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Lorin Olsen has been shared in 40 public circles

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Lo Sauer563One of the finest Android users in this circle with great personalities  in it. I added my favorites, and  the circle includes many shared by +Tony Simons . Count me in :) #Android #mobile #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social2013-11-07 18:39:32499218
J.T. Smith40These are all people I was recommended to follow! They are currently in my Temporary circle, and I'll follow them permanently based on their engagement with me in the next day or so! #circleshare    #sharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster   #circle   #addmetoyourcircles   #addmetocircles   #addmenow   #addmepleasethanks  2013-10-19 19:57:21492207
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018412
Tony Simons35,934Time to blow up a few inboxesIt's Friday, so I figured I'd kick off another one of my famous Android circle shares. Here are 500 of the most engaging Android smartphone and tablet users on +Google+.If you are a new user, this is your one-stop shop for all things Android. Please feel free to add these fine folks, as they will surely make your experience here 10x better than it already was.If you were notified, you're in -- you know what to do!Keep calm and mash those +1 button and reshare buttons!Happy Friday, kiddos! Don't do anything I wouldn't do (without posting pics).2013-06-21 18:10:2950010360153
Tony Simons35,543The Mother of All Android CirclesIn an attempt to clean up my circles, I've combined all of my nearest and dearest Android "Circlees" into one mega circle.Here the are; all 500 of them!Add these fine folks, and make sure to say hello! They will certainly brighten up your stream!If you were notified, that means you're in. Would you be so kind as to +1 and reshare this thread? Let's get the ball rolling on Circle #2!2013-05-25 19:59:1250010791200
CircleCount52,441The people who have voted on our first pollCheck out the people who have voted on our first poll on CircleCount (http://www.circlecount.com/poll/1).Why are these people interesting? Because they are active! ;)We had a very good discussion with +Richard Hoefer and +Bearman Cartoons here: https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/AMbHGT3Qu1m and one idea was to feature a special group of people and not only the most followed or most engaging ones.I think this circle is not really what +Richard Hoefer meant, but it goes hopefully in the right direction ;)We like such unusual shared circles, since these people didn't act because we have offered to share them in a circle afterwards. They just did/voted/reviewed! ;)A year ago we have already shared a circle like this with the people who have written a review for our Chrome Extension:https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/6WCpwBTQxKj2013-04-19 10:25:26165772973
Cliff Wade8,116This is my Android #2 circle. Again, most of these folks should be quite active. I recommend you circle everyone in this circle and the one I shared previously. Again, this is per a request by +Jesse Wojdylo And if you wish to be added to an Android circle, please comment and let me know.2012-11-19 22:06:24277312
Bike Commuter Cabal357Hey gang, the +Bike Commuter Cabal has more than doubled in size since the Trend the Bike Commuter Cabal event, time to get to know our new kits, I have requests from +Chris Davies and a couple of others to share the circle so here you go, these are your bike commuters and fanboys.For those that do not know who we are, the Bike Commuter Cabal is a loose international confederation of utility cyclists, people who ride their bikes to work, to the store, for getting around, or even just wish you could.Circle us up and join the society.2012-11-03 01:34:44347419
Tony Simons13,680Oh you thought I was done, huh?Think again!Here's round 3 of my MUST ADD Android pages and profiles!If you were notified, that means you're included. You don't have to reshare this post, but it would be great if you did.If you're not in this circle, don't fret. I'll be sharing the rest of them throughout the day/night today. If I have you circled already, odds are you're already in one of them. (I keep 'em to 100 people max to avoid having daily add limit issues)If I don't already have you circled, and you'd like to be included, all you have to do is reshare this post publicly. The more exposure the better, right?Thanks to all for making these awesome#CircleShares possible. Without you, I'd probably still be stuck on Twittter. Thank you for that.2012-10-07 23:03:039811820
Thomas Power32,090some great people to get to know worldwide in this Circle feel free to share2012-09-12 13:56:1650110220
Tony Simons12,692And then there's part 3 of my Android circles...Don't forget to add these fine folks!2012-08-30 06:40:241008114
Cliff Wade7,170This is my Android circle #2 for #FollowFriday . Everyone needs to follow these folks because they are awesome and of course because they are Android folks! :) 2012-08-24 15:02:58246424
Randy Culler3,593This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-10 13:25:23139404
Randy Culler3,511This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-03 19:29:01138001
Randy Culler3,055This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount  2012-07-26 17:02:48134414
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-GhostsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as *75 Non-Idiots*2012-07-25 01:41:037532632
Chris Cota0Thanks +Tony Simons Fellow Android fanatics! #snowballcircleIt has been a while since I've shared one of my cherry-picked, curated circles, hasn't it? I've managed to fill my third Android circle now and I figured it's time to give these fine folks the royal treatment!These are 100 of the most active people on +Google+ who are a part of the Android Community. Feel free to add them all and re-share this circle, as they are a great bunch of people, who love to engage and talk about #Android .If you were notified, that means you made the cut. It's not mandatory, but I'd definitely appreciate a re-share of this circle.Without further adieu, let's #PlusBang these fine folks' notifications and let them know why G+ is the place to be!2012-07-19 17:22:33102201
Tony Simons11,717Fellow Android fanatics!It has been a while since I've shared one of my cherry-picked, curated circles, hasn't it? I've managed to fill my third Android circle now and I figured it's time to give these fine folks the royal treatment!These are 100 of the most active people on +Google+ who are a part of the Android Community. Feel free to add them all and re-share this circle, as they are a great bunch of people, who love to engage and talk about #Android .If you were notified, that means you made the cut. It's not mandatory, but I'd definitely appreciate a re-share of this circle.Without further adieu, let's #PlusBang these fine folks' notifications and let them know why G+ is the place to be!2012-07-19 17:15:36100221326
Randy Culler2,573This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-07-12 11:02:34127011
Richard Frost6,866Babylon 5 Fans CircleIts been awhile since I shared my Babylon 5 Fans Circle.. over 240 members strong now..  enjoy.. If you want to be in it just message me If you were added and want to be removed - I apologise and I will remove you from the circle.Enjoy   #babylon5   #babylon5fans  2012-07-04 18:15:522442319
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012
Randy Culler2,204This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles2012-06-21 11:00:06126512
Randy Culler2,170This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles  2012-06-16 12:54:28116412
J J Esquire1,890I haven't shared this circle in a while...It's full of #babylon5 fans and includes +Patricia Tallman (verified). If you aren't a part of this circle, and you would like to be, please let me know and I will add you. 2012-06-06 22:36:26176903
Randy Culler2,107This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-06-01 10:35:221091035
Randy Culler1,951This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #circlecount #kindlefire2012-05-12 12:26:03102503
Richard Law2,521This circle was originally shared by +Jack C Crawford as his Great Interacters circle. He was right; it's one of my favorite circles. #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles2012-04-29 14:19:54183313
Randy Culler1,833This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-26 10:43:0399001
Randy Culler1,612This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-13 10:59:2696800
Randy Culler1,320This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #kindlefire #circleshare2012-03-30 10:58:5283502
Randy Culler1,152This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-03-15 17:01:00741001
Randy Culler902This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included.+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Google+2012-02-04 14:02:4462301
Randy Culler843This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-27 12:07:2552011
Richard Frost5,923Its that time again where I share my curated Babylon 5 Fans circle..to the world to find more fans.. if you are a fan and you are not in this circle please add a comment to the post to request to be added.#b5fancircle2012-01-21 21:42:491562514
Randy Culler790This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-15 14:05:1946000
Marius Voila183+Chris Porter Yes, you're right sorry about that...I'm correcting that right nowMarius Voilă shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 12:13:24500630
Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493797563
Robert Scoble141,470This is another of my circles. This one is of programmers/developers and highly technical folks. I usually call this my "geek" circle. Unfortunately this one usually has 900+ in it, but using this new "share circles" feature I can only share 250. How it picks the 250 no one knows, but anyway this will be a fun starting place. I guess sometime soon I'll split up my circles into batches of 250 and share the whole thing.Hope you enjoy these.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 09:59:4925011289124
Robert Scoble141,470Here's 250 tech executives and entrepreneurs. Sorry, I can't share my entire circle with you. My circle has 534 members in it, so you aren't seeing half a circle. Hope you enjoy these circles.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 04:34:582509769129

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2014-08-11 19:07:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

I stand with the persecuted believers in Iraq

This is the Arabic letter "N".  It stands for "Nazarene" and it is being posted on the doors of Christians so that they can be attacked by ISIS forces.  Please share this graphic and show your support for persecuted and martyred believers in the Arab world.

h/t +lara stang 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383493/christian-genocide-symbolized-one-letter-christine-sisto  

#WeAreN 

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2014-08-11 19:13:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Stand with our brothers and sisters in Iraq

#WeAreN 

Most plusones: 11

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2014-08-11 19:07:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

I stand with the persecuted believers in Iraq

This is the Arabic letter "N".  It stands for "Nazarene" and it is being posted on the doors of Christians so that they can be attacked by ISIS forces.  Please share this graphic and show your support for persecuted and martyred believers in the Arab world.

h/t +lara stang 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383493/christian-genocide-symbolized-one-letter-christine-sisto  

#WeAreN 

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2014-09-18 20:56:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Religious liberty is something to behold.  Marine brothers expressing their faith is even more spectacular to behold.

