myblog -february '09
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Saturday, February 28, 2009
wow just got the weirdest phone call.. some guy calling on behalf of the newspaper (which we were getting for free), so i say "hi" and then he again tells me "yes, im calling on behalf of the <insert newspaper's name>".. so i say hi again.. and he asks me if i want to renew.. so i say (knowing how these things work) if i have to pay anything.. he says "yeah, its just $13.95" (or whatever the amount of cents was, i forget).. so i say, "oh then, thats ok i dont want to renew" the guy gets confused, and so i tell him i wasnt paying before, i was getting it for free.. so he says "oh.. free.. oh.. free?" so i say "yeah", he then mumbles something and then goes quiet.. and i say "hello?" and he just says "ok bye." hahah and i say "ok.. bye.." and that was that.. i guess he mustve mumbled "ok bye" like 3 times until i realized he was actually saying that.. but man.. that was weird.. its like he was sad and confused that i was getting the newspaper for free.. so weird.
im currently very diligently (surprizingly enough) working on my project (worth 44%, and due on tuesday) and i was just thinking about how, well, you know how atheists will say that certain things in creation are not "optimal" therefore either "God made a mistake" or "there is no God" (yeah, i know.. bear with me here.. ) well i was just thinking, this is just so invalid, which we already know, but heres the line i came up with that expresses that.
"if davinci, really painted the mona lisa, then why isnt she facing the other way?"
basically, design requires choices, and those choices dont always have to be meaningful, at least not to the observer. if God chose creation to be the way it is, how does it matter that we can find "flaws" in it? in other words, if we think that mona lisa looking in the direction she is looking is a flaw, then we really just dont get it, do we?
would creation be "better" if God had done it another way? well, better for whom? or towards what purpose? and just because God or creation does not meet our
demands does not mean He doesnt exist, nor that He didnt create everything that surrounds us.
john mccain sent me this, i thought i would share with all of you:
Top Ten Porkiest Projects in the Omnibus Spending bill
10. $1.7 million "for a honey bee factory" in Weslaco, TX
9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah
8. $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past
7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center
6. $1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah
5. $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi
4. $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York
3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas
2. $2 million ?for the promotion of astronomy? in Hawaii
1. $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa
Thursday, February 26, 2009
i got this in the mail, from rich
Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'
" Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..' "
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
heres a quote wheel burt
"One measure of our likeness to Christ is our sensitivity to the suffering of others."
im not sure who it is that said it, but it sure happens to be quite relevant to some stuff i just went through the last few days
Monday, February 23, 2009
Georgia Brown incredibly screams the high notes that made her the woman with the largest vocal range on the planet...+ view video
yes, that is her singing. and yes, that is incredibly insane.
found one of these metallic green mini coopers
in the trash today.. oh yes, oh yes indeed, remote controlled, 1:6 model (ie, its huge).. soo awesome.. its only missing the battery (and charger) and remote.. but if i can find them on ebay, or elsewheres maaan.. thatd be awesome.
and you better believe im going to mod this thing into something even cooler.. we'll see
Sunday, February 22, 2009
not there anymore but wooow, check it out: batmobile on ebay
Saturday, February 21, 2009
and heres what could possibly be the best mortal kombat since.. well, mk3? (i sort of stopped following mortal kombat after the mk trilogy fiasco.. ugh.. im still trying to get rid of that game.. )
Here's the new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Demo as narrated by creator Ed Boone!
+ view video
and yes, that IS superman against scorpion, and batman versus subzero.. oh, and flash vs sonya.. oh yes, it looks awesome
in case it would be forgotten to history... on thursday, joelie and i were playing chess (as i now have been obsessed into... ) where joel has a clear dominance, with a 4:1 to 5:1 ratio of victory (plus the stalemates).. but this thursday, i had joel in 7 moves roughly.. but then, gah! i was distracted.. (i wont say what distracted me.. what little nobility i have left forbids me to) and then i moved my queen one past the spot i had to place it to win, and hence.. well, i didnt win.. in the end the game went down to my pawns and king and joel put us in stalemate.. gah.. it was so frustrating.. and then joel, being a big 6'4" sissy, didnt want to play anymore.. "im just not feeling it man.." suuure, cuz you know i would beat you like crazy!! haha..
of note though, this is pretty much our final frontier.. its the last place where joel has dominance over me.. and he is training me to be more focused.. (since that is my downfall not just in chess, but in life.. gah!) but i warned him, once i am fully trained, thats it.. he will have to find something else he can beat me at.. since ive already turned the tables on him in bowling.. ah yes.. it is indeed sweet.. sweeter than sweet, its aspartame!
