Have yet to find a philosophical somewhere I am content to call home. The closest I get to a creed these days is a quote by John Green. "Whether I believe in God isn’t really relevant. I do believe however tenuously in Mercy" Due to a lot of personal reasons encountered along this journey, I have mostly stepped away from writing for now. Still, sometimes something stirs me and I need space to hash out my thoughts. So welcome to my little space along the journey.
Monday, January 24, 2005
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Tsunami Animals: A Sixth Sense?
Saturday, January 22, 2005
My Adventure In Prime Rib
1/2 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup of Lea Perrins Worchesther
2 TBS Fresh Minced Garlic
1 Tsp of Crushed Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp Dry Mustard
1/4 Tsp Celery Salt
1/2 Can Tomato Sauce
1/16 Onion Minced
I simmered all this in a pan for about an hour till is had a thick paste texture.
Next I needed to prep my meat. I started with 4 pounds of Rib Roast. I removed the 2 ribs from the underside of the meat to split and use as a natural broiler.
Next came adding natural flavor, I did this by dicing an entire clove of garlic, 3 carrot sticks, 1/8 Onion and 2 celery sticks into small pieces I could insert into the meat. I used the following method.
1. Make a small incision
2. Slide the garlic deep into the cavity created
3. Top the incision with the small carrot & celery slice
4. Finally I used the plyable nature of the onion to slide it into the cut.
I did this six times on each side of the meat, then made several more incsions to place the remaining garlic pieces. At the time, I placed the roast onto my natural rib broiler, and proceeded to finih my prepping process.
The final step was to fill my incisions and cover the exterior with my glaze. Using a Turkey Baster (I might use a cajun injector next time) I filled each of my 12 incisions with the runny portion from the sides of the pan of glaze. Using the thick portion of the glaze and a basting brush I covered the top and both sides with the glaze and placed it in the refrigerator for 4 hours (I might try more time next run) to absorb these wonderful flavors.
After 4 hours I had the oven preheated to 350 and was ready to cook 80 minutes (20 minutes a pound seemed to be going rate for a 4 pound roast medium rare.)
************** Additional Comments************
20 Minutes a pound made a very rare roast. It was warm but red all the way through. I think this would have been great if you were planning to throw it on the grill after broiling. However I am going or a 25 minute per pound next time I cook it.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Traverse City Airport
Well boarding is starting, so bye!
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Thursday, January 20, 2005
SAVE THE PLANET - Stop Volcanic Global Warming
According to the best science we have today the answer is for every eco-idiot to hurl themselves into the earth's volcanos to serve as a drain plug thus preventing the dangerous emissions produced by these remnants of earth's archaic lack of respect for enviromental protection.
Please everyone...do your part to stop these volcano's contribution to global warming, or the next 10 million years could become very dangerous to your existence.
Please do not confuse and eco-idiot with the genuine contribution to the improvement in air quality, and responsibile preservation of earth's resources by many wonderful enviromental scientist. We are charged by GOD to be stewards of this planet, and we are all thankful to those dedicated scientist who responsibily support enviromental conservativism
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
2005 Movie Index
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I have finally completed chapter 5 of the study and am posting it here today. I think chapter 6 (OH Chapter 6 of Hebrews) should be ready tommorow or Thursday. I hope the notes are helpful to you. I know they can seem a little dijointed, but I am teaching them so I fill the rest in there in session. I hope that they are atleast compiled well enough for that to be possible wiuthout knowing what is going on in my head. (Scary thought, I assure you)
Monday, January 17, 2005
Monday - Anna Update
Saturday morning we got up and our 6 month old seemed to be getting only worse. That being said we all 4 piled into the car and drove to the doctor. Doctor said she was dehydrated and suffering from RSV and sent her to the hospital to be admitted.
We spent from about 12:30 to 4:30 in the ER being told that they were going to admit her. About 5:00 the doctors changed their mind, wrote a prescription for a Nebulizer, and sent her home with instructions to drink lots of pedialyte.
So Sunday was the battle to Nebulize (she is not a fan) and give lots of pedialyte. She is keeping down the pedialyte. She coughs enough phlegm up after a Nebulizer treatment to compete with a 60 year old life long smoker. She does not seem to have any desire to get much better either.
