March 29, 2011

We Have Only One Reason To Exist

I don't really know how to sound intelligent or deep. I'm a super opinionated person, with nothing really to say. I read all sorts of blogs and Internet sites trying to gain knowledge on things that will make me sound like I know what I'm talking about, but I don't really know anything about the important things of life. Well, there is one exception to that.  I actually know the most important thing in life.  But I don't live like I do, or share that knowledge.  If fact, most of the time I live and act and speak like I don't know this crucial truth to our existence. I know there is a deep and critical purpose for our lives. I know this purpose brings hope and joy. I know that, without understanding this purpose, besides the eternal damnation we face apart from this truth, our lives will be lived hopeless and frustrated, filled with hated, anger, and emptiness. The crazy thing is, even with this knowledge in my own head, I live in a negative place right now.  And this is because we are not called to merely understand this purpose, but we are told to live it.

I turned 35 last week and I've started to take a look at my life, maybe for the first time. I've been looking at where I came from, where I am, what I've accomplished, and what I've set as goals. I started my life in a loving family, where I was raised, protected, and guided in the knowledge of God. I grew into an involved member of the Church, playing music in worship services, leading small group discussions, working on my own relationship with God, studying the Bible, and trying to live my life to please God.  Currently, my life is a joke.  There is nothing in it that resembles a life lived in faith. Sure, I go to church on Sundays where one of the most dynamic preacher I've ever heard teaches, I teach my kids about God, I pray with them, I even pray (mostly plead) on my own, but there is no living by faith. My wife and I have had our share of tragic happenings, from medical things and deaths in the family to financial and job related trials, but our prayers and requests for God's help and guidance are far and few between. We don't live in faith. We don't live as though we understand our purpose for existence.

I am a huge failure. I place a lot of the responsibility for my wife's spiritual maturity on my own shoulders.  I should be leading this family into meaningful, deep, real, solid relationships with God.  Instead, I'm the one that is to angry and frustrated at the outcome of my life this far to be a positive force in this family.  As someone who was raised in the church, with lots of access to the Bible and teachers and examples of God pleasing people, i should lovingly lead my wife and kids into God's light and grace. I have the chance to show them God's grace and love, and that our purpose is to enjoy glorify Him. But I'm selfish, frustrated, sinful, and horrible. I don't bring God glory with my own life, so how can I teach my family to do the same?  After 8+ years together, how is it my wife is still a baby Christian and I've now become someone who doesn't even resemble one at all?

Knowledge is nothing without actions. Just like James 2:19 says "even the demons believe - and shudder".  It's not knowledge of God that saves. It takes faith in our need for Jesus. We must give up self control.  We MUST realize we can never be good enough on our own.  Apart from God, we are nothing.  Our purpose is to glorify God, who is the Creator of all things.  He gave us free will, and then a Savior to save us from ourselves.  Think of it like this: we are called to go out into the world and reveal God to those we meet.  But it we don't know God ourselves, who can we share Him with others?  I need to wake up and live this knowledge.  I am nothing apart from God.  I deserve eternal damnation because of my sins.  And without God's Son, Jesus, I'd be there.  But by the grace of God, I am saved from these sins by the perfect lamb, sacrificed for me.  Now I have only one reason to exist: I MUST GLORIFY GOD!

March 22, 2011

Break Dancing Like No One's Business

Break-dancing has always been cool to me.  The kids who have it so rough, fight back with dance like no one's business.

Okay, it's just cool to watch.


SWAT Just Happened?

Are you kidding me?


March 21, 2011

Test Post From my HTC Inspire

This is pretty cool. My full review of the HTC Inspire should be up soon.


March 13, 2011

Nice Floating Bridge Bolivia

This is crazy.  I love the person responsible for using a pail to empty out the boat that apparently has a pretty significant leak.


My New Computer by HP

I finally purchased a new computer and so far, I love it.  I saw the ad initially in a Costco mailer, and then I went and checked it out yesterday.  In the store it looked pretty great, but when I got it home it became amazing and slightly more than I need.

For $999.99 I got a lot; two 23" monitors running at 1080p, an AMD Phenom II 840T Quad-Core processor, 8GB of memory, 1.5TB hard-drive, and more.  This is my first experience with Windows 7 and so far I am satisfied.

I think one of the first things I've realized is the speed and memory abilities.  Before, I was always frustrated with YouTube videos or using my Google Reader for longer than an hour.  My old computer would slow down and/or lag.  I would have issues with loading images or watching a video without it hanging up multiple times during playback.  With my new computer, I not only can view videos and multiple websites, RSS feeds, and more, but I was able to play an hour long YouTube video for my son, while I surfed the Internet on the second screen.  No lag.  No hang ups.  No waiting.  It is awesomely impressive.  I've never actually been on a computer that works this well on the Internet.

