Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm not an Apple Fanboy, but Droooooooool......

Gizmodo has an iPhone. I know, I know, EVERYONE has an iPhone... except me. :`(

I think it's clear that I'm not a fanboy, but this isn't just any iPhone. It's the new iPhone that Apple hasn't released yet.

What's new
• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3G
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's changed
• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

I'm sure the throngs of Apple's followers will read things like "3 grams heavier" and "Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound" as features, but a better camera with a flash and front-facing camera are a few much-needed improvements.

With the new squared design, does anyone else think it looks sort of Droid-ish? Gizmodo even calls the new design  "industrial." Motorola spent a lot of money positioning the Droid as the tougher alternative to the "prissy" iPhone. Perhaps Apple is trying to combat that image a bit. Then again, we're talking about a company who called this a computer.

And until Google Goggles comes to iPhone, even the new iPhone will still lack a certain level of coolness. Oh well. Droooooool.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Note From a Father-to-Be

Brad wrote a letter to his soon-to-be-born daughter that I want to share with you. In light of Easter 2010, the many changes the Bridges family will face over the next few days and months, and the amazing blessing this is after Brad and Lindsey faced years of infertility, I'm not sure if this could be any more perfect than it already is: A letter entitled simply "Dear Baby Bridges"

Dear Baby Bridges,

I love you. I can't wait to hold you. For years your mother and I have dreamed about the opportunity we have in the next week. In fact, I have a tear coming down my face just thinking about you.

About 3 years ago, your mommy and I were sitting at Olive Garden in Lakewood in Dallas, TX (its now called Alibaba). It was your mom's birthday, I told her I had a surprise birthday gift. After 3-4 gifts, I notified your mom that the last gift wasn't wrapped up. I asked her if we could start trying to have you. She smiled. She cried. She got so excited that I could tell she'd received an amazing gift. She graciously gave me time to get ready and I was ready.

After a long road of infertility that included some of the most painful moments of our lives (Surgery #1Surgery #2Review of 2009), we found out last August 2009 in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies that you were alive. You were growing inside of mommy. You were really, really, really little. But you were alive and we loved you already. You see, we'd been looking forward to you for years if not decades.

Over the last 9.5 months (or about 40 weeks) we've seen pictures andvideos of you swimming in mommy's belly. Today we saw your toes, ears, hair, head, spine, femur, breathing, and more at the doctor's office. He told us you're a gymnast. You've flipped inside of mommy. They call it breech. I don't really know much about it other than that your head is under mommy's ribs and your feet are below her belly button. You are adorable in there.

The real reason I'm writing you is to tell you about what's going on right before your birthday. We're not celebrating the birth but the death and resurrection of Jesus. You see, Baby Bridges, when you are born, you have something called original sin (Romans 5:12-21). There was this guy named Adam (see Genesis in the Bible) who sinned against God (ie he didn't follow God's instructions). Because of his sin, we are born and you'll be born with a sin nature.

As much as we'll look at you feel like the day you get here is perfect, it won't be. It will be a wonderful and a scary day. Even though you'll look innocent, you'll be born guilty because of Adam. We are going to be reading to you about Jesus. He's the guy that on Good Friday 2010 years ago died on a cross for you.

Scary huh? But don't be scared. He loved, loves, and will always love you (even more than us). He didn't just die though. On Sunday we'll celebrate his resurrection. That's a big word, I know. It just means that he said "bye-bye" to death. He obliterated death. He conquered it. He's more powerful than death.

Soon we'll be reading you some books by a friend of ours, Joey Allen, titled Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers where you'll here this same story. He's a good story teller and he draws funny pictures too. In the books, you'll learn the Gospel message: Jesus died for your sins Baby Bridges and He rose from the dead. That's right! He died for you and rose for you.

We love you, Baby Bridges. But He loves you more. He died for you. The most important thing you could ever do for your mommy and daddy is to place your trust in Him. You'll be hearing much more about him (even more than about the Tarheels).

We couldn't be more excited to welcome you into the world. Your mommy will definitely cry, you just wait. Mimi and Wally, Papa and Nana, and all your cousins and aunts/uncles can't wait to see you. You will melt our hearts. But this weekend our focus is on remembering the impact Jesus has had on us and so many others.

Know that we are not only praying for your safety but your salvation as well. Although we love you, He loves you more than we ever can. He's risen and you are coming.

See you soon, Baby Bridges.


Brad, you can't do stuff like this. You're making the rest of us other daddy's look bad, and you haven't even changed a diaper yet! Thank you for sharing this letter to little Baby Bridges. We can't wait to see her soon!

If you'd like to learn about Brad and Lindsey's journey, be sure to check out their blog or contact Brad on twitter  
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