- Ed Stetzer. Please Join Me in Praying for Rick and Kay Warren on This Sad Day.
- Rick and Kay Warren’s (Saddleback Church) son Matthew committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with mental illness. This is important as the Warren’s and Matthew’s friends must be suffering terribly and our thoughts and prayers should go with them – and b/c it highlights the ongoing ravages of mental illness in this world.
- Gregory Ferenstein. California Court Bans Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving. TechCrunch.
- Not only maps, but GPS generally. This is a bit disconcerting – though I hope this will result in more readily available car mounts for smartphones, as I do think that when they are mounted they are less of a distraction.
- Todd Anglin. How to Free HTML5 From the Browser with Packaged Apps. VentureBeat.
- Nifty, but this still needs to get a lot simpler. Google, especially, should work on simplifying their packaged apps.
- ABC News. Six Americans Killed in Afghanistan in Separate Attacks. Yahoo! News.
- Dominic Evans. Air Strike Kills 15 in Aleppo, Assad Warns of Regional Turmoil. Yahoo! News.
Tracie Cone has a great article over on Yahoo! News about Larry Powell, a school superintendent in Fresno California responsible for overseeing 325 schools with a total of 190,000 students. Larry has made the decision to give back the vast majority of his salary to the school district for the upcoming three years – totaling around $800,000.
I’m a big fan of using technology to reduce the cost of government while improving the services provided. A recent article by Tami Luhby about the town of Maywood in California outsourcing all of their services to contract workers reminded me of this topic. It seems, in my humble opinion, that there are thousands of townships, etc. which began in farming communities – but since have become suburban areas – and yet maintain their independent governance. This results in a significant redundancy of administrative manpower. I’ll suggest the controversial idea that we should work on merging some of these townships and streamlining administration to save on costs.