Matthew Fitzsimmons

Motivation Follows Action

I follow The Art of Manliness, which has some great articles on a wide variety of subjects. I was skimming 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action, and one section stuck out to me. Point 4…

May 20, 2014

A Tale of Two Bulbs

I got an infrared thermometer yesterday, and was playing around with it. I decided to take a look at some of the heat sources in the house. It's a little hard getting the temperature of a…

August 2, 2013

Kirby Plugin to Pull Latest…

I've written a Kirby plugin to pull a specified number of posts either from a specific category, tag, or just in general that are the latest ones excluding any posts that are in the future.…

April 11, 2013

Some Thoughts on Gun Control

Introduction I wrote most of this in a stream-of-consciousness style a couple months ago. In light of the deeply saddening events of today, I feel I may as well publish it without trying to…

December 14, 2012

The Life of a Homeowner

I've never considered myself to be particularly handy with tools, but life as a homeowner has a way of making you expand you horizons in regards to the projects you think you can pull off.…

August 8, 2012

Updated Thoughts On the iPad…

I've written about the differences between the iPad and the Kindle before, and why I continue to use both devices. Now that the new iPad with retina display is out, the game has changed a…

June 13, 2012

The Best Technique for Using…

I use a Keurig single-cup coffee brewer, but it's obviously more cost-effective and tastier to use the My K-Cup filter adapter to brew my own fresh-ground coffee instead of using K-Cups all…

June 5, 2012

Cold Shaving

I've written about shaving techniques several times since discovering that classic shaving techniques (involving a double-edged safety razor and using a badger-hair brush with soap or…

June 4, 2012

Possible Fix for Some Reeder…

I was testing an RSS feed for a new site yesterday, and since Reeder for Mac caches the contents of the feed I couldn't test fixes to it from Reeder. So I went to Google Reader (which…

February 25, 2012

TSA Annoyance

For a couple of years I've been frequently taking a lighter through airport security. I know this is allowed, because I checked on the website before the first time. I've never once been…

February 17, 2012

iPhone Bumpers Changed for…

Back when Apple modified the Apple Bumper to more precisely fit the Verizon iPhone by modifying the hole for mute switch, they made one other change that I didn't see mentioned anywhere…

October 18, 2011

Thoughts on a Multi-User…

I've run into a few issues when getting iCloud set up in a usable format for my wife and me to use, so I figured I'd write about it and help ease the pain for some of you. Our setup…

October 17, 2011

How to Disable the Lion App…

If you're like me, you find Lion's feature that restores documents in apps after you relaunch them to be more of a hindrance than a help. Well, like most other Lion features that people…

August 29, 2011

How to Eat Healthy

Anyone who eats food and has concerns about their weight or their heart needs to read one of these books by Gary Taubes. Good Calories, Bad Calories is the book to read if you want the most…

August 27, 2011

Make Vim Play Nicely with…

I've been having real sluggishness issues when trying to edit ExpressionEngine template files using MacVim and Mountee, or trying to edit any files using MacVim and ExpanDrive. I'm not sure…

April 8, 2011

Sharpie Pencil Mini-Review

Sharpie came out with a “pencil” and it was heralded as a breakthrough. So I had to get one and try it out. Remember those erasable pens you could get back in the day? The…

April 6, 2011

Troubleshooting Rogue…

Sometimes when you notice your Mac is acting funky you may look in Console or Activity Monitor, and notice traces of applications running in the background that you thought were long since…

March 9, 2011

USPS Isn't So Bad

USPS gets a lot of crap from a lot of people for their problems. I've always thought they don't do too bad for a company that has to visit every address in the US every day. UPS and FedEx…

January 31, 2011

The iPad Mute Switch

There has been much hullabaloo about Apple's decision to change the hardware switch on the iPad from an orientation lock to a mute switch with the iOS 4.2 update, making the behavior match…

November 3, 2010

Is Facebook Killing Better…

When Facebook launched Photos, they immediately became the largest photo-sharing site on the internet, eclipsing Flickr nearly overnight. The problem is Facebook’s Photos functionality…

August 24, 2010

iPad vs iPhone Breakdown

Now that I've had both an iPhone and an iPad for a while, I thought I'd write a little bit about the breakdown between the two devices. In other words, what do I use them for? When I first…

July 30, 2010

Kindle vs. iPad

UPDATE: Now that there is a Retina Display iPad, I've updated my thoughts on the iPad vs. the Kindle. I was going to write this big long article that went into detail about various…

July 29, 2010

Stop Screwing Around and Get…

This is a tiny subset of the software I own. These applications all have one thing in common: I've attempted to use them to help organize my life. Some of them are for organizing bits of…

July 15, 2010

iPhone Bumper Review

UPDATE: Apple has redesigned the iPhone Bumper a little bit. Read about the update. The iPhone bumper is a great complement to the iPhone 4. It rounds off the sharp edges, adds a little bit…

July 12, 2010

iPad 3G Decisions

There has been a lot of talk of people using Mifi devices from Sprint or Verizon to provide 3G access to the iPad via wifi. This was really tempting to me for a while, but in the long run I…

