Monday, October 31, 2005

My One Hundredth Post

Welp, here it is, my one hundredth post, and I have no idea what to post about. I've already posted about so many things already, some serious, some not so serious, but all of them being relevant and timely, at least they are to me. I dunno, who's to say that someone won't read this blog one of these fine days, and read about how much Jesus does love them, and they will come to the knowledge of who Jesus is in their own heart and mind, and they will let Him into their heart to be their Lord and Saviour. As I always say, except not on this blog page, anything can happen, and God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above any and all that we ever can hope or think to ask Him. Anywho, that's all I have to say in this post, unless God gives me something else to say.

Decline Of The Times

If there's one thing that I've noticed over the course of time that I've been alive on this earth it is this: Times have changed so rapidly just over the course of 31 years that it's RIDICULOUS. What do I mean? Quite simply that when I was a wee lad, born in the mid 1970's, things like pornography were not NEARLY as easy to obtain. One couldn't just turn on their computer, navigate their favorite browsers to an adult site, and then peruse around them like kids in a candy shop. Do I think that the internet is terrible? Of course I don't. I think the internet is an incredible invention, one that makes it possible for people all over this whole wide world to see and hear and interact with all kinds of people from other parts of the world. But more importantly, the internet is an EXTREMELY good tool for spreading the truth about who God is, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is, and THAT is what I believe the internet is SUPPOSED to be used for. But of course, with the way that these times are declining more and more and more and more every single day, satan would LOVE for every person to think of the internet as nothing more than just a cess pool of perversions of all kinds, when in reality, that's how this world has been for years. The REAL truth is that stuff like pornography has been around LOOOONG before the internet was EVER conceived. All internet porn is, is the same old same old garbage that satan has been using against people for centuries, just in a different, albeit easier, package. Of course, if you or I were to say this to someone who is heavily involved in pornography, and they make a pretty penny at selling or producing it, then they would DEFINITELY sing the praises of internet porn, and how great it is to be able to sell and produce their trash online, versus having to do it the old fashioned way.

What does internet porn do to how we relate to other people, and how we embrace each other as people should? It puts up all kinds of barriers, and it divides us from each other. Simply put, the longer that one is involved in pornography, the more and more and more and more that they begin to pull away from the natural affections that God has put within EVERY SINGLE PERSON, and the more that they embrace the perverse version that satan devised. This is, of course, what satan wants to happen, to cause a seperation and division amongst all people, so that they will only respond to the things that he perverted in the ways that he devised for them to respond to. It's all a game to satan, and we are all just puppets to him, no more, no less. I believe that people really do need to figure out who their enemy really is. It's not the governmental agencies of this or any other country, nor is it anything else of that nature. Rather, their REAL enemy is the devil, plain and simple. If any person can honestly look around them and say honestly that they don't see how the times have changed for the worst, then they do not understand, nor do they really see what is even going on around them. As I have already stated, I have seen how times have gotten worse and worse and worse and worse just over the course of time that I have been alive, and I KNOW this to be true in my own heart and mind.

Is internet porn the only thing out there that is to blame for the decline of society? No, it is not. There are also all of the seemingly "harmless" religions out there, such as Buddhism, Atheism, Islam, Taoism, New Age, Astrology, as well as all of the various religions in this country alone, such as the Lutheran, Baptist, Pentacostal, Methodist and Catholic churches, and all of their sub varieties in between. How can these things bring about the decline of any society, you may be asking, when they all claim to know who God is, and what God is all about? A very good question indeed, but definitely a question that can be easily answered: THEY DON'T KNOW WHO GOD IS, NOR EVEN WHAT GOD IS ALL ABOUT. And the reason why this is, is because they all think that they have God figured out, they all think and believe that God is a Being whom they can just put into their own time constraints, and they can just tell Him when they feel like worshipping Him, and when they feel like serving Him. THOSE kinds of attitudes towards God are COMPLETELY wrong. Not just a little wrong, but COMPLETELY wrong, because the REAL truth is, NOONE knows all there is to know about God, and nor will we EVER know all there is to know about God. The ONLY person who ever lived on this earth that could ever make that claim is Jesus, and that is ONLY because He IS the Son of God. He IS God made flesh, and God Himself chose to be born into this earth in a fleshly body, so that He could experience firsthand all of the things that we could EVER experience. He CHOSE to send Himself down onto this earth, through a virgin birth, so that He could experience the joy and adulation of being adored and loved and exalted on the one hand, and then the sheer terror of being hunted, mocked, ridiculed, and then ultimately executed on the other hand, for things that He wasn't even guilty of. Chew on that one for awhile, and think it over, because it IS the truth. Did God know that these times would get worse and worse and still worse every single day? OF COURSE HE DID. He knows EVERYTHING. But He also knows that it won't last forever, and that satan's time is up, and the REAL reason why satan is trying so desperately to deceive soooo many people is because he knows that his time is short. Am I talking about religious stuff? NO I AM NOT, and nor do I ever talk about religious stuff. I am simply speaking about things that God has shown me over the course of my life. About why these times have gotten so bad, and why it has to happen this way. If you want to know why things are happening in your own life the way that they are, then just ASK GOD. He already knows why you are going through what you are going through, and He CAN and He WILL get you out of it. All you have to do is BELIEVE that He can, and put your faith COMPLETELY in Him in all things concerning your life, and He WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN AT ALL.

