Friday, September 30, 2005

Stong character or easy life

Jennifer (Pryer) Long asks, "Here's the question I've been thinking over, easy life or stronger character...which would you choose?"

Breaking out of prison

Communication Nation asks: Are you living in a prison of your own design?
If you feel like you're working in a prison or a company that keeps you down - what are you doing to change it?

How do you get creative with your phonecam?

Have you bought a camera phone and still don't know what it's good for?
Check out some of these ideas:
  • Remember where you parked - In a parking lot or garage, snap a photo of the section where you’ve parked. If you’re parked on the street in a strange neighborhood, grab a picture of an address, a landmark, or of the signs for the cross street.
  • “Wishlist” items you might want to buy later - If you’re out and about and happen to see a CD, book, or other consumable you might want to pick up later on, snap a photo of the item’s barcode. When you get home you can look the item up on Amazon or and find the best price, or just add it to your canonical online wishlist.
  • Show people where you’ve put things - If you’ve moved the mayonnaise jar with little Tyler’s college money or relocated the good scissors to your work bench, snap a photo and mail it to your housemates.
    What do you use your phone for?
  • Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

    I don't know that I agree with this, but it's an interesting point of view none-the-less.

    New Music

    And on the topic of Music - Øzone, aka Renew, aka my man Aaron Lehmann has a new version of Lift You Up added to his site.
    Check it out. Kinda reminds me of old school David Dalton for some reason.

    Them Boys from Belton

    Flyleaf, a heavy rock quintet from Belton is about to release their national debut album and will begin touring with POD and others this fall.
    Pat Seals, bass player, is a former student from UMHB and is dad is an art professor.
    They must have voted for Pedro. Now all their wildest dreams can come true.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005

    Notes from this weekend in NC

    For those keeping track, here's the run down of this weekend's show:

    Sweet Dreams def. The anointed One Caprice Coleman
    Jesus Freak v. Seven for CWF Heavyweight Championship Belt - DQ - Jesus Freak retains belt
    Son of Thunder def. Michael Malick
    Caprice Coleman & Michael Malick def. Sweet Dreams and Son of Thunder for CWF Tag Belts

    Sweet Dreams attempts a roll-up on Caprice Coleman

    Caprice Coleman shares his testimony

    Michael Malick climbs the ropes to get the upperhand on Son of Thunder

    Michael Malick whips Son of Thunder off the ropes and throws him to the other side of the ring

    Jesus Freak gives an invitation in Creswell. 33 people made decisions on Friday night and 15 more made a decision on Saturday. God is truly amazing.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    Going home

    It's 7:45 p.m. and for the time being... I can't keep my eyes open, so I'm going home.

    Christian music

    A friend forward this to me...

    It was sent to KLTY FM in Dallas after an exchange between two DJ's this morning on the radio.

    KLTY - this morning, around 8am, the pair of DJ's had a very disturbing exchange. After playing the remake of "Pride (in the name of love)" by Delirious?, originally written by U2, one DJ asked, "Was that U2?" to which the other responded, "No, that was Delirious?. We only play the good stuff, we don't play no trash." This particular DJ then repeated similar statements.
    Now, first of all, my memory is not perfect so I do not consider these direct quotes - but I do consider them the direct "gist" of the statements. Second, the DJ's names' are not important, but YOURS is, and so is our Lord's. Regardless of who said this, it is deeply concerning for me as both a Christian and one who appreciates the tremendous impact that U2 has made for the Kingdom of God. Allowing this slander (literally) on the air poses KLTY as self-righteous, and Christians as war-mongers of culture. This adulterates the image of our Lord. Third, if by chance they were "just joking," then I would encourage such antics off the air, not on the air.
    To make a statement like this, on the air, betrays a tragic misunderstanding of U2, specifically, and good music, in general. U2 have made tremendous contributions to the church, and it serves us well to encourage them, and to welcome them to Dallas when they play on Oct 29. They are our brothers, not the enemy.
    This is grievous, and sadly irresponsible.
    Please, please...let us watch our words carefully.

    I still find it interesting when people decide what's Christian music and what's not by the person singing it.
    U2 received no recognition after their All That You Can't Leave Behind Album -- until a "Christian" band decided to record it (on the same album that Delirious?'s Pride version was recorded on). Once they recorded it, U2 was nominated at the Dove awards for song writer of the year.
    And Los Lonely Boys received no recognition for their song Heaven until Salvador recorded a version of it, and now its on Christian stations everywhere.
    It's all so goofy.

    No lie - This is cool

    Google has introduced a new customized home page.
    You can add their content from a number of outlets, or select customized sections and add news about whatever your heart desires.
    Once you pick your content, you can drag and drop the boxes all over the page to organize them how you want them.
    I think I'll set mine to my browser home for a while and see how I like it.
    Normally I have mine set to a customized news page. But this other option looks like it could be the best of both worlds.
    Google continues to amaze with their ways to organize information.


    Evangelism is simply one begger telling another begger where to find bread.

    Monday, September 26, 2005

    Monday Night

    It's 1:19 a.m. CST Tuesday Sept. 27.
    My friends B and Sarah were expecting their baby Sydney to be born today, but the doctors said "It wasn't time."
    I believe they're planning to go back on Wednesday and they may induce labor, but I'm not sure on all that.
    I just returned from Waco with my boys. We had floor tickets to the WWE Raw taping. Not a bad way to watch wrestling at all. It was amusing because three of the men who wrestled tonight have wrestled my man, Tim Storm, at some point in their career. One of them Russel Simpson, A.K.A. Psycho Simpson, wrestled four of the guys in our group. Not bad.
    At dinner aftewards Rob mentioned that he's been seriously considering going full-time with the CWF. I think it's a dream everyone's had since the ministry began in 2000, but everyone's always hoped that someone with loads of money would come along and drop a load of cash in our hands to let us do it.
    We half-joked about the idea this weekend, while in North Carolina, and I thought I was the only one thinking it could be a possibility, but apparently God was laying the idea on Rob's heart as well.
    We discussed the idea somewhat and everyone was in agreement that it is what we want to do, but now it comes down to if its in agreement with what God wants us to do.
    So please pray for us as we seek God's will at this crossroads in our lives and ministry.
    We plan to pray about the idea and then schedule a brainstorming meeting sometime in the near future. So again, please support us in prayer and ask God for guidance.
    Well, I have a weird headache, that is likly just from the loud music and pyros at the show tonight. I also have three loads of clothes laying on my bed, so rather than just pushing them off onto the floor, I think I'll just crash right here on my couch.
    Take care -- and may the peace of God be with you all.