There truly is no God like Jehovah.  Oo-rah!

via +The Right Minded Christian 

Religious liberty is something to behold.  Marine brothers expressing their faith is even more spectacular to behold.

There truly is no God like Jehovah.  Oo-rah!

via +The Right Minded Christian ___

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2014-09-18 20:10:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Spectacular!

 
Victory for us "old guys" in our 40's. Jens Voight just broke the World Record for the One Hour cycling... 51.115 K/M which is about 31.7613885 miles per hour.. Now that's how you retire! Congrats! ‪#‎Shutuplegs‬! ‪#‎Shutuphour‬___Spectacular!

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2014-09-18 15:37:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

It's always humorous when Apple's cheerleaders admit that Apple "deceives" its customers in order to retain its customers.  After all, who needed the larger screen form factors - until Apple anointed them.  And how about things like NFC. According to our Cupertino masters, electronic payments were unnecessary - until Apple called them necessary.  And does anyone else remember that there were MP3 players before the iPod?  And there were cell phones before the iPhone.  

What Apple has always done well is marketing the mundane as phenomenal.  Apple has always taken what has been innovative in other products and then transformed them into chic status symbols.  

It's always humorous when Apple's cheerleaders admit that Apple "deceives" its customers in order to retain its customers.  After all, who needed the larger screen form factors - until Apple anointed them.  And how about things like NFC. According to our Cupertino masters, electronic payments were unnecessary - until Apple called them necessary.  And does anyone else remember that there were MP3 players before the iPod?  And there were cell phones before the iPhone.  

What Apple has always done well is marketing the mundane as phenomenal.  Apple has always taken what has been innovative in other products and then transformed them into chic status symbols.  ___

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2014-09-17 20:40:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Wow!  But will it matter?

If you said that it would matter, then you didn't know that Ron Paul proposed the same thing in 2012.  And that bill passed the House on a 327-98 vote.  So where is the report from the Comptroller General?  Oh, the Senate never took that bill up.  Quelle surprise!  

Wow!  But will it matter?

If you said that it would matter, then you didn't know that Ron Paul proposed the same thing in 2012.  And that bill passed the House on a 327-98 vote.  So where is the report from the Comptroller General?  Oh, the Senate never took that bill up.  Quelle surprise!  ___

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2014-09-17 15:28:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

It seems that everyone is interested in the vote tomorrow.

Around the world, people are watching Scotland to see if they choose union or separation.  And if they choose separation, many other nations may see small cultural groups yearning for separation - and their chance to excel on their own.

Will often minor cultural differences be enough to bring down nations?  Are we seeing the beginnings of the Balkanization of the West?  

People, we are called to embrace our neighbors and community - not hide from them.  Yes, we must proudly proclaim our own heritage.  But we seem to dwell on the past only when a compelling vision for the future is lacking.  In fact, one of the key reasons that Barack Obama was elected to the US Presidency was because he seemed to have a compelling vision for the future: equality and justice for all, regardless of heritage and upbringing. 
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Ist Schottland erst der Anfang? Die Reaktionen aus Brüssel offenbaren eine große Angst vor dem Domino-Effekt.
>>> http://www.welt.de/132350747___It seems that everyone is interested in the vote tomorrow.

Around the world, people are watching Scotland to see if they choose union or separation.  And if they choose separation, many other nations may see small cultural groups yearning for separation - and their chance to excel on their own.

Will often minor cultural differences be enough to bring down nations?  Are we seeing the beginnings of the Balkanization of the West?  

People, we are called to embrace our neighbors and community - not hide from them.  Yes, we must proudly proclaim our own heritage.  But we seem to dwell on the past only when a compelling vision for the future is lacking.  In fact, one of the key reasons that Barack Obama was elected to the US Presidency was because he seemed to have a compelling vision for the future: equality and justice for all, regardless of heritage and upbringing.  

So here is my big question: how can we inspire the West to reclaim it noblest heritage?  

In my opinion, the West grew due to its unifying drive to proclaim and promote the ministry of a humble carpenter from Nazareth.  Let's try and reclaim that heritage as it is the only heritage that can transform every person on the face of this little blue planet.  

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2014-09-17 14:50:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Do we spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror?

Tomorrow is the big day.  The citizens of the United Kingdom who live north of an imaginary border will choose whether everyone north of that border should separate themselves from their mother country.  [BTW, please don't take offense at the use of that term.  I'm just trying to make a point.] 

First, I have no dog in this hunt.  While I can claim both English and Scottish ancestry, my parents and I have spent our entire lives in the United States of America.  

Second, I wonder why anyone would seek to dissolve economies-of-scale as well as social efficiencies that have developed over centuries.  Yes, I understand that in time of turmoil, people want to lean upon the past as their anchor.  And the Scottish peoples have some amazing heritage - and not just the stuff that Braveheart envisioned. 
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Do we spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror?

Tomorrow is the big day.  The citizens of the United Kingdom who live north of an imaginary border will choose whether everyone north of that border should separate themselves from their mother country.  [BTW, please don't take offense at the use of that term.  I'm just trying to make a point.] 

First, I have no dog in this hunt.  While I can claim both English and Scottish ancestry, my parents and I have spent our entire lives in the United States of America.  

Second, I wonder why anyone would seek to dissolve economies-of-scale as well as social efficiencies that have developed over centuries.  Yes, I understand that in time of turmoil, people want to lean upon the past as their anchor.  And the Scottish peoples have some amazing heritage - and not just the stuff that Braveheart envisioned.  

So what should the Scottish do?  I won't begin to exhort or cajole.  If I were a Scotsman, I would probably spend today on the hills and in the glens contemplating what it means to be a consequentlial person.  There are amazingly good reasons to lean on your cultural heritage.  And there are amazingly good reasons to lean upon the history of the Union.  

And you can have both.  

But isn't G-d calling on every citizen of the United Kingdom to ask a more fundamental question: what would Jesus do?  Does Jesus care more for one human government or another?  I suspect that He does not.  Indeed, while you walk the hills and dales, ask what God wants you to do in the future .  Don't ask what your grandparents did in the past.  Yes, consider your ancestors - but only as a lesson to direct your path towards tomorrow.  

The United Kingdom has brought many amazing things to this world.  But the really amazing things came from the individuals who made up the United Kingdom.  The people are the cherished heritage that should be retained.  

Know that G-d stopped dealing with nations as His vehicles of redemption and salvation.  instead, he chose to speak to individuals through His Holy Spirit.  May His Spirit lead every citizen that votes in tomorrow's referendum.  May G-d's will be reflected and expressed through the will of the people.

May G-d save the people of that island - and may G-d save the queen.  ___

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2014-09-16 21:44:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I want to sing this over every one of my daughters. God's creation was and is incomplete without you.

I want to sing this over every one of my daughters. God's creation was and is incomplete without you.___

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2014-09-16 21:39:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Our purpose and our mission is to transparently demonstrate the brilliant and unmistakable glory of God.

Our purpose and our mission is to transparently demonstrate the brilliant and unmistakable glory of God.___

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2014-09-11 15:46:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

"It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred." - Pastor Greg Laurie

As we stand on the precipice again, are we ready to admit that evil exists?  We saw the horrors of the collapsing WTC.  Now we've seen the horror of public beheading.  Are we - Americans - ready to admit that evil exists in this world?  

And once we make that admission, what are we willing to do about it?  Are we willing to take up arms against evil?  And if so, what is the best way to fight against evil?  Yes, we can drop bombs and send advisers.  But will we sink to our knees and pray for God to guide us?

If we do not humble ourselves, then don't be surprised if God doesn't bless us.  It's time to let bent knees and humblecountena... more »

Did 9/11 Change Our Beliefs?
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"The day we remember the horrific attack against the United States resulting in a tragic loss of life. The day we remember those who died, and those who laid their lives down in rescue efforts. It is also the day we remember our brave soldiers who have fought and laid down their lives for the freedom we far too often take for granted." -Greg Laurie

In the days following 9/11, I was interviewed by a number of newspapers and magazines. The journalists wanted to know how something so horrible, so unthinkable, could take place not only in the United States of America, but in New York City? They just couldn’t comprehend the wickedness, the capacity of someone who could kill thousands of people and lose their own lives in the process.