Again, any and all comments WILL be respectful.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Now THIS Is Stupid

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1512215/20051025/index.jhtml?headlines=true

Go ahead, read on about how a Catholic school principal thinks it a bad thing for the kids who attend school at their "prestigious" academy to have their own blogs. I'll give you a brief run-down of what the story says. This "principal" thinks that by telling the students that go to this "school" that they cannot have blog pages at home, then they won't be stalked online by sexual predators. The REAL truth is, there could ALREADY BE sexual predators within the walls of that Catholic school. Do I say this because it's a Catholic school? No. I say this because it's TRUE. Sexual predators can't necessarily lure away a young person if that young person is being guided by their parents into the truth and knowledge of who Jesus is, until they make up in their own hearts that they want Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. The whole idea that this "principal" has ANY business telling the students at this "school" that they can't have blog pages at home is as stupid as this "principal" trying to make the students believe that the sky is purple. It IS a direct violation of the students' rights to free speech, and this "principal" has no right to tell them what they can and cannot do at home. Of course, this is exactly what the majority of the students at this school have already said concerning this decision made by the "principal" of this school. Anyway, that's all I'm gonna say about it, because I really want for you all who stumble upon this blog to read it for yourself, and post your comments about it on here, if you want.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

MAN This Guy Is Amazing!!!

I can't begin to explain to ya'll how awesome this guy is on the piano, except to say that anyone who is a fan of Super Mario Brothers HAS GOT TO SEE AND HEAR THIS GUY.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6130225596409934415&q=mario+theme+piano+playable%3Atrue

Sunday, October 23, 2005

I Gots Me Some Catchin' Up To Do

MAN, it's been awhile since I watched me some anime' series. I have ALL kinds of series that need to be watched and critiqued, and I just haven't had time to watch them......wait, I HAVE had time to watch them, I've just been enjoying being married too much to even care about watching them. But I definitely got to watch 'em some time. I've got three seasons of Full Metal Panic to watch, Last Exile, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig, as well as the rest of the first season, Gunslinger Girl, Great Teacher Onizuka episodes 6-43, Otogizoushi and Ikkitousen. WHEW that's alot of anime' to watch. Think I'll have to drink some green tea with ginseng to help me get through them all......

Friday, October 21, 2005

Another Desktop Configuration

Here's another tasty desktop configuration for you all to enjoy. And yes, all of the icons on the left side of the screen have transparency, and yes, that is my taskbar on the middle bottom of the screen, and no, I do not use the start menu at all anymore. Programs used to achieve this desktop configuration are: Desktop X, WindowBlinds, and ObjectDock. Now, if Stardock would go ahead and release a final version of WindowBlinds 5, I will DEFINITELY be upgrading to that one. From what I've seen of that program, it enables every window that has a specific style applied to them to have a glassy, see through effect, exactly like the way that Windows Vista does. A side-note about Vista: All it is, is eyecandy. There really isn't anything about that operating system that makes me want to go out and upgrade, seeing as how all it is, is just a new version of Windows that looks all shiny and pretty, and the real truth why Microsoft went in that direction is because Mac OSX looks so damn kick ass. But even THAT desktop environment can be emulated very easily using the three programs that I listed above. Anyway, feel free to comment on this tasty desktop, and tell me just how tasty it really is.......

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Erased From Society

Interesting title for this post, I know, but bear with me and you will see why I named this post what I did. What, in this whole wide world, could cause a person to be "erased" from the society around them? What could bring about a person's seeming "non-existance", or at least in the mind of that person? Quite simply put, sin. Yep, it's that simple, and yet that difficult. Sin is the one thing that can bring about the ex-communication of a person's life from the society around them. But how many people actually know why this is? Noone raised their hands? Well, then allow me to explain it to you in simplistic terms. When we sin, we seperate ourselves from God more and more and more, and God did make this whole earth for those who love Him, and keep His commandments. The more we sin and do not repent from that sin, the more we seperate ourselves from God, until we eventually get to a point in our lives that we are given more to taking part in perverse thinking and/ or perverse actions. Case in point: People who are involved in pornography. If you were to talk to any of the people who are SERIOUSLY into pornography, alot of them will tell you that they do want a way out of it, and God does know that to be true in their hearts, but yet they just don't see how they could ever get out of it. As a matter of fact, alot of those same people will also tell you that that's just who they are, and that's just what they do. This, of course, is true with any other sin as well. After awhile, those who engage in those wrongful things no longer see themselves as they once did, but rather, they define their whole identities upon that one sin. You know as well as I do that people who are involved in wrong stuff such as pornography did not start out that way when they were kids, but rather it was introduced into their lives at some point, and that demon took hold in their young, ignorant hearts. Of course, the very same thing can be said for any other type of sinful activity as well.

