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Guest Post on On The Forecheck

In Blog Stuff, Hockey, Sports 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 Me 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Unnecessary “No Solicitation” Laws

In History/Politics, Nashville on November 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Update: a friend contacted the councilman and got this quote –

“Just so the record is straight, this ordinance did not cost Metro anything but rather is revenue producing while protecting those who wish to use the list from the annoyance of door to door sales persons.” – Phil Claiborne

The Nashville Metro government just enacted a law, described in the below video:

That’s right. If you’re still living in 1962 and are getting door-to-door salesmen bothering you about vacuum cleaners, you have to worry no longer!
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Product Review: Rescue Bots Beam Box

In Reviews on October 29, 2013 at 5:30 am

Long ago I used to post reviews with some frequency. Mostly movies, but occasionally other media or products as well. That is now making a comeback thanks to my signing up for BzzAgent. It’s a really great setup: Free signup. They send me free stuff. I review it. Does it really get better?

The first of these new reviews will be for the Rescue Bots Beam Box, a “my first console” of sorts for small kids. I received it free from BzzAgent.91J5yW4UY+L._SL1500_

It is worth saying up front that my 2 & 4 year old’s aren’t into Transformers or Rescue Bots, and in general are pretty hesitant to jump into violent or ‘scary’ shows (personal issues and parenting set aside). They don’t like stuff with ‘bad guys’ and I’m not in a hurry to force it on them. They do love video games though. I was hoping that Rescue Bots would fit the bill as a non-violent, no ‘bad guys’ introduction to more ‘action’ oriented games than the puzzle and sports games they’ve been playing.

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Station Identification

In Blog Stuff, Me, Pictures, Videos, Work on October 28, 2013 at 11:51 am
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It’s been… let’s just say a “long time” since my last post went live on this blog. I’ve started to write three other posts in that time, and a few are still in the “drafts” folder. We’ll see if any ever see the light of day.

Of course, any of you who know me know that a lack of posts on this blog does not constitute a lack of online activity from me. Quite to the contrary, my increased posting on other platforms continues to lessen the appeal of the long form blog for me as an outlet. It is basically now limited to times when I either have something that ranges longer to say, or something that I wish to be more permanent and really referenced. This post fits both categories to some degree.

This is a “station identification” post. An idea I’m blatantly stealing from someone else, though I can’t give them credit because I don’t remember who it was. Some random Tumblr blog I think. Read the rest of this entry »