Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Found Guilty?

A Facebook friend of mine got into a discussion with me about the climate of Christianity today and how it is becoming less and less tolerated.  In various parts of the world its very dangerous to belong to Christ and people pay for it with their lives.  Our own President made sure in these last four years to announce that the United States is not a Christian nation. Prominent and influential atheists like Richard Dawkins don't even bother to hide their ultimate goal and agenda...which is to rid our planet of religious practices and institutions.

I don't think he is suggesting rounding the believing masses up for execution necessarily.  I think he believes he can educate our faith out of us.  But his attitude is becoming a popular one and there may be a day in the not-so-distant future when Christianity and many other religious practices become outlawed.  It wouldn't be the first time.  Daniel found himself enslaved, being asked to bow to an idol in his day and had to get special permission just to observe his dietary laws. Revelation tells us of a coming day when one world government and one religion will be your only choice.  I dare say that one religion won't be Christianity.

So here is my question not only for myself but for you.  If such a day comes in your lifetime that Christianity is outlawed, where your neighbors and co-workers are encouraged to turn in the names of any practicing Christians they know...would you be found guilty?  Would anyone in your circles of life immediately have your face come to mind when thinking about who is practicing this now outlawed faith?  I contend that if you or I are not making anyone's list in the here and now...we won't in this hypothetical future and we are doing something wrong.  Legal or illegal we are called to shine our light into this dark world and those around us should have no doubts as to who we belong to.  I encourage you to be found guilty of loving and following Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The End Is Near 12.0


The idea of this series is to share five links to various sites that show evidence that we are living in the End Times. You will quickly see that for every link that may lead you to a serious article or news coverage that looks to be straight out of Revelation, there will be several more that are just tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny.

I am not a date setter. Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day. And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be. Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...

Machines on the Rise - In the vein of movies like Terminator, one of the categories that is growing quite common in this series is how advanced our technology is becoming. This week, we have one such example:

1. Real Robo-Cops

Sci-Fi Becomes Reality - Similar to Machines on the Rise we have a category for the non-robotic technological advances that were once only thought possible on the silver screen.  Check out this week's examples:

2. Move cockroach leg with human brain

3. Laser shooting Monster Truck

4. NASA Developing Tractor Beam Tech

Cases of Injustice- It seems all too often the headlines prove that justice is a hard-to-come-by commodity.  This example just came across the radar:

5. College Streaker Shot, Killed by Police Officer

Monday, October 29, 2012

Genius Costumes

Yes my children participate in Halloween activities.  Sparing you great detail about how I've arrived at such as decision as a Christian, I will tell you that we in no way celebrate evil.  In fact I've made it a rule that our costumes have to be of the lighthearted and innocent variety.  And with all the choices, none of the three have complained about not finding something cool and fun.  We always let them pick what they want to be and have veto power if the motif is in question.

That said, I did to some degree orchestrate a plan that came together rather well.  My best idea (perhaps for a future date) is for the entire five person family to dress as The Incredibles.  This, if pulled off, must be done in the next year or two while my youngest still has that baby quality.  Second only to that idea is a Star Wars family.  Ideally Rachael and I would be Anakin and Padme but we didn't purchase costumes for cost savings purposes.  So the modified version has our twins as Luke and Leai while baby Joshua dawns a Yoda outfit.  We could have gone with R2, an Ewok, or perhaps a Jawa but I thought a Jedi family made the most sense.

Granted most people probably don't realize (now that they are six) that our eldest two are twins...which goes right in-line with the Star Wars narrative of Luke & Leia.  But overall they still pull off the look and all three of them got lots of great reactions last night at Trunk or Treat.  And though it was up to them to decide what to wear, it seems Dad still has a bit of persuasiveness with them...at least for now.  What are you doing to top this?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 84

Category: Fall 

Instructions: Vote on your favorite two photos. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed. Winners: Pumpkin pants & Gingy soak

Mobile Phone Users - Click HERE to see & vote on the poll.