Another thing that happens to those who knowingly commit sinful activities all the time is that they become associated with that sin, and other people know them for their sinful ways. I'm not the type of person who cares for labeling people this or that, or whatever else, but you know as well as I do that there are families across this country that are dysfunctional, and the reason why they are dysfunctional is because sin has been allowed to operate within their familial structure for so long to the point where even that family can take upon themselves the label of "family of drunks", or "perverts", or "abusive". Are these really the types of things that you would want for your family to be known as? Do these things really bring honor and glory unto God Almighty? I already know the answers to these two questions, and they are as follows: NO you would not want ANYONE to call you, nor your family members, by any of those titles, and NO these labels do not bring ANY honor and glory to God at all. Maybe you don't care about the latter part pertaining to bringing honor and glory unto God, but you seriously better at least care about the former part pertaining to you and your family being labeled as any one of those three, if not more, things. I know that I wouldn't want to carry around some crap like that upon myself, when I knew that that wasn't who I was at all, nor is it who God created me to be. Any and all comments pertaining to this post will be respectful, or don't bother posting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My Current Desktop Configuration


Here's a tasty pic of my current desktop configuration for all to enjoy. Currently, I'm using DesktopX, Windowblinds, ObjectDock, Rainlender and ClocX. WHEW that's alot of programs to be usin' just to make my desktop look snazzy.....good thing I gots me 1.5 gb of ram in my computer......

An Interesting Test

Upon completion of this test, I just HAD to post the URL for it on my blog. By the way, I'm Obi Wan Kenobi, which I thought I would be, if I were to ever take a test of this nature.

http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=17827049702304842536

Monday, October 17, 2005

Some More Very Interesting News

OK, upon reading many comments about Apple's "photoshop killer" program on a favorite website that I mentioned in the previous post that I enjoy visiting, I have come to a VERY clear assumption: People who like Apple computers are all brainwashed dolts who claim that Apple is the "premier graphics platform", as though PC's are somehow just not as good, even though I know for a fact that I can do EXACTLY the quality of graphics on my good ol' PC that I can do on ANY high-end Mac, and do you know what else? I didn't even spend a grand on the computer that I'm utilizing to type this post on. As a matter of fact, I didn't even spend nine hundred dollars. And yes, it is a Dell computer, and no, I haven't had ANY problems with it at all. But then again, I'm not trying to create any problems either, unlike some who always make claims that if you buy a computer made by a company like Dell, HP, Compaq, so on and so forth, then that computer is automatically a piece of crap. The REAL truth is, the computer I bought from Dell had EXACTLY what I wanted on it, and whatever else I wanted to add to it, I asked them to add to it, and they did, and it came right to my front door. Oh yeah, and I also got a free upgrade to a 17 inch flat panel lcd monitor. So tell me how exactly Dell is this "terrible company" that makes "crappy" computers, when all I ever see in most businesses are computers made by Dell, all running Windows XP Pro, and all doing what they are supposed to be doing, which is computing information.

As far as graphics and graphic designing is concerned, ANY person who still thinks that Apple's overpriced eye candy of computers are the ONLY solution for graphic designing needs to stay off the Starbucks, take off their mock black turtlenecks and their square framed "artsy" eye glasses, and also their berets, and GIVE IT THE FUCK UP, because all Apple computers are IS eye candy, all nice and shiny, with about the exact same performance that mostly all PC's have with Pentium 4's or AMD's in them already, and they ALL cost out the ass, with the exception of course being the Mac Mini. But honestly, WHY would anyone want to buy one of those pointless computers, when they could buy a Shuttle PC, complete with EVERYTHING that they would want to be installed into the Shuttle PC, in a small, form-factor case, and it would STILL outperform the Mac Mini, AND it would be a HELL of alot more compatible with WAAAAAY more programs than Apple's coveted Macs are. I've been inside an Apple Computers store before, and I wasn't any more impressed with what I saw in there than I was when I saw all the cool stuff that Sony was doing with their computers. If you just HAVE to spend all kinds of money on a computer, then why not spend it on a computer that does a HELL of alot more than Macs do, and every program made for it actually works? As I said above, I can do EXACTLY and precisely the same exact quality of graphics on a PC than I can do on a Mac. All it really boils down to is, those who are all on Apple's nuts are nothing more than elitists who don't want to fess up and admit that they're mindless robots being led around by Apple, like they are Apple's pets or something. If you got anything to say about this post, then get at me about it. If you think I'm wrong about what I've said, then you don't have a CLUE about what I'm talking about, nor do you have the experiences that I have with working on both PC's and Macs. Currently, I'm running a Pentium 4 with hyperthreading that runs at 2.8 ghz, with 1.5 gigabytes of RAM, an 80 gig harddrive that I have YET to completely fill up, and I've got a TON of stuff on it already, a standard CD burner, no floppy drive, because I didn't see the point of having a useless floppy drive, when floppy disks don't hold NEAR as much as CD's, 8, count 'em, 8 USB ports, which means I don't have to buy a USB hub if I want to plug in alot of USB devices into my computer, an ATI Radeon 9550 video card that has 256 mb of video memory that runs ALL the games I have FLAWLESSLY, and it didn't cost out the ass either, AND I use my 27 inch flat screen TV as my secondary monitor, which works PERFECTLY for playing movies, games, etc. on it. Seriously, you have NO CLUE what Splinter Cell looks like, until you play the PC version on a flat screen TV. Truly amazing. Not to mention all the emulators that I have, along with their respective game roms. Now tell me this, can a Mac do all that, or does it just sit there and look all pretty, and just basically being pretty useless, until it comes time to do graphics work on it, which you're still not sure if Photoshop will crash or not on it, when I KNOW that Photoshop won't crash on my computer, because I use it ALL the time to create all kinds of graphic designs and illustrations, AND I can also watch a movie on my 27 inch flat screen TV at the same time, and it doesn't even bog Photoshop down at all? Like I said, get at me if you actually have proof that Macs are somehow "superior" to PC's, and you can give me hard evidence of your "claims".

