Monthly Archives: October 2005

Stolen from Stoney…

Stolen from Stoney

George Washington
You scored 66 Wisdom, 81 Tactics, 58 Guts, and 33 Ruthlessness!
Washington first served as a British officer during the French and Indian War, a war which he inadvertently helped to start. Afterwards, he resigned his post to marry Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow with two children. He was elected to the House of Burgesses and became a revolutionary leader at the outset of the American Revolution, attending both the first and second Continental Congresses. Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775�83), leading the Americans to victory over the British, although sometimes in not the most scrupulous of ways. After the war, he served as president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Because of his central role in the founding of the United States and enduring legacy, Washington is sometimes called the “Father of his Country.”


My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 65% on Unorthodox
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You scored higher than 84% on Tactics
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You scored higher than 60% on Guts
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You scored higher than 13% on Ruthlessness

Link: The Which Historic General Are You Test written by dasnyds on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Blogospheric Bible Study #12: Who is Jesus

So, who is Jesus? Everybody knows that He walked the earth about 2000 years ago, and that he was lynched and nailed to a cross. Christians believe Him to be the promised Messiah, The Son of God, being God Himself, who willingly became a man and died a horrible death to reconcile humanity with God. As C.S. Lewis said, Liar, Lunatic or Lord.

In John 1:3 it’s stated that Christ made all things. Matthew 11:27 says that The Son is all that anybody has ever seen of God. Couple that with Theophonies (preincarnate appearances of Christ), we get a bigger picture of who He is.

He created the world. He warned Abraham about the coming judgment of Sodom and Gammorah. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, He met with Moses on Mount Sinai, and He humbled Himself and took on the form of a man to deliver us from our sins.

Everybody knows that “Jesus loves me”, but people often forget that He is God. That guy in the Old Testament who cast fire and brimstone on Sodom? That was Jesus. The God who told the Israelites to drive the Canaanites out of the land totally, completely and utterly, that was Him too. And it is prophesied that He will stand in judgment of the World.

So, what am I trying to say, you ask? That’s a good question. What I’m saying is that to say that Jesus is Love is like looking at one thread in a tapestry. He loves us, yes. But at the same time, He is Just. And He is Righteous. When He saw something that bothered Him, He didn’t just smile and try to get along. He stood up and did something about it (see Matthew Chapter 21 for the clearing of the Temple, nevermind that the Chief Priests conspired to have Him murdered because He wouldn’t play the games).

I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that getting along just for the sake of getting along, being nice for the sake of niceness, it’s not what Jesus wants, and it’s not what Jesus did. If you care about somebody, you’re going to tell them the truth. You’re going to be honest with them. Jesus came to earth, and He told the Truth, and because some people didn’t like it, because they wished it would go away, because it would upset the status quo, they lynched Him.

Jesus is God. And God Divinely Inspired the Scriptures. They are an objective set of rules for right and wrong as a way to put a check on our broken hearts and our battered consciouses. Who is Jesus? He is God. He is Just. He is Good. He is Righteous. He is Holy. His Love is only the beginning of who He is.

Soliciting Thoughts…

I want to do Blogospheric Bible Study # 12 on The Person of Jesus. Please leave your thoughts on Jesus in the comments, via e-mail ( flannel_avenger@robertleeray.com ), or on your own blog, trackbacked to this post.

I will be making plans to post my own thoughts this weekend. I’m not making any promises, though. If y’all post some good thoughts, I’ll probably be prodded into posting sooner. 🙂

About time…

Federal Action against Spyware makers

I still stand behind my idea that bounties should be offered on the heads of spyware makers and spammers and that hackers should have free reign to hunt them down. There are many talented people out there. Heh, there are probably a few who would do it just for the challenge.

I doubt there’s any shortage of people who would be willing to contribute to a Spammer Bounty. We’d just need an independent arbitrator who was technosavvy enough to fairly distribute the bounty to whoever took down the Spammer (or spyware maker in this instance).

Why Software Piracy is bad for Open Source.

Microsoft has made a big deal about software piracy. And they’re absolutely right. If they invest the time and money in order to develop software, they have the absolute right to dictate the terms under which they will distribute it. Likewise, Red Hat (or the distro of your choice) has the absolute right to release their work under the GNU GPL.

Software Piracy hurts the Open Source movement more than it hurts proprietary software makers like Microsoft, though. Whereas Microsoft didn’t get that $100 for the upgrade to Windows XP, they still get to sell their development tools to other companies wishing to develop software for Windows, and they maintain the Windows userbase. Which is worse for Microsoft? A world where 95% of the PC’s run Windows, albiet with 50% of that number pirated versions, or a world where 50% of the PC’s run Windows? As long as most of the PC’s on the face of the earth are running Windows, Microsoft has a stranglehold on the market. A pirated version of Microsoft Office still forces honest people to buy Microsoft Office in order to communicate.

The flaw in the thinking is assuming that these pirates would ever have paid for that software. By somebody downloading a pirated version of Windows XP, Microsoft has successfully prevented somebody from installing Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva, or any other number of Linux Distributions on their computer, and thus solidified their power over the software development community, the hardware manufacturing community, and the business establishments that require a standard for intercorporate communication.

If you don’t like Microsoft, install Linux, or at least use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office