Friday, December 24, 2010

Free Christmas Music

Christmas MusicImage by Chiot's Run via Flickr is giving free holiday music! Check out their 25 Days of Free.

Also in the MP3 Holiday Store -- The free Believe in Christmas music sampler

Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Giveaway from Tyndale House Publishers!

Cover of "NLT Study Bible (Bible Nlt)"Cover of NLT Study Bible (Bible Nlt) (May not be the exact prize given)
Hi everyone! I just got exciting news from Tyndale House Publishers about a giveaway sponsored by the New Living Translation. I love the NLT translation as it's easier for my kids to understand. Tyndale House Publishers is highlighting three ministries, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oasis International, and The Dream Center, and by voting you’ll be entered to win prizes!

To enter, visit the NLT Facebook page by clicking here.

Here are the details straight from Tyndale House:

With the Give the Word Bible Contest and Giveaway:
    • Ministries win: Each time the NLT Facebook Page reaches a fan count milestone, votes will be tallied and the three ministries will receive cash donations from the New Living Translation and Tyndale House Publishers.
    • Everyone wins: Everyone who enters on the Bible Contest website wins a free download of Matthew West reading the Christmas story.
    • Daily NLT Study Bible winners: Vote on the NLT Facebook page and you will be entered to win two NLT Study Bibles—one to keep and one to give away. A new winner will be chosen every day.
    • Weekly Give the Word Locally winners: Tell us about a deserving local ministry on the NLT Bible Contest website and they could win five NLT Study Bibles and $250 worth of NLT products.
    • One Grand Prize winner will enjoy a unique trip customized just for them and their family (or three guests of their choice), to Wycliffe Bible Translators world headquarters and the WordSpring Discovery Center where they will experience firsthand the exciting world of Bible translation. The Grand Prize winner could also choose to donate the value of the trip--$2000--to Wycliffe instead.

Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting these ministries!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Check out this stunning Facebook world map

Check out this stunning Facebook world map: "A lone Facebook intern has created a world map built solely from 10 million friendship pairings. Not bad for a new guy.

Have you ever wondered what 10 million friendships would look like on a world map? Well, a Facebook engineer has the answer for you. The map below was made by Paul Butler, an engineering intern at Facebook. In a blog post, he explains how he created this visualized representation of friendships. His quest began when he became curious as to whether country or physical location had a big impact on friendships. In other words, he wondered if people had a lot of friends who live far away from them, perhaps around the world. So he took a sample of 10 million friendship pairs from the Facebook database and made this image."

Click the above link to view the article & image. Very cool.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

New research on the chemicals in Soaps & Plastics

Contains TriclosanImage by Jack Black's Stunt Double via Flickr
I've been leery of the antimicrobial chemicals in products -- especially when they started putting them in everything (hand soap, dish soap, waterless hand cleaners, cutting boards, highchairs, kids toys, etc). Now there's another study that says I might be right to keep away from them. In an article carried by NPR, "New Questions Raised On Chemicals In Soaps, Plastics", Allison Aiello, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is quoted saying "There may be such a thing as being too clean."

NPR reports, "Aiello and her colleagues published a study that suggests kids with higher exposure to triclosan — which gets into our bodies via everything from antimicrobial soap to toothpaste to cutting boards — may cause them to be more frequently diagnosed with allergies." Also, "adults exposed to higher doses of Bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in many plastics like the linings of food cans and baby bottles, may also have trouble with their immune systems."

I'm interested in what the FDA will say in light of this new study. Other countries have been banning these chemicals, but the FDA continues to say they don't have enough research. Because of my gut feeling about these chemicals and studies that have come out before questioning their safety, our family tried (and love!) the safer cleaners from Shaklee. We have seen positive changes in our overall health, and specifically our asthma, allergies, and ADD/ADHD when we use these cleaners; and they're actually more economical that store cleaners. When we run out and buy the safer things on the store counters, we start having more problems.

I wonder when the FDA will have enough research to be able to say these chemicals aren't healthy?

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