Some Very Interesting News

Upon perusal of one of my favorite websites dealing with technological news, and just an overall good site, I read that Apple Computers is coming out with what they call their "photoshop rival". OK, let me see if I can understand something here. Apple Computers, the ONLY company that builds computers and accessories that charges out the ASS for their computers and accessories wants to JUST NOW compete with Adobe in the field of graphic design. Not your smartest move, Apple, seeing as how Adobe has been at the graphic designing game for a LONG time now, and their #1 photo editing/ graphics program Photoshop is now in its 9th incarnation, and their #1 vector-based graphics program Illustrator is now in its 12th. Yeah, I can see how you, being Apple Computers, can really kick Adobe's ass at their own game, since they've only been at that game a WHOLE hell of a lot longer than you have. As a matter of fact, when I first started using Photoshop and Illustrator when I took graphic design classes in a junior college, it wasn't your supposed "photoshop rival" of a program that I was using, it was Photoshop 5 and Illustrator 7, and they were both run on MUCH older Macs than what you guys are pumping out nowadays, and they both ran surprisingly smooth, considering the old-ness of the said Macs. That being said, when the junior college I was attending got a new computer lab in the graphic design department, it wasn't PC's that they stocked it with, it was all stocked with Macintosh G4 towers, with the appropriate monitors, keyboards, and mice, and you know what? They ALL had Photoshop 6 and Illustrator 8 on them, not your joke of a graphics program. OK, I'll cut you some slack, Apple, because after all, you do make some amazing looking computers, as well as the coolest looking mp3 player on the market, even though they all cost out the ASS like I said before.

There was a URL for a website that talked in brief about Apple's supposed "photoshop rival" of a program, but for some odd reason, it's not working anymore. I wonder if Steve Jobs found out about the info being leaked out, and he freaked out about it, as I've read that he does from time to time. Seriously, ol' boy acts like all the information that he's got is all forged in gold, and NOONE can ever read it or see it until it's time for them to. Get a clue and a HUGE grip, Steve, NOT ONE PERSON CARES ABOUT YOUR PRECIOUS "PHOTOSHOP RIVAL", because we all know that Adobe WILL kick your ass in this area, no matter how much you try to dress it all up and put your patented "Apple OSX" style to it.

Simply put, Adobe IS the best at what they do, and NOONE'S gonna unseed them from that position. I have YET to see any other software company even come close to rivaling the power, functionality, and usability of Photoshop, and that's how I believe it's gonna stay for a LOOOOOOONG time. Sure, you can say that Paint Shop Pro is coming into its own and all that jazz, but not even that program can mess with Photoshop, because there are still things that any person who knows anything about graphics can do on Photoshop that they cannot do on Paint Shop Pro. And if you say to me, "But what about The Gimp?", I would have to say, "what ABOUT that weak-ass program?" because there's nothing that is really noteworthy to discuss about that stupid, lame-ass, Photoshop-wanna-be of a program. It's slow as hell, it's not NEAR as stable, all the menus are all weird, and it won't even recognize every third-party plugin that it SHOULD recognize, seeing as how alot of those plug-ins have been around for a good while now. Come on, guys, admit it, Adobe is your pimp, and you are Adobe's ho's, and you're the ones sweating Adobe, and what their new versions of Photoshop and Illustrator will be able to do, because you know deep down in your denying hearts that you will NEVER beat them.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Look For God While He May Be Found