Right now we are waiting. If she does not begin to recover soon, I assume we will be back at the ER again.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Day 4 - Thunderbird & Firefox
1. Junk Mail Filter - As I have written about before, I was using Ella for Spam Controll to manage the wealth of Spam and News/Opinion posts I get daily. Ella is a 4 star program that EVERYONE still using Outlook should get themselves a copy of. I am still using it on my 1 Outlook account! But I digress. I was prepared to be a little disappointed with the junk mail features in Thunderbird, but their power would be crucial in deciding my long term commitment to stay with Thunderbird. After 4 days the Junk Mail is functioning at about 75% and Newsletters (which I set up using filters) is at 95%. This is not Ella by any means which was at 90% within the first 10 minutes on both Spam and Newletters, but it is definitely satisfactory. Ella was at 100% in all areas within a week, and so we have 3 more days to see if Thunderbird can catch up.
2. Intelligent Address Book - Every address I use it automatically added. That is a great little feature. What would be VERY COOL is if it could choose folders to look at and add all addresses in the FROM field of that folder.
3. Conquery - This little plugin could bring Mozilla up to a 4.25 by the extra 1/2 point they would recieve for a little app that allows to to query any word or phrase from any email against a list of 100s of selectable search engines including Google, A9, Biblegateway, Ebay, WebMD, Pricewatch, and FirstGov. That is a small listing of the 24 search engines I added to my computer.
4. Stupid Reply Feature - OK this is a soap box for me now, and the extra 1/2 point Conquery garnered this silly little bit of stupidity steals away. When you hit reply your default type locayion is BELOW the orginal message instead of ABOVE. THIS IS IDIOTIC!!! We all know what has already been said, the prvious text is merely a refrence a "footnote" and it should be in the footer of the message!
More to come...
Knowledge Puffs Up
Official Narnia Logo Released
Stuck At Midwest Power
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Why Does The RNC Like Kid Rock?
This is a man who used to let Anna Nichole fondel herself on stage at his feet while he performed for an arena of teenagers. I am outraged at the stupidity of the RNC to validate his carrer with an invitation to perform at these events.
2:00 Up With Anna
Well it is almost 2:00 AM and I am up with a sick Anna. The doctor put her on everybody's favorite stimulant Albuterol.
She does not want to be awake any more than I do, since it us that yuvky drugged up awake you get from the combination of being physically exhausted and mentally alert from the effects of the drugs.
If I am up in an hour I will write more.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
A Great Coloring Page Site
Speaking of coloring pages, you might be wondering why I have a post about a coloring page in the middle of a workday. Well Anna is sick and Christi has taken her to the doctor so I am caring for Ella in my office at work. So coloring pages are a great thing.
Mozilla Thunderbird w/ GNU PGP
I downloaded installed and took a look and liked what I saw. It was VERY impressive for a free competitor to OE.
A few days passed and we began a MS Exchane trial at work. This trial took over my outlook and disabled my abilty to check my email at my other sites kotees.com, and drkaos.com. Knowing that I could not live my life with onoy 1 email address, I decided to download and trial Thunderbird for myself.
My analysis is 3.75 Stars. Here are 4 reasons why I think anyone using POP mail should move to Thunderbird.
1. Built In Junk Mail Filter - Intelligent engine, automatic whitelist of known addresses, very effective.
2. Message Filters - Move certain messages to certain folders automatically upon arrival. I am subscribed to several newsgroups, I put these messages in a newsgroup folder that allows me to read them when I have time, and keeps them from clogging my inbox. This option is where thunderbird lost 1/8 of a point for not allowing me to forward certain messages to my cell phone. Outlook has this ability.
3. GNU PG - PGP is an important tool. I believe that identity proof is a crucial item in todays world of spoofs and hoaxes. This tool allows for everyone to add the security of their unique identity to every email. Friends don't let friends email w/o PGP and GNU PG makes that available for free.
4. MS-Outlook Import - I have an exstensive Outlook history going back over 3 years worth of saved messages. All of my messages and folders moved over with ease and integrity. I did not use the address book function, but I assume it works just as well.
The other 1/8 point Thunderbird lost in my opinion came from the fact that there is no calender. Although I still have that option in my Exchane hijacked Outlook, if this was my only email client I would feel very inadequete without that functionality. They do get points for the fact that it is available as a plugin called Sunbird from the Mozilla site. It is in the EARLY beta stages and stabilty is probably questionable. I have not tried it yet.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Hebrews 3 & 4
In my ongoing study of the book of Hebrews, I have decided that further evidence for Barnabas as the author is the fact that it is written in CLASSICAL GREEK not KOINE GREEK like the rest of the New Testament. This signifies it was written by a Rich person. Take the wealth of the author and the Pauline theology and you have a sure mix for Barnabas.
