Daddy & Daughter Computer Programming?

During the holiday break, my daughter asked if we could take a Daddy/Daughter Date and just stay home and program the computer.

Stay home rather than go someplace fun? [Father scratches head in disbelief.]

Did send her the wrong messages and learnings?

1. She finds programming intriguing. It’s a pattern matching and problem solving game to her. She went all the way through the online tutorials on HTML and CSS… ON HER OWN.

2. She is incredibly creative and incredibly analytical. In programming, she puts both of those skills to work and gets to see immediate results.

3. She knows that Daddy spends tons of time building and refining software and websites. She sees programming as a way to connect with me.

The Outcome:
An afternoon geek fest and some amazing Daddy/Daughter quality time.

I never imagined teaching my children to code, but this is totally cool.

I started coding when I was her age. I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours in front of computer screens since then. Most people will never know or care about the systems that I’ve created… and that’s OK.

For the fact that she wants to enter my tech geek world — even if just for a few moments — makes those hours worthwhile. It reminds me how we constantly model life and business to our children. The hours she and I are spending together are not only for today, but for a lifetime. It makes me proud to be a dad.

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

I haven’t heard of all these apps, but they sound interesting. So here’s a to-do for my weekend!

TED Blog

Favorite_appsAt our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)


For random life stuff…

Dark Sky
A weather app with startling accuracy, its interface tells you things like: “Light rain starting in 22 minutes.” It also shows you beautiful weather maps that let you play local-news weather expert. “It’s like a wizard,” says our CTO, Gavin Hall. “If this app were available in the 1600s, it would have been burned at the stake for witchcraft.”


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Grateful Project: Day 7

Grateful Project Internet
The internet is an amazing medium for bringing products and experiences from around the world straight to our fingertips, our eyes, and our ears. It has changed the way we learn, to a more global perspective that respects distant cultures. It has changed the way we buy, to a global marketplace. It has changed the way we are entertained and relax, to videos and MP3s and mashups by anyone from anywhere. The Earth may be 24,860 miles around but every one of those miles is as close as the house next door.

I am grateful for how the internet has expanded my horizon and causes me to think critically about the world. I’m grateful for the conveniences that the internet provides. I’m grateful for the business opportunities, finances, and ministries it has brought to my personal life.