Humble Bundles Everywhere

The latest Humble Indie Bundle hit the web today.  I have to admit the the lineup of games looks great, and the inclusion of Super Meat Boy alone is a pretty decent selling point.  But my concern regards the fact that it’s the 4th Humble Indie Bundle, but not the fourth actual Bundle.

Over the past few months in fact, Humble Bundles have been popping up all over the place (well, they’re all at the website, but you get my drift).  Rather than a collection of indie games, they’re usually collections by developers, or even one game (i.e. – the Humble Voxatron Debut).  And now I’m left hoping that the Humble Bundle concept isn’t being subverted.

I love the idea of getting some awareness for indie game developers while helping out charity.  The charity side is what makes it unique as opposed to an indie bundle on Steam or the site Indie Royale.  So if it looks like someone’s using the Humble Bundle just to promote themselves, I’m walking away.  And I’m not trying to accuse anyone of doing that.  I can’t judge what someone’s intentions are.  I’d just hate to see an amazing concept that’s making a difference for others get bogged down in self-promotion.

That’s why I get more excited about the numbered Humble Indie Bundles as opposed to developer bundles.  I suppose everyone’s hearts could be in the wrong place, but it’s easier for me to believe 5-7 developers coming together have the best in mind as opposed to one developer with 3-5 games.  That’s likely an unfair assumption, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s how I feel.

So, feel free to release more single developer or pre-release bundles if you wish.  But more than likely, I’ll be holding onto my money until Humble Indie Bundle 5 comes around.

For now, check out the trailer for the latest Humble Indie Bundle:


Computer Issues…Help?

UPDATE: Last night I was able to pull the power supply from my older computer and then plug in the components on the new one.  This appears to have solved the problem.  I’ll pick up a new power supply this week and I hope that will be the end of it (and that it might solve my hard lock up issue as well.)  Thanks for all the input I received here and around the web on Facebook and Twitter!

It seems like computers and I are not getting along lately.  But I’d better start from the beginning…

WARNING: Non-computer geeks, feel free to turn back now.

A few months back, a friend of mine gave me some old PC components of his (case, motherboard, CPU, video card, hard drive, and power supply).  They were old for him, but blew any PC I had out of the water.   Continue reading

We are family…

Hopefully there are members of your family that you love.  Perhaps you have a close sibling or a cousin you keep in contact with.  You look forward to talking with them and hanging out if you’re both in the same area.  But there’s also that relative that no one likes to talk about.  When the family gets together, nothing will be good enough.  Something could be better, changed, or not there at all.

You know who I’m talking about: the senile grandpa, the cranky aunt, or fill in your own relative here.  And yet we tolerate them and try to make the best of it because, hey, they’re family, right?  So, why can’t we do that with the church?

In the book John, he refers to us as “children of God.”  Since we’re all  children of the same Father, that’s makes us family.  Paul talks in 1 Corinthians 12 about the church being one body in Christ.  I think there are few lessons the church could learn from the family.

  1. In the family, not everyone gets what they want.  At some point, two sides will collide, and when that happens, both sides can’t get what they want.  It’s an impossibility.  If Jimmy wants to go to Applebee’s for dinner and Sally wants to go to HuHot, one of them will get what they want, and the other won’t (unless Mom wants to go to Chipotle, in which case they both lose).  The point is, we have to compromise with each other to make things work.
  2. You can’t quit your family.  While there are times we have those monumental fights with our family and don’t talk to each other for long stretches, that doesn’t change the fact that we’re still family.  I can’t be un-born; my parents will always be my parents and my siblings will always be my siblings.  I don’t get the convenience of walking away; it’s in my best interest to work it out.
  3. The “love them even if you don’t like them” rule applies here.  Did you ever remember hearing that from your mom or a teacher growing up?  The problem as a kid was, no one explained what that was supposed to mean.  Do I just say, “I love you, but I don’t like you”, or did you just try to fill in a check box called “Love” in your head?  Now that I’m older, I have this (honestly kind of scary) thought on how it works.  It’s like love in a marriage: you have to put the other person’s needs ahead of yours.  So we have to do music I don’t like on Sunday because it meets someone else’s needs? Yep!

And this is where the rubber really meets the road.  “They will know we are Christians by our love” the hymn says.  But what does it look like if we can’t even live that out to each other.  Anyone can take care of and live with someone they like.  It’s how you interact with those that get under your skin that shows a deeper level of who you are.

