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Question For You, The Reader

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:23 AM

I have a question for you, the readers of asisaid. Starting last week, I restarted ChristianSource's Bible Study. We are going through the book of Hosea at the moment. The way it works is that I post a link to that week's Bible reading (one chapter) and a few questions which I cannot promise will be particularly profound or anything like that. It also comes with the encouragement for participants to add their own questions to the discussion

Ok, so here is the question: would anyone not presently interested in being on CS be interested in participating? If so, let me know, and maybe I'll start posting the study here too.

Don't Miss the Music Man Post

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:22 AM

With the long Kerry post, I'm a bit worried some might miss the lighter hearted “Music Man” post if you weren't hear earlier this evening. Click here to read it, or scroll down to it below the Kerry entry to find it (read the Kerry piece too, of course ;-)).


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:23 AM

I was going to write a nice post, but all of a sudden I feel completely drained and exhausted and I think I will hit the sack instead. Maybe tomorrow…

What in Tarnation is this!?!?!?

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 1:12 PM

I went over to Christopher's blog when my blogroll noted that the site had been updated and I found quite a surprise there! Asisaid has received Christopher's blog of the month award. :-)

May 2004: As I Said

Needless to say that was a great surprise. Thanks Christopher!

Life Mimicks Humor

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 11:22 PM

Remember last year when I joked about being Dan Richardson? Well, now I'm in trouble. It seems like the real Dan Richardson read that post and is suing me now for tarnishing his name. Here's the letter I got today from his attorney:

Johkin, Laffen and Funknee, LLP

Dear Mr. Butler:
Our client has notified us that you have engaged in acts of impersonation of his identity on your site. Our client has since received questions from potential employers who found this information when searching the Google search engine about him. We have calculated a net loss of over $28,000 in actual damages since you posted this message last year.

This is your official notice that our client is filing suit against you and shall attempt to retreive the $28,000 plus punitive damages for this disgraceful action on your part. If you are interested in settling this dispute, our client is open to accepting $26,000 upfront to drop litigation.

Arntu Laffen
Johkin, Laffen and Funknee, LLP

Trip Down Memory Lane

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:40 AM

Perhaps it was the fact that, despite forgetting to write about it, my blog turned two on March 4. Maybe it was something else. But, I spent a little while tonight browsing the Internet Archive's WayBackMachine looking at some of my favorite blogs back when I first discovered them. In particular, I was looking at the two blogs I've been reading the longest that still exist: Sakamuyo and What in Tarnation!?!?!?.

It was interesting to look back into what Kevin and Christopher were saying in 2002. It was interesting to see what the respective sites looked like at the time. Sakamuyo was still in its green theme with Kevin talking about his new hard disk on which he was going to install two or three GNU/Linux distributions (Kevin has since betrayed the PC world and switched to Mac :-)). On the other hand, I took a look at WIT as of November 2002, when I first started reading it, and Christopher was answering a Friday Five about thanksgiving (incidentally, that post was the first one I commented on at his site).

That's definitely one of the great things about WayBackMachine — it's really neat to get a snapshot of the way things were a few years back. Maybe reminiscing about web sites is a geeky thing to do, but when you've come to think of the people behind the sites as friends, maybe its not. It is sort of like a blending together of a photo album and old news paper clippings. Or something like that. A nice thing to do on a Saturday afternoon when nothing else terribly urgent had to be done.

Moving on up

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:12 AM

Asisaid (as the guinea pig of my sites) is going to be picking up and moving to a new box as soon as WHOIS updates. If things get a little weird for the next day or two, don't worry, it should only be temporary. :-)

Of course, feel free to let me know if you can't get to asisaid at all, or something like that…

Why am I moving asisaid? Well there's a good reason, but I'm too tired to tell it right now, so I'll let you know that (along with my reaction to The Passion) on the other side of this DNS update.

Site Design

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:58 PM

Ok, so its time for the Christmas decorations to come down. Actually it was time along time ago. My problem is that I was really tired of the look I had before I switched to the Christmas layout, so now I have to figure out another new look to replace the Christmas one. I haven't figured such a design out yet.

I'm thinking about keeping the hills that currently have a nativity on them but making them green and grassy. Any other ideas?

Call for Blogs

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:06 PM

This message is for two requests. As I announced a few months ago, now allows users to place their favorite blogs on their customizable front page, just like you can local and national news, tech news, Bible quotes, local weather etc. You can find the few that I put up right here. I didn't add all of my blogroll, although I am planning to.

  1. My first request is to hear from you about some of your favorite blogs that you think might make a good addition to's listings. Maybe picking your top favorites would be best, but if you can't decide, that's alright. Just let me know what you like.
  2. The other request is that, if you like the idea of seeing a customizable Christian home page that can take blogs as feeds, that you might consider mentioning this post on your own blog so that I can gather a good selection of blogs for this project.

The only real catch is that the blog must be Christian and agree with Christian Scripture as interpreted by historic Christian belief (the Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed are a good base for this judgement). Essentially, anything that would go on Blogs4God can go on's blog selection. This may change in the future (perhaps some secular blogs will be allowed), but for now that's the safest way to insure that the blogs meet our guidelines for content.

Once a blog is listed, it will be given a unique ID. If the blog owner wants to make it easy for people to add the blog to their home page, they can follow some simple instructions on how to do so. This all works much like it did on the old “My Netscape” that existed in the days when Netscape was still a force to be reckoned with. If you are interested, please indicate so and I'll post about that.

Thanks for your help with this project!

New Look, Same Great Taste

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:00 AM

Well, I've been planning to bedeck asisaid for Christmas since the end of October and that fit in neatly with my desire for some improvements in the site's design. Christopher's recent reworking of What in Tarnation!?!? and Avoiding Evil got me even more in the mood to redesign. While I'm still working on some things (like redoing the navbar categories — they really don't fit as well as they did before the site became mostly centered around this blog), I've pretty much revised the look. It's about time: not much has changed on the site for almost two years and I was getting tired of the way things looked.

Obviously, some of it is season specific (it's Ccchrrriiissstmmmmassssss allll oooovverrr the woooooorrrlld… uh, ahem) , but what do you think overall? Is it an improvement? I've tested it on Mozilla, Konqueror and Internet Explorer and everything checks out. I would have tried Safari too, but my KVM switch seems to be getting ready to buy the farm and I can't control my G5 very well atm. sigh

By the way, I realized that last week marked the one year anniversary of the first time I was aware that someone other than Ciaran (who gave me the software to start this blog) was reading this blog — Mr. Wright! It also marks a year since I added comments, so perhaps Christopher, or someone else, was here before that, although I rarely posted anything that was very interesting prior to the redesign of the blogging software that added comments.

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