My Statement of Faith

I don’t know if I’ve ever publicly stated my beliefs in God in a venue such as this or any of the new media formats (aka Twitter).  I’m not even sure if I’ve volunteered the information.  When asked what I’ve thought on various issues, I’ve always stated what I thought/know about the issue at hand and was able to back it up with scripture if asked.

So now is the time to do so:

  • I believe in one God.
  • I believe He sent His only son Jesus.
  • Jesus was born on this planet to take upon Himself my (and anyone else who wants him to) sins
  • This was done in payment for the debt I owed to God (past, present, and future)
  • After His death, 3 days, Jesus was raised from the dead.
  • After a short period of time, Jesus went to Heaven and sits next to God to intercede on my behalf.
  • When Jesus arrived in Heaven, his sent the Holy Spirit to comfort me and not leave me powerless.
  • If I don’t die first, there will be a rapture and I will be with Jesus forever.
  • If I do die, then I will “sleep” for a little while. After that, then I will be with Jesus forever

It’s not any easy task, but it’s worth all the problems and efforts. Life for ever and with Jesus.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Okay, So the Linux hiatus was short

Decided to give Linux another try.
I think part of my frustration is with the current system I’m using at home.
Since the new Kernal release, I have been experiencing all sorts of graphics issues

KStars  -> Astronomy Packages can’t be installed due to 10 pixels wide install box.
Blender -> Starts up and in full screen locks up computer.
Chromium -> Appears to launch and then I’m back at the desktop
Stellarium  -> Everything works; control buttons are blank.

I have a couple of options here.

Install Window version with Wine.
Give up on Linux (again), tuck tail and run back to XP
Attempt to install and run Virtual Box.  Best of both worlds?

In all honesty, the computer industry, IMHO, is in a chaotic mess. Linux distros are running rampent. Windows, any flavor, is getting old with the patches, lockups and lameness. The only shining beacon right now is Apple and they are overpriced.  I just want to come home, fire up a game and play without worrying about what OS I’m running or why.  Think it was better back in the C64 days before the age of GUI.

Current frustration with Linux (besides the above stated apps) is lack of knowledge I have. Yes, it’s my problem and I’m working on it but not fast enough for my liking.  I did an update before heading for Canton this weekend and when I turned on my computer I was shocked. My Gnome installation had somehow transformed into KDE3.  How did I do that?  Sort of like KDE3, but I would have loved to be in the loop when my OS does something.

That’s my update for today. If you have any way of helping me fix my issues drop me a note. I am running PCLINUXOS 2008 Gnome on a Compaq Presario 4268 with 256 MB Dram, Athlon 600Mhz and a GeForce 2 graphics card if that helps.

Linux Hiatus

Tonight I will be working on shifting my computing platform back over to XP.  I have been playing around with Linux for almost a year now (Ubuntu, Kubuntu (3&4), Suse, PCLinuxOS 2007) and have seen no practicle use in switching to it 100%, yet.  I’m sure, if history is any indication, I’ll be back in about a year.

There are just too many things I still do in Windows that are still very slow and frustrating in Linux.  This time around, however, I noticed that things are improving.   I am still frustrated with application installation and also with interacting with other machines on my home network.

Applications are getting better.  What is Open Source on XP can now be found as Open Source on Linux.  However, things like Genealogy, Games, and Financial Apps are still pitifully absent.  Give me Quicken (or Money), Family Tree Maker (or My Heritage), and tons of popular games on a P3 and I’ll switch back.    I’ve tried the Open Source versions and they just aren’t there. A nice touch would be Gtalk or Trillian for Linux.

So, until later, take care Linux!

No Job in Kentucky

Received a job rejection letter from NKARS.  I was really hoping to be working for them, but I guess at this time it is not to be.  Maybe down the road a position in the IT department will open.  I am disappointed, though.

LOST Theory – Supplemental

This may be my final LOST theory post until the new season arrives in Jan 2009.  I may make a couple, but don’t want to set up any expectations.  Work is kind of hectic right now, thus the delay in this post.

So what do I think now that we’ve seen the 3 part season 4 finale.  I loved every minute of it.
I haven’t seen anything that would contradict my previous theories.  If anything, my speculation has been strengthened.

The only thing that I may reconsider is that instead of Annie and lover in the cave, it could be Amelia Earhart with her co-pilot. Everything, so far stands.

I now think that the timer had something to do with the wheel that moves the island. Maybe it discharged the build up and when Desmond turned the key it locked it in place and the ice was there to keep things in check.

