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A La Carte (8/30)

Just one new Kindle deal for you today: Essential Guide to Public Speaking by Quentin Schultze ($2.99): “Besides providing a biblical perspective on public speaking, this accessible book also covers such practical topics as overcoming common challenges, the importance of listening, and the art of preparing and delivering well-crafted speeches. … this is a book for any person who wishes to improve his or her public speaking skills.” In case you missed the other Kindle deals earlier this week, there are a bunch here and here.

Circle: Technology For Your Home - This looks like an amazing device to monitor and control your family’s use of technology. But as I say in a comment on that page, it fascinates me that we tend to think our technology-related problems will best be solved by technology-related solutions. When technology causes a problem, let’s invent a new technology to fix them.

The Globemaker - In an age of mass production, it’s always a joy to see a true artisan at work. Here is one of the world’s only globemakers at his craft.

An Idol Factory - Mike Leake goes to the famous quote by Calvin that the human heart is an idol factory and extends the metaphor a little bit.

Kindness Countdowns - “In the wake of the bombings in Boston, social media was aflutter with stories about the human response to the tragedy. Numerous articles were shared in the days that followed offering heroic accounts of those who stepped in to offer help and those who placed their own lives at risk.”

The Cul-de-sac of Stupidity - Matt Chandler: “Alienation begins when we buy into a lie: having more of what already does not satisfy us is somehow going to bring us joy and happiness. When you believe that lie, you’ve entered the cul-de-sac of stupidity. “

Drafted - This short film from Desiring God is about why Chris Norman said not the NFL.

What Is Deja Vu? - We’ve all experienced it. This video attempts to explain it.

Not even in this world does sin pay its servants good wages. —C.H. Spurgeon