alicelogo Given all the babies arriving this year, I imagine shopping for even mundane items can turn into a major production for growing families. Alice is a new service that works with manufacturers to sell directly to consumers. The site makes money from advertising, not from a retail markup, so the typical retail middleman is cut out of the equation. Of course, the manufacturers will want to capture some of that margin, so don’t expect wholesale pricing.

Anyway, shoppers can define a basket of everyday goods (e.g., diapers, trash bags, etc.) and Alice will remind you when you may be running low. Shipping is also free. I haven’t used the service yet, but it looks promising —  read this TechCrunch review to get a more in-depth look. This isn’t a web/consumer blog, but there are so many people with toddlers and kids now, I’ve got to believe someone is interested. Good luck!


Gmail Ninja

June 23, 2009

What belt are you?

What belt are you?

A quick scan of our email lists indicates the majority of NHF uses gmail (or Google Apps email). Google has added features to Gmail steadily over the past year or so, and recently compiled a helpful tip sheet. Given the amount of email I receive every day from all sorts of sources, I rely heavily on Gmail’s advanced features to find and organize stuff.

So take a look at the tips, you’ll probably s find something useful.

Well, technology progresses faster than expected…again.

The liveblog today is still a go for those of you who’d rather skim text and enjoy Cathy’s color commentary. Nevertheless, check out the announcement below, care of  the Desiring God blog:


The Gospel Coalition’s 2009 National Conference begins today in Chicago. But if you didn’t get a ticket, no worries. They have gone the extra mile (or miles and miles) to include all of us who can’t be there in person.

  • All ten of the plenary sessions will be broadcast live on the web, including John Piper’s message at 2pm this afternoon titled “Feed the Flame of God’s Gift: Unashamed Courage in the Gospel” (2 Timothy 1:1-12).
  • At their website you’ll be able to download the audio and video for each session within a day after it’s given. Yes, for free.
  • And if you want to see what conference attendees are paging through between sessions, the entire conference program (PDF) is downloadable as well. (Bonus: the program also lists the text for all of the conference hymns.)

Politics and Religion

April 18, 2009

Here’s an interesting graphic, care of Verifiable, a relatively new data visualization website. Data visualization websites host public data sets (e.g. US GDP time series) and allow users to upload their own data sets. The idea is to “democratize data” so information is easier to access and analyze.

The graphic below was generated from data gathered by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:

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brought to you by the number seven

Did You Know?

March 25, 2009

This is a dramatic presentation on the rapid pace of technological development and it’s potential impact on society. What do these facts imply for the Great Commission?

The equity markets rallied several percent after the latest bailout plan announcement, but the little people are often concerned with more important things:

  1. Is the milk in this carton still good?
  2. Where can I get cheap gas?

Well, NHF Financial has you covered. We save more so we can give ’til it hurts! Read the rest of this entry »

I got no book learnin',

I got no book learnin',

For those of you looking to retain your expensive undergraduate and graduate education, check out Academic Earth. This website is similar to Hulu, but for freely available course lectures. The service aggregates material from MIT, Stanford, Yale, etc. Linear algebra? Check. History of the Civil War? Check. Ancient Greek Civilization? Check. Entrepreneurship? Check. Academic Earth has it all!

The site features ratings for each course and there are plans to improve viewer interaction. I’ve used iTunes to download a few videos from courses from iTunesU (both services actually offer many of the same courses), but Academic Earth is easier to use. Syllabus and quiz materials are also offered on the site.

Now all we need is something similar for sermons and lectures! (though the Gospel Coalition website is pretty close).