Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Creating Christmas Memories Game

Here is a fun game. Out of the presents you got this year for Christmas, which do you think you will still be using the most next Christmas. You have to pick just one.

Mine would have to be the 40GB FireLite Portable Hard Drive that Roxie, my wonderful girlfriend, got me. I'm using it to store all my pictures and music on.

So here's the deal, next Christmas we'll look back and actually see if we are still using the stuff that we thought we would. Sound like fun?

You can play the game by posting a comment or by make a post on your blog (if you make a post leave a comment linking to your post).

Have fun playing!

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Jingle all the way with Google Talk

So I know I said I was going to talk about that other post and other google related stuff, but I lied. If you want to know more about it, check out these links.
But, what I really want to 'talk' about is Google Talk and the recent announcement of Libjingle. Why would you care?
2. Voice calls between mobile devices and Google Talk!
More and more WiFi-enabled mobile devices (including WiFi-enabled mobile phones) are coming on the market. Imagine being away from your PC and still being able to have the same free high-quality calling experience you have today between PCs using Google Talk. I expect to see a lot of innovation here in 2006. - link
Imagine that! Talking with your cell phone!!! So I know for must of you still aren't impressed. But if you've ever used Google talk before you know that the audio is about twice as good a cell phone. It pretty much sounds like the person is in the room with you. Every time that I've used Google Talk in a public place people are amazed at how good the audio is. And if I could have that good of a quality every time that I talked on my phone with somebody then that'd be awesome.
However, its not out just yet. Google just released the tools for someone to do this. It has yet to be done. Libjingle also has tools for file sharing (P2P) and video. For those that thought Google Talk was behind all the competitors, think again. As always with Google they take something that's already kinda cool and take it in a different direction.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Google Safe Browsing Test Page

I see you've download both of Google's new extentions :)

If you're reading on this on my blog I'll tell you more about it in my next post.Read more at

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The 2 Wizards

If you're looking for a fun christmas lights set to music, you should check out this video on Google Video.

If you are looking for something that will excite the geek in you, you should should check out this article on Free Online Date Storage.
The most exciting of these I think is Openomy. Openomy is a tag based online file stystem, with an open API. The possibilies of this system are numberous. If you have no idea what I just said, all you need to know is that you can store up to 1Gb of stuff online for free. So you can back stuff up if you like. :) Geeks can read more about it, on this wiz kid's blog.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Is Christmas not a holiday?

So, its been a while since I posted anything, I'm finally done with School for about a month. So, expect somewhat frequent post for about a month, before they start to trail off again...

Over Thanksgiving dinner my aunt says that she read this article in the paper of a guy that went to the local mall and was startled to find that only a couple stores had "Merry Christmas" in any of their Christmas decorations, instead they had it replaced with "Happy Holidays". She proceeded with some of the normal ignorant "taking Christ out of Christmas" jargon that is all too familiar in Christian circles. Considering the timing (over Thanksgiving dinner) my immediate response was that it was too early to talk about Christmas. She agreed with me but after thinking about it some, I've decided that this is not my main objection to this kind of thinking.

Little did I know that the "Happy Holiday" debate had become a rather hot topic nationally as well as locally. When I came into work today there was a company memo by the clock-in station inviting people to the "Holiday Party". The word "Holiday" had been marked out in pen and someone had written "Christmas" in the margin. An addition comment pointing to the alteration saying "God bless". Is it just me that finds this ridiculous?!?

Why on earth would we look to corporate America to define what our holiday name is advertised as? Retail outlets are mostly just concerned with moving from the red to the black. Their main concern is not taking a loss for the year. And why shouldn't they? If they didn't make money then they'd tank. And to this end they are trying to reach as many people with their advertising as possible. They're trying to be inclusive, they don't want to offend Jewish potential customers. So they use the word "Holiday" which is by the way derived from Holy Day, instead of "Christmas". Why is that such a big deal? Do we except corporate advertising to line up with all of our personal beliefs? Does Sears really care about evangelizing the world? And should we expect them to even respect God at all? Why do we expect non-Christians to act like Christians? Could it be because we are doing such a lousy job of showing the meaning of the Jesus' life that we expect others to make up for our hypocrisy?

I tend to lump these Holiday complainer into the same category as the people that point out that "Santa" is the word "Santa" with the letters rearranged or say Xmas is an attempt to X out Christ from the word Christmas.

All this is simply ridiculous.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Monday, November 21, 2005

Bubbles with Color!

Somebody has finally improved the Bubble. In February stores will start selling Colored Bubbles called. They will called Zubbles. I know what you're thinking, 'well that's pretty cool, I'm sure my kids will have fun with that'.However, the technology used in these bubbles might have other applications as well.
"For decades, the color industry has been focused entirely on color fastness. No one has really thought about the potential of temporary color."
"...making things like a Swiffer that leaves a momentary trace showing where you've Swiffered and a temporary wall paint that would let you spend a few hours with a color before committing to it. The dye's reach is so great that there are even biotech and industrial uses being discussed."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Check it out. 24 hours, competing to represent the United States at the Olympics, ok so not really the Olympics, but if you win you do get to represent to United States in the world wide website design competition in France. That's right, this weekend they're holding a 24 hours web design competition, in Chattanooga, TN and the winner of that goes on the world competition. Pretty cool ay? I'm not competing, but I am going to watch the participants and attend the seminars and stuff. Should be lots of fun.
I'm also suppose to be about 3 other places on Saturday, so I'm not sure if try and spend some time and learn lots of cool stuff while I'm there.

P.S. Sorry the site looks like crap right now, my other template started crashing my browser from some odd reason. It will be back when I find out what's wrong with it.