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Leaf Recycling


Pumpkin Pants


Gingy Soak


Who wants to venture outside?


Dessert Equation


Dad won't ask me to rake again!


A little off the top please.


Sesame Season

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Week Ten Weigh In

If you want to find out what's going on and perhaps join in on the fun and accountability, click here for details.

Here are the stats for this week from those that are currently participating:

Name: Mike C.
Starting Weight: 238
Goal Weight: 218
Current Weight: 209

Recap: Thanks for checking in. I am doing really well. Bought a new house, close on Nov 19. The girls and I have settled into a new normal, work is going well. Personally, I am in a very good place, don’t get me wrong it has been a very difficult ride, but I know God has a plan and am eager for it to be fully revealed.  I've hit my lowest weight point, 209 yesterday down 36 lbs. but I don’t think I will lose much more as I am working to tone up on all levels. It is greatness, feel as good as I ever have. Also...I want to mention that I am 51 days sober and that coming to grips with my alcoholism has been the biggest blessing through all of the other challenges!


Name: Jim
Starting Weight: 211
Goal Weight: 180
Current Weight: 187

Recap: (1) I must have known ten weeks ago that my motivation would wane.  I can literally tell you that I would NOT have run my normal schedule this week if it weren't for having to report to you.  And its not just out of laziness or losing steam. It stems, in part, from being so close to goal and being much happier about the image in the mirror. (2) My other issue this week was spiking back up to 190 and then having to work my way back down. So my net loss of one pound was a gross loss of three.  I need to do better at minimizing these pendulum swings.

Name:  Pony P.
Starting Weight: 139
Goal Weight: 122
Current Weight: 119

Recap: I'm back to my normal activity now that my back is almost totally recovered. I was more conscious about what I was eating and over-corrected a bit from last week's gain.

For more details on her progress from week to week be sure to check out her blog located HERE.

Name: Ryan K.
Starting Weight: 258
Goal Weight: 220
Current Weight: 252

Recap: Nice week, especially weather wise.  Eating better and keeping a good work out routine.  Scale problems temporarily fixed.

How about you? Can you stand to drop a few pounds and get into better shape? Want to be brave enough to post your stats publicly on this blog? If so, read the requirements in this kick-off post and submit your information by Wednesday of next week.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Distraction Games


Ever play this game with your parents as a child?

They hone in on you and catch you red handed.  Let’s keep this fairly innocent for now and say they've got you with paws in the cookie jar.  As mom and dad begin to focus energy on chastising you and considering punishment, you distract them…perhaps saying something like:

"Well Mom, you went shopping today even though Dad said we needed to save money!"

Upon hearing this, the dad forgets about the cookie caper and soon a heated discussion between the parents ensues.  The child, knowing the parents hot buttons, managed to take the heat off of him and get his folks entangled in their own personal marital issues.

How is this any different from the way our divisive two party system works as we vote officials into office? Perhaps in the case of stealing a cookie before dinner time, this isn't really all that serious of a ploy. But imagine if the child in question is sneaking out each night, using drugs, and experimenting sexually.  Suddenly his distraction game isn't cute anymore.

And its not that the issues that distract the parents are not meaningful or worthy of the time and effort they put into hashing it out.  Just like the issues that divide Left and Right in this country ARE important.  But what does that matter when our leaders are corrupt to the core and continue to capitalize on your polarization and refusal to unite to take them down?

I propose we open our eyes, unite for the sake of our freedoms and liberties, help reform our broken system and then revisit our pet issues down the line.

How about you?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Walking

It's tempting when dealing with fellow believers that disagree with you to begin wondering why there is division where there should be unity.  Before long, the parties involved may even start internally questioning the sincerity of the other persons faith.  Yet Paul tells us in several of his letters that we should expect dispute and how to handle it when it comes, ever careful to let it aid in a sharpening process, never allowing it to divide.  The complexity of each person's individual walk with Christ is such that we must all be very patient with one another.