I reminded them that not only was there a God, but there was a devil, and that mankind was not basically good as we often hear, but that mankind is basically bad. In fact, the Bible teaches that mankind is sinful to the very core. People were shocked by this.

Our churches were packed like never before in the aftermath of this horrific attack. I remember well Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at the church where I pastor. It was the largest single attendance we have ever had in the history of the church. It was my hope and prayer that it would be a spark that would ultimately lead to a revival that would sweep our nation. But that has not happened. In fact, something quite surprising has taken place since 9/11.

A survey conducted by the Barna Research Group in Ventura, Calif., revealed that instead of a return to God after the attacks, there has been a resurgence of moral relativism.

This survey found that in the wake of 9/11, a mere 22 percent of a sample group of Americans told Barna’s researchers they still believed in absolute moral truth. That is compared with 38 percent in January 2000. That is saying more people believed there was such a thing as evil before 9/11 than now.

It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred.

Moral relativism, which is basically the lack of moral absolutes, is more widespread than we may think. According to moral relativism, your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth. And just because something is true to you doesn’t necessarily mean that it is true to me. In other words, there is no right or wrong.

This view would say that it is not right for us as the West, as the United States, to say that the actions of another nation are wrong. Who are we to say what is right and wrong? Moral relativism teaches that we are all products of the evolutionary process, and there is no God, there is no devil, and there is no evil. Instead, we make our own luck, we create our own faith, and we are all basically good inside.

If we do something bad, then it is not our fault because we are victims of our upbringing or environment. Moral relativism teaches there are no absolutes; it is the freedom from all restraint.

What I find interesting is that if you disagree with this viewpoint, then you are insensitive. If you have the audacity to say that you believe there is right and wrong or there is good and evil, then you are classified as insensitive, intolerant, bigoted and narrow-minded. If you dare to quote the Bible and say it is the source of truth, then you will be accused of pushing your puritanical belief system and values on someone else.

Although moral relativism has actually gained ground, the percentage of people who say they pray regularly since 9/11 has gone from 84 to 85 percent. On one hand, more people are saying there is no such thing as right and wrong, good and evil, and there is no God or devil. But on the other hand, we pray more than we did before.

Barna’s survey also found that Americans’ “personal commitment to Christ” remained stable at 68 percent and even increased among the youngest group from 58 to 61 percent. That may seem good, but actually I think it is relatively bad. These same people, when polled, did not believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, nor did they believe that the devil is real. Rather, they classified him as a mere metaphor.

This essentially tells me that people are creating a whole new god, a god who doesn’t believe in right or wrong and doesn’t give us standards to live by. In essence, they have created a god in their own image.

Let me say something that might be controversial, but it is basic, biblical Christianity: Jesus Christ is the only way to God. All roads don’t lead to a relationship with God, and all religions don’t teach the same thing.

Someone who says she believes in God, believes she should pray, but doesn’t think Jesus is the only way cannot be a Christian. If you are a true Christian, then you have to believe the Bible. The very idea of being a Christian and knowing God comes from the Bible. We don’t make up the rules as we go.

I can’t go out on the streets today and say, “I have made up a new rule. I think that it is OK for me to drive 120 miles per hour. I believe it is OK for me to walk into a store and take whatever I want. It is mine for the taking.” I can believe these things, but soon I will have a new prison ministry. There are rules. There are absolutes. And whether I believe in them or not, those rules are still true.

Therefore I can’t come to the Bible and say, “I like this, and I like that, but I am not so sure I agree with this part of the Bible.” It is a package deal. We take it the way God gives it. False belief systems and false religions will keep us from God and not bring us to Him.

What concerns me is there are more people today who say they believe, but they don’t believe what the Bible says. I think that is why this country is in the state that it is in today and why there is no regard for human life.

The basis of morality is belief, and the basis of belief is the Bible. That gives us the absolute truth on which we can base our faith. And when we don’t have this belief, then we have chaos.

(Article from the WorldNetDaily website by Pastor Greg Laurie)

#heartstone   #quote #NineEleven   #911anniversary   #NeverForget ___"It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred." - Pastor Greg Laurie

As we stand on the precipice again, are we ready to admit that evil exists?  We saw the horrors of the collapsing WTC.  Now we've seen the horror of public beheading.  Are we - Americans - ready to admit that evil exists in this world?  

And once we make that admission, what are we willing to do about it?  Are we willing to take up arms against evil?  And if so, what is the best way to fight against evil?  Yes, we can drop bombs and send advisers.  But will we sink to our knees and pray for God to guide us?

If we do not humble ourselves, then don't be surprised if God doesn't bless us.  It's time to let bent knees and humble countenances become the key weapon in our arsenal.

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2014-09-10 01:21:44 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

'Nuff said!

Looool! ___'Nuff said!

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2014-09-09 01:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Have you seen the video that broke YouTube?

OK, this video didn't break YouTube. But uploading the 28GB file did have an impact. The video was taken in 4k format. And the beauty and clarity are startling. 

Have you seen the video that broke YouTube?

OK, this video didn't break YouTube. But uploading the 28GB file did have an impact. The video was taken in 4k format. And the beauty and clarity are startling. ___

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2014-09-07 21:44:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

When your spouse breaks her phone, you can get lucky.

Cindy broke her phone a couple of weeks ago. Like many people, she dropped it and the screen shattered. So we had to buy a new phone. But we really wanted more than a phone - we wanted out of our relationship with Verrizon.

So we walked into the T-Mobile store. We needed two replacements: one for Cindy and one for Adam. [Adam had dropped his phone into a wood chipper.] And since my old GNex had to be relinquished, I ended up getting a new phone as well. When we walked out of the store, we had two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones and one Samsung Avant.

Here are the stats on my new mobile platform. And I was able to wait almost twelve hours before rooting it!

When your spouse breaks her phone, you can get lucky.

Cindy broke her phone a couple of weeks ago. Like many people, she dropped it and the screen shattered. So we had to buy a new phone. But we really wanted more than a phone - we wanted out of our relationship with Verrizon.

So we walked into the T-Mobile store. We needed two replacements: one for Cindy and one for Adam. [Adam had dropped his phone into a wood chipper.] And since my old GNex had to be relinquished, I ended up getting a new phone as well. When we walked out of the store, we had two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones and one Samsung Avant.

Here are the stats on my new mobile platform. And I was able to wait almost twelve hours before rooting it!___

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2014-09-03 14:28:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

“You either have to convert them — which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them” - Phil Robertson

I am going to speak heresy now.  I like Phil Robertson.  Don't get me wrong.  I flinch when confronted with the gun-toting, backwoods image.  But that is as much artifice as reality.  I never got into hunting.  My son hunts.  And he is quite good at it.  But I have no desire to hunt and kill for sport.  

Nor do I have any desire to kill people for "glory".  And I would probably even be hard-pressed to kill for the sake of safety.  I actually believe that the Ten Commandments still hold true today.  In particular, "You shall not kill".  

Yes, I understand the need for protection - both of family and of country.  But I would question every step ofsuch a path.  Therefore... more »

“You either have to convert them — which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them” - Phil Robertson

I am going to speak heresy now.  I like Phil Robertson.  Don't get me wrong.  I flinch when confronted with the gun-toting, backwoods image.  But that is as much artifice as reality.  I never got into hunting.  My son hunts.  And he is quite good at it.  But I have no desire to hunt and kill for sport.  

Nor do I have any desire to kill people for "glory".  And I would probably even be hard-pressed to kill for the sake of safety.  I actually believe that the Ten Commandments still hold true today.  In particular, "You shall not kill".  

Yes, I understand the need for protection - both of family and of country.  But I would question every step of such a path.  Therefore, I could not be an effective instrument in such an endeavor.  And for that, I am eternally grateful.  I will leave the details of life and death in the hands of the Almighty.

But I do agree with Phil Robertson on one thing: our first priority is to proclaim the gospel - even to these godless thugs.  Because as these people are now, we once were.  Except for the grace of God, we could travel down the very same path.  

Ignore the second half of Phil's rejoinder.  Focus on the first half.  There is a large group of people so full of hatred that hey would rather kill than consider the moral consequences of their actions.  And we must proclaim the good news of God's forgiveness to any such person.  Do we have to overcome the image of the Crusading Christians that fought Saladin?  Yes, we do.  Rather than brandish the sword against these infidels, we may have to turn the other cheek.  We may even have to perish so that they see the implacability of the Risen Savior.  

