Well, I can't remember if I've mentioned this here before, but for the last three years and two months, I have put my church's newsletter online. For various reasons, I decided using Adobe Acrobat wasn't such a good idea (mostly for aesthetic reasons) and so I convert the newsletter from WordPerfect format to individual HTMLized articles.
1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
Kinda wavy and curly, actually, which is bad, because I really prefer it to be straight. When it's about time for a hair cut, it can get down right disagreeable with my normal style (see below). Hmm… is hair naturally short ever? I keep mine short, if that's what the question is asking.
2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
It darkened from a reddish color to dark brown.
3. How do your normally wear your hair?
I normally have it parted on the left side and combed over to the right. For some reason having my hair cover my forehead
more than a little bothers me, so I constantly battle with it to keep it up on top.
4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
I don't think I'd change it much, just maybe make it a slight bit more controllable
5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?
Not that I can think of…
Well, I've been so busy I haven't gotten back to blog about anything, so I'll just mention what I want to blog about — Ozark Trip Review (Part 2, only one month late!), How I Like Mac OS X Jaguar, My Take on Harry Potter, and finally thoughts on Worship Services. All that and more whenever I get around to it.
In the mean time, since I already let the cat out of the bag (ahem), I did get Jaguar installed without killing Macbert the Ruby iMac. Woohoo! So far so good.. I've been trying out Safari, AppleWork for OS X, Sherlock 3, etc. It's a little disorienting the way Macs work, but it's been fun so far.
Maybe I'll get a good post on here tomorrow…
Well, before installing Jaguar I wanted to get my PC's monitor hooked up to the iMac so that I could insure that Jaguar didn't drive the screen at the wrong frequency (the thing that kills iMacs, or more correctly, kills their displays). Well, it seems that the VGA port for some (idiotic) reason is placed behind a small grate that must be removed by plying it with a screwdriver. Okay, I don't like prying on things, but I can do that. Oh, but wait, I also need a new grate (according to Help) that has a hole in it so that I can connect the VGA cable. I don't think I need that grate, but just to be safe, I figure I should go get that grate first. There was suppose to be one in the iMac accessory kit, but one of the casualties of a used system is that these kind of things aren't included. Oh well, off to the “macstore”…
Well, I'm hoping to, uhm, paws tonight to give Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar a try on my iMac. This is a moment of truth in several ways. First, and foremost, Jaguar has been known to kill iMacs. It seems for the most part this is caused by not upgrading the firmware before installing, but it still makes me a wee bit nervous. Secondly, it is a moment of truth in that I'll find out whether I made a big mistake not saving up some more to go for a faster Mac (I've heard mixed reviews about this system and Mac OS X). It is also a moment of truth in that I'll finally really be able to put Mac OS X head to head with Linux and see how the two stack up as *nix desktops.
All this truth and more… coming to soon to a blog near you. Stay tuned!
Well, this may come to a surprise to some, but I'm now the proud owner of an Apple iMac. No, not the new LCD one, it's a Ruby iMac G3/400 (Summer 2000 revision) with Mac OS 9.0.4. I bid on it on eBay about a week ago and it arrived last night. Right now I'm still making space for it, but it should come in handy as a secondary computer and test box.
I'd like to thank anyone who prayed for my grandmother. Things are going much better now, although your prayers continue to be helpful. Prayer is certainly powerful, at any rate, and I appreciate it very much!
In all of the commotion, life indeed did trump blogging (I think that is MeanDean from blogs4God that coined that phrase), and not only blogging but BlogShares activities as well. It seems the BSEC election has come and gone, and even though I didn't win, I want to thank everyone again for your support. While the election certainly wasn't “real,” I really appreciate your real support. In reality it was a blessing I didn't win anyway considering how crazy the last week has been. Anyway, as I said, I really appreciate support. Because of my friends here in the blogosphere I still ended up in 7th place, not bad considering many of those running had far more name recognition than I did.
That actually is an interesting demonstration of how it would be very possible, if we as Evangelicals really tried, to make a much larger political dent than we do right now. In the BlogShares example, to the best of my knowledge, every regular reader of asisaid.com was kind enough to vote for me. They knew me, knew where I stood, and made an effort to go vote. On the other hand, while some of those who won have very popular blogs, none of them won by a large margin. The name recognition didn't really help them as much as you might expect. I was running without any name recognition, and for a time made it all the way to third place (out of six seats).
In the real political world there is similar power in unknown but well supported political hopefuls. If Evangelicals could focus our energies on promoting political candidates that we thought best represented our concerns and didn't automatically assume we didn't have a chance to influence the “system,” we very well could rally enough support as our people would have a reason to go beyond the average 30% voter attendance. Think about that: if just 30% of the country supports traditional values, and unlike the other 70%, it mustered 80% voter attendance on election day, that 30% could be more powerful than the 70% majority that only has 30% active voters.
This would be a major victory for traditional values! If we, as those supporters, did this, we could let candidates know that we wouldn't just vote for the lesser of two evils. We wouldn't compromise on positions concerning embryonic stem cell research just because the other choice is to compromise on the entire pro-life agenda. Instead, we would be able to hand pick the candidates that actually stuck to pro-life views across the board (while it was lost in the shuffle after 9/11, don't forget many leading Republicans — “prolife” ones — supported and continue to support destroying embryos to create new stem cell lines).
Even if it didn't work out that well, but like my BlogShares run, only placed the candidate at a small-margin loss, it would still serve to let the politicos know that name recognition alone wasn't going to keep them going — they must also remember the powerful force that Evangelical Christianity can be and should be.
I got a call from my mother this morning that she had called an ambulance to take my grandmother to the hospital. We don't know if its a stroke or what happened. My grandmother has been suffering from Alzheimer's for awhile and has gone down dramatically this week. Perhaps that has a connection to what was going on this morning — the only symptom I know at the moment was that her pulse was fluctuating from 60-120 fairly quickly and the Doctor decided she needed to go to the emergency room. Right now, I am just sitting here waiting to know where she is and what's wrong with her. Please pray for her.
Hey everyone… happy June! It's been a great month so far for me — I've made great progress on a client's web site and my article is still drawing reads. Ah, now if it was just warm enough to swim (but not miserably warm)…
Well, before I dive into Friday Five this week, which is again a pretty good one, I must say Cracker Barrel's fried cod is delicious Yum.1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
Hmm… I'm not really sure I have one particular thing I want to be remembered for. I guess ideally, I'd like to be remembered as someone who tried his best even if things didn't always work out best.
2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
“Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed the passage with you?”
—Walt Whitman3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Really getting Open for Business to take off (including hitting ~ 200,000 page views for January!).
4. What about the past ten years?
Doing a 180 on my views concerning politics, life, faith, etc., seems like a good choice. I'm certainly not proud of my old views and I'm not really proud of this “accomplishment,” as I believe God did it and not me, but I guess that's true of many things (I give myself far too much credit on most things). Ten years ago, I was a relativistic, liberal “wacko.” I supported Clinton/Gore. 'Nuff said? Anyone who knows me knows that isn't the case today, well, except perhaps for the “wacko” part.
5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
“If everyone was jumping off a cliff, would you jump off it too?” No, I'm just kidding.
Actually, I might stick to a similar theme to that. Namely, despite what others say or do, or what might be easiest or best for yourself, always “'[l]ove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” and “'Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Mark 12:30-31a [NIV]). If you succeed in these two things, you have taken care of everything else you ever need to do.