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with news of the impending divorce of jon & kate … i thought i would share about my grandparents .. and ther 60 years of marriage and how they are still setting an example and going strong .. so suck it jon and kate

as some of you know, i was lucky enough to get to go out to korea on short notice for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.  and although they had an arranged marriage… my grandparents showed love and care that even people that voluntary marry dont ever show.

it ended up being 19 of us from the states going out there for the celebration.  As eldest grandchild and being a boy and all … it was extra special for me to be there … and my son is the eldest grandchild … and a boy .. so again extra extra special

there was also more than 2 dozen immediate family and some cousins as well…

my grandfather made the whole trip memorable (not that it was not anyway) but made it even more special for my son christian who went with me.  we had gone to just spend some time with my grandpa and grandma the night before we were supposed to come back and my grandfather said the following

he said that he had the most important first borns in his life.  my grandmother was a firstborn … i was the first grandchild and their first grandchild was there as well. i admit i cried for a bit cause it is so awesome just sitting in the same room as my grandfather and grandmother… but for him to say something like that… was profound…. and also out of character for a korean

i hope fly them out to denver next year… or take the whole family out … and set aside a few days of just being around my grandparents… even if we are not doing anything…

check out the small group of family that was there before the celebration dinner … and consider that we were missing about a 1/4 of the grand kids and cousins (my wife and 2 other kids were mia). I am the freaky tall one on the right and note that i was a step below everyone on the top level squinting like a mother and swollen cause of jetlag and allergies 😉


so if you all dont know or have not heard… heavenfest will be back this year and it will be yet another awesome day of music… i think it drew about 12,000 people last year…. all on the land surrounding my church northern hills.

last year was the first and my bud dave powers spent loads of time and effort organizing it … (i know that he wants it to be a nameless and faceless expression of his faith and that the focus be on God, but dave is the instrument, hands and feet that took the first steps of thousands to get the first heavenfest organized) … getting bands and artists like jeremy camp, skillet, group one crew and the like… and making it a great day to soak in the sun and music.

I posted a photosynth of some of the pictures i took last year ( see some here )

I am actually so excited for this year…. they got some little groups like third day, skillet, stellar kart, kutless, matthew west… but it also give a venue for local artists and bands.

i was hoping to play with my other bud dan this year, but not sure yet… we shall see.   hope to at least be part of the media team and take pictures and stuff…

click on the heavenfest banner on the left for more info…. cool part is the pay what you can option… if you cant afford the $29 for the all day pass for 90+ bands/artists… then do what you can…especially in these hard economic times

just thought i would start my bloggin with one of the most important things …

microsoft has let loose photosynth…

i know microsoft gets a lot of flack but for what they provide and interoperability and such… they actually do a good job … note that this is coming form a guy that has his 7 month old playing on a kubuntu laptop already

well.. there was an episode of csi: ny where they used photosynth for 3D display from a group of pictures and you can see different points of view…

i tried uploading a batch and their servers are getting hammered so they have stopped accepting uploads for now.. but you get 20GB of space for free using your passport login

so if you collected all of the pictures from a tour group at some location, photosynth looks for similarities, points of view, aspect ratios, angles etc.. and generates a 3D world where you can float thru the pictures .. zoom in, look from another point of view, just cool stuff.

one of the original samples was of a palace in korea… so automatically, they had my attention and it was amazing that you got a wireframe of the whole complex, then were able to look around from different distances based on pictures that people had taken…

i have been waiting for them to release this for a while as i generally try to do the virtual tour type captures and have burst shot enabled on my camera… so it will be neat looking at some of the structures and beaches and stuff from vacations in 3D

check out photosynth here

i was reminded of a couple of videos that i had seen of randy pausch that i watched last year when he was featured on primetime this past week…

if you are not familiar with the name, he is a carnegie mellon university professor that is living out the rest of his life in a very dignified and graceful way as he copes with metastatic pancreatic cancer — which has since moved into

this is his ‘last lecture’ which deals with childhood dreams

the way in which he is approaching his end both professionally and for his family is impressive and puts me to shame for the lack of effort i put into being there for my family

you can also view his other info at Randy Pauschs site and Legacy of Randy Pausch

yipee… that large boned girl that started the hunger strike because of sanjaya on american idol can start eating again… even though her doctor had told her to start eating again last week…

although i watch american idol as i work on my computer and ‘spend quality time’ with my kids and wife… the shrill voice of the sanjaya and the abortion of a singing performance that he belts out each week was making me throw up in my mouth a lot…

so.. if you have not heard.. don imus was canned for making fun of the rutgers girls backetball team.. oops.. did i say girls.. i should say women..