April 7, 2010

Yes, There is a Page Fold

The terms “above the fold” and “below the fold” come from newspaper design, where information most likely to catch the eye is placed above the fold of the front page…

February 22, 2010

Hypocrites

Recently, a friend of mine linked to the article Is the Church Full of Hypocrites? by R.C. Sproul. The article talks about how there's a common perception outside the church that the church…

October 16, 2009

Gospel Sanctification

My sister posted a comment on a brief article I wrote a while back that got me thinking of another article I read recently, and then a little more deeply along those lines. The…

February 5, 2009

Computers Schmuters

I was reading an article by one of my friends about mind mapping, and it prompted me to dig a little deeper into the the phenomenon that some things are more effective and efficient on a…

February 3, 2009

iPhone Problems (mostly) Fixed

UPDATE: As you can see, this article is really old. Most of these issues have been dealt with in some way or another, but there are probably new ones. Maybe I'll write another article…

October 28, 2008

You're Going to Hell

As Christians, I think we often do the gospel a great disservice by indicating that doing x, y, or z will send you to hell. The Bible doesn't teach that. Many unsaved people who have…

October 8, 2008

Respect

Some things my pastor said in a recent sermon made me stop and think about how little honor I've shown to my parents at times. The passage we were looking at was Genesis 9:18-29. You can go…

September 30, 2008

TextExpander Instead of Shell…

Lately I've been using TextExpander to make my workflow a little easier when dealing with things like Django development. I've owned TextExpander for a while, but never really came up with…

September 26, 2008

iPhone Problems

UPDATE: I've updated my thoughts on the iPhone, since some of these issues have been taken care of. Read about it. I love my iPhone. I really do. It's an incredible smartphone. But lately…

September 3, 2008

My Spare Time

A few months ago, playing Call of Duty 4 was my favorite way to spend some downtime (although Adina didn't really appreciate having to listen to it.) I got the game when I went on night…

September 1, 2008

Apple Store Tech Support: the…

I've had a number of opportunities in the past year or so to interact with the Apple Store on a technical support level. Most of them have turned out really well, albeit for problems that…

August 28, 2008

God is Not the Bad Guy

Isaiah 55 shows us that God desires for us to be happy and satisfied beyond our wildest dreams. God isn't a cosmic killjoy trying to make us miserable at the first sign of happiness. Come,…

August 9, 2008

No-Bake Bacon Cookies (recipe…

Some of you may instantly tune me out after reading the title, but I urge you to read on and perhaps try making these yourselves. They are quite tasty. Some of you may remember the review I…

July 30, 2008

Dispensationalism’s Most…

I wrote a bit about this a while back, but was reminded of the importance of this yesterday. A friend of mine was preaching since our pastor was out of town, and he spoke on Hebrews…

July 7, 2008

The New Math

I like cranberry juice, but it's really hard to find cranberry juice that isn't mixed with other juices or corn syrup to sweeten it up. If you can find it, it's usually understandably…

June 29, 2008

Apple Store Part 2

A while ago, I wrote this article about my experience at the Apple Store. Now I have a different experience to share with you. When I wrote my previous review, I thought that things might…

May 30, 2008

Capital Punishment

This won't be, as you may suppose, any sort of defense or condemnation of capital punishment. I just wanted to share an intriguing quote on the topic from chapter 2 of The Idiot, by Fyodor…

April 22, 2008

Confession

Our Sunday morning worship liturgy lately has included reading extensive portions from the Psalms, especially in relation to confession of sin. One thing that has started to stick out to me…

April 19, 2008

Apple and Note Apps

Starting with Tiger and the introduction of the sticky note dashboard widget, Apple seems to have been having a love affair with the Marker Felt font. Much has been said about this already,…

February 27, 2008

Christians and Politics

Let me start out by saying that this article will make no attempt to provide an overarching “theology of politics,” or anything of that nature. The purpose, rather, is to…

January 25, 2008

Search Weirdness

When looking through the searches that bring people to fitzage.com, I am often humored by the results. Sometimes I learn things about the way google works, and other times it's just funny.…

January 23, 2008

The Supreme Vice?

I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis shortly after our pastor addressed this issue in Sunday school. It seems that many Christians hold sexual sin up as much more horrible than the…

October 4, 2007

It's Not a "Book of Virtues"

We are studying the book of Judges in Sunday school. We're only in the introductory stages of the study, but we've already covered some excellent things. The study materials we're using…

October 1, 2007

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

As we were singing this song in church today, I was struck by how little attention I've actually paid to the lyrics in the past. I was also struck by just how much they represented how I…

September 23, 2007

C.S. Lewis on Social Morality

I've been reading chapter 13 in Mere Christianity, and I decided to post some excerpts here. C.S. Lewis strikes the nail firmly on the head against both liberals and conservatives alike. I…

September 22, 2007

C.S. Lewis on the Deity of…

This is a famous quote, but I'm sure there are some of you who aren't familiar with it, or may not know who it originated from. Besides, I think it is an excellent insight, and I really…

