Olympia Report Deluxe – A retro work of beauty!

image of an Olympia brand typewriter

I love this article. I started apprenticing for my dad repairing typewriters at his store, New Ulm Office Machines, at the age of twelve. I cleaned and repaired a bunch of different typewriters both new and old. We serviced Smith Corona, Olympia, Olivetti, Remington, Underwood, and probably a number of others that I can’t remember. We were an authorized Olympia typewriter reseller and sold the Report Deluxe, which my dad gave me as a high school graduation gift. → Read the rest

15 Apps Rendered Obsolete By The New iPhone 3GS : iSmashPhone

After installing the GM of iPhone 3.0 OS on my iPhone, I was able to remove a number of applications that I no longer need due to Apple providing the functionality natively in the new OS. iSmashPhone blog identifies some of the now “obsolete” iPhone applications:

Chances are youve already heard about the iPhone 3G S and some of its cool new features and same goes for the iPhone OS 3.0 and its cool new features.

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John Piper – Why and How I Am Tweeting : Desiring God Christian Resource Library

John Piper writes about why he is now using Twitter:

Now what about Twitter? I find Twitter to be a kind of taunt: “Okay, truth-lover, see what you can do with 140 characters! You say your mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things! Well, this is one of those ‘all things.’ Can you magnify Christ with this thimble-full of letters?”

To which I respond:

The sovereign Lord of the earth and sky

Puts camels through a needle’s eye.

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More on Not Using Twitter During Worship Services: Desiring God

John Piper follows up on Josh Harris’ blog post about using Twitter during a worship service:

Josh Harris has done us a good service. He explains why many of us think it’s a bad idea to “tweet” while participating in corporate worship. That is, we think you should use Twitter before and after corporate worship to say what you take in and take out.

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Overcoming Fear: C.J. Mahaney’s View from the Cheap Seats & Other Stuff

From C.J. Mahaney’s blog:

I struggled greatly with fear and unbelief in preaching. God has used so many means to deal with this sin as it relates to preaching. One story that was particularly helpful was a story of how Corrie ten Boom’s father helped her trust God in fearful situations (as told in Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick).

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Kindle Changing How People Read, Publish Books – wcco.com

WCCO.com article on how the Kindle opens up publishing opportunities for authors:

The Kindle has also opened up a new world for authors.

Former Pioneer Press reporter Judy Borger struggled to find a publisher for her mystery novel “Where’s Billie,” but then a friend suggested putting it on Kindle.

“It took about a minute and a half to upload the entire book, cost me nothing,” said Borger.

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Good Breeze from a Fundamentalist Neighbor :: Desiring God

Good thoughts…

I would like to encourage all fundamentalists and former fundamentalists to feel a good breeze from the fevered landscape of controversy. It’s an article by Kevin Bauder (PDF), the president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, across town from us here in Minneapolis.

If you are a younger fundamentalist and hope to stay one and be a good one, read this.

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The New Calvinism #3 in the 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now: Time Magazine

Time magazine listed “The New Calvinism” as #3 on its article, 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now

If you really want to follow the development of conservative Christianity, track its musical hits. In the early 1900s you might have heard “The Old Rugged Cross,” a celebration of the atonement. By the 1980s you could have shared the Jesus-is-my-buddy intimacy of “Shine, Jesus, Shine.” And today, more and more top songs feature a God who is very big, while we are…well, hark the David Crowder Band: “I am full of earth/ You are heaven’s worth/ I am stained with dirt/ Prone to depravity.”
Calvinism is back, and not just musically.

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HowStuffWorks “How bad for you is high-fructose corn syrup?”

Good sensible article on HFCS…

Knowing that it tastes delicious, should we go ahead and assume high-fructose corn syrup is also incredibly bad for us? Many people think it is, pointing to the rise in obesity and diabetes that seems to have mirrored the rise in consumption of HFCS. Critics point ou­t that it’s not a natural form of fructose and that the availability of cheap sweetener led to the supersizing of individual servings, such as 64-ounce sodas.

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