Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving

Hi all, I just wanted to share what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving morning.

I thank God for all of these things that He has so graciously provided for me:

First, and always at the very top of my list, is Jesus, he came and took on human flesh (John 1:14), lived a perfect life and took on my sins (2 Corinthians 5:21), and died for me (Romans 5:6-8).

Second is family, my mom who never gave up on me and kept praying for me even when I was rejecting both her and God. My daughter Lora whom I love dearly and who is so much like me. My granddaughter Serenity who lives life full bore and keeps me going all the time. For my cousin Mike who has been so generous with our expanded family the last several years. And of course my little sister Kari who has such a great way of bringing me down to reality when I wander off in my head sometimes.

I'm thankful for Messiah Lutheran Church and our congregation, and especially for Pastor Ledic.

I'm thankful for my job, and my employers, especially in these tough times.

I'm thankful for our unschooling friends who are so much fun to be around and to camp with too.

Thank you God! :-)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State
Monday, November 23, 2009, 10:57 AM
Wesley J. Smith
We hear constantly that people diagnosed as being persistently unconscious should be dehydrated to death because they are not “persons,” or are actually “dead”–and so should be available for organ harvesting. We hear that even if the family resists, futile care theory should permit bioethics committees to impose unilateral withdrawal. And we hear this even as repeated studies demonstrate that 40 or more percent of patients diagnosed as PVS really aren’t...

Read the whole story here:

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bay Cruise

Last night Mike, Maryann, Topanga, Serenity, Lora and Larry all went on a Commodore City Lights Bay Cruise that Maryann had tickets to. It was pretty fun actually. The dining room was a bit noisy for my taste but once the loud music came on and I didn't have to try and figure out what people were saying it was all good :-) I like loud music but hate loud rooms full of talking people. Go figure. I didn't take my camera but did take a few fuzzy shots with my phone so here you are, enjoy :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Advice


Thanks Mom :-)

Pleasanton Weekly : Movie review: 2012

Lora, Serenity and I went and saw this thing yesterday, the biggest warning I can give is this thing is LOOONG! And pretty funny too, especially the alleged "science" they tossed in. It was fun though. As the review says:

There is something inherently ridiculous about using a (primarily) paranoia-inspired date and transforming it into a cinematic spectacle. The scientific explanations behind the catastrophes that rip through "2012" are about as believable (and logical) as a book by Dr. Seuss. The 160-minute run time overwhelms before the end credits roll, almost making an after-film Advil a downright necessity.

"2012" is, admittedly, a fun ride at times -- albeit a dumb and dizzy one.

Pleasanton Weekly : Movie review: 2012

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Advent Fast?

I never realized that Advent was a season of fasting before reading this from Weedon's Blog:

On Keeping Holy Advent

For us Western Christians, the Advent fast is fast approaching (our Eastern fellow Christians already have begun it). But how shall we approach this holy time so that it produces spiritual benefit for us?

First, it requires time. Here's where the busyness of our lives does us such a great disservice. We hurry ourselves to the grave. Don't think of the extra services in Church as "one more thing" added to your already insanely busy schedule. Instead, see them for what they are: oases of peace that will allow you time for prayer and reflection on the coming of our Savior into the flesh, His coming in the Sacrament, and His coming in glory. Make every effort not to miss a single one of the Sunday or Wednesday liturgies. We were not made for busyness; we were made for communion with the Blessed Trinity! Click here for the rest.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Quitting Smoking?



Heh, two ways to cut down to just one per day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Think about these things

Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

So, it should have been obvious to me but it wasn't. When struggling with sins it doesn't actually pay off to be dwelling on the sins. Constantly thinking "Oh why did I do that again?" and trying to figure out how to stop doing whatever the particular sin I'm worried about just seems to make things worse. It keeps that thing I am trying to avoid at the front of my mind. If it wasn't something I wanted to do it would not be a temptation now would it? So thinking about something that I actually want to do, whether it be lusts or angry outbursts or snarky expressions of superiority or disrespect to authority, just gives the devil an opening to work through.

But if I follow the injunction of Paul in Philippians 4 to think on good things, pure things and honorable things, then instead of the devil having an opening to keep me on the subject of sin I will instead have an opening for the Holy Spirit to lead me toward the result promised in Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Like I said, it ought to have been obvious but has not been. I have spent endless hours dwelling on how horrible my sins are and figuring ways to avoid them and thinking of what triggers them in my life, instead of focusing on the good. Well duh!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cool unschooling moment.

Last night, after having spent all day at Perpetual Recess, Serenity came excitedly to my room and dragged me to the computer she was "playing" at. There she was listening to, and singing along with, a Japanese cartoon video. I thought she would have no idea what they were saying but there was an English version she had listened to as well. She said "at first it sounded like gibberish but then I could understand it!" Heh, fun stuff, none of it was intended to be "educational" but there she was learning some Japanese words ;-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Proposal, for reforming Selective Service

I received this as an email but thought it worthy of inclusion here:

New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical SOB....

