Samsung Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5s

After only several days of using my new phone from work, a Samsung Galaxy S4,  I am gravely annoyed, and find it more difficult and distracting to use the android device. Of course, I have been an iPhone user since November 2007, so I don’t expect instantaneous acceptance. My two biggest complaints thus far are that I feel forced to use the device with both hands the majority of the time, because of it’s size. And I really hate the “back” button. Especially as a soft key. I always seem to press it accidentally, especially with one-handed use of the device. Maybe I’ll have more positive to say over the long haul,  but I simply don’t think so.

iMessage Responsibly

It seems as though there really is a bug even when properly disentangling iMessage from your devices.

Public Service Message.

iMessage is a great SERVICE. It saves you from needing more SMS services from the phone company and can assist in saving money if you text many iPhone users. It also let’s you seamlessly communicate on a variety of devices including iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. All with your phone number and/or any email address with which you set it up! That is amazing!

But it also takes user responsibility. If you set up a SERVICE with your phone number, please realize that if you change phones that no longer can utilize the SERVICE, that new phone will not automatically disable the SERVICE from your phone number! This will result in “loss” of messages coming to your new phone with your old phone number. Those messages will only arrive to your other devices using iMessage (iPad, Mac computer).

Maybe Apple can somehow engineer disabling your phone number from a SERVICE with which you agreed to use that phone number. Maybe it can’t. Maybe it should! But in the current environment, please iMessage responsibly. When turning in your old iPhone for a non-Apple device (who would do that?!?), turn off all iMessage SERVICES from the device before getting rid of it! Please! And also remember to turn off that phone number from other devices that utilize that SERVICE.

Thank you.

The Painted Drum

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

Louise Erdrich — The Painted Drum LP

Marriage in our Time

How are we supposed to define marriage in our day? In years gone by, marriage was a relatively simple, well-known, straightforward concept. It had an acceptable description across most boundaries of society. It existed in similar forms across religious, racial, and class distinctions. It provided an opportunity for two people to become one, by sexual activity, without the expectation of being alone again.

By becoming one, it was clearly designed to support family units. This “becoming one” often produced the fruit of children. Coming together sexually then is obviously intended to procreate and continue the species. Marriage, in turn, ideally provided a stable environment in which to nurture children. From a Christian perspective, it also described the intended relationship between Christ and His church.

But why is it all “up-in-the-air” now? Doesn’t all of this still apply? What has changed over the last 50 years? Oh yeah…birth control and the sexual revolution. And this isn’t even getting into the discussion of non-heterosexual activity. Marriage is now…what?