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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grudem on Young Earth vs Old Earth

Walney offshore wind farm is world's biggest (for now)

Enhance Your Windows Built-in Tools

Internet Addiction? 1986 masterpiece...


Skateboarding 1958

Summer of 1958 I went to a nearby new construction site and got a scrap of 2x4. 

I then took one of my sister's metal clamp on type of steel roller skates and took it apart.

I nailed on the toe section of the skate with bent over nails to the front of the 2x4 and the heel section to the back end of the 2x4.

The whole contraption was about 12 inches long and 2X4 skinny.

 I would put one foot on it and scoot along with the other foot until I got up some speed.

Then I would put both feet on it and go a few more very wobbly yards.

Soon enough I learned that if I hit a small pebble the darn thing came to a grinding halt and would throw me forward onto my face.

 In 1963 I lived next door to a very large family, a bunch of Mormon brothers who I hung out with.

 One day we all went up to a local hill and started flying down the sidewalk on our homemade skateboards.

 I hit a crack in the sidewalk and my board instantly came to a dead stop.

I flew forward and landed on my forehead on the concrete.

 I got knocked out cold.

I saw my first commercial skate board in 1964 or 65 can't recall the exact year.

 A dude showed up with it in school.

It was painted red and had something he called 'trucks.' It still had metal wheels.

 I stole $10.00 from my mother's purse and got one, a lot of money back in those days.

 Ya, I got found out and man was she mad as hell.

Next evolution of the skateboard from my perspective was by Hobie.

 Hobie made a skate board with composition wheels.

 Someone said the wheels were made up of ground walnut shells.

Those wheels were lass prone to stopping instantly on pebbles or side walk cracks.

My sister purchased one of those first Hobie skateboards, that exact skateboard she owned, with all of our wear and tear on it, now resides in the Huntington Beach CA Surf museum.

 I rode that thing more than she did.

It had a tear drop shaped deck that was thick.

 A true antique!

Flash forward to 1972.

Michael McDonald and i would go to the top of High Drive in Laguna Beach and ride downhill.

We had no gloves, knee pads or helmets.

 He and I would do our best to fly downhill while attempting to stay on our super wobbly skateboards.

We did all right.

But our hands and knees got scraped up from frequent crashes.

By time my own son got to skateboarding, things had progressed to the point that skate boards were no longer wobbly and had sophisticated wide wheels and fancy trucks and wide skate decks with anti slip tape on the decks.

 He and his friends were doing stuff we would never have dreamed possible back in my day.

My son did stuff on skate boards that really beat up his body and made him a warrior of sorts along with his friends.

 Now we see "Skaters" being outlawed and controlled.

When i was a kid we could skate Board anywhere at anytime.

 Of course we did not do rail slides on walls and railings etc. Nor did we wax up curbs and such.

Things have sure changed:

Skateboard 'Bombing' to be Outlawed Under City Leader Joe Buscaino's Proposal: Kid Skaters Would Also Have to Wear Helmets

“The Greatest Toy in the Universe” needs a name

If you’re looking for “The Greatest Toy in the Universe”, look no further. The folks over at Wow! Stuff have come up with may possibly be the greatest toy in existence. At the moment it doesn’t have a name...
The greatest toy in the universe needs a name

Protect your automotive insurance costs

The reason why you need a dash camera (scam foiled) 
You have to protect yourself in LA.

I found an inexpensive dash cam here:

Another attempted fraud foiled:

If you have an android phone, I recommend Daily Roads Voyager, a free dashcam app that works wonderfully for these kinds of situations.

And here is what I believe to be the best solution available:

Water desalinization made easy

"German researchers have developed a battery that can remove sodium and chloride ions from seawater. In theory, their invention could be far more energy efficient than thermal desalination or reverse osmosis. This would cut the cost of using salt water for drinking or irrigation. It could also be used to make compact desalination systems for boats and life rafts, or crops. Each battery is made with manganese oxide nanorod electrodes, which absorb sodium when an electrical current passes through them. When the current is reversed, they dump the sodium ions out into waste water."
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/drinkseawater.html http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090713144124.htm
Not sure that I would drink from this water source. Although my son and I have surfed San Onofre near the nuke plant's water discharge. There were two great white sharks swimming beneath us at the time. They were full because of all the dead fish around the nuke reactors. But none the less a hair raising experience!http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110512082949.htmAll water was pee?

