Enjoy this photo of my utter domination in the 2007 Bullis Brothers’ Easter Egg Hunt, which is dicussed in detail in today’s podcast!
First of all, our new podcast - “Spirit Houses” is up! In this episode, we talk with Kirk’s brother who is in Thailand. You also get to hear a bit of Kirk’s new music!
It’s time to celebrate!
Clap your hands. Put on a party hat. Blow out some candles. The first K&T e-book, “Jesus With A Smartphone” is now live in the iBookstore. And it’s completely FREE. It’s a book with a self explanatory title. What would Jesus do with a smartphone? What would he say about smartphones? If you have an iPad – download it here. If not, there’s a link on the side of the page for the PDF. Share with your friends and review it!
We hope that it causes you to stop and think about how technology is at work in every aspect of your life. Does it control you, or are you using it for God’s glory? Discuss.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we put together a list of what we think are the most under-appreciated technologies.
Can you imagine how annoying it would be to stand around and wait for the mailman to drive by and hand you your mail? What if the mailbox were invented yesterday? We would be so thankful for the guy who dreamt it up.
Hinges, screws, doorknob, lock. It all works together so perfectly. Close the rest of the world out with a single swing! Bathroom breaks are so much less awkward thanks to this.
We know: you’re still having flashbacks to when you got your first pair of non-stylish glasses in middle school and everyone made fun of you. Thankfully though, you can now put a piece of plastic on your eyeball and suddenly see the world. Just 100 years ago, people would think you were crazy for intentionally putting something in your eye. But here you are, doing just that, and giving sight to the blind. Pat yourself on the back. You’re a miracle-worker.
- That strap that goes across your chest on a backpack
Have you felt how much lighter your bag feels after clicking that little strap into place? It’s like you’re carrying a bag full of feathers. Or better yet, a bag full of NOTHING. Sometimes we put as much as we can in our backpacks to see .
- Grammar websites
Hey, everyone that doesn’t know the difference between Your and You’re. Stop it. Google that stuff. Contractions are dangerous. Don’t play around with them.
- Eating utensils
“Finger foods” are all well and good until you try to eat ice cream. And then you can’t feel your hands anymore.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite underappreciated technology?
This week, a long discussion about addition. And several audio botches. Hence the title.
The podcast is going strong, we’re getting better (longer) every week. This week we discuss our first cars and the funny stories that accompany them. Before we signed off, we talked about some of our favorite websites. Here are some of the ones we mentioned:
The Gospel Coalition – A collective of bloggers applying the gospel to current events and topics.
The Resurgence – Helmed by Mark Driscoll, this is the homepage of the “neo-reformed movement.” In plain English, they make much of Jesus and do it with style.
Carm.org – A great resource if you’re studying apologetics.
SlashFilm – Where to go if you want the best movies news, free from celeb nonsense.
Thanks for listening!
About 8 months ago, Tyler and I were driving back from a gig. We had noticed a trend in the young people that we were seeing at each youth group. Younger and younger kids were walking around with smartphones. That’s a powerful and scary thing.
Smartphones are computers with essentially unlimited access limitless information. They even have the ability to create new content, whether it’s private messages or viral videos. Our own words and media suddenly have greater power because of their greater reach.
So Tyler and I set out on a mission to envision how Christ himself would’ve used a smartphone, had smartphones been invented in 29 A.D. Today we present to you the first installment of that vision. It’s called “Jesus with a Smartphone,” and it’s a FREE e-book. Enjoy and PLEASE spread the word!
Tyler and I enjoy showing our mugs to you in video form, but for those that are tired of said mugs, we now have a podcast. Enjoy the zero’th episode! It’s 8 minutes long. iTunes coming soon!
I grew a beard this month. Aside from still making me shriek in fear every time I look in the mirror, it’s become a loyal companion of mine. Here are some things I’ve learned about beards this month.
1. Beards instantly gain you the respect and understanding of other guys with beards. I’ve made so many new friends this month, and it’s all thanks to the hair on my face. I put them all into a friends list on facebook, just so I can know if they defriend me when I finally shave. I don’t know if I want to though, cause
2. Beards make you more attractive. They can’t work miracles, but they do a good job hiding blemishes in your skin. If you have the desire, you can even use a beard to change the shape of your chin. Who knew that modding your face was as easy as not shaving for awhile? You have to be careful though, cause:
3. Beards make you unattractive. This looks like I’m contradicting point two, but I’m not. They’re both true. Did you see the picture at the top of this post? Same dude. Two angles. The beard is a fickle friend if there ever was one! I’m not that worried about aesthetics though, because
4. Beards keep your face toasty warm. Listen everybody. It’s winter. Some people go to the Gap and buy scarves. Bearded men just use their own hair. How convenient is that? My face hasn’t been this low maintenance since I was a toddler and my mother was still bathing me. I’m glad those times are behind me, though. Which reminds me:
5. Beards signify a bold new direction in life. I have no idea why this works, but if you are a clean-shaven man and suddenly you grow a beard, people start talking. And people start asking you what’s up! I don’t understand why dead cells can cause such a ruckus, but I’m not going to argue.
And yes, we have a pinterest board about beards now. More beard updates as they develop!
Naming your kid is getting harder and harder these days. We’re running out of creative ways to spell “Caitlin.” Is that even the original spelling? Kaytlin, KTlin, Katlyn, Kate-Lynne. We’re also going to run out of improper nouns like “Seven” and “Apple” before long.
What do we do? I have no idea. But here’s a few things NOT to do. I speak with all of the authority of a single man. Here are some names to not give your children:
1. Hunted – Especially for a girl. There are just to many “Hunter”s out there. For that matter, I can’t recommend “Hunting” or any other present participles. I guess if you really wanted to play up the “courting” angle, you could name her “Pursued.” Actually that sounds like it could be the name of a Christian Metal band.
2. Bella – Because now that Twilight is a thing, everyone will just assume that you acted out of your intense love for vampire novels.
3. A Middle Name - I suppose this is more of a guideline than a specific example. People that go by their middle-names are generally cool people (e.g. Tyler and Myself), it just makes things a bit uncomfortable at the doctor’s office. Speaking of which:
4. What if you named your kid Doctor? - Ok now we’re really off base here, but think about it! We’ve got Tailors, Smiths, Shoemakers, Cobblers, and even a Judge. Why not name your kid Doctor? You could lovingly encourage him (her?) to pursue a career in medicine, and then they could be called Dr. Doctor forever! That would be awesome! Oh wait.
5. Adrian - Because anyone who knows anything about pop culture is going going to scream “Yo Adrian!” whenever they see your kid. I know I certainly would. Actually, to be safe, don’t name your kid any name that’s been screamed in a movie. This includes Lassie, Flipper, and especially Kahn.
6. Kirk – Your child will spend their entire life getting called Kurt (or Curt or Kirt).