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Talk like a pirate day … Arrg!

Friday, September 19th, 2008

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No surprises here…

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I did one of the online personality tests:

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Absolutely no surprise – roughly borderline on introvert / extrovert (like, I am extrovert in this test by only 8%, unlike others where I have landed exactly on the middle line), and all the others are as expected.

Meme Time!

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Hmm, a word association meme

  • Drop – Dead
  • Snail – Mail
  • Putrid – Left-overs (at the back of the fridge)
  • Puddle – Jumper
  • Restroom – Movies
  • Door – Knocking
  • Docker – Pants
  • Doubt – Reasonable
  • Movie – Popcorn
  • To black – 
    Take my love. Take my land.
    Take me where I cannot stand.
    I don’t care, I’m still free.
    You can’t take the sky from me.

    Take me out to the black.
    Tell ’em I ain’t comin’ back.
    Burn the land And boil the sea.
    You can’t take the sky from me.

    Have no place I can be since I found Serenity.
    But you can’t take the sky from me.

    (Theme from “Firefly” by Joss Whedon)

Why Restroom -> Movies? Have you ever tried drinking a large drink and lasting through the whole 3 hour epic “Lord of the Rings”? We saw the movie 3 or 4 times and I missed a different part each time as I nipped out the bathroom!

Then there’s Doubt -> Reasonable. I wasn’t thinking in a legal sense – the way that some people walk out of a courtroom because of “reasonable doubt”. My thoughts were in the arena of faith. Perhaps I am a heretic, but, I think that it is entirely reasonable to live a life of faith and still entertain doubt. To say it a different way, all Christians are in a process of transformation and we’re all in an unfinished state. A life of faith is lived in that unfinished state and doubt is reasonable, and I am skeptical of anyone who claims to never doubt! The issue isn’t whether we doubt or not (a binary, white/black, cleanly defined state) its a messy, analog, shade of grey world where we have just enough evidence to believe, and working on the rest.


Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

(What I Did This Weekend)

There’s a saying “While the cat’s away, the mice will play” and I suppose that applied to this past weekend. While Alison was away at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I decided to “get my geek on” and attend the St Louis Code Camp.

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the church I volunteer with asking if I would speak at the Sunday service at the Garden Villas retirement home that week. It was Wednesday and I told them that I didn’t feel like I could do justice to a topic with that little preparation time. Honestly speaking, I could probably have done it and that was just a very believable excuse, meaning that I didnt have to move other things around to fit the sermon preparation in. After I hung up it was as though I heard a clear voice say, “Now, if they call back, you need to say yes” so it was NO surprise when I got a call a few minutes later. God has a way of calling us on our excuses – calling our bluff as it were!

So, I was prepared for John (one of the church elders) to ask if I would reconsider the decision, and preach that Sunday. Instead he gave me an extra week offering me the Sunday after. After hearing the internal challenge, how could I refuse?

Last week I had a call in the middle of this week from my own church pastor asking if I would stand-in and do the bible reading in our church service. Sunday looked to be busy. Then I got a call from John saying “oh, never mind, our regular volunteer is able to make it after all” about the preaching opportunity. What do you do at that point, especially when you thought you heard God challenge that you needed to accept the preaching assignment and been working in earnest to prepare a sermon? I was clearly disappointed but then I realized: the end result is something that I’ve wanted to have for a long time now! I am now a full month in-hand (sermon for this month, and the following, planned and prepared) and no longer feel like I am living hand-to-mouth (as it were).

Saturday’s Code Camp was a riot! It was so much fun to get together with other highly technical folks and talk “shop”. We swapped horror stories, victories, advice and news. I bumped into several folks that I used to work with and got the chance to catch up. I ended up being a groupie to Kyle Cordes, of Oasis Digital Solutions Inc, as I went to both of his talks (“Selling your Software as a Hosted Service” and “Flying Boxes – a case study of a filthy rich client user interface”). Somewhere during the “Object Oriented JavaScript” talk my brain announced that it was full and would be going offline for maintenance. That was it for the day; I sat out of the final session with other similarly brain-fried folks as we talked about life in the trenches as consultants in large corporate offices. A nice way to wind down.