Rocket Man


She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

And I think it's gonna be a long long time...

" We were all foolish enough to go on this adventure,' Google co-founder Sergey Brin told the assembled Brainiacs at Google's Solve for X event last week, recalling the time he and Google co-founder Larry Page took their Gulfstream on a $100K journey to watch a 2008 Soyuz launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. 'If the rocket blows up, we're all dead,' Sergey overheard a Russian guard say. 'It was incredibly close,' Sergey continued. 'We drove in toward this rocket and there were hundreds of people all going the other way. It was really an astonishing sight. If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend it. It's really not at all comparable to the American launches that I've seen...because those are like five miles away behind a mountain, and the Russians are not as concerned with safety.' Sergey received film credit for the recently-opened Man on a Mission, a documentary on the Russian Soyuz mission that wound up putting Ultima creator Richard Garriott into orbit (for $30 million) instead of changing the course of Google history."

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

God's designs are the best. "And He saw that it was good."
"The north African desert scorpion, Androctonus australis, is a hardy creature. Most animals that live in deserts dig burrows to protect themselves from the sand-laden wind. Not Androctonus, it usually toughs things out at the surface. Yet when the sand whips by at speeds that would strip paint away from steel, the scorpion is able to scurry off without apparent damage thanks to the unique structure of its carapace. Dr Han Zhiwu of Jilin University and colleagues have found that surface irregularities based on the scorpion's exoskeleton could substantially minimize atmospheric dust damage to aircraft."
Oh dear, the problems that some people have..."David S. Miller writes that when Facebook goes public later this year, Mark Zuckerberg plans to exercise stock options worth $5 billion of the $28 billion that his ownership stake will be worth and since the $5 billion he will receive will be treated as salary, Zuckerberg will have a tax bill of more than $2 billion making him, quite possibly, the largest taxpayer in history. But how much income tax will Zuckerberg pay on the rest of his stock that he won't immediately sell? Nothing, nada, zilch. He can simply use his stock as collateral to borrow against his tremendous wealth and avoid all tax. That's what Lawrence J. Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle, did, reportedly borrowing more than a billion dollars against his Oracle shares to buy one of the most expensive yachts in the world. Or consider the case of Steven P. Jobs who never sold a single share of Apple after he rejoined the company in 1997, and therefore never paying a penny of tax on the over $2 billion of Apple stock he held at his death. Now Jobs' widow can sell those shares without paying any income tax on the appreciation before his death — only on the increase in value from the time of his death to the time of the sale — because our tax system is based on the concept of "realization." Individuals are not taxed until they actually sell property and realize their gains and the solution to the problem is called mark-to-market taxation. According to Miller, mark-to-market would only affect individuals who were undeniably, extraordinarily rich, only publicly traded stock would be marked to market, and a mark-to-market system of taxation on the top one-tenth of 1 percent would raise hundreds of billions of dollars of new revenue over the next 10 years."
The Zuckerberg Tax 
Wow! Finally someone has some common sense in America. Selling used MP3s Found legal in America."After some litigation; ReDigi, a site where people can sell used MP3's has been found legal in America. One of the key decisions the judge had to make was whether MP3's were material objects or not. 'Material objects' are not subject to the distribution right stipulated in "17 USC 106(3)" which protects the sale of intellectual property copies. If MP3's are material objects than the resale of them is guaranteed legal under the first sale' exception in 17 USC 109. Capitol Records tried to argue that they were material objects under one law and not under the other. Today the judge has sided with the first-sale doctrine, which means he is seeing these as material objects."
And as you well may imagine...RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA
Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have -- When it comes to copyright enforcement, American content companies are already armed to the teeth, yet they persist in using secretly negotiated trade agreements to further their agenda.
Senate sneaks in SOPA under a new name — RT
Ya, sure..."A low-profile Chicago biologist, Michael Doyle, and his company Eola Technologies, who has once won a $521m patent lawsuit against Microsoft, claim that it was actually he and two co-inventors who invented, and patented, the "interactive web" before anyone else, back in 1993. Doyle argues that a program he created to allow doctors to view embryos over the early Internet, was the first program that allowed users to interact with images inside of a web browser window. He is therefore seeking royalties for the use of just about every modern interactive Internet technology, like watching videos or suggesting instant search results. Dozens of lawyers, representing the world's biggest internet companies, including Yahoo, Amazon, Google and YouTube are acting as defendants in the case, which has even seen Tim Berners-Lee testify on Tuesday."
Update on sharing..."This report looks at file sharing in the post MegaUpload era. The main finding — file sharing did not go away. It did not even decrease much in North America. Mainly, file sharing became staggeringly less efficient. Instead of terabytes of North America MegaUpload traffic going to US servers, most file sharing traffic now comes from Europe over far more expensive transatlantic links."
The iphone is a nightmare for carriers..."According to the latest EBITDA numbers from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, the subsidies they have to pay Apple in order to carry the iPhone are drastically reducing their profits. From the Article: '"A logical conclusion is that the iPhone is not good for wireless carriers," says Mike McCormack, an analyst at Nomura Securities. "When we look at the direct and indirect economics that Apple has managed to extract from the carriers, the carrier-level value destruction is quite evident."' So one money sucking leech has attached itself to another money sucking leech?"
This had me cracking up since I have driven in it so many times...Time-Lapse of Los Angeles Traffic.
Amsterdam this morning
Nicaragua’s push to generate 94 percent of its own electricity from renewable resources by 2016 without damaging the environment has united the country.
A field of energy
Props to you, First Congregational Church 
Senate sneaks in SOPA under a new name — RT 
BP made $2.96 MILLION/hr profit in 2011
In a Texas town of 1,100 people, the well has run dry. Now all the water needed for drinking, washing and bathing must be trucked in from other areas. But a new report has discovered that up until just weeks before the well went dry, the local water provider was selling off water
Grape Seed Destroys Cancer Cells?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I handpicked a few teachings that seemed relevant for today to fill this webpage. You may be surprised that you were who God had me do this for...(David)

