Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thankyou

Born A Couch Potato? Each Persons' Activity Level Appears Intrinsic, Possibly Tied To Genetics as seen today on /.

As big guy, who's a software developer, being active is tough. That's why the 3500km I did on my bike this year is big deal to me. So I'd like to thank the folks how helped make it happen.

Pedalhead Bicycle Works Calgary - their web page seems to be down but they're a great bunch of guys. Always great service in least amount of time for reasonalble $$$. Couldn't have done it with out them.

Rawleigh, Phil andd Joey for the fantastic trail rides. We'll need to do it again. Special extra thanks to Rawleigh for all the tech support on the trail rides :)

Thanks to Tim and Dale for helping me with a flat tire at Cornerstone!

Thanks to everyone who's encouraged me along the way with comments here, emails, IMs and in person. You'll never know who much it means.

- Peace

Friday, November 25, 2005

3500 km down, 3800 km in 2006

On the ride in to work this morning I passed the 3500 km mark, my goal for 2005. Thanks in no small part to a week of Indian Summer I've been able to do over 100 km this week. Just in time too, while I saw two people in shorts this morning they are calling for snow tomorrow. Ah Calgary.

I'm setting my goal for 2006 at 3800 km.

I have a bunch of people I want to thank but that will have to wait till tonight or tomorrow.

- Peace
Dave

Thursday, November 24, 2005

xmas / birthday wish list

I'm told I'm hard to buy gifts for. Luckily my birthday and Christmas are close and I only have to do one list.

One or more piglets!

Serenity DVD (Available Dec 20th)

Nintendo DS & Mario Kart DS

P.O.D. The Warriors Ep Vol.2.

Any of
The Contenplative Pastor,
Working the Angles
Five Smooth Stones
Traveling Light
Eat This Book [not out yet but feel free to order it in advance and just let me know it's coming]
Answering God
The Christmas Troll
Praying with Jesus
Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager
The Wisdom of Each Other
by Eugene Peterson

OPUS : 25 Years of His Sunday Best by Berkeley Breathed

Illinois by Sufjan Stevens

Mini Tri pod with flexlegs

Buzz Lightyear - any size.

- Peace

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Jeremiah Lightyear?

I love the transformation that Buzz Lightyear goes through in the original Toy Story Buzz has to come to grips with the fact that he's not the 'Buzz Lightyear' but a 'Buzz Lightyear' action figure.

God said to Jeremiah:
Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations--
that's what I had in mind for you

- Jeremiah 1:5

Buzz, like Jeremiah, was a created being. A being given as a gift, given as a blessing. I wonder if we need to wrestle with that the way Buzz did.

Anyone up for watching Toy Story again?

- Peace

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Alana

Alana Alana
Two pics of Alana, a young lady who was taking a smoke behind one of the buildings in Victoria Park when the November Calgary Flickr Photo Stroll walked by on Sunday.

- Peace

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Walk the Line

Despite stumbling Walk the Line delivers a painfully beautiful look at Johnny Cash's origins and the love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter. While there are hints at Johnny Cash's faith in Walk the Line it's mostly absent, and anyone who's a Johnny Cash fan will notice.

Walk the Line gets the tension between Cash and Church people with a couple of key scenes and one of the best lines in the movie. What's missing is the tension between the music business and his faith. Sam Phillips is portrayed as the man who saved Johnny Cash from being a Gospel singer by getting him to sing songs he really believed. Columbia execs are concerned he'll alienate his Church going fan base by recording a live album at Folsom Prison. Missing is Cash pushing to record Gospel songs. Look back through the Johnny Cash's music catalog, the gospel songs are there over the objections of management, they're just missing from this movie.

While we're told that the Carter's are true Christians, we get no direct evidence of their faith other than their love for June and Johnny. [side note keep your eye on Ma Carter there's a great moment with her and a shot gun, but if you blink you'll miss it.]

OK so on the spiritual side Walk the Line loses it's nerve and swerves. You should still see this movie. Joaquin Phoenix is Johnny Cash. Reese Witherspoon as June Carter carries a perfect romantic tension that's slow, beautiful and painfully honest.

Other than the lack of Gospel tracks, the selection of Cash tunes in the movie is well done. I particularly enjoyed Joaquin's take on Johnny Cash finding his voice at the begging of the movie. Hearing Johnny Cash classics on the sound system at the teater is a treat in it's self.

