New in Web 2.0: eBible

Web 2.0 is a buzzword that refers to websites that interactively update their content. A good example is Google Maps. This one appears to be a bible search that provides multiple translations and cross references. Unfortunately, this new service is in private beta so I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but it looks like it will be a good resource.
Of course, if you have a spare invite, please let me know.

Update: Trevor who is working on the site was kind enough to find my email address (I hadn’t registered on the waiting list) and sent me an invite. Very cool of him. Thanks, Trevor.
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Happy Easter

Today is good Friday and mighty good Friday it is. I just wanted to wish anybody reading this a Happy Easter and that you are able to enjoy it with any and all that are close to you.

Perhaps you will get the opportunity to enjoy a tasty treat! Oh, and as I was told by a very insightful pastor once, God can indeed make something like this good for you. His will permitting, of course.

Easter turducken

A wonderful investment

Becky sent me this yesterday and I just had to share:

The Cost of Kids

I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It’s nice, really nice!

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t eve! n touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That’s a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice says don’t have children if you want to be “rich.” It is just the opposite.

What do your get for your $160,140?

Naming rights—First, middle, and last!

Glimpses of God everyday.

Giggles under the covers every night.

More love than your heart can hold.

Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.

Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.

A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.

Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up.

You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disneyland, and wishing on stars.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to witness history the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel. You get to be immortal.

You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.

You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.

You have all the power to heal a booboo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.


Not just another Monday morning

Alarm goes of at 5:00 AM just like it normally does during the week. I got ready and headed downstairs to gather my things and start my morning commute. When I went outside to grab the newspaper, I saw the rare but familiar sight of draped swatches of white on our lawn, trees, bushes, and light-post. Yup, somebody TP’d our house. It wasn’t a big deal and I wasn’t even upset. In fact, to be honest, they didn’t do a very thorough job. It took all of 3 minutes to clean up.

Of course, I wonder why we were targeted. We don’t really know anybody in the Jr. High-High School age range and certainly pray that I haven’t offended anybody in the neighborhood.

After I started to drive away, I saw a tree down the road had also gotten hit, so I guess our house was simply an easy target. Interestingly, we’re on a corner that gets its share of traffic so they had to have worked fast. That must be why it was so easy to clean up.

No harm. I hope they had fun.

Weight loss goal achieved

For the second year in a row, my pastor, several men from the church, and myself challenged each other to loose 10 pounds in 4 weeks. In addition to the obvious health and visual benefits to loosing the weight, we were each on the hook for $10 for each pound missed from the target. The final weigh-in was last night and while I was 169 it was 2 over what I should have been (I started at 177). Fortunately, two of the other guys weighed in earlier that evening prior to dinner so they spotted me the 2 pounds (they were 3.5 and 4 pounds heavier we the re-weighed themselves with me).

The interesting thing was unlike last year, all I really did was improve my diet. I cut out drinking and was more conscious of what I was eating (portions and food choices). I did start walking again at lunch along with my friends from work, Kristin and Sven. That is something I totally got out of the habit of after my friend George was laid off (along with the rest of RedZone studio).

When we did the "contest" last year, we did a second round for another 10, we’re not doing that again this year. Sure, I would like to loose 5 or so more pounds, but will do it at a slower rate.

What am I going to do to celebrate? Go out to eat of course! The kids are down at Kay’s for the three day weekend (for them) so Becky and I are going out tonight for Valentine’s day. Why deal with the crowds when you can just go 3 days early?

So the debate begins

Now that I have a shiny new blog, I now need to decide what kind of information I want to put here. I can comment on every little thing I can think of or run across but is my opinion so darn important as to warrant the space even if it is on my own server? I could also just post links, but there are so many decent sites that do that so why should I?

I guess I’ll just let the Spirit lead me and see what happens. Of course, if you have an opinion, please let me know.