Some of us are much further ahead and can get frustrated when newer, less experienced brothers and sisters haven't figured out what the mature members have.  Some of us that are newer in our walk can get frustrated with those further ahead of us and view their advice and instruction as criticism.  Some of us are very slowly being brought through this walk in baby-step fashion.  Some of us go from zero to sixty in a matter of months.  Spiritual maturity can go hand in hand with chronological age but that isn't always so.

A classic example of this is comparing Paul to Peter.  Peter, like me, was passionate but a bit dense when it came to figuring things out.  Jesus, ever patient with him, allowed for Peter to walk slower and we didn't see him fully mature until after Christ ascended into heaven.  Paul on the other hand, having one brief roadside experience went from zero to sixty and arguably became as mature in Christ if not more-so than many of the Apostles who walked and talked to Jesus for three full years.  I don't pretend to know your walk or even try to speculate where you are on it compared to me.  The important thing is that God will finish the good work He began in you and He has hand-crafted a process meant just for you.  It doesn't have to look anything like mine to call you a brother or sister in Christ.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Family Feud

Anyone that has family knows it can be a mixed bag of blessings and strife.  Arguments, conflict, opposing wills & desires, gender roles, birth order, parental strategy, and personal opinion are just a few factors that come into play when strife enters the picture.  Before you know it, name-calling and heated discussion have someones feelings hurt.  And if its a sibling based issue, you're lucky if someone doesn't have a bloody lip.

What unites a family isn't their independent member's traits though.  It is the things they have in common, which often times is ONLY their genetic makeup.  "Blood is thicker than water" holds true as we often find ourselves defending the very people we spend so much time fighting with once an outside source comes to challenge.  So perhaps its aptly warranted that Scripture often describes Christians to be, "Family in Christ".  We call one another brother and sister because we are united by the blood of Christ and have been born into a new family of believers.

But like our actual homes, this family isn't without stress, strife, arguments, and heated debates over disputable matters.  I knew this already but have been experiencing it more lately than in previous times.  I've made the bold (and perhaps silly) move of sharing my political opinions on Facebook and this blog as of late.  That in and of itself would be bold because you're already asking for a percentage of the public to disagree with you no matter the party affiliation.  I've perhaps made it worse by not embracing either.  I've even gone so far as to say how corrupt and disappointed I am in the two parties.  In some ways, the few supporters I could have had...are equally upset with me as I have now picked on both sides.

All I can ask of my brothers and sisters is to vote for their man as led by prayerful consideration and to KNOW that I WILL DO the same.  And in all things remember what or more importantly WHO unites us as family!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Week Nine Weigh In

If you want to find out what's going on and perhaps join in on the fun and accountability, click here for details.

Here are the stats for this week from those that are currently participating:

Name: Jim
Starting Weight: 211
Goal Weight: 180
Current Weight: 188

Recap: I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.  Nine weeks doesn't sound very long, especially when you've set a goal of losing 31 pounds, but it feels long.  I now weigh exactly what I did when my wife first met me.  The only problem is I was already eight pounds overweight at the time and therefore still have a little bit left to go.  If my 2-3 pound loss average remains the same, I may be at the goal weight in 3-4 weeks.  Hooray!


Name: Ryan K.
Starting Weight: 258
Goal Weight: 220
Current Weight: 253

Recap: I have discovered that my scale is quite inaccurate.  From one moment to the next it will show as much as a 30 pound fluctuation.  So let's go with a two pound loss guess for this week until I find a more accurate way to measure.  Insanity is getting easier and my only real struggle is keeping the motivation levels high.  Overall I am feeling better and can tell that I've lost a few inches.

How about you? Can you stand to drop a few pounds and get into better shape? Want to be brave enough to post your stats publicly on this blog? If so, read the requirements in this kick-off post and submit your information by Wednesday of next week.


