by David and Tim Bayly on January 2, 2009 - 5:53am
(Tim, w/thanks to Lillis) Although for myself, I'll be waiting for a good tethering solution before I use an iPhone, many of you already have them and I wanted to pass on some information about a new Bible that's been produced for it. It's called Bible Touch and it runs on the iPhone and iPod Touch--not over the network. So you don't need internet access to run it.
It's encouraging they've only released it with true translations so far, and not the neutered non-Bibles known, for instance, as the TNIV and the NLT.
(Tim) Until this past week, I'd never owned a smartphone. David's been using them for years but I always said I didn't need one since I take my laptop everywhere. Then, my two-year-old cellphone neared death and, realizing an iPhone would only cost me about $50-100 more than any other cell phone I'd buy, and that having an iPhone would only add $10 to my monthly AT&T bill, I got an iPhone 3GS.
For four or five years, I've been tethering my laptops to my cell phone using a bluetooth connection that worked well and only cost $20 per month for unlimited data. They always told me it wasn't an official setup, but my local Cingular/AT&T store was helpful and I loved it. E-mail was fast but browsing could be slow. It was about the speed of an old 56k dial-up connection, for those of you who remember those. But it always worked.
When traveling by car, I got in the habit of buying our hotel room on Priceline as the evening progressed and we knew where we'd be when we wanted to go to sleep. One time in Pittsburgh, we bought our room at 10:55 PM and were in bed within the hour.
All this to say, I was loath (quick now, and without looking it up, what's the difference between loathe, loath, and loth?) to give up tethering in order to make the switch to an iPhone. Then Joseph told me an easy tethering solution was available for the new GS, and I bit...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 18, 2009 - 6:09am
(Tim) Over at I, Cringely, the buildup to the tablet Apple's rumored to be coming out with soon is the occasion for an excellent series of articles on publishing's past and present. As Jobs prepares to unleash Apple's latest, where have we been and where are we headed?
When I started blogging for World, lots of people told me to shorten my posts because no one wanted to read online content longer than a paragraph or two. As I saw it, though, the web was another gift from God allowing us to bypass The Suits at the wealthy Christian magazine and book publishers. It didn't seem right to waste this tool on the sort of once-over-lightly crud most blogs served up. Why not use the web as an extension of a pastor's calling to shepherd God's flock?
Sure, there was no pay in it. But if what we cared about was the Church; if what motivated us was Her protection and sanctification in the Word of God; then shepherds could use this new medium with joy, thanking God for the ability to publish without the transfer of money in either direction. Not being paid by any publisher was the perfect equation for us, wanting as we did to write some pieces no evangelical publisher would allow.
The wonder of it is that, once again as at the time of the Reformation when printing and pamphleteering hit, God has given us technology that makes it possible to bypass the compromised or corrupt powers that be...
Because these earphones fit in the ear canal and make flying almost bliss. They can be plugged into your iPod or the airplane's headphone receptacle. These headphones work much, much better than those the airlines hand out (or rent) because the Etymotic ER61s cut off all ambient noise. And I mean all. If there's a screaming baby or you're near the whining jet engines, you'll barely hear them.
The reason I'm putting up a link to them today is that Amazon is selling them right now for $48 and that's about half price. It's a great buy that only comes along about once a year...
by David and Tim Bayly on January 14, 2010 - 5:48am
(Tim) These wise words were made as a comment under the recent post, Stats on internet pornography, by Alex McNeilly, a young sax student in Church of the Good Shepherd. Thank you, Alex.
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of how guarded any home is against sin, particularly the sexual sin of the media, in the world opportunities to indulge in it will abound. But even as we build larger and stronger walls against these sins
in the home, worldly access to them becomes ever more
available as we see in the stats in this post. As a result, I agree
with Kevin that the strongest defense against these things lies in the
We must teach our children the dangers of sexual sin and
pornography, so that when they go into the world (a friend's house, a
computer lab, a video store, etc.), where there are no guards, their
hearts will already be fortified against these iniquities...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 11, 2010 - 6:37am
(Tim) Here's Church of the Good Shepherd's new web site, running in Drupal. Check it out. The work that's gone into the Drupal code, but also all the design, pics, and text, was a labor of love for many--as some of you know. Thank you Lucas and your wonderful team...
(Tim) Through the years, tens of thousands of spam comments have gotten through the spam filters (or almost through). This one made it all the way and was better than most, so I thought I'd post it, partly on the chance it was a 3-K interlocutor having trouble expressing herself.
