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Picket Funeral

Posted in Articles by Toad Thursday May 25, 2006 at 11:04

I am anti-gay. I am a Christian. I believe that God punishes people, organizations, and countries, for their actions and the actions of their consitutuents.

I am not, however, an inconsiderate moron (well, not most of the time). This article (rightfully) villifies someone who shares the beliefs I listed above, but who fails to pass the “not an inconsiderate moron” test. I agree with Reverend Phelps that homosexuality is wrong, and I agree that it is a possibility (though by no means a surety) that long wars of attrition and acts of terrorism against our country are a punishment for that and myriad other sins committed by our nation, but picketing a funeral–ANY funeral–is a sure way not to get your point across. As a point of fact, it is a sure way to get the entire world, saved and unsaved, to think you’re a rotten person with no regard (read: love) for the people to whom God wants you to minister. I’ll be the first one one to tell you that I have no great love for people in general, saved or otherwise, but Rev. Phelps’ actions, in my opinion, step outside any form of decency.

People like Mr. Phelps give the body of Christ a bad name. I can’t put down zealoutry, but I can put down what is nearly barbarism, and not only ineffective “ministry,” but a performance that is clearly detrimental to the cause Rev. Phelps professes to be promoting.

OpenCola?

Posted in Other by Toad Monday May 22, 2006 at 14:53

That’s right, there is now a free soft drink, OpenCola, licensed under the GNU General Public License. It’s not just Linux anymore.

What with my excursions into the land of open source operating systems and software of late, I’ve been developing a great respect for open source products in general, and especially software. While I’m not about to project the “everyone helps” methodology into societal models, projects like the many Linux distributions, Wikipedia (and its many derivates), and even OpenCola do seem to foster a very giving attitude by all involved, which is a refreshing look at a side of persons that is almost impossible to find elsewhere.

Now, does anyone know where I can find some gum arabic?

Flagrant Nerdery

Posted in Other by Toad Sunday May 7, 2006 at 22:46

Because my wife and I are big nerds, we’ve started a family blog for you and yours to check up on us every now and again. If you’re in to that sort of thing, check it out!

*edit: link fixed*

Life and Times – 20060502

Posted in Other by Toad Tuesday May 2, 2006 at 13:49

So, I’m graduating and stuff. And moving back to California. And in a last-minute turn of events, I’m NOT going back to work for NFESC. Two weeks ago, God dropped a new job right in my lap. This new job is at Budlong & Associates, a small engineering firm that offers “Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineering” services to the local business world. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology in that context, “Mechanical” essentially means “HVAC.” Yes, I will be designing plumbing and heating/air-conditioning systems for business throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. (more…)

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