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Really... I will!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:43 AM

I'll be back tomorrow. Really. I think.

More tomorrow.

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:34 AM

It was Administrative Night tonight, so it is a bit late to come up with a good post. So, for tonight, I guess I'll just leave you with this important question to seriously ponder: If a person falls in the woods and there are no trees around…

Good Book So far...

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:21 PM

If you're like me, and have been an avid reader of the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, I have a good book recommendation for you. It's Soon by Jerry Jenkins and it's very good so far (I've read the first four or five chapters thus far).

Of course, it might be awhile before I finish it — I tend to read a number of books at once. Right now: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge, The Remanent (Left Behind #10) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Through the Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot and What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis. Yeah, I should read one at a time, but…

Until last week I was also reading Napoleon by Paul Johnson, but I finished that. I also have a number of books waiting for reading, including Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur, The Loving God of Prophecy by Tim LaHaye and some little book I picked up a flea market from Michael W. Smith. Later on my reading list, I have Traveling Light by Max Lucado and The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancy.

Anyone out there reading any good books?


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 11:58 PM

I'm not sure why, but I'm ready for the holiday season this year. I know it's early. But I'm ready for Christmas. I'm ready for the whole works — the Christmas trees, the lights, the carols, and of course, the celebration of the meaning of the season.

Note to self: must resist urge to start decorating before even the beginning of November.

NASA Tidbits

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:33 AM

The 2005 ChevronTexaco Discovery Mission Preview

Whirlwind Continued

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:15 PM

Well, I'm just taking a very momentary break. I'm still pretty far behind due to the problems mentioned in my last post, so I must get back to work, but I thought I'd stop by and say “hi” first. ;-) I'm just hoping tomorrow I can post a few good things at WIT!?!?!?! and also get to visit the 40 Days of Purpose board that Christopher set up….


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:05 PM

What a whirlwind the last few days have been. I've been meaning to head over to Christopher's 40 Days of Purpose internet small group for two days but haven't ever had the chance. I've had several “planned” irons in the fire, plus the continued onslaught of the DoS attack against my host that has kept me busy keeping my clients informed as to what's going on (and trying to keep them calm).

Additionally, my Charter Pipeline internet service has been down more than it has been up lately, so I've been offline a lot over the last week or so. sigh Just hoping things calm down a bit later this week…

Name Game

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:24 PM
This is kind of an interesting site on name stats.
Timothy is the #27 most common male name.
0.64% of men in the US are named Timothy.
Around 784000 US men are named Timothy! Butler is the #91 most common last name.
0.091% of last names in the US are Butler.
Around 227500 US last names are Butler!

Found on Neil's World.


By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:26 AM

A few months ago I purchased Roxio Toast 5 from CompUSA for my iMac. I got it for $100 with a $40 rebate and $10 instant savings, so theoretically it was a “mere” $50 when I got done (quotes around mere since it cost nothing and required no effort to get the same external burner working on my GNU/Linux box). At any rate, that was okay.

But, things couldn't be that simple. I got a post card from Roxio that says that I didn't purchase the software during the eligible time (actually, I did buy it during the eligible period)! Worse, calling the phone number on the post card yields no way to get to a live person, and attempts to e-mail the rebate processor have resulted in no response in over a week. sigh



By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:15 PM

Of those things, I was most excited about the brochures. During my first year as publicity taskforce coach, I've been focusing a lot on the creation of the Uniform Brochure Design (UBD). The plan behind this is to create a unified array of brochures on whatever topic one might want to find out about our church, our beliefs, etc. I've been working on the UDB even before the publicity taskforce was formed and I was very excited that it would come to fruition during the ministry and missions fair (part of the 40 Days of Purpose).

Unfortunately, things have not been going smoothly at all. First, the powers that be ripped apart the press release I crafted and gave me a different one to send out. Then, after doing some requested modifications to the pre-built site, I was told to reverse all of them plus redo the pre-built site into a site with a number of extra pages. The site stuff was alright, although I wish if they wanted to do a bigger site that we weren't trying to do it with the pre-built template (which uses very messy HTML), but that was fine. The death of my PR piece was a bit disheartening, but I got over it.

Obviously, I still had one piece of work that hadn't been rejected: the UBD-based brochures for the ministry and missions fair. Early on the head of the ministry fair taskforce approved the use of the UBD for the brochures and a matching UBD-esque cover for the accompanying ministry directory booklet. Finally today, after work on those brochures was already well under way, I found out that the main DoP team reject the design. Completely. I've been told to redo the brochures with a new design that consists of black bold Times New Roman text on white paper and no graphics. Every dot and iota of the UBD was removed from the rough draft I received to work on.

In the big scheme of things, none of this is that big of deal, but with time constraints (see last post) and the shooting down of all three projects, I'm a bit weary at the moment. Considering everything has either been replaced or is waiting to, I wonder if it wouldn't have been better if I'd spent my time working on the next generation church web site or some other project instead.

I think I need a vacation.

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