    Sunday, September 25, 2005

    Facebook is not just an addiction--it's a disease

    While trying to figure out what all the fuss about was, I found this news story linked to on their site. It's interesting because to me, it's knockin' the service, but I guess even bad publicity can still be good publicity.

    So here is what I say to you all of you who sit at your computers and check away messages and stalk the guy you saw at Hokie Grill once — stop living like this. I’m convinced that we could fritter our whole lives sitting in front of the computer screen. What we need to do is ask ourselves this question: “What will happen when all of my buddies are away, or when the Internet connection cuts short.” We need to face it and realize that life doesn’t happen on a computer screen, that having 202 friends on Facebook doesn’t make you cool.

    BTW: I'll give a better update on this weekend probably sometime on Monday (during normal daylight hours).
    I'm pretty pooped and just wanted to check email and a couple blogs before heading to bed.
    So now that that's done - I'm off to bed.

    48 hrs on the road. 2 shows. 5 wrestlers. 211 fans. 48 decisions for Christ. Amazing.


    Mobile Email from a Cingular Wireless Customer

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005

    Hokey Pokey

    I just wanted to let you all know:

    With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment,
    it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which
    almost went unnoticed last week.

    Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at
    age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into
    the coffin. They put his left leg in, and then the trouble started."

    You know it's funny.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    RSS with Xanga

    Dancemonkey has found a way to get around Xanga's annoying setup, for all you folks who won't get a "real" blog.
    So, now I don't have to browse all your Xanga sites, or wait for a morning e-mail just to check and see if you've updated.
    Your posts will be sent to my desktop the second you update. Rock on Dancemonkey. Rock on.

    From Canada, with love

    George Bush, the man
    David Warren
    The Ottawa Citizen
    Sunday, September 11, 2005
    There's plenty wrong with America, since you asked. I'm tempted to say that the only difference from Canada is that they have a few things right. That would be unfair, of course -- I am often pleased to discover things we still get right.
    But one of them would not be disaster preparation. If something happened up here, on the scale of Katrina, we wouldn't even have the resources to arrive late. We would be waiting for the Americans to come save us, the same way the government in Louisiana just waved and pointed at Washington, D.C. The theory being that, when you're in real trouble, that's where the adults live.
    And that isn't an exaggeration. Almost everything that has worked in the recovery operation along the U.S. Gulf Coast has been military and National Guard. Within a few days, under several commands, finally consolidated under the remarkable Lt.-Gen. Russel Honore, it was once again the U.S. military efficiently cobbling together a recovery operation on a scale beyond the capacity of any other earthly institution.
    We hardly have a military up here. We have elected one feckless government after another that has cut corners until there is nothing substantial left. We don't have the ability even to transport and equip our few soldiers. Should disaster strike at home, on a big scale, we become a Third World country. At which point, our national smugness is of no avail.
    From Democrats and the American Left -- the U.S. equivalent to the people who run Canada -- we are still hearing that the disaster in New Orleans showed that a heartless, white Republican America had abandoned its underclass.
    This is garbage. The great majority of those not evacuated lived in assisted housing and receive food stamps, prescription medicine and government support through many other programs. Many have, all their lives, expected someone to lift them to safety, without input from themselves. And the demagogic mayor they elected left, quite literally, hundreds of transit and school buses that could have driven them out of town parked in rows, to be lost in the flood.
    Yes, that was insensitive. But it is also the truth; and sooner or later we must acknowledge that welfare dependency creates exactly the sort of haplessness and social degeneration we saw on display, as the floodwaters rose. Many suffered terribly, and many died, and one's heart goes out. But already the survivors are being put up in new accommodations, and their various entitlements have been directed to new locations.
    The scale of private charity has also been unprecedented. There are yet no statistics, but I'll wager the most generous state in the union will prove to have been arch-Republican Texas and that, nationally, contributions in cash and kind are coming disproportionately from people who vote Republican. For the world divides into "the mouths" and "the wallets."
    The Bush-bashing, both down there and up here, has so far lost touch with reality, as to raise questions about the bashers' state of mind.
    Consult any authoritative source on how government works in the United States and you will learn that the U.S. federal government's legal, constitutional, and institutional responsibility for first response to Katrina, as to any natural disaster, was zero.
    Notwithstanding, President Bush took the prescient step of declaring a disaster, in order to begin deploying FEMA and other federal assets, two full days in advance of the stormfall. In the little time since, he has managed to co-ordinate an immense recovery operation -- the largest in human history -- without invoking martial powers. He has been sufficiently presidential to respond, not even once, to the extraordinarily mendacious and childish blame-throwing.
    One thinks of Kipling's poem If, which I learned to recite as a lad, and mention now in the full knowledge that it drives postmodern leftoids and gliberals to apoplexy -- as anything that is good, beautiful, or true:
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise...
    Unlike his critics, Bush is a man, in the full sense presented by these verses. A fallible man, like all the rest, but a man.

    John Stewart slightly edited

    Watch John Stewart's slightly edited speach at the Emmys about Hurricane Katrina.

    Selling online subscriptions

    This is from the Texas Press Association:

    Fed up with poor delivery by the United States Postal Service and frustrated with giving away content for free, many community newspapers are adding fee-based electronic-versions to their Web sites.
    Nearly 20 percent of the 262 online paid newspapers in Texas have implemented either subscriber e-versions or user registration to gain access to online content.

    Now, the Evening Star is a free paper- as is. I think it would be pretty hard to sell online subscriptions to locals, considering they can get the news for free in their yard and on the racks around town.

    Monday, September 19, 2005

    Doom Doom Doom!

    Here is a great post from Tim Porter (from just this past week) on a BIG dose of reality that all of us in the newspaper industry must embrace:
    It should be no secret to anyone in the newspaper industry that great change lies ahead. Not many people like to go through the type of change that many are predicting that a newspaper must do to remain relevant and profitable in the future.