Mr. Robertson, I commend you zeal for our Savior.  And I commend a heart that wants to see God's grace extended to those we could (and should) hate.  But our God wants us to be more than righteous warriors.  He wants us to follow the example of Jesus and become willing sacrifices.___

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2014-09-03 11:48:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

The #IS (and their suspended Twitter account) is sorry...for publishing the beheading too early?!?

The spirit of anti-christ is flourishing.  When an organization is sorry for when they publish their sin - and not sorry for the sin itself - then you know things are truly beyond comprehension.  

Pray for the revelation of the spirit of Christ.  May Jesus' followers demonstrate true resolve by demonstrating true love and forgiveness to all.  

Forgive us our transgressions in the same way that we forgive others of their transgressions against us. Jesus did not command us to just forgive the little stuff.  He commanded us to forgive lavishly.  

But how do we forgive such bestiality?  This one will be very hard for me to do.  I want to see these animals butchered.  But I need to adopt the spirit that Christ demonstratedfrom the... more »

The #IS (and their suspended Twitter account) is sorry...for publishing the beheading too early?!?

The spirit of anti-christ is flourishing.  When an organization is sorry for when they publish their sin - and not sorry for the sin itself - then you know things are truly beyond comprehension.  

Pray for the revelation of the spirit of Christ.  May Jesus' followers demonstrate true resolve by demonstrating true love and forgiveness to all.  

Forgive us our transgressions in the same way that we forgive others of their transgressions against us. Jesus did not command us to just forgive the little stuff.  He commanded us to forgive lavishly.  

But how do we forgive such bestiality?  This one will be very hard for me to do.  I want to see these animals butchered.  But I need to adopt the spirit that Christ demonstrated from the cross.  

Forgive them, for they truly don't know what they're doing.___

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2014-09-02 16:13:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Privacy advice from the lol-o-sphere.

___Privacy advice from the lol-o-sphere.

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2014-09-01 22:33:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is why the FCC needs to be replaced.

The FCC won't allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile due to competitive interests.  But the FCC cannot do anything about a foreign government taking over a US property (or the US piece of a foreign government).  That falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.  And there are a whole different set of politics in that organization.  And with this Administration's adoration of European market success, I suspect that they wouldn't interfere.  

So what will be the result of their dalliances?  Sprint is now owned by a Japanese vulture capitalist.  And T-Mobile will be owned by a consortium of the French and the German banks (i.e., their governments).  I guess this is what goes for ensuring global competitiveness in the Obama/Clinton administrations.  

This is why the FCC needs to be replaced.

The FCC won't allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile due to competitive interests.  But the FCC cannot do anything about a foreign government taking over a US property (or the US piece of a foreign government).  That falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.  And there are a whole different set of politics in that organization.  And with this Administration's adoration of European market success, I suspect that they wouldn't interfere.  

So what will be the result of their dalliances?  Sprint is now owned by a Japanese vulture capitalist.  And T-Mobile will be owned by a consortium of the French and the German banks (i.e., their governments).  I guess this is what goes for ensuring global competitiveness in the Obama/Clinton administrations.  ___

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2014-09-01 16:03:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Always tinkering...

With Meredith and Joshua away, I've had a chance to do a little work on wireless signal coverage.  Having the ISP drop in the basement is utterly sub-optimal.  When I first put in the new AP, I left the AP close to the DSL modem.  But now I had the chance to do a little wireless survey.  Now, the AP is on the second floor of their split level (connected to the router via 500Mbps Powerline).  The wireless infrastructure now has reach both up and down.  More importantly, it is in the center of the house rather than against a concrete wall.  

What was the result?  A strong signal is available throughout the house - and into the backyard.  

Always tinkering...

With Meredith and Joshua away, I've had a chance to do a little work on wireless signal coverage.  Having the ISP drop in the basement is utterly sub-optimal.  When I first put in the new AP, I left the AP close to the DSL modem.  But now I had the chance to do a little wireless survey.  Now, the AP is on the second floor of their split level (connected to the router via 500Mbps Powerline).  The wireless infrastructure now has reach both up and down.  More importantly, it is in the center of the house rather than against a concrete wall.  

What was the result?  A strong signal is available throughout the house - and into the backyard.  ___

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2014-09-01 11:00:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

With a wink - and with tears of gratitude for the God of my youth and my adulthood - I thank my sister +lara stang for sharing this verse.

Lord, thank you for this precious promise.  Some days, I wonder whether you are near.  Then I hear your precious voice through verses like this.  Lord, thank you for you unfailing love for me.  You are my everything.

I believe God loves, adores, and hungers for fellowship with His most beautiful creation~man.  He wants to be our everything.

Jesus is our faithful Shepherd~for when we have strayed and gotten lost He carries us back and lovingly tends to our deepest wounds and brokenness. He is our closest friend when there is no one else who will listen. He is a Father to the fatherless who need direction, advice, and chastening. He is our Commander in Chief when we fight those brutal spiritual battles. He is our masterful Teacher who gives us wisdom the world knows nothing about. God is everything we need and when we know Him on these intimate levels how can we ever doubt Him?

The struggles and hardships we fall into only give a deeper knowledge of God's character and love for us. There is not a religion or degree in the world that can teach that.___With a wink - and with tears of gratitude for the God of my youth and my adulthood - I thank my sister +lara stang for sharing this verse.

Lord, thank you for this precious promise.  Some days, I wonder whether you are near.  Then I hear your precious voice through verses like this.  Lord, thank you for you unfailing love for me.  You are my everything.

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2014-09-01 10:38:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy."

And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is right to be upset and offended.  But is it a violation of law?  Is there - and should there be - an expectation of privacy when you store things on the Internet?  Please don't misunderstand me.  I am appalled by the vermin that would release this stuff.  But I am also appalled at the apparent lack of forethought by the entertainment class.  Are they really this stupid?  Why do you take such photos?  Is it utter vanity?  And why would you ever store them in a place that could be hacked?  Have you never heard of hacking before?  Yes, you deserve to have privacy.  But if you don't lock the doors of your house, then don't be surprised when people break in.

But at the same time, we can't just dismiss the notion of privacy.  The Internet is everywhere.  Our houses are onthe Internet.... more »

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy."

And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is right to be upset and offended.  But is it a violation of law?  Is there - and should there be - an expectation of privacy when you store things on the Internet?  Please don't misunderstand me.  I am appalled by the vermin that would release this stuff.  But I am also appalled at the apparent lack of forethought by the entertainment class.  Are they really this stupid?  Why do you take such photos?  Is it utter vanity?  And why would you ever store them in a place that could be hacked?  Have you never heard of hacking before?  Yes, you deserve to have privacy.  But if you don't lock the doors of your house, then don't be surprised when people break in.

But at the same time, we can't just dismiss the notion of privacy.  The Internet is everywhere.  Our houses are on the Internet.  Our TV's are on the Internet.  So where does the Internet begin and where does our privacy end?  

What do you think?___

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2014-08-31 13:32:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I've seen it before - but I saw it this time.

After a long week of preparation for an executive presentation, I'm enjoying a weekend by myself.  It is full of technology - and a little frivolity.  While I am still on my quest to digitize all of Meredith's movies, I've gotten the chance to watch a couple while I've been ripping and encoding still others.  

The movie I chose to watch during the current encoding session is the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  I actually saw this one when it was in the theaters.  And I enjoyed it a great deal.  But for me, the theater experience is always more about the experience and less about the movie.  My dreadful eyesight makes seeing the movie almost impossible.  

This time, I'm watching it on a PC screen.  I am finally seeing everything - and it is a sight to behold.

Iwon'... more »

I've seen it before - but I saw it this time.

After a long week of preparation for an executive presentation, I'm enjoying a weekend by myself.  It is full of technology - and a little frivolity.  While I am still on my quest to digitize all of Meredith's movies, I've gotten the chance to watch a couple while I've been ripping and encoding still others.  

The movie I chose to watch during the current encoding session is the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  I actually saw this one when it was in the theaters.  And I enjoyed it a great deal.  But for me, the theater experience is always more about the experience and less about the movie.  My dreadful eyesight makes seeing the movie almost impossible.  

This time, I'm watching it on a PC screen.  I am finally seeing everything - and it is a sight to behold.

I won't bore all of you with my thoughts about a movie that is four years old.  But I will say this: my respect for all of the actors as well as my respect for the directors has only grown by watching this again.  At it's core, this is the story of finding real grit within yourself.  It is an odd buddy cop movie coupled with an even odder coming of age movie.  At the same time, the themes of justice and vengeance are at work in every dialog.  In short, this is a very good movie wearing the garments of an exceptional western.  