Friday, November 04, 2005

Man I hate that

You know what irks me. Cell phones with non-instrumental ringers tones. Ringers with voices, I hate them. High quality phone ringers are great but I don't want to hear voices from my phone before I answer it. Find your favorite song with out words and make that your ringer. I don't need to be sung to by some terrible country artist or yelled at by some hip-hop gangster. Why can't phone ringers sound remotely like someone is calling you?!?! Leave the voices for talking.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Flock the what?

So I'm writing this post in a new type of web browser called Flock. It's build on top of Firefox but it's not meant to compete with Firefox, because it take a completely different approach to the web. Most web browsers let you view stuff other people have written.Flickr Photo If you want to do somthing interactive like blogging, using flickr, using and stuff like that you have to use a rather clunchy online interface, unless you download some special add on stuff. For example, if you want to upload pictures to Flickr you have to pick each file individually form your computer and then hit upload unless you download the flickr uploader. In which case it works a lot better but you have to open up another program. Another example is Blogger, you have to use their somewhat useful formating tools to write a blog post, unless you download the Microsoft Word plug in, in which case you have to switch to another program to blog.Well here is where Flock comes in. It is integrated with several web 2.0 companies: Blogger, Wordpress, Flickr, and others. Right now its "somewhere between alpha and beta" and will crash rather frequently but the idea is really cool. The interface I'm using right now is defiantly the best I've seen for adding pictures from flickr to your post. I'll let you know more after I've played around with it some more.
P.S. It defianlty has its downsides right now though, for example there is no spell check, so I'm sure this post is littered with errors.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

My bookmarklet on the Official Google Reader Blog

Google has made note of the bookmarklet that I made recently. They have a link to this site from the Official Google Reader Blog. I'm pretty excited about that as you can very well imagine. Soon I'll be improving on my bookmarklet even more, so stay tuned. I'm about half way done with it, once I get some free time I'll try and finish it up. :)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Page Rank is weird

Lately my Google Page Rank has dropped to 1 and I have no idea why. And my posts have stopped being indexed too. Strange. Wow its really late, I should go to bed. I think tomorrow I might write some JavaScript to replace all my :) and :( and ;) with smiley icons using JavaScript. That sounds like it could be fun. Of course that would probably make my site take even longer to load. I should really do something about how long it takes. Does it bother anyone else that it takes so long?
OK, I'm actually going to bed now.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Google Reader Bookmarklet Version 2.0

Update: Google Reader now works with Xanga so that part of my bookmarklet is now relevant.

I have improved the Holizz bookmarklet/favlet for Google Reader and added a few features. Drag and drop this bookmarklet to your toolbar:
Add to GReader

The bookmarklet allows you to easily add subscriptions to Google Reader while browsing the internet. To use the bookmarklet find a website that has a site feed and click on the bookmarklet in your toolbar. This should take you to a preview of the feed you want to subscribe to. Click on the large Subscribe button in the middle of your screen to subscribe.

Feature list:
  • Detects main feed from blogs that link to them correctly (both absolute and relative links)
  • Previews feeds before you subscribe to them
  • Subscribe to site RSS/ATOM feed that you are currently viewing
  • If feed is not detected then it will search for one using the title of the page
Special Cases supported:
  • Subscribe to older blogspot templates from any page in blog
  • Subscribe to Xanga sites (note: GReader is now compatible with Xanga, but previously was not)
Eventually, I'll improve on this even more and allow you to select which feed you want to subscribe to if the page has multiple feed.

Note: if you are having trouble dragging the bookmarklet you can try right-clicking on it and selecting 'add to favorites'/'bookmark this link' and putting it in the 'links' or 'bookmark toolbar' folder respectively.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

He really does exist...

So I was walking down the hall at school and this random dude was like "hey, I know you." He then proceeded to identified himself as Bicx. And then I was like, "cool" and then he was like... yeah this post is starting to sound like I'm a girl so I'll stop all the like stuff.
But anyway, I saw Bicx so that's exciting, and know I know he exist... or was it his evil twin brother...[dun, dun, dunnn]...hmmm.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Moving to Furl

I just finished converting all my Filangy bookmarks to It took quite a long time because I had to do it manually. Filangy does have an export function but not in a format that is compatible with Furl or or anybody else. So why did I leave Filangy? Well, mostly it was because they were small and weren’t very popular. If it gives you any idea of their size, I was ranked the 49th most popular user, and I didn’t use it that much. I still think Filangy is really cool, but I don’t really care about the personal search thing so much, and compatibility with Filangy and anything else is pretty much non-existent. But why not use Pretty much I think its ugly. I know that’s a week excuse, but they do pretty much the same thing and Furl looks a lot better. So there you have it.
Farewell Filangy, hello Furl.

If you use Furl too, I’d love to make you a contact, just let me know what your username is.
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Friday, October 07, 2005

Great music

Good, innovative, rock bands, they are hard to come by and have been mostly absent from the radio since the early 90's when grunge was in its hay day. But is there anything new that's coming out that is both good and innovative in the rock industry?

I've been thinking about this for a little while know I've decided that I can narrow the list down to 3 bands in no particular order.
I thought about adding NIN but they're not very good. TOOL, but everybody these days sounds like TOOL. Maybe Cake, but I'm not so sure they're very innovative.

So let me know what you think do you agree disagree, should I add anybody?

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Six flags is awesome, except...

Last Saturday Roxie and I went to six flags and had a great time except, my girlfriend threw up after riding Batman: the Ride. Which is really sad because that's one of my favorite rides, and I felt bad for her. Its too bad you can't decide not to be sick. :(
Other than that' we had a good time though. :)
Man, I love that theme park!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Was the Real Catastrophe Media Coverage?

"I think 99 percent of it is bulls---," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney...
"Everything was embellished, everything was exaggerated," said Deputy Police Superintendent -

What are they talking about? The news reports that came out of New Orleans during Katrina. Apparently the people in the Superdome and Convention Center in New Orleans were not all killers and gang bangers!

Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA - Beron doesn't remember his name - came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.

"I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.

The real total was six, Beron said.

Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside. -

This great news to everyone except journalist, that now have the very hard task of regaining the trust of myself and the American people. And despite all of this the, often sited, BBC article suggest that Katrina saved US media
saying, "Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina."
Sounds like the exact opposite to me. For the most part, American broadcast journalism was full of mostly false reports. Maybe media outlets should thing twice before tooting their own horn.

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Orleans vs. My Pants

So I was just watching news footage or New Orleans flooding again, I thought how lucky I was to be dry and how I didn’t deserve to be dry. My life is so good, I don’t deserve this, so I decided spill the full cup of water that was in my hand all over the left side of my body, my shirt, my upper thigh (yes it looks like I wet myself), my knee, and my shoe. No one bumped me, or said my name suddenly, or tried to scary me. I just dumped in on myself. Good times…

In other news, what kinda weirdness bites my neck twice close together and instead of leaving bite wounds leaves zits. Yeah, that's kinda odd. I'd show you a picture but my camera is very very dead. sigh...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What's happening

Well I finally got my laptop set up right so I can do all of my homework on it instead of having to go to the lab. That's exciting. I've been using Google Talk alot and its awesome! As you might have noticed, taken down my home made music player and added a much fancier one, it will even pop-up in its own window so you can continue browsing while listening to fabulous music. I tried to put music on it that is pleasant to listen to while reading my blog or general web surfing. I hope you like it.

I was helping Kerry out when I signed up for an iPod shuffle offer. He now has his! It is possible.

hand, kerry said...

I wanted to let you know, I did indeed receive my free iPod shuffle, a week or two ago actually. I named it jaime and we are pretty much dating. You don't have to tell people that when you say you know someone who actually got a free one, that might not help them do a referral for you.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

New Google Blog Search

Google has now joined the ranks of blog search engines. So the question is. Will I use it for searching though my blog entries? For now, I think I stick with but will just have to wait and see, in the mean time you can look at both of them and tell me which one you like better: Google IceRocket
New Google feature sorts through blogs / Test search engine likely to undercut smaller rival sites    

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

And Life is Good

I’m typing this from Microsoft Word on my new laptop connected to my wireless network at home while I install Half-Life 2. Oh yeah that’s awesome. I know, I know, I’m a geek…

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Perhaps I spoke too soon

It now seems that it was not as easy to get out of New Orleans as I had previously stated. Reports are now coming in that several of the local governments hindered people from leaving. In particular the main bridge west out of New Orleans was closed a day before Katrina hit. The local government seemed to not be very cooperative at all it turns out. Perhaps it was not so much the peoples fault that they stayed there as I had previously suggested. And afterwards the local government wouldn't allow aid to go to the SuperDome because they wanted to get people out of the city and bringing aid to the city would prolong that effort.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Super catastrophe

Has anybody else notice that the people at the Super Dome are all black? Look at the picture above? Do you see anybody but black people? For New Orleans:
The racial makeup of the city is 28.05% Caucasian, 67.25% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 3.06% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. - New Orleans
Where'd everybody else go? Only 67% of the population is black, that's a little over 2 to 1 ratio of blacks and whites. So were is everybody else? The answer is they left before the hurricane in the mandatory evacuation. Is it part of the black culture to not retreat or something?
I'm not a racist and I don't think I would have noticed at all if I hadn't seen a picture of one white soldier among several black people.
While the condition at the Super Dome are terrible,
A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. - LA TIMES
People there are making it worse by panic. It seems like the only people down there that get plastered across TV are either thugs (looters, drug users, etc), handicapped (mentally and physical), or just plain stupid for not having left when they had a chance. I know its easy to draw conclusions from this statement and previous ones. I'm not sure if making those conclusions is fair or not, but I'll leave that up to you. If you have any ideas feel free to share them within reason (I will delete any blatantly racist comments).
Having too any desperate people in one place is never a good idea and as we have seen, can make disasters areas into war zones.

Commentators noted the victims of the hurricane were overwhelmingly African Americans, too poor to flee the region as the hurricane loomed unlike some of their white neighbors. - AP
They're poor because they're black?!? I hate media bias.


Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP, held a news conference and charged that the response was slow because those most affected are poor.

Many also are black, but the lawmakers held off on charging racism. - Fox News

Many others are now noticing the same thing I have noticed.

I still need at least one person to sign up to earn a free iPod shuffle so I can get mine.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Words of Wisdom from Me

Your vision is not nearly as important as the out come.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Exciting stuff

All kinds of exciting stuff is happening as of late.

  1. I just finished watch an incredible video on click on 'The Scary Level' on the left of the main page. It has Harrigan trying to stand up in 135+ mile an hour winds.
  2. Google has announced Google Talk. Its a IM chat program based on the Jabber open source standard protocol, but it also does voice of IP like Skype. So you can talk to any body in the world that that has Google Talk and a Gmail account. It even imports your gmail contacts. I haven't tried it out yet up I'm sure its pretty cool. I'll review it once I get to try it play around with it some.
  3. I almost died on the canoe trip this weekend. I spent the night on the side of the road, and hitch hiked 45 minutes at 4 am. It was crazy. More on this to come as well.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Why does scratching an itch make it stop?

hmmm I've wondered that before. And now there's an anwswer thanks to Ask Yahoo!.
If you haven't ever read any Ask Yahoo!, you should, you'll like it. Somebody (like you) submits a question to Ask Yahoo!, and they answer one every day. They get questions about everything under the sun and they usually seem to know what they're talking about when answering those questions. :)

So, Why does scratching an itch make it stop?
"the general theory is that scratching provides a "counterirritation" that distracts the brain from the original itch" - Ask Yahoo!
Huh, who would have though. Amazing really.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Bout that time again

Looks like I've been slacking a little bit with my posts regularity. There must be a pill for that...
school has started back up and between kayaking and badmiton I think I'll have a enjoyable and informative semester. The latter coming mostly from the classes actually in between the two previously mentioned course works.

