Reagan’s Roundup (11/15)

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Welcome to Reagan’s Roundup, where every Friday I share links to things from around the web that I think you will find interesting or helpful in your journey to become a better steward of the life God has given you.

Here we are halfway through November already. Can you believe it? I already have Christmas decorations up (fight me, Scrooges).

If you didn’t read this week’s blog post, Notion: The Best All-in-One Productivity App, you should check it out. Also, Monday on the podcast, I did an Interview with Tim Challies.

Now, here are some links from around the web.

Gallup poll: 87% of Americans believe in God — but only if they’re asked the right way

There’s probably more than one lesson this article can teach us about how methods affect the results of social statistics, especially when it comes to religious surveys.

Herman Miller Gets Into Gaming

“’Through this unprecedented partnership, we will research and develop findings that educate gamers, increase wellness, improve player performance, extend professional careers, and increase the overall quality of life for not only Complexity players but gamers around the world,’ Complexity CEO Jason Lake said in a statement.”

High-end furniture companies starting to produce gaming peripherals is yet another sign that video games have moved well beyond a fringe form of entertainment for kids. I’ve known more than one believer who has wasted years of their lives addicted to video games—the very opposite of stewarding your life well for the Lord. Christians should pay attention.

How to Shut Up Your Gadgets at Night So You Can Sleep

This is just some practical advice to help you get more sleep so you can be at your best when the morning comes.

Are Smart Homes Worth the Investment?

This is a good question to think through. As someone who likes to tinker with smart home gadgets, I have frequently found myself wondering if the extremely minor convenience gains are really worth the money and trouble. A good old fashioned light switch is often more convenient than yelling the exact right phrase at a robot.

Wikipedia’s co-founder takes on Facebook with ad-free social network

“WT:Social emphasize combatting fake news, highlighting evidence-based coverage over the focus on ‘engagement’ seen on other networks. Each story posted to the network makes prominent where the article comes from, as well as sources and references. . . . The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content.”

I think we all recognize what a cesspool social networks have devolved into. But will people be willing to pay for one not driven by the ad-centric revenue model which drives the vapidest posts to the top? I am doubtful.

Alright, that’s all for this week.

Enjoy your weekend and Lord’s day. ✨

Oh, and remember, whatever you do, do it well and do it all to the glory of God. I’ll be here on Monday with a new episode of the podcast.

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