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mileiqDo you ever have to turn in your mileage for reimbursement?  I don’t know about you, but I often forget to start tracking when i leave somewhere and then have to look things up on google maps after the fact to see how many miles I’ve driven.  That works OK, but I found this great app that will track it for you and you don’t have to think about it: MileIQ.

It’s easy, start the app, and it will track all your drives and you can classify them as personal or business in case you are mixing your trips in a day.  Then you log onto your account to download your activity or send it to yourself right from the app.  It’s super easy and it’s free if you have less than 40 drives a month.  I will I’ve noticed a faster battery drain when using it, so I would recommend keeping your phone plugged in while in the car so you don’t find yourself with no battery at the end of the day. Right now it’s iOS only, but they say an android version is on the way.

This could be a great way to track your mileage this summer to make getting reimbursed easier while you are out and about driving students to events or picking up supplies.

From now until Christmas the iPad iBooks version of The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor is free. I haven’t finished it yet, but what I’ve read is great.  It’s been a both thought provoking and funny look at how we are all creative.  The iPad version is also full of great visuals and audio to accompany it.

From the Publisher:

The_Crowd_the_Critic_and_the_Muse_A_Book_for_Creators.225x225-75“We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.”–Michael Gungor

In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising–and humorous–look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.

An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse - Michael Gungor

Google Maps for iOS Now Available

Chris —  December 12, 2012 — 6 Comments

For all those that have not been thrilled with Apple’s new maps, you can rejoice that Google Maps is now available again. Download the all new version complete with voice turn-by-turn directions. Best of all it’s FREE.

Download Now.

OK, there’s much excitement in our house about Star Wars Angry Birds in our house.  It’s a mashup of two of our favorite things. After playing it for a few days, we are still just as excited. Who doesn’t like an Angry Bird with a light sabre slaying though evil storm trooper piggies.

If you are interested you too can enjoy the fun and games.  It’s available on just about every platform out there.

iPhone
Angry Birds Star Wars - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

iPad
Angry Birds Star Wars HD - Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Kindle Fire

Google Play
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May the Force be with you!

VidRhythm

Jon —  May 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yet another great app for iOS! I can see so many places to work this into student ministry. How would you use it?

Learn to Play Guitar on iPad

Chris —  January 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Every youth worker needs to know how to play the guitar, right?  OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if you’ve wanted to learn and you have an iPad or iPhone here’s an app to help you teach your self.

Check out iGuitarTeacher, and it’s FREE for a limited time.

iGuitarTeacher - Bingappstore

 

Here’s the description from the developer:

Lessons for all levels and styles… It doesn’t matter if you play an acoustic guitar, electric guitar or both. Our lessons are designed for both. Whether you are a complete beginner or if you have been playing for years and years, we have designed an app for you that will change the way you look at the guitar.
The following guitar lessons have been created with the beginner in mind. It is suggested that new guitarists begin at lesson one, spending at least one week learning the exercises and songs in that lesson before moving on. Learning to relax while playing guitar will help immeasurably, so be sure to have fun!

Guitar Lesson ‘One’
1-Overview
2-Parts of a Guitar
3-The neck: A closer look
4-Holding a Guitar
5-Holding a Pick
6-Tuning (Appendix For Details)
7-Playing a Scale
8-Playing Basic Chords
9-Learning Songs
10-Practice Schedule

Guitar Lesson ‘Two’
1-Overview
2-A New Scale
3-Names of Guitar Strings
4-Learning an E Minor Chor
5-Learning an A Minor Chord
6-Learning a D Minor Chord
7-Learning to Strum
8-Learning to Strum – cont’d

Guitar Lesson ‘Three’
1-Overview
2-The Blues Scale
3-Learning an E Major Chord
4-Learning an A Major Chord
5-Playing an F Major Chord
6-Chord Review
7-New Strumming Pattern

Guitar Lesson ‘Four’
1-Overview
2-The Musical Alphabet on Guitar
3-Notes on the Neck
4-Power Chords
5-Power chords (con’t)
6-F Major Chord Review
7-Strumming Patterns

