Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
I say "until recently" because I have not had a response to my last two comments. To clarify, I have had other Humanists reply, but nobody from the web site and, more specifically, not from the posting author. So I don't know if they now have a "do not reply to Rob" policy or what. Interesting.
If you are interested, here is the last post I replied to. They linked to an article implying that the more "religious" a nation was, the more likely it was to be "dysfunctional". How could I not comment?
Some have selectively quoted from this document to make the case that by fighting the terrorists, by fighting them in Iraq we are making our people less secure here at home. This argument buys into the enemy's propaganda that the terrorists attack us because we're provoking them. I want to remind the American citizens that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001. (Applause.)
And this argument was powerfully answered this week by Prime Minister Tony Blair. Here is what he said. He said, "I believe passionately [that] we will not win until we shake ourselves free of the wretched capitulation to the propaganda of the enemy, that somehow we are the ones responsible." (Applause.) He went on to say, "This terrorism is not our fault. We didn't cause it. And It is not the consequence of foreign policy." He's right. You do not create terrorism by fighting terrorism. (Applause.) If that ever becomes the mind set of the policymakers in Washington, it means we'll go back to the old days of waiting to be attacked and then respond. Our most important duty is to protect the American people from a future attack, and the way to do so is to stay on the offense against the terrorists. (Applause.)
Iraq is not the reason the terrorists are at war against us. They are at war against us because they hate everything America stands for -- and we stand for freedom.Transcript of entire speech may be found here.
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life."
- They enjoy blowing themselves up. We enjoy blowing them up. You'd think we would get along better.
- The word "martyr" is just a name for "crappy fighter"
To be honest, it does not bother me that our government would try to eliminate Usama bin Laden. But what does bother me is the hypocrisy of the media to let this one go. Where are all of the people who protested Bush over Abu Grab? And then, as Oliver North pointed out in this article, where are all the people who got so angry at Pat Robertson for suggesting that the US government ought to eliminate Hugo Chavez, Dictator of Venezuela (again, would not bother me)?
Now that Fox News has brought this up, we'll see if it gets any more press...but I'm not holding my breath.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I clicked on Newsgator this morning, my RSS reader. I have added Fox News to my list of sites, so I saw the headline this morning: Scientists: Earth Warmest It's Been in 12,000 Years. This is the short description that followed: "Overall global temps highest of current interglacial period, NASA-led team concludes; temperature just short of highest level in past million years." You can read the whole article here. But here's my question. Obviously these "intelligent" people are evolutionists. According to their THEORY (which they want to teach in public school as fact ignoring the theories of creationism or intelligent design), how long ago was man here? I don't know what they would say, but I do know 12,000 years ago they don't think we were producing a lot of greenhouse gas pollution. According to this article, the earth is at least 3 million years old. So what they have to admit but are not saying is, sometime between 12,000 and 3 million years ago (according to them), the earth was warmer than it is now!
Now I'm not as "intelligent" as these super-scientists, but perhaps global warming is more cyclical in nature and man-made pollution is not all to blame? You know, there are scientists that tell us that is true of hurricanes...that hurricane seasons are cyclical which would explain why there were more last year. It's not about global warming, it's about the cycles of the earth.
I believe God has called us to be good stewards of the earth, so there is certainly nothing wrong with fighting/controlling pollution...but I sure get tired of these alarmists who want to make the US a third world country so that we don't melt the earth.
Monday, September 25, 2006
From Pastor David's sermon on Sunday!
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Meet the O'Mally's...Grumpy (top of picture), Little George (to the left) and Grace (bottom center). Grace is becoming a bit more active and not hiding out all of the time. She is not eating enough to be ready to hibernate yet, but I think she is doing better.
OK, a couple reasons for this picture. First of all, Stan told me he expected to see one on the blog, so here it is. Second reason is the story behind it. I had the church riding lawn mower worked on in late February/early March because it would not start. It took 4 or 5 weeks (literally!) to get it back from the shop. When I got it back, it still did not run right. Have had problems with it all summer. Last week, tried to mow with it and it would not start. Asked a friend from church to look at it. He took the carburetor apart and then put it back together. This seemed to fix the problem...until the next time I got the mower out to mow. Point being: we got a new mower today and this is what it looks like.
