Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Very Good Yodeller


Incredible 11-Year-Old Yodeller - video powered by Metacafe

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Nice Story: I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. "Are you a good farm hand?" the farmer asked him.

"Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled,

"Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they are blown away!"

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm.

To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down.

Nothing could be blown away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Moral of the Story

When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don't need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.

I hope you enjoy your day and you sleep well.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Peng You

Tse sien nie - i ge jen
Fong jie goa - ü jien tsou
Jou goa lei - jou goa tsou
Hai tsin de tsien tsche sche mo
Tsen ai doa - tsai huei ti
Uei tsing moa - uei huei scheng
Tsung jou mo - tsung jou ni
Tsai sching tsong

Peng jou i scheng i tsü tsou
Na she er tse bu tsai jou
i tschü hoa - i bei tse
i scheng tsi - ni bei tsou
Peng jou bu tsen bu dan goa
I shen peng jou ni huei dou
Hai jou sheng - hai jou tou
Hai jou tsou - hai jou wo

Tse sien nie - i ge jen
Fong jie goa - ü jien tsou
Jou goa lei - jou goa tsou
Hai tsin de tsien tsche sche mo
Tsen ai doa - tsai huei ti
Uei tsing moa - uei huei scheng
Tsung jou mo - tsung jou nü
Tsai sching tsong

Peng jou i scheng i tsü tsou
Na she er tse bu tsai jou
Ni tschü hoa - i bei tse
Ni scheng tsi - ni bei tsou
Peng jou bu tsen bu dan goa
I shen peng jou ni huei dou
Hai jou sheng - hai jou tou
Hai jou tsou - hai jou wo

Peng jou i scheng i tsü tsou
Na she er tse bu tsai jou
Ni tschü hoa - i bei tse
Ni scheng tsi - ni bei tsou
Peng jou bu tsen bu dan goa
I shen peng jou ni huei dou
Hai jou sheng - hai jou tou
Hai jou tsou - hai jou wo

Thursday, May 11, 2006

For My One and Only: Liezel

On the occassion of our 943rd day of being together. In laughter and in tears, In sunshine, and in rain. Through all those years. And to all the years to come.



Monday, April 24, 2006

Must Be the Mompo

I heard from the news the the Church is calling a fiction novel a "hoax". Hello, fiction?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter in the early Church

Easter in the early Church

The observance of any special holiday throughout the Christian year is believed by some to be an innovation postdating the early church. The ecclesiastical historian Socrates Scholasticus (b. 380) attributes the observance of Easter by the church to the perpetuation of local custom, "just as many other customs have been established", stating that neither Jesus nor his apostles enjoined the keeping of this or any other festival. However, when read in context,this is not a rejection or denigration of the celebration—which, given its currency in Scholasticus' time would be surprising—but is merely part of a defense of the diverse methods for computing its date. Indeed, although he describes the details of the Easter celebration as deriving from local custom, he insists the feast itself is universally observed.

Perhaps the earliest extant primary source referencing Easter is a 2nd century Paschal homily by Melito of Sardis, which characterizes the celebration as a well-established one.

A number of ecclesiastical historians, primarily Eusebius, bishop Polycarp of Smyrna, by tradition a disciple of John the Evangelist, disputed the computation of the date with bishop Anicetus of Rome in what is now known as the Quartodecimanism controversy. Anicetus became bishop of the church of Rome in the mid second century (c. AD 155). Shortly thereafter, Polycarp visited Rome and among the topics discussed was when the pre-Easter fast should end. Those in Asia held strictly to the computation from the Hebrew calendar and ended the fast on the 14th day of Nisan, while the Roman custom was to continue the fast until the Sunday following. Neither Polycarp nor Anicetus was able to convert the other to his position—according to a rather confused account by Sozomen, both could claim Apostolic authority for their traditions[1]—but neither did they consider the matter of sufficient importance to justify a schism, so they parted in peace leaving the question unsettled. However, a generation later bishop Victor of Rome excommunicated bishop Polycrates of Ephesus and the rest of the Asian bishops for their adherence to 14 Nisan. The excommunication was rescinded and the two sides reconciled upon the intervention of bishop Irenaeus of Lyons, who reminded Victor of the tolerant precedent that had been established earlier. In the end, a uniform method of computing the date of Easter was not formally settled until the First Council of Nicaea in 325 (see below), although by that time the Roman timing for the observance had spread to most churches.