Good luck!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to Rule Over the Sheeple

Imagine an elite group of people that have conspired to rule over you without you being aware of them or their real agenda.  Imagine they want to infiltrate every area of government, devalue the dollar, force collapses, economic ruin, and the NEED for a Global Government as the only solution to the problems they've intentionally created all while profiting with the foreknowledge of each step being executed.

Imagine they fake attacks on their own people and proclaim a war, not on a nation, but on an act called terrorism.  It, like the war on drugs, is an un-winnable war and can be perpetuated forever.  The word "terror" itself is one that can be hotly debated as some might consider our acts in the Middle East to qualify.  Imagine as the banks and corporations begin crumbling down, how they might offer a bail out...telling the people they are trying to save them...all the while they are becoming owners of such institutions.

Imagine that the only jobs they create are government jobs and those that cannot get jobs are dependant on government unemployment assistance.  Imagine they are intentionally forcing a populace to be so dependant upon their handouts so as to control them.  How would such an elite group pull off so grand a conspiracy as this with an enormous public unaware? 

How about first owning the media and controlling all the information that is disseminated to them?  How about taking issues they know we are divided over and polarizing the population against one another?  How about having their inside men, pretend to represent each side of those polarizing issues so that no matter who is elected, the elite still have control, still have their man in office?  How about making sure that grass roots movement and candidates are either not covered at all or covered in a very negative light so as to discourage such dissent?  How about distracting the populace with music, movies, TV shows, technology, and iPhone 5's so they don't have a moment to think for themselves?

How about we get a Muslim and a Mormon (that both claim to be Christians) to debate live on TV and stir up the anger toward one another instead of toward the puppet masters? 

Nah.  None of that could ever happen! Right?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Noah's Ark

I know that God will call people to do things they aren't always comfortable with.  But I also know that God gives you what you can handle.  So while He knows that I could never be a modern day Noah, managing pairs of every animal in tight quarters...I still feel like my house has turned into a rather densely populated animal refuge.  I joke that this prophetic verse from Matthew 24 is literally coming true in my home:

For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

You see we already have a family of five (humans that is). And as of a week or so ago, we now have just as many animals.  That brings us to a total of ten living creatures under our roof, taking shelter, needing food, love, medical attention, and did I mention janitorial services?  Whether its my one year old or the new dog...it seems someone is either making a mess or needing to use the facilities.  What was once my back yard, now functions as a dog toilet and there is nothing quite like waiting outside in the cold for a dog to decide to fertilize your grass.

Any one or perhaps combination of two of these animals would be fine.  Its the growing population that is now threatening to overtake the human numbers that tests my limits.  So while I would never claim this to be a calling from God or ever truly equate it to the responsibilities shouldered by the actual Noah...I do believe this situation is causing me to stretch and grow.  It is pushing my comfort zone and challenging my patience levels.  I've already begun to notice a softening of my shell as acceptance of our new circumstances becomes the new norm. 

That said...I have declared that if another animal moves in, I may have to move out.  But...how about you?  Are you running a modern day Noah's Ark?  Can you beat our numbers?  Leave your objections or sympathies in the comment section.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Week Eight Weigh In

If you want to find out what's going on and perhaps join in on the fun and accountability, click here for details.

Here are the stats for this week from those that are currently participating:

Name: Jim
Starting Weight: 211
Goal Weight: 180
Current Weight: 191

Recap: Have I confessed yet that I hate to run?  Yes even in High School as a Cross Country and Track Team member, I despised it.  Back then I did it anyway because I was pretty good at it.  The pain and anguish that our coach put us through was usually rewarded at the end of each meet with some kind of medal around our necks.  Now the reward is weight loss but I must admit this week was VERY tough motivation wise.  I really didn't want to run.  At. All.  Thankfully I knew this post was just days away and the accountability forced me out the door even on a day last week when the temps dropped into the 40's.  I also changed up the routes, distances, and styles of running I was doing just to add an element of interest.  I guess it worked because I've shed two more pounds and have just eleven more to go!