John 21:19-23 - Jesus said this to let him know what kind of death he would die to glorify God. Then Jesus told him, "Follow me." Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following, the one who had leaned around at supper that time to ask Jesus, "Master, which of us will betray you?" Peter asked Jesus, "What about him, Lord? What sort of death will he die?" Jesus replied, "If I want him to live until I return, what is that to you? You follow me." So the rumor spread among the brotherhood that that disciple wouldn't die! But that isn't what Jesus said at all! He only said, "If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you?" (TLB)
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The new version of Internet Explorer now has tabbed browsing, but I still think IE is slower than Firefox. Firefox is also cross-platform, so those running on a Mac or Linux system can also use it. So if you're already familiar with Firefox, I want to show you a need trick (or handy tool depending on how you look at it), I learned from the Geekon podcast. Do you have a site with a search form that you use frequently? I have several, but one I will use for this example is Google's image search. I used it to find the Firefox logo at the top of this post, for example. (Let me start off by saying I HIGHLY recommend you turn on strict filtering, an option which may be chosen by clicking on "Advanced Image Search Preferences" directly to the right of the input text box). So, to find an image, I can do the following: 1) go to www.google.com, 2) select Image search and 3) type in what I am searching for. OR, I can simply type "image saturn ion" in the address bar of my Firefox browser. Which sounds easier to you? So here's how you do it.
First of all, go to the page that has the search form you want to use. In my example, I am going to the Google image search page. In the search box, right click and choose the "Add keyword for this Search" option: (click on any of the screenshot images to enlarge)
Next you will get a screen that looks like this. In the NAME line, type a name for your search. I used "Google Image Search". In the Keyword line, type in whatever short name you want to use to call up the search. I used "image" (your keyword is not case-sensitive). In the CREATE IN line, I selected the Quick Search folder in my bookmark file. If you do not have this folder, you can either create it or select another by clicking on the down arrow button to the right of the search bar (not the little symbol in the search bar but the button to the right of that).
Click OK and you are done. Now, open a new tab by selecting Ctrl+T, use the new tab button or go to File, New Tab. Type in "image saturn ion" and this is what you will see.
Pretty handy stuff, huh? I've got a keyword search for Google image, NASB Bible verse search (NASB Hebrews 11:6) , NLT Bible verse search (NLT Hebrews 11:6), Geocaching waypoint (waypoint GCWPER) and Wikipedia (wik George W Bush) so far. All I have to do is type in the simple keyword I created followed by what I am searching for. Yet another reason to like Firefox.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Brooke is not feeling well and is already in bed (9:00 PM) and Amanda is getting ready to go to bed. Once she is in bed, I've got to make a run to Walgreens to buy some temporary cement for my crown. This is the THIRD TIME my front tooth crown has come loose since July. I sure hope my dentist has something new up his sleeve, 'cause this "put cement on it and pop it back into place" is not working. Very frustrating!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Right now, I am connected to Yahoo, MSN and AOL chat, I'm browsing the net, and I even downloaded and edited the Ubuntu clipart that I used for this post. The file will disappear once I turn off the computer since I'm just running the OS from memory, but I guess I could e-mail it to myself to save it if I wanted to.
Ubuntu is open source...so it's free. The desktop looks and works very much like Windows. I've been doing some research on the Internet this evening to see how much of my current Windows software I could replace with open source, Linux software. It is amazing what is out there for free. I could replace Outlook with a free PIM that is very similar, I've already told you about OpenOffice, there is an alternative sync program for my Palm Pilot (I actually have a Sony Clie), free home/small business accounting programs, image editing software, HTML editors...lots of stuff.
I'm not really thinking about dumping Windows because, as I tell my Mac friends, there's just so much more software for Windows. But I really would like to install Ubuntu on a computer, download some of this software and see what I could do with a Linux system. I tried installing it on two old computers I have around here, but they would not work.