    More bad news

    Here's another. We must adapt and change with the culture and quit relying on old methods of providing the news.
    Madame Summer Rose looks into the crystal ball. Beads of sweat accumulates above her eyebrow but no one is to distract her by wiping off the sweat for her. She is concentrating so hard for some images to surface that she didn’t realise those sweats. She sees it, she see the future of newspaper. Actually, there is no future for newspaper. It appears that, slowly but surely, one day, newspaper might just be a thing of the past, just like typewritters.

    Adapt or Die

    Here's another piece on the future of newspaper

    I have lamented the demise of newspapers for some time. The evidence continues to pour in that the newspaper industry must adapt or die. It will not happen in a year, but I think it will within 5 years.

    The future of newspapers

    Visual Editors asks what newspapers of the future may look like.
    A glimpse of what could be possible came in the film Minority Report, in a scene where a man reads what looks like a newspaper, but the page changes electronically as he is reading it.


    wow. wednesday will be six months.

    Your advertising dollars at work

    We're on a tear here in the office on failed marketing/advertising ideas and I decided to share some of our new avenues that we think will be the next wave of advertising in your homes.
    Trash pickup - Everytime the trash is taken out an annoucement will be made, "Your trash pickup is being brought to you by Joe's Recyling. - 'We'll take the good stuff and let you throw out the rest.'"
    Mail delivery - "Today's mail delivery is being brought to you by UPS. - UPS, much faster delivery than the US Postal Service."
    The Doorbell - "This alert is being brought to you by Ace Alarm systems. We'll always let you know when someone wants in your home."
    Your family photos can be tagged with ads, "These smiles are brought to you by Dr Oakes Orthodonistry."
    Ear plugs can be labled with ads, "Your quiet night's sleep is brought to you by Mattress Firm."
    Your alarm clock can simply run ads in the morning rather than an actual alarm.
    What other ideas do yall have?

    Sunday, September 18, 2005

    Still looking...

    Well, I feel like a slacker, but I'm still looking for a new church home after I resigned in late May from my position on IBC staff.
    I visited Taylor's Valley Baptist today. I enjoyed it. It was a nice service with a mix of hymns and newer praise songs. And they still had an organ. Props to them.
    Bill Muske filled in this morning and did a great job preaching on prayer.
    I hear their singles group is pretty good. And its mainly led by the singles (go figure - a Sunday School class led by the members in the class - wait am I being cynical). So maybe I'll try and make it to Sunday School there after we get back from North Carolina, or I might try and go to their weekly Bible study tomorrow night.
    We'll see how work goes tomorrow.
    Well, back to napping or reading the Morning News or whatever I was doin before I fell asleep.
    And be sure to check out the Harker Heights website. It's still a work in progress, but if I can just figure out a couple coding issues, I think it will work out great.

    UMHB edges Texas Lutheran

    UMHB QB Andy Padrone looks for open field against the Louisianna College Wildcats last year. UMHB will hit the road and head to Louisianna College again this year.
    Well, looks like God was a Baptist (again) yesterday....

    Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team fought off three turnovers and a challenge from an upstart Texas Lutheran team as the Crusaders posted a 28-21 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday night in Belton. The second-ranked Crusaders improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Texas Lutheran to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the ASC. The game was played in front of a UMHB record crowd of 6,438.
    Texas Lutheran drew first blood after UMHB turned the ball over on each of its first two offensive possessions. Sean Salinas hit Jason Trahan with a 20-yard TD pass to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive at the 7:28 mark of the first quarter. UMHB came back to tie the game on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Josh Welch to P.J. Williams just over four minutes later. The Crusaders stretched the lead on second quarter touchdown runs from Andy Padron and Justin Bryson to make it 21-7 with 2:52 left in the first half. TLU would cut it to 21-14 on a 23-yard pass from Salinas to Trahan with just 50 seconds left to play before halftime. The Bulldogs tied the game on a six-yard scoring strike from Salinas to Darrell White with 2:21 to play in the third quarter and both teams traded punts before UMHB scored what proved to be the game winner on Bryson’s eight-yard touchdown run with 13:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs would have two more possessions but the Crusaders forced punts on both and ran out the final 3:16 of the game to seal the victory.
    Williams caught three passes for 125 yards and a TD for the Crusaders. Padron ran for 60 yards and a score and threw for 96 more yards. Bryson also had 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns and tied Chad Starnes school record with 35 total TD’s in his career. Salinas was 24-37 passing for TLU for 272 yards and three touchdowns but he also threw two costly interceptions. Trahan caught five passes for 109 yards for the Bulldogs and Dexter Brewer ran for 48 yards on 11 carries to lead the TLU rushing attack. The Bulldogs ran 76 offensive plays for 362 yards of total offense while the Crusaders managed 357 yards of offense on 59 plays. UMHB also turned the ball over three times and was penalized nine times for 61 yards. Josh Kubiak had a game-high 12 tackles for UMHB and Jerrell Freeman added 11 more. Jake Dearing had 12 stops for the Bulldogs.
    UMHB will travel to Pineville, Louisiana next Saturday for a 2:00 PM kickoff at Louisiana College (0-2, 0-1 ASC). Texas Lutheran will return home for a 6:00 PM kickoff against McMurry University (2-0, 1-0 ASC).

    CWF in NC

    Hey, if anyones in the North Carolina area this next weekend, we'll be in Creswell and Jefferson, NC on Friday and Saturday night.
    I'm really not looking forward to the drive. But I'm really looking forward to getting back in the ring. So be sure and come watch the shows if you're nearby.

    Saturday, September 17, 2005

    Want to travel

    I've been enjoying this Woven and Spun blog lately, because its normally a bunch of random pictures.
    And with the help of Photoshop a couple of friends took a whirlwind trip around the world.
    Lots of fun.
    And so in the spirt of Photoshop, here's a couple doo-dads Roll-Dog and I did in college.
    They're our wrestling promo posters.
    Or so we say.

