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Testing out Mars Edit

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I’ve been using Ecto for all my blogging for quite some time, but Mars Edit just came out with an upgraded version. So, I’m giving it a test run.

The interface is a lot cleaner, and although I haven’t set it up, you can design your own preview template to match your blog in order to properly preview posts. If I can get that to function properly, I’ll probably make the switch.

Update: Got the preview element working appropriately, and it’s pretty cool. Haven’t figured out how to preview with blockquotes and image settings, but so far, I think I like it.

Twitter

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I’m not sure I understand exactly the function of Twitter, but I’ve set up an account and I’m currently trying it out. If you would like to “follow me” [weird stalker language] you can find me here or just follow along with the updates on the right sidebar of my blog.

It’s a sad day…

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

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I’m not really sure where things went wrong this season, but I’m pretty sure we can say that it happened long before the Cowboys took the field today. Again, we experienced a December swoon, and the team that took our breathe away in September sadly kicked us in the gut today. Sorry Cowboys, but for those of us who shared this ride with you, there seemed to be a bad moon rising weeks ago.

But as fans do, we hoped it was only our imagination. We hoped this team would kick it back into gear, that our defense would rise to the occasion, and most importantly, that the Jedi would again wow us with his marvelous wonder.

Oh well. Another Dallas team’s great promise vanishes much too quickly.

I hate sports.

Finished Tweaking… now on to writing

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I’ve finished the design changes to the blog, and like all great hobbies, it’s time to put it to bed for a few days and finish up my really important projects for the week; writing this weekend’s sermon and my Christian Education paper due on Friday. This is another weekend where I am preaching at all four services which is a lot of fun and physically exhausting at the same time. I had a flu shot last week and every since then, I’ve felt kinda “gunky.” My voice has been suspect through the first part of the week. Hopefully it will hold up until Sunday afternoon. After that, I’m home free.

This week’s message is from Psalm 16. I don’t have a title yet for the message, but it’s from a two week series we are doing called, “A Life of Gratitude.” I think it will flow nicely from our Stewardship series into the Thanksgiving season. We’ll see. I’ll share one little sneak peak.

If you haven’t heard of the AJ Jacobs book, “The Year of Living Biblically” I am going to share a few quotes from him that I read in an article about the book. The basic premise of the book is that he spent a year trying to faithfully live out the commands of the bible. I’m interested in the book because Jacobs professes to be raised as a “secular” person.

“I grew up in a totally secular home. No religion at all. I’m officially Jewish, but I’m Jewish in the way the Olive Garden is Italian. Which is to say, not very.”

Jacobs lists giving thanks as one of the top five most unexpectedly wise and life-changing practices prescribed by the bible. He shares the following.

“Never have I been so aware of the thousands of little things that go right in our lives.”

He goes on to talk about how he dealt with his desire to covet.

“Perhaps the most effective was to overcome coveting with gratefulness. Every time I coveted something, I’d counter it with something I was grateful for.”

More to come this weekend!

Design tweaking

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

To spark some creativity this week, I have been messing with the stylesheet on the blog. I’m going for a Web 2.0 feel. Banner image will be changed this afternoon. If you have any comments, feedback, suggestions, let me know…

Unless you hate it… In that case, give me a couple days before sending that along.

A few thoughts…

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’ve been thinking about my last post and my desire to “reconfigure” my blogging life. I’ve decided to keep this blog up with some minor tweaking. The first thing I’ve done is delete a ton of categories from my blog that I had either never spent a lot of time addressing or ones that I didn’t intend to continue to focus on. The other change is a bit more dramatic.

I think for quite some time, my blog has been a bit of a hiding place for me. Now, I know that sounds utterly ridiculous. Hiding on the internet, the most public medium available for communication. What I mean by hiding is that this has been a place for me to internally work things out and I can think of many occasions when I was actually embarrassed/worried by the fact that someone had “found” my blog. It’s hard to explain. Maybe that makes sense to some, but the bottom line is, I think I’m ready to let that go…

And in it’s place, I’d like to transition my blog into a place where I can simply share my story with the people who are a part of my church and others. This will involve actually telling them about my blog, which again, is something I have strongly avoided. For those current readers, I hope that isn’t disappointing.

