness there. Obama I would have mistaken for a Republican for sure. If you didn’t already know, he’s going to win. Hillary, however, would have been unmistakably Democrat. I would have been afraid of that smile.

Rediscovering the library

September 12th, 2007  |  Published in Books & Reading, Personal, Thoughts

I rediscovered the public library last weekend. I used to go quite a bit as a kid, but as I got older I always preferred to purchase books instead. But I’m slowly realizing the futility and expense of that, so my new plan is to only purchase books I know I will re-read or use often for reference. The rest I will check out from the library.

(In my battle for simplicity, I went through my personal library and weeded out over 150 books and donated them to a thrift store. Two months ago I would have rather donated my fingers.)

Though there were quite a few people at the library, few were there for the books. Most were there for the computers, which they had everywhere. Naturally being a busybody, I walked around to see what was so interesting.

The first thing I saw was a half-naked man and teenage girls chuckling. Then there were small kids browsing rap artist websites. After that was another kid playing an online game. The rest were browsing either myspace or facebook, with the obligatory half-naked photo of their online buddy and tiled backgrounds that make you want to tear your eyes out. (Or is it just me?)

That doesn’t seem like what library internet access is for. Isn’t library internet for research and email? Why isn’t there a filter on it that blocks myspace and facebook and games? Kids can browse those websites at home. The library is for reading and research, not online social networking and electronic games.

Or maybe I’m just old-fashioned and think libraries have something to do with public education.

[Meta] New browser icon

September 1st, 2007  |  Published in Art and Design, Personal

Special thanks to the very talented Edman for creating the new flame favicon (the icon that your browser shows in the tab)! You’ll probably have to empty your cache to see it.

[Meta] Site redesigned and comments fixed

August 30th, 2007  |  Published in Personal

The site now has a tweaked design and a WordPress upgrade (which fixed the comments issue). Even though the design only looks tweaked, it was actually re-written on the new Blueprint CSS framework.

Be sure to let me know if anything looks strange or whether you love it or hate it.