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Category: computers

04/23/09 04:26 - 44ºF - ID#48485

Dear Computer Nerds

I am downloading the newest version of Ubuntu right now. Windows will live on in a partition of my harddrive, but hopefully, I will use it infrequently.

I am more excited about changing an OS than a person should be, but I am glad to stop complaining about crazy Microsoft and actually start doing something about it.

I give credit to Open Office and Firefox for demonstrating how much better Open source can be, and to Vista, for convincing me that a different OS couldn't be much worse. Also to Ubuntu for making a live CD easy to test out and for making installation look easy (we'll see how easy when I am done)
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Category: politics

04/20/09 09:22 - 45ºF - ID#48446


Our government has admitted to torture, in general, but hasn't "named names" or prosecuted it. In my opinion, the Obama administration is failing to do its' duty here. While the "low-level" guys MIGHT have an excuse, the higher ups do not. Prosecution will be difficult, but if we do nothing, there is no deterrent to future torture.

To avoid trials, I would be willing to offer amnesty for all people that made a full reporting and apology for any involvement in torture. Following that period of amnesty, there should be a full investigation and trials.

To me, this is not a left/right thing. It's a humanity thing, a security thing, and a rule of law thing. There is never a reason to torture a person. Every time we condone torture, we gain enemies and alienate allies. Every time we ignore our laws and our values, we weaken them.
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Category: computers

04/10/09 08:34 - 37ºF - ID#48339

Paul inspired me

I've wanted to try Linux for the longest time. Now I really have. I downloaded an Ubuntu live CD last night, and am making this post right now from my home computer running it.

(e:Janelle) is more fond of windows than I am, so we will not install it on the home computer, but I do anticipate that I will install it on my laptop sometime soon (I have one windows game that doesn't work on the home computer--I've got to wear that out a little, first)

Everything works great, everything looks great. It's fast and its easy and there is all kinds of stuff for free.

My only beef is that the internet looks different. I think it's the fonts.

I don't know if you can see the difference in this screen shot:

hmm. can't upload the screenshot. nevermind.

That's the other thing you can't tell from the live disk--how the plug-ins and other necessary downloads work. I am still growing in my confidence though.
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Category: religion

04/07/09 01:39 - 28ºF - ID#48319

I guess my church isn't the crassest . .

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Category: religion

04/05/09 09:58 - 46ºF - ID#48302

Haven't posted a sermon in a while . . .

. . . but I did something different for Palm Sunday. Here it is:

At first, we like God.

Because we think God is going to save us.

At first, we like God.

Because we are sure that God is on our side.

At first, we like God.

Because God can act now, quickly, and decisively.

So we shout, "Hosanna." "Save us."

And God does.

And we celebrate.

But notice--

His War Horse is not a Horse.

He's on a pack animal. And a borrowed one, at that.

Now look, he goes to the Temple.

We wave our branches higher.

He's going to save us our religion.

He's going to save our country.

He's going to take back the land for God.

We've wanted God to come. Now God is here. Victory will be ours.

"Save us," we shout. "Hosanna" "Blessed is David's Kingdom."

David built God's temple.

You are going to tear it down?

David defeated God's enemies.

You are going to feed them?

David took the land for God.

Your Kingdom is not of this world?

David took God's throne.

You are taking the cursed cross?

At first we liked you.

But you aren't going to save us.

A grain of wheat must die?

The first must become last?

We must take up a cross?


You are not like David.

You are not like God.

You are the anti-King.

You are the anti-God.

You cannot save us.

You will destroy us.

You must be stopped.

"Save us?"

We were so foolish.

We have no King but Caesar.

"Crucify him."

"Save Us," cries the crowd.

"Take up your cross," replies Jesus.

It sounds silly,

But to people-in-salvation,

the cross is the power of God.

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Category: religion

03/30/09 04:24 - 36ºF - ID#48241

Lafayette Church, beginning April 12

Some shameless promotion of upcoming events:

Jesus, revealed!

* On SUNDAY MORNINGS we see Jesus in the stories of his post-Resurrection appearances, and consider where he might be showing up today. (10-11:15am)

* On SUNDAY EVENINGS we will see Jesus through contemplative prayer and sacrament. (8-8:45pm)

* On TUESDAY EVENINGS we will see how Jesus was revealed in scripture and the early church, as we watch and discuss the PBS Documentary "From Jesus to Christ." (7-8:30pm)

* On THURSDAY EVENINGS we will see Jesus as we serve others, rehabbing houses with West Side Ministries. (5-9pm, but late arrivals/early exits are ok.)

* On FRIDAY, APRIL 17 we will host a free screening of "Lord, Save Us from your Followers," a humorous documentary that shows how Jesus is and isn't revealed by the church.

EVERY EVENT is open and accessible for people of ANY or NO FAITH. There will always be snacks, there will always be an optional time of discussion, and you will be treated with respect.

Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church
On the corner of Lafayette and Elmwood

Beginning Easter Sunday (April 12) and continuing until May 7.

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Category: web

03/27/09 07:58 - 55ºF - ID#48217

Web Stuff

I did a SEO analysis online, and Lafayette Church gets an 81 (out of 100).

Other area churches got a 26 and an 18, despite hiring professionals to make their sites.

Gloat, gloat.
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Category: food

03/23/09 08:47 - 23ºF - ID#48162

PriceRite review

Quite simply, it filled me with joy. (e:Janelle) had to reprimand me for staring, jaw agape, at prices and saying, "wow."

Seafood is less than $3/pound. Regular fish is even cheaper, but you can get scallops and crab and stuffed crab for less than $3 a pound.

Lots of fruit and vegetables are $1/pound or less.

Goya beans are .66/can. And oh my, the selection of Goya products!

Meat can be had for $1/pound, but I suspect that is just part of the grand opening madness. Turkeys were something like $.20/pound.

Cheese, shredded can be had for $2/pound, and sliced only slightly more--real cheese!

Cornflakes--$1 a box.

Plus it had all the staples, and quite a few treats.

Well laid out, clean, and well staffed. Uber-busy yesterday, but I anticipate being able find some space soon.

I want to go to there.
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03/16/09 09:56 - 38ºF - ID#48067


Judging by the crowd yesterday, there are quite a few people that aren't so worried that they stopped spending money. I think if I was scared about the economy, one of the first things I would cut from my budget would be plastic beads.
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03/13/09 10:22 - 21ºF - ID#48041

"Saved" tonight at my house

on the medium screen (bigger than tv, but def. not imax).

People that want to talk about it afterward will be invited to, but not required.

The movie is really funny, and a little bit too true.

I will make popcorn and have pop, popcorn, and beer. If you want to bring something else to share, feel free. Otherwise, just show up and enjoy.

7pm, 265 Lexington

Ten things I like about the movie.

1. MacCauley Caulkin plays an angst-y character.

2. I know guys that are like the pastor.

3. All the non-Christians act like Jesus.

4. There is a nice balance of thoughtfulness and slapstick.

5. If (e:felly) came and watched a movie starring Mandy Moore it would be super-awesome.

6. A guy in a wheelchair playing footsie.

7. (shouted in anger) "I am FULL of Christ's love!"

8. "There's only one reason why good Christian girls go to Planned Parenthood" . . . "Mary's planting a pipe bomb?!??!!"

9. Happy memories--(e:janelle) and I saw it first on a date in Philly.

10. More happy memories--when I showed it to a youth group in Mt. Lebanon, they totally didn't get it. (but I'm sure you all will.)

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