Name: Mike C.
Starting Weight: 238
Goal Weight: 218
Current Weight: 211

Recap: GOALS MET. WEIGHT LOSS MASTER, LEVEL 99

Great job Mike!

Name: Vickie P.
Starting Weight: 138.8
Goal Weight: 122.0
Current Weight: 120.8

Recap: GOALS MET. WEIGHT LOSS MASTER, LEVEL 99

Great job Vickie!


Name: Ryan K.
Starting Weight: 258
Goal Weight: 220
Current Weight: 255

Recap: I can't believe it!  I gained a pound.  The only reason I'm not livid about it, is I can tell that I'm thinner and my pants are fitting better.  My theory is that I've shed some fat and built some muscle.  Insanity was very tough this first week because my muscles were very sore as my body got used to the punishment. Should be much smoother sailing from here!
 
How about you? Can you stand to drop a few pounds and get into better shape? Want to be brave enough to post your stats publicly on this blog? If so, read the requirements in this kick-off post and submit your information by Wednesday of next week.


Good luck!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heroes & Hope 7.0

We live in trifling and uncertain times. I tend to highlight the more concerning topics fairly often. So in effort to be fair and balanced, it seems appropriate for me to present another series that highlights people, events, accomplishments, and the rays of light God gives us for encouragement sake.

This week I have one girl and an entire community of people surrounding her to highlight.  Whitney Kropp, a fun-loving sophomore in high school became a target of a practical joke as fellow students conspired to vote her onto the homecoming court.  Sure enough they got enough votes and when the time was right they began picking on her and the fellow student elected with her who was part of the prank dropped out, leaving her literally standing alone.

She too thought about dropping out.  But then the heroes started emerging.  Students not involved in the prank approached her and encouraged her to stay in the running and prove the bullies wrong.  Then the community of West Branch, Michigan (Population 2100) began to rally around her as well, starting a Facebook Page in her honor as well as donating several items she would need for the event.  Local businesses made sure Kropp had shoes, tiara, her hair colored and styled, as well as a homecoming gown.  So what could have been a cruel and relentless hazing storm turned into a modern day Cinderella moment.  It seems Whitney will be the one to enjoy the last laugh!

FULL STORY HERE

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

CYA Red Tape Madness

This news report came to my attention in May of this year.  Little did I know at the time that our family would face such similar circumstances just months later.  Ironically the similarities of what 17 year-old high school student, Michael Rudi endured don't end with sharing first names and nearly identical last names with my son.

  • Both he and my son have asthma. A very treatable but potentially life threatening condition.
  • Both he and my son rely on their school nurse to administer treatment while on campus.
  • Both he and my son have to produce the medicine with the prescription labels that show their full name and the recommended dosage.
  • Both he and my son have to have a parental permission slip filled out so the school can take such actions when necessary.
  • Both he and my son have school nurses that emphasize documentation over heathcare.

This is where the two stories diverge a bit but not so-much-so that I have full confidence that this seventeen year olds experience couldn't one day be ours.  It seems the elder Michael had an asthma attack at school.  The school nurse could not find his parental permission slip although she had his medicine that had its proper labels and instructions.  Instead of rendering aid, she locked Michael in her office and refused to give him his meds.  And instead of calling 911 she called the boys mother.  His mother asked her to call 911, that she was on her way, and to please dispense his medicine.  The nurse complained that she needed to leave at two o'clock and could not be bothered with these requests and left the teen to die on the floor gasping for air.  Thankfully he didn't die but this was due to his mother arriving in time, not due to the nurses intervention.

