Archive for November, 2009

There is awesome then there is Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody in Hi def

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Does it get any better when you have a great partner?

I love my wife.  We’ve been married for awhile now and like all couples we have our ups and our downs.  All in all I thought it would be tougher than it is.  I was more worried about being a husband than a father when we got married, but it proved that being a step-dad has been the real test.  I really enjoy living with and loving my sweetie.  There are some days she is especially awesome.  Today is one of those days.

Thank you!

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Peak Oil Update

Leaks are now trickling out of the International Energy Agency revealing that the organization has been vastly overstating oil supplies and potential production.

Now the "peak oil" theory is gaining support at the heart of the global energy establishment. "The IEA in 2005 was predicting oil supplies could rise as high as 120m barrels a day by 2030 although it was forced to reduce this gradually to 116m and then 105m last year," said the IEA source, who was unwilling to be identified for fear of reprisals inside the industry. "The 120m figure always was nonsense but even today’s number is much higher than can be justified and the IEA knows this.

"Many inside the organisation believe that maintaining oil supplies at even 90m to 95m barrels a day would be impossible but there are fears that panic could spread on the financial markets if the figures were brought down further. And the Americans fear the end of oil supremacy because it would threaten their power over access to oil resources," he added.

A second senior IEA source, who has now left but was also unwilling to give his name, said a key rule at the organisation was that it was "imperative not to anger the Americans" but the fact was that there was not as much oil in the world as had been admitted. "We have [already] entered the ‘peak oil’ zone. I think that the situation is really bad," he added.

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Dear Bomber Fans

We’re just two lost foes playing banjo bowls, year after year, Running over the same old ground. What have you found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

Sincerely
The Rider Fans

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Cynicism and hope

I find that I am much less cynical than some of the people I know that work in Christian ministry.  At one time I was so cynical I completely gave up on church institutions.  I’m not so jaded anymore.   I’m afraid the organizations we build *can* become idols we serve at the expense of more important things.  Until I see that with my own eyes I’ll assume that any given ministry will do what they believe and believe in what they do.

I’ve run across a number of situations where I’ve been deeply disappointed in what I’ve observed.  I’ve got friends that work in Christian institutions that had less hope than I had concerning certain situations and were proven right.  I’ve got other friends that have completely rejected conventional Christian institutions that waiting for me to “see the light” and give up on the establishment. 

I haven’t though. 

One of the things I think has helped is that I really believe in what I’m doing.   When church is uncomplicated and sincere it is a lot of fun and very rewarding.  I do what I believe in and I believe in what I do.  There is this nice little pocket where I feel I can make a small but real difference.  I don’t wonder whether I’m actually accomplishing anything, nor am I carrying on with feint hope that things will get better with the next leadership change or at the end of another strategic planning process.  I’m not immersed in things that could feed my cynicism. 

It is getting harder though.  The more negative stories I hear the more heartbroken I become.  What bothers me the most isn’t that some people do stupid things, it is that some people that know better won’t stick up for their stated values or the hurting people involved.

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