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learning. I found only this - undergraduate business degrees. Instantly,
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I was reading an interesting article that talked about why no one cares about privacy anymore and stumbled on this:
The truth about privacy is counter-intuitive: less of it can lead to a more virtuous society. Markets function more efficiently when it's cheap to identify and deliver the right product to the right person at the right time. Behavioral targeting allows you to see relevant, interesting Web ads instead of irrelevant, annoying ones. The ability to identify customers unlikely to pay their bills lets stores offer better deals to those people who will.
Anyone who's spent a moment reading comments on blogs or news articles knows that encouraging participants to keep their identities private generates vitriol or worse. Thoughtful discussions tend to arise when identities are public. Without that, as Adam Smith wrote about an anonymous man in a large city in The Wealth of Nations, he is likely to "abandon himself to every low profligacy and vice."
(Tim) The latest New Yorker has an article by Ken Auletta chronicling the death throes of bookstores and traditional book publishers. People are still buying books, but there's a hostile takeover of these legacy hard copy businesses being waged by authors and their strong allies: particularly the explosion of e-books and the pricing structure and self-publishing services of a number of companies; most especially, Amazon.
It's been a long time coming and nothing but good that authors are regaining some authority over the marketing and distribution of their work.
Take, for instance, self-publishing. In the old days, traditional book publishers cultivated the notion that anything worth publishing would be recognized and put under contract by a reputable publisher. If you weren't able to interest the big name publishers and went the vanity press route, it was because you were vain and wouldn't listen to the simple truth acquisitions editors kindly sent you by letter--that your book had no market. So hardheaded authors who wouldn't take "no" for an answer went off to a vanity press and paid, rather than being paid, for their book to be published. They spent money out of their own pockets to purchase a few hundred copies they could pawn off on business associates or family members.
But no serious man with serious credentials and serious things to say would be caught dead going that route. That's what was meant when you heard the suits say "he went with a vanity press."
Of course those who live in the publishing world know how fallible acquisitions editors and publishers are. John Grisham had his first mystery turned down by twelve publishers and sixteen agents before he found someone willing to take him into print...
(Tim) We were asked, recently, how we set it up so Scripture texts automatically appear over the top of Scripture references on Baylyblog? I was hoping someone would answer because I wondered about it, too.
To this date, it remains a mystery. Maybe my brother David did it? Or maybe Joseph, Ben, or Lucas?
by David and Tim Bayly on September 11, 2010 - 2:54am
(Tim) Speaking of Android and iPhone, here's a good article about the dangers of playing with Verizon. It's left me hoping Apple chooses Sprint:
Apple gets a lot of (nasty words) for not being as “open” as Android. But as always, things aren’t as black and white as they seem. Verizon’s repurposing of Android is starting to show this very clearly. That level of outside manipulation, wrapped in the faux cloak of “openness”, is something that Apple is never going to allow on a device that they make.
And no matter how badly we all want the Verizon iPhone, we don’t want that.
by David and Tim Bayly on October 25, 2010 - 8:21am
(Tim) A notice on my screen tells me Firefox has an update I should install. I'm obedient and, after installation, restart Firefox. Immediately I'm presented a screen that says it's quite important I update to the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. I push another button and then another and another and another... Finally, I'm presented with a screen saying "This program will install Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Usage subject to the Flash Player Software License Agreement." Then there's a checkbox next to the statement "I have read and agree to the terms of the license agreement," and two buttons--"QUIT" and "INSTALL."
If you click "INSTALL" without checking the "I have read and agree to the terms of the license agreement" checkbox, you'll notice it's grayed out and won't be functional until you...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 16, 2010 - 5:10am
(Tim, w/thanks to Scott) Some of Church of the Good Shepherd's work is a Saturday men's class called David's Mighty Men. Stephen Baker and I teach, then the men meet in smaller groups for accountability and recitation of their Scripture memory. It's a two-year course of study and as practical as true godliness will always be. We teach male and female, courting, marriage, childbearing, work, authority and submission, fatherhood, church, doctrine...
Right from the beginning, we tell the men that we're out to kill "guyland." What's guyland?
Particularly for young men, guyland's almost always pornography, sports, or video games. Do you know how many men in your church are flunking out of life because...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 29, 2010 - 7:44am
WRONG: The bird is beautiful. Look at the bird's coloring. See the bird fly. The bird flies high in the sky. Look at the bird's nest. See the baby birds. The baby birds want to eat. See how their mouths are open? I wish I were a bird so I could fly. Do you want to fly?
