A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Teach kids about money. After they put down the game controller. A camp stove that charges your cell phone.

  • Return of the Quick HitsBack when I was growing up as a, my education regarding sex was made up of one uneasy lecture by my mother, a surprisingly dull sex-ed lesson in the fifth grade, and almost a decade of juvenile conversations with boys my own age who had no idea what they were talking about. Believe me, this produced laughable and shameful results in a number of ways. Still, all of that was better than my education regarding money. Strangely, among my young friends, the topics of economics and investing never came up. My school made us all complete a lesson on how to fill out a checkbook. (How useful is that in the age of Debit cards and Amazon.com?) And my parents had most of their money fights in private. In both cases, a bad education led to bad decisions and difficult consequences. Stop it. You need to know the secrets of talking to your kids about money.  (And sex, too, but I’m not going to Google ‘children’ and ‘sex’ in the same sentence anytime soon.)
  • It’s been said that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. The sad thing is that by the time they’ve graduated high-school, most teenagers have spent 10,000 hours playing video games. Now, that sounds bad, and I’m sure that we can argue that a life spent glued to a screen would lack some very necessary elements. But we need to be careful not to throw out the good with the bad, because there are some benefits to your child being a gamer.
  • I’ve started camping more since my son joined the scouts, which means I’ve had to start buying more and more camping gear. We now have a tent, some sleeping bags, a heavy tarp and a camping cooler. With more and more of the basics out of the way, it’s time to start looking for some camping toys. I am sorely tempted to get a BioLite CampStove, because it would be so cool to charge my crappy cell phone while cooking dinner on a vortex of flame using only a pile of twigs. Great price tag, too.

June 3, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Hits of the Week

  • If you’ve set a goal, but you don’t make a plan, you’re just daydreaming. If you want to get out of debt, you have to create a monthly budget and plan how you get there, or you just won’t. If you want to operate your own small business, you have to craft a business plan so you understand how profits are made and reinvested, or you won’t be in business for long. Teachers plan curriculum for the coming semester. Engineers design before they build. And on, and on. Don’t fail because you lack a plan. Jesus touches on this in Luke 14, and Joseph Sangl does a good job of covering the topic of how any goal (especially financial) requires planning to come to fruition.
  • Monday’s post was about our trip to Phoenix Comicon last weekend, but I didn’t get to throw in all of the cool things we got to see. So, here’s a list of the extras:
    • Skullastic – Creator of awesome school supplies (who wouldn’t love a ‘Planner of the Apes’), and owner of their very own Short Bus Mobile Store. Lots of fun stuff.
    • GameChurch – It looks like these guys have modeled their ministry after Craig Gross’s XXXChurch, which is a great place to start.  I’ll be keeping an eye on these guys.
    • Poorcraft – “The essential comic book guide to practical urben and suburban frugality!” You know I have to love that. There’s even a quote from Matthew 25 in it. My son has been reading it daily since he got back from the show.
    • Blunderbuss Wanderlust – I wanted to highlight some of Chris Herndon’s work, since he was so good with my little girl.  “Colonel Vector has a blunderbuss gun with a peculiar recoil.  When he shoots, he gets kicked back in time 600 million years[…]  With each subsequent shot, Victor moves through geologic time” and if you like time-traveling and strange beasties, this is for you. It looks like a story worthy of Commander McBragg himself. Quite.
  • The idea of immortality here on earth has always been a subject of fantasy and horror. There are stories about vampires (yes, even sparkly ones), and movies like Highlander. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Oh, if we could not die, it would be indeed horrible! Who wants to be chained to this poor life for a century or longer?” Is an extraordinarily long life really worth having? Ronald Bailey comes at it from the naturalism point of view as he reviews Immortality by Stephen Cave, discussing how pursuing a longer life results in civilization (and how science could apply to the concept of the soul). At Revolution Church, we’re starting a mini-series about heaven, hell, and the afterlife this week. Obviously, I believe in an infinite life through and with Jesus, and that my life here is a only a part of His story, but it’s interesting to see how people who don’t follow Christ struggle with the ideas of eternity and legacy.


May 31, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week