Ting Vs Charge for Cell Service

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I like Ting a lot. The pricing model is well conceived, and the resultant costs are low. The customer service is fantastic. The website and mobile apps function flawlessly. I never get unexpected charges. Laura and I have been on it for three years, and our average monthly bill for talk, text, and (about a gig of) data on two smartphones was $54.01 (we bought the phones separately).

Laura’s staying on Ting, but I just moved to Charge (use this referral code and we both get a free gig of data: KZ9TPB1H). Here’s why I moved: I use almost all of our monthly family allotment of data. Laura uses only a small amount. I also talk on the phone more than she does, though neither of us talk much. For Laura, paying Ting $3/mo. for 100 MB of data makes good sense. Data would be somewhat cheaper at Charge, but then she’d have to pay $20/mo. for talk and text, and she just doesn’t need to do that when it’s cheaper at Ting. Basically, my move to Charge allows me to not have to worry about how many minutes of talk I’m using each month and saves me a few bucks on data. (Oh, and I got visual voicemail back, which I really like!)

You can get cheaper service elsewhere if you have an Android phone (Republic is the best service I know of). But if you’re in the Apple ecosystem and prefer an iPhone, you want Ting or Charge.

Both services are great. I recommend both, depending on your needs.

  • Use this link to save you and me $25 at Ting.
  • Use this code to get you and me a free gig of data at Charge: KZ9TPB1H.

Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption Promo Video

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Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption now has a promo page on bjupress.com. If you haven’t yet purchased a copy, you will want to do so now that there is a promo page. Bryan Smith, the presenter on the video there, is the one whose vision I was trying to live out in the book. His theological mentoring made a major impact on me during my nine years at BJU Press. He knows his Bible extremely well and works to apply it across all the academic disciplines with a depth and rigor I’ve never seen in anyone else I know personally.

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How to Listen to YouTube Lectures as Podcasts

(I kind of already posted on this, but I just have to update you on my workflow.)

511YS3hyhqL 31oQY9K3UjLI am all the time seeing YouTube lectures I want to listen to—that’s right, listen to, not watch. I just can’t watch a YouTube lecture. I’m distracted by all the other things I need to do on my computer. But if I can listen to the lecture on my bluetooth headset or my shower-room speaker (where has it been all my life?!), then I can get through it while doing other things. Getty ready, doing dishes, commuting. I get through a lot of great stuff that I never could get through before I had these tools. And though the goal here is not to feed as much information through my mind as I can, I find that if I listen during suitable times I really do profit from what I hear.

Here’s my workflow, and it all happens super fast:

  1. Find YouTube video I want to hear; copy link to it.
  2. Paste link into onlinevideoconverter.com.
  3. Choose appropriate settings so my file isn’t too big (see gif below; this step is very important):Screen Capture on 2015-11-19 at 15-39-20
  4. Download file into my personal podcast folder in Dropbox, powered by JustCast, which automatically sends the file to my personal podcast feed.
  5. Open up Overcast app on my phone, which has already downloaded the lecture in the background.
  6. Listen and gain wisdom, hopefully.
  7. Possibly share the podcast with friends through Overcast. (Shared page looks like this.)

One big advantage of this system is that when I’m done with the lecture, it goes away forever. I don’t have to fiddle with it. But I can find it again if I need to by going to my Dropbox folder.

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I don’t have time to watch YouTube videos that exceed 8 minutes in length. But there are plenty of lectures and sermons on YouTube that I’d like to listen to that I don’t need to watch to benefit from. For the last several months I’ve been using listentoyoutube.com to easily convert those YouTube videos to audio files so I can stick them in my personal podcast feed (with the help of Justcast and Huffduffer).

UPDATE: And here’s a site that can do Vimeo. It seems a bit slower on YouTube videos than listentoyoutube.com, but it can do those, too… It also promises a Chrome extension at some point.

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