Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's Getting Quiet All of a Sudden...

Hey, I'm posting again! And without being angry at Apple or almost dying!

For those who don't know, I've been working with the kids at my church for the past several months. A little while ago, Colleen (the lady in charge) asked me to pray about stepping up into a leadership role. After spending some time in prayer, and consulting some of the wise and prophetic (prophetically wise?) people I know, I agreed.

I just sat in on my first leader's meeting tonight. It was really cool hearing some of the plans, understanding the vision a little more, and most of all hearing the stories of what the kids have been up to!

On the way home, I started thinking. I've known we've been encouraging the kids in the prophetic. So it had occurred to me earlier this week that I need to regain my prophetic edge. So I prayed about it as I put on some worship music and prepared to listen to God (BTW, soaking is hard while driving). Immediately, he spoke to me, telling me some of the reasons it's been so hard to hear him these past couple of years.

During all that TAG awesomeness, I again got my identity caught up in what I was doing for God, rather than simply in my relationship to him (the relationship He made possible, established, and maintains). This quiet period has been a time to get re-centered. From that view, it's been good. I'm glad that it will probably end soon, though.


Also, I've found another new editor for the Spiritual Gifts series. I even see him in person somewhat regularly, so if he takes too long, I can go kick his butt into gear. Of course, then he and his supra-ninja sister will destroy me, but something will be accomplished! Hmmm...maybe if I dispatch Michelle Merino to get on his case...

On a more serious note, I'm not sure where to take the series after the next post (which is on the practicals of prophesy). What would you like to learn about? I'll do my best to provide something of substance.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I Actually Wouldn't Have Minded

Last night, I was driving up to Paso for my sister's graduation. I was driving along Highway 46 at a fair clip (about 65 mph). Now, Hwy 46 is a crazy, dangerous highway. It's one lane each direction for 60 miles (the stretch I drive), seemingly flat and straight, but with subtle curves, rises, and dips that wreak havoc with your line of sight. Passing is a risky proposition, which has led to many traffic accidents. What's worse, if you tend to be a bit cautious about people in the other lane passing when they shouldn't, it almost always looks like someone is doing so, even when they aren't.

So when I saw a line of traffic approaching me at about 8:45 pm, it of course looked like someone was trying to pass the lead semi. I instinctively edged to the right of my lane and tried to see more clearly where everyone was. At maybe 100 yards, everything snapped into focus. There really was someone passing a semi, headed straight for me. Fortunately, I play a lot of video games, so my reflexes are good and my instincts sharp. I dodged onto the shoulder, which was amazingly wide enough for my car, flew past the SUV, then slid right back into my lane.

I glanced in my rear view mirror, saw their brake lights, and realized that this had really just happened! I shouted "Thank you God!" four times, screamed that I hated highway 46, turned off my music, and gasped for breath as I kept driving. Moments later, my phone rang. It was my mom.

"Hi mom."
"Hi, honey. How are you?"
"Well..."

After our short conversation, I thought about things again, and realized that me vs SUV head-on at at least 135 mph relative velocity would definitely have meant my death. And as I realized that I would have been content to die, had things gone differently.

Months ago, when George died, Chris mentioned that he overcame his fear of death through the experience. When he said so, I realized I would not be content to die at all, and had prayed that I would gain the revelation of heaven that change that. It seems I have done so. That that I'm wanting to die, of course! I love life! But if I were to die, that would be fine by me...I'd be going home.


Oh, one other detail to note. Almost all of Hwy 46 has no shoulder, and there often is a deep trench to the side of the road. That there was a shoulder, and enough of one to take my entire car, is definitely the hand of God.

PS: Thank you to anyone who had prayed for my safety as of late, and to anyone who had a sudden urge to pray for me at the time this happened (8:45 PST [GMT -8:00], June 12). You guys saved my life.

Friday, May 30, 2008

And Again...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/31/microsoft_warns_against_apple_safari/

1. Be warned.
2. Really, how does Apple justify this kind of security posture? Stuff like this is why I get so angry at the common perceptions of the various operating systems...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More on Security Randomness

It's been almost three weeks since I last wrote here...I'm pretty bad. But I'm taking a week off from video games, so I may end up writing more in the next few days. Then again, maybe not.