Friday, February 20, 2009
and this, from a discussion on the trinity in a forum:
You see, God, Jesus, called himself light.
Now light is interesting. There are three primary colors of light, Red, Blue, and Green. When combined additively gives us white light. While Red light, blue light, and green light, are all light, they are distinct. In the same way, God is distinct that He is in Three divine persons. Now, when you take the subtraction of light, ( instead of adding the colors, you subtract them out), you get black. Darkness.
i think this is an awesome explanation of the trinity.. i also like mark driscoll's explanation to his son (ill have to paraphrase tho):
"you know how your mother and i are one?"
his son immediately got it.. so did i.. though this might not work for non-bible believers, but then again, they dont believe the bible anyways.. regardless.. this is an awesome explanation.
a very interesting read of the final interview
before execution of serial killer ted bundy
"What I hope will come of our discussion is that I think society deserves to be protected from itself. As we have been talking, there are forces at loose in this country, especially this kind of violent pornography, where, on one hand, well-meaning people will condemn the behavior of a Ted Bundy while they're walking past a magazine rack full of the very kinds of things that send young kids down the road to being Ted Bundys. That's the irony."
-Ted Bundy, serial killer
we always knew pornography was wrong.. but we just thought it was a "normal" sexual deviance.. but there it is.. it can spark a whole other set of dangers in a person's life.. especially a young person's.. but there it is.. oh, and this part:
"I'm no social scientist, and I don't pretend to believe what John Q. Citizen thinks about this, but I've lived in prison for a long time now, and I've met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence. Without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography ? deeply consumed by the addiction. The FBI's own study on serial homicide shows that the most common interest among serial killers is pornography. It's true."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
as always, a great segment on way of the master radio:
This is an interview on Way of The master Radio with Todd Friel interviewing an ex faith healer, Mark Haville, who, after reading the Bible, realized the unbiblical nature of it. He explains the tricks used to make people think they are healed and how they make people fall over.+ view video
its crazy how many christians ive met who actually believe this stuff. its just appalling
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Black Licorice & Red Licorice - mark driscoll delivers a quick message on regeneration+ view video
nothing like a puke story to get the idea across
i call this one, "the skittles atheist"
some kids sitting on a skittles rainbow.. yes, it is possible+ view video
trying to cheer myself up, my sister left this morning.. hence the lack of posts the last 3 weeks.. it was nice.. we had a good time here.. but now she's gone.. :(
a man who is "cursed" with the "skittles touch" (like "midas" but instead of gold.. SKITTLES!!)+ view video
"is it awesome?"
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
can you have two
banes of your existence? i dont know, but when professor rubik creates another puzzle, you know its a dang near possiblity:
Rubik's Cube inventor is back with Rubik's 360
The Rubik?s 360 is set to repeat the success of the maddening Cube, which became an overnight sensation almost three decades ago and remains the world?s fastest-selling toy.
Now the reclusive Hungarian inventor hopes to recreate the buzz of Rubik?s Cube with his new game, featuring six balls trapped within three transparent plastic spheres.
The puzzle, shown to the Sunday Telegraph ahead of its unveiling at a toy industry fair in Germany on February 5, confronts users with the same frustrating challenge ? a task that is simple to understand, with only one possible solution, yet extremely difficult to execute.
Players must get the coloured balls from an inner sphere into matching slots on the outer sphere by shaking them through a middle sphere that has only two holes.
RUBIK?S CUBE FACTS
thanks to mike the jew for the link!
- It has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations on its six faces
- It has only one solution
- More than 350,000,000 Cubes sold worldwide
- Invented in 1974 but not exported from Hungary until 1980
- A standard 3x3 Rubik?s cube measures 2¼ inches (5.7cm) on each side
- It has 39,600 entries on YouTube
- The first international 'speedcubing? championship was held in Hungary in 1982 and was won by Los Angeles student Minh Thai with a time of 22.95 seconds.
- The current British 'speedcubing? champion is Breandan McElhill, 16, from Ayrshire with an unofficial personal best time of 7.9 seconds.
- The current world 'speedcubing? champion is Dutch teenager Eric Akkersdijk with an official time of 7.08 seconds.
- Variations on 'speedcubing? include solving the cube with a single hand, with feet, blindfolded or underwater in a single breath. The British blindfold 'speedcube? champion is Joey Gouly, 17, from Leeds with a time of 48 seconds.
- The slowest solver is thought to be Graham Parker, 45, a builder from Portchester, Hants, who finished his Cube earlier this month 26 years after he bought it. ?When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour I wept,? he said.
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