Month: May 2011

Fun Fact: Nerds Like to Have Fun!

One of the things that I learned in creating this website is the robots.txt file.  It gives instructions to automated software that reads the website for purposes of indexing it to provide searching capabilities.  You can tell people like Google with parts of the site you want them to access and which parts you don’t want them indexing.

Apparently, Google also has another file called humans.txt!  Have you read it to know what you are supposed to look at on their site and what your supposed to avoid?

Google Operating System: Google’s Humans.txt File

I think it is cool when you can have fun at work.  That is a culture that I want to be a part of — one where you accomplish great things and have fun doing it.

If you don’t think Nerds like to have fun, check out the Geek online stores!

Amazon.com Widgets

Did Google Enter the Culture War?

Some commercials are hilarious, some are annoying, but we saw a commercial last night that was disturbing.  Google used one of their Chrome commercials to support the “It Gets Better” YouTube channel.  You can read more about it here:

Mashable: Google Chrome Commercial Lets Gay Teens Know “It Gets Better” [VIDEO]

I agree with the messages that you should not commit suicide and hatred is not excused, but I can’t agree with the life style. AFA has called for the boycott of Home Depot for entering the culture war.  Is Google next?  I really like Google Chrome, and Google’s IO got me more excited about their developments.  While AdSense is not doing all I hoped it would on my website, it is working nicely.  I don’t want that technology on a side I cannot support.

If I could send one message to Google, I would say to choose other good causes to support with your commercials.  What about Cancer Research?  Starvation? The Japanese Tsunami situation?  I enjoyed both the Dear Sophie commercial and the Google speed test one.

Update: AFA has a website where you can take action: One Million Moms: Google and Disney are Not Getting Better!

Great Link: Inventing within Culture

Today, I ran across Jake’s blog talking about the inventor of the digital camera.  The video from his blog post is embedded below.

AppsLab: Meet Steven Sasson Inventor of the Digital Camera

One quote caught my attention, and I thought it was funny that when I read the rest of Jake’s post after watching the video, it was the same quote!  Here it is:

“The key I think when you’re putting across an idea is you have to understand the culture you’re dealing with first and foremost and put everything very much like the culture’s used to and then put your idea, only the essential elements of your idea out there, so that it doesn’t get confused with things that might complicate the concept.”

You can read more about inventors on this blog.

Bible Study: May 21st? Judgement Day? The End?

I was looking at the Google Trends, and “May 21st” caught my eye.  Apparently, people are predicting judgement day will come on May 21st.  Here’s the first article I read.

NJ.com: Your comments: New Jersey guys warn of Judgment Day May 21

According to this article, Reverend Camping is predicting even to the point of the exact time of 6pm and the location where it will start:

Gather: May 21 Judgement Day Details Revealed by Rev. Camping

Here you can read an interview of Harold Camping:

Daily Intel: A Conversation With Harold Camping, Prophesier of Judgment Day

So, what is the truth.  Well, I am not going to be dogmatic, but let me give you my thoughts.  I can almost predict that it won’t happen on May 21st based on this verse:

Matthew 24:36-37

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

It’s not that judgement won’t happen, but the Bible makes it very clear that we can’t predict when God will say enough and come back to take his people home.  In this same passage where the disciples are asking about the end times, Jesus speaks of what it will be like:

Matthew 24:21

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The Bible does speak of Jesus return in a little more detail here.  While all this tribulation sounds ominous and scary, those who have put their trust in Jesus can rest easy:

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:   Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.   Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

One of the sad things about all of these articles is that the world seems to laugh at these predictions.  They seem think the prediction is outrageous and they include the exclusivity of Christianity in the same manner.  The problem is that while the Bible says you cannot predict the time, it also says that Jesus is the only way to heaven.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The world has this belief that those who are sincere in their belief, whatever it is, will be counted “good enough” for whatever they believe.  Surely, a loving God wouldn’t judge someone, at most, mistaken when they are trying their best.  We have to remember that God is first and foremost holy and perfect.  We on the other hand are all sinners.  No one can argue that they haven’t made at least one mistake that eliminates them from being perfect:

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Our only hope is in Jesus.  He paid the punishment on the cross for our shortcomming.

Romans 5:8

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

All God asks is that you put your trust in Jesus, that you believe his payment for your sins is what you needed:

Romans 10:9-11

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

So, if you have put your trust in Jesus, you don’t have to worry about whether Reverend Camps is right on his date or not.  We just need to stay faithful in spreading the good news about Jesus.

For Reverend Camps, we can look to this verse and just wait:

Deuteronomy 18:22

When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

So, what are your thoughts.  Are there some verses that I missed and should have included here?

Fun Fact: Can We Have an Artificial Cloud Parked Over Our House?

The Sun. Duh.
by thebadastronomer

Summer is heating up, and we are about ready to do anything to cool off.  This story brings dreams of changing that.  Now, can we get the cloud to rain at opportune times to water the flowers?  Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait a decade or so before we’ll even know if they get it working for the World Cup much less my home!

 

Engadget: Qatar building fleet of remote control ‘clouds’ for World Cup 2022

USA Today: Artificial cloud designed to offer shade at Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

Fun Fact: Does this Wire Go To Anything?

I remember one day I was working on a sprinkler that needed fixing.  As I dug the sprinkler head up, I hit a wire, and my shovel went clean through it.  It didn’t take too long to figure out what the wire was: my sister came outside trying to figure out why her phone call was cut off!

Can you imagine the same scenario except the whole neighborhood or country comes outside to see why their Internet was cut off?  Check out this link:

Engadget: Elderly Georgian lady disconnects Armenian internet for half a day… by accident