Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I try out new products every once in a while that help clean out my laptop of unnecessary junk. One way of speeding things up on my PC's is to clean the registry... now I am not that great at doing it by putting in "regedit" and removing stuff. In fact I have done that and messed things up. I have found some products in the past that work well. I found Crap Cleaner and Glary Utilities both work well, yet both seem to also miss things when I run my anti-spy programs. In fact, I have some great anti-spy products that miss things in the registry or finds the issue, yet does not remove it. I recently was introduced to Digeus.com who have a product called, Registry Cleaner (Yeah, I know... not an original name but who cares if it works. I ran it once and found a entry I thought I had removed. None of the other programs found it. (If you have loaded eMule on your computer you know how hard it is to remove it.) In fact it came out with over 637 bad entries! I had just ran my Glary Utilities yesterday!
Of course this impresses me. I mean if you think a program is gone and still find it, it is not... and this day and age who knows what is left and what information is being passed on. (Yeah, I am that paranoid! LOL!)
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Here is some info:
Digeus Registry Cleaner 5.4
Award winning software starts by conducting a deep scan of your registry, checking for file extension errors and other registry conflicts. With Digeus Registry Cleaner you’ll see immediate increases in performance and decreases in system conflicts.Here is the list of the most commonly reported computer problems which will be solved:
- Slow Boot up
- Longer Machine Response Time
- Unexpected System Crashes
- BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)
- Unresponsive System
- Slower Internet Browser Response
- Slow Start Up of Your Favorite Software
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 2:4-5
How does that verse fit into your political views?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I guess I need to update a bit as to what I have been up to the last few weeks. I posted a few weeks ago that I was heading toward Gastric Bypass Surgery (GBS) and well, I had it on March 8th. Everything went well and I am now in my second week post surgery.
I went in to the surgery and was shaved, poked and finally prayed over (thanks) by Chaplin Terry (who is a friend and fellow Vineyard attendee). Really, after the IV was put in, I was out, so do not remember anything until I woke up in my room... even that is a bit fuzzy other than realizing I had tubes coming out everywhere... even places you do not want to know about! I am told all went smoothly (though some issues with the catheter which I really do not want to talk about). Everyone was really nice at St. V's. Dr. Hatch seemed to think it was a job well done... and I felt like I had lost a knife fight even with the nice narcotics they let me pump into myself. To say this was the easy way out would be really a misnomer. It hurt like hell... trying to sit was truly painful and they had me sitting up almost right away. Really, I became thankful for the catheter as I realized that getting up to go to the bathroom would be more painful than it was worth.
Dr. Hatch came in and asked me how I felt… and I laughed. She asked me were the pain was, and pointing to my incisions and said, “About right here where you did the surgery.”… she laughed.
I seemed to sleep about an hour or two and then would get up to walk. I am not sure if the meds were aiding in helping me rest or not… (Most likely they were, but I never slept more than a couple of hours at a time.)
Day two, they removed the catheter and stated that if I could not pee, they would have to take me back to the OR and do another one… which did not sound fun. TES and the kids were there as I was trying to pee… and the kids were getting more and more restless, and I realized I may be too stressed to pee, so let them all go home. Within minutes, I peed. (I know that does not sound that significant, but since my intestines had been rerouted, it was nice to know that peeing was still a valid option.)
Then the other good news was that I had diarrhea! Yeah! (Again, that may not sound like a thrilling thing, but with this type of surgery, having any movement this early is a great sign.)
Day three came and I was double checked if I was still fine. I was now on different meds, but still a bit out of it. Pastor Allen came by and we talked for a while… he stated the other day that I was quite lucid for the narcotics I was on… really I do not remember much of our conversation… but I am sure it was stimulating as usual. = )
I was getting ready to pack up and go, when Casey showed up (another Vineyard friend). Casey helped me get dressed and pack things up. I was then wheeled out to the car and came home.
The first few days were hard. I had to use a cane to aid myself in getting out of bed. Mostly, I slept and then rose to walk a bit and then slept some more. I thought I was going to get a ton of reading done, yet it seemed the narcotics were still doing a number on me so I was not able to concentrate long enough to read. I also accidently doubled my meds and had he worst itching sensation all over my body. I thought the itching was worse than the pain! Finally, I realized I had been taking too much of my meds and took the right dosage which helped stop the itching. I guess I will never be a good drug addict. And oh yeah… there was diarrhea… but you may not want to know much more about that.
At the end of week, one I was on Tylenol, and clear liquids. I now don’t need the Tylenol, and have moved on to liquids… and today, Saturday I just could not take it anymore and had my first solids… scrabbled eggs.
Some of you followed me on Facebook.com throughout this. If you go back a bit you will find some posts where I seemed to repeat words or may not have made much sense… (Almost like a normal day for me) and well, those are the days.