Now...in my situation, my son does have the permission slip on file as well as the prescription that has his name on it and the dosage requirements.  Thankfully he has not had a significant breathing problem other than his normal wheezing at school but I now wonder after my run-in with his school nurse if there isn't significant potential for a repeat of this story.  Upon asking her to give him a dose at 10AM and 2PM, she tells me that she cannot do this without doctor's orders.  I pointed to the prescription label which clearly states to dispense every four hours.  She said, yes AS NEEDED in a very rude tone.  But you are asking me to dispense at very specific times, not as needed.  I said, well...he does need it and the last dose was at 6AM, so his next dose will be at 10AM and the next after that will be 2PM.  She claimed the best she could do, given the instructions, is pull my son out of class and listen to his chest to determine if he needed a dose.  Even if I could dismiss the slap in my face for insulting my ability to care for my son and this medical problem that he's had since birth, the fact that she implies that her medical opinion is somehow going to trump what two different PhD's have asked us to do, was absurd and uncalled for.  I finally got our doctor to send her specific instructions detailing the two times to dispense as she asked but it wasn't without severe and unnecessary aggravation caused by her combative and arrogant attitude with me.  Furthermore the reason that perscriptions say every four hours and don't specify a time of day is because each of us begin our day and our first dose of medicine at different times.  When the C.Y.A. mentality has reached the level of being rude, combative, counter-productive, and potentially violates the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm, then it has gone much, much too far!

I am really starting to understand why so many parents these days choose to home school!

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Great I Am

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I started playing around with words.  I started with writing "I am His" to denote who I belong to.  Then I began rearranging the letters and came up with things like Shimia and Mishia and wondered if those were really names...perhaps in the Old Testament times.  And perhaps if they were actual names, what did they mean?  Wouldn't it be cool to have a name that literally means you belong to God?

Then I wrote, "He is I am" referring to Jesus and His actual identity.  When I began rearranging those letters something absolutely incredible occurred.  It was so awesome that I made a YouTube video on my channel this morning to properly demonstrate the find.  I sincerely believe this was yet another way God was personally working though me and that it was revealed to me by Him. 

Take a look and let me know what you think.  I pray this finds you blessed and that it encourages you!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 83

Category: Duct Tape

Instructions: Vote on your favorite two photos. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed. Winner: Street Repair

Mobile Phone Users - Click HERE to see & vote on the poll.

Click on images to enlarge them.


Baby Holder

Blue Tooth


Replacement Fender


Toilet Paper?

Street Repair

Hero Mask

Inexpensive Hammock


Couch Upholstery

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Week Seven Weigh In

If you want to find out what's going on and perhaps join in on the fun and accountability, click here for details.

Here are the stats for this week from those that are currently participating:

Name: Jim
Starting Weight: 211
Goal Weight: 180
Current Weight: 193

Recap: Although it may appear that I've only lost one pound when compared to last week, I actually lost four.  Somehow, I managed to gain three pounds last weekend getting back up to 197.  The rain on Saturday prevented my normal bike ride but I certainly didn't expect that to be so detrimental.  So it took until Tuesday just to get back down to 194 (my weight from last week) and then until last night to drop one more pound.  This is my lowest net weight loss from one week to the next but in some ways my biggest victory having suffered a sizeable set-back.  I have not registered for the 5K yet but will keep you posted if/when I do.

Name: Mike C.
Starting Weight: 238
Goal Weight: 218
Current Weight: 211

Recap: GOALS MET.  WEIGHT LOSS MASTER, LEVEL 99

Great job Mike!

Name: Vickie P.
Starting Weight: 138.8
Goal Weight: 122.0
Current Weight: 120.8

Recap: Still not back to normal activity due to my back pain. Felt good on Monday and really good on Tuesday and then not as good on Wednesday...think maybe I was walking too much and trying to do too much in the way of normal household chores and set my recovery back. I've been drinking as much as possible so I stay well-hydrated... I know muscles need lots of water to stay healthy! And I REALLLLLLLY want my back healthy again!