I don't think I could have written a more complicated sentence if I tried... :)

So anyway, I'm a little hungry right now, and that's mostly what I thinking about. I'm also thinking about the sweet hook up that my workplace is giving me. They're giving me a laptop to work from home with flexible hours, and maybe a promotion. That's pretty awesome!

The only other thing I'm really thinking about right now is that I'm going bowling for free with the BCM tonight. yeah... that will be good. I think we're meeting at 8:30 at the BCM if you're interested in coming then I'll make it worth your while. Mostly just b/c you'll be graced with my presences. ;)

Time to go eat.

P.S. I still need at least one person to sign up to earn a free iPod shuffle for me to get mine.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Can I really win a FREE iPod Shuffle?

Well, I wouldn't exactly call it 'free', you do have to work at it a little bit, but its not hard and it is considerably cheaper than going out and buying one, especially if you have some loyal friends.

Here's what you have to do.
Go to this website. Sign up for just one(1) of the offers and then refer 3 other people to sign up for one of the offers. If you get 3 other people to sign up for one of the offers then they'll send you a "free" iPod Shuffle.

I know, I know, you're saying to yourself that the offers must be ridiculous. Well they're not.
Here's a list of some of the offers:
Columbia House DVD
Blockbuster Online
Comcast Cable
BMG Music
and 15 others...

Well I've completed one of the offers for a friend and figured that I might as well try to get one myself. If you'd help me win an iPod Shuffle I'd appreciate it. :)

Oh yeah and go read the Terms & Conditions just to ease your mind. You can double check everything I said.
You can also watch this video on G4 Video Game TV to see it in action.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Where to blog?

Where would you prefer to read my blog posts?

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

A New Record

welp I think that's a new personal record.

Auto Trackback from IceRocket

I added Trackback from holascan to my site a while ago, but have since taken it off due to complicated pinging and nobody ever referencing me. All it ever did was take up room.
However, IceRocket has released a fantastic service called LinkTracker. It is effectively the link at the bottom of every post that says "# LINKING POSTS". If you would like to see it in action, just look at my IE7 Sucks post. You can see that 2 other blogs have referenced mine. I know (!) isn't that amazing. Oh yeah, I hope you can read Spanish too because apparently the only people that will ever read this post happen to type in Spanish.
Its not perfect, actually the first Spanish blog to reference mine was IceRocket doesn't acknowledge this blog for some reason. Oh well, it can't be perfect if its free, right? I would recommend putting it on your blog if you ever think that maybe, somebody, somewhere, sometime, might reference your blog. Because, then you'll know who they were. :)

oh yeah, IceRocket also has this fun new thing called Trends. It tell you what is more popular in the blogophere between any two terms. Give it a spin if you like: Bush VS Blair.

mobiBLU 1GB mp3 player at Wal-mart

These little things are awesome! Sure, iPods are kind of cool but nothing beat the total cuteness of the mobiBLU 1 GB Cube Digital Audio Player. Ok ok, it doesn't exactly hold 50 GBs or anything but it is super tiny. That's got to count for something doesn't it?
It even comes in six wicked awesome colors.

If only my fingers were small enough to press the buttons...

Coolest T-shirt on Threadless

This has got to be one of the coolest shirts I've ever seen! Product - Loch Ness ImposterI almost bought it as soon as it became available for sale but then I wasn't sure I was ready for making a commitment to actually buy a shirt online. It still makes me a little quezzy. I finally mustered enough courage to ask out this wonderful tshirt, but alas I was rejected. It seems they are "All out of stock" or at least that's the line they're feeding me. The shirt probably just doesn't like my facial hair. This is one of the sadest days of my life...

Theology with Brian

I first meet Brain in my racquet ball class at UTC my freshman year. He's a pretty smart guy and recently started a series of posts about theology on his blog. I would recommend reading what he has to say if you are interested in this kind of stuff. He has laid out this handy-dandy list of topics that he is planning to discus.

1) Authority of Scripture: How reliable is the Bible? Should we use words like inerrant and infallible to describe it? Are there errors?

2) The canonization of the Bible: Is it reliable? Should we have a canon? What about the Apocrypha? Why is it included in some types of Bibles and not others? Is that okay? Is it "scripture?"

3) Core Truths: What are the core truths and principles Brian talks about in his articles? Do they really matter? What about the "little matters?" Are they insignificant or unwaverable?

4) Propositions: Should we make claims about the Bible and/or Jesus and/or theology? Is there an absolute truth? Can we not just love people? Can we love people without propositionalizing the gospel? Is there a such thing as a "depropositionalized love?" "Why can't we all just get along?"

5) Love: How do we define love? How do we reconcile God's love with the concept of wrath? Can God still be a God of love with all the evil in this world? Is there a possibility that God might actually still be in control of all these "destructive" events? Can there be love without hate?

6) Division: Why is there division in the church? Are there beneficial aspects of a "divided" church? Are we really divided, or are we "divided, yet together?" How can we show the love of the church within the church, and see that flow to outside the church?

7) Conformity: Has the church sold out to the world? Have we abdicated to culture in order to be relevant? Should we look different? How? Why? What does it mean to be "in the world, not of the world?" Isn't all this rules stuff just legalism? Can you be sold out to Christ without the "rules?" How did Jesus accomplish the goal? Did he care about the "rules?"

8) Relevance: What does it mean to be relevant? Can you be "set apart" and still relevant? Can you make the gospel relevant without "looking" different? What does this mean: "looking" different? Have we been approaching the culture correctly?

