Mirrors 15th March 2013

  1. It’s well worth taking the time to read this interview with Bono about his religious beliefs.

  2. Google is retiring Google Reader. I’m bummed about that. I suppose it’ll be a helpful opportunity to clear house and decide which blogs I want to follow. It’s a bit annoying to have to research a new RSS Reader (suggestions?). This article tells us to learn the lesson of Google Reader:
    That’s why we should all consider Reader’s death a wake-up call—a reminder that any time you choose to get involved with a new app, you should think about the long haul. It’s not a good idea to hook up with every great app that comes along, even if it’s terrifically innovative and mind-bogglingly cheap or even free. Indeed, you should be especially wary if something seems too cheap. That’s because software is expensive. To build and maintain the best software requires engineering and design talent that will only stick around when a company has an obvious way to make money. If you want to use programs that last, it’s not enough to consider how well they work. You’ve also got to be sure that there’s a solid business model attached to the code.

    And this made me laugh:
    But Google’s efforts to deeply integrate its products into Google+ shows that it is heavily invested in making it work. So if you’re that one guy using Google+, don’t fret.

    Also this article puts it in these words:
    We are all participants in a user driven Internet, but we are still just the users, nothing more.

  3. Jean Williams helpful microviews and summarises 3 books on marriage in a catchy way: Piper’s book (marriage looks upwards), Keller’s book (marriage looks inward) and Ash’s book (marriage looks outward). I agree with her mild critical assessment of Ash’s book:
    At points I found his arguments a little reductionistic—is marriage really not part of God’s provision to meet our needs? —but his book is a helpful corrective to relationally-obsessed, self-centred views of marriage.

  4. A great post from Dave McDonald on dealing with fatigue.

  5. A post about Michael Jordan turning 50 from Matt Smethurst:
    Thompson’s piece pulsates with the sense that Jordan isn’t happy. “I would give up everything now to go back and play the game of basketball,” the Hall of Famer confesses. When asked how he replaces it, Jordan simply states, “You don’t. You learn to live with it.”

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