Within the text of this post, I bring unto you a simple message concerning God's apparent and obvious omnipotence. What I mean is that God, being God Almighty, is always in everything, around everything, and within everything, and there is nothing we can do that will change that about God. The ONLY One who can change that aspect of God IS God, for He said clearly in His Word, "seek Me, while I may be found". This tells me that there will inevitably come a time when God will hide His face from those who do not seek Him. And there will still be those people who will not seek God, even in those days, and they will turn and say to other people, "see, I told you God wasn't real. He isn't even here", and this is because they don't even KNOW God at all. They just know of a god that judges and condemns them for the sins that they have committed and are committing, and that's who they think God is. But the real truth is, God is STILL there, and He isn't mad at them at all for what happened in their past. He has just hidden His face in order to see EXACTLY who serves Him, and who is full of their own religious thinking and mentalities that they learned in some religious church or institution. We are the ones who have to reach that point of decision where we will either serve God, or we will walk away from God, and God isn't the One to blame if we make the choice to walk away from Him, and to pursue our sins instead. This is the best way that I know in my mind to put into a textual form the truth and fact that God isn't the One to blame for our problems, and that He isn't mad at ANY person for the sins that they commit. He already knows that we were born into sin to begin with, and He allowed us to be born into sin, so that we would come to the truth and reality that we need God, and we also need our Savior Jesus to come into our hearts and to BE our Lord and Savior. Of course, all of this is up to you, the reader, to put into your own contextual form within your own mind and heart, but the main thing to remember is this: If you choose to walk away from Jesus after reading this post, then it is only because you misread what was said in the text of this post. Not because I gave out false information about who God is, and the truth and fact that God WILL hide His face in order to see who serves Him with their whole hearts, and who cares more for their sins than they do for Him. Simply put, God will seperate the wheat from the chaff, so that He can use the wheat for what He refined it to be used for, and it is up to US to allow God to seperate all the issues and sins from our own lives, so that He can make us effective for His Kingdom upon this earth. If you still have a hard time accepting these truths into your heart, then ask God to show Himself and His truths unto you, and He will. And if you don't have His Word within your own homes yet, then ask Him to bring His Word into your life, and He will. One really good website that I HIGHLY recommend to ANY person who wants to truly know what God's Word says, but doesn't have access to His Word in written form is www.biblegateway.com . I really hope that anyone who reads this post will consider what God has given me to say in this post, and if you have any questions about what you read, then, as I said before, ask Him to show Himself to you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Too Many Options = Laziness

Another post of a serious nature, but more lighthearted than the previous post. This time, I'm going to examine the truth that because there's too many options available to people, whether they be technological options, transportational options, or whatever other options that may come to mind, all of these options have made people lazy over the course of time. How do I know this? I know this because of all the people nowadays that just HAVE to call someone on their cell phones, while they're driving, or even dumber than that, while they're on their bikes, while they're driving or riding their bikes during the busy times of day. Sure this doesn't seem to be a lazy thing, but when you really examine WHY people do those types of things all the time, it is simply because that technology is available to them, and they know that it's right there at their fingertips, even if that technology can cause them to not be as alert and aware as they are supposed to be while driving their cars or riding their bikes in traffic. Now, let's examine how having too many transportational options can cause people to be lazy. Let's say that you've got a three bedroom house, you're married and you have a teenage child. How many cars do you really need to have in this family of three? OK, sure parents want for their kids to have their own cars when they get old enough to drive them, but how many young kids should even be driving, considering how young and foolish they are? Think about it. How many traffic accidents INCLUDING deaths from traffic accidents are caused by young, foolish teenages driving wrecklessly from either drinking too much, or just because they're out for a "joy ride"? That being said, do families of three or more really need more than two cars? NO THEY DO NOT. I would rather that my young child ride their bike to wherever they were going to, than for them to be out on the road, driving around other people that don't even have a clue as to how they are supposed to be driving. Simply put, those people don't care about my child, and they never will. At least when they're riding a bike, they will get to see EXACTLY how people drive, and how much those people driving on the streets don't even pay attention to them, while they're trying to ride across a crosswalk during a red light. That will teach them just how little people really do pay attention. And WHY do they pay so little attention? Because they have a lazy mentality about things. They think, somehow, that they are "invincible" in their cars while they are driving around, going about their daily business. But the REAL truth is, NO person is invincible, no matter what they are doing. Death can come for any person at any time. That's not meant to scare people away from doing the things that they like to do, it's just meant to reveal a simple truth: That being lazy can bring death across a person's path ALOT faster than having a mentality that is alert and awake, and full of the truths in God's Word. I know that things happen and all that, BUT I also know that greater He that is in me, than he that is in the world. And I also know that God WILL protect me, because I AM His child, I AM His beloved, and He IS my Father. I really and honestly think and believe that what people need to do is re-prioritize their lives. They really do need to sit down and figure out EXACTLY what is important to them, instead of just brushing those things aside, because those things are important. And they are important to God as well, and He always thinks about the things that we brush aside as not being important. Think on this post, then post your comments respectively.