Hey, if anybody has a computer with a 486 processor and at least 256 megs of RAM laying around you are not using, could I borrow it a while for my experiment? When I say "borrow", I mean I would format the hard drive and put Ubuntu on it. Hey, if/when you wanted it back, at least you could legally keep everything downloaded onto it!
So far, I've encountered two problems. First of all, I cannot get this to recognize my wireless network card, so if I'm not plugged into the network, I cannot go online. I'm sure this can be fixed, but I don't know where to go to do so! I also hit the INSTALL icon on the desktop thinking I was going to see some more software I could try out. Almost made a BIG mistake. That is the icon to install Ubuntu on your hard drive erasing everything else! Fortunately I was able to stop the process, but I cannot get the install windows to close now.
Well, I'm going to try out some of the other software that came with this. Let me know if you've got a computer laying around, and I'll let you know more about Ubuntu.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The software is called Open Office, and it is an office suite. It has word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and drawing programs. This is a full-featured program. It is not a for-beginners-only, limited software program. The only thing I have found in the word processor that I cannot do as well as in Microsoft Word is mail merge. Open Office Writer does mail merge, but it is not quite as powerful and Word. I am not quite as advanced in Excel as I am in Word, but I have found nothing lacking in Open Office's spreadsheet. It is quite full-featured. I have not used the presentation program much, but I have used it enough to know it is not quite a full-featured as Power Point.
But here's what I like best about Open Office. First of all, it's free. When I put it on my computer, I don't have to use an illegal copy to install it. Secondly, it reads, opens and even saves to all the Microsoft formats, so if friends send you a Word, Excel or Power Point file, you can open them in Open Office. You can also save to these formats if you need to send a file to a friend who uses Microsoft programs.
Unlike Microsoft, Open Office wants you to be able to share your files with others without using a proprietary format. Open Office supports ODF (Open Document Format). Here is what Wikipedia says about ODF. This is one of the reasons I so strongly support Open Office (notice the new button there on the right of my blog screen?): Microsoft is fighting for their own "standard" format and does not want to accept ODF. Why is that? Because they can't own it and profit from it. With ODF, you can read and share files with friends/associates who use any number of different office suites. I also like the fact that you can create PDF files with the click of a button, also making it easier to share your documents with others.
Almost forgot to mention, it is a cross-platform program. If you are running Mac or Linux, there is a FREE version for you, too.
I just found out tonight that OpenOffice has a new release. I just downloaded it and need to install it before heading to bed. I hope you'll check it out, too. Even if you have a legal copy of Microsoft Office, it's worth your time to check it out.
Monday - Needed to mow two of the fields at church. Got the riding lawn mower out. Short version...drained the brand new battery trying to start the thing. Don't know what is wrong, but this is the exact same problem we had before having it "fixed" at the beginning of the mowing season. It took 4 weeks to get the mower back, and it's still having problems. After much grief, I gave up and called my mechanic friend Michael who is going to look at it for me Friday evening.
Tuesday night - I purchased a new inner tube for my bike since Amanda and I are bike riding more now and I had flat. Got the old tube out with no problem. Went to put the new one in, loosened one screw and WHAMO! Everything popped off and now I cannot figure out how to get the chain tightening mechanism back on. Spent an hour trying to figure it out. After much grief, I gave up and messaged my friend Shaun who knows all things bicycle. He is going to pick it up for me and fix it.
Wednesday morning - Asked my friend (fellow associate pastor) to help me cut up and haul away the MASSIVE tree limbs that have fallen out the trees on the church property next to my house. Figured it was a four hour job. Oops...slight mis-calculation. Of course the chain saw threw the chain and put a couple burrs on it so that we needed to stop what we were doing to go buy another one. Back at it until lunch time.
Wednesday after lunch - Time to feed the turtles their every-other-day worms. New turtle, Grace O'Mally, at four worms. First time she has eaten since we got her, so that was a good thing. Also, she has been out of her shell enough now for us to tell that she is a Three-Toe Box Turtle (same kind as Grumpy).
Wenesday after lunch - Back at it cutting tree limbs and hauling it all to the back of the property. Stan and I finished up a little after 4pm...EXHAUSED! Sometime we realy need to cut down the rest of the tree since it is obviously rotten on the inside. I kinda hinted at this while Stan was helping, but I didn't push too hard today. Besides all the hard work, he had to fight off the killer gecko that jumped onto his face while he was giving a bear hug to one large log while unloading the trailer!