9) Open or Closed Theology: Should we be open to other worldviews to use for the church? Is there danger in mixing ideals? Can it be beneficial?

10) Be or Look: Are we supposed to look like we are holy, or actually be holy?

11) Identity: As Christians, where is our identity? Is it in Christ? Is it in deeds? Is it in both? Is one a part of the other? Can you separate the two? Does the grace emphasis of Romans and deeds emphasis of James contradict?

12) The Emergent Phenomenon: What about Brian McLaren, the "emergent church," "open source theology," the deconstructionist movement, postmodernism, and others of this "emerging" culture? How does the Christian respond effectively without bringing dishonor to Christ's name? Is this phenomenon new, or is this an old hat?

13) History: What were the Councils of Nicea, Trent, Carthage, etc? Why do they matter? Who was Athanasius and why does he matter? Who were the Arians? Why on earth would Brian include this?

And yes Brian is pretty good at racquet ball too. ;)

Time to Update?

Well recently I've had a lot of ideas about what to blog about, but as you've probably noticed I haven't updated all week. This is mainly due to me having problems fleshing out my ideas. To make up for it I'm going on a posting rampage (Rampage, man that was a great game!) . I'm going to see if I can post more posts today then posts I've ever posted before posts in one day posts... posts.... posts... Which I think is four. So expect lots of updates today :)

Friday, August 05, 2005

Homosexuality in the Church and are we Missing the Real Issue

This seems to be a touchy subject among society today. With recent developments in this on going battle for human rights, I figure it was time to give my humble opinion. The recent events I am referring too are mainly, a Methodist Pastor being fired over not allowing a homosexual to become a member of the church and the United Christ church approval of gay marriages (you should really read this article even if you read nothing else. Its from the perspective of a former homosexual from Exodus International).
You should know by know that I usually don't just run my mouth on here without at least doing some research to back it up. The first site that comes up in google, and a fairly informative site when starting my research is The site gives both "Religious liberals" and "Religious conservatives" points of views on most every verse in the Bible containing controversial topics, as well as an overview of each topic. Even though the site offers both points of view it is painfully obvious which view the other holds. With a name like Religious Tolerance I'm sure you can figure out which side of the fence they lean towards.
Religious Tolerance does however state,
"We have been unable to change the beliefs or actions of any of these hundreds of people on even one point related to homosexuality."
"The Bible refers to specific homosexual behaviors in a few passages. All references are negative."
The article tries to argue that the Bible "may be totally silent on consensual homosexual relationships". However, I think they are missing the boat completely.
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Some people would like point the finger specifically at the effeminate and the homosexuals and how they will not inherit the kingdom of God. But I would like to point out that they are listed right in the middle of sins that most everyone can relate to. Is the church being as condemning of all these other sins as much as they are homosexuality? For example, would someone be denied membership to the same Methodist church if they were open fornicators/adulterers? I'm not sure. It has become quite the norm for couples to live together before they get married. Some might dismiss this as 'common-law married', however I can find no support for this in the Bible. They should be treated the same! Right along with anybody that's stolen anything, drunkards and cheaters.
However there is good news! As the second part of the passage states there is hope for those that commit these sins. These sins can be washed away through Jesus' sacrifice for us. I think it is worth pointing out that Sexual orientation is a fairly new idea and that 'homosexuality' in scripture here is relating to acting on homosexual tendencies. Struggling with same sex feelings is not a sin any more then any other temptation. I can't help but think that the church is growing soft on sin as a whole. Nobody likes to be accused of sinning but sometimes we need to be corrected where we have turned from the way God would have us to live.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Look what I made for my girl

Note: This post is very long so if you don't what to read it you can just look at the pretty pictures.