Pornography = Prostitution

Yep, you guessed it, I'm back with another serious post, because this is a serious topic and issue that must be addressed and properly dealt with. I know what alot of you reading this are gonna say: "How does pornography equal prostitution?" Well, I'm glad you asked that very important question. Pornography equals prostitution in that the men and women who are involved in pornography, whether it be actually starring in porn movies, sticking solely to doing pictorials in porn magazines, or any other of the myriads of ways that porn is being produced nowadays, are all trading away their sexual natures for a dark and destructive lifestyle, all for the sake of making a lot of money. That is NO DIFFERENT from what prostitutes do. Consider this: Porn stars have what is known as "agents" who handle the money that they make, and these "agents" get to decide just how much money their "clients" get to keep. Doesn't this sound an AWFUL lot like the relationship between a pimp and the prostitutes that work for him? It sure does to me. So the question remains, what is it about pornography that makes people want to view it? Could it be the idea that they're getting away with doing something that is taboo? Could it be that those who view pornography on a constant basis want more to live their lives in a fantasy world than the world around them? I'm sure there's all kinds of reasons that those who view pornography will give as to why they view it, but the real truth is, they could go out and find a prostitute and live out their sexual fantasies that way, and it would be no different. Anyone who has comments about this post, keep them mature and pointed, otherwise, don't post anything.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Recently, upon perusing a really good website that shows the fallacies and omittances from the NIV bible, I came upon a very strong realization: the bible that I've been reading for about three years now is WRONG. Why? Because the NIV version is reworded and in some instances missing REALLY important text and even whole scripture passages that EVERY Believer in Jesus needs to read and know in their hearts. God said Himself that it is wrong to take away or add to His Word, and that is EXACTLY what the Alexandrians did when they translated God's Word.

KJV Ephesians 4:6 "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all"
NIV Ephesians 4:6 "one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all"

In this passage omission whereupon it was removed from the King James Version that it states, "and in you all", it gives credibility to every sort of Christian Scientist claims, as well as any other false religious claims, that God is in everyone, even those who have yet to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. This is just one of many important wordings that have been changed in the NIV version of the Word of God.

KJV Luke 2:33"And Joseph and his mother marveled…"
NIV Luke 2:33"The child's father and mother marveled…"

So let me get this straight, Joseph, not God Almighty, was Jesus' father, even though God Almighty is the One who impregnated Mary with His Son, Jesus. I DON'T THINK SO. This is another word change that completely perverts what God's Word says.

KJV Mark 10:24"…Jesus answereth again, … "Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!"
NIV Mark 10:24"…Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!"

So if I was a new Believer in Jesus and I had just read the NIV version of the Word of God, I would think to myself, "Wow, then why am I a Christian, if it's so hard for me to enter the kingdom of God?" This, again, is a complete perversion of God's Word.

KJV Mark 15:28"And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
NIV Mark 15:28 - OMITTED.

While this scripture may not appear right away to be relevant, it truly IS relevant, considering that Jesus, being the Son of God, allowed Himself to be numbered alongside of two other men who had actually committed crimes, and He had not committed ANY crimes at all. And He was the ONLY man without sin. Figure out why it's bad that this has been omitted from the NIV version. (Hint: The omittance of this text in the NIV version hides the fulfillment of the prophecy that was made concerning Jesus in Isaiah 53:12.)

KJV Luke 9:54-5654 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
NIV Luke 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" [comparison with Elias omitted]55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them, [Jesus' words of rebuke omitted]56 [Jesus' reason for coming to earth omitted] and they went to another village.

In the NIV version, the whole meaning of this scripture has been removed, and thus the whole meaning and lesson that Jesus taught His disciples in the KJV text is completely lost in the NIV version. This, again, is a complete perversion.

These are just a few examples of scripture passages that have been perverted in the NIV translation. I have personally looked them up to ensure that my NIV version is comparable to what the texts I posted about the NIV version here states, and it does. I'm not going to read the NIV version any longer, as I want the WHOLE Word of God, not just part of it.

Anyone who wants to comment about this post needs to study a bible, and allow the Holy Spirit to show you what God's Word truly says, and that His Word should ALWAYS be read in its fullness, with nothing missing or changed. That is the best and only way to truly know what God's Word says.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

WHEEEW That's Better

OK, I figured out what was messing with my internet connection. It was none other than a variant of the infamous CoolWebSearch spyware. And do you wanna know how I kicked its butt? By using a small, but handy program called none other than CWS Killer. Who knew that just a .dll file and another small file could mess with an internet connection so much? Anyway, I'm back on the block once again, and it does feel good, because this whole thing was EXTREMELY frustrating.