Go see Walk the Line. Enjoy the Love story and the music. Then pick up the The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash to fill in the blanks.

- Peace


Friday, November 18, 2005

Men in Black

Larry and I caught the Calgary Premier of Walk the Line, on Thursday night and we both showed up all in black. Neither of us would have thought about it except they were giving away Johnny Cash CDs to anyone all in black. I got the essential Johnny Cash and Larry got Cash. A free movie and free CDs not too shabby.

Review to Follow.

- Peace

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite Utah State Fair Ads

Who knew the Utah State Fair could be so hip? Vote Napoleon for Best State Fair Spokesman Ever!

Thanks to the Soul Pastor.

- Peace

What Is True Freedom?

So, since we're out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we're free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you've let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you've started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!

I'm using this freedom language because it's easy to picture. You can readily recall, can't you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing--not caring about others, not caring about God--the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God's freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?

As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn't have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you're proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.

But now that you've found you don't have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

Romans 6:15-23

Sunday, November 13, 2005

WWII FPS

Got to Love those World War II Shooters.

- Peace

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Saddleback Community Church

Mecca

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The address says it all

Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA. Just screams Evil Empire doesn't it?

compare with

Apple Computer One Infinite Loop Cupertino CA, 95014 United States.

or

Sun Microsystems, Inc. 4150 Network Circle Santa Clara, CA 95054.

- Peace

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Kelowna Trip

I've heard people come back from conferences with the phrase "I was really blessed by this" and thought it was pretty much church speak for "nothing that really changed or challenged me happened".
Well, I was changed by it, challenged by it, and unspeakably blessed by it.

The most powerfull moments:
A girl talked about having been through a long period of self examination and feeling a failure. So she began to lead what she called "the un-examined life". Simply accepting God's love for her was now her daily struggle.

The leap of faith was metaphored using a spider and a long and philisophical discussion ensued. Then Dave used Spiderman 2 to bring it back to relationships and the importance of authenticity. Who knew Spiderman 2 was so profound? (well apparently Dave did)

Just hanging with Dave and LT. Two big guys with gigantic hearts. Four and a half days that grew my mind, my heart and my spirit.

Thanks Dave and LT. and the conference organizers. It was awsome

kelowna forum

Len has posted a quick summary of the day. I enjoyed hearing various bits of people stories, as they were shared. While I'm a big fan of the net, meeting in person comunicates so much more.

I'm posting my pics of the Kelowna Pilgramage on flickr.

- Peace

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Kelowna

In Kelowna with LT, Mike and about twenty other folks takling about
Faith, Hope and Love in a liminal space. Wish you were here. Random
details when I get back.

-Peace

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Blog Via Email

The hotel we'll be at this weekend says it has free wifi. So I should
be able to blog updates from my Ipaq. Gmail works well from my ipaq
so I thought I'd test the blog via email feature.

- Peace

2nd Leighton Tebay Celebrity Breakfast

Read with you best monster truck announcer voice.

Leighton Tebay of TheHeresy.com fame with be in Calgary for breakfast
on Friday Nov 4th. Joining him will be Michael Fox, Kris Hill and
Dave King of IdeaJoy obscurity.

If you'd like to join the celebrity breakfast drop me an email. We'll
be meeting at Humpties on Southland and Elbow drive at 7 am.

- Peace

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Discipline without Stress® Punishments or Rewards

I've been reading Marvin Marshall's articles on teaching as my son's school is getting into philosophy of achieving Discipline without punishment or reward.

The focus is on teaching but the applications to parenting are obvious. It's been working out really well with the children. They are more than obedient, they do what I need them to do even when I do not watch, they are becoming responsible, I yell at them less, and "getting them to do things" has never been easier.

Dave's post on "forcing religion on the young" and the mistakes we make raising our children in the faith made me wonder if these two issues are related. Namely, the mistakes we make in discipline are the mistakes we make in raising people in the faith, fail for the same reason, and are solved with them same attitude.

Though having read Marvin Marshall's "revolutionary" ideas, I begin to think that Our Lord Jesus said it first and we've been missing the point for thousands of years. I also suspect that is what the Second Vatican Council is trying to accomplish as well.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Nov 1 First Snow

Snow Streetlight
Ok we've had fluries before now, whiteouts even but nothing that really stuck. Tonight was our real first snow. If you're thinking, "That's a day late" you're an Albertan. More First Snow Pics.

- Peace