I wanted to say some more about that security stuff my last post was about. AJ got me reading the entire comment chain, and it was pretty interesting. There was a lot of excuses from Mac lovers, some thoughtful responses, plenty of gleeful finger pointing from PC users, plenty of Mac people saying "fine, fine, we were inferior this time around. But will you please stop with the gloating?", and finally PC users saying "No way! We've put up with your gloating for years. Take some yourselves." All of that is beside the point.

I did think it significant what the comment stream revealed about attitudes among the various users. Many people thought the contest wasn't fair because the Macbook didn't have it's firewall on. But guess what, that's the configuration out of the box. Now, when I originally thought of writing this follow-up (a few weeks ago), I was going to start by conceding that windows probably does have more bugs and security holes. But while doing some research for work today, I ran across this article. There's a link at the top to the original report that goes into the methodologies, in case you don't trust the nice graph right there. But the graph is the thing. I mean, look: in the first year OSX 10.4 had 157 security vulnerabilities and 116 were fixed. The various Linux distributions had hundreds. Windows XP had 119 vulnerabilities, and 65 of them were fixed. Vista had only 66 vulnerabilities, and 36 of them were fixed.

Now, the full report mentions that this isn't some absolute measure of security, which is correct. But it's the only area where we've actually got solid data, and they show that prevailing opinion is actually completely backwards! I find that rather curious. Not that Microsoft doesn't have major things to fix in their whole business architecture, but they are getting the security thing right.

Now, the primary points I'm getting at don't really have to do with that. I was just astounded to find that the point I was prepared to concede turns out to be completely wrong. The point I want to get at is the security culture surrounding the various Operating Systems.

Windows users are pretty good any more. We've long thought our machines are the most insecure piece's of junk around (even thought that looks untrue now), so we tend to be good about running antivirus software and turning on firewalls. In fact, windows has a built-in firewall that's turned on out of the box, and comes with a free 90-day subscription to Norton antivirus, with it running out of the box. OSX has a firewall, but it is deactivated out of the box. As far as I know, it also has nothing in the way of antivirus software.

Likewise, Microsoft is good about doing security updates. They have a regular release schedule, and they even have a tool once a month that scans for and removes the most common worms, trojans, and bots. Apple's security policy started out with trying to ruin the careers of security experts who find and report vulnerabilities. They've advanced from there, but they seems to exist more on the hype of "we're invulnerable" than any actual plan to deal with vulnerabilities.

What's most dangerous about that attitude is that it gives the user a false sense of security. It's been said that the weakest link in computer security is between the monitor and the chair, and that's rather true. Like I mentioned before, windows users have a bit of paranoia now. On the other hand, most Mac users I know do not take any steps beyond the automatic ones. Have you turned on your firewall? Do you run antivirus software? Even if there's aren't attacks yet, it's the same as how, when I was learning to drive, I learned to check around my car before changing lanes. Guess what? I'm from a small town. Paso has three, maybe four roads that are two lanes each way, and no roads larger than that. So that wasn't a particularly useful habit for me there. But I moved to southern California, and those habits have kept me from getting into auto accidents. Likewise, you Mac users should build good security habits now, before your platform starts getting targeted.

Seriously, I'm perfectly fine with you using your Macs. That whole "Apple is hip" vibe got annoying sooo long ago, but that's rather beside the point. Rather, believe the stats other than any hype, and develop good security habits, no matter your OS.


PS: I also found out today that Vista does address space layout randomization. That makes all those buffer overflow attacks much more difficult. OSX 10.5 has what seems to be a stepping stone on the path to ASLR. In any case, it's pretty cool that the companies have started to finally do it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ha! What now???

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/03/28/mac_hack/

If you read the article linked above, you will find that in a contest to hack into a Mac, a PC, and Linux box, the Mac was the first to fall. In fact, at the time I read the article, the Mac was the only to fall.

Mwahahahahaha!!!!!

*Dances around gleefully*

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Update. Yes, We Do That Here

As I'm realizing more and more how hick my hometown is, an old High School acquaintance posts this news story about her new hometown. I feel better. But so you know, I still oppose country music, line dancing, and cowboy hats.

