Archive for January, 2004

Another Laptop on the way

Another latptop on the way
Saturday I managed to destroy my old trusty NEC Versa SX.  I came very close to buying a brand new laptop but I decided against it.  I was pretty happy with my old one which had a 333 Mhz processor.  I settled on PIII 600.  It’s a little short on Ram but other than that it has everything I would want.

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U.S. Deficit to hit $477 billion

U.S. Deficit to hit $477 billion
If the fiscal conservatives need a reason to vote for the Democrats here is a good one. The projected deficit in the US is roughly equivalent to Canada’s national debt. It sounds incredible but in one year the US is overspending the same amount of money that Canada owes. This is a tragedy.

In Saskatchewan we had a conservative government in the 80’s that cut taxes and increased spending. This government managed to rack up the largest per-capita debt of any state, province or nation in North America. Our province was perilously close to bankruptcy. The next government had do close a large percentage of our hospitals and raise taxes just get things in order. We had to endure a lot of lean years.

We had a federal government and other provinces to help us out. Who will have enough assets to bail out the largest economy in the world if it’s government goes bankrupt.

If the US administration keeps spending the way it is there will be no money left for tax cuts or social programs.  For every 100 billion in deficit spending there is about 5 billion dollars in interest payments to service that debt until it is repaid.

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Nasty Saturday

Nasty Saturday
On Friday night I decided to go up to the cabin. I borrowed Jordon’s PCMCIA modem so I could blog with my laptop. On the way there the northern lights were stunning. So much so that the next morning I wrote about 1000 words on how God and the northern lights were very similar. On my way out for a hike I knocked my laptop off something and onto the ground. It appeared fine and I went out for a hike. The GPS I received as a Christmas gift worked absolutely wonderfully. I just wish I had remembered to download the map detail for that region. My hike started off well. It was about -20 but with appropriate clothing and physical exertion that temperature is very easy to handle as long as you stay dry. Sweat is the enemy so one must regular their temperature by unzipping the outer layer or removing head gear.

On my way back from a lake I had hiked to I developed some very nasty cramps. I looked at the GPS and I was a good kilometre away from my car. I wasn’t going to make it to any bathroom. I’ll spare you the nasty details involving a log and -20 degree weather. My trip back to the car was hampered by some chafing which I am still suffering from today.

When I finally made it back to the cabin I discovered that my laptop screen had the last image frozen on it. After turning it off it refused to boot up. All in all it was a good trip. I have another funny story to tell now. My roommate got quite a kick of out of it.

Without the distractions of my computer and hiking with my really cool GPS I spent some quality time with God. I came back with a smile.

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Smoke Free Saskatoon

Smoke Free Saskatoon
It seemed like the rest of Canada was leaving Saskatoon behind on this front.  Chances are Saskatoon will catch up this year with a very strict bylaw.  It is about time.

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Belinda vrs Tony

Belinda vrs Tony vrs Stephen
Darryl Dash found Belinda Stronach’s grade 10 yearbook photo!  I think Tony Clement needs a web upgrade.  Stephen Harper is not looking too bad.

 

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Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach
I’m intrigued by the latest entry in the Conservative party leadership race. She has been named the most powerful woman in Canadian business and the second most powerful woman in international business.(Wikipedia) She is touted as a social moderate and true blue fiscal conservative.

She seems extremely competent. She is 37 and actually pretty attractive. I don’t know if that wins you votes for PM but adds an interesting element to the mix. A lot of people are hoping that someone forces Harper to work for the leadership of the conservative party.

Most people don’t think she can beat Harper. I’m not sure I care too much. Paul Martin will win in the spring and the whoever loses the Tory leadership will likely be replaced by one of the more competent candidates that refused to run this time. We can hope anyways. The Tories have a much better chance of winning in 4 years.

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Technorati Beta

Technorati Beta
For all you Technorati addicts like me.  So far I like it better.  I have more sites linking to me on the beta than I do on the old version.

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Saskatoon Pastor Blogging!

Saskatoon Pastor Blogging
Paul Woodburn is one of my favourite local church leaders.  He probably has a lot to say on worship.  Looks like his blog could use comments. 

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Accountability and Denominations

Accountability and Denominations
When people found out that I was going to be part of a house church some of them showed at least some concern.  They were afraid we might fall in to heresy if we weren’t part of a denomination.  I usually comforted them by reminding them that a lot of what we think about is posted on our public blogs. 

The whole concern started to seem a little bit funny to me.  I’m not saying heresy isn’t real possibility for a small sized church.  I’m wondering how being part of a denomination would make much difference.

The more I learn about denominations the less I believe leaders hold other leaders accountable.  On more than one occasion I’ve heard about pastors who continually treated other pastors or church members poorly.  It seems like one would have to sin grievously before any other church leaders would step in.

In the denominations I’m familiar with the church leaders are more competitive than cooperative.  I’ve only been to a few denominational conferences.  There is often a lot of manly chest beating going on.  Not everyone is like that, but the atmosphere certainly isn’t conducive to mutual submission or accountability of the heart. 

I like the denominational gatherings I’ve been to because they give me opportunity to meet very smart, Godly, wonderful people.  Sometimes the gatherings are theological battle grounds and I really enjoy the friction, debate and political intrigue.  In some ways they could be so much more, but I’m not sure that will be the case when the culture of success and rivalry permeates church leadership. 

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Jordon and I agree on many things. This is not one of them.

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