I had a longer post in mind but I think I'm just going to go enjoy the last of my twenties and have a drink with friends and family. Tomorrow I will usher in my thirties by going surfing. Now that I am an older man who needs to consider my familial responsibilities perhaps I'll bring shark repellent. I hope the camphone is water resistant.
Aug 29, 2003
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Aug 27, 2003
update: My lovely and beautiful wife Allison has pointed out that I was a year off on the dating of my photos as I have not just returned from Brazil a week ago. The dates have been corrected.
Aug 26, 2003
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Aug 20, 2003
Grant is 22 today. When he was 5, he threw up on my brand new gray leather Reeboks (believe me they were cool at the time). I was pretty mad. Since then things have been pretty good and I have tried to put the Reebok incident behind us. Happy Birthday, brother.
Aug 19, 2003
Aug 18, 2003
In the spot where you would have normally seen hi-res photos gracefully scaled down for your viewing pleasure, you will now see grainy action shots from my current SprintPCS cam phone. Coming soon, instructions on how you can do the same.
I also rolled the site coolers back to the spring blue I was using... blah, blah, blah - I can't believe you read this far! Anyway, I'm sure the beatbox and photoblog will be back soon. I can feel it.
Aug 17, 2003
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Aug 13, 2003
'Gibson, a devout follower of a Roman Catholic splinter group that believes in a Latin Mass and rejects changes made in the Church by Vatican II, has poured up to $30 million of his own money to produce the film, according to The Associated Press.'I'm blown away. I know that this kind of splinter group exists but why? I think that is the exact opposite kind of Catholic I consider myself to be. I certainly don't believe in a celebration that can't be understood by any of the participants. Rejecting changes made during Vatican II? They haven't even implemented many of the changes agreed upon during Vatican II. Furthermore, this whole Anglican/Episcopalian debacle over the gay bishop has caused people to wonder whether there should be a split between the American church and the one based in Europe. I'm all for that in Catholicism too! Not that anyone would care to do so but it's time for a break from the norm.
I know I don't talk about this kind of stuff normally but my faith is very important to me. I still find value in Catholicism. It's been a bit of a let down recently to be a member of the church. Lies, cover-ups, deceipt all kinds of things that one wouldn't want themselves associated with. It's similar to the way I feel about politics though. If you let the lying liars and deceiptful deceivers run the show for long enough... that's all you will end up with. What about the politicians and church members who do want to make a difference, who believe in something more than rules and tradition? How about some forward motion rather than wishing it were like the good old days? A few suggestions for the Church:
- Recognize gay marriage - funny that in a time when people are bitching about divorce that we want to deny people willing to make a commitment this sacrament
- Lift Saint Francis of Assisi's suggestion that those who take on 'holy orders' commit to a celibate life - a priest that molests children is many magnitudes worse for the church than the distraction a married priest would bring
- Allow women to have equal footing in the church - a nun is not a priest, furthermore the country is populated with women who are allowed to go to seminary and are theological experts, make use of their talents
- No more high school seminary - You want kids at the age of 14 to make long-term choices about their sexuality? C'mon, see #2.
- Drop the 'Roman' Catholic moniker - I live in California. Also when I run for president people are going to ask me if the Pope controls the White House. Looks bad for both of us really.
- How about a young Pope from a non-European nation? - I'm thinking of a globe traveling, uniter, Howard Dean type Pope.
- Focus on the core - Catholics are Christians. Christians aren't all Catholics. However, almost all Christians agree on the Nicene Creed, there is probably a good reason. It's important and should serve common ground for reconciling differences between denominations. In fact, the Church should take a role in educating other churches about what we have learned in our 2000 years of existence.
- Stop instilling Catholic guilt - perhaps we can work with the Jewish leadership on this one. Of course now I feel guilty for having mentioned that one (see what I mean!)
In closing, I should mention that Allison, Drew and I are active members of a great Catholic church in the Bay Area that feeds the needs of our faith life. In fact, I am challenged by the content of the sermons on a weekly basis. I also think that the priests at this church (and many more that I know) would agree with almost every one of the suggestions I have made above. It is a progressive environment and I don't know if I would still be able to consider myself Catholic without such a wonderful place.
- I woke up to my home computer being unbootable. It was making a hardware beep error code that could mean that the video card died. This is my own fault as I tried to upgrade to better DirectX 9 drivers the night before. New mantra: 'Worse IS better.'
- Knee popping not limited to stair-climbing. Permaclick left knee is a new feature of walking.
- Arrived at office, made a cup of coffee and promptly clipped it on the wall making a cascade of coffee-wall art. After clean-up I had a thimble of coffee and went on my merry way.
- Caught the MS Blaster worm on my work laptop. Much time was spent removing and patching. For the record, this is a nasty-nasty virus. I *never* get virii. Worm makers are getting more devious. If you have the virus or suspect you do, I recommend the Network Associates Stinger tool.
- Hopped in the car to head home and notice that the gas gauge is mysteriously showing a full tank after 3 days of driving the 30-mile (one way) trek to work and back. Yep, the gas gauge is broken.
Aug 12, 2003
That's why I'm speaking at the Jupiter Search Engine Strategies show next Thursday in Santa Clara. I'll be on a panel speaking about 'Blogs, News Search & RSS Feeds'. I'll also be on a panel next month at Seybold 2003 in San Francisco. The subject there will be: 'PhotoBlogs and RSS: Interactive Electronic Visual Communication'. More me than most folks can handle, so let's make it fun.
If you have a question or something you would like to hear covered at either conference, add it into the comments field of this post. I will discuss Atom of course, but perhaps there is something you would like to hear about. I'm sure someone will blog the event for those of you not attending.
The name that caught my eye today was the Symantec Decoy Server. I immediately imagined a cardboard box server decoy, perhaps like you see at a furniture store (I love those fakes 'Wow, so this will hold my 8-track player and my BetaMax unit!'). But the Symantec name gets better, it used to be called 'Symantec ManTrap'. How did that ever get approved?
Aug 11, 2003
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[update]: Someone remarked to me, 'Man, I saw your post. It feels like I have a ton of email too.' I wasn't kidding. I really did have 9000 email in my inbox. I'm just using a more effecient way to respond and turn email into tasks. In other words, now your on my list!