    (when college students have too much free time)

    What a change

    After Mike and I have talked this week about the future of print media (newspapers in particular) we began thinking about the future and how our company can succeed.
    He had an interesting meeting with a client who pretty much told him, they (as well as others in their industry) don't even consider newspapers a valid place to advertise in their market.
    "I don't read. And neither do our customers. If we want information we watch it on the news or grab it off the internet."
    So in an effort to re-focus somethings, I've refocused myself on the paper's website today and tonight.
    I've been piecing together a hopefully decent database driven site.
    I was able to post the entire A section of our paper online in approx. 12 minutes today, where I was spending 30-45 for the same amount of news in Belton.
    It's not quite where I want it yet, but see what you think.

    Friday, September 16, 2005

    Belton's Quincy Daniels

    From the AP:
    Good as Belton's Quincy Daniels has become, he'll never be Ramonce Taylor.
    Which is entirely intentional.
    After rushing for 515 yards and nine touchdowns in just two games, Daniels understands why so many reflexively link him to his predecessor. Especially since it was only two season ago that Taylor - now a prominent tailback and kick returner for Texas - carried Belton to the playoffs with similarly staggering numbers.

    FEMA disaster

    I found this on Lynn Wooley's website today. Wooley is a local talk show host with a nationally syndicated program.

    “Disasters are very political events,” said James Witt during congressional testimony on April 30, 1996. And so they are. FEMA, created by Carter, reigned in to some extent under Reagan, bungled by Bush, exploited by Clinton, and now managed by another Bush, is in dire need of reform.

    It would be funnier if it wasnt true

    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    This weeks column: Hands

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have found it super easy to start playing the blame game when things don’t go my way.
    Oh wait, is that spinning? Or is that political divisiveness?
    No, I’m not going to go there - at least not yet.
    I’m just talking about the small day to day stuff.
    How easy is it to blame your co-workers when sales aren’t up, or blame your husband or wife when the kids won’t behave, or blame your kids when you have a pounding headache?
    (For the record, I have no experience with the last two - but its what I’ve heard).
    Anyways, we all want to place the blame elsewhere in our attempts to look better than we really are.
    And in an effort to cut down on blaming others, we’ve adopted a “No-Blame-Policy” here in our office that is starting to become effective. -- I think.
    “The Blame Game Stops Here” is the 2nd inner-office slogan I’m preaching.
    The first was, “The Status Quo Is No Mo.”
    We want our paper to be different than the rest. We don’t want to toe-a-line. We’re putting a stop to the blame game and taking responsibility for all we can.
    I feel a bit like one of those feel good motivational speakers, but I’d rather do that than bad mouth others who can’t be there to defend themselves.
    The book of Job says, “But those who do right will continue to do right, and those whose hands are not dirty with sin will grow stronger.”
    Max Lucado asks in his book, “Just Like Jesus,” what if someone were to do a documentary of just your hands?
    Ouch. Would my hands be shown giving or taking? Working or resting? Pointing a finger in blame, or pointing a finger back and me and taking responsibility?
    It’s easy to point blame as our hands sit by idle. But instead of doing that, why don’t we get out of our chairs and do something worthwhile to better the situation?
    The last two weeks, while politicians were placing blame on each other, churches and non-profits were saying, “We don’t care who’s to blame here, let’s get our hands dirty and get these people out of New Orleans and into a safe, dry enviroment.”
    Even our nation’s most valued treasure, our nation’s celebrities were trudging through toxic waters to help people out of their homes, while politicians were looking to blame each other.
    I sent out a question via e-mail to a number of local presidents, VP’s and marketing folks to see what advice they might give President Bush in the wake of Katrina.
    Some of their results were very interesting.
    “My advice: Don’t worry about public image; what people will see and remember is results. He has two problems.
    “First, he needs to get the region back to a normal way of life and start the rebuilding. Put a good leader in charge, give him the resources he needs and let them do the job. Secondly, we need to fix our system for dealing with catastrophes by eliminating bureaucracies, red tape and petty power struggles.”
    - Pat Christ, HH City Council
    “I think what he’s done so far has been good. He has recognized the deficiencies in the response and put heat on the FEMA director.
    “He has also come out and publicly taken blame.
    “But, that’s not going to fix the problem. I don’t think money will fix the problem.
    “Pouring 50-150 billion dollars in the region with little oversight and no real coordinated plan will not work.
    “I think we saw that the biggest breakdown was at the state and local level.
    “My suggestion would be to put the department of homeland security and FEMA under the coastguard.
    “Maybe even tie border patrol into the same agency. It was very apparent that two things worked really well in this relief effort.
    “The military and local churches. Let the local churches help and don’t throw money at things that are already being taken care of. And. . . get more organized.”
    - David Leigh, CEO Harvest Technologies, Belton
    “Stay personally involved, keep pushing the response teams and insure aid is prompt without red tape.”
    - Dr. Jerry Bawcom, President UMHB
    None of those who responded said, “Find out who’s to blame. They all said, “Get the job done.”
    Quit worrying about who you can point the finger at in you situation and get the job done, then move on and figure out how you can improve next time.
    I do have to give props to Bush Tuesday for taking blame. I know he hated to admit failure, but it needed to be done.
    In leadership roles, it may not be your total fault, but you have to take responsibility for those under you.
    And remember, while you may be pointing one finger my way, you have three more pointing back at you.
    Oh and “Brownie - you’re doing a heck of a job.”

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005


    This is a great blog. Check it out.
    I'll have to add it to the blogroll for sure. It might even inspire me to add a third blog with just pictures. Who knows.
    Where do I have the time?

    The Blame Game

    Boy, this is an easy game to play. Especially when 90-percent of your company works in another office.
    But, we've adopted a no-blame-policy here in our office that is starting to become effective. I think.
    "The Blame Game Stops Here" is the 2nd office slogan I'm preaching.
    I feel a bit like one of those feel good motivational speakers, but I'd rather do that than bad mouth others who can't be there to defend themselves.
    And here's an interesting scripture on the topic of work...
    But those who do right will continue to do right, and those whose hands are not dirty with sin will grow stronger -- Job 17:9
    Max Lucado asked, what if someone were to do a documentary of just your hands?
    Ouch. Would my hands be shown giving or taking? Working or resting? Pointing a finger in blame, or pointing a finger back and me and taking responsibility?
    Props to Bush yesterday for taking blame. I know he hated to admit failure, but it needed to be done.
    In leadership roles, it may not be your total fault, but you have to take responsibility for those under you.
    He may have saved his presidency by doing just that.
    Oh and "Brownie - you're doing a heck of a job." HA

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    Top 10 Videos

    Brian Bailey lists his Top 10 albums of all time today.
    I thought I'd do something slightly different, and list my Top 10 Music Videos (as of today and that are accessible on Because what good is me telling you they're my favorites if you can't watch them too?