In other news, I saw Suessical the Musical at Hope University tonight. It was fun, for several reasons. First, it's been far too long since I've seen a play. Second, the story was mostly centered around Horton hears a Who, and Lou Engle had some interesting things to say about that awhile back (if the link fails, go here and choose the blog post "Lou Engle: "HORTON GETS A CLUE--YOUNG ONES PRAYING AND PROPHESYING MUST BE HEARD!" "). Third, I met my friend Kathleen in person for the first time. She had to leave right afterwards, so it wasn't the most fun first meeting ever, but it was good. Which reminds me: I miss all you McLain-type people! You guys should make Disneyland visits or something, and call me in advance. Fridays are particularly good, because Saturdays are blacked out from my passport for the next sixth months or so.

Finally, my editor for my Spiritual Gifts series has not replied. I've finally thought of some potential replacements, but haven't contacted them yet. If any of you are still holding out for that next post, please continue to be patient!

edit:
You should all go and read the Lou Engle link above, and then see the movie version of Horton Hears a Who. Seriously!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

We Are Coming Out of Eclipse Now. I can See The Sunlight...It's Beautiful...the Sunlight, It's Beautiful!

For everyone who didn't notice, there was a full lunar eclipse tonight. I texted and messaged a great many people about it. There were a couple fun replies:

Donnie: Amazing! You ninjas!

Even the church elders show respect for the skills.

Julieanne mentioned she was appropriately listening to Brave Saint Saturn at the moment. I replied with the quote in my title, mere seconds before it happened on the song.

Speaking of which, the latter part of the song is rather fitting for how life is going:

Did you hear the news today?
I'm not coming home, no.
And i wished it all away,
I felt so alone.
And the darkness crept it's way
like stars that we all know will die too soon.
There is never any sunrise here, in the shadows of eclipsing moons
Crawling on a tightrope,
the bravest thing I have is hope.

Daylight, save me!
Daylight, save me!
Tonight, oh, tonight.

Halogen, the lights will flicker.
Incadescent burning lies.
And the silence is for nothing.
Desperate I search the skies. Aching for a spark,
trembling in pitchest dark.

Daylight, save me!
Daylight, save me!
Tonight, oh, tonight.

U.S.S. Gloria, this is mission control, do you copy?
Repeat, U.S.S. Gloria, this is mission control, do you copy?
We have lost contact with the U.S.S. Gloria.
Repeat, we have lost contact with the U.S.S. Gloria.

Mission Control, this is the U.S.S. Gloria, do you read me? Do you read me?
Mayday, mayday, we have lost primary guidance rockets, mayday!

The crew is now out of radio contact.
Presently there is no way for us to know whether they are alive or dead.
Our hopes and prayers go out with you all.

U.S.S. Gloria, this is mission control, do you copy?

Houston this is the U.S.S. Gloria.
It's good to hear your voice.
We are coming out of the eclipse now.
I see the sunlight...it's beautiful.
The sunlight, it's beautiful!

Jesus Christ, Light of the World,
You never did forget me.
And when i bled in darkness, You held me, still held me.
When desparate nights i cursed You,
You loved me, still loved me.
Jesus Christ, You dry the tears,
You break this heart of stone.
Your words are life, cut marrow through
the darkness, to the bone.
A heart of flesh You gave me,
only You can save me.

Savior!
Daylight!
I am coming home!
Home! Home! Home.


Yes, Brave Saint Saturn is amazing. You should all go buy The Light Of Things Hoped For. Sadly, it is not on iTunes, so you'll have to go over to Amazon.com and buy a real CD or something.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

How You can Tell You're Plugged In

This morning, I had an interesting proof that I'm considered part of the life of my church. I had gotten there early, because my home group was on duty, which means we pretty much set things up, take the offering, handle communion, etc.

We got things set up, and I was helping hand out fliers, when Nick asked me to help out Pascal. Pascal led me into the dungeon-like reaches of the church basement (no hyperbole at all here). He led me to the electrical room, showed my the breaker box, and explained that for a film, some of the lights needed to be switched off, and this was the switch. We exchanged cell phone numbers so he could tell me when, and I waited.

Worship began. I went up the steps to hear a little better from the (closed) side-door. I heard footsteps running my way. I went down the steps and looked over, seeing a little girl running my way. I looked at her. She stopped. She looked at me. After a moment, she said, "oh, okay," and ran back the way she came. That's one escape attempt foiled.

The music I could hear clearly. I realized I was in a spot with no-one watching me, and room to spare. I realized I could war-dance with no risk of hurting children. God restrained me for a bit, then I let loose for the first time in ages. I didn't have any sense of what I was fighting, yet I knew the blocks and attacks to make. Just like old times.