Friday, October 07, 2005

My Internet Connection

MAN, my cable connection is sloooooow, and I can't figure out what is causing it to be that way. I made all the necessary calls to my internet provider, and they can't figure out what is causing it either. This really bites the monkey ass, because it shows that I'm connected at 100.0 mbps, but webpages are loading more like if I was on dial-up. I did scan for spyware, viruses, etc., and I did find a couple of viruses on my computer, quarantined them, so on and so forth. The same thing with the spyware, but to no avail. My connection is still slower than a turtle running through mud. I'm kind of skeptical about calling my ISP tomorrow, because if it turns out to be something on my computer that is doing it, they're gonna charge me for it. But in all honesty, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT COULD POSSIBLY BE that is causing my connection to act this way. Well, I guess I'll go for now, and see if I can find something out about why my connection is slower than an old lady driving on the road during rush hour traffic.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Just A HUGE Three Ring Circus

Yessiree, folks, I'm back with yet another observation about the good ol' RIAA. This time, let's set a spell and hear a tale about a company that's hell bent on making everyone pay, even if those people aren't even guilty. Upon reading one of my favorite web info sites, I fell upon a story about this woman, who just so happened to be in a wheelchair, and in her mid forties, whom the RIAA claimed was downloading of all forms of music, gangsta rap. Stay with me, if you can, and try to get a mental image of this: A mid-forties woman in a wheelchair downloading all of Snoop Dogg's, Dr. Dre's, Tupac's, and the rest of the Westsida's music style on her very own harddrive. Gee, RIAA, how in the HELL did you ever figure out that this woman was a person downloading music, when she didn't even know what Kazaa was, much less that she was downloading gangsta rap? Well, folks, it gets better, because this very same woman gone and sued the CRAP out of the RIAA for all the shit that they put her through, and she WON. She stated, which is COMPLETELY true, that the RIAA has NO BUSINESS spying on what other people do on their computers, because it IS an intrusion of their privacy, and it IS completely wrong to assume that they have the right to do such things, when in fact, they DO NOT. Then there's another story about how the RIAA sued this mother of two because they claim that her kids were downloading all kinds of music onto the family computer. Again, they were WRONG, because the mother of two goes onto say that her kids weren't the ones who downloaded the music at all, it was a friend of theirs that they had over at their house. Whether or not that's the truth, NOBODY really knows, but my point is this: IT'S STILL NONE OF YOUR FREAKING BUSINESS, RIAA. Do YOU think that I'm gonna put up all kinds of beacons left and freaking right that will allow you to see what's on my computer, RIAA? HELL FUCKING NO I'M NOT. What's on my computer, is my business, and that's how it's supposed to be. It's not for every single idiot working for the RIAA or the MPAA to see, much less for anyone else to see. If I wanted to, and I may, I could be behind two firewalls, run adaware, spybot search and destroy, hijack this, and a WHOLE bunch of other handy programs to ensure that your dumbasses aren't somehow snooping on my computer. Not everyone is as stupid as you think that they are, RIAA. Some of us are alot more wary than you realize, and we know what you're up to, and how you make those who don't know much about their computers and the internet afraid to even go online and share freaking pictures with their relatives/ friends. Sure, you can go ahead and keep on attacking people who have NOTHING to do with downloading music all you want, because they're the only ones who don't even know what you're up to, RIAA. They're the ones who are ignorant of your schemes and devices. If there is one thing that I know, amongst others, it is this: KNOW YOUR ENEMY. You want for people to think of you as being good guys, then stop trying to hunt everyone down with no clear idea about who you're even hunting to begin with. You have NO IDEA where to even begin, RIAA, that's why you're stabbing in the dark, and do you know why? Because those of us with more than half a brain know better than to do stupid things on the internet. Anywho, I'm glad we had this discussion, RIAA, now go to your room, and think about what you've done. And you won't have ANY friends over for the weekend.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Not A Bad Choice For President

You know, I personally can't think of any other person right now that I would want to see as president of this country than Christopher Walken. Think about it, the guy's cool, calm and collected when he's under pressure. He doesn't go blowing his top about every little thing, but he still knows how to handle his business, and he's a kick ass actor to boot. So my question is, if Arnold Schwarzennegger can be a freaking governor, then why not Christopher Walken for president? He will ensure that we, as a nation, always have more cowbell, and plenty of champagne. What else do we really need as a nation, I ask you?

http://walken2008.com/index.html

"Two mice fell into a bucket of cream, one of the mice gave up and died, but the other mouse kept on churning the cream, until he turned that cream into butter, and he walked out."

Brought to you by the Americans For Christopher Walken For President Campaign

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

So THIS Is What The RIAA Is Up To.......