If you haven't seen this one, it's time that you do so.  And if you have seen it, then it's time to see it again - and gain even more appreciation for this film.___

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2014-08-28 16:37:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

And you thought that the only thing being decriminalized in America was marijuana consumption...

And you thought that the only thing being decriminalized in America was marijuana consumption...___

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2014-08-26 14:40:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Democrats promote confiscatory taxes...and then wonder why folks want to move business beyond the reach of the IRS.

If someone offered you a 401K with fewer fees and the same return on your investment, then you would be foolish not to consider that offer. But the Democratic Senate would punish you for such a decision.  Folks, the real solution is simple: don't have a confiscatory and capricious tax system.  It is time.  No deductions.  No exemptions.  No kidding!.     

Democrats promote confiscatory taxes...and then wonder why folks want to move business beyond the reach of the IRS.

If someone offered you a 401K with fewer fees and the same return on your investment, then you would be foolish not to consider that offer. But the Democratic Senate would punish you for such a decision.  Folks, the real solution is simple: don't have a confiscatory and capricious tax system.  It is time.  No deductions.  No exemptions.  No kidding!.     ___

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2014-08-25 14:07:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

And the children shall lead...

While these children are pleading with the Iranian leaders, we have a responsibility to plead with our President.  Sir, please use your office and influence to secure Pastor Abedini's freedom.  Please stand with a Christian brother of yours.  Please stand for religious freedom.  And please stand for an American citizen wrongfully imprisoned abroad.  Finally, please stand for your daughters and their friends and families.  The next generation will be reaping the seeds that you are planting.  For the sake of your own children, stand for justice.  

The two year anniversary of American Pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith is fast approaching. Two years is two years too long.

Watch & Share the video of his children pleading with Iranian leaders for his freedom, and join us on September 26th at a prayer vigil near you http://bit.ly/1sm8g9K.___And the children shall lead...

While these children are pleading with the Iranian leaders, we have a responsibility to plead with our President.  Sir, please use your office and influence to secure Pastor Abedini's freedom.  Please stand with a Christian brother of yours.  Please stand for religious freedom.  And please stand for an American citizen wrongfully imprisoned abroad.  Finally, please stand for your daughters and their friends and families.  The next generation will be reaping the seeds that you are planting.  For the sake of your own children, stand for justice.  

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2014-08-24 19:04:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Sometimes, you run into something that seems...a little complicated.

Over the past couple of days, I've been working on J&M's infrastructure.  Basically, I've been wanting to stream HD video for quite some time.  So I've addressed the pieces one at a time.

1.  I had to start converting video into HD files that I could stream.  So the last time I went to Chicago, I took along an external BD reader.  I also bought a piece of BD ripping software (i.e., MakeMKV).  Cindy will attest that I was ripping titles for days.  

2.  Unfortunately, I also needed a new device to store the content.  So when I went to Chicago, I bought a large external HDD that I could connect to the network.  

3.  Once I returned to KC, I had to update the wired infrastructure (at J&M's) so that the TV's would be able to receive the content.  Lastmonth, I mo... more »

Sometimes, you run into something that seems...a little complicated.

Over the past couple of days, I've been working on J&M's infrastructure.  Basically, I've been wanting to stream HD video for quite some time.  So I've addressed the pieces one at a time.

1.  I had to start converting video into HD files that I could stream.  So the last time I went to Chicago, I took along an external BD reader.  I also bought a piece of BD ripping software (i.e., MakeMKV).  Cindy will attest that I was ripping titles for days.  

2.  Unfortunately, I also needed a new device to store the content.  So when I went to Chicago, I bought a large external HDD that I could connect to the network.  

3.  Once I returned to KC, I had to update the wired infrastructure (at J&M's) so that the TV's would be able to receive the content.  Last month, I moved my Roku 3 to their master suite.  Now Meredith can stream some content to that TV.  The main TV (downstairs) had an existing Ethernet connection.  Unfortunately, that connection was having real trouble.  In fact, the switch actually died on me.  So I needed to get a new switch.  Fortunately, I had a spare that I picked up when I returned from Chicago.  So no incremental expenditure was required.

4.  Once the wired devices were taken care of, I needed to solve some serious wireless troubles.  J&M only had an 802.11b/g device.  But to stream media, you really need 802.11b/g/n or 802.11ac.  I went ahead and got an AP to solve that problem.  I finally got that configured on Friday.  BTW, the Amped Wireless APA20 is a great little device.  I highly recommend it.

So now the infrastructure is complete.  And I've ripped/encoded over nine dozen DVD and Blu Ray titles.  And I can stream then almost anyplace.  Now I need to wait for the really good content to come out.  Specifically, I can't wait for the latest Captain America to be released on Blu Ray.  And I really can't wait for the latest Doctor Who episodes to air.  ___

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2014-08-22 15:14:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Overcoming short-sighted design by brute force: Using QT-faststart

Over the past few weeks, I've been encoding a whole lot of movies.  As of this writing, I have 108 Blu Ray and DVD titles converted to MP4 format.  When I started this venture, I went through the trouble of choosing whether to encode at 720p or 1080p.  Since I want a format that will work on large-screen TV's, I leaned towards 1080p encoding (via Handbrake).  

The first trouble I ran into was with bandwidth limitations.  The main televisions were on a wired network (via HPNA networking).  And things worked reasonably well.  But there was still a noticeable start lag. But a bigger problem was addressing those peripherals that were using wireless.  I could do 720p well enough on most wireless devices.  But performance for the 1080p files was abysmal.   

Part of the problem was with myson-in-law... more »

Overcoming short-sighted design by brute force: Using QT-faststart

Over the past few weeks, I've been encoding a whole lot of movies.  As of this writing, I have 108 Blu Ray and DVD titles converted to MP4 format.  When I started this venture, I went through the trouble of choosing whether to encode at 720p or 1080p.  Since I want a format that will work on large-screen TV's, I leaned towards 1080p encoding (via Handbrake).  

The first trouble I ran into was with bandwidth limitations.  The main televisions were on a wired network (via HPNA networking).  And things worked reasonably well.  But there was still a noticeable start lag. But a bigger problem was addressing those peripherals that were using wireless.  I could do 720p well enough on most wireless devices.  But performance for the 1080p files was abysmal.   

Part of the problem was with my son-in-law's ISP and router.  The device supplied by the ISP only supported 802.11b/g.  Consequently, I needed to get a wireless access point with more bandwidth.  Specifically, I new that I needed something to support 802.11n (and possibly 802.11ac).  So the next step was to get an access point to boost wireless throughput.  

That device arrived - and got configured - yesterday.  This solved 80% of the streaming issues.  But the pesky lag in start time was now obvious.  So I began my typical research efforts.  Guess what I found out?  Apparently, the QT file formats (including mp4) can store metadata at the end of the file.  In most cases, this poses few problems.  But when the metadata is object linking info, this means that the video won't start playing until the entire file is downloaded to the wireless device.  This accounts for the lag that I was experiencing.  

So what is a technician supposed to do in order to resolve the trouble?  That's simple.  If you can move all the metadata to the front of the file, then you can start playing the file before the entire file is downloaded.  This is especially important if you are streaming content.  

Tonight's task is now clear.  I will be testing methods to move the metadata from the end of these 108 files to the beginning of these files.  If successful, then my optimization effort will finally be complete - until the next issue arises.___

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2014-08-22 13:24:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

"[General] Allen argues that because the U.S. has already struck ISIS and because the U.S. has unique military capabilities, it is incumbent upon America to do the dirty work."

Former General Allen pulls no punches.  And he is recommending that we act sooner rather than later.  The gauntlet is now down, Mr. President.  Will you please act to save both Israel and the Western world?

"[General] Allen argues that because the U.S. has already struck ISIS and because the U.S. has unique military capabilities, it is incumbent upon America to do the dirty work."

Former General Allen pulls no punches.  And he is recommending that we act sooner rather than later.  The gauntlet is now down, Mr. President.  Will you please act to save both Israel and the Western world?___

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2014-08-19 13:48:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Please pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

As a Christian minister held hostage in an Iraqi prison, this man is in serious jeopardy.  Worse still, the ISIS insurgents who are threatening Christians throughout Iraq are now targeting Saeed.

As an American, I am appalled by this.  We have spent billions of dollars of our future earnings and we have spent thousands of lives to stabilize Iraq.  But our president is allowing all of these hard-fought gains to be demolished at the hands of radical Islamists.  