RIGHT: The bird is beautiful. Look at the bird's coloring. See the bird fly. The bird flies high in the sky. Look at the bird's nest. See the baby birds. They want to eat. See how their mouths are open? I wish I were a bird so I could fly. Do you want to fly?
(Tim) By now, it's likely there are over 4,000,000 words on Baylyblog and I've written, edited, or read all but a very tiny fraction of them. Edited?
Yes, edited—including our good readers' comments. At times I correct spelling and some of the more obvious typos. Too, I remove spaces.
Why remove spaces? Because many have the habit of treating their computer like a typewriter and it mucks up readability...
by David and Tim Bayly on January 14, 2011 - 8:54am
(Tim, w/thanks to Michael) Slate considered the matter and offers an opinion:
...when he sits down to type, Julian Assange reverts to an antiquated habit that would not have been out of place in the secretarial pools of the 1950s: He uses two spaces after every period. Which—for the record—is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 8, 2011 - 9:05am
For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.
For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church. Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness? (1Corinthians 4:15-21)
(Tim) In our semon this past Lord's Day, I was showing how utterly intimate the New Testament is, with names attached to commendations and failures, with I'm-your-father, you're-my-son declarations. The letters of the Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit are built around his knowledge of the particular sins of particular people. When he writes, he's not collecting royalties off his latest book or speakers fees for his participation in the latest intellectual debate among big Reformed brains disagreeing with one another over how many covenants can fit on the head of a pin. Rather, he writes his letters for the purpose of caring for souls, and thus the letters are fatherly, pastoral exhortations and admonitions and rebukes and threats--as well as ad hominem attacks on his own personal, pastoral opponents in Corinth and Galatia (for instance).
Doctrine has a point. God's prophets have always been accused of being impertinent because they're painfully pertinent in every last sentence and word. So the Apostle Paul might say:
"You're my beloved children. I'm not just a brain or a pedagogue; I'm not just a teacher, but I'm you're Daddy. You're not my sycophants or pupils; you're my beloved children. Now, dear sons, I command that you honor me as every son honors the father he loves: imitate me! I'm sending you Timothy. Like you guys, he's also my dear son. He'll help you imitate me."
But today, whether we have two or three hours a week in a megachurch or a small, tight Reformed congregation, it's unlikely we have anything close to early church intimacy. Tragically, though, with us it's a principle...
(Tim: This from John Dvorak, nicely complementing E. Michael Jones' Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation & Political Control demonstrating the utility of pornography to keep citizens' docile. And believers? If we're drinking the grace patter tweeted by our Reformed luminaries--e.g. here and here--we're likely as fast asleep as the rest of them. How much more helpful the Gospels and Epistles would be if they were that short and graceful.)
'The Internet is now the opiate of the masses, replacing religion. People are riveted to their Facebook page. Do you really think that they can be made to "take up arms" as a flash mob to overthrow the government? Any government?
The Chinese recent action tells me that China's leadership doesn't get it, at all. This is ironic, because the Chinese culture was once forced into opium addiction, but they don't realize that this is a similar situation.
If they understood the opiate mechanism, they'd let the Internet flourish uncensored. It would quickly sedate the public into somnambulance. Cutting it off is like cutting off a supply of drugs, which angers the addicted and could cause a revolt...
Hopscout is a site specializing in stuff for kids and they're about to hire five part-time editors. Our daughter, Michal Crum, wants the job and has made a short video as part of the application process. Hopscout is making the first cut based on votes for each candidate's video and Michal's video is doing well enough that I'd be pleased if you'd go and vote for her. Watching the video will only take you one minute and fifty-three seconds, so how 'bout a favor? Give it a look and if you think it's decent, give it a vote. And pass the word on!
Legacy publishers are in trouble and no tears needed. As with seminaries, colleges, denominations, parachurch organizations, missions, and certainly churches, wealth and power corrupt. So it's good to see fresh faces committed to God's truth using the new media that are taking the publishing world by storm. Although those losing money and power will bear false witness against it...
Readers will note Baylyblog doesn't sell its content. There are only a couple links to stores in the sidebar to the left and those are links to Amazon lists we think readers may be interested in--specifically books written by our dad, Joe Bayly, and another list of recommended books on sexuality. Also, because of our appreciation for...
I agreed to a friend request that came to me an hour ago and my e-mail got hacked. So all my e-mail addresses are getting friend requests that I didn't send or ask anyone else to send. I'm sorry. Please disregard any friend request you get from me. I've never sent one in my life and likely never will.