The weekend as a whole was busy. When it wasn’t busy, and I found myself alone, that was when it got complicated and less-than-pleasant. I’ve been on work related business trips before. I’ve been away a few times, but each time I amazingly busy the whole time and was with other people almost all of it. This weekend was a first. I was alone. Alison was out of town. It felt like I was missing a limb! Preaching at a retirement home brings me into contact with folk who’ve lost a spouse. They use phrases like that but I never had a real sense before of how it must feel. Well, yeah, now I do. I experienced for a weekend (despite knowing deep down that she would be returning) a visceral ache of loss. I experienced a taste of what some people live with the entire rest of their lives. I never realized what Alison meant when she said how much she hated the feeling of me being out of town on business trips. Not until this weekend. Somehow these things went from head to heart, from intellectual assent to personal experience.

We make a point of eating together – even if that means that we hit a fast-food establishment as we both run from one thing to another in a given evening. The worst times for me this weekend were meal-times. I simply couldn’t face eating if it meant sitting at a table alone. I grabbed some pizza at the Code Camp and a couple of random snacks, but mealtimes were the worst. Habits are good. Family mealtimes really bring a sense of “togetherness”. This weekend proves that they have become integral to life itself. Whatever else I face in a day I always know I can look forward to an hour or so of connection. Take that connection time away and I’m lost! I was so grateful, after enduring Friday night and Saturday, that I got invited out to eat by some folks from church for Sunday lunch. I didn’t have to eat alone.

Oh, speaking of Sunday. The sermon I’d prepared and didn’t use (postponed until the end of June now) was an encouragement to really appropriate the forgiveness of God, and the power of regret to hold us back from reaching the goals that God’s set for us and that we were called warts-and-all (from Philippians 3:7-14). In church, our reading was Luke 7:36-48 … a woman whose sins were forgiven after she anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume … and the pastor spoke on really appropriating the forgiveness of God, and the power of regret to hold us back. It was such an encouragement, after such a tough weekend, to feel like I’d heard God’s heartbeat for his people. Whatever my mixed bag of motives are, it felt like a nice confirmation that I had heard correctly, I had chosen the right topic, and to keep pressing on & not second-guessing myself.

What a weekend!

Music meme wrap-up

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Music meme wrap-up, the missing answers:

  • How, how am i supposed to feel?
    (“Cant stop the rain” – Cascada)
  • It’s five and I’m driving home again
    (“Dancing with tears in my eyes” – Novaspace cover of the original Ultravox track)
  • I will not make the same mistakes that you did
    (“Because of you” – Jason Nevin’s club mix of the Kelly Clarkson track)
  • I am sitting in the sun, I can feel the power
    (“Light” – Benassi Brothers)
  • The summer sun was fading as the year grows old
    (“Forever Autumn” – from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds)
  • Received a letter just the other day, dont seem to want to know you no more
    (“Embarassment” – Madness)
  • Where’s will?
    (“Spybreak” – Propellerheads, from the Matrix soundtrack)
  • I dont want your adoration, dont want your train stopping at my station
    (“Ga Ga” – Melanie C, from her album “Northern Star”)

It’s probably obvious that there’s a theme in my music tastes:

  1. Modern covers of older songs
  2. Dance remixes
  3. Dance / electronica

The song by Madness was misquoted slightly – I posted what I thought the words were without doing the appropriate lyrics searches. That said, it’s an awfully depressing song which I thought I’d post in full along with a second song that ranks as the next most painful. For some strange reason these 2 are ones that I know by heart, and the lyrics pop back to mind quite quickly. Perhaps this is a little too self-revealing, but, here they are:

“Embarrassment” by Madness

Received a letter just the other day,
Don’t seem they wanna know you no more,
They’ve laid it down given you their score,
Within the first two lines it bluntly read.

