paul nicholson

Patch Notes

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm

At the risk of starting off my first blog post in…a really long time, with TMI: I’ve been fighting a kidney stone. At the age of 36, this is already my second. It hurts like crazy and is incredibly frustrating because the pain can be fine for days, then suddenly come out of absolutely nowhere.

One of the things that makes it the most frustrating is that it seems entirely unnecessary. While diseases are frustrating, maladies like kidney stones, cancer, and other malfunctions of the human body seem like the result of just poor design. I made the comment to my wife the other day that I really wanted to talk to God about why this particular bug slipped through product development. It seems like a pretty common affliction representing a major oversight of what should be a fairly simple issue to address.

daVinci's Vitruvian Man

This idea wasn’t entirely original of course. A frequent /r/AskReddit question goes something like “If you had to bug fix humans, what would you put in the patch notes?“. So, my first published blog post in (ok…I’ll look it up…skipping over the 4 unpublished drafts…) 1 year, 11 months, and 21 days is going to be my take on this patch list. Where possible, I’ll link back to inspirations from reddit threads.

Guest Post on On The Forecheck

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

Just had a guest post go live on On The Forecheck, briefly summarizing our adventure with security at Bridgestone Arena a few weeks ago, and warning parents how to deal with it themselves.

The power of futile prayer

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The Village ChapelI’ll be honest: for a long while now, prayer has been something of a challenge for me. I have downright dreaded it. Somewhat individually, but especially in groups. I think I’ve just been around too many churches in the past where prayer was mostly passive-aggressive giving of unsolicited advance (and in some cases, passive aggressive request making) between members of the group who are “praying for one another” and “sharing prayer requests”. It would often go something like this…

Fred: “I’m struggling with my finances. Please pray that God would help me […and that one of you will drop me one of those awesome anonymous checks I often hear about]”

Leader: “Sure thing! Let’s Pray – ‘God, please help Fred pay off his credit cards first and help them know how to live within his means.'”

I just got tired of it, and took to Jesus’ instructions on how to pray┬ávery literally. Normally this is a fine thing to do, after all.