It is long past time for action.  This is not a time for a demonstration of executive dillydallying.  President Barack Obama, please honor our fallen heroes.  Mr. President, please honor the investments that American taxpayers have made in the future of Iraq (and America).  Mr. President, please protect and defend US citizens - whether at home or captured abroad.  Sir, Irespectfu... more »

Pastor Saeed's situation has gone from bad to worse: http://bit.ly/1pGjJm6___Please pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

As a Christian minister held hostage in an Iraqi prison, this man is in serious jeopardy.  Worse still, the ISIS insurgents who are threatening Christians throughout Iraq are now targeting Saeed.

As an American, I am appalled by this.  We have spent billions of dollars of our future earnings and we have spent thousands of lives to stabilize Iraq.  But our president is allowing all of these hard-fought gains to be demolished at the hands of radical Islamists.  

It is long past time for action.  This is not a time for a demonstration of executive dillydallying.  President Barack Obama, please honor our fallen heroes.  Mr. President, please honor the investments that American taxpayers have made in the future of Iraq (and America).  Mr. President, please protect and defend US citizens - whether at home or captured abroad.  Sir, I respectfully submit that the time is now.   

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2014-08-15 16:24:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Wow.  Hillary was paid over $62/book.  She must be a great author.

Wow.  Hillary was paid over $62/book.  She must be a great author.___

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2014-08-15 14:48:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Is that the TARDIS I see?

#DoctorWho

#onthisday in 718, by order of the Caliph, the hopeless Second Arab Siege of Constantinople was raised after a year, marking a decisive victory of the Eastern Roman Empire over the Umayyad Caliphate.
 
“In the two sieges, the deliverance of Constantinople may be chiefly ascribed to the novelty, the terrors, and the real efficacy of the Greek fire. The important secret of compounding and directing this artificial flame was imparted by Callinicus, a native of Heliopolis in Syria, who deserted from the service of the caliph to that of the emperor. The skill of a chemist and engineer was equivalent to the succor of fleets and armies; and this discovery or improvement of the military art was fortunately reserved for the distressful period, when the degenerate Romans of the East were incapable of contending with the warlike enthusiasm and youthful vigor of the Saracens (Edward Gibbon “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”
 
Rome’s charming tradition of being her own greatest enemy seamlessly continued into the Byzantine epoch of her long history. After the exhaustion of the world war with the Persian Sassanids that left both empires open like a barn door to the onslaught of the Arab Muslims in mid-7th century, the threat to the very existence of the Eastern Rome was far from being over in the early 700s. The Near East and Mesopotamia were already lost, Egypt was conquered by the Arabs and Carthage, the last Byzantine outpost in northern Africa, had fallen in 695. And while a capture of Constantinople could be averted only so in 678 and the Umayyad Caliphate pushed into Spain, the Indus valley and, again and again, into Byzantine territory in Asia Minor, the Romans had nothing better to do than pondering the legitimacy of icon worship and change their emperor nine times between 685 and 717, mostly due to various civic and military revolts. And by then, Caliph Sulayman bin Abd al-Malik already had a second major expedition launched towards the Bosporus, more than 100,000 men, well provisioned and equipped, along with 2,500 ships, ready to conquer Constantinople.
 
The Umayyads had backed the wrong horse, though. The latest addition to Rome’s list of emperors, the scion of fierce Taurus mountain tribesmen from Isauria, Leo III, had negotiated with Sulayman, even to the prospect of Rome becoming a vassal state of the Caliphate, was finally refused, now proved to be a more than able defender. And while the Arab army under their commander Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik began to lay siege to the Roman capital, their navy was badly cut up by the Byzantines who still had the edge in weapon technology at sea. Under the personal command of the new emperor, the Arab ships were set ablaze squadron by squadron with the infamous “Greek Fire”, a highly incendiary liquid, probably a combination of pine resin, naphtha, quicklime, sulfur, or niter, that continued to burn on water and was shot on enemy vessels by highly trained crews, the siphonarioi, with pressurised nozzles, the so-called siphons. Along with the mighty chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn for ships quite thoroughly, the city was never fully cut off from supplies, while the once well supplied besiegers had to bring their provisons through enemy country during a particularly harsh winter. When a naval relief expedition from Egypt was completely wiped out by the Byzantines during the following spring and Byzantine diplomacy had convinced their Bulgar arch-enemies that the Arabs were a far greater threat and persuaded the Bulgar Khan Tervel to fight for them, General Maslama with his cut-off, starved and disease-ridden army was in over his head.
 
On the day of the Assumption of Mary, Maslama called the whole thing off and withdrew with the remains of his forces towards the Euphrates. Constantinople’s walls had held and to the Byzantines, their victory was ascribed to their patron saint, the Theotokos, the Birth-Giver of God. Her most venerated icon, the hodegetria of Mary, was displayed as it had been during other sieges, that of the Sassanids, the Avars and the first Arab foray, when the Virgin had held her hand over her city. It was the last Arab attempt to conquer Constantinople and its potential fall in a distant future assumed eschatologic proportions, the conquest being postponed to the end of days. But with the victories of the Franks in the West at Toulouse in 721 and 732 at Tours, the failed siege of Constantinople was a sure sign that the critical high water mark of the Umayyad expansion was passed for Europe.
 
Depicted below is one of the few images of the use of Greek Fire from the 12th century chronicle of John Skylitzes, now at Madrid.
 
And more on:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Arab_Siege_of_Constantinople

#history #ancienthistory #medievalhistory #romanhistory #militaryhistory #blogsofaugust  ___Is that the TARDIS I see?

#DoctorWho

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2014-08-13 16:09:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

You'll have bad times.  But that will always wake you up to the good stuff that you weren't paying attention to. 

I got a chance to see parts of Good Will Hunting again.  And yes, Robin Williams deserved the Oscar for that role.  The writers of that movie were speaking from their hearts - and speaking real truth.  In this clip, Dr. Maguire (Robin Williams) talks about baseball and his marriage.  At about 0:30, he utters some immensely important words - and then elaborates on this thought by discussing an epic moment in Red Sox baseball history.

You'll have bad times.  But that will always wake you up to the good stuff that you weren't paying attention to. 

I got a chance to see parts of Good Will Hunting again.  And yes, Robin Williams deserved the Oscar for that role.  The writers of that movie were speaking from their hearts - and speaking real truth.  In this clip, Dr. Maguire (Robin Williams) talks about baseball and his marriage.  At about 0:30, he utters some immensely important words - and then elaborates on this thought by discussing an epic moment in Red Sox baseball history.___

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2014-08-13 14:54:28 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Cisco warned us in May

BGP hit its limits yesterday.  For some company's, this means upgrades to router/switch infrastructure.  For others, it means route filtering.  But for everyone, there is one staggering fact, many routers are maintaining route tables with over 512K routes.  That is staggering.  And we will only see more as time progresses.  

These kinds of events may well be the real impetus for moving to new protocols (including IPV6) everywhere.

https://supportforums.cisco.com/document/12202206/size-internet-global-routing-table-and-its-potential-side-effects

Cisco warned us in May

BGP hit its limits yesterday.  For some company's, this means upgrades to router/switch infrastructure.  For others, it means route filtering.  But for everyone, there is one staggering fact, many routers are maintaining route tables with over 512K routes.  That is staggering.  And we will only see more as time progresses.  

These kinds of events may well be the real impetus for moving to new protocols (including IPV6) everywhere.

https://supportforums.cisco.com/document/12202206/size-internet-global-routing-table-and-its-potential-side-effects___

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2014-08-13 14:36:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Sometime, brick and mortar stores get it right.

Best Buy just got a little more of my business. 

My wife sent me an urgent message this morning.  She couldn't connect to her company's VPN.  Since her remote office is serviced by Comcast, I feared the worst.  So I gave her a call and worked through the diagnosis process.  We quickly determined (within twenty minutes) the following: 1) the ISP was fine, the HPNA infrastructure was fine, the AC power to the office infrastructure was fine, and the office switch looked fine.  But based upon everything she was saying, I really did think that the switch was the problem - even though the VOIP router connected to the switch was operating without troubhe.  So I had her change ports on the switch.  Bingo!  She began to work.

While the problem could have been wiring (including the Ethernet cable to her laptop),there wa... more »

Sometime, brick and mortar stores get it right.

Best Buy just got a little more of my business. 

My wife sent me an urgent message this morning.  She couldn't connect to her company's VPN.  Since her remote office is serviced by Comcast, I feared the worst.  So I gave her a call and worked through the diagnosis process.  We quickly determined (within twenty minutes) the following: 1) the ISP was fine, the HPNA infrastructure was fine, the AC power to the office infrastructure was fine, and the office switch looked fine.  But based upon everything she was saying, I really did think that the switch was the problem - even though the VOIP router connected to the switch was operating without troubhe.  So I had her change ports on the switch.  Bingo!  She began to work.