A number of early bishops rejected the practice of celebrating Easter, or more accurately Passover, on the first Sunday after Nisan 14. This conflict between Easter and Passover is often referred to as the "Paschal Controversy". The bishops dissenting from the newer practice of Easter favored adhering to celebrating the festival on Nisan 14 in accord with the Biblical Passover and the tradition passed on to them by the Apostles. The problem with Nisan 14 in the minds of some in the Western Church (who wished to further associate Sunday and Easter) is that it was calcuated by the moon and could fall on any day of the week.

An early example of this tension is found written by Theophilus of Caesarea (c. AD 180; 8.774 "Ante-Nicene Church Fathers") when he stated, "Endeavor also to send abroad copies of our epistle among all the churches, so that those who easily deceive their own souls may not be able to lay the blame on us. We would have you know, too, that in Alexandria also they observe the festival on the same day as ourselves. For the Paschal letters are sent from us to them, and from them to us—so that we observe the holy day in unison and together."

Polycarp, a disciple of John, likewise adhered to a Nisan 14 observance. Irenaeus, who observed the "first Sunday" rule notes of Polycarp (one of the Bishops of Asia Minor), "For Anicetus could not persuade Polycarp to forgo the observance [of his Nisan 14 practice] inasmuch as these things had been always observed by John the disciple of the Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant." (c. AD 180; 1.569 "Ante-Nicene Church Fathers"). Irenaeus notes that this was not only Polycarp's practice, but that this was the practice of John the disciple and the other apostles that Polycarp knew.

Polycrates (c. AD 190) emphatically notes this is the tradition passed down to him, that Passover and Unleavened Bread were kept on Nisan 14 in accord with the Biblical Passover and not the later Easter tradition: "As for us, then, we scrupulously observe the exact day, neither adding nor taking away. For in Asia great luminaries have gone to their rest who will rise again on the day of the coming of the Lord.... These all kept Easter on the fourteenth day, in accordance with the Gospel.... Seven of my relatives were bishops, and I am the eighth, and my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven" (8.773, 8.744 "Ante-Nicene Church Fathers").

Early within the Church it was admitted by both sides of the debate that the Lord's Supper was the practice of the disciples and the tradition passed down. The Last Supper is believed by some to be a Passover Seder (see: The Last Supper). The Nisan 14 practice, which was strong among the churches of Asia Minor, becomes less common as the desire for Church unity on the question came to favor the majority practice. By the 3rd century the Church, which had become Gentile dominated and wishing to further distinguish itself from Jewish practices, began a tone of harsh rhetoric against Nisan 14/Passover (e.g. Anatolius, c. AD 270; 6.148,6.149 "Ante-Nicene Church Fathers"). The tradition that Easter was to be celebrated "not with the Jews" meant that Easter was not to be celebrated on Nisan 14.

source: wikipedia

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Trivia Time

Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden"....and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

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Coca-Cola was originally green.

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It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ( now get this...) The percentage of North America that is
wilderness: 38%

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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

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The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

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The youngest Pope was 11 years old.

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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs - Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession

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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand

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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey

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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's
father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their
calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month...which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the
bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down. It's where we get the phrase
"mind your P's and Q's"

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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their
ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Weiler's Law

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

Truths of Management

  • Think before you act; it's not your money.
  • All good management is the expression of one great idea.
  • No executive devotes effort to proving himself wrong.
  • Cash in must exceed cash out.
  • Management capability is always less than the organization actually needs. Truth 5.1 of Management: Organizations always have too many managers.
  • Either an executive can do his job or he can't.
  • If sophisticated calculations are needed to justify an action, don't do it.
  • If you are doing something wrong, you will do it badly.
  • If you are attempting the impossible, you will fail.
  • The easiest way of making money is to stop losing it.

