Wear Your Seatbelt

22 Feb

I felt this video was very well done.

Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Reel 2009

17 Feb

This is pretty cool – shows some imaginative uses of green screen effects work. Thanks to Fred Medlin for the tweet:

C.S. Lewis responding to Augustine

9 Feb

Daniel Baker quoted C.S. Lewis in his sermon last Sunday. I thought the quotes were very powerful and worth sharing, so here it is:

In response to St. Augustine’s conclusion that it’s best not to love too much the things of this world because they will not last, C.S. Lewis says the following:

“I am a safety-first creature. Of all arguments against love none makes so strong an appeal to my nature as ‘Careful! This might lead you to suffering.’

“To my nature, my temperament, yes. Not to my conscience. When I respond to that appeal I seem to myself to be a thousand miles away from Christ. If I am sure of anything I am sure that His teaching was never meant to confirm my congenital preference for safe investments and limited liabilities. I doubt whether there is anything in me that pleases Him less….We follow One who wept over Jerusalem and at the grave of Lazarus, and, loving all, yet had one disciple whom, in a special sense, he ‘loved.’ St. Paul has a higher authority with us than St. Augustine—St. Paul who shows no sign that he would not have suffered like a man, and no feeling that ought not so to have suffered, if Epaphroditus had died (Philippians, II, 27)…..

“There is no escape along the lines St. Augustine suggests. Nor along any other lines. There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket and coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell”
–C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 110-112

The Known Universe

21 Dec

Christmas Decoration

18 Dec

I got a kick out of this. I may try it out next year 🙂


ESV Bible 2007 Update Textual Changes

5 Dec

I found a web site that lists the textual differences between the 2001 and 2007 ESV text.

Which IM network do you prefer?

5 Oct

I realize that many/most of you may have multi-network IM clients, but if you had to use only one IM network, and all your contacts (that you want) would also choose the same one, which would it be? If you vote for “other”, please add a comment about the one you prefer.

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National Debt in Miles Per Hour

29 Aug

Noticed this on Jordan Liggitt’s blog. It provides a nice visualization of the rate of increase of the national debt.

Nomading in downtown Raleigh

26 Aug

There are some nice places to nomad (work off site) in downtown Raleigh, NC, but it can be tricky finding parking and getting around, so I thought I’d record some tips in a blog post to help folks avoid some trial and error.

For any of the coordinates listed below, just copy and paste them into Google Maps to see the exact location. Thanks to Justis Peters for referring me to a lot of these places 🙂

R Line

The R Line is a hybrid electric bus line that loops around downtown hitting bus stops every 10 or 15 minutes.

The R Line allows you to find a free parking spot near the line, and then just hop on the bus to get to another part of downtown without having to deal with parking garages, parking meters or limited time parking spots. The page linked to above has a nice map of the bus route.

I haven’t tried taking the R Line yet, but I’m planning on giving it a shot tomorrow, so I’ll see what’s like waiting for it to arrive at a stop and how long it takes to get to the other side of downtown. I expect to be able to find parking near Cafe Helios / Armadillo Grill.

Update 8/28/09: I tried the R-Line this morning, and it worked great. I parked on North street for free very close to Glenwood about a 20 second walk to the R6 stop. I waited about 4 minutes for the bus, and it took about 13 minutes to get to R16 near The Morning Times.

Cafe Helios: 35.785576,-78.647639

Cafe Helios is at 413 Glenwood Ave. They have great coffee and a variety of food. The tables are a little high to be comfortable with laptop. It’s a quick walk to the Armadillo Grill which is nice. Free on street parking after 9 am. Update: 6/11/2010 when I arrived this morning, I noticed that the parking spots on Glenwood in front of Cafe Helios and Armadillo Grill now are metered 😦

Armadillo Grill: 35.786116,-78.647436

The Armadillo Grill is at 439 Glenwood Ave. They have great chicken burritos for about $6. Free on street parking after 9 am. (see above)

The Morning Times: 35.778130,-78.638761

The Morning Times is located at 10 E. Hargett St. They have a very nice upstairs with a lot of seating, tables and comfy chairs/sofas. It’s an old building with an antiquey feel. For good coffee and getting work done, I think The Morning Times is my favorite nomading location.

The Busy Bee

I haven’t spent any time at the Busy Bee Cafe yet, but it comes highly recommended. I popped my head in to check it out on a recent nomading trip and it looks nice.

Manhattan Cafe: 35.776162,-78.638435

The Manhattan Cafe is at 320 S. Wilmington St. I’ve only been there once and didn’t eat anything, but a friend seemed to enjoy his meal 🙂

Sosta Cafe: 35.775484,-78.637766

Sosta Cafe is at 130 E. Davie St. Small, quaint coffee shop.

Getting There From Cary / Apex

I’ve found taking US 64 to US 1 to Wade Ave. to St. Mary’s St. is a good way to get to the Glenwood area.

Other Spots

There are quite a few places to eat, ice cream shops, coffee shops, etc., so if you like variety, the downtown area has a lot to offer. I’ll update this post as I visit other places in the downtown area.

Fast Food Folk Song

6 Aug

Rhett and Link are awesome 🙂