Via Rick Holland
“So what is the first thing you do when you wake up? Here’s my problem. I find it easy to grab my iPhone and check my email, glance at social media notifications, see if there are any texts awaiting a response, and look at look at the news and sports feeds. There is certainly nothing wrong with doing these things. But my problem is that this is much easier and feels more urgent when I awake than addressing the thirst of my soul for God.”
I have exactly the same problem. After my post yesterday, it was good to read Rick’s concern about the most important discipline of all:
My prayer for my own soul, and yours, is that we develop the discipline of beginning the day with the thought of God, fed by the Word of God, for the glory of God, and enjoy the grace of God for our days.
Do you make new year resolutions? About this time of year everyone starts talking about the things they will do next year. We call these resolutions. I don’t have a fundamental problem with resolutions, but making them at new year seems a bit arbitrary to me.
A resolution is a commitment to change something you do or how you live. That is often a good thing. However, in my experience most people (including me) soon forget their resolutions and go back to the way they lived previously. It seems their resolution was not a deep enough commitment – or is there another reason?
Yep, apparently it’s possible to build a Mac for nix. I haven’t done it before, but it looks like fun.
Lifehacker have an “always up to date guide to building a mackintosh” and you can find a list of recommended parts here. I’d be inclined to get a SSD Drive for the operating system and then a larger spindle based drive for data storage (perhaps map it to your /users folder).
They also have a useful guide to building a bootable USB key with OSX on it from which you can install OSX.
According to lifehacker you should be able to build a hackintosh for around $300. The actual cost depends on the parts you get and the guide was written before hard drive prices skyrocketed up. Even so, you can still build a nice OSX machine with a SSD drive for less than US$600 which is several hundred cheaper than buying from Apple.
If only I needed another machine
ReadWriteWeb on Facebook in Dumbest Moves of the Year in Web Enterprise Services:
On its way to becoming the great equalizer of the profound and the trivial
Quite right and well said. The problem with social media noise is that it treats all things as equal regardless of it’s inherent value.
Counting the costs
A key factor for many parents in selecting the education method for children is cost. Today, many families have dual incomes in order to meet the costs of living. While it is not the place of this paper to examine the reasons and motives for a dual income, we can assume that in some cases it is necessary. In these cases the time of the couple is at a premium as much of their day is taken with work, which may preclude home schooling, and if finances are finely balanced it may also exclude private schooling. In this case the parents have little choice but to make the best of the situation they are in and spend as much time with their children as they can. This is difficult however, and frequently dual income families struggle to not only spend time with children but also struggle to prioritize time for Mum and Dad to be together and have a meaningful relationship.