Having just read the below information on a website that talks about just exactly how much recording artists ACTUALLY get paid, I have to ask: WHAT IN THE BLUE HELL DOES THE RIAA HAVE IN TALKING ABOUT HELPING RECORDING ARTISTS? With that question, I give you the information:


Advance: $250,000 Manager's cut: $37,500 Legal fees: $10,000
Recording Budget: $150,000 Producer's advance: $50,000 Studio fee: $52,500 Drum, Amp, Mic and Phase "Doctors": $3,000 Recording tape: $8,000 Equipment rental: $5,000 Cartage and Transportation: $5,000 Lodgings while in studio: $10,000 Catering: $3,000 Mastering: $10,000 Tape copies, reference CDs, shipping tapes, misc expenses: $2,000
Video budget: $30,000 Cameras: $8,000 Crew: $5,000 Processing and transfers: $3,000 Offline: $2,000 Online editing: $3,000 Catering: $1,000 Stage and construction: $3,000 Copies, couriers, transportation: $2,000 Director's fee: $3,000
Album Artwork: $5,000 Promotional photo shoot and duplication: $2,000
Band fund: $15,000 New fancy professional drum kit: $5,000 New fancy professional guitars (2): $3,000 New fancy professional guitar amp rigs (2): $4,000 New fancy potato-shaped bass guitar: $1,000 New fancy rack of lights bass amp: $1,000 Rehearsal space rental: $500 Big blowout party for their friends: $500
Tour expense (5 weeks): $50,875 Bus: $25,000 Crew (3): $7,500 Food and per diems: $7,875
Fuel: $3,000 Consumable supplies: $3,500 Wardrobe: $1,000 Promotion: $3,000
Tour gross income: $50,000 Agent s cut: $7,500 Manager's cut: $7,500
Merchandising advance: $20,000 Manager's cut: $3,000 Lawyer's fee: $1,000
Publishing advance: $20,000 Manager's cut: $3,000 Lawyer's fee: $1,000
Record sales: 250,000 @ $12 = $3,000,000 gross retail revenue Royalty (13% of 90% of retail): $351,000 Less advance: $250,000 Producer's points: (3% less $50,000 advance) $40,000 Promotional budget: $25,000 Recoupable buyout from previous label: $50,000 Net royalty: (-$14,000)
Record company income: Record wholesale price $6.50 x 250,000 = $1,625,000 gross income Artist Royalties: $351,000 Deficit from royalties: $14,000 Manufacturing, packaging and distribution @ $2.20 per record: $550,000 Gross profit: $710,000
The Balance Sheet: This is how much each player got paid at the end of the game.
Record company: $710,000 Producer: $90,000 Manager: $51,000 Studio: $52,500 Previous label: $50,000 Agent: $7,500 Lawyer: $12,000 Band member net income each: $4,031.25



Jeez, even the freaking LAWYER gets more money than the band does. If you ask me, I would say that the RIAA doesn't give two flying shits about the recording artists. They're just lackeys for the record labels, because in truth, the labels are the ones who are getting slammed, and it is because THEY are telling their artists to pump out crap for music. Do we see now why we shouldn't produce crappy music, but instead produce GOOD music that people will actually WANT to buy? Just let all of that info. soak into your brains, and then ask yourself: Should I really feel bad because I chose to download music, instead of spending my heard-earned money on some crappy CD, just because some stupid ass record company MADE their respective artist crank out that crappy music, without so much as checking to be sure that it's GOOD music to begin with? Personally, I applaud artists like Dave Matthews who encourage people to download their music, because they obviously already KNOW that they can't stop people from doing it anyway, so why not embrace the technology that is already there? Besides, I don't see Dave Matthews complaining about CD sales anyway, considering that he, and his band, make some of the best music out there, and I KNOW that people all over this country have bought his cd's. So that's a $250,000 advance at the very beginning of their recording contract for the band, and then they get a whopping $4 - $5,000 net income at the end. WHOOPTY FREAKIN' DOO. Let's consider for a moment that most young bands don't know how to manage their money for crap, and they are always willing to give their money to "charities", as a sign of goodwill. How much do you want to bet that those "charities" aren't charities at all, they're just greedy corporations trying their hardest to milk money out of the next big, popular band that are on the rise? That's not to say that there's not any good, decent charities out there to give money to, I'm just saying that I bet you that they're not the ones standing there, milking money out of all those newly-formed bands. With that, I am outta this post like a fat kid in dodgeball........No offense to fat kids, didn't mean to offend any fat kids, maybe I need to be abit more "politically correct" about the things that I post. OK, then I'm out like a weight-challenged youth in a rousing sport that involves a big red inflated rubber ball. OK, that sounded INCREDIBLY stupid. Think I'll stick with being un-politically-correct, if that's OK with all you people that read this blog.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Oh Yeah, I Forgot To Mention This

Chipotle Grill has HHHEEEUUUGGGEEE burritos. Just thought I'd say that, in case anyone was wonderin'. Seriously, if you eat one of their burritos, you won't want to eat anything else the rest of the day.

Our Trip To The Denver Zoo


Yes, friends, me and my sweetie had a wonderful day at the zoo. Enjoy the picture collage!