You’re not to come and see us no more,
Keep away from our door,
Don’t come ’round here no more
What on earth did you do that for?

Our aunt, she don’t wanna to know she says,
What will the neighbours think they’ll think,
We don’t that’s what they’ll think, we don’t,
But I will, ’cause I know they think I don’t.

Our uncle he don’t wanna to know he says,
We are a disgrace to the human race he says,
How can you show your face,
When you’re a disgrace to the human race?

No committment, you’re an embarrassment,
Yes, an embarrassment, a living endorsement,
The intention that you have booked,
Was an intention that was overlooked.

They say, stay away,
Don’t want you home today,
Keep away from our door,
Don’t come ’round here no more.

Our dad, don’t wanna to know he says,
This is a serious matter,
Too late to reconsider,
No one’s gonna wanna know ya !

Our mum, she don’t wanna to know,she says,
I’m feelin’ twice as old, she says,
Thought she had a head on her shoulder,
‘Cause I’m feelin’ twice as older,
I’m feelin’ twice as older.

You’re an embarrassment

“My girls mad at me” by Madness

My girls mad at me
I didn’t wanna see the film tonight
I found it hard to say
She thought Id had enough of her
Why cant she see
Shes lovely to me?
But I like to stay in
And watch t.v. on my own
Every now and then

My girls mad at me
Been on the telephone for an hour
We hardly said a word
I tried and tried but I could not be heard
Why cant I explain?
Why do I feel this pain?
cause everything I say
She doesnt understand
She doesnt realise
She takes it all the wrong way

My girls mad at me
We argued just the other night
I thought wed got it straight
We talked and talked until it was light
I thought we’d agreed
I thought we’d talked it out
Now when I try to speak
She says that I dont care
She says Im unaware
And now she says Im weak

Music meme time!

Friday, April 6th, 2007

You have Merinda to thank for inspiring this post…

  • Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
  • Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
  • Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
  • Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
  • Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

So, here you go. Have at them (some are easier than others):

  1. Twentyfive years and my life is still
    (“What’s up” – DJ Miko’s dance remix of the origianl track by 4 Non-Blondes – Quantum Tea)
  2. I’m gonna wake up, yes and no
    (“Die another day” – Madonna, radio edit – Quantum Tea)
  3. All the leaves are brown (And the sky is grey)
    (“California Dreamin” – DJ Sammy cover of the original 1966 hit by the Mamas & The Papas – Merinda)
  4. Boy meets girl – You were my dream, my world
    (“Miracle” – Cascada – Quantum Tea)
  5. Your cruel device, Your blood like ice
    (“Poison” – Groove Coverage’s dance cover of the song by Alice Cooper – Quantum Tea)
  6. Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you’re never coming around
    (“Total eclipse of the heart” – dance cover version by “Jan Wayne meets Lena” on the album 80’s energy – YouTube video! – from the original by Bonnie Tyler – Edeyn)
  7. She says her love for me could never die
    (“Run to you” – Novaspace cover of the original track by Bryan Adams – Quantum Tea)
  8. How, how am i supposed to feel?
  9. It’s five and I’m driving home again
  10. I will not make the same mistakes that you did
  11. I am sitting in the sun, I can feel the power
  12. The summer sun was fading as the year grows old
  13. Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste
    (“Sympathy for the devil” – Guns ‘n Roses cover of the Rolling Stone’s original – Merinda)
  14. Received a letter just the other day, dont seem to want to know you no more
  15. Where’s will?
  16. Now I will tell you what I’ve done for you
    (“Going under” – Evanescence – Quantum Tea)
  17. I dont want your adoration, dont want your train stopping at my station
  18. Feels like you made a mistake, made somebody’s heart break
    (“Disease” – Matchbox Twenty – Quantum Tea)
  19. Never made it as a wise man, couldnt cut it as a poor man stealing
    (“How you remind me” – Nickelback – Merinda)
  20. I get out of bed at half past ten