John's comments from life.

Times in Denver

Friday, May 30, 2008 0 Comments

Here’s some photos from our trip to the Denver Botanical Gardens. Ok, so the first and the last few are not. The meat packing plant is Doug’s, and he makes corned beef.

Current Projects

Friday, May 23, 2008 0 Comments

I thought I would type up some of the projects I have a hand in. Some projects I have more involvement than others, but this is on my board:

  1. Web Related
    • SEO links - assign and apply
    • Create Lamb 101 PDF Forms
    • 301 redirect list
    • Domain Consolidation
    • eBooks to get: Turkish, Luxembourgish Lamb, German Stranger
  2. Lamb Translations
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Russian
    • Alti?
    • Myanmar
    • Malawi
  3. Lamb PowerPoint
    • Finalize files for publication
  4. The Lamb - Just the Story
    • Spanish
    • German
    • Portuguese
  5. DVD Reprint
    • Organize files for reprint
    • Waiting on new STR cover
  6. Last Days Conference Videos
    • Edit 4 (40) min videos
    • Closed Captioning / Subtitles
    • Author DVD's (4 individual, or all on one)
  7. Stranger Interactive DVD / Book
    • Organize files for print
    • Proof-read DVD
    • Waiting on new STR cover
    • Portuguese version - waiting on files
  8. iTunes
    • Create account / post our videos / audiobooks
  9. Amazon Kindle
    • Format books in HTML for Kindle eBook reader
  10. Office stuff
    • Organize Warehouse
    • Archive old projects (1 tb of data...)

Post Falls, ID

Thursday, May 22, 2008 0 Comments

Here’s the Post Falls, at the bottom of the Coeur d’Alene lake. I’ve not seen the water this high before, in fact last time I was here all of the side gates were closed.

Ancient Greece

Sunday, May 18, 2008 0 Comments

This past week I watched a show on PBS - Secrets of the Dead - Sinking Atlantis. While it was interesting, at the time I was watching I must confess it didn't seem overly important. However, as things progressed, it was discovered that a tsunami was responsible for destroying much of the island of Crete and the surrounding area (and a volcano responsible for the tsunami.) While I believe it's important to study and learn about this, to help prepare for the next, what was more interesting to me was the light that the Greek navy was parked in a cove - The Gulf of Corinth - see the map. What this possibly meant, was the navy fleets of the surrounding countries were destroyed in the tsunami, except for the Greek navy. This gave them a very strategic advantage over their neighbors, and enabled them to conquer with speed. In Daniel, this is stated of the Greek empire:

Daniel 7:6 "After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it." A kingdom that would conquer with great speed.

One problem with this relating to Alexander the Great, is that their dating of the volcano (and resulting tsunami) was around 1600 BC, where Alexander the Great was around 350 BC. However, I don't believe that carbon dating is the most exact.

So, all in all, it was interesting to me to hear these historians explain how a great tsunami was responsible for making it possible for the Greeks to conquer. There is obviously a lot that could be studied about this, but might be an interesting place to start.

First bike ride in a flood zone

Saturday, May 17, 2008 0 Comments

Well, today I left work early, hopped on my bike and rode from Cataldo to Mullan and back. About 60 some miles. Ran out of water twice (boil water ban in the area because of the high water.) It was a little extreme for the first major ride of the year, but seemed to survive ok.

Playing catch up on my photos

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 0 Comments

I don’t know what it is, but it seems in the first of the year, it’s hard for me to take pictures. So, for that lag, I don’t get into it as much. And this year, I’ve been working on my condo, so with competing interests, photography has taken a back seat.
But I did shoot some, just failed to get them up. So, here’s a collection from the past few months…

"Entire Network" icon missing - Windows XP

Thursday, May 08, 2008 0 Comments

Just had to post this, as it was driving me crazy. I usually change the view settings in Windows Explorer, and I guess I checked off one too many! Most people won’t have this issue, but it does help. I don’t know how this got changed, as I don’t usually go here. Typically, I change things in Explorer / Tools / Folder Options / View, and I didn’t see this option there. But for some reason, it also resets my Appearance.

To restore the “Entire Network” icons:

Go to System Properties (Control Panel / System)
Select: Advanced tab.
Click on “Settings” under “Performance.”
Scroll down to the bottom of the list of check boxes, and un-check the third one from the bottom “Use common tasks and folders”.

Simplified Chinese

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 0 Comments

Today I finished the first format of The Lamb in Simplified Chinese. It’s rather an interesting work, because Chinese fonts contain hundreds of characters. Some font-sets don’t contain words that Christians use, so, if you use that font, that character is just blank. But it’s really hard for me, a non-Chinese speaker, to figure out what font is good and which isn’t (except for when I notice missing characters.) That being said, I am reliant on others to provide the correct fonts that I can work with, and seems to have succeeded. Except for about 8 missing characters that need to be fixed, it looks very good!

Fridge is on

Monday, May 05, 2008 0 Comments

Hey, today I plugged in my fridge. May not seem much to you, but after sitting in storage and my garage for 8 months, I thought it was a means to celebrate. What this means is that the kitchen is pretty well done. All that’s left is the need of a new floor, but that will come in time. I was a little disappointed that the LED display was yellow, and not blue, but that’s just how it goes.
See, there is the possibility of me housing 6 people next week, and because of that, it helped me finish some things that were just hanging around, waiting to be done. So, now at least I’m sorta-ready, if they indeed decide to stay (they may just grab a room in Spokane, as that’s where their conference is.)

It's been a while

Thursday, May 01, 2008 0 Comments

I just noticed that it’s been almost over a month since I have written something, so I thought I better get something up…because Miles and Julie both reprimanded me for an empty blog.
Last weekend I was in Canada (drove up on Thursday, back on Sunday). The purpose of the trip was to film JRC - 4 sessions at Last Days Conference, as well as drive a truck-load of merchandise to the CDN office. Though my time was short, it was very good to see everyone at church again (I gave a quick Missions Minute).
I think the conference went ok, though I think we could have done better (given more time and better equipment.) But for now I’ll be trying to put that together for a video and see how it goes…
I drove up with a full truck - for the GSC office, and then filled up to go to the conference, and full on the way back down to ID. I’m so glad for my truck, and that Russ didn’t drive his mini-van. So, Friday was full of getting ready for the video shoot (as well as collecting a pile of books to take with us.) Friday was also the first session, starting at 9:00 pm.
Saturday was full as well, first session at 9:00 am. JRC spoke (and we filmed) at 2:00 pm. and 7:00 pm as well. The conference was finished at around 10:00, and got back home (in Olds) around midnight. Then up early (or so) to prepare something for a missions minute. Once over (I left after the second Minute), went to the office, unloaded my truck, then filled it up w/ almost 3,000 pounds of books (I could have easily taken more!) Then, picked up Russ, and drove to ID. It was a full weekend.
Just thankful in general. There is a lot to be thankful for.

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