And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” - Revelation 14:8
Son-in-law Lucas forwarded this interview on the future of the internet with Dr. Hamadoun Touré, General Secretary of the International Telecommunications Union. The ITU is an agency of the United Nations with a mandate to make sure the internet "runs smoothly, and that governments don't get in the way of their citizens' unfettered access to communications."
Dr. Touré recommends that countries avoid English if they wish...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 16, 2011 - 6:46am
Although I've always used Macs and am pounding the keyboard of a 2011 Air, this article is good news. Which is to say, Apple's pride is insufferable and I'm guessing the company is about to go the way of IBM and Microsoft... (TB)
Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. (Mark 12:4)
A reader personally unknown to me and my brother David wrote of his appreciation for Baylyblog, and then asked this question:
Having seen some of the comments you have made (on Baylyblog about anonymity), I wanted to ask if you believe it is wrong if I post a comment only using my first name? The reason I do so is that I am an engineering student and will be graduating ...and it would probably make it quite difficult for me to get a job since employers google names and mine is a rare one... Is that a bad reason?
by David and Tim Bayly on September 25, 2011 - 1:46am
Got notice of an Adobe Flash update this AM and they told me I had to click a button saying I'd read and would agree to the following license before installation. Lawyers make liars of us all. Have you ever closed on a home? If you sat there and read the contracts, you'd infuriate everyone at the table--especially your wife. This stuff has to stop. Can any of you do something?
Even Adobe's own editors didn't read it. I quote: "The structure, organization and code of the Software are the valuable intellectually property (e.g. trade secrets and confidential information) of Adobe and its suppliers."
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED Personal Computer Software License Agreement...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 9, 2011 - 2:00am
The only Mac publication I read is the Engsts' (not Angsts') TidBITS. If you use a Mac or iPhone, go ahead and subscribe now. It's free so just do it and you'll thank me. I've read TidBITS for maybe twenty years and it's the first place to go for accurate information on all things Apple.
The latest issue links to an interesting chart showing the relative obsolscence of Android and iPhone handsets by tracking their ability to take operating system updates. In other words the chart shows how long this or that phone is able to run the current version of its OS.
But once you look at that chart, keep clicking on Michael Degusta's other charts. Fascinating...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 10, 2011 - 7:08am
Want a job? Want a career? For quite a while, my son-in-law, Lucas Weeks, has been saying Drupal is a good horse to ride. He's right.
All ClearNote sites were built with Drupal and son Joseph has been working with Lucas doing Drupal programming for several years. Understanding my bias, I don't hesitate to say that they're quite good.
Learning to code in Drupal is a lot cheaper than a college degree. Of course, you must be able to think logically and to work very hard. And of course, you must be able to resist the sins of the web. (TB)
by David and Tim Bayly on January 17, 2012 - 2:05pm
I'd ask him myself but it would be so embarrassing. Maybe someone here can explain to me why my son-in-law always signs his e-mails, "Sent from my Dell Optiplex 780, Windows XP desktop computer"? You'd think he'd be ashamed. He knows I've always had Macs. Is this a PC thing you can't get out of--like Microsoft and black plastic and PP clip art and bullet points?
If you have an idea, please use the comments to explain it to me. He doesn't like comments.
by David and Tim Bayly on January 24, 2012 - 4:14pm
I'm sure many readers of Baylyblog consider my opposition to Christian organizations and publishers' claiming copyright on works in the public domain as quixotic, tilting at windmills.
But it's not tilting at windmills--not at all. Rather, it's a serious case of theft and you can get a better understanding of this evil by reading this article showing that the real piracy today isn't your teenage son using Limewire to download a song or movie. That's shoplifting and it's sin, but the real piracy is done by the large corporations abusing copyright law for their own profits. And Christian publishers are not speaking out against these abuses. I have yet to see or hear of them taking a Christian stand against such theft.
If a reader can point me to a place where they have opposed it, please do so. (TB, w/thanks to Lucas)
Updating my iPhone tonight from iOS 5.01 to 5.1, I found myself confronted with a screen demanding that I read and accept the new terms and conditions before proceeding. I ticked the box agreeing I had read them and would abide by them. And knowing how many of our good readers are conscientious about such things, I thought I'd reproduce the terms and conditions here so others could look over every one of the 17,472 words for me...
A brother who's ordained to pastoral ministry wrote: "I'd like to hear some real-life examples of how you and the pastors of Clearnote Church, Bloomington (or Christ the Word) are 'playing the man' for their flocks. Not the blogosphere stuff, important as it is...."
