- Those of you interested in Asia would likely be interested in this collection of maps (on Pinterest of all places).
- To read when time allows: Some thoughts on True Believer a study of mass sociological movements.
- And now the US government wants to know about your social media accounts when entering the country. This deserves a giant thumbs down.
- This is a helpful list: warning signs you might be a power hungry leader.
- Another important topic: working yourself out of a job. This should be the default in so many different positions.
- We fly into DC in August. Looks like we will need to find the Chipotle in Dulles upon arrival.
- Facebook is changing the newsfeed again and I like it, personally. I'd prefer the focus on friends and family, myself.
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I'm back after a week on the road. Apologies for missing last week.
- I'll start with some articles about secure messaging apps. This list looks at three (I like ProtonMail on the list). And here's a different look. Don't even consider using Telegram if security is at all a concern. My preferred client, by far, is still Threema; it gets knocked by people as its not an open source project (but it also delivers in a way others don't).
- Stay safe on Instagram. Stay safe on Facebook.
- If you like bags, you might enjoy this kickstarter. Pretty cool Dopp Kit.
- Scot McKnight wants to know how Eric Metaxas can write a glowing book about Bonhoeffer and endorse Trump. The answer of course is that he writes about an imaginary Bonhoeffer ignoring much of his work (and what he does tackle lacks an understanding of German theology amongst other things). His latest book is being criticized for the same issues from highly conservative sources as well.
- Speaking of Trump he apparently had some big meeting with Evangelicals. I like how a commentator points out how he always refers to religion with "your" language. Never "mine, we, ours". It's telling. Anyways, he even put together a fancy advisory board. The linked list can speak for itself. I think the absurdity of the situation is best summed up in the photo making the rounds of Jerry Falwell Jr, his wife and Trump next to a framed Playboy featuring Trump and a lady clearly in the adult industry (note to evangelicals: he'll sign your copy of the Playboy if you want him to). Thankfully some evangelicals see through this rhetoric. And yes, Trump is still lying.
- Here are 7 things Christians should know about refugees. Perhaps the most important (and not on the list): they are worthy of our love and attention because they are made, just as we are, in the image of God. Any response less is tragic. Pastors should teach on the immigrant from a Biblical perspective as it has a lot to say (that would seriously challenge much of our presuppositions).
- A new company trolls through your private social media accounts for background checks. Be careful what you sign up for and what you post.
- The iOS 10 beta was announce yesterday but think through if you really want to run it. Testing beta software is no joke. But I'll probably still jump in later in July.
- Amazon might know me too well; just got an email from them suggesting that I should buy this hoodie. I wish. I wish.
- The newly announced Zelda game looks pretty awesome. I sometimes wish I was 12 again.
- A great primer on differential privacy and why I'm thankful for Apple's commitment to it.
- Also in security related news: here's a great primer on email spoofing. It's pretty technical though so be forewarned.
Fear engenders fear. Fear never gives birth to love. ~Henri Nouwen, Lifesigns
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