September 22, 2007

I'm not the only one

The Tucson Apple Store was recently remodeled. The most interesting feature of the new setup is the lack of a cash register. Where the cash registers used to be is where they put the new…

August 28, 2007

Stricken, Smitten, and…

At our Maundy Thursday service at church, we sang “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted.” I’d heard of this song growing up, or at least I noticed it in a hymnal at some point; but I’d…

August 8, 2007

Communion vs. Invitation

Every church I went to when I was growing up and during my college years had an invitation at the end of pretty much every worship service. The invitation is a time where people are invited…

July 30, 2007

Temperance in All Things

When I posted the quote from C.S. Lewis the other day, I forgot that there was a second paragraph in his section on temperance. Since it makes another good point, I'll go ahead and quote it…

July 13, 2007

Temperance

I've been reading through Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. The book is an attempt to delineate the core tenants of Christianity that should be in common throughout all denominations, no…

July 9, 2007

Open DNS and Site Blocking

Open DNS is a free service with a number of cool features for making your web surfing easier and/or safer. The options can be turned on individually. Some of these are especially useful for…

June 27, 2007

Geek Squad

I recently had a customer who asked me to transfer files from her daughter’s old PC to her new MacBook. In addition to this, I was to add the Mac to the existing wireless network that was…

March 14, 2007

Becoming a Pen Geek

I mentioned before that I am working on writing more in terms of actually putting pen to paper. At the time, I was using Pilot V-Ball pens, which use liquid ink and have a very fine point.…

March 11, 2007

Shaving Breakthrough

I've written about my new shaving methods twice in the past, but have not been completely satisfied with the results. I've been modifying my technique here and there to try to achieve…

March 3, 2007

Shaving Revisited

I was beginning to think I would never get my new shaving technique down quite right. Lately, though, things have been shaping up nicely in that regard. I’ve given up on the two pass…

February 3, 2007

"Resolutions"

I have never been particularly fond of New Year's resolutions. I find them to be a rather artificial way of attempting to make improvements in your life. As a Christian, I also find that…

January 18, 2007

It's Not the Network

I bought my first cell phone when I was in college in the north woods of Wisconsin. It was the size of a brick (even bigger than a Palm Treo, if you can believe it) and I got rid of it…

January 9, 2007

Pickaxe

Adina has been wanting to plant a tree in the back yard for some time, and I've been fighting it for a couple of reasons: It's hot in these here parts. There be a lot of rocks in that there…

August 12, 2006

Come, Buy, Without Money

Every time I hear or read this passage, I respond in two ways: on the one hand I am joyful, and on the other convicted. Isaiah 55:1-3: Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he…

July 24, 2006

Shaving

Over the past few months, I've been becoming less and less satisfied with the quality of shave provided by my electric razor. The first thing I considered was buying a different type of…

July 3, 2006

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

While singing “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” in church yesterday morning, I was struck by the first stanza: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I…

April 24, 2006

Meditations on John 3

Most of you probably know by now that I am a firm believer that the Doctrines of Grace as expressed by the five points of what is commonly called Calvinism are thoroughly biblical, and that…

April 22, 2006

Deceitful Spirits

I have recently been involved in more discussions on the subject of alcohol. They seem to hunt me down and find me. I think the reason I still get sucked into these discussions is that it…

March 21, 2006

The Rapture

There are many things about eschatology I do not understand. One thing I have come to firmly believe is that I will not accept a view of eschatology that has sacrifices legitimately…

March 8, 2006

The Importance of Eschatology

Lately, I've been leaning more and more towards Nathan Pitchford's position on separation in When Will All the Fighting End?. His basic premise is that we are called many times to be…

February 14, 2006

The Theological Identity of…

The following is a portion from a document we are discussing in our new members class at church about the theological identity of our assembly. It isn't a complete doctrinal statement, but…

January 26, 2006

Of Wine and Whine

I was recently involved in a couple of forum threads discussing alcohol on a fundamentalist Christian blog. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were more people who admitted that…

December 24, 2005

I am/am not/am a…

For those of you who don't know, I was raised an IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist). Over time, as is obvious from my articles on baptism, I have become a Presbyterian instead of a…

December 19, 2005

Baptism

For those of you who don’t know, Nathan (my brother) and I (as well as a few others) have been carrying on a discussion on the subject of baptism with Nathan (Pitchford) in the…

December 17, 2005

Alcohol and the Christian…

Now, I understand that, despite the weight of Scripture in the previous article about alcohol, some will still have objections. I intend to deal with some of these objections here.I must…

September 4, 2005

Alcohol and the Christian

Growing up in the religious background that I did, there are certain subjects that you learn not to question. When you think you see a verse that may go against a firmly established truth,…

August 19, 2005

I Did Not Just Go There

Nathan (my brother) and I have found that many Christians hold their beliefs so deeply that even if they are shown from the Bible (which should be the source of all religious beliefs for a…

July 11, 2005