June 22, 2015

The Saints of Charleston

By Tim | June 22, 2015 | Tags: Faith, Northern America |

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” ~ Tertullian

Facing the end of their lives, some people wonder if they have made a difference, wonder if they even matter.

When I learned of the heinous crime committed in Charleston, I tried to pray, but the usual words just seemed to ring hollow. The proper words just weren’t there. People were hurting, grieving, angry about what had just happened. What should I say? What should I ask for? I found myself praying that God would somehow glorify His name through a seemingly senseless tragedy, crime.

Across our country, instead of seeing more hate and violence, something incredible seems to be happening. Love, forgiveness, a coming together in heartbreak and healing, trying to make sense of everything.

People are defying the cry of “Fool!” as they fulfill Jesus’ commands in Matthew chapter 5. Joy is filling the spirits of the broken-hearted.

In Isaiah 54:17, the LORD says “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me.ā€

Susie Jackson; Sharonda Coleman-Singleton; DePayne Doctor, Ethel Lance, Daniel Simmons Sr., Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, and Tywanza Sanders can stand in glory today and boldly say praise God, our lives mattered.

God save America.

June 4, 2015

Minecraft 0.11.0 MCPE for iOS Crashes On Old Worlds

By Tim | June 4, 2015 | Tags: Gaming |

Update: Mojang has released version 0.11.1 and that appears to have fixed all the problems I was experiencing. Woo Hoo! Thank you Mojang.

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Minecraft 0.11.0 MCPE for iOS is crashing when trying to play worlds created on a previous version.

Does anyone know of a fix that doesn’t require deleting and reinstalling the app?

You can create a new world and go from there, but I’d prefer not to lose the old worlds.

New worlds created on 0.11.0 are incredible! Thank you Mojang for bringing all the goodies to iOS.

June 2, 2015

Republic Wireless Bringing The People What They Want

By Tim | June 2, 2015 | Tags: Business, Northern America |

Republic Wireless is bringing the people what they want.

What exactly do the people want? How about no contracts? Affordable plans that don’t break the bank? Affordable plans? Yes! Republic Wireless has four plans starting at $5 a month. That isn’t a typo; they really have a $5 plan which is wifi only with unlimited talk/text/data. I’m trying the $10 plan which gives you unlimited talk/text over cell, and unlimited data over wifi.

The plan I’m on doesn’t give me data over cell, but with so many wifi hotspots, I’m really not missing it. Switching to Republic Wireless is saving me lots of money and the network itself has been great for me.

You want an affordable plan? Republic Wireless has a plan for you.

I compromised nothing by switching; I gained. And I’m happy.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for writing this post. It reflects my personal experience with the company.

Join Stampy as He Ventures forth in LEGO Worlds

By Tim | June 2, 2015 | Tags: Gaming |

Stampy ventures forth today in his first “Let’s Play” episode of LEGO Worlds – Cake Castle:

Stampy is such a great guy; he just makes everything fun. The first episode looks really fantastic and I do hope he does more. If you like it too, let him know on Facebook.

May 1, 2015

Will Manny Pacquiao Pull-off a “Duran” on Floyd Mayweather?

By Tim | May 1, 2015 | Tags: Sports |

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to square off in Las Vegas Saturday night and echos of Roberto Duran’s 1980 upset victory over Sugar Ray are ringing.

The odds are stacked against Manny going into Saturdays fight and I can’t help but hear Pat Benatar singing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”

Honestly, I believe it’s going to be Mayweather all the way, but there’s something, just something like a splinter in my mind that won’t stop bugging me…

Good luck guys, and like UFC’s John McCarthy always says, “Let’s get it on!”

February 25, 2015

Microsoft’s OneDrive Appears to be Down

By Tim | February 25, 2015 | Tags: Tech |

Microsoft’s OneDrive service appears to be down. Does anyone have confirmation?

A quick ping showed a 100% packet loss.

At 14:05 EST the service is up again. No idea what just happened.

February 15, 2015

Netanyahu, Abdullah II In The News

By Tim | February 15, 2015 | Tags: , Middle East, Terrorism |

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has issued a call to European Jews to come home amid escalating terror attacks. The regathering of Jews into the Holy Land is a Biblical sign of the times.

Jordan’s king has roared to life, vowing to crush ISIS.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is assuming the mantle of Middle East leadership, a role apparently vacated by the United States. Abdullah’s father, Hussein bin Talal, was an honorable man. Abdullah will hopefully follow in his footsteps.

The nations are plunging into turmoil; the seas and waves are roaring; and the Middle East is quickly becoming a “cup of trembling” to many nations.

Keep praying.

January 14, 2015

Guided Tour of NC Waterfalls Is The Way To Go

By Tim | January 14, 2015 | Tags: Northern America |

During summer 2014, we took a guided waterfalls tour led by Adam DeWitte, Director of Education, Pisgah Field School. Adam led us to several beautiful falls near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, with one of them being fantastically serene.

The stream of that particular falls flows across a flat rock which you can easily walk out on. Months later, I can still imagine someone sitting there in well placed chair amid stream, perhaps reading Robert Frost, absorbing the sounds and pleasant energy of that special place.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost ~

If you have actually done that, I envy you…

A guided tour is definitely the way to go. Your guide drives you to each location and shares information about each falls that really enriches the experience. You can book your tour with Adam by visiting the Pisgah Field School website.

The 8 Cardinal Virtues of George Washington Carver

By Tim | January 14, 2015 | Tags: General |

In a thank you note penned during 1922, George Washington Carver advised his students to possess these 8 Cardinal Virtues:

  • Be clean both inside and outside.
  • Who neither looks up to the rich or down on the poor.
  • Who loses, if needs be, without squealing.
  • Who wins without bragging.
  • Who is always considerate of women, children and old people.
  • Who is too brave to lie.
  • Who is too generous to cheat.
  • Who takes his share of the world and lets other people have theirs.

America needs more men like George Carver.

source: nps.gov

December 15, 2014

USPS Working Hard to Please This Christmas

By Tim | December 15, 2014 | Tags: Northern America |

USPS is working extra hard to please its customers this Christmas.

I checked Amazon for a package and saw that it was marked “delivered.” My first thought was that the package had been delivered to the wrong address and I would never see it again; a real bummer. But I checked the mailbox anyway and yes, USPS did a Sunday delivery for me. Thank you USPS!