While the problem could have been wiring (including the Ethernet cable to her laptop), there was enough evidence that the switch was the problem.  So after changing ports a few more times, I needed to get a new switch to her ASAP.  The best way to do that was to purchase a good residential switch and have it delivered somewhere that she could go and pick it up.  

Best Buy was the only way to do it same day.

I bought the switch using my Best Buy card.  I checked whether any local stores had the device.  Lo and behold, the closest store had the device.  I scheduled it for in-store pickup.  I listed Cindy as the contact.  She got an SMS message saying that the device was ready for pickup.  All she has to do is walk into the store and pick up the device.  Bing. Bang. Boom.

While I might have gotten the same device for $10 less on Amazon, I could get it today at Best Buy.  And I did it all remotely - while travelling to KC for my current contract.  Best Buy really is trying to make the pivot.  And today, they earned more business because of what they have done.___

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2014-08-12 21:08:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

But what does the Bible say about taking your own life?

1. God has a great plan for your life. God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). He created us for a purpose. God has a specific plan in mind for everyone.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

2. God's plan is for life, not death. The Bible teaches that both physical and spiritual death are the result of our sin and disobedience to God, but eternal life is a gift to those who receive it.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).


3. Jesus taught that death and destruction are the work of “the thief” (Satan). He said,

The thief comes only to steal and destroy (John 10:10).
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But what does the Bible say about taking your own life?

1. God has a great plan for your life. God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). He created us for a purpose. God has a specific plan in mind for everyone.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

2. God's plan is for life, not death. The Bible teaches that both physical and spiritual death are the result of our sin and disobedience to God, but eternal life is a gift to those who receive it.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).


3. Jesus taught that death and destruction are the work of “the thief” (Satan). He said,

The thief comes only to steal and destroy (John 10:10).

John 8:44 says that Satan is a “murderer” and the “father of lies.”
The feelings of despair that lead to suicide are caused by some of his lies.

4. Jesus wants us to have life. He said:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).

5. Life belongs to God. It is never our place to take our own life or someone else's life.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

http://christiananswers.net/q-dml/dml-y038.html___

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2014-08-12 20:55:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Life is worth living.  But in the match of our lives, love alone is worth the fight.

Life is worth living.  But in the match of our lives, love alone is worth the fight.___

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2014-08-12 20:41:14 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s) 

"But beneath that surface is a very wrong idea."

I adored the manic humor of Robin Williams.  I remember his first guest spot on Happy Days.  And I remember the four years of Mork and Mindy.  I remember most of his humorous movie roles.  And I remember all of his dramatic movie roles.  I want to laud the talent - and the insatiable humor - of the man.

Unfortunately, I cannot laud his decision to abandon the fight of his life.  I will not express my unvarnished opinions on the subject of suicide.  This is not the time nor the place for such a frank discussion.  But I will say that I wholly disagree with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  They tweeted a simple message: "Genie, you're free."  But  this is a horrifyingly flawed message.  Suicide does not free you from torment or from suffering.  Suicide is never a solution. It isan abandonme... more »

"But beneath that surface is a very wrong idea."

I adored the manic humor of Robin Williams.  I remember his first guest spot on Happy Days.  And I remember the four years of Mork and Mindy.  I remember most of his humorous movie roles.  And I remember all of his dramatic movie roles.  I want to laud the talent - and the insatiable humor - of the man.

Unfortunately, I cannot laud his decision to abandon the fight of his life.  I will not express my unvarnished opinions on the subject of suicide.  This is not the time nor the place for such a frank discussion.  But I will say that I wholly disagree with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  They tweeted a simple message: "Genie, you're free."  But  this is a horrifyingly flawed message.  Suicide does not free you from torment or from suffering.  Suicide is never a solution. It is an abandonment of the fight.  It is an admission that the fight is either not winnable or not worth fighting.    

The Daily Beast hit the nail on the head when they admonished the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Their well intended message is neither a balm to those who have suffered loss nor is it an encouragement to those currently in a fight for their existence.  Life is a unique gift in this universe.  

Life (and love) are worth the fight!___

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2014-08-12 19:10:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Thank you, +Daria Musk.  

Oh Captain, Our Captain
Tonight, we're all standing on our desks saluting our Captain Robin. Long before he became our teacher of life, laughter and poetry he was a student and college classmate alongside my mama...

My mama went to school with Robin Williams. Growing up she'd tell my brothers and I stories about the wild-eyed boy she'd see skipping through the Juilliard hallways. As a classical flutist, she shouldn't have run into him, but all the lockers in the classical wing were taken, so she was assigned a spot in the drama wing where she'd bear witness to daily scenes of silliness and the strange beauty of a star forming, with the same miraculous (and not-so-slightly manic) energy that whips celestial dust around to make something bright and new in the universe.  

Tonight I asked my mama what she remembers of Robin, she told me these four specific scenes are captured perfectly in her memory: 

She remembers the rainbow suspenders that would become his signature, holding up pants too big for his trim waist.

She remembers an elevator ride stopped short, stuck between floors, with the dashing and delirious boy who treated the whole ordeal like an improv exercise - at one moment heroic, declaring that he'd save them all, the next a fearful mouse cowering in the corner - all the while, a famous acting coach, arms folded, scowled unimpressed and my future-mom tried desperately to suppress her giggles.

She remembers every morning seeing snippets of action seen through the little rectangular window in his am-acting class' closed door. He'd fly through the frame, leaping like he was already peter pan. He'd sashay and flourish a french accent, twirling an invisible mustache. Then embracing his inner-caveman, he'd lumber by dragging a girl by her ponytail back and forth across the rehearsal floor.

She remembers the same boy sitting on the lunch table with his food on he chair below him, turned backwards and upside-down flipping the world and reshaping it to his own desire, every moment an opportunity to wreak delightful havoc, break form and reveal the joy of the ridiculous. 

So, in honor of her long-lost classmate, of our teacher, our genie, our peter pan, our therapist, our nanny... Let's remember to seize the day, every day. Oh me, oh life, Robin Williams and Walt Whitman got it right:

"Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Bangarang, Daria

#RobinWilliams   #RIP   #MakeGodLaugh   #OhCaptain  ___Thank you, +Daria Musk.  

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2014-08-12 15:11:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I love the new look of the Play Store.  Every app has the large screen appeal of a featured app.  

Redesigned Google Play Store hitting more devices: According to, well, a lot of you fine folks out there, the new, redesigned Google Play Store is making its way to more devices today. (It started its trollout a couple weeks ago, pushing to just a small percentage of devices.) If you've yet to...___I love the new look of the Play Store.  Every app has the large screen appeal of a featured app.  

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2014-08-11 19:13:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Stand with our brothers and sisters in Iraq

#WeAreN 

Stand with our brothers and sisters in Iraq

#WeAreN ___

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2014-08-11 19:07:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

I stand with the persecuted believers in Iraq

This is the Arabic letter "N".  It stands for "Nazarene" and it is being posted on the doors of Christians so that they can be attacked by ISIS forces.  Please share this graphic and show your support for persecuted and martyred believers in the Arab world.

h/t +lara stang 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383493/christian-genocide-symbolized-one-letter-christine-sisto  

#WeAreN 

I stand with the persecuted believers in Iraq

This is the Arabic letter "N".  It stands for "Nazarene" and it is being posted on the doors of Christians so that they can be attacked by ISIS forces.  Please share this graphic and show your support for persecuted and martyred believers in the Arab world.

h/t +lara stang 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383493/christian-genocide-symbolized-one-letter-christine-sisto  

#WeAreN ___

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2014-08-11 15:07:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

When the government reaches into your pants, that is the definition of legislative overreach

America truly is unique.  The Tenth Amendment proves it.  Our nation was founded upon a key principle: that government governs best which governs least.  I tell Tehran and Washington the same thing: stay out of my boxers!

Iranian parliament bans vasectomies in bid to boost birth rate.

So yeah, that's happening.___When the government reaches into your pants, that is the definition of legislative overreach

America truly is unique.  The Tenth Amendment proves it.  Our nation was founded upon a key principle: that government governs best which governs least.  I tell Tehran and Washington the same thing: stay out of my boxers!

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2014-08-11 14:50:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Amen!

___Amen!

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2014-08-11 14:30:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

The new straight talk express

“We need to stand for life. We need to stand for marriage. We need to abolish the IRS. We need to repeal Obamacare. We need to repeal Common Core.” - Ted Cruz

Whether you agree with some, all, or none of his positions, you do have to admit that Senator Cruz is plan-spoken.  There are few folks who are unaware of what key issues Senator Cruz will address.  Further, everyone knows his positions on these key issues.  