Priceless Freedom Cost...God

Shekinah Fellowship: Where Are the Prophets?

In light of some of the emails reaching my mailbox, telling me to support someone of poor moral character as a Christian choice...
Shekinah Fellowship: Where Are the Prophets?

Shekinah Fellowship: Who’s Way - Man’s or God’s?

Shekinah Fellowship: Who’s Way - Man’s or God’s?

Shekinah Fellowship: Why Aren't Christians Smarter?

Shekinah Fellowship: Why Aren't Christians Smarter?

Shekinah Fellowship: Why does God test His children?

Shekinah Fellowship: Why Some Stuff Happens

Are You Listening?
Shekinah Fellowship: Why Some Stuff Happens

Shekinah Fellowship: You don't write, you don't call

Shekinah Fellowship: You don't write, you don't call

Shekinah Fellowship: You can do it

It is about how you go about doing it...
Shekinah Fellowship: You can do it

Shekinah Fellowship: “Who do you say that I am?”

Ever wonder if the Jesus...
Shekinah Fellowship: “Who do you say that I am?”

Shekinah Fellowship: Your Particular Calling....

Do you feel like you have wasted years? Do you feel like the things you have gone through were pointless? Read on:
Shekinah Fellowship: Your Particular Calling....

Two Ways Of Getting Around

Private First Class Bradley Manning Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Apple Might Lose A $1.6 Billion Lawsuit For Using The Word 'iPad'

Update on "This is what happens when you close a university bathroom for several months" 

Googles HUD glasses have been sighted (

Elite Anti-Terror Police Went After Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom

Don't Go Through An Electromagnetic Field

Japan population to shrink by a third by 2060

Christian monastery in Jerusalem & Jewish-Arab school defaced with "Death to Christians", "Death to Arabs" in suspected Israeli settler 'price tag' attack 

If Dr. Seuss had been a bit less subtle

TIL the Google homepage is so simple because when it was created, neither Larry Page nor Sergey Brin knew HTML

Monday, February 06, 2012

Ya Baby

"The Czech government suspended the ratification process of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, said Prime Minister Petr Necas today. The government wants to further analyze the issue. There were a number of public demonstrations against ACTA in several Czech towns, and some Czech Euro MP's oppose ACTA as being 'completely wide of the mark'. Earlier, Poland announced its intention to suspend the ratification process as well. In the meantime, the website of the ruling Czech Civic Democratic Party was attacked and defaced by Anonymous who also publicly released personal data of the party's members."