    So here they are. My Top 10 Favorite Music Videos (that are available on
    10. Taylor - Jack Johnson
    Ben Stiller is great in this video. And its just a fun Jack Johnson song.
    9. Walk On - U2
    The video itself doesn't particularly wow me. But it is U2. And the song itself wows me. And the song will always remind me of my sister Amy. The night before she died, I sent her a text message from this song, "I know it aches and your heart it breaks. You can only take so much - But Walk On"
    8. November Rain - Guns N Roses
    A defining video of my early teen years. Brings back lots of lost memories. But the video's not on Launchcast - so I give you, "Patience" - a song All Natural loved to cover back in the day. Anyone remember if we played this song live or just "in the studio?" I do remember Jake busting out with the Axl Rose dance on several occasions.
    7. Buddy Holly - Weezer
    Awesome. Just awesome. It was cool enough to come as an extra on every Windows 95 CD-Rom disk. Remember that? "Oh and please, try the fish."
    6. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    MTV and VH1 has this video at the top of all their video lists, but it only makes #6 for me. There's nothing amazing about this video, but it impacted my generation and was part of an amazing rock album that changed music drastically in the early 1990's.
    5. Hurt - Johnny Cash
    I doubt anyone would have guessed this would be Cash's last video or single before his death, but its a great re-make of the Alice and Chains song. I love the House of Cash Museum sign as well.
    4. If God Would Send His Angels - U2
    A great looking video. Something totally different, with Bono recording his part of the song (vocals) at half speed, with everyone else filmed at a normal speed. And by the way, if you watch. After the firemen walk out, you can see Bono pass by the window in the lower half of the screen and then the upper half.
    3. Sitting, Waiting - Jack Johnson
    Super creative, great sound, great song. And for those wondering, Johnson recorded the entire video in one take and was mouthing the words to the track played backwards. Then they just simply played the video backward and the track forward on the final verson. If that makes any sense what-so-ever.
    2. Numb - U2
    Surprised? Another U2 video? I've always loved this video, and its one of several great videos from the Zooropa album. Maybe I should have just done a Top 10 U2 Videos list.
    1. It's a tie!
    Stuck in a Momement You Can't Get Out Of - U2
    Sunday Bloody Sunday (live) - U2
    Stuck in a Moment was Amy's favorite U2 song and just a great "Hey you're down, but not out" song. The video is great with all the U2 references. And as a bit of trivia, the entire football game sequence was filmed at the Astrodome in Houston with a police and fireman football league playing the roll of the football teams. The shots with the band and fans were all filmed in Germany.
    Sunday is the quenisential U2 anthem. I wasn't a fan until Achtung Baby came out, but once I got a tast of the band and heard the songs that made them, Sunday Bloody Sunday has always been a favorite. And I've never been disappointed seeing a live performance of it. Red Rock, Rattle and Hum or this version at Live Aid.

    So what are you favorite videos? Let me know - and no, you don't have to include links to each of them.

    The Online Guide to Whistling Records

    Just found this... Looks like fun... but Jack Johnson's on Letterman. Gotta love that.

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Greetings Scobleizers

    If you've just found "us" from Scoble's link today. Greetings. Enjoy yourself and have a great time.


    Chris Troutman found this somehow. I think someone at Google might be trying to get a little political.
    Go to Google's home page.
    Type in failure.
    Then hit the "I Feel Lucky" button.

    *EDIT: If you just do a search for failure you'll also find an interesting result. Look at the top two entries.

    *EDIT: MSN has somewhat similar results, but apparently leans to the other end of the political spectrum.

    Saturday, September 10, 2005

    Final Score

    UMHB 45 - Williamette 17

    UMHB Half-time stats

    PJ Williams runs onto the Salem (VA) field during UMHB's last game of the 2004 season - at the Alonzo Stagg Bowl. So far he's scored two touchdowns today in Salem (Org) against Williamette.
    UMHB Totals
    Total Rushing 27/184
    Total Passing 134 yards - PJ Williams 2 catches, 111 yards, 2 TDs
    Total Offense 33/318

    Williamette Totals
    Total Rushing 152
    Total Passing ??
    Total Offense ??

    Score: 38-10 UMHB
    12:52 UMHB time of poss
    17:08 Williamette time of poss

    Padrone to Williams

    QB Andy Padrone just threw a 61 yard pass to PJ Williams. It's 24-0 UMHB. Look out Texas Lutheran and Salem.

    UMHB up early

    54 Yard pass at 11:52 in the first quarter, from QB Josh Welch to PJ Williams, puts UMHB up over Williamette 7-0.

    While we're waiting...

    While we're waiting on my whites to dry... Here are some pictures of Matt Lehmann for your viewing pleasure. That's right. Right here. For Viewers Like You.

    Heading home

    Well, as soon as my laundry is done, I'm heading to Dallas to visit my parents for a couple days. So if you're in the Dallas area, feel free to give me a shout. Maybe we can get together. But only if you're buying ;-). "If you've got the money honey, I've got the time."

    Kick procrastination's ass: Run a dash

    43 suggests a dash to rid yourself of procrastination.
    Reminds me of games my mom used to try on us when we grew up.
    "Ok. Everyone pick up 10 things in the living room and then we can take a break." "Clean your room for 5 minutes straight and then we can take a break"
    My favorite tonic for procrastination--which I have mentioned in passing previously--is what I call a dash, which is simply a short burst of focused activity during which you force yourself to do nothing but work on the procrastinated item for a very short period of time--perhaps as little as just one minute.

    Looks like she was onto something after all.