Anyway,  I love it...so far.  I went with HP because my employer went with HP for the company-wide computer upgrade program.  Some of the decision is probably based on pricing, but I think it also has to do with the support, strength, and quality of the products HP is building.  I'm super excited about having a hard-drive that can fit all my old pictures, my complete music library, and be set-up to automatically backed up to my external drive.  We will be able to keep ourselves and our data backed-up, something I really wish I'd been doing up to now because the power supply for my laptop died, and now I'm trying to figure out how to get my information of its hard-drive.  Stay tuned for more about my new desktop from HP.


March 12, 2011

Roshambo Explained And Why You Better Listen

If you ever want to play Roshambo (Rock, Paper, Scissors) with me, be prepared to get punched.


March 9, 2011

The Seabreacher From Redding CA

I just found what I'm going to do this summer on one of my trips to Redding. This is so cool.


March 7, 2011

My Starbucks Affair...From Logos to Gold Cards

Starbucks has updated their logo, and I love the new look of the Siren.  She is out of the circle and able to do so much more to represent the Starbucks brand.  The logo is still so recognizable as Starbucks, without the need for the name to be part of it.  I think this will allow the company to do more great things.

Also, to celebrate their 40th year, Starbucks wants us all to enjoy some anniversary cake...or a treat with our coffee this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I've talked to a lot of my friends and people at work about my Starbucks Gold Card, but I wanted to really explain why (if you like coffee or tea) you should get with it and register a Starbucks gift card.  First, it's easy.  All you need to do is register an Starbucks gift card at starbucks.com.  You now get a free drink on your birthday.  Next, use the registered card 5 times to reach Green Level status.  This earns you free syrups and milk, free refills on brewed coffees or teas, and a free beverage with any whole bean purchase. And finally, at 30 uses you reach Gold Level status and a personalized gold card is sent to you. A Gold Level card adds to the freebies of the Green Level.  Besides coupons and special offers, every 15 uses of your gold card earns you a free drink. It's awesome and easy.
Now, I wanted to mention the latest and coolest feature Starbucks offers registered card members.  You can use the Starbucks Mobile Card app to pay with your registered cards.  The app allows you to check your balances, add money if necessary, track rewards, add new cards, pay for your purchases, and more.  To pay, you launch the app and turn the bar code toward the Starbucks scanner.  It's cool.

It really is awesome.  I love the app.  I love my rewards.  I love Starbucks.

March 6, 2011

One Man, His Piano, and Apparently The Force

First, John Williams is amazing.  The theme song to Star Wars is a really great piece of music.  It's dramatic, powerful, memorable, and enjoyable.  Now, as a musician and a pianist, I can say that Star Wars would be impossible to play on a piano with all of the drama, power, and full sound this orchestral piece has.  Well, at least I would have said that until I saw this video:

OH. MY. GOODNESS.  This guy can play the piano, or at least the theme to Star Wars.  I actually didn't know this was possible for one person to play this well and full.  There is so much going on in this song, that I didn't think one person could pull it off, at least on a piano, all at the same time.  I guess I was wrong.

March 4, 2011

iPad 2 Commercial...with more Coco

I watched the iPad event video and I actually thought, "who is the idiot they pay to yell 'whoa' everytime Steve says something at one of these events that is supposed to get a big reaction?"  Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks Apple over-hypes their products.  Now, I'm not saying I don't think this product is great, because it is pretty cool (although it still is missing flash, which is still a bigger part of the Internet than most people will admit; try watching the embedded video in this post for example).  It's just that Apple has their set way about things and if stops them from being even greater.  I think Conan's video says it well.

Head's up for the bleeped out cuss word at the end.


The 2011 Ford Interceptor Video Series Starts March 7th

I'm still not sure what Ford is thinking with front wheel and all wheel drive Taurus and Explorer based Interceptors, but maybe this video series will show us why they think these are better cars for the job of police vehicle than they tried and true Crown Victoria based Interceptor.  I'll tell you what, I believe cops want a rear wheel drive car.  I believe they want a little more room and a little more power, but most of them are happy with the current format.  The Dodge Charger is going to be the go to police vehicle if Ford doesn't bring something like the Vic to the table.

On March 7th, we will see what 4 real cops an undetermined number of cops (because it says "from the United States and Canada" and Canadian cops aren't real) were paid to say about these 2 new Interceptors from Ford.


VW's "The Force" Spoofed

Not great, but funny enough.