Since my favorite person in the whole world moved to Chattanooga recently, I decided to make a sign as a welcome gift. After going over several ideas about what to get her I decided a sign with her name on it would be appropriate.
I'm still not sure what she'll do with it but that's for her to decide not me. I'm exactly sure where I got the idea for burning wood. I do like to burn things though, so maybe that's part of it.
Anyway, after burning some test wood I decided it was worth the effort to make go for it. I figured that if I used aluminum foil to cover parts of the wood then it would sufficiently block the heat from the flame and leave the wood under the foil (did I mention that I like the word 'foil'?) and I was right.
First I started with a beautiful looking piece of hardwood. After I cut it to the right size I drew an oval where I would put the name, 'Roxie'. If I would have been smart I would have used two small pieces of tape a sting and some simple mathematics to draw the oval, but I thought of this after I had a decent looking freehand oval, so I decided to stick with it.
The main purpose of the oval is provide some boundaries for the rays that would eventually encircle my girlfriends name. Next, I scored the oval and the rays, which radiate approximately perpendicular to the oval, with a chisel. My chiseled rays test on some pinewood was rather disastrous, but I felt confident that hardwood would work better. However, I was not completely convinced that it would not shed my board into chaos. After some searching I finally found a tool that would work better than the standard flat chisel that I had been using. The tool is actually designed to be used with a lathe but with its rounded edge, as opposed to the flat square chisel head, it worked better than I could have ever hoped. It made beautiful rounded grooves.
After this I printed "Roxie" in as big a font size as would fit a piece of paper. After backing with aluminum foil, I cut it to the size of my oval and taped it to the wood. I gently cut out the letters in the paper and aluminum foil with a hobby knife. Before I removed the excess aluminum foil I tacked each letter down to the wood in strategic spots with finishing nails. The result looked a lot like a pin cushion. I then very carefully removed the extra paper and foil, leaving only my aluminum letters tacked to the wood.
In my burn tests I used a candle with decent effects, however I needed something bigger and hotter to burn this much larger piece of wood. So I went to Lowes and bought a butane torch. It did the job without too much complaint. I did have to go back buy some more butane as I ran out before I was finished burning stuff. The torch worked rather well as it was much more focused then a candle and didn't create as much smoke. I was also please how well the foil did at keeping the wood beneath it from burning. After I removed all the nail and foil I stopped to examine how things were going.
I started to have some doubts. It looked very burnt. I couldn't see the rays at all and I started to think that it looked better as a pin cushion than a burnt piece of wood. But I didn't give up. I had tested enough of my theories to know better, there was still hope. I started sanding it by hand. I noticed some black dust begin to come off it, but still it was very black. I started to doubt again. Maybe I should use some power tools I thought. The first thing I tried was the detail sander. That went less then well.
I remembered that we had a vibrating sander somewhere and after a little searching (like all workshops ours is a little bit of a mess) I found it. It worked a lot better. It began to take off the top layer of wood once again showing the beautiful hard wood. The plan all along was to burn the grooves and then sand away an black on the surface leaving mostly just the grooves burned. After a lot of sanding, and I mean a lot, it started to take the form of the idea that was in my head. I then decided that the letters definitely needed to be outlined in copper wire. I had played around with the idea before then but had actually decided to do it up until this point.
I figured that it would be cool to have the wire raised a little bit from the wood to give it a third dimension. This turned out to be a very good idea indeed. I decided that each letter would be anchored to the wood in two opposing corners to increase stability. Half of the wire holes I drilled with the drill press, the other half with a cordless drill. The cordless was actually easier to my surprise. I had previously bought some copper wire which Wildcard and I had stripped at Red Lobster. It took a lot of patients and a couple nights to get all the wires bent into the right shapes but with the help of my Leatherman, some small needle nose pliers, and my nimble fingers, I got them all bent into shapes that at least resemble letters.
After this I put two coats of spray on polyurethane on it. At first I was going to use some old brush on polyurethane that we had, but upon opening the can I found that it had a solidified layer on top of it. I broke though the layer but not before get polyurethane all over my hands. Needless to say, after I made a mess, I went out and bought some in a aerosol can.
As you can see I think it turned out well. Roxie seems to like it, and that's what matters most. I'm sure you probably didn't read this whole post but hopefully you looked at some of the pictures, and if you ever plan on burning some art maybe this post will help.
For more pictures go to my photoblog.
I love you Roxie.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

First cloned dog

Today South Korean researchers have announced that they have successfully cloned a dog. What's the big deal you might say, we've cloned all kinds of animals from mice to horses. Apparently dogs are much harder to clone,
"Dogs have such an unusual reproductive biology, scientists say, that the methods that allowed them to clone sheep, mice, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, cats, a mule, a horse and three rats, and to create cloned human embryos for stem cells, simply do not work with them." - NY Times
The ramifications of the research supposedly go beyond cloning pets, as the says that they will not. However, they spend $19 million dollars to research dog cloning so what do they plan to do with there latest 'product'?
"Dogs get many of the same diseases as people and have long been used to study human diseases." - NY Times
But one of the companies main goals is the ever so popular stem cell research.
"Eventually, the team hopes to make dog embryonic stem cells and test them as treatments in the animals." - NY Times
What I find most interesting about all of this is how LiveScience manages to spin this story. The article first points out that there are ethical concerns with cloning dogs. I agree, its always kind of scary when they clone an animals that are increasingly harder to clone. Eventually we will be cloning humans, and for what purpose I am not sure I want to know. But then the article takes a hard left.
"Yet given that President Bush is trying to block human stem cell research, the success raises the possibility that dogs will live longer while their owners die of diseases that stem cell research aims to cure, said the Executive Director of the Genetics Policy Institute, Bernard Siegel, who was not involved in the research." - LiveScience
"While the White House would prevent new lines of stem cells being used for research, scientists around the world are aggressively pursuing the work. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who had sided with Bush on the issue, last week jumped ship and backed House-passed legislation to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research." - LiveScience
neither of these claims are true. What do you think about cloning? How far is too far?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I think TBN 'needs' another boat

Sure you get a fancy dancy picture frame for you hundred plus dollar donation, but does it really go to support ministry? Looks like you might have just bought a really expensive picture frame, and helped Mr. & Mrs. Crouch buy a brand new boat.
"• TBN refuses to release consolidated audited financial statements.
• TBN spends shockingly little on its charitable programs. TBN’s 2003 program expenses are extremely low at 43 percent,
when compared to the database average at about 78 percent. Additionally, TBN’s 2003 savings rate is
high at about 39 percent compared to the database average of around zero.
• TBN presently has cash and short term investments of $341 million. This represents money that could be deployed into
ministry work but instead is sitting idle on the ministry’s balance sheet. Meanwhile, the ministry continues to implore donors
to give it even more money.
• TBN executives Paul and Jan Crouch espouse a skewed view of the Gospel, embracing the “health and wealth” or
“prosperity” theology, often portraying an unorthodox accounting of the life and teachings of Jesus.
• Mr. Crouch and his family live a life of luxury, the full extent of which remains unknown. The Crouches refusal to be
transparent raises questions as to whether their exorbitant lifestyle is financed by the sacrificial giving of well-meaning donors.
• Matthew Crouch, son of Paul and Jan Crouch, controls a for-profit company that has received approximately $32 million
from TBN corporations during the past five years to produce movies such as “The Omega Code.” Due to a lack of transparency,
donors are unable to determine if this was a sensible use of their money or what amount of compensation Matthew
Crouch and/or others closely aligned with the Crouch family may have taken from this and possibly other related party
• TBN’s board of directors is made up of just three Crouch family members, preventing independent oversight needed to
protect donor interests and in contrast to the best practices utilized by many other excellent ministries.
• A former employee, Kelly Whitmore, said that ministry funds were used to indulge the personal tastes of the Crouch couple.
• At least one television station has dropped TBN from its lineup after viewers complained that their promised blessings
never occurred.
• In 1998, a former TBN employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford, was paid $425,000 for agreeing not to publicize Mr. Ford’s allegations
that he and TBN founder Paul Crouch had a homosexual tryst two years earlier.
• TBN vigorously worked to keep the information regarding the settlement with Mr. Ford private and questions remain regarding
the source of those funds." - MWDA_031805_TBN.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Monday, August 01, 2005

Wired News: GOP Wants to Help Fight Disease

I've recently read two very interesting article on ethical concerns and new exciting technology. I would, of course, recommend that you read them both. They aren't very long and they are both informative.