During one of the songs, there was prophesy. I could make out a few voices, but not the words...until Glenn spoke. His voice rang clearly. After some more worship, Chris started speaking. I could barely hear him at all. Pascal then had me flip the switch for a moment, then flip it back. There was to be another film, so I waited some more. Eventually Pascal called to say they weren't going to. I went back in and found my seat.

Chris spoke a bit more, then mentioned how he wanted to show the film clip. My phone started vibrating. I got up, ran out of the gym, and booked it back down to the breaker box, where I handled the lights again. Then I went back to my seat, and listened to the last 15-20 minutes of preaching.

Oh, and Nick told me thank you sometime afterwards. Yep, that's how you can tell you're plugged in: when you get volunteered for a job down in the basement that makes you miss most of the service.

And how fitting for the way my life seems to work sometimes.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

On the Newness of Every Day

I've been feeling better since about two days after I wrote those last posts. But of course, I'm lame and don't write on here much anymore.

I did write the next post in my spiritual gifts series. I emailed it to my editor, and I'm sure to here from her soon enough. Certainly in comparison to the months it took me to write that, it'll be soon enough. ;-)

So, James replied to my Five Iron quotation by quoting "second Season" at me. Good choice. But, far more to my emotions since last weekend (thanks to Julie and a need for some ASL interpretation) has been Every New Day:

When I was young
the smallest trick of light
could catch my eye
And life
was new and every new day
I thought that I could fly

I believed in what I hoped for
and I hoped in things unseen
I had wings and dreams could soar
I just don't feel like flying anymore

When the stars threw down their spears
watered heaven with their tears
Before words were spoken
Before eternity

Dear Father
I need you
Your strength my heart to mend
I want to fly higher
every new day again

When I was small
the furthest I could reach
was not so high and I
thought the world was so much smaller
feeling I could fly

Through distant deeps and skies
behind infinity
below the face of heaven
He stoops to create me

Dear Father
I need you
Your strength my heart to mend
I want to fly higher
every new day again

(musical interlude with Reese saying something)
Peace
Hope
Love
[Jesus Christ!]

or alternately

You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are never alone!
(end interlude)

Man versus himself
man versus machine
Man versus the world
Mankind versus me
The struggles go on
The wisdom I lack
The burdens keep piling up on my back
It's so hard to breathe
To take the next step
The mountain is high
I wait in the depths
Yearning for grace
and hoping for peace
Dear God, Increase!

Healing hands
of God have mercy
on our unclean souls
once again

Jesus Christ
light of the world
burning bright
within our hearts forever

Freedom
means love without condition
without a beginning
or an end

here's my heart
let it be forever yours
only you can make
every new day
seem so new!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Oh, Julie

Julieanne went and quoted a Five Iron Frenzy song on myspace. It seems to fit. So I shall quote part of it myself:


It's New Years Eve
and I feel my insecurities,
are haunting me like ghosts,
this sinking quicksand.
And then with thunderous praise
and lofty adoration,
a second passes by,
yet nothing changes.

I hate my skin,
this grave I'm standing in.
Another change of years,
and I wish I wasn't here.

This New Years Eve,
I'm waiting for tomorrow.
My heart is on my sleeve,
and yes I still believe,
this New Years Eve
will turn out better than before,
I'm holding on,
still holding on
until they close the door...
on me.


Here's hoping:

A year goes by
and I'm staring at my watch again,
and I dig deep this time,
for something
greater than I've ever been,
life to ancient wineskins.
And I was blind
but now I see.

This New Years Eve,
something must change me inside,
I'm crooked and misguided,
and tired of being tired.
This New Years Eve,
I'm waiting for tomorrow.
My heart is on my sleeve,
and yes I still believe,
in You.

Upset Enough to Write

Well, yet again I'm using the old blog to say all the things I'm incapable of speaking, yet need to say to my friends. Thus, anybody who happens by can can learn of all my hurts. Yay...

Tonight really demonstrated both my own social awkwardness and how I still don't feel like I fit in with my current friends. I was at a New Year's party, and while I was having fun, the feelings of awkwardness built up enough that I had to bow out and leave shortly after midnight.

I hate this. It's not like leaving makes things better, either. I just get upset and depressed over the fact that I had to leave. And I honestly can't think of a party where I haven't done this exact thing... at least not one in the past year or so.