As members of a church (and the Church), are we ready to put our needs behind us and instead care for those around us?  Can we stop nagging and arguing, put aside our differences, and be part of a community that truly demonstrates what love is?  Or are we going to be just like every other family that starts Thanksgiving dinner with a prayer and ends it with shouting matches and slammed doors?

Writing a blog post

There are times when your day involves you doing something new and unique.  Those times can be nerve-wracking or exciting or both at the same time.  But often, we’re required to do more of the same.  We have the same morning routine; we do the same thing at work each day.  Your week is full of repetition.

And then there are times where the two combine.  If you work in a creative field, you might be asked to do something new in the exact same context every day.  Your repetition involves having to come up with a new idea, and that can be hard.

While I’m not writing a blog post every day, I have been trying to put one out each week.  So I thought that today, I’d give you insight into how I develop a blog post each week.  Hopefully, seeing my process can help you.

Step 1: It’s Monday and I have to write a post sometime this week.  I make a mental note to myself that I should come up with a topic for a post.

(Optional Step 2: On Tuesday I have a great idea for a post I’d like to write and I jot down some ideas in Evernote and start to flesh it out.)

More Likely Step 2:  It’s Thursday and I realize I haven’t written a thing.  I pick through my brain until I think of something that seems like it might work (like a blog post on how I write blog posts) and feverishly type.

Step 3: On Friday I forget that I’ve started a blog post and that I need to post something before the week is out.

Step 4: On Saturday afternoon, I sit down while everyone else in the house rests and prepare to relax myself.  Then I remember that I haven’t posted a blog yet, pull up my previous draft, throw in some new ideas, re-write a quarter of it, and hope that’s good enough.

Step 5: I post to my blog, and breathe a sigh of relief hoping that someone finds it entertaining at least.

Step 6:  See Step 1.

And it starts all over.  So as you look over my process I hope you feel encouraged and inspired, knowing that you’re not alone in your procrastination and filled with hope that maybe someday you’ll be able to come with a better process than me.

Crafting True Friendships

It was easier to make friends in school.  You spend all day with someone and find the people who have common interests.  Childhood friendships are simple at their base. But now, I’m grown and other than my family and my co-workers, there aren’t a lot of people I’m crammed into the same room with for a majority of my waking hours.  What makes a true friend and a true friendship? How do you build one? Continue reading

Two Cool Websites

It’s been a crazy week, and as I continue an attempt to crank out a post a week (I think I’ve already missed one or two) I’ve got a few thoughts just sitting and rolling around in my head. None of them are really ready to hit the digital page yet, and it’s Saturday. Which means I’ve run out of time.

So I decided this week to just let you know about two websites I enjoy that have in big or small ways, changed my life. First up?

1. Lifehacker – I can’t remember how I originally found this site. It may have been while searching for a guide on how to build your own DVR. Regardless, I was sucked in quickly. Lifehacker shares tips and tricks for being more productive and finding some of the coolest websites and software out there. But where Lifehacker really changed my life was by introducing me to “Getting Things Done” by David Allen or the GTD philosophy.

I’ve spent a good amount of my life a disorganized mess. And I probably still am a good amount of the time. But I never really understood or appreciated the benefits of cleanliness and organization before I found Lifehacker. Now a clean desk actually makes me feel relaxed, and I find a geeky pleasure out of emptying my email inbox.

2. Nerd Fitness – A little over a year ago, a friend and I discussed getting together to work out a little. It sounded like it might not be too bad. I’ve always been a scrawny guy who’d love to put on some muscle. And right around that time, another of my favorite sites The Art of Manliness linked an article from Steve Kamb from I checked out his site, and was blown away.

Here’s a guy who loves RPGs, video games, and all that is geeky in life, yet understands the importance of being in shape and carving out time to work out. Though I’m not yet where I’d like to be in terms of workouts and body shape, this site continues to give me motivation to keep trying different things, and does it in a way that’s clever, funny, and speaks the geek language. A year ago, I’d never have considered running on a regular basis. But recently I’ve spent three mornings a week on the elliptical machine. If you’re a video gamer who thinks “I could never work out and get fit”, check out Nerd Fitness. It might change your life too.

So those are two sites I’ve really enjoyed and have made an impact for me. What sites have changed or impacted your life in some way?