Troutman the Wise Man

Troutman's Laws of Computer Programming
  • Any running program is obsolete.
  • Any planned program costs more and takes longer.
  • Any useful program will have to be changed.
  • Any useless program will have to be documented.
  • Any program will expand to fill available memory and beyond.
  • The size of a program expands to fill all available memory.
  • The value of a program is inversely proportional to the weight of its output.
  • The complexity of a program grows until it exceeds the capability of its maintainers.
  • Any system that relies on computer reliability is unreliable.
  • Any system that relies on human reliability is unreliable.
  • Make it possible for programmers to write programs in English, and you will find that programmers cannot write in English.
  • Profanity is the one language all programmers know best.

Troutman's Programming Postulates

  • If a test installation functions perfectly, all subsequent systems will malfunction.
  • Not until a program has been in production for at least six months will the most harmful error be discovered.
  • Job control cards that positively cannot be arranged in proper order will be. Interchangeable tapes won't.
  • If the input editor has been designed to reject all bad input, an ingenious idiot will discover a method to get bad data past it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Centipede Problem

Nanay Centipede    : Anak, kanina pa kita pinabibili ng suka a. Bahit ang tagal mo?
Anak Centipede      : Kita nyong nagtsitsinelas pa. Apurado naman kayo e.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

God Still Listens

A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible Study. The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the  Lord's voice. The young man couldn't  help but wonder, "Does God still speak to people?" After service he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they  discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God  had led them in different ways.

It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home.  Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, "God...If you still  speak to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my  best to obey."

As he drove down the main street of  his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a  gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, "God is  that you?" He didn't get a reply and started on toward home.  But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.

The  young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli.  "Okay, God, in case that is  you, I will buy the milk." It  didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could  always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of  milk and started off toward home.

As he passed  Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, "Turn down that street." This is crazy he thought and drove on past the  intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down  Seventh Street.

At the next intersection, he turned  back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out  loud, "Okay, God, I will". He drove several blocks, when  suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't  the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods,  either.The businesses were closed and most of the houses  looked dark, like the people were already in bed. Again, he  sensed something, "Go and give the milk to the people in their house." It looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat  back in the car seat. "Look at the house across the  street." The young man looked at the house. It was dark and  quiet. "Lord, this is insane.Those people are asleep and if  I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look  stupid". Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.

Finally, he opened the door, "Okay God, if this is you, I  will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you  want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be  obedient. I guess that will count for something but if they  don't answer right away, I am out of here."

He  walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, "Who is it? What do you want?"  Then the door opened before the young man could get  away. The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt.  He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange  look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some  stranger standing on his doorstep. "What is it?" The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, "Here, I brought this to you." The  man took the milk and rushed down a hallway. Then, from down  the hall, came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.  The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was  crying. The man had tears streaming down his face.
 
The man  began speaking and half crying, "We were just praying. We  had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show  me how to get some milk." His wife in the kitchen yelled  out, "I asked him to send an Angel with some. Are you an  Angel?" The young man reached into his wallet and pulled  out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand.  He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.

He knew that God still  answers prayers.

This is so true. Sometimes it's the simplest things that God asks us  to do that cause us, if we are obedient to what He's asking,  to be able to hear His voice more clearly than  ever.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Learning Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
  • First, by reflection, which is noblest
  • Second, by imitation, which is easiest
  • and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Criticizing Someone

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
—Quoted in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by
Ann Brashares, (Delacorte Press)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My Nokia 6600

Series : Series 60
Symbian : OS v7.0s
Memory : 6 Mb
Processor: 32-bit RISC CPU based on ARM-9 series, 104 MHz
Battery : Lithium Ion, 850 mAh
Network : GSM E900/1800/1900
Datasupport : GPRS, HSCSD
Formfactor : Candybar
Dimentions : 108.6 x 58.2 x 23.7mm, 113cc
Weight : 125 g
Flashcards : MMC (I have a 128MB MMC)
Screen : 16 bit, 176 x 208 pixels
IR/bluetooth: yes/yes
Camera: 0,3 Mp (VGA)
Music support: Mono
Radio: No
Voice support: Yes
Loudspeaker: Yes

Applications
vBoy - a very cool gameboy emulator
* Pokemon Gold - yeah.
FExplorer - file explorer
irRemote - cool remote control