  1. - birthing babies from machines and how it could kill abortions
  2. Wired News: GOP Wants to Help Fight Disease - stem cell research alternatives to killing babies.
I'd love to hear what you have to say about these two fascinating articles.

Good news and Bad news

Good News: My lovely girlfriend just moved back to Chattanooga.
Bad News: My hands smell like polyurethane.

hmmmm I wonder if these are related....

Friday, July 29, 2005

IE7 beta is available and it sucks

Well after wait for a much better browser from Microsoft, they deliver mostly crap. The only thing they really improved is that it now has tabs, slightly better security, a build in search box and alpha PNGs. Not very much considering how far behind IE compared to... well any other browser. I don't think this new browser will be putting Firefox under any time soon. Speaking of Firefox... You do have it doesn't you? What?!? You're not using Firefox? Well, it you like popups and viruses than by all means have fun with that. Oh yeah, by the way, all the new features of IE7 are currently available in Firefox. So what are you waiting for? Go get Firefox!

Update: Microsoft says that they are going to include a lot more standard compliance for the final version of IE. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Googlism: Chattanooga

Some interesting things that you might not have known about Chattanooga according to Googlism.
chattanooga is in for colder weather
chattanooga is gator country
chattanooga is a wonderful place to live
chattanooga is a upgrade of the akira
chattanooga is not home to major scientific
chattanooga is a pioneer city in the establishment of greenways
chattanooga is a convenient two
chattanooga is pygmalion
chattanooga is $105
chattanooga is approximately 152
chattanooga is divided into five stratigraphic units
chattanooga is one of many hot springs found along the middle fork of the boise river
chattanooga is very user friendly once they get here with amenities like the aquarium and i
chattanooga is a green roofed building on your left next to northern equipment
chattanooga is conveniently located across the street from hamilton place mall
chattanooga is like north
chattanooga is at the junction of i
chattanooga is open to anyone with an interest in pursuing clock or watch repair
chattanooga is the perfect site for southeastern wilderness medicine
chattanooga is actually the world's electric bus capital; it exports the 22
chattanooga is a perfect spot for a romant
chattanooga is a shining example of apathy
chattanooga is a boom waiting
chattanooga is the first city in tennessee to purchase the csr system
chattanooga is first major test of the year
chattanooga is was gathered using an ho
chattanooga is a lot better than their record indicates
- from Googlism: chattanooga

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Google Maps Pedometer

Ever wonder just how far you ran this morning? Or how many calories you'd burn talking to the grocery store instead of driving there? Well, now you can! (said as much like that guy on all those infomercial as possible) With Gmaps Pedometer you can measure distances with ease. Click the Start Recording button and then double click two locations on the map. It will tell you the distance between them. Double-click a third location and it will tell you the total distance and the distance between the last two places you clicked. If you turn on the calorie counter it will even tell you how much you burned. :) Simply amazing.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Hezekiah who?

This past Sunday I was in Sevierville visiting my lovely girlfriend and attended church with her. This marks the 3rd time I've been to this church and I almost always have questions or something I really disagree with come up during the sermon. This time the sermon was on following passage concerning Hezekiah.
5(G)He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; (H)so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.

6For he (I)clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.

7(J)And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered And (K)he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. - 2 Kings 18

The sermon was pretty good for the most part. He started off saying that we shouldn't add or subtract anything from the Bible and that he wouldn't preach anything that wasn't from the Bible. I heartily agree! Unfortunately, in the past I've heard extra Biblical teachings from his pulpit. Namely "sex, drugs and rock n' roll", but I'll save that rant for another time.
OK, now re-read that passage again. What jumps out at you? What questions would you have that you might expect to be answered in any form of teaching on this passage? Here are some of the things that caught my eye. "so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him." He sounds like an awesome dude. Nobody like him before or after his reign. He's a one of a kind. A man that stands out in scripture. So what's so great about this guy?!? Why is he so special? Well if we read on we might find something that helps us understand. "For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses." Wow. Hezekiah had his act together, but what does that mean? " kept His commandments" Was Hezekiah perfect? It also says, "did not depart from following Him". Does that mean he never sinned? Did he always follow God all the time? Obviously not. "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". But if Hezekiah wasn't perfect than what makes him so special? And if there has never been any one like him since how does his story apply to my life? Obviously I could never be like him. I haven't read all of the surrounding passages yet (I'll update you the more I find out). I've come up with these questions with just about 5 minutes of study. How much more did this pastor study this passage and never come up with any of these questions. It astounds me how none of these things were mentioned.

A side note to Roxie: verse 4 says "He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it" So I was right when I thought I heard him say that he tore down the idols that Moses erected. However, the bronze serpent is not the golden calf by any means. Moses was so angry about the golden calf that he broke the first set of the ten commandments. I don't think that most of the people attending the servers know what he was talking about. He has a terrible habit of incorporating nearby scripture and assuming that we have read it already.

So if you have any answers to these questions or comments I'd be glad to hear your take on them.