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real stretch.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

***How about recruiting Women over 50 ....with PMS !!! You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my Lord!!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol....we will have it secured the first night!

Share this with your senior friends. It's purposely in big type so they can read it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Slacker and Unemployment


So, I was listening to Slacker radio today and I glanced at the screen and saw that the California Employment Development Department (aka Unemployment) had an add there so you could "click your unemployment benefits into place." I thought it was funny. I guess I'm easily amused. :-)

Screen shot is to the left, click to embigenate it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Large Hadron Collider stalled again... thanks to chunk of baguette - Times Online

Not long ago, on October 14th, I posted about the LHC being sabotaged from the future, well look here :-)

Large Hadron Collider stalled again... thanks to chunk of baguette - Times Online

Science and an Incarnational Approach to the Bible - Science and the Sacred

I think this has potential, I'll forward links to the following posts when they come out, if they live up to my anticipation:

Science and an Incarnational Approach to the Bible - Science and the Sacred

TSO Videos

Anyone who really wants to make me happy for Christmas will find Trans Siberian Orchestra DVDs :-) ooh, ah...


Getting in the Christmas Spirit early :-)

Thanks to Trans Siberian Orchestra I'm in the Holiday Spirit a little early this year :-)

Here is the Christmas Canon


Christmas in Sarajevo

Christmas in Sarajevo

Music

There are some amazing music services out on the interwebs these days :-) There is Pandora, which I'm listening to at the moment, Up Around the Bend by Credence Clearwater Revival was playing when I started this post. Pandora plays a customized blend of tunes on stations you make for yourself so you tend to get music you like most all of the time, and it turns you on to music you might not have known about that is similar to what you have been marking with a thumbs up as you go along. There are occasional ads that play but not nearly as many as on over-air radio. You can listen for 40 hours per month for free, if you happen to use up those hours in a month you can pay 99 cents and listen as much as you like for the rest of that month, which is pretty reasonable I'd say. I have never yet used up my 40 hours though. Another cool thing about Pandora is that I can listen to it on my Blackberry, which makes walks and bike rides and commutes a pleasure, though you have to have signal and parts of the BART underground are still not accessible.

Another cool music service is SomaFM. Lots of interesting stations there, and it's all free. I listen to Groove Salad , Secret Agent , Doomed and Space Station Soma on this site, all full of stuff you will never hear anywhere else for the most part. Pretty cool spot to chill in the evenings.

An old fashioned online radio station that plays a nice selection of rock and stuff is Radio Paradise. I used to listen to that more in the past but with all the other places to hear music I don't get to Paradise as frequently as I once did.

A good site for mobile listening, like on my Blackberry, is Slacker Radio. Custom stations, genera stations and such. Very good.

Oooh... Pandora is giving me Hey Jude by the Beatles right now. Ah... now it's Every Breath You Take by the Police, old fashioned rock on the station I made called "My Kinda Rock"

Finally my newest find, via Pastor is Lala. This service allows you to upload your music to the web, and browse and listen to new stuff too. Sort of cool because you can then listen to your own music from your computer at any computer you happen to be on at the time. So I can listen to my music on the computer at work or in the front room on Lora's computer or wherever. You also have several ways to buy music on this site. You can buy 'web only' music that you can only hear via Lala for 10 cents a track, or you can buy no DRM MP3's for 79 cents more if you decide you want to burn a CD of the track, or you can actually buy the CD itself with the web album included free. More options is a good thing. No sign of mobile capability that I can find yet, but it's free and way cool.

Those are the music services I use now, there are others of course, but really if I'm using these you know they are the best :-)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Unschooling

Here is a link to a great interview with Sandra Dodd about unschooling. We met Sandra at the Good Vibrations Conference in San Diego back in September. She has a way with words and is fun to listen to. If you ever wondered about how unschooling could possibly work this is a short discussion to get you started.

Unschooling

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another safe Halloween

Like the risk of "Terrorist" attacks in America the risk of Halloween candy poisoning is pretty close to ZERO. Even so, we can't be too paranoid, eternal vigilance, even if it sucks all the joy from life, is the price we must pay to eliminate even the slightest risk from our lives! That way we will all live forever, right?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bacon!


Baconbetter_160by600_1, originally uploaded by ldevich.

God Whisperers had a special bacon edition that I listened to this morning and then this showed up next to my face book page, coincidence? I don't think so!

Pheasant escaped from Chinatown


Pheasant escaped from Chinatown, originally uploaded by ldevich.

This pheasant landed outside of our front door at 3:00 am, security called Animal Control and they picked him up. The tail was tied with a rubber band so I'm pretty sure it escaped from a couple of blocks up Washington in one of those shops up in Chinatown where they sell live birds for dinner. I'm assuming they will release it in the wild :-) Don't bother telling me otherwise, I don't want to know... la la la la... I can't hear you...