Coin – Cool But Not For Me

If you’ve paid any attention to tech news or the ads on your Facebook lately you’ve heard about Coin.  It’s an electronic device the size of a credit card that you can store all your credit, debit, rewards, and gift cards on.  When you’re ready to pay just press a button to select which one you want to use and swipe it like you would a regular credit or debit card.

When I first heard about Coin the technology lover in me thought it was the coolest thing.  I really wanted one.  Then the responsible part of my brain kicked in.  It’s the part that had been soaking in all the information on how to get out of debt as my wife and I attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University every Sunday night at our Church.

It seems to me that the novelty of a product like Coin will encourage our society to continue to overspend.  That said, I do like the low energy bluetooth security feature it has built in.  You connect it to your smartphone.  If you leave the Coin behind and it becomes out of range of your phone you’ll get a notification.  Clever.

While I can see that Coin could be convenient and cut down clutter for some I’ve decided it’s not for me.  I’ve slimmed down my wallet already by getting rid of credit cards and just using a debit card.  Sure, there may be times when I get the occasional gift card but to me it’s not worth the $100 ($50 if you pre-order) to be able to combine cards.

So what do you think?  Want one?


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My Standing Desk

A little over 6 months ago I switched to a standing desk.  It’s been a good experience so far.  Every time someone new walks into my office and sees it for the first time I always get the same questions.  I thought I’d take some time to share those questions and my experience with you.

Here are before and after pictures of my desk.

standing desk

Why did you switch to a standing desk?

A lot of what I do requires spending large chunks of time working on a computer.  At the end of most days when I’d get up to leave at the end of the day I’d feel like a slug.   There were times when I wished I could stand so I started researching standing desks.

Isn’t it uncomfortable to stand all day?

I’m not going to lie.  The first 2 weeks were a little rough.  My legs hurt and I was really tired at the end of the day.  With each day that passed it got easier.  Now I don’t even notice it.  I kept thinking about all the jobs and professions where people don’t have the option of sitting.  I figured if they could do it so could I.

Have you lost any weight?  Do you notice any benefits?

Right away I started sleeping better.  It’s because my body was working harder than it previously had.  I’m not really sure if I’ve lost any weight but I can tell you my legs are definitely stronger and I feel much better.

How did you do it?  How much did it cost?

When I first started researching desks I found they could be a bit pricey.  We’re talking a thousand dollars or more.  That’s when I ran across an online article where someone had turned a few things from Ikea into a standing desk.  Something simple that you sat on top of your current desk raising the height of your work space.  It was just what I was looking for and we already had a vacation planned to a city with an Ikea.

I followed the guide buying the Lack Table and shelf at Ikea and the bolts and shelf brackets at Lowe’s.  It cost right around $20 dollars and took less than a half hour to put together.  If you can drill a hole you can do this easy project.

That’s a little bit about my standing desk.  Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t cover.  If you use a standing desk I’d love to hear about your experience and see pictures of your desk.  Post them over on my Facebook page.

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Week 4 Verse – Hebrews 13:8

There was a change at my office this week.  We switched to a new paperless way of doing things.  It’s a big change.  One some are dealing with well… others, not so much.

This change led to this week’s verse to mediate on and pray about:

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

This verse is good to remember.   While we can’t stop change in our lives there is one thing we can count on that never changes.  That’s God’s love for us and his teachings for us.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by change (and I have a few times this week) take comfort in this verse.  I know I have.

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