"Not the blogosphere stuff?"
The web is our lives, today--all of us. We do FB and e-mail and get our news and views there. Or should I say here?
So David and I view the web as a wonderful tool through which it's possible to bypass the suits of the publishing corporations and radio and conference ministries who will never do anything to jeopardize their moneymaking. We use the web to feed and guard and protect and admonish and warn our flocks.
The printing press was a central component to Luther and Calvin's reform of Geneva, bypassing the coffers of Rome. And the web is, we pray, a central component to the reform of Bloomington and Toledo...
With the senior year men of Clearnote and Reformed Evangelical Pastors Colleges this morning, we were discussing Iain Murray's Evangelicalism Divided.
This is one of the most important books for any officer of Christ's Church to read today. In it Murray exhaustively documents the history of the herding instincts of men like John Stott and Jim Packer who chose to acknowledge as "Christians" and to make common cause with fellow British Anglican churchmen who denied the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Birth, and the substitutionary Atonement (for instance). Then Murray exhaustively documents the rotten fruit of their terrible compromises.
We discussed why Martyn Lloyd-Jones refused to go along with such betrayal of the Church, warning against it when men like Stott and Packer were such promoters? One student said he thought Stott and Packer wanted to protect their clout whereas Lloyd-Jones was willing to lose his.
Which took me back to the Wired piece on Klout I read last night. It's a web business that rates men on the basis of how many they influence or lead--hence the name "Klout." The author, Seth Stevenson, starts out by reporting that the perfect Klout score is 100. Justin Bieber's Klout is 100 and President Obama's 91. Influence and leadership, you know.
Officers of Christ's Church are constantly choosing whether to keep or lose their Klout...
This Wednesday Baylyblog's new design will go live. To help with the transfer we'll be shutting down comments for a day or so, likely starting Tuesday evening. So if you run into problems commenting Tuesday night or Wednesday, please be patient.
The work that's gone into the new design has been heavy since we're not simply switching from one blogging software to another--TypePad to WordPress, for instance. Baylyblog is being transformed into a site running on the open source content management platform, Drupal.
There are a number of features this will allow, but search is the big winner...
Joseph, Ben and I are very happy to present the new BaylyBlog! We hope you like what we've done to the place. Please take some time to look around. And while you check out the new design—I think Ben did a bang-up job, myself—you can also take advantage of a few of the new features:
Again and again within the PCA, men sound the trumpet against the approaching enemy and immediately are shouted down by other men who say the blowing of the trumpet violated proper "process." Their claim is that sounding the alarm is not to trust the courts of the church where schismatics and heretics ought properly (and only) to be dealt with. They shush the buglers and their clear note.
This is to punish men for the very act of courageous obedience by which they serve our Lord and His Bride, and it's the same sort of punishment and condemnation Calvin, Luther, and Knox suffered. So buck up, men! You have a great patrimony! Calvin, Luther, and Knox blew their bugles, also, sounding the alarm house to house, city to city, day and night with tears.
Now to the details. When the Lord commanded Ezekiel to be faithful in his calling as a prophet, he called him a "watchman." Pastors today are watchmen, also, as indicated by...
Can I say this gently? If your site is down right now, it serves you right for living with Bob Parsons' Go Daddy. We made that mistake for a while but our consciences got the better of us and we switched. I'm thankful. Everyone should switch. (And yes, I know Parsons sold the company recently.) Still.
Last night at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Google's Eric Schmidt said some interesting things, one of which faulted Apple for not sticking with Google Maps in iOS 6. He points to the hundreds of millions Google has spent developing Google Maps and says doing mapping well is very difficult. True.
Thing is, since Google refused to permit turn-by-turn on the iOS in order to give Android a leg-up, Apple had no choice but to move on. Mapping software on a smartphone without turn-by-turn is about as useful as an ejection seat on a helicopter. I don't fault Google for withholding this from the iOS. This sort of move is Apple's specialty. But Schmidt's faulting Apple over cutting the cord is dumb bordering on deceptive.
More interesting is the hint of the future in Schmidt's eyes lighting up when someone asked about Google's auto-pilot car. I've followed the work on auto-piloted cars for a few years and I'm quite excited about what's coming. Apparently, Schmidt is also.
No one wants to give up the wheel of his F150, M6, or WRX, but it's inevitable. Once a bunch of us have embraced auto-piloted cars, the danger posed by the romantic individualist will require him to cede control of his machine.
Think about it. Commercial jets are on auto-pilot the vast majority of time...