Notes from the Trail

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A la carte: Emails, Saving Barnes & Noble, Giving Decline, Wal-Mart

For my newer readers, a la carte is a collection of articles and posts across the web that I’ve bookmarked as interesting (usually through Pocket, a great service). Here we go: Evangelism and Email Chuck Lawless raises practical concerns about what email can’t do and what it is doing to us. He compares it to…

Hello.. can you hear me now? (back to the iPhone)

A little over two months. About 1/6 of the year. That was the length of my DLAE (digital life adjustment experiment). You can read about it in the entries above. Synopsis: I boxed my iPhone 5 for two months and used a dumb phone during that time to unplug, regroup, and implement some new processes…

Courtney Liddle in The New Yorker video

Love seeing friends (and church members) being the church. When people pursue their interests, using their gift and talent in a way that blesses others and glorifies God, it’s the “sweet spot.” Watch this video from The New Yorker about the New Jersey Comets, a women’s professional softball team that Virginia Tech alum Courtney Liddle…

How to follow journeyguy.com during the experiment

Beginning August 1, 2013, I’m going to conduct a 90-day experiment that is both digital and social. Read more about it here, but essentially, I’m going to begin posting most of my digital content right here at journeyguy.com, otherwise known as Notes from the Trail. I’ll be using Twitter and other social media to announce…

The dilemma of where to post creative content on the interwebs

A cultural communication crisis Our country is in the communication crisis. No one knows how to communicate with one another anymore. It’s not just speaking to another person face-to-face. It’s that we all have our own communication preferences. Some people prefer email; others prefer Twitter; others are always on Facebook, and the list goes on.…

Connectedness vs relationship

Great thoughts from whimzie: We live in a world where with a few keystrokes and in a matter of seconds, people all over the world can know our opinion about anything we want to share. I’m sharing these thoughts of mine in a blog post so I’m as guilty as anyone else of adding my…

Advantages to a dumb phone and thoughts on going back to an iPhone

On May 29, 2013, I boxed up my iPhone 5 and put it in a drawer. It’s been almost two months since then. You can review some of the reasons why and my reflections on being a dumb-phone user in the entries above. I wanted to follow up with some more observations on being a…

Pay attention to Egypt

In Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong, we see how western media is allowing a powerful movement for democracy in the Middle East to get overlooked because of their deep stupidity and ignorance. This grave misrepresentation of the Egyptian revolution, the credibility and true independence of mainstream Western media is being seriously put…

Google Reader shutting down July 1

Have you moved your blog feeds yet? Google announced months ago that it was shutting down their Reader site that many people have used to read their favorite blogs. The closing date is July 1. If you read Notes from the Trail via Google Reader, you’ll no longer be able to after that date, so…

Going iPhone-less: more thoughts

It’s been more than three weeks since I put my iPhone 5 in its box in a drawer in our living room. Since that time, I’ve upgraded from my original dumb phone. I was using a Sony Ericcson w810i that we’ve had for years. It’s been a sturdy (and surprisingly feature-rich little phone) that we’ve…

On invalid signatures, rejection, reflection, and relief

I got the call Wednesday morning that I didn’t have enough valid signatures to place me on the ballot for the Blacksburg Town Council elections. For those of you who had no idea I was attempting to run, check out the post here. I wanted to offer some thoughts on the process and results. First…

Running for Blacksburg Town Council

It’s been a long, waffling process. I finally sleuthed out where to go and pick up papers to fill out for candidacy. I couldn’t find anything online about how to begin the process, nor where to go. After a few misfires, I finally had the papers in hand. And there they sat as I continued…

Why I am not responding to your texts

I’ve been a Mac guy since 1988. My mom and dad graciously bought me the first iPhone the day of its release. Carolyn and Sam waited in a small line at the AT&T store in Monticello, Arkansas for mine. Since then, I’ve owned every iteration of the iPhone as well as several Powerbooks, iBooks, MacBooks,…

Why I’m moving from a smart phone to a dumb phone

Call it a digital life adjustment experiment (DLAE for short). I’ve been mulling over the implications of being constantly accessible, online, responsive and honestly, much of the time, digitally consumed. It’s been weeks of mulling. Today, I pulled the trigger. Here’s Part 1 of my DLAE. I boxed up my iPhone 5 and put it…

A la carte: Are you doing team leadership wrong?, Interns, and 3 Issues Churches Must Answer

Are you doing team leadership wrong? Phil Cooke offers some strong advice about meetings, teams and decisions on this blog entry: Teams are for brainstorming and execution. Leaders make decisions. Simple as that. What’s happening today is that too many leaders are afraid to embrace decisions. Fear of not being liked. Fear of failure. Fear…

A la carte: Evernote app ideas for speakers, Chris Broussard

Evernote org for speakers Do you use the Evernote app for speaking? Michael Hyatt has a great entry with ideas for organizing your prep.  His system makes Evernote a database with material you’ve read, thought and seen for easy referreal when prepping for speaking. He includes notebooks for illustrations, jokes, quotes, and statistics. In addition,…

Sometimes it takes a ballpit

Check out this beautifully conceived and well done concept. Put two strangers in a ballpit with some pre-written mixer questions and then stand back and watch the laughter, surprises and simple joys of – get this – talking to another human. In our day of pseudo relationships engineered by cell phones, social media and sound…

Live Where You Love: The New River Valley

This was fun to be a part of!

February book update and observations about the inglorious process of book publication, ego, and supporting creative friends

First of all, I owe thanks to so many for your gracious help and support in getting the word out about Super Center Savior. I have no publicist or agency. It’s just me, my mom and sometimes my wife. I actually think they are the ones who have bought the most books to date. I…

What do you use for tweeting?

I was pretty bummed today when I learned that the Mac app for Echofon was discontinued last October. I had no idea. I don’t know how I missed it. When I googled to get the scoop, Cult of Mac had the story. Echofon has been my main Twitter client for over a year on all…

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