This post is a giveaway of three months of Todoist Premium. First, some background.
While OmniFocus has been a constant task-tracking companion for the last two years, a couple of unacknowledged and then acknowledged-but-still-unfixed bugs have been just vexing enough to send me back to other productivity apps.
I mass exported all my data from OmniFocus to 2Do (easily the best aesthetic of any task tracking app), which has been my new go-to.
However, the pull of Todoist is strong. (See my review from fall 2015 here.) I can, for example, write:
Take out the trash every Thursday at 4 #church
And it uses natural language input to set up the time (and a recurring task, no less) and project.
No need to manually go through my projects or a date and time picker. It’s fast.
Todoist Premium adds more features: labels (which are tags, essentially), filters (which are saved searches that can help you sort your tasks in really neat ways), and a lot more.
My “Todoist Karma” (I know, cheesy… but I like having a continually rising score to track my productivity) got high enough that Todoist sent me a free code for three months of Premium. They also sent me a code to give away.
Here’s how you can get that second code.
I’ll randomly select a recipient from the comments below. For one entry, simply answer the question, “What app or system are you using now to track tasks and projects?” For a second entry, share a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter (or whatever the kids are using these days), and come back here to the comments to tell me you did. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, March 25.
Readers of this blog (yes, it’s alive!) may recall my immense appreciation for commentaries and other works published by The Jewish Publication Society. You can find a host of JPS reviews and book notes I’ve written here.
JPS has just released Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics, by Jeremiah Unterman.
Biblical justice has been a recurring theme in our congregation this past school year–both in my preaching and in our adult Sunday school classes. I’m eager to dig in to this volume.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.
Jeremiah Unterman shows us persuasively that the ethics of the Jewish Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. Moreover, he elucidates how the Bible’s unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Justice for All connects these timeless biblical texts to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.
Here are few more links to explore:
- A short history of Septuagint Day
- A review of Karen Jobes’s guided Septuagint reader
- If you’re flush with cash and/or need to refinance your loans for advanced textbooks (just kidding, DON’T GO THAT FAR), T. Muraoka’s new LXX Syntax looks excellent
- Why I think you need the Septuagint
- Yet more reasons from James Aitken
- An interview by William A. Ross of aforementioned Prof. Aitken
- Will Ross interviews (today!) Septuagint scholar Dr. Natalio Fernández Marcos
- First Bible of the Church: a good monograph to get started on Septuagint reading
- A fairly thorough comparative overview I wrote of Septuagint studies resources in Bible software platforms
- How to make sense of the Göttingen Septuagint: part one and part two (part three is in the purgatory… get it, purgatory? Septua–sorry.)
- A look inside the print edition of the Genesis volume of the Göttingen Septuagint
- Website for the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
In honor of Black History Month, Baylor University Press is offering 40% off + free shipping on select titles.
The entire list is here, and it includes Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus. There’s also a new-ish book that I plan to order called Muslims and the Making of America. Prices are cheaper than Amazon, and this way you can support the publishers (and authors) more directly.
The sale is good for February with discount code BFEB.
I’d never heard of Teen Daze before 2015, but that year Morning World was my favorite album. (Review here.)
Now Teen Daze has a new full-length release: Themes For Dying Earth. Jamison–the creative genius behind the moniker–says of the album:
I’m really excited to get to share it with you; I know the last few weeks have been difficult and tense for a lot of the world. I wrote this album as a way to work out my own stresses and anxieties, and I truly hope it can bring peace to all of you.
Themes for Dying Earth is now streaming at NPR First Listen. It’s quite a departure from the John Vanderslice-produced Morning World, but still worth repeated listens.
I’ve got a review of Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different over at Englewood Review of Books. An excerpt of the review:
Eleanor Flood’s day is about to be different—but not in the proactive way she had committed to. Today she wants to be her “best self,” because “the other way wasn’t working” (7).
A writer and illustrator, Eleanor lives in Seattle with her eight-year-old son Timby (Timby?), a forgotten and forgettable dog Yo-Yo, and her husband Joe, well-loved hand surgeon to the Seattle Seahawks.
The review continues here.
This summer I used Scrivener’s iOS app (in its beta form!) as my primary app for writing at a week away. Even in its beta form it was good.
Just today the price has come down from $19.99 on iOS to $11.99–easily worth it if you’ve got the means. Check it out here.