Friday, July 22, 2005

I want a sonos audio system

Sonos is a super cool anywhere in the house sound system... with a swavy remote control too! Pretty much it takes the music you have on your computer, and if you're like me then you have a lot of it, and pumps it to any room in your house. Yeah its pretty much awesome. You should watch the flash demo.
If you happen to have $1199.00 laying around you should buy me one. ;)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Game Paused

An art project incoperating video games. How fabulous!

Johnny Depp is my hero

I try to make a habbit of not doing these little quizes but come on, its Johnny Depp. You can't go wrong with such a hot guy great actor.

You Are Edward From "Edward Scissorhands."
You are very shy and often misunderstood. Innocent, sweet, and artistic, you like to pass your days by daydreaming and expressing yourself through the arts. You are a truly unique individual. Unfortunately, you are quite lonely, and few people truly understand you.
Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

This is probably my favorite movie of his.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The morning of 7th July 2005

I've been meaning to post it for a little while now. This is a interactive map of the London Bombings: The morning of 7th July 2005. You can click on the red markers to read more about each point. This map was created by a student that lives very close to London, and details where he was when the bombs went off. You can also read his account of the tragic events.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Ice Shelf Collapse Reveals New Undersea World

An Ice Shelf recently broke off from Antarctica, probably due to global warming ;)
"Seeing these organisms on the ocean bottom -- it's like lifting the carpet off the floor and finding a layer that you never knew was there," said Eugene Domack of Hamilton College.
Domack hopes to find new species and that this discovery will open the door to future Antarctic expeditions, specifically into Lake Vostok, a freshwater lake that sits two miles below the surface. - Ice Shelf Collapse Reveals New Undersea World
I think it is super cool that we might find new little creatures in the ocean. The ocean is huge, I mean huge gargantuan! I've recently had a renewed respect for just how large it is by using Google Earth. And let me tell you, if you don't think its that big then go download Google Earth and just look at it. Anyways, I've always been fascinated by creatures the ocean, which is kind of funny because I'm not really the biggest fan of the beach. Don't get me wrong I like the sun, wind, water, and general relaxation, but I'm not that crazy about sand or saltwater. I just don't like them. However, I love the little creatures of the ocean, some of the most amazing animals that God created life in the ocean. They're so different than anything else that is on land. Lake Vostok also sounds pretty cool. I didn't know such a thing existed.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Church Is Not an Institution OR Why we should meet in smaller groups with fewer buildings

I'm participating in a very interesting conversation on NonNobis2005's blog about how "the church" looks right now and what it should look like instead. I would encourage you to read it if you have time. It is a lot of reading, but its well worth it, and by all means please join us in the discustion. I'm sure we could use your input as well. :) The basic idea is that the church is suppose to a group of much smaller groups (consisting of maybe a dozen people at most) that meet multiple times a week, and perhaps all the groups meet in a larger setting a couple times a month. The smaller group meetings (for lack of a better term) would primary meet in peoples houses, and each group would have a different focus, one worship, another fellowship, and still another ministering to the poor. If you find this interesting I would suggest you read the rest of discustion on: NonNobis2005's blog.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I like Cookies

I really like cookies. They're just great. I like crunchy ones and soft ones, chocolate chip and sugar and even macadamia nut. The only type of cookies I don't like are peanut butter cookies, because I don't really like peanut butter at all. I even like JavaScript cookies and you should too. ;) You don't need to know how they work, just know that they are making my site even better. If you notice all of the categories on the right are now closed. You can open any of the you want and now my site will remember which ones you've opened. For example if you were browsing though the archives you no longer have to open the achieves category on every page. It will stay open until you close it. I hope this will make the site more convenient for you.

PS right now you have to click twice to get a category to open the first time, after that it works fine. I'm working to fix this.

PPS if you want to know how cookies work try reading this article.

Update: I've now fixed the click twice problem. It should work with just one click now. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

that was a nice car...

too bad I wrecked it.

I can see my house from here

ok so maybe I can't see my house very well... But I can tell you where to find it.

You can get a pretty good idea of where its at by all the optional land marks. :)

Nazca Lines in Google Earth

Monday, July 11, 2005

Friday, July 08, 2005

Not so crapy

Today I spent making my blog look not so crappy in Internet Explorer. Tell me agian... Why are you not using Firefox.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Is Global Warming Always Bad?

According to the Official G8 website there are two topics that are going to be in the forefront of this years G8 summit: Africa and climate change. I think we can all agree that Africa needs some help. Thousands of people are dying from AIDS in the countries of Africa and most of the countries are way behind development wise. Not only is what's happening over there terrible but its an open wound for the rest of the world too, when the world community tries to move ahead technologically and agriculturally, but Africa is holding us back. We might not agree on how to help Africa but I think everybody agrees that they need help.
But what about this Climate Change business? Is the globe really warming? They say that its risen 0.6° over the last 100 years. "Wow, that's not very much. Why should I care", you might say. Well,supposabley one or two degrees is enough to melt a lot of the ice caps and cause water levels to rise flooding port cities and causing a whole host of global weathercatastrophe'ss. But are all the affects of global warming bad? Is there perhaps some advantages to global warming? Some seem to think so. This article, Is Global Warming Always Bad?, provides some interesting insight into global warming. Here are some quotes:
Alarming news often leads to government funding... Good news threatens that arrangement.
How could there be such a disconnection between a computer simulation and reality? Why don't scientists check for this before they publish their papers?
In the first warming, 45 percent of Kilimanjaro's ice cap disappeared. When the planet subsequently cooled, it lost another 21 percent. In the recent warming, another 12 percent has gone, the slowest rate of loss in the last 100 years.
The fact is that Kilimanjaro's glaciers vary greatly, with or without global warming.
While I don'tnecessarilyy thing that we shouldn't consider that global warming could be a treat, its always good to look at things in a balance perspective.