I Confess To Having Two VCR's

"Joshua Phillips writes that something was lost when videos went from magnetic tape and plastic, to plastic discs, and now to digital streams as browsing isles is no more and the once-great video shops slowly board up their windows across the country. Future generations may know little of the days when buying a movie meant you owned it even if the Internet went down and when getting a movie meant you had to scour aisles of boxes in search of one whose cover art called back a story that echoed your interests. Josh Johnson, one of the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary 'Rewind This!' hopes to tell the story of how and why home video came about, and how it changed our culture giving B movies and films that didn't make the silver screen their own chance to shine. 'Essentially, the rental market expanded, because of voracious consumer demand, into non-blockbuster, off-Hollywood video content which would never have had a theatrical life otherwise,' says Palmer. While researching the documentary Palmer found something interesting: there is a resurgence taking place of people going back to VHS because a massive number of films are 'trapped on VHS' with 30 and 40 percent of films released on VHS never to be seen again on any other format. 'Most of the true VHS fanatics are children of the 1980s,' says Palmer. 'Whether they are motivated by a sense of nostalgia or prefer the format for the grainy aesthetic qualities of magnetic tape or some other reason entirely unknown, each tapehead is unique like a snowflake.'"A great resource for very cheap movies is VCR tapes from the Goodwill. I buy them for a buck and convert them to digital and they look good. The cost is way below any other legal source for movies to own. Who needs bittorrent when you have VCR!`Michael McDonald showed me my first VCR in 1972. It was his father's new Betamax. It was the size of a small suitcase and could record from the TV and play back instantly. I was so blown away. And then he says, "You think that is something, check this out" and then he puts a coffee cup of water into this small box and pushes a button, a minute or so later he opens the box and takes out a steaming hot cup of water, once again I was blown away! Michael changed my world right then and there by giving me a look into the future...now here I am typing away at you from my leather chair in my own living room on a device that is not connected by any wires. If you had told me this way going to happen that day in 1972 I would have been triple blown away!So what's next?

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Yummage Sbowl

"While America had offered the F-16, F-18 and now the stealth F-35 fighter, India picked for its new multi-role attack jet a low cost, older French plane. Why? For one, it's cheaper, and two, if American/Indian relations go bad, can they get the parts and equipment to keep the planes in the air? It seems prudence beat out the latest in technology."

 "Saad Allami likely never expected that a simple text message of encouragement would have turned his life upside down. But as seen in a similar case of absurd overreaction by authorities, a simple text message is all it takes to have yourself branded as a terrorist. From the article: 'The Quebec man says he was arrested by provincial police while picking up his seven-year-old son at school. A team of police officers stormed into his home, telling his wife she was married to a terrorist. And his work colleagues were detained for hours at the U.S. border because of their connection to him.'"

 "Several articles are noting that the German IT security agency BSI is endorsing Google Chrome browser: 'BSI ticked off Chrome's anti-exploit sandbox technology, which isolates the browser from the operating system and the rest of the computer; its silent update mechanism and Chrome's habit of bundling Adobe Flash, as its reasons for the recommendation. ... BSI also recommended Adobe Reader X — the version of the popular PDF reader that, like Chrome, relies on a sandbox to protect users from exploits — and urged citizens to use Windows' Auto Update feature to keep their PCs abreast of all OS security fixes. To update applications, BSI gave a nod to Secunia's Personal Software Inspector, a free utility that scan a computer for outdated software and point users to appropriate downloads.'"

 "This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, for now. But sooner or later, they will have no choice but to adapt. From the article: 'Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it's worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won. It can't, is the short answer, and one these companies do not want to hear as they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling.'"