March 2006


We had a surprise baby shower this evening for a couple in our small group that is expecting their first child at the beginning of May. I think (or at least I hope!) we actually succeeded in surprising them, and we all had a lot of fun.

It brought back lots of memories for me of shortly before Charis was born. There is so much that is unknown while waiting for your first child to arrive. There are lots of new things to learn and new things you have to go out and buy. It’s a time of great excitement, and also a time (at least for me) of great trepidation wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into and whether or not I would be able to do all the things I would need to do. But God is so very gracious. In the midst of all the worry and planning and wondering and excitement, He brings a precious new life into the world. And somehow He gives a new mom and dad exactly what they need to make it through, one day at a time. And looking back at the past (almost) eleven months with Charis, they’ve been some pretty wonderful days.

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I posted this in my links a couple of weeks ago, but I keep telling more people about it and they think the story is pretty funny, so I thought I would highlight the link here. Apparently this guy got a credit card application in the mail, tore it up in a bunch of little pieces, then taped it all back together and filled it out. And then he changed the address and phone number so that the new card would not even be sent to his house. So did the company process the application and send him a card? Check the link to find out.

And here is another much older link, but it’s also related to credit card wackiness and is also very funny.

    I saw in the Sunday ads that CompUSA has the Nokia wireless internet tablet on sale this week. Since I’ve never seen one in person before, I decided to stop by on my way home from Greek class to check it out.

    The tablet is really pretty nice. It’s even smaller than I anticipated, and the screen looks very nice and crisp. I played with the demo unit for quite a while, and while I wouldn’t want to write long emails on it or anything, it seemed very usable for tasks that require minimal keyboard entry.

    The web browser functionality seemed to be totally fine, but the email and rss reader seemed to be pretty bare bones to me. If the tablet had an rss reader that could synchronize with the NewsGator service, that would immediately move the device much higher on my list. I use FeedDemon to synchronize my RSS reading between home and work (using the NewsGator API), and if I could also synchronize my reading with the tablet, that would be really handy.

    Other than wanting the RSS synchronization, which is not really a show stopper, there are only two other things that keep me from thinking that this is the device I’ve been looking for: the size of the screen and the price. If the screen was about half again as big (the resolution was okay with me, but if the screen was about 6 inches diagonal, that would be much better), that would do it for me, or if the price was about 1/3 less. With either of those changes (and I don’t need them both, but I’d certainly take them both), this would be a hard device to pass up.

    Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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    Remember the giant stuffed penguins from the Academy Awards that I posted about a few weeks ago? Well, Carrie bought me one she found on eBay (it looks like the same one Christy told me about in her comments). How cool is this?

    The word from Microsoft today is that Vista will be delayed until 2007. I’ve been holding out with my aging computer trying to wait until Vista arrives before I buy a new machine, and they just keep pushing back the date. Considering how many of the oringinally announced features have been dropped, it’s kind of hard to understand exactly what in the world is taking so long.

    I’ve been absent from posting for the last several days because I was away attending the men’s retreat for my church. The retreat was at Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in North Carolina. Several of us carpooled there and back to save gas, and we had some good conversations during the trip. The retreat itself was a blessing. It was great to be able to get to know some of the people from Sunday school a little better, and it was also good to meet new people from church that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet. The speaker for the weekend was teaching out of Romans 8 and the primary focus was on the fact that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. His talks raised a lot of thought-provoking issues that I’m still processing.

    But now I’m back in town again and back at work and things are getting back to normal. Joy survived her weekend alone with Charis, which was a blessing, and hopefully they are both glad to see me again. :-)

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