Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cheap Cheesecake today

To celebrate their 30th anniversary the Cheesecake Factory is selling their slices for $1.50 (1978 pricing).

Just thought you might be interested . . . that I'm the same age as the Cheesecake Factory (and so is Tim).

Thursday, July 24, 2008

what the Knol?

So Google has launched a knew site called Knol (which is one unit of knowledge, apparently). Their plan is that they will have articles on all sorts of topics that people can search and create for free . . . wait, isn't someone else already doing this?

Here's the difference, on Knol you know exactly who is providing the information and the person can copyright their material. So even though it only launched today, there are already articles on there from some people who are doing research in their field and stuff. If there are multiple articles, the one from the most highly qualified person will be at the top.

You can write a knol if you want to - if you are an expert on a topic. What do you know so well that you want to write a knol on it? Is this going to bring down wikipedia?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ow. Or, NaNoWriMo for your pecs.

So I was kickin' it over at Life Hacker letting my inner nerd run free and they had a post about going from 0 to a Hundred Pushups in 6 weeks.

Wait, what? This is my nerdy-nerd site, they aren't supposed to tell me about exercise.

Unfortunately I'm also reading a great book about how brains work, and the first rule is to exercise for optimal brain function. Oh, that's the connection between push ups and nerdiness.

So I'm going to try it! Remember, this is a plan to start at slug level, so don't worry about where you are if you want to join in. They have all different types of push ups to work with all different strength levels. C'mon, you should do this too.

If this is successful the next step is couch to 5k in 6 weeks.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Divine Affirmation

Cross posted from the Soma Christou Blog

I don't want to jump on the wagon of attributing everything that ever happens to divine intervention. I think that God has given us free will for a reason (ask me, and I'll tell you), and a whole lot of what goes on in life is better attributed to our freedom and the laws of nature. But I do believe that God is in the business of breaking into our world with glimpses of his kingdom (in fact, I think that's what the church is supposed to be doing).

All that qualifying stuff said: I love it when God gives some affirmation to what I've been planning. Church planting can be nervous work - we are stepping out in faith with no guaranteed paycheck or congregation. But we believe that God has called us to this work and that he will provide for us. I always get chills when the provision confirms the call. Even though it has happened a bunch of times, I still find myself surprised when God steps in and provides for us.

Thanks to the Living Streams Church of Christ for helping us with our Discovery Lab expenses. Especially, thank you for being the voice of God helping to confirm his calling in our lives.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Laptop Survey

Hey all you laptop toting friends: I have a question for you. What do you want in a lappie? Is it better to have a big, powerful machine that can do whatever you want? Is it better to have a light and portable system that is easy to lug around?

I'll probably be getting a new rig in a few months and I'm trying to decide what to get.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tattoo Ideas

Here are a couple of ideas that I have for a tattoo. The text comes from Exodus 34:6-7:
6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.

These are the Hebrew words that God uses to describe himself. I have it with either the trinity symbol or the Celtic cross with the trinity symbol.

What do you think?

Note: I totally give credit to Kevin for this idea. Is it enough of my own thing?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cuss Words

The Seattle Supersonics are no more.

It was difficult for me to even type that sentence. I haven't been around for all 41 years of the team's history in Seattle, but as long as I've been alive there have been Sonics in Seattle. Now the team has died in the settlement between the city of Seattle and the devil . . . er . . . Clay Bennet. Oklahoma gets the team; Seattle gets the name - and the memories. There will be no Sonics in Oklahoma, but the entire organization, under a different name, will move there.

I wonder how the Blazers are going to do this season . . .

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A New Blog

I've started a blog over here to keep people up to date on our church planting activities. Check it out . . . please.

Note: Dwayne and I have discussed the similar names. We're ok with it, so you should be too. I had mine first though ;)