To all who serve

especially those who have given their lives in service,

Thank you.

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Energizer Energi-To-Go Portable Charger – Review

These have been around for a while for specific phone brands since each manufacturer had to have their own special port for their charger. As the phone manufacturers started to standardize around mini and then micro-USB, Energizer seemed slow to catch on to that move and their proprietary-tip portable chargers were all that were available.

You can store the adapter tips inside the charger when you’re not using it which I plan to do since batteries retain their power when kept out of the circuit when not in use. Since my flashlight and camera take the same batteries I plan to use the charger with batteries that are not completely dead but won’t drive the camera anymore. The charger is not made of the sturdiest plastic and probably won’t appreciate too many drops. The connector tabs in the cap certainly won’t withstand much. Treat it like you do your camera and you’ll probably be okay.

I plan to keep one in the car and one in my EDC bag. It won’t be the first thing I reach for to charge something. But it’ll serve as a backup.

I found these on woot.com for 2 for $3.99. I’m seeing prices from $9.99 to $25 on Amazon for just one. I got a good deal on them at woot. I don’t know when that will come around again. Basically the charger was free for me since two Energizer lithium AA batteries usually cost about $4. Check woot periodically to see if it comes back around.

Christian Pride: A dangerous pseudointellectual exercise

I’m just not comfortable with this idea.

My best friend’s daughter just graduated HS with honors. I’m proud of her, her accomplishments and those that she’ll achieve in the future. If you were to ask me am I “proud” to be a Christian or am I “proud” of God, I’d have to say no. I’m not proud of God and I really don’t think he is asking that of me. Regardless my brain just won’t fold in on itself to talk that kind of language.

Folks, this is just not a good idea. I don’t know who started it. Maybe it makes them feel good. I doubt they’re able to articulate their position well enough to give the passing blog-reader a good enough understanding of what they mean. And this is where the real problem sits. The Bible teaches that the way we conduct our lives should not cause anyone to stumble. You may have heard ministers speak of “stumbling blocks.” So knowing what Proverbs says, namely that pride precedes destruction and a haughty spirit goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18), WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT BEING PROUD CHRISTIANS?

If it’s a movement, it needs to stop. It sends a wrong and potentially dangerous message to the very people we’d like to talk to. It’s a corruption of the Bible. It’s no different than the idea of knowing we’re to be raptured on thus and such date. There is supposed to be a difference between the christian and the person who hasn’t yet come to a belief in Christ. That difference is supposed to be part of what attracts people to that belief. Being “proud” blurs that distinction. We are reaching a point historically, psychologically and sociologically where one has to ask why should anyone want to convert when they can do everything they’re already doing and not bother winking in the direction of God.

People don’t need to see us showing pride in our God, they need to see our humility and the things God is able to do with that.

TSA: The perfect vacuum…perfected

I took physics. And if everything goes as planned I’ll be taking more physics next Spring. But in all the lectures on thermodynamics, pressure, force etc. I never thought it was possible to create a vacuum within a vacuum until the TSA. You suck. You sucked when you were just doing the non-invasive stuff. The confiscations suck. The scanners suck. The groping sucks. But when you threatened to shut down Texas airports because we want to draw a line and keep you from crossing it, you achieved a level of suckage such that you turned the damn thing inside out.