My hope is to simply share my life and my story. It will continue to be a wonderful discipline for me in my life. I hope it is a blessing to someone else as well.

I am posting…

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

I am posting tonight for a few reasons. First, I’m tired of my previous T.O post being at the top of the blog. That’s one of the minor reasons. Second, I’m posting tonight because I don’t know what to post. It’s actually how I have felt about the blog for a while now. My life has changed so much in the last six months, that I almost feel the need to start this whole thing over… But I don’t think I can bring myself to do it… but with the changes I’ve experienced in my job, etc… something different is stirring within me. Yet, when I sit down to post and I look at the categories I have setup for all my previous 500+ posts, I feel a bit constricted by what “David’s Bucket” has been about for it’s 2 1/2 years existence.

Not sure I know the answer, just trying to express the problem. Maybe I’ll recategorize stuff and simplify? I don’t know, but I need some sort of change here. Suggestions are appreciated.

You might not like him…

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Terrell

But you have to admit that Terrell Owens has the ability to come up with some clever ideas. His latest? Reporters who visited Terrell’s locker today in preparation for this weekend’s heavyweight matchup between the 5-0 Dallas Cowboys and the 5-0 New England Patriots, found this note taped to the locker.

Dear Reporters,

Due to the magnitude of this week’s game and high volume of questions for the Original 81 about the other 81. I will be taking all questions immediately following Sunday’s game.

Sincerely, (followed by Owens’ signature)

p.s. Getcha Popcorn Ready.

I know. Most of you still hate him, but you have to appreciate the creativity, right?

Random question

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Charlize Theron has been voted Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest woman alive.” Does that mean that last year’s winner died?

It must be tiring coming up with new ideas for selling magazines.

Planning vs. Doing

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

A few years ago, I read David Allen’s book, Getting things Done, which is a great resource for people like myself who struggle to manage the hundreds of commitments and responsibilities I carry around in my head at any given moment. Allen’s system is designed to empty your head of those responsibilities and commitments so that you can give more time and mental energy to the actual “doing” of those tasks. You do that by writing everything down, archiving it into a defined system, and then allow that system to define where you spend your time. Some weeks I feel like I wouldn’t be able to survive without my GTD system. Some weeks I think it sends me into more chaos than the actual work I have to get done. In my mind, the danger of GTD is the temptation to spend your life planning rather than executing.

In recent weeks, I’ve started something new that has kept me more balanced between by planning and my doing. I’m still archiving. I’m still planning and strategizing what the “next action” is on all my projects. What I have added to my system is writing down at the beginning of the week, 5 or 6 goals for the week. My goals are general and broad, but I’ve found that just having a few things down on paper has really helped me prioritize my time and evaluate my weekly progress. This week my goals were as follows:

Write a good sermon by establishing great rhythm of preparation. Basically, spend more time throughout the week preparing my message instead of pushing that prep. time till the end of the week. As I write this on Thursday night, the sermon is basically done, which is amazing for me. The best part about that is that it allows me the next day and a half to let it sit with me.

Get Connection Power up and running. In all honesty, this only took me about 45 minutes to do this week, but it’s been such a large project on my plate for many months that I knew completing the task would be really satisfying. Today, I took care of setting that up.

Read Working the Angles, Primer on Postmodernism, and Beyond Liberalism books. I haven’t completed this yet, but having this as one of my goals encouraged me to not bring my laptop home a few nights this week because I knew I needed to do some reading. I’ve made good progress on these books and feel pretty good about the time I’ve given to them.

Setup home office. I’m typing in my home office right now, and I love it! I finally have a place to hide and work! I do not have a clue why I didn’t do this 6 years ago!

Finalize Sat. Night light settings. This didn’t get done.

Get bid for website redesign. Completed and found a great company that I think we are going to use!

I did a whole lot more than just these few things, but because of their size and significance, knowing that I gave them priority and a good amount of my time has given me a great deal of satisfaction at weeks end. I don’t share this to toot my own horn. Rather, it is a confession that is more of a confession that I haven’t felt like this in quite a while.

Which means that tomorrow… when I’m out playing golf with some great friends… I get to really rest.