Alex Watt

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ESV Text Expander (AutoHotkey)

One of the things I love about Crossway is how accessible they make the ESV text with great tools like ESV.org and the ESV API for developers.

I recently used their API to make a text expander for ESV verses, using AutoHotkey. (Note that AutoHotkey is a Windows-only utility, so if you’re on another OS this won’t be of much use.)

Demo using the script from Microsoft Word.

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Photos of 2016

I took hundreds of photos while I was in France, but recently selected and organized a handful of my favorites. Take a look!


Thanksgiving on New Year’s Eve

So 2016 draws to a close at last. For some of my friends, it is already over. As I spend the final hours of this year, I want to give thanks.

This year has not been an Instagram moment. There is a time for everything, including difficult and painful things. Even so, I am grateful for 2016.

Tomorrow is a new year. But it’s also a new day, and we have the promise that “his mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23).

You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.

― Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter


When Words Fail

Until I saw it, I had not begun to know. A perfectly lovely shore, with sands and shells meeting the breakers of a vast blue ocean, was once more red than blue.

We first came to Ponte du Hoc. Situated between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, it was a high point held by the Germans and taken by the US Army Rangers on D-Day.

You can see for miles in either direction from Ponte du Hoc

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Bonjour!

As my professor says, it’s amazing how much your life can change in twenty-four hours. You can cross an ocean and find yourself in a new country, with a very different culture – all while jetlag chides you for being awake at an unearthly hour.

This semester, I am studying in Nantes, France, continuing my engineering classes and doing my senior design project* while also getting to learn French and travel Europe. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I’d like to introduce you, through pictures and prose, to this world that I’ve known for a little over three weeks.

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