    11 Tips to surviving a day job with your creativity intact

    If you're like me, your passion is not your work. But also if you're like me, you hope your job will get you closer to your passion.
    43 shared a link on 11 Tips to surviving a day job with your creativity intact.
    There are some really good/interesting ideas here. Be sure to take some time and read them. Let me know which ones you like, don't like and are trying.

    Tips on commuting by bike

    43 Folders offers Tips on commuting by bike. I need to get my bike riding skills up so the 15 mile treck to work, uphill both ways isn't so gruesome. That would be a big help to my budget and my gut.

    Brian Williams discusses New Orleans on Daily Show

    NBC Anchor Brian Williams appeared on The Daily Show this week and reported some of what he saw in New Orleans.
    He rode out the storm in the Superdome with the evacuees. I was glad to see he did his best not to point blame at any level, but you could tell he was frustrated by what he saw.

    Congressman loans out his home

    I'm not a big fan of a number of Chet Edward's politics, but I'm a huge fan of this:
    The Texas Home of Waco Rep. (and former Belton Rep) Chet Edwards sat unused much of the time. It doesn't now. He has turned it over to a family that fled Hurricane Katrina.
    "I wouldn't be able to sleep knowing we had a vacant home in Waco, where there were children of evacuees,"; said Mr. Edwards, an eight-term Democrat whose wife, Lea Ann, suggested loaning out their three-bedroom house since they and their two kids spend the school year in Washington.

    Off the Record

    I just spent an hour or more talking with my dad about a number of things, including my lack of complacency and enjoyment in my job.
    I just read this story from the NY Observer that made me really long for a job that makes an impact.
    It's about the New Orleans paper and the work the staff did to keep their paper running to keep people informed after Hurricane Katrina.

    Friday, September 09, 2005

    A little bored?

    I might be just a little bored tonight. I'm sitting around in my office waiting till around 6:45 when I'll leave for the Harker Heights v Killeen football game. Yup loads of fun - so here's how I'm passing my time right now...

    And what about celebrities?

    Our nation's #1 resource, celebrities have helped Americans cover each part of grief after Hurricane Katrina.

    FEMA does NOT own televisions

    Apparently FEMA does NOT own their own television.
    Or decided to just not pay attention to reporters on every major network following Katrina's destruction.

    Todays Reading

    From Max Lucado:
    Great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.
    It wasn't logic that caused Moses to raise his staff on the bank of the Red Sea.
    It wasn't medical research that convinced Naaman to dip seven times in the river.
    It wasn't common sense that caused Paul to abandon law and embrace grace.
    And it wasn't a confident committee that prayed in a small room in Jerusalem for Peter's release from prison. It was a fearful, desperate, band of backed-into-a-corner believers. It was a church with no options. A congregation of have-nots pleading for help.
    And never were they stronger.
    At the beginning of every act of faith, there is a seed of fear.

    About midnight Peter and Silas were praying and singing songs to God as the other prisoners listened. Acts 16:25

    Wednesday, September 07, 2005

    The Bush Timeline

    Good stuff...
    John Stewart gives a recap on the President's timeline on coming back from vacacation and back to the office of the president.

    Is it just my company?

    As I was driving back to Harker Heights a few minutes ago I began to ponder all the "illnesses" within our company lately.
    Granted they're not horrible (not that a kidney stone the size of South Dakota isn't bad), but I can think of 5 or 6 people in our company that have told me they have a sleeping disorder and/or problems sleeping at night. Two men in my office have had kidney stones in the past six months. And who knows what else has happened. I know there have been other "not so public" doctor trips for various problems.
    I wonder if these are all stress related to our particular company, industry or just one or two offices.
    Any thoughts?

    It's 6 a.m.!

    So I didn't mention this earlier, but I went to see a sleep specialist on Tuesday morning. Among other things, she strongly encouraged me to get into a normal sleeping pattern. I'm pretty sure this isn't what she meant.
    Anyways. It's 6 a.m., and other than dropping in some late ads and a column, A Section for Belton is done.
    I even got a column in there (granted its a re-run from Heights, but Belton folks don't know that).
    So, it seems funny, but apparently, I wrote more for this week's Belton Journal than the editor did.
    But those things happen. I've had several weeks were I was able to delegate enough stuff out that I didn't have to write much other than my column.
    And Allman, being the G that he is, did an entire 8 page sports section last week and only wrote a column and one story.
    What a G.
    Ok... once this section finishes running off the printer and I leave some notes for a wake-up call - I'm going to bed (for at least a good hour or so).

    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    43 Things

    Mike Robinson sent me this link:
    Apparently you get to hook up with people who want to do similar things as you.
    Here's the one I'm most interested in: Work because I like to, not because I have to.
    Speaking of which, say a couple prayers (if you're still up with me tonight).
    Our Belton editor, James Love, went to the ER tonight with as Allman said, "A kidney stone the size of South Dakota."
    So he's out for a few days and they're asking me to come lay out "A Section" in Belton tonight or Wed morn. So I'm gonna go in a few minutes and hack it out in case I'm too worn down in the morn.
    I'll be sure to bring my U2 DVD with me to keep me going.
    Then I get to come back and finish my paper.
    Which is has a big hole on the front page, from where I was expecting a story from Berneta on the County Commissioners.
    Anyone have a story already written that I can plug-in? Let me know.

    Pictures from Sarah in Boston

    Sarah Draper sent me a link to some of her pics from her trip in Boston.
    She went to her first ball game ever at Fenway. Not a bad way to start out. Now every other game may be a let down.
    For a complete list of pictures check out Adam Copeland's blog.

    Get up stand up...

    I'm putting this week's paper together and watching/listening to U2 "Live" in Boston.
    Well I don't suppose it's live anymore, I'm watching it via DVD. But watching the band rip through Sunday Bloody Sunday with "Get up stand up - stand up for your rights" sung during the bridge makes me really sad I won't be seeing them on their tour this year.

    Constitutions then and now

    This is from one of our columnists, Wes Riddle. Thought it deserved to be read in more than just Harker Heights.

