Wednesday, January 30, 2008

3d-ify your 2-d images

So I found this cool site made by some Stanford student(s) that looks at a 2d photo and creates a 3d fly through. But too many other people found out about it too and his web servers melted (or something). It is back up now, though - check it out!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

No Olympics for you

I'm really not sure what to do with this story.

"South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been told he cannot compete in the Beijing Olympics because the artificial legs he uses give him an unfair advantage."

I can see both sides of the debate. On the one hand the dude has no legs. He has fewer muscles to generate energy with which to propel himself forward. How can that be an advantage?

On the other side, he's a cyborg. If he wins, then there might be a rash of sprinters cutting off their legs to be better.

Baseball and Brittany

You're killin' me, Smalls.

Usually with my breakfast I like to watch a little TV. I'll flip between Sportscenter and Headline News as the content dictates. Usually I find something of interest on one of those two channels - usually. Today I was greeted with the senate hearing on steroids in baseball over on ESPN and then on HN I got video of Brittany in a mini-mart.

Really? Really!

Why the ___ is the freakin' US of A government wasting my money by policing a game!? And a boring game at that.

How in the world is it news, let alone HEADLINE news what Brittany does? I want to stab myself in the eye with a sharp pointy stick.

I think I just threw up some of my breakfast - gotta go.

Friday, January 11, 2008

And the blog-role breathes a collective sigh . . .

I've refrained from making too many posts about the Seahawks this year, partly because I think I got a little carried away in 2005 and partly because I have had other things to occupy my time. But since it is the NFC divisional game in Green Bay against Matt Hasselbek and Mike Holmgren's former team - I thought it deserved a note.

ESPN reports that something like 78% of the nation expects Green Bay to win. I will agree that they have a better record and they have home field advantage - those are both formidable advantages. But the Seahawks have a more experienced squad that has played in the playoffs for the last 5 years and has been to the NFC divisional game or better in the last 3 years. If anyone knows how to scheme a defense to stop Favre it is Holmgren.

I'm not saying that it's a sure thing, but I put the odds at closer to 50/50 - I will be watching the game with some hope, but I won't be surprised at either outcome.

Go 'Hawks?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Thoughts on the Text

So I started this new blog and I'm having a hard time getting it going. I sure could use some help.

Have you been there? If so, what did you like/not like? What should I change/improve? If not, then why not?

I know I have a group of readers here - what's keeping you from making the jump over there?

Fake Boob Churches

I just have to share this gem of an insight which came from my wife. We visited a different church and something just didn't sit right with us. We were discussing our experience and my wife said something like the following: "That church was like fake boobs, it looked nice and everything, but it just wasn't natural feeling." I had to laugh out loud; I hope you do too.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Someone decided to blog again - you should go and encourage her to do it some more

Click here to be a blogcourager.

Carbon Footprint

So I was thinking the other day about the whole CO2-fossil-fuel-global-warming thingy, and I was struck by something pretty huge. It took a while for things to line up in my head, so I'll take you through it.

We were looking at heating with our fireplace and I was researching on the internet. One person brought up the point that burning wood is carbon neutral (that means that the carbon released by burning it is the same as the carbon that the tree pulled out of the air through the process of photosynthesis).

Most theories posit that our fossil fuels are the remnants of organic material that died in prehistoric times and were then burried and decomposed, leaving behind their carbon in the form of oil and gas.

In order for the world to support the vegitation necessary to feed the dinosaurs it would, most likely, have to have a climate where most of the world was tropical.

Our current climate is much cooler than the climate of the dinosaurs.

By burning fossil fuels we are merely releasing the CO2 that has been trapped. Any resultant global warming effect is only brining our climate closer to that which supported the dinosaurs.

Is that necessarily a negative thing? The carbon available on Earth hasn't changed significantly in quantity in the history of the planet, it has merely changed in form.

I'm not denying that there will be repercussions for re-releasing the carbon that has been trapped, but how can we know that they will be negative?

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Resolution

I have decided that I need to read more scripture. It's just too important; there is power in the Word and I've been living without power in my life for too long. I can blame the lack of a routine caused by a move across the country, blah, blah, blah. No excuses.

So, in order to help me change I decided to re-tool a blog that I wasn't using and make posts about the text that I'm reading. One day, one post - so far so good. It would help me to stay motivated if you let me know what you think - comment on either blog, let me know that you read the new blog, whatever.

Also, I'm wanting to use this as a means of exploring scripture from a more emergent perspective - this is not intended to be a devotional thought, but rather the beginning of a discussion. I don't pretend to have all the answers, I just want to journey toward God. Let me know what you think. How could I improve? Is this something that is useful for more than just my resolution? How could it be made more useful?

Do you have any resolutions? Is there any way I can help you acheive your goals?