the ‘nappy headed hos’ comment was dumb… ‘jiggaboos’ was maybe racist… but there is so much more obnoxious comments from people like jim rome and the like when describing womens basketball…

imus may be crazy. he looks scary…. and maybe should be off the air… but not for nappy headed hos….and jiggaboos …
it is actually imus that looks like he has a nappy head…

i played in whitewater for the first time this past weekend… and as we are approaching easter… they played a video that at first had me laughing so hard that i was almost not ready for the first song….

it is based on the terry tate – office linebacker commercials that reebok did… where a big guy tackles guys in the cubicles for not refilling the coffee, or playing solitaire.. etc…

you can watch some of it here at the sermon spice site… watch easter linebacker 

bringing some of that real easter spirit to ya… booyah style

it is wednesday.. and i am still laughing at an snl skit… snl was actually good for a change this past week with peyton manning…

here is the skit that cracked me up… the other side of united way athletes..

i was on the blue team this weekend and cak was pinch singer… and dan this was the first time that i was on with dan since his return from brazil.. married no less.  i really enjoy singing with dan and cak…

so.. we were on saturday evening… and at nhcc.. we are in the ‘heros’ series and we were talking about letting God be the center. how we clutter it up sometimes…

during the final set… we got through ‘give me jesus’ and during ‘be the centre’ … cak was singing … be my source, be my light... and bam… the lights went out.. the emergency lights came on and illuminated the cross over on the right hand side of the worship center.  the rest of the lights struggled to come on.. and then out again…

one of the spookiest, weirdest moments ever…

well.. we finished the song…  and the next song happened to be ‘when the music fades’ … so dan and kept playing acoustic and we gathered the congregation up at the front of the stage.. we sat down on that platform… and had church old school style… no lights, no electricity, nothing to clutter the time… just letting the voices rise up.

awesome time.

my friend cak wrote something today that was nice to run across during a hectic day that proved needing of some soaking… carrots, eggs, and coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.  Her mother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.  Soon the pots came to boil.  In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.  She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots and eggs out and placed them in separate bowls Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft.  The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.  Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.  The daughter then asked, “What does it all mean?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity:  boiling water.  Each reacted differently.  The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, however, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.  The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.  The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.  “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Consider this:  Which one would best describe you Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?  Are you the egg that starts with a soft heart, but changes with the heat?  Did you have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, become hardened and stiff?  Does your shell look the same, but on the inside reveal bitterness with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?  Or are you like the coffee bean?  The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.  When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials at their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.  The brightest future will always be based on a forgiven past you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

this is probably the most disturbing yet intriguing video i have seen in a long time…

it is called ‘little supoerstar’ and i first saw it on the daily show/cobert report shows… where they were talking about the 6 yr old boy being exploited by his father as a dancing midget… and the rest of the indian family (dot not feathers) lounging and watching

well.. here is it.. i watch it over and over… and have used it to get a kick the last few months


so installed office 2007 last night.. and it is purdy….like mac osx aqua style on windows…

i did an upgrade and it ran fine

this is what it looks like… a little too much baby blue for me… so i switched it to a black motif


the ‘ribbon’ feature is gonna take a little more getting used to… but the app runs fast and a lot of the common tasks are available without having to drill down deep into sub menus and such…

actually looking forward to incorperating both non-beta versions of vista and office 2007 on my production/day to day machine … instead of a machine that is used just for beta junk…

now to see how it handles the day to day tasks that i have gotten used to doing on the old version.. and seeing how much ‘better’ this is really gonna be.


heard this while driving home from work.. and pulled it up again to read again..

this puts to light why the actions of our congress and senate… with their stupid non-binding resolutions hurt our troops

like i wrote before… time to take the fight to the bad guys… let the ttroops do what they have to.. to stay alive and to win this fight

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Things that I am tired of in this war:

I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my commander in chief and the way he goes about his job.

I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a “phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace like Okinawa.

I am tired of the Democrats whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.”

I am tired of every Battalion Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major I see over here being more concerned about whether or not I am wearing my uniform in the “spot on,” most garrison-like manner; instead of asking me whether or not I am getting the equipment I need to win the fight, the support I need from my chain of command, or if the chow tastes good.

I am tired of junior and senior officers continually doubting the technical expertise of junior enlisted soldiers who are trained far better to do the jobs they are trained for than these officers believe.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who fight this war with more of an eye on the media than on the enemy, who desperately needs killing.

I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of battle being scrutinized by lawyers who were not there and will never really know the state of mind of the young soldiers who were there and what is asked of them in order to survive.

I am tired of CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape sent to them by terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but refusing to show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.

I am tired of following the enemy with drones that have cameras, and then dropping bombs that sometimes kill civilians; because we could do a better job of killing the right people by sending a man with a high powered rifle instead.