Name: Ryan K.
Starting Weight: 258
Goal Weight: 220
Current Weight: 254

Recap:


I've finally begun my workout program but literally just started two days ago. Therefore I lost one pound since the last weigh-in BUT should turn in some great number in the coming week. I am doing Insanity. The plan is twice per day but once per day is the minimum. If I add that to my dieting, this process should speed up significantly! Got some catching up to do.
How about you? Can you stand to drop a few pounds and get into better shape? Want to be brave enough to post your stats publicly on this blog? If so, read the requirements in this kick-off post and submit your information by Wednesday of next week.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The End Is Near 11.0

The idea of this series is to share five links to various sites that show evidence that we are living in the End Times. You will quickly see that for every link that may lead you to a serious article or news coverage that looks to be straight out of Revelation, there will be several more that are just tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny.

I am not a date setter. Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day. And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be. Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...

Machines on the Rise - In the vein of movies like Terminator, one of the categories that is growing quite common in this series is how advanced our technology is becoming. This week, we have two such examples:

1. Creepy Military Robot

2. Robot Pulling Chariot

Sci-Fi Becomes Reality - Similar to Machines on the Rise we have a category for the non-robotic technological advances that were once only thought possible on the silver screen.  Check out this week's example:

3. NASA Developing Star Trek Warp Drive

Comedy or Crazy? - Opinions vary as to what is funny or what constitutes serious concern. Time for you to weigh in on this latest bizarre example.

4. Human Tail Wagging

Big Brother - In the age of information, privacy is becoming less and less of an expectation. Whether its Google or the Government, everyone is gathering our most personal details. In this week's example we have another developing use for DNA. What do you think?

5. Mug Shots from DNA

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

What's Your Excuse? 7.0

 
We all have them. EXCUSES! Reasons why we can't accomplish something.

Reason why we can't:

  • Travel
  • Lose Weight
  • Earn More
  • Have extra time
  • Vacation
  • Improve our skills
  • Better our situation
  • Eat right
  • Exercise
  • And many more...
This series exists to hopefully help you and I both stop making excuses. For today's post, I present an amazing athlete by the name Nico Calabria.  He is already an accomplished wrestler, mountain climber, team captain, and on the roster of the United States Amputee National Team.  But here we have him playing soccer for his High School, Concord Regional, using bipeds.  His team goes on to crush the competition with a final score of 9-0 but watch this amazing play by Calabria as he contributes one of those nine points on a corner kick.  Enjoy and STOP making excuses!


Monday, October 01, 2012

We Love Justice Until...

This morning on my way to work I watched as the HOV lane swiftly moved passed me.  By swiftly I simply mean faster than being stopped (by which a pedestrian walking quickly might qualify).  As usual, there was a good fifty percent mix of compliant HOV users to violators.  I've complained about this before in a previous post if you need a reminder of how irritating it is for me to have people be so blatant about their entitlement issues.

But I digress and won't stand on that soap box today.  Instead my inlfamed sense of injustice was, for once, satisfied with a wondrous moment that made my law abiding ways appear vindicated.  Just as I was starting to make my way over in preparation for my exit, a police car whipped over the HOV lane and lit up the nearest truck with its one occupant.  I cheered and danced a little jig only saddened by the fact that he would only get one of the many, many people that were in the wrong.

Then it hit me.  We LOVE justice.  People have this inherent need for it.  We cheer when it occurs and we gripe when it doesn't.  So why are so many of the atheists I am talking with on Youtube right now so angry and judgemental toward my God in Heaven who is the embodiment of Justice?  It struck me today as I watched this motorist get his just deserve that he probably wasn't all that happy, even though the rest of us in the proverbial parking lot were.  We LOVE Justice until it applies to us.  And when God's standard is perfection, let's face it...NONE of us can stand on our own merits.  I suppose I would be just as angry about that as the atheists if I didn't have an advocate that IS perfect, that does meet God's standards, willing to atone for me.

I wouldn't have the right to be mad or to cry foul any more than the gentleman that got pulled over this morning.  But our human nature is often too self absorbed to see our own folly or agree that such folly deserves consequences like a traffic ticket.  It's no wonder that we shake an angry fist at a Just God when it is us being pulled over instead of someone else.  They deserve it but we don't, right?