Guitar Lesson ‘Five’
1-Overview
2-Sharps and Flats
3-’12’ Bar Blues
4-The B Minor Chord
5-Scale Review

Guitar Lesson ‘Six’
1-Overview
2-Chromatic Scale
3-Open 7th Chord
4-Barre Chord Basics
5-Strumming Patterns

Guitar Lesson ‘Seven’
1-Overview
2-Barre Chords
3-Fingerpicking
4-Hammer-ons
5-Pull-offs

Guitar Lesson ‘Eight’
1-Overview
2-More Advanced Fingerpicking
3-Strumming Patterns
4-Slash Chords
5-Sliding
6-String Bending

Guitar Lesson ‘Nine’
1-Overview
2-The Major Scale
3-Strumming Patterns
4-Sus4 Chords

Guitar Lesson ‘Ten’
1-Overview
2-Palm Muting
3-Major Chord Inversions
4-Chord Revision (QUIZ)
5-Advanced String Bending

Guitar Lesson ‘Eleven’
1-Overview
2-Seventh Barre Chords
3-Major Chord Inversions II
4-More on Strumming Patterns

I saw this post over on DougFields.com, and thought it was a great reminder of little things we can do to help connect better with our families.  The thing that struck me was that they were almost technology based. These tools that are suppose to make our lives easier also break down the relationships that should be the most important.

Try these 5 actions for a week and see if the temperature in your home doesn’t change a little. Plus, even if your relational temperature is “fine,” these ideas may make it even better.

1. Leave the phone in the car:when you come home from work it’s too simple to get lost in texting, checking, and reading from the phone. You won’t be distracted when the phone left in the car. More time to focus on real people.

2. Shut the laptop: It’s too easy to come home and “get lost” in the computer that’s always on and calling your attention (blogs, email, Quicken, etc…). Turn it off and see if you can turn on some dialogue and/or focus on others.

3. Show up on time: If you tell your spouse that you’ll be home by 6pm… get home. Not 6:30…not even 6:05. If you make a commitment to a loved one, honor it. It’s amazing what simple actions will communicate about love and respect.

4. Turn it off ½ the time: I’m not asking you to become Amish and ditch all TV, I’m suggesting you cut your viewing time in half. Instead of the easy default of turning on the TV, cut it in half and spend that extra time engaged with others.

5. Leave a short note: Emphasis on “short”… I’m not suggesting 2 pages, typed out, double-spaced. What if you left your spouse and/or child a short note every day for a week? Short words of affection and encouragement can be powerful. And, if it’s not a regular practice, these notes will become treasures.

What are some of the other little things could we tweak that would make a big impact on our families and marriages?

Read Doug’s entire post HERE.

10 Favorites from 2011

Chris —  January 1, 2012 — 2 Comments

Here are some of my favorites from 2011:

1. MacBook Air - I love this little computer.  Great for travel, and super fast.

2. Sticky Faith – These books have really made me think a lot about youth ministry and being a parent.  I highly recommend them. Plus check out StickyFaith.org for more insights in their articles and blog.

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I found this book to be a difficult read.  He could be so harsh with people.  It really made me think about leadership, success, and family from someone who did great things, but failed at so much too.

4. iPad 2  – This continues to be a device that changes the way I interact with content.  I love it.

5. Kindle Fire – You probably didn’t expect to see this after I listed the iPad, but it’s a different device for me.  It’s a great reader that also does some tablet functions.  Plus, I love that there’s someone pushing the iPad to be better.

6. YSnetwork – This one is personal, but we launched it this fall at YS (where I work).  It’s a great way to connect with other youth workers, join a network or build your own.  It’s free to join, and if you sign up join the Youth Ministry Geek network to stay connected.

7. Flipboard - This is probably the app I use the most, and with the addition of the iPhone version a month ago, I just use it even more.  It’s by far my favorite news reader.


Flipboard - Flipboard Inc.