I am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are working hard to support me when I see them with their mochas and their PX Bags walking down the street, in the middle of the day, nowhere near their workspaces.

I am tired of Code Pink, Daily Kos, Al-Jazzera, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, the ACLU, and CAIR thinking that they somehow get to have a vote in how we blast, shoot and kill these animals who would seek to subdue us and destroy us.

I am tired of people like Meredith Vieria from NBC asking oxygen thieves like Senator Chuck Hagel questions like “Senator, at this point, do you think we are fighting and dying for nothing?” Meredith might not get it, but soldiers do know the difference between fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.

I am tired of hearing multiple stories from both combat theaters about snipers begging to do their jobs while commanders worry about how the media might portray the possible casualties and what might happen to their career.

I am tired of hearing that the Battalion Tactical Operations Center got a new plasma screen monitor for daily briefings, but rifle scope rings for sniper rifles, extra magazines, and necessary field gear were disapproved by the unit supply system.

I am tired of out of touch general officers, senators, congressmen and defense officials who think that giving me some more heavy body armor to wear is helping me stay alive. Speed is life in combat and wearing 55 to 90 pounds of gear for 12 to 20 hours a day puts me at a great tactical disadvantage to the idiot, mindless terrorist who is wearing no armor at all and carrying an AK-47 and a pistol.

I am tired of soldiers who are stationed in places like Kuwait and who are well away from any actual combat getting Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay and the Combat Zone Tax Exclusion when they live on a base that has a McDonald’s, a Pizza Hut, a Subway, a Baskin Robbins, an internet café, 2 coffee shops and street lights.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who take it out and “measure” every time they want to have a piece of the action with their helicopters or their artillery; instead of putting their egos aside and using their equipment to support the grunt on the ground.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who are too afraid for their careers to tell the truth about what they need to win this war to their bosses so that the soldiers can get on with kicking the ass of these animals.

I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG lawyers and not Combat Commanders. We are not playing Hopscotch over here. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy knew some rough treatment and some deprivation was at hand for them, instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help get their terrorist minds “right.”

I am tired of seeing Active Duty Army and Marine units being extended past their original redeployment dates, when there are National Guard Units that have yet to deploy to a combat zone in the last 40 years.

I am tired of hearing soldiers who are stationed in safe places talk about how hard their life is.

I am tired of seeing Infantry Soldiers conducting what amounts to “SWAT” raids and performing the US Army’s version of “CSI Iraq” and doing things like filling out forms for evidence when they could be better used to hunt and kill the enemy.

I am tired of senior officers and commanders who look first in their planning for how many casualties we might take, instead of how many enemy casualties we might inflict.

I am tired of begging to be turned loose so that this war can be over.

Those of us who fight this war want to win it and go home to their families. Prolonging it with attempts to do things like collect “evidence” or present whiz bang briefings on a new plasma screen TV is wasteful and ultimately, dulls the edge of our Infantry soldiers who are trained to kill people and break things, not necessarily in that order.

We are not in Iraq and Afghanistan to build nations. We are there to kill our enemies. We make the work of the State Department easier by the results we achieve.

It is only possible to defeat an enemy who kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to yield or surrender. He will fight to the death by the hundreds to kill only one or two of us.

And so far, all of our “games” have been “away games,” and I don’t know about the ignorant, treasonous Democrats and the completely insane radical leftists and their thoughts on the matter, but I would like to keep our road game schedule.

So let’s get it done. Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left.




just checked the mail and lo and behold.. my copy of office 2007 was there.

this is the microsoft office 2007 professional version so includes: access, excel, outlook, powerpoint, publisher and word

i am just glad i am not having to pay the $499 for full version … or the $329 upgrade rate… cause i got office 2003 for free and a second copy under the home user program for like $25 …

now for my vista… come on vista….

today is a happy day indeed… for nerds

my ssh client of choice .. putty has finally incorperated serial as a connection type. as one that has to connect to swithces, routers, sun servers.. all that have serial connections… i had to have multiple programs to do the work…

teraterm, poderosa, securecrt and even hyperterm if needed would be the way i would connect if i was on windows….

but last week… they released putty beta 0.59. changelog

now my putty does everything.. ssh, telnet, tunnels and now serial connections without needing .net framework 2 like poderosa does…

run as fast as your fingers will take you to the putty download page fly like a bird without bird flu and be an early adopter…

next on the list is tabbed windows… which would make putty probably the best client ever… for my needs..

poderosa has pretty much everything… i just don’t like the interface as much.. and the windows size would reset .. which think was addressed in the latest release.. but… i will need to spend some time and see what i can and can’t change… and the tweakability of it.


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