Sunday, August 31, 2008
Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I have not 100% made up my mind about which candidate I will vote for in the Presidential race. But I wanted to share a quote.
I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.This is not partisan. This is American.
The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and independents, but they have fought together, and bled together, and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a red America or a blue America; they have served the United States of America.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Space... The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.
I never watched Star Trek the Next Generation while it was originally airing, until I was serving as a missionary in Southern California. I had a companion May of 1994 that was Trekkie and as the series finale was about to air we were invited by a family from the church that lived in our area to watch the final episode with them. So we enjoyed dinner with the family and then viewed the last episode of Star Trek: TNG. I had to admit that I really liked it. I had seen bits and pieces before, but not really full episodes. When I returned home from missionary service I took many opportunities to view reruns and keep up to date on the happenings in the 24th Century. Even after getting married, my wife not too much of a trekkie, I would find episodes in syndication and watch. When I find Star Trek on even now, I like to enjoy an episode. So whenever I hear about or think about Star Trek I think of my uncle Danny. Danny passed away in 1995 just two weeks before I was to return home from serving a mission for the LDS church. So he didn't see much beyond Star Trek the Next Generation.
So I have to admit that when I heard about the New Star Trek Movie that is coming out in 2009 I was excited. I know that Danny would be excited too. The new film is a prequel to the original TV series and concerns the lives or our favorite characters before they were who we knew them as. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Sulu, Scotty, Uhura, and Checov are all coming back. So mark your calendars May 8, 2009. You know I'll be there (Danny will be there too). Live long and Prosper. Engage! Beam me up, I can't wait.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
But it was not as bleak as all that; it was a fun time had by all (even the kids [and adults] longing to play video games). It was nice not to worry about who was calling or what the kids were watching or anything. It was a worry-free weekend. Three days on the lake can rejuvenate you. We went wake boarding, knee boarding, got pulled behind the boat in a tube, even went fishing on Thursday and Friday nights.The only casualty were my Dragon sunglasses. I dropped them in the lake while we were fishing. They went down deep, too. But a small price to pay for a weekend of fun.
Here is where we were:
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We went with some friends that I have written about before (the rockband crew). I think everyone enjoyed themselves. From the Thursday night trolling, just the guys to Friday night trolling with eight kids and still not catching anything until fishing off the dock on Saturday morning. Both nights were fun just sitting around talking about everything. Then seeing the noisy campers next door get their just reward for being too loud and pulling tubers in the dark (I had never seen someone get pulled over in the water before).
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
"Bloggernacle is a name that has been adopted by some in the LDS blogging community to describe the Mormon portion of the blogosphere. It was created as a play on words of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir."
So I was reading in the Bloggernacle and found a quote that I thought was great. It is from a devotional given at BYU May 2005 entitled, The “Welding Link” of Culture by VAN C. GESSEL. I was reading a post on By Common Consent about what constitutes something good or bad as far as art and literature go. I received my undergraduate degree in Spanish and in many classes I read short stories and novels that I would not read to my seven year old, but that did not make them bad. I agree with the author that it depends on the situation. If it is something that is in the world that can be seen in many forms and locations or is it a lie?
Anyway, I wanted to share this quote about why it is important to learn about things that might not be in total harmony with the teachings or standards of the church.
"Eight years ago, just after I was appointed dean of the College of Humanities, Elder Henry B. Eyring, then commissioner of the Church Educational System, challenged me to spend some time pondering the answer to a simple question. He asked, “Why do we teach a book like The Great Gatsby at BYU?”…And why is Fitzgerald’s novel about adultery, obsession, alcoholism, and murder taught at a place like BYU? Well, in part, because all those who are crowned with glory and immortality and eternal lives will have, in their own kingdoms, an array of offspring who are, in their own ways, disobedient, annoying, and horrifying. We will have to learn how to deal with an abundance of our own Jay Gatsbys and Sweeney Todds and Pol Pots and Marquises de Sade and Brian David Mitchells. Just as it is presently the work and the glory of our Father in Heaven to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life—in spite of all He knows about us, which is everything—we hope it will someday be our work and our glory to help provide those same blessings for countless souls who are very much unlike ourselves, and many of them will be supremely unlovable. In my experience, the best way to come to know such people—and not merely to know them, but to know them well enough to be able to love them beneath all the layers of their sins and imperfections—is through the instrument of good books. After all, the Lord has repeatedly instructed us to seek wisdom “out of the best books” (D&C 88:118; 109:7, 14)."We are instructed to "seek wisdom" and there are many places that wisdom can come from. If we limit ourselves then we are not seeing the world for what it is; a glorious place prepared for us by our Heavenly Father.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Now this was for work, so I did actually have to work and that took about five hours or so. But darling wife and I were able to have lunch together and she did some sightseeing (can you do that in Twin Falls?). Then after I finished working we decided that we would go together to the Twin Falls Temple Open House.
The Temple was very beautiful. It was also very enjoyable, just the two of us. It is not too often that we get time like alone like that. I reminded me of when we were first married before any children, when we would spend hours together doing anything. The drive wasn't too bad we talked and listened to "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" podcast edition. I have got darling wife into listening to that. If you have not listened to that program it is great... It will test your knowledge of current events.
I loved spending time with her. I love spending time together. I love her!