I guess I really don't feel like I'm a part of the different groups I'm with. Almost assuredly, the other members of these groups would disagree (a great many people seemed glad I was at the party tonight, for instance), but I can't seem to help feeling that way.

And so I sit here typing a depressing blog post, listening to Mortal's song Cryptic again and again, screaming along silently:
I would die for
Peace, peace, peace
Hope, hope, hope
Love, love, love
Jesus Christ

Please, my friends, by praying for me, even when I seem to be doing better. Whatever this all stems from, it's something deep-rooted in my soul, and it's plagues me for my whole life. I'd like to be done with it, but I don't know what I can do about it. And if you know practical steps you can take to help me lay these issues to rest, by all means, take them.

Thank you, my friends.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Music

I tend to get pretty cynical about the Christmas season. Also, since I don't work retail anymore, and don't live at home, it tends to sneak up on me.

Well, I bought a Christmas music compilation online, and got it yesterday. It's easing both of those difficulties. But now I want more Christmas music. Good stuff, not cheesy stuff or X-Mas music. Some fun is fine, but I want some Christ-centered music. Any suggestions? Stuff I can get on iTunes is best, cause I have it immediately.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Links on Prophesy

I've been rather lax on my writing lately. There's a lot of reasons for that, my new computer (and The Lord of the Rings Online) being great amognst them. i want to write the next bit in the spiritual gifts series, but knowing myself, I'll take awhile.

However, my church has lately been using it's evening service to explore prophesy. To those in the Fullerton area, you should come check it out (the theater at Hope University, 6 pm Sundays). For the rest of you, here's some links to the messages on prophesy thus far:

10/14/7
10/21/7
11/5/7

For the future of this series (and in case the links fail), go to www.southlands.net

Also, my friend Jenn (IHOP's resident Jewish ninja editor) has some blog posts regarding prophesy. Check them out here, here, and here. She's liable to finish what she has to say before I eevn continue, so be watching here for that.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

More Addicting Than Crack?

I downloaded the free trial for Lord Of The Rings Online the other day. I'm enjoying it...a lot. So I have a few questions for my readers. First, do any of you play it? Cause it would be fun to join up with you. And maybe help you get a free month with that referral offer they have right now. Second, would any of you like to play? Same reasons as above. I'd even be willing to start over to join in from the get go.

Also, I'll be relying on all my friends (that means you) to tell me if I need to pull the plug. I've seen marriages that were in horrid shape because of MMORPGs...I've no desire to get that addicted. So call me on it if you see that happening. Thanks.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bad Day! Bad Day! Bad Day!

So, last weekend Kenny helped me buy a ton of computer hardware from Fry's. When I went to assemble it all Monday, I noticed that the processor box had a sticker saying it had been opened, but inspected and that Fry's stood behind the warranty. I didn't think about it.

When I tried to install the processor, I found one of the pins had been bent. Some inspection. SSo I took the processor back today.

The girl taking care of me found that the processor in the box had a different serial number than the box did. Meaning someone swapped processors at some point, and I can't return the thing. Meaning I'm screwed out of $140.

Are any of you good at writing complaint letters?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Emergency Prayer Request Conclusion

Everyone, thank you for your prayers for George.  He went to be with the Lord Wednesday night.

It's amazing to me that in this hard time, how much the hand of God has been on the situation.  There is a true peace amidst the church right now, and our faith level for healing has risen significantly, even though George was not healed.

Even in a situation like this, where we know his life was cut short, and promises God spoke over him have not been fulfilled, how the sovereignty of God is so clearly seen.  If you have the time, you may find it instructive to go here and grab the podcasts from both this Sunday morning and night.  There's a lot of stuff that won't mean much to you if you didn't know George, but a lot that can apply all over the place.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Emergency Prayer Request Update

Update, Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 8:40 pm

Chris arrived near the end of tonight's prayer meeting. He and Meryl had just been to the hospital, and reported that george is past the point of medical help. It's completely in God's hands now, so keep praying.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Emergency Prayer Request

Everybody,

Please be praying for George Tyree, one of the elders at my church. He's currently in the hospitial in the ICU, and the doctors are determining whether or not he's brain dead. At 10 am tomorrow (Sept 19) they will determine whether or not to take him off life support.