Wednesday night - Amanda sprained her ankle at church tonight. All very traumatic. A friend told her she did the same thing and got an x-ray, so guess what Amanda wanted. We finally settled on some Tylenol and went to bed. We'll have to see what happens tomorrow as far as school goes. Seems like it might be a pretty bad sprain.
So that's it. I know...all very exciting stuff. That's what I get for being me. (Don't get me wrong...I LIKE being me!)
Monday, September 11, 2006
I got a new cell phone, but it would have cost $40 to get one with a camera and I'm not sure how much I would use it. But I like having pictures on my phone...wallpaper and pictures that pop up when certain people call. With my last cell phone, I used a great free program and it works for my new phone as well. All you have to do is crop a picture to the size of your phone and use this program to send an SMS text message to your cell phone. Simply read the message and download the picture. I know there are several free programs out there, but the web-based program I use is called Pix2fone.
The second free phone-related software I found allows you to convert any CD, MP3 or WAV file into a ringtone. Open the file in the program, crop the part you want to use and send it to your cell phone as a SMS text message. Simply read the message and download the ringer. I found a couple different programs that do this as well, but the one that worked best for me was ToneThis.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I think Grace is a West Coast Box Turtle. I know she's a box turtle, but I'm not positive about the West Coast part.
Well, before heading off to bed I've got to do some more research on hibernating turtles. Do it right and I've got three turtles next Spring. Do it wrong and I've got a crying daughter! With Fall coming, I'd better figure out when these guys (and not 'girl') need to dig in for the winter. Stay tuned!
This week, I was contacted by a geocacher in Oklahoma asking me if I wanted to do a multi-state, multi-cache with him. What this means is, he finds a cache in Lawton, OK that has coordinates for a cache in Ft. Worth. He e-mails me the coordinates, I find the cache which, in turn, has coordinates for another cache in Lawton. I send those coordinates to him and he logs the find for both of us.
Since Friday is our day off, and since Brooke went with Amanda and I on Amanda's 200th cache, I asked Brooke if she would go with me to Ft. Worth while I found this one cache. She agreed, so I got everything ready. We took the laptop with GPS directions to get there, and I "just happened" to have loaded all of the other caches in the area onto the map as well for Brooke to see. When she saw other caches so close to the original cache we set out to find, she agreed to find those as well. Short version...seven caches later Brooke said she enjoyed spending the time with me, asked me to register her finds under her own geocaching name (Punkin's Momma) and said she would cache with me again (although not as prolifically as GeoPunkin and I). When she said that, I was very disappointed that I had not brought my camera to capture the moment, but then I remembered Brooke's phone had a camera, so I got this picture.
And that's where the story began. I got home and tried to e-mail the picture to my e-mail account so I could post it here. Got an error message on the phone. Called Sprint PCS. Needed security code for phone to fix problem. Oops, STUPID me changed the code several months ago, never wrote it down and forgot it. Nearly and hour on the phone with Sprint trying to work around this problem. No luck. Trip to Sprint store to let them work on phone. That store doesn't actually work on the phones, they just sell them. Spend another 45 minutes trying lock codes I might have used. Go to other store. Wait for them to try and fix problem. No luck. Next day, travel to another Sprint store to let them try. They only work on Nextel phones...try other store. Go to other store. They finally find unlock for me. (Immediately change lock code to something we will remember!). Take phone back home. Call tech support to fix problem now that I have security code. Talk to lady who, although very nice, had NO IDEA what she is talking about. Hang up and try what she suggested. Call Sprint again. Get a person who knows what they are doing...reset phone...get photo! At least 5 hours invested for this one photo. Yes, it was worth it.
And another good thing came of this. I was eligible for a $150 rebate from Sprint to upgrade my phone. During all of my trips to the various Sprint stores in the area, I found out that this rebate is now instant rather than the mail-in rebate they used to offer. So, I upgraded my phone and got a new, nicer phone for free. Yea!