    It has been four years since the attack on our nation September 11th, 2001. Iraqi representatives are now struggling to write a constitution, which they will ultimately have to talk to their people about and then ratify (or reject) through special election.
    Our Constitution, by way of comparison, was written over 218 years ago and ratified 216 years ago after two years of debate, in the Year of our Lord 1789.
    The president, in order to give the Iraqi government encouragement, and perhaps to limit U.S. domestic expectations as to the product, said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention August 22nd, that “we understand how difficult it is to write a constitution from our history—our Constitution has been amended many times over.”
    The statement hit me like a splash of cold water, and I wonder how many Americans realize what a stupid thing the president said.
    A conservative president—or at least one whose conservatism embraced strict construction of the Constitution—would never have said such a thing, either by referring to the Constitution in the context of one in Iraq, or by lading it with so many negative and erroneous implications.
    Moreover, for the president to say it is far worse than someone else, because he is the chief executive of this Constitutional Republic. The implication that our Constitution was deeply flawed from the beginning, or that democratic government necessarily entails frequent amendment to its organic law for a just and stable regime to emerge, is hardly History 101 or Civics 101. Indeed, it is pretty much horse hockey.
    The historic War Between the States witnessed a de facto suspension in the operation of the original Constitution, and this fact may or may not imply a serious flaw in the original Constitution. But that remains a debate of first order amongst historians and constitutional scholars, and the issues involved are manifold, difficult and nuanced.
    To flippantly assert that the Constitution was messed up and so was amended a lot of times, is more worthy of a middle school essay than a speech by the president.
    In point of fact, we’ve had 27 amendments.
    The first ten are known as the Bill of Rights and were essentially agreed to during the ratification process to ensure passage of the Constitution. They went into effect in 1791, virtually in tandem with the main body of the document. So that leaves 17 amendments in 214 years, an average of one every 13 years.
    The last amendment in 1992 regulates congressional salaries and is something of an anomaly among the rest. Its origin is the early Republic too, but the measure lay dormant until a college student discovered it was procedurally “stuck.”
    The United States in its first 76 years added just two amendments besides the Bill of Rights, and these dealt with technical matters of Judicial reach and operation of the Electoral College.
    Indeed, most amendments are procedural improvements, not substantive or philosophical.
    Since George Washington, all presidents adhered to two terms (maximum) in office. Only when Franklin Roosevelt ran until he dropped, did we have to amend the Constitution to reflect what was the political tradition and custom.
    Middle class values likewise have always been Victorian, as it were, and people moderated drink or shunned it altogether through both suasion and legislation at community, county and state level.
    Two amendments to the Constitution involve a passing of national prohibition on alcohol and subsequent repeal.
    One amendment involves when the terms in office begin and end, and when Congress shall assemble; another involves how succession to the office of president occurs in the event of his death.
    One amendment specifies Electors for the District of Columbia (DC), so it can participate in the selection of president and vice-president.
    One amendment extends the franchise to women; one prohibits poll taxes in order to vote; and another lowers the voting age to eighteen.
    In all the years of our history, we’ve had only two short periods when several amendments to the Constitution occurred nearly at once.
    In other words, there are only two periods—an average of once every hundred years—during which it can be argued the Constitution lagged social reform of democratic majorities.
    The first was during Reconstruction, after the War Between the States. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments redefined the rights attendant to a national citizenship and integrated freedmen (former slaves) for the first time into the polity.
    The second period during the Progressive Era, resulted from the eclectic demands of rapid industrialization, mass immigration and the rise to world power status, and gave us the 16th through 19th Amendments.
    The 16th provided for the income tax, which proved also to be the wherewithal for big government and the prosecution of modern wars.
    For all its amendments, however, the U.S. Constitution remains the oldest fundamentally unchanged governing document in the history of the world.
    It would be good if historians were left to describe the constitutional “regimes” which follow amendments, especially following the periods of Reconstruction and the Progressive Era.
    Unfortunately, constitutional regime change is also identifiable after the New Deal and again since the Sixties until it has become a kind of constantly moving target.
    Constitutional change is wrought now, not by amendment but by “living” reinterpretation of the Supreme Court supplemented virtually at will by congressional and executive edict.
    Constitutions then and now are difficult instruments to construct and even more difficult to live by and maintain according to the intent of their founders.
    As the president would have it, it is certainly nice to know that you don’t have to get it completely right the first time since you can always amend the instrument.
    It is by far much better to know you can count on a constitution’s meaning, unless and until it is amended.
    Wesley Allen Riddle is a retired military officer with degrees and honors from West Point and Oxford. He is Adjunct Professor of American History and Government at Central Texas College (CTC) and Fellow with the National Humanities Institute in Washington, D.C. Widely published in the academic and conservative opinion press, he ran for U.S. Congress (TX-District 31) in the 2004 Republican Primary. Email:

    This weeks column: Reader's Mail

    In the past few weeks, Allman and I have been talking about publishing responses to our reader’s e-mail and snail-mail. But he beat me to the punch and published his first Reader’s Mail column a few weeks back. Since he had a great response, I decided I would follow suit.
    So here is my own take on Reader’s Mail. Feel free to send your own comments and questions to
    Jonathan, please come visit us in Mesquite. You haven’t been home in a month. We’ll even take you out for dinner if you come. - Mom and Dad
    Hmmm. Gas to drive to Mesquite for a free meal, $50. Eating dinner the next night with friends, $15. The look on my parent’s faces when I show up unnanounced, priceless.

    Jonathan, on August 2, you published HHHS QB Donny Shorts on the cover of the 2005 Sports Guide. After a loss to Cedar Park do you think you’ve given the team the “Cover Curse?”

    Brandon, I don’t believe in silly superstitions like that. I have a feeling Shorts and the rest of the Knights will show us what they are really made of this week against Killeen. Now I’m going to have to ask you to go outside, spin in a circle four times and spit into the wind for suggesting such a silly thing.