In addition to be a extremely active in and important to the life of the church, he's got a wife and several young children. Please be praying for God to work a miracle here.

Thank you

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Spiritual Gifts IV - Being Led By the Spirit

Okay, back in the groove. As you can see, I’ve given up on researching every biblical passage that mentions prophecy. While I would have learned some cool things, it’s obvious that the task would not be completed. Likewise, I’m going to try and keep this shorter, and have more posts more often, so my remaining readers can more easily handle this.

To respond to the single comment on the last post, there is a lot of letting go and seeming foolish involved with the spiritual gifts. We’re not in control of ourselves when we operate in them, and it seems to me that’s part of the point.

So, prophesy. To my mind, prophecy is the centerpiece of the spiritual gifts. Let’s pull out some scripture:

To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, NIV)

The message of knowledge, prophecy, and distinguishing between spirits are all directly tied into prophesy. The message of wisdom and interpretation of tongues are almost certainly prophetic in nature as well. As far as healing, miraculous powers, and supernatural languages go, we should follow Christ’s example:

Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:19, NIV)

If Jesus took this attitude, then we also should; when we use these other gifts, they ought to be under obedience to an understanding of what the Father is doing. This understanding is prophetic in nature.

So what is prophecy, exactly? Most simply, it is to be sensitive to what God is communicating, and respond. That response can cover a lot of ground, depending on what you hear, thus the various gifts that tie into prophecy. Likewise, being sensitive can cover a lot of ground: dreams, visions, audible words, smells, kinetic sensations, feelings of touch, sudden moments of insight, and other common means of expression. Most often, though, God’s voice is inaudible, and sounds like your own internal voice. That’s what makes prophesy difficult, and that’s where practice comes into play.

To use a metaphor, imagine yourself at a large noisy party. Now, someone comes up and whispers in your ear. If you barely know the person, you won’t be able to tell who it was. If it were your spouse or your best friend, then you would easily recognize their voice. To quote Jesus some more,

[The shepherd] calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice. (John 10:3b-5, NIV)

To know God’s voice is crucial. So how do we learn to do so? Practice mostly, but I’ll dig more into this later. For now, I’m over a page in Word, so I’ll stop. But more posts will be along soon, I promise!

Friday, August 03, 2007

My Hometown

On the city's webpage, it states,

"The City has a long history with both wine and healing waters..."

I'll let everyone with even the most basic knowledge of scriptural symbology just ponder that.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

To All Ninja

If you happen to have a facebook account, hunt down the group "Ninjas for Jesus."  If you want, you can find it in the list of groups on my profile.  In any case, request to join the group.  Cause it rocks!

In other news, I made a little more headway in the research for the next spiritual gifts series, then got nice and sick.  Maybe I need to give up on researching, and just write what I know currently.  That, or someone needs to lock me in a room with just Strong's, my Bible, and writing implements until I finish my research.

In more circumspect news, the pattern continues.  To be more detailed, in a nebulous way, the first item of the pattern seems like in will happen in the last time by the second item of the pattern (the one due to Mike Morabito's information).  If you have no clue what I'm talking about, and care to know, email me.  I may just explain the paragraph to you.

Time for some links.  First, it seems that one speaker at winter conference was wrong on at least one point.  Second, this stop motion video is awesome.  I think creative types like Amy Grace need to get to work on something equally awesome.  And they should involve me somewhere.  Third, a good analysis on "Appleism."  Yes, like I've claimed before, there is a cult of Apple.  Several people I know seem to be members.  I believe intervention in the form of tough love may be necessary.  Yes, that thought fills me with profound glee.  No, I'm not going to act on it...for now.  Fourth, multiple kinds of nerdiness combine.  Most of that goes over my head too...maybe we convince Jolene to explain it to us.

In later blog posts, I'll recount my adventures with free (legally) Christian electronic music, some of it quite good.  I'll also tell of my latest actions in the realm of software change-ups.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Numbered Points

1.  Mosack is back.  Go give her some blog-type love.  Especially if you don't know who I'm talking about.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

2.  Apparently, honeybees are disappearing, and nobody is sure why.  Let me be the one to suggest some kind of weird progressive bee Rapture.  Hey, just because I suggest it doesn't mean I believe it either.

3.  Having the ability to use one computer to control another is rather fun.  I had shivers going down my spine when I started to get it to work automatically.