Archive for March, 2011

Happiness is a Gun

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Family

Abbie: “Guns are my favorite machines.  They make me laugh.  Especially machine guns.”


I Learned About Rupert Today

Posted: March 25, 2011 in History

I learned something new about World War II today.  Apparently the allies used “paradummies” during the D-Day invasion.  500 Paradummies, constructed of burlap and straw or sand and made to roughly resemble the human figure, were dropped over France in an effort to confuse the German soldiers and divert troops away from the real drop zones.  To further confuse things they included chaff and rifle fire simulators to make it sound like the Germans were being fired upon by these artificial paratroopers.  Two teams of British SAS (Special Air Service) soldiers also dropped with these dummies (nicknamed Rupert) to spread further confusion.

Quotes of Interest

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Life

Here are some quotes and saying I found interesting recently.  Where attribution was given I have included it.

“It is impossible to live without failing, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”

“It’s easy to stand with the crowd.  It takes courage to stand alone.”

“Fairy tails are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — G.K. Chesterton

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

“Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.”

“Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right.  It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.”

“You’ve got enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.”

Fire at Will

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Life

Our little town has a volunteer fire department.  We have an air-raid siren that goes off whenever there’s a fire. Recently it seems to be that I’ve been hearing that siren a lot more.  The other day there were two sirens back to back.

So what does this town do when there is more than one fire at a time?  I don’t even know where the next fire department is.  It’s no closer than ten miles I’m sure.  Does the team split and just try to contain each blaze until help arrives?

When our house caught fire, we had four different fire crews from three townships and the California Department of Forestry show up.  Of course our house caught fire while there was a major wildfire nearby (completely unrelated to our house fire which was caused by an electrical fault).

I guess not everyone is lucky enough to have their house catch fire during a major disaster.

A Card Too Wild

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Books, Faith

The following paragraph from an article on Michael Krahn’s blog made me chuckle:

We have not seen the last of Rob Bell, to be sure. What we are seeing though is the end of his tenure as the resident paradoxical wildcard threat of Evangelicalism. Right or wrong, the current gatekeepers of Evangelicalism seem to have thrown him out of the deck and will now, along with their followers, consider him just another mainstream Liberal Protestant trying to sell himself and his books to the masses by offering a pleasant and palatable Jesus to people who are looking for… well, exactly that.

I just found the playing card reference amusing.

God Does Not Depend On You

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Faith

A short time ago I posted a story about prayer.  Someone brought up the ludicrousness of treating God like a gene or trying to control Him.  Here is a link to an article by Matthew Barrett on the Gospel Coalition discussing how God does not need us.

While I’m slightly disappointed that Logos has yet to develop a full app for the Blackberry, I am glad they have at least created a BlackBerry Launcher for  Through this portal I’m at least capable of accessing my base package, which for me usually means reading the Bible or one of the ministry books during those times when I don’t have my laptop or Kindle available to me (which is rather uncommon).  I’m not sure I’d really utilize such a small tool for in-depth research in any case.  Of course, there are numerous things I never thought I’d use or find useful until I tried it (the Macintosh computer is one of them).

I have’t used the BB/ app extensively yet.  We’ll see over time how much I use it.

Incidentally, someone observed that there is a Kindle app for the BB.  Yes there is, and I have it installed on my BB.  Unfortunately, the majority of books I have on my Kindle were not purchased from the Kindle store.  I have literally (no exaggeration) thousands of ebooks on my laptop.  I use an application called Calibre to manage and convert this books to Kindle format.  Unfortunately this means I cannot use “whisper sync” to keep all my mobile devices updated with these books.