8. GoPro – I got one of these cameras to take on our vacation to Hawaii this year, and it’s so much fun.  We use it under water, on water slides, in the pool, the beach, on the trampoline.  It’s a great camera to take when you don’t want to risk you full size, expensive one.  Sure it has it’s limitations, but you get an amazing picture that can go anywhere.  It’s my Flip Camera replacement.

9.Timbuk2 Control Laptop Case – After about 7 years, my old shoulder bag finally wore out. This was my replacement.  Things I love about it: separate sleeves for laptop and ipad, TSA compliant so I don’t have to take my laptop out, not too big, but big enough.

10. Tech News Today –  I love podcasts and increasingly over the last year, this has been my #1 to go to.  It’s about 45 minutes every week day covering the lastest in the world of technology.  Entertaining and informative, perfect for this geek.

What were you’re favorites from the last year?

Guest Post: My Switch to iOS

Chris —  October 20, 2011 — 1 Comment

A self-avowed Apple hater, I would never have thought I would be writing this post. Just this past week I gave up on Android, and went to iOS. I had owned a 1st generation iPod Touch in college, but ever since I have not used Apple technology (other than the iPod). For the past year I have carried the Android based Galaxy Tablet, and have truly enjoyed it as a close companion, but having made the switch back I wanted to point out a few differences between the two platforms, and a few reasons why iOS is such a great software.

  1. Keyboard- Say what you want, but this is my favorite thing about the iPhone. Whe you think about it, your digital keyboard is the most used input device on your phone/tablet. This means that the keyboard has to be stellar, because you will use it more than anything else (unless Siri takes over the world).  I remember Steve Jobs bragging about the keyboard on the iPhone back in his 2007 unveiling speech. Every word he said was true. Having used an iPod Touch, then Android devices, then back to iOS I can confirm that Apple makes the best darn keyboard in the business. It truly is a dream to type on.
  2. Consistency- Although I do believe that Apple is anal about what gets on their devices and what doesn’t there’s no denying the consistency of user experience across the many apps available. With Apple, if you have used one app, you can figure out the rest of the 200,000+. Android apps each had their own unique feel, personality, and idiosyncrasies. Apple apps feel like one giant loving family.
  3. Flash-I originally bought the Android tablet because of its Flash capabilities. But, now with HTML 5, and newer language development, Flash will not be as crucial an element in web browsing. Boy, how I loved the times when I could view Flash intense pages while my buddies with iPads could not!

These are just a few reasons why I am falling in love with iOS again. I haven’t even mentioned the sheer volume of apps, the quality of the Retina display, or the the trinity of iMessage/Facetime/Twitter integration. The bottom line is that everyone wants to develop for Apple right now, and it is showing in the quality of their products.

Jon Homesley

Jon grew up around Charlotte, NC. He graduated from The College at Southeastern in 2010 with a BA doubling majoring in The History of Ideas and Biblical Studies. In 2008 he married his wife Chelsea.  They currently live just north of Charlotte where Jon serves as the College Pastor, and Youth Ministry Geek (not his real title) at Christ Community Church. He prefers Windows 7 to OSX, Android to iOS, and Walkmans to iPods.

Jon’s church- www.ccchuntersville.com
Jon’s personal site- www.jonhomesley.com

I love “The Cloud.”  Apps like Evernote, GoogleDocs, iCloud, and Flickr are great for share and freeing up space on your hard drive through free online storage.  One of my favorite cloud apps is dropbox.  Dropbox is a free app and online site that lets you store pics, docs, and videos and access them from any device. In addition to accessibility and its freeness I can easily share folders and files with other dropbox users or with a link from my dropbox “public” folder.  If you want to check out dropbox click this link and install the app.

If you don’t think dropbox has enough storage space for you check out BOX.net.  Right now iTunes has the BOX.net app (iPhone & iPad) for Free downloaded. You have today until December 2, 2011 to register or sign in to your account from the app to receive 50GB of lifetime storage on Box.net (usually $19.99).Check out both and see which you like more!  Share in the comments some of your favorite cloud apps.