    Editor, with the rising cost of gasoline, do you think we’ll soon find another alternative to fuel our automobiles? - Billy Trucker
    As a matter of fact, our office has been researching a number of fuel alternatives in our vehicles. We haven’t found anything that runs our vehicles quite as well as gasoline, but here are some cost comparisons to what we’ve tried.
    1 gal. regular gas - $2.89
    1 gal. lowfat milk - $2.60
    1 gal. soda (store brand) - $4.73
    1 gal. gatorade (pre-mixed) - $7.96
    1 gal. water - $.75
    1 gal. vodka - $60.52
    1 gal. of Red Bull Energy Drink - $31.84
    1 gal. of ethenol - $2.05 (but we won’t go into all the costs of actually producing a gallon of ethenol).
    So while they may not be as effecient as gasoline, we think some of these other options could be a viable way to save some money on your daily trips. Others -- not so much.

    Jonathan, since you work in Harker Heights and live in Belton, who will you root for during the big Oct. 28 matchup? - David Tuma
    David, I hope my job does not depend on this. But I often like rooting for the underdog, so ‘Big Red Nuf Said.’

    Jonathan, we’ll even pay for gas if you’ll just come and visit. - Mom and Dad
    Free meal and free gas with my parents, priceless. I think I better go to Dallas -- soon.

    Well that’s it for this edition of Reader’s Mail. Be sure to send your questions, comments praises and gripes to

    PBS: Point of View

    If you can catch it, watch Point of View on PBS tonight. I think it starts at 10 p.m. in Dallas on KERA (13). It's on right now in Central Texas.
    Here are some summaries and quotes from the web page.
    "The Hobart Shakespeareans" discovers how one teacher's uncommon commitment and resourcefulness have opened up worlds of opportunity for his "disadvantaged" students — and perhaps have demonstrated a way forward for America's beleaguered public education system.

    Imagine the sight and sound of American nine- and eleven-year-old children performing Shakespeare's Hamlet or Henry V — and understanding every word they recite. Imagine them performing well enough to elicit praise from such accomplished Shakespearean actors as Ian McKellen and Michael York, and to be invited to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. Such a spectacle would be highly impressive in the toniest of America's private schools. But what if the kids were the children of recent Latino and Asian immigrants attending a large Los Angeles inner-city public school in one of America's toughest neighborhoods?

    Teacher Rafe Esquith shares his assessment of elementary education in the US:
    Our schools and, sad to say, some families do a very bad job with children in public places. "Kids just being kids" are often noisy and rude, spoiling a movie or museum for other people. We shouldn't accept this. We need to teach our children the proper behavior in all kinds of situations. If they're rude, let's teach them how to be polite. Just taking the kids on trips isn't enough. We as parents and teachers must do a better job if we want our children to be better human beings.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    I might snap

    I'm sitting in my office (on my day off) waiting for a DVD to burn. I spent roughly five hours putting together a 5 minute highlight video for the CWF. And for some reason its taking another 5 hours to render or something. I just want to go home and show it off, but I don't think it will finish till next Monday. Geeze.
    What gives.
    I've been catching up on some blogging too while I'm waiting. Can I just say, I really loathe Xanga? I don't know what it is - but it annoys me. I think part of it is because it lets people ad hyperlinks and other types of web coding, but it doesn't actually proof the code to make sure it works. So then someone comes up on your page and it freezes your browser half the time. So annoying. Please get rid of all the extras on your blog. If you want to show people a music video of your favorite band, give them a link. Don't try to force everyone to download it everytime they want to read your website.
    Oh and one more gripe. If you have an XML or RSS feed on your site, please don't post half entries on your RSS feed. There's almost nothing more annoying than Xanga than using my RSS Reader and having to click open another window to read the rest of your entry.
    Why can't people just do everything I want them to?!
    Ok. Enough of that. No more griping tonight. Just getting it out of my system before I head home (sometime next week if my computer doesn't speed up).

    Pictures of New Orleans

    Google has set up a special section on their map page for people to view satellite imagery of New Orleans before and after Katrina. You can use you mouse to move the images around and click between the satellite images (before) and the Katrina images (after).
    Utterly unbelievable.

    Sunday, September 04, 2005

    rachelstevens's Xanga Site - 9/4/2005 3:01:13 AM

    Rachel Stevens went and donated goods in Austin to Hurricane Katrina Victims. She gives an interresting summary of her experience.
    Celeste has been widowed for seven years. She's lost everything and yet she's assured in the Lord, although the tears seem to tell differently. Her biggest concern is her mother and daughter, who in the chaos became seperated. My biggest concern is what flavor tortilla to order at Freebirds.

    West Fest

    West Fest is going on in Waco today/tonight and maybe tomorrow.
    I have a number of friends from Dallas that will perform tonight at 7 I think. And they've asked me to come, but I don't know that I really want to. Is that wrong?
    Sure I'd love to see my friends, but it'll probably cost me $15-$20 in gas to go drive to West (north of Waco) and back, for an hour show.
    I don't have any other plans that are set in stone yet - but my neighbors were talking about a BBQ tonight with their parents, and spending $5 or so on meat sounds more tempting that spending $20 on gas (and still needing to eat).
    So for Aaron and anyone who reads my blog and is gonna be in West tonight, hope you understand. You're all more than welcome to drive down south a little ways and hang here tonight if you'd like.
    Oh - and I really need to call my mom. I've been meaning to since Thursday but haven't had more than five minutes to talk. So hopefully I'll get that taken care of tonight as well.
    Well that's about it from Casa de Blundell Museum. We will have extended hours tomorrow since The Evening Star will be closed down. I hope to enjoy my first holiday off (other than 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas) since I started working for the company.

    Reinquist dies

    Chief Justice Rehnquist dies last night. The 80 year old Supreme Court judged lost his battle with cancer.
    This is really big news for the Bush administration. It gives them the opportunity to appoint two Supreme Court judges. While most presidents don't even get to appoint one. It will be interesting to see who's nominated after Judge Roberts goes through the nomination process.

    Friday, September 02, 2005

    Blame the looters... not the race.

    Steve Blow hits the nail on the head again...
    Those looters are really disgusting, aren't they? And I don't know about you, but they are stirring some ugly racial attitudes in me.
    Yeah, right or wrong, I can't help thinking that white oil executives are a pretty savage bunch.

    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    This can't be true

    I'd really like to just rip on this...but I'll just let you read it for yourself and then comment...

    Top 25 Ways to Save at the Pump

    Helpful hints:

    Wow! But not as bad as 6 07 i saw on the news