Archive for November, 2006

A new test…

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The BBC is reporting that the U.S. is making reworking the test that all immigrants are required to pass to receive their citizenship. As can be expected, this is causing some controversy among immigrant rights groups. [Click here] to read the full article. Regardless of how you feel, I think this issue raises an interesting question. How well would native born citizens do at this test? Here are a few of the questions…

  • Why does the United States have three branches of government?
  • Name two rights that are only for US citizens
  • Name two cabinet-level positions
  • Name one important idea found in the Declaration of Independence
  • What does the Constitution do?

My guess, I don’t think “Americans” would do that great…

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Perhaps we’ve gone too far…

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

AnnamamachristmasToday is my wonderful wife’s birthday, and in a great turn of events, we are all home together today on her birthday. My daughter’s preschool class has a virus that they are passing around so we had already decided to keep her at home and my classes at TCU were cancelled today because of the weather… So, we’re all here hanging out together, ready to share some hot chocolate and watch some Winnie the Pooh.

So Happy Birthday Steph! I love our life together.

I guess I had a good idea

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Appleinsider [is reporting] that Apple is set to ship 300,000 Macbooks this month which will put them over a million for the quarter. Anyone out there want to make it 300,001?

I highly recommend it.

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Cool links 1.5

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

It’s been a while since I posted one of these, but I’ve been cleaning up my bookmarks. Here you go.

[ComeClean] – Don’t have time to make it to confession? Try this online tool.

[How to Fold a Shirt] – I know you think you know how to fold a shirt, but check out just how wrong you are.

[Becoming a Camcorder Pro] – Pretty self-explanatory

[Daily Lit] – Too busy for books? Read them by email.

[21 tips to increase blog traffic] – If you’re looking for that.

[Getting more done] – If you need to do this.

[Becoming a better writer] – Some of C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on the subject.

[Critiques of the Davinci Code] – Yes, there are a few things worthy of critique.

[Church Sign Generator] – Just for fun…

[Pareto Principle] – Also known as the 80/20 rule. For more info.

Bigger is better?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I am wrapping up my first day with my new Macbook. I recently sold my Macbook Pro, which I loved, in order to purchase this smaller and more portable laptop. The church’s recent purchase of an iMac for me at the office has made this possible. I didn’t think I could work on a 13″ screen all day long. So far today, the screen size hasn’t been an issue. I love the new keyboards on the Macbooks. I feel like I can now begin writing my novel…

One of my big hopes for the new Macbook is that it will allow me to be more attentive to my blog. I will be doing all of my blogging from this road warrior, so hopefully I can be a little more consistent. We’ll see.

A new companion…

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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Not our Issues?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn’t let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.

“These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about,” said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.

Hunter announced his decision not to take the job during an organization board meeting Nov. 21. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of “differences in philosophy and vision.” Hunter said he was not asked to leave.

“They pretty much said, ‘These issues are fine, but they’re not our issues, that’s not our base,'” Hunter said.

[Here’s a link] for more info about Hunter, who is a former United Methodist Minister.

Story courtesy of Yahoo.

From Marko

Monday, November 27th, 2006

This is an awesome game.


Saturday, November 25th, 2006