Bookmarks, Jan 7

My bookmarks this week are all over the board. I often try to stick to one or two themes each post. This week, however, I remembered that I’m kind of all over the board. So even if automatic deploys from GitHub aren’t your thing, you may find something else enjoyable.

The American Civil War Then and Now

By David Levene (The Guardian)

As I’ve stated in the past, I love studying history – especially when it’s in visual form. This is a great article that allows you to toggle between modern photos and photos taken over 150 years ago of the same location. My favorite is probably the Brompton Oak photo.

The women who dug the graves, the kids who watched the largest battle in US history – and the slaves forced to help fighters at the front. 150 years after the last shots were fired, Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the US photographing the sites scarred by the American civil war.


GitHub Auto-Deploy Setup Guide

by Andy Schaff

I’m a little biased because Andy is a friend of mine, but my bias makes the guide no less brilliant. He does a great job of walking through the basics of setting up a way to auto-deploy with GitHub.


Textiquette for Teenagers

By Barry York

I can relate to Barry – I did not jump on the texting bandwagon the second it became popular. I didn’t really like phone calls either, so I preferred an email or for people to just leave me alone all together. As it became clear I was never going to avoid texting, I started to embrace it and now it’s probably one of my preferred means of communication. Even as a lover of the text, the etiquette around texting has gotten out of control. While Barry writes this article for teenagers, I’d say we could all pick up a thing or two.

For a long time, I refused to get texting on the phones, much to their chagrin. After all, I reasoned, I did not want to add any more interruptions to my day, much less invite them, so why should they?


The Cost of Radical Generosity

by Tim Challies

Tim Challies is one of my favorite writers. As much as we desire to be generous, we find ourselves still wanting to make household updates, to take vacations, etc. While I know we have skipped things for ourselves in order to give more, I find that I am no where near “radical” in my generosity – though I would like to be. I am always a work in progress.

The Christians I know choose to downgrade their lifestyle in order to upgrade their giving.


What are the most visited tourist attractions in cities around the world?

By Dena Levitz

This is fascinating – my only reason for sharing. I’ve only managed to hit two of the twelve listed (or maybe I should say I’ve managed to avoid ten of the twelve).

With more holidays approaching, families won’t all celebrate at home, like a Norman Rockwell painting. Hordes are hopping onto planes, trains and buses to play tourist all over the world, using breaks from daily obligations to relax on a beach or check out some ancient ruins.


A Kids-Eye View of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

By Heidi Strawser

Often when we plan trips or activities we have a hard time seeing it from a kids perspective. I appreciate Heidi (and her son) taking the time to share a kids view of a popular Disney resort.


So, that concludes my bookmarks for this week. If you read something great this week, I’d love to hear about it!