Archive for the 'Just Some Thoughts' Category

Moved to OpenShift Online

Friday, February 20th, 2015

I’ve got an old server that I have been hosting this blog on. I’m trying to shut it down so I can stop paying the hosting. So, I’ve move this blog to OpenShift online!

Choosing a smartphone (aka The Rise of Android)

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I was recently contacted  asking if I would be willing to review and share a graphic regarding “The Rise of Android”. Graphic has some really interesting information about android. I enjoyed reading through it.

I’m often asked which phone is better? People are usually referring to iPhone vs Android. My cookie cutter answer goes like this: “It depends”.

I’ve owned my Nexus 4 for a few months now and I love it. My personal choice when I buy is Android.
Though, both have strengths, both have weaknesses. Each individual person has their own set of requirements for a phone. Each individual person has their own preferences about a phone. Pick the OS that you’re comfortable with that meets your needs, then find a piece of hardware that’s a good deal and is up to date.

In the end whether you buy a Nexus 4, Galaxy SIII, iPhone 5 or an iPhone 4 you’re going to get a solid piece of hardware that can meet most of your needs. (**there are other android phones on the market right now too)


College Worship Recording Session

Monday, September 12th, 2011

My senior year of college A bunch of friends that I played worship with got together in my apartment living room and recorded a demo to send to The Campus Crusade Big Break Conference in Panama City Beach Fl. I had given my life to Christ at that conference 3 years earlier and we were applying to be the worship team for one of the sessions that year.

I have great memories from that afternoon. I still have a copy of the recording and just listened to it. Thought it would be fun to post a copy of it.

Lemme see if I can remember the team that was there:
Radez: Acoustic, Vocals
Andrea: Vocals
Becca: Vocals
Brandon: Electric Guitar
Drew: Drums
Travis: Piano, Vocals
Kevin: Bass
Aaron: Violin
I think that’s everyone…

Here’s what we recorded with a 16 channel mixer, a 4 track recorder and a bunch of college students with instruments in an apartment living room.
01 You Are the One
02 God of Wonders
03 Psalm 61
04 Praise Be
05 Trust in the Lord

100 Posts / 100,000 miles

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I started this blog May 14th 2008.
August 30th 2011 I posted my 100th post which happened to coincide with my car reaching 100,000 miles.

Just a fun fact to share.

Naturally Decaffeinated

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I’ve decided there’s no such thing as naturally decaffeinated. Since decaffeination is a chemical process that removes caffeine and that doesn’t happen naturally. There’s not a natural process that reduces caffeine, and a man made chemical process can’t happen naturally. So how about we say Low Caffeine or Less Caffeine?

Firefox 4 Beta

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Just downloaded and tried out Firefox 4 Beta.
First impression: FASTER!

I didn’t expect to see such a noticeable snappiness to it. Nice work Mozilla.

Some Humor for the Day

Monday, June 14th, 2010

PyCon ’09

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

It’s been over a month since I last posted. Lots has happened. Sickness, work, new baby on the way, training for the triathlon and God has been faithful through it all.

This week I’m in Chicago at PyCon ’09. I’ve been enjoying the conference and have a few new concepts to apply to my python programming.

I’m on the train to meet my family for dinner. Mmm Thai. Just wanted to through down a couple lines. I have been wanting to write a couple posts on things I’ve been learning. I finished Basic Christianity and have cross referenced Worship Matters with Authentic Christianity. I also started Why Small Groups by CJ Mahaney. It’s a book I’m reading with a Leadership Development group at church. All have a post associated with them.

I’m thankful for the desire the Lord has given me to read in the past few months and I pray the more consistent consumption of reading material continues.

Gran Torino

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Tonight a couple of buddies of mine and I saw the new Clint Eastwood movie. Not at all what I expected. The movie had a religious flavor to the underlying story. While there was absolutely no accurate depiction of salvation, there was a strangely touching sacrificial message delivered. Stop reading here if you don’t want the end of the movie ruined. The movie ends with Eastwood’s character, Walt, being shot an excessive amount of times by a gang. This brutal murder is witnessed by many people and has the gang arrested to be locked up for a long time. One of the gang members cousins lived next door to Walt and through out the movie is befriended by Walt, not really intentionally.

I don’t think that the movie was trying to depict the sacrificial death that Christ dies for the sake of believers. Though, the movie does a  fairly good job of it. Christ died for sinners, of whom he owed nothing to. He died that they would be freed from the wrath they deserved for their sins. Walt dies for his next door neighbours, of whom he owed nothing to. He dies that they would be freed from the pain and suffering the gang was inflicting on the family. A fairly important difference is that this family did not necessarily deserve to be mistreated by the gang. Sinners deserve eternal  death.

I’ll admit the parallel isn’t perfect. Though, it was and unexpected ending to an unexpected story. An ending that reminded me of and unexpected sacrifice that Christ made. A sacrifice that those who  believe and follow will live eternally with Christ.

I have always wanted to…

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Touch my toes. (without bending my knees)
Run a triathlon.
Learn to play the drums.

I was stretching after running last night and realized I can almost touch my toes from the stretching I’ve been doing. Then I realized that my curiosity to compete in a triathlon will soon be completed.

I guess the drums can wait for now.