I wanted to go ahead an update the resources that are available online for this study. We are currently on chapter 4 so here are the resources up to that point.
Monday, January 10, 2005
The Letter A Coloring Pages
The first post is a collection of 10 Letter A Coloring Pages
JOURNEY OF MANKIND - The Peopling of the World
In analysis such as this it is always important to seperate HARD SCIENCE from subjective science. DNA analysis is hard science. Dating is subjective science since anything over about 12K years is dated using this circular dating reasoning that is simply a matter of faith in evolution.
Anyway what I think is amazing is that DNA points to a 1 family geneolgy of mankind which is much more inline with the Biblical account of creation rather than Darwinian Evolution.
Friday, January 07, 2005
FCC - A Moment of Civil Liberty Understanding
Go, Mr. Powell, I hope you are truly begining to understand that it is the FCC's job to regulate bandwidth not content. We should let parents be parents and government agencies be as SMALL as possibile.
I don't trust any tyranical government agency, but at least the rhetoric sounds right for now!
Thursday, January 06, 2005
A Programmer With TOO much time...
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
My Response to Dr. Williams at Townhall.com
Thank you for your amazing analysis of the founders basis for government in a republican form of Government. I agree whole heartedly that this nation was intended to be a republic.
Now before, I give my opinion let me say that I am just a young man and student of history who lacks the experience and education that you bring after your many years as a spokesman for liberty.
However I belive that you are wrong to refer to the current state of our nation as a republic since Mr. Lincoln and his followers stole that vision and by giving the federal government the ability to prevent secession.
This can be evidenced by exploring the admendments passed in the wake of the Civil War. (ended 1865)
14th Amendment (1866)– Eliminated property ownership as a responsibility of voters and based voting on age alone.
15th Amendment (1869) – Centralized citizenship from a state responsibility to a national responsibility.
16th Amendment (1909) – Centralized ability of national government to levy taxes on all sources of income.
17th Amendment (1912) – Election of senators transfer from State Legislator to general population
These are not admendments passed to protect a republic of states, instead it was a short path to a national democracy. Within 50 years power had been transfered from the individuals to the centralized national authority.
I believe that Mr. Lincoln was working within the spirirt of the Declaration of Independence when he gave emmancapated the slaves. However the spirirt he created by mandating membership of the individual states in the national union by force, should be seen as the moment where we ceased to be a republic and instead became a democracy.
Please address how we should continue to view ourselves as a republic inlight of these admendments, and our current state of political power?
What Kind of Elitist are You?
Upon the urging of my brother's Blog, I decided to discover my true elitist self... As you can see I arrived at the conclusion of being a Food / Wine enthusiast. I probably knew this since I picked out the All-Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set from Williams-Sonoma as theChrstmas present from the wonderful cash gift from Christi's parents.
However Politics and Culture Guru was second on my list by changing a few answers I was undecided on.
Sending The Wrong Message
Pat Oliphant - the liberal idiot that he is, misses the point of tragedy. It is not the role of the U.S. government to take fiscal responsibilty for every tragedy that occurs on earth. He argues in his usual idiotic fashion that we are out of line to send ONLY $350 million federal dollars. I say that our government is out of line to send even a $1 of aid that has been obtained through coersion. (All federal dollars earned through income taxes are obtained by coercion) It is not the responsibilty to ensure that the food, water, and medical needs of these tragically destroyed areas are attended to.
I do believe it is the responsibility of all Americans to give some from our PERSONAL WEALTH to help as we deem appropriate. We live in such comfort and convience and I hope that many Americans will WILLINGLY and FREELY give to those who have been displaced by this tragedy. I will not personally be giving to this tragedy since I have decided that the tragic slaughter and displacement of Christians in Dafur is a more neccesitated region of my support. This tragedy, which has resulted in nearly 1.8 million deaths is virtually ignored by the mainstream media, but it is at least if not more tragic than the loss of 150 Thousand spread over much of Asia.
No matter what your inclination. My summary to all Americans is I hope we can please give out of our freedom rather than out of political oppression.