I didn't do a word count to see if this was actually a thousand words. I don't think it was, but for fear of losing Jason if I write any more, I'm gonna end the story here. (If you don't know, Jason is one of my younger, more busy friends who does not like long blog postings. Since he's a faithful reader I try to keep my postings shorter, and if that doesn't work, I try to harass him. The latter is much easier!)
This site was mentioned on the news tonight, so I checked it out. Their website clearly states, "MMP has no affiliation with, nor will we accept any assistance by or interference from, separatists, racists, or supremacy groups" but you should read the hate mail they get (click the link to read, but be forewarned...ignorant people expressed their opinions in the only way they knew how with their limited vocabulary...that means there's lots of cussin') . Of course it is only conservatives who "spread the hate" and are intolerant.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
2. Place them on your front porch, along with several empty beer cans, a copy of Guns & Ammo magazine and several NRA magazines.
3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads:
Hey Bubba, Big Jim, Duke and Slim, I went to the gun shop for more ammunition. Back in an hour. Don't mess with the pit bulls -- they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad. I don't think Killer took part in it but it was hard to tell from all the blood.
PS - I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better wait outside.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
As if this was not bad enough, as I did more research, I found out that 10 states follow this idiotic thinking that rewards illegal aliens...and Texas is one of them! What this act says is that, even though you are breaking US federal law, we are going to give you tax-payer money to attend college. Although it is illegal to hire these new graduates, we still spend the money to put them through college. Does that make sense to you?
Our US immigration policy is out of control! Here I am trying to figure out how I'm going to pay for own daughter's college education (still many years down the road), and now I find out my tax dollars are paying for people who are breaking the law to go to college.
America is a great country because of immigrants from around the world. But what made America great is these same immigrants desire to make something of themselves and to make something of America (legally). They didn't come to drain America of all that she could give them. I say let's continue to open our arms to the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free...but let's quit paying for those who are breaking the law. Part of what has made America great is her desire to help the huddled masses, but if we don't do it with more wisdom that we are using now, AMERICA will become the huddled masses.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Interesting note about the above photograph. I remember watching one particular episode of Tarzan as a kid where visitors to the jungle were terrorizing the natives by taking their picture. They told the natives that their souls were being captured when their picture was taken. These bad people would show the pictures to the natives and the natives were convinced. (I'm not sure how Tarzan helped solve this travesty, but I'm sure he did, somehow). Anyway, I thought of this story right after this picture was taken because Mitzi hopped out of my lap as soon as the flash went off. Actually, she started squirming and wanted down as soon as she saw the camera, but I made her stay for the picture. For some reason, the dog is petrified of having her picture taken. I remember the first time she came over for a visit, I traumatized her trying to take some video of her and Sam with our dogs. Near as I can tell, Mitzi somehow came from Tarzan's jungle where she belonged to this tribe. It must have scared Mitzi so bad that she took off for America before Tarzan could tell the people they were in no danger of losing their souls to the people with the cameras. We feel sorry for Mitzi but love her in spite of her "issues" with cameras.
Saturday morning, Brooke went to her fantasy football draft while Amanda and I set out to find nine geocaches...enough to get her to 200. We had only found seven when Brooke called and said her draft was finished. Brooke rode with us while we grabbed the last two and Amanda found #200.
This morning, Amanda woke up around 8:30am and Brooke was kind enough to get up with her since I had been in bed just 5 hours after the movie. Brooke did a little housework, I helped clean the kitchen, Brooke ran to the store, I read, we did some homework with Amanda and then my parents came over for dinner. We had grilled chicken, three bean salad my Mom brought and company potatoes (which I LOVE but Brooke makes only when we have company). We just hung out and talked after dinner. Everybody is now gone and in bed. I'm gonna finish blogging, read a little bit more and try to psyche myself up to get up at 5:30am for some racquetball in the morning.
So tomorrow it's back to school and back to work. It was nice to have a Labor Day weekend together as a family.
The way he lived his life should be an example to us all to live our lives with passion and never waste a moment.
Amanda and I loved watching the Croc Hunter and are praying for his wife and two children.