I am improving day by day. I started out around 7 months ago weighing in at 320lbs, last time I weighed I was 292… that was a few days ago so I expect I have lost even more. I was able to even get into size 40 pants… though 42 still fit better. I also seem to be having better blood sugars which was the goal of all of this.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Clear you schedules for Saturday March 20th at 10am MST (we also have DST) to see if we can overwhelm Skype. This is a test to see how many people can be on Skype at one time.
I am planning some panel discussions in the future with active audiences. Meaning if all works out and we can get about 10 people we will have a panel discussion/interview with about 3 or 4 people and an audience of the remaining number Skype and hold. Saturday is just for fun and experimenting.
Once I figure this out I can also see if authors or other figures of influence want to do group discussions this way. It will be first come first serve. The first step will be sending me a message via either FB or my blog and I will tell you my Skype name.
BTW if that time does not fit, we can move it earlier of later... it depends on how many need the change.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Salvation performed by Elton John
I have to say my friends
This road goes a long, long way
And if we're going to find the end
We're gonna need a helping hand
I have to say my friends
We're looking for a light ahead
In the distance a candle burns
Salvation keeps the hungry children fed
It's gotta take a lot of salvation
What we need are willing hands
You must feel the sweat in your eyes
You must understand salvation
A chance to put the devil down
Without the fear of hell
Salvation spreads the gospel round
And free you from yourself
To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession. I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians. Christians who have had so much to say with our mouths and so little to show with our lives. I am sorry that so often we have forgotten the Christ of our Christianity.
Forgive us. Forgive us for the embarrassing things we have done in the name of God.
~ Shane Claiborne
To read the rest of the article
Thanks to Steve Lay for pointing this out.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
First have some humor about the pictures will ya? It is not my fault how Calvinists are perceived!
Giving credit where it is due http://thedissidentblog.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/motivational-poster-calvinism/
I was a hard core Arminian, but when I found Grace (or God showed me His Grace) it screwed me up. I was told I was "Calvinist" in my ideas (Except for free will) and so I did some research on it. Of all people, James White convinced me I could not be a Calvinist... LOL! I think that is funny. It is not the gymnastics to make John 3:16 fit the theology that convinced me, it was that when I read the teachings of Calvinists... such as one is spiritually dead so they cannot hear God, and I read in Genesis where Adam not only hears God after eating the fruit, but (being spiritually dead) interacts with God... as well as Cain and many other "spiritually dead" individuals. I also could not get past how, if we are totally depraved, that God hands us over to a depraved mind as Romans teaches... How can a totally depraved person be more depraved? I ask these questions and get numerous answers, but all of them miss the point or are answered in a "double speak" that rivals Mormonism.
Now, don't get me wrong, I read Calvin and have gained some great insight, yet what I see in his teachings see remote from modern day "TULIP" that defines Calvinism today.
I hold theology like water. Water does it job, it seeps in to place it should and should not go. It flows sweetly at times and at times is a tsunami... yet, I do not hold to theology like a brick wall that must be built to keep others out or myself restrained. That is religion... God wants a flowing relationship not a static reading to the living word. God wants to wrestle, fight, hate, argue, love, struggle, doubt, have certainty, trust, question, and most of all be honest with Him and in turn ourselves. To me, if a theology keeps God at bay or makes God too small then it may not be a good theology. Likewise though, there are some things I see that are straightforward in scripture... but then even those are up to debate by others... In a way, our relationship with God is like any other relationship... it has ups and downs but do be alive and to learn how to be fully human, to me, that is what it takes to learn how to love and trust God. The final thing about my theology is this. I am the sick one in need of a Dr. while God knows what is going on. He is God and I am not... and to me that is the start of understanding what the relationship is about.
As far as some "good" Calvinists... check out Steve Brown... for all my griping about Calvinists, there are a couple left out there who give me hope for the rest...
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
It is that time of year again... time to raise money to keep the station going. Personally, I hate to even ask for support, but that does not seem to be the way it goes. God has used this little station in ways I could not even imagined years ago when I started it as just a hobby. I have found people from many different countries that listen and am amazed that though little in size, iggyROCKS! has a global presence. I have even noticed from the statistics that iggyROCKS! is sneaking into countries that "Christian" stations are not allowed. While I do not want to put down other mega stations, (those stations have their place) their cost is in the multi millions! Meanwhile the cost to keep iggyROCKS! is around $500 a year. Image, per dollar and a global outreach versus multi millions of dollars, that by supporting iggyROCKS! with little cost, how much more your money does.
I believe the reason iggyROCKS! has grown and become what it has is do to the reason we stay true to music and teaching and entertaining shows. The music played most likely will not be heard on many stations, and often is by unsigned artists that would never get airplay otherwise. The teaching is picked purposely to create discussion and thought to add deminsion to a person's faith. The shows are picked to entertain, teach about faith in Jesus and to point out new music.
All we need to cover costs this year is $250. Please pray and consider helping if you can.