A friend brought up that maybe Widmore turned the wheel in a previous incident and that’s why he isn’t on the island. Also they think the polar bears in Tanisa has something to do with the wheel.  It’s interesting that if you take the numbers, and put them into Google Earth, it puts the island in about the right place of where the island should be.  Now if you go through the earth, it brings you out in Tunisa.

I think Jin survived, but I am in a small minority.  I will hold out hope for him.  Problems that have to be overcome, though, is how to get back to the island. Speaking of which, where are Daniel and the little boat?  DId they go with the island or are they stranded in the Pacific?

Who killed John Lock?  Did he have to move the island and be forced to leave?

Finally where, or should I ask when, is the island? Could it still be in the same place, but different time?  Say maybe 5 years in the future?  I hope the writers don’t keep us guessing for too long.

This is probably my shortest, jumbled, post on LOST. However, I really don’t know what to make of things quite yet.  I need more information to make a better guess of what is going on and THAT is the real fun behind LOST.

Passing of 2 more influences

I am saddened to learn that two more people, whom I have enjoyed the fruits of their labors, have died.  They are Harvey Korman and Alexander Courage.  I’m pretty sure you know of Harvey Korman the actor/comedian.  He was in the Herbie movies, The Carol Burnett Show, and performed next to Tim Conway.

Another death I heard about was the composer of the Star Trek Theme.  Although less known, his musical arrangement of Star Trek, on a deeper more subliminal level, drew my attention to Science, Science Fiction, and computers in general. Also, it is one of the first orchestra arrangements I can remember hearing as a young child, so he also influenced my love of just plain instrumental music.

Today I have a heavy, contemplative, heart. 

Good work guys.  Take a bow.

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LOST Theories Part 2 of 2

Now that I’ve let some thoughts settle down, I thought now is the time to post my second theory concerning the show LOST. After tomorrow nights show, however, everything may change.

My second theory has to do with a more plausible story line. Here goes:

Several thousands of years ago, a large mass of dark matter crashes into a tiny island somewhere on our tiny planet. The resulting impact triggers an eruption of a dormant volcano that covers the dark matter. Years go by. Trees and vegetation cover and break up the hardened lava.

Eventually, man reaches the island. He was able to reach the island because the dark matter was contained and had no influence on the outside world. The “natives” built a society and eventually uncovered the dark matter. Over the years they learned the secrets of the dark matter.

1800s. A ship known as the black rock is blown off coarse by a hurricane and because of the vast amounts of metal equipment for mining, was pulled into the island by the strong magnet that was one of the properties of the dark matter. The natives befriend the crew/slaves of the black rock. Since the ship is beyond repair, they start living their lives and the natives, feeling more secure of their privacy, start to teach them what they’ve learned.

Eventually one, from the black rock leaves the island. Old fears of other people being brought to the island surface. The natives, having taught the Black Rock people a lot about the dark matter (but not everything), took their secret and moved the island from what was probably the Pacific ocean west to the coast of Africa (in the Atlantic Ocean).

Over time, the natives and the remnants of the Black Rock become one group of people and live a quiet life…..until one day a plane crashes. Fearing they have been discovered, they move the island yet again (and somewhere a statue crashes into the ocean).

Years later, a massive group of people (Dharma Initiative) arrive on the island and begin massive construction projects. Having been cut off from the mechanism that moved the island and not sure how to get the new arrivals off the island, they decide to hide.
During the intervening years, Dharma discovered the secrets of moving the island to keep Widmore away. They also discovered the secret to time travel.

In order to keep the time doorway open, they had to charge and inject the energy into the time stream every 108 minutes or risk a cascading time collapse incidence. This happened only once. After the first “incident” a better way was found to do this under the stress of “saving the world”.

With the crash of the scientific team, Dharma needed to protect itself, so it launched the Cerebus security system full time. Four years go by. Rumors persist of a survivor of the scientist hiding out in the forest. She is befriended, but her child taken for experiments to see how a child survived birth on the island since Dharma was trying to conceive for years.

Meanwhile a young love was budding for a young girl named Annie by a Dharma commoner named Ben Linus. To bad for him. Even though they were good friends, Annie was in love with some else. This infuriated Ben to the point he decided to help his new friends and destroy Annie and Dharma at the same time and so he agreed (after protesting earlier) to gas everyone to death. Side note: Adam and Eve were Annie and her lover not Desmond and Penny as speculated my your’s truly 2 years ago.

Finally, twelve years after “The Purge”, a plane hits the distortion bubble caused by the dark matter and the time doorway that was beginning to collapse. Thus begins the story of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

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