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time wasters

If you want to burn a couple hours, and you’re a tech geek, these will take care of you:

Extreme Tech – 100 Top Computing Tips
PC Mag – The Best Free Software

Cool But Expensive

This isn’t theology, but it’s still interesting (to us musicians). Guitar maker Gibson has a new mechanism you can add to a guitar to tune it automatically. From the article, it sounds like you can have a few different tunings. If it works well, it would be quite handy in a live setting to adjust from standard tuning to drop-D and back.

The only problem for us amateurs is that it’s about $900. It’s still cool, though.

Brain Backups

Gordon Bell and others are working on technology that they hope will allow us to make backups of our memories. This falls in that category of being simultaneously cool and creepy.

Bible Map

BibleMap.org is a very cool Google Mashup that lets you link Bible locations in the ESV to Google Map views. In addition to pointing out the location on the map, the pop-up window has information and links to photos of the area. The project is in active development, and new locations are being added.

One of the creators, Tim Kimberly, was interviewed at the ESV Blog, and had these things (among others) to say:

The purpose of the site is to very simply connect every location in the
Bible with Google maps. I was reading my Bible one morning and came
across a location I had never heard of before. I grabbed one of my
Bible atlases off the shelf and looked in the index and the location
wasn’t in the index. I grabbed another atlas and the location wasn’t
there either. I realized Bible atlases have publication requirements
and aren’t able to be exhaustive. I began wondering if I could bring
together a site which would be very simple yet powerful and exhaustive.

Three Bits of Random Goodness

Virb

Sure, you can find me on Facebook and Myspace, but there is a much cooler social networking site: Virb.

You can find my profile here. If you’re on, add me as a friend. If you’re not on, go sign yourself up, then add me as a friend! I created a brand new group for Anglicans and their friends. See you there.