So far, Senator Cruz gets to inherit the straight talk express title - whether the previous claimant would agree or not.   

The new straight talk express

“We need to stand for life. We need to stand for marriage. We need to abolish the IRS. We need to repeal Obamacare. We need to repeal Common Core.” - Ted Cruz

Whether you agree with some, all, or none of his positions, you do have to admit that Senator Cruz is plan-spoken.  There are few folks who are unaware of what key issues Senator Cruz will address.  Further, everyone knows his positions on these key issues.  

So far, Senator Cruz gets to inherit the straight talk express title - whether the previous claimant would agree or not.   ___

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2014-08-08 16:24:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Richard Branson is right.  I am happy because my wife is tremendously understanding.  I just wish that I could understand myself as well as she understands me.  

According to my wife Joan, “the secret to a happy life is an understanding wife.” I can only agree! virg.in/wiv

#inspiration   #happiness  #family ___Richard Branson is right.  I am happy because my wife is tremendously understanding.  I just wish that I could understand myself as well as she understands me.  

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2014-08-07 17:08:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This week has been...incomprehensible!

I came back to KC after a week in Chicago with my beloved wife.  I missed her before I went home.  I miss her even more after being with her for a week and then being separated once again.  But God is remaking me with every day.  And each day that I allow the potter to poke, prod and remold me is one day closer to my being remade in His image.

When I got home, the entire world erupted around me.  I had been staying with my middle daughter while I tried to sell my property in KC.  But that exploded on Sunday.  I truly have no idea what happened.  One moment, I was helping rewire a TV and accessories.  The next moment, I was in fear for my life.  Apparently, by quietly helping, I was attacking the male vanity of my daughter's boyfriend.  So rather than prompt an real explosion, I literally left - and haven't looked back.
So... more »

This week has been...incomprehensible!

I came back to KC after a week in Chicago with my beloved wife.  I missed her before I went home.  I miss her even more after being with her for a week and then being separated once again.  But God is remaking me with every day.  And each day that I allow the potter to poke, prod and remold me is one day closer to my being remade in His image.

When I got home, the entire world erupted around me.  I had been staying with my middle daughter while I tried to sell my property in KC.  But that exploded on Sunday.  I truly have no idea what happened.  One moment, I was helping rewire a TV and accessories.  The next moment, I was in fear for my life.  Apparently, by quietly helping, I was attacking the male vanity of my daughter's boyfriend.  So rather than prompt an real explosion, I literally left - and haven't looked back.

So amid settling back into a routine, I've been homeless - sort of.  Fortunately, I have a loving family.  And I couch-surfed one night with my youngest daughter.  And I am now living with my eldest daughter and her family.  

Once I had living arrangements settled, I needed to work out new commuting arrangements.  I now ride with my daughter to her office on the Country Club Plaza.  From there, I take a bus to my office downtown.  So where I was accustomed to working almost ten hours a day, I'm now struggling to meet a minimum eight hour obligation.  But it is working out.

At the same time, my six-month contract with a real estate agent has expired.  But in the last week, we finally got our first offer on the house.  It was abysmally low ($30K below current list and a full $50K below our original asking price - even with $30K of updates).  But it is a starting point.  So I'm hoping that the activity will move things along - though we are obviously evaluating all of our options for representation. 

So with all of this hubbub, I've been provoked to trust God even more than before.  With each trial mounting up, God is even more apparent.  His love for my family and for myself is positively palpable.  So while the world is boiling around me and while my heart is under significant duress, my spirit is nonetheless soaring.  I pray that God's manifest presence will be obvious in everything that I do.  I pray that in every small way, I can expose His glory to anyone who looks upon my situation.  

BTW, I chose this song because the message is so raw and so very meaningful.  Yes, you may be familiar with the Newsboys' version (which was featured in the God's Not Dead movie).  But the Dave Crowder version really resonates with my raw and emotional state right now.  [Note: The song was originally written by Daniel Bashta.]___

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2014-08-06 16:58:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I wish I could make it.  But if you are in the Chicago area on Friday, August 22, then maybe you can be there.

Live worship with VCB is phenomenal.  And being part of an album might be something magical.  If you can be there, you should be there.  

I wish I could make it.  But if you are in the Chicago area on Friday, August 22, then maybe you can be there.

Live worship with VCB is phenomenal.  And being part of an album might be something magical.  If you can be there, you should be there.  ___

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2014-08-06 15:43:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Confused by the Mideast situation?  Watch this enlightening video.

It's not hard to explain.  It is nearly impossible to solve.

Confused by the Mideast situation?  Watch this enlightening video.

It's not hard to explain.  It is nearly impossible to solve.___

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2014-08-05 19:46:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

There is much debate about a third temple.

Jews have mourned the loss of their temple since its destruction in 70 A.D.  Some Jews believe that this temple will not be built until the Messiah is revealed.  There are also those who believe that the temple will be based upon Ezekiel's vision of a heavenly temple.  Still others believe that it will be built by Jews seeking the restoration and resumption of Korban (ritual animal sacrifices).  Many Christians believe that there must be a new temple because their view of eschatology would have the anti-Christ conducting the Abomination of Desolation as prophesied by Daniel.  [Note: There is debate about this as well because many historians cite the "Abomination" as already having occurred when Antiochus Epiphanes profanely sacrificed an unclean animal in the sacred precincts of the Second Temple.]  

Amid all of this dinassoc... more »

Tisha B'Av: Today we mourn with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters.___There is much debate about a third temple.

Jews have mourned the loss of their temple since its destruction in 70 A.D.  Some Jews believe that this temple will not be built until the Messiah is revealed.  There are also those who believe that the temple will be based upon Ezekiel's vision of a heavenly temple.  Still others believe that it will be built by Jews seeking the restoration and resumption of Korban (ritual animal sacrifices).  Many Christians believe that there must be a new temple because their view of eschatology would have the anti-Christ conducting the Abomination of Desolation as prophesied by Daniel.  [Note: There is debate about this as well because many historians cite the "Abomination" as already having occurred when Antiochus Epiphanes profanely sacrificed an unclean animal in the sacred precincts of the Second Temple.]  

Amid all of this din associated with a third temple, there is one inescapable truth.  Any construction (or even any planning) of a third temple on Har haBáyit will be met with an upheaval in the Muslim community due to the presence of the Al Aqsa mosque.   

So why is all of this so very important?  Because three distinct people groups believe that their future hinges on what happens at Har haBáyit.  

On this Tisha B'Av, let us all remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  

h/t +Cheryl lynn 

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2014-08-05 19:13:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

...if You had not loved me first, I would refuse You still.

...if You had not loved me first, I would refuse You still.___

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2014-08-05 14:58:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

"Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Matthew 8:20

I am not the Lord.  Nor will I ever try to take His rightful place - as He bought and paid for that honor.  But I do kinda feel like I am being taught how He might have felt.  You see, I have two homes - neither of which I live in.  One is in Chicago with my wife.  The other is on the market in Kansas City.  So I've been surfing guest rooms and couches for quite a while.  

After the past couple of years, I think that I can now better understand the situation that the Lord was in.  Here He was, the creator of the universe.  Yet He had no place to call His own.  And this situation did not cause Him to be angry or take umbrage.  Instead, He graciously accepted the housing that was afforded to Him.
 
I now get this.  And I hope I can bring some of thesame grace a... more »

"Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Matthew 8:20

I am not the Lord.  Nor will I ever try to take His rightful place - as He bought and paid for that honor.  But I do kinda feel like I am being taught how He might have felt.  You see, I have two homes - neither of which I live in.  One is in Chicago with my wife.  The other is on the market in Kansas City.  So I've been surfing guest rooms and couches for quite a while.  

After the past couple of years, I think that I can now better understand the situation that the Lord was in.  Here He was, the creator of the universe.  Yet He had no place to call His own.  And this situation did not cause Him to be angry or take umbrage.  Instead, He graciously accepted the housing that was afforded to Him.
 
I now get this.  And I hope I can bring some of the same grace and serenity that our Lord showed those who shared with Him.

Last night was the latest change of venue.  I packed all my vagabond belongings and moved in with my eldest daughter and her family.  It took under two hours to extract, transport and reload everything that is part of my mobile existence - with the notable exception of my bike (which I will get later this week).  But it will take more than a few days for everything to settle down a bit.  However, I suspect that the new den (in Missouri Tiger country) will be quite hospitable.  

In the meantime, it means a whole new set of disciplines and personal interactions.  I look forward to the challenge.  God willing, I also hope to find a little more personal serenity.  ___

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2014-08-04 15:06:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

h/t +Daniel Enoch 

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