The year-end is almost here, and that always triggers our look back at the most popular songs, apps, books, posts… of the entire year.
We’ll start by looking at the top 10 free apps downloaded from the iTunes store in 2017… with Snap up at the top once again.
No, Snapchat wasn’t actually No. 1 like last year, but Bitmoji was, which is owned by Snap (nice purchase!), slipping Snapchat into No. 2 (I guess consumers missed the memo that Snapchat was having a rough year). And no… Pokemon Go didn’t make the list this year. (Pokemon who?)
Here’s the top 10!
- Bitmoji (not even in the top 10 last year)
- Snapchat (No. 1 last year)
- YouTube (up from No. 6 last year)
- Facebook Messenger (dropping from No. 2 last year)
- Instagram (same place as last year)
- Facebook (also same place)
- Google Maps (also same place)
- Netflix (up from No. 9 last year)
- Spotify (up from No. 10 last year)
- Uber (not even in the top 10 last year)
* USA TODAY
The fires are raging once again here in California, and it’s hitting where both my daughter’s live. Luckily, they both came home (up here in NorCal).
Here’s a quick satellite shot of the fire raging from Ventura toward Santa Barbara.
My oldest daughter is on mandatory evacuation from the house she rents in Summerland (see map). She was up here with us so she had some friends grab her valuables and is waiting to see if the fire reaches her house. My youngest daughter attends Westmont College in Santa Barbara (in the hills of Montecito) and the school is on mandatory evacuation right now as well. Everyone in the city is wearing masks because of the smoke and ash– air quality is at an all time low.
If you haven’t seen footage of the fires… here’s an INSANE video of it when it was raging near the Getty Museum in Los Angelos (Looks like something out of a Roland Emmerich film).
The fires are bringing about many opportunities for ministry. My daughters’ church is a little outside the fire zone and is currently providing housing for evacuees.
California’s a nice place to live, but when it doesn’t rain even once from May to October… things tend to get pretty dry.
Please pray for the lives being impacted all over the state.
This year I flew over 100,000 miles, mostly domestic. That means a lot of security lines, boarding groups, layovers… and bad airport food. It also means learning a few tricks of the trade actually getting from A to B (while many others were stuck in A for days at a time).
I’ve been doing this for two decades now, and in those years I’ve learned a lot of travel lessons the hard way. I’ve also observed a lot of people missing flights and having their vacations completely ruined for one simple reason…
That’s not an insult… I mean it in the true sense of the word. They just didn’t know better because no one had ever told them vital information… like if you are
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It’s always interesting when people search for the “why” behind shootings and acts of violence (much like the why behind spikes in anxiety and depression). People are always looking for someone to blame.
It’s those violent video games.
It’s Quentin Tarantino movies!
It’s the second amendment.
If only it were that simple. I think most experts would agree it’s often an amalgamation of these elements. With shootings, the typical profile is a white male, 25 to 45, military background, tumultuous relationship with his mother… but not always
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