David's Blog - 2012


November 16th

Being happy single and being happy alone are very different things. The church is no place to be alone. I just wanted to say-- finding Summit Church has got to be one of the best things to have happened to me this year. I've been carefully considering whether I should formally switch my church membership to Summit. I've held back because I didn't want to leave the sound teaching at my old church- I really respect the pastor, I'm a huge fan of their reformed theology, and I'm very loyal once I make such commitments.

At the same time, I have never really felt like I was part of a community there.

It's really grown on me that I don't just feel like I belong at Summit, I honestly feel like part of a bigger family. I miss them. I look forward to seeing them each week, and I think about them when I am away. I've seen growth too- not just in myself but in others. One newish friend even got baptized down at the beach a few weeks ago like what's shown midway through the following video. I mean it's one thing to know God changes the world one sinner at a time- but it's really cool to actually see him taking our individual messed up stories and transforming them into his much bigger story of redemption which incorporates all of us into his community. This is what the church is supposed to be about, and it's truly an amazing thing to be a part of. To see the growth. To actually feel like I belong to it at some level (at least the small corner of it that I somehow managed to find). I've been longing for this for years. I'm pretty sure that I want to continue being part of this growth too. So all that is to say-- I have decided to formalize my change in membership. It's kind of like what this video shows at the end. I can't wait to see what happens next:

April 22nd

I enjoyed the last Star Trek movie. I just had a few questions I was wondering if anyone was able to answer (better late than never):

* How are they able to go through a black hole?

* If one drop of red matter can make a black hole, why did the logical Vulcans make enough to take a bath in and put it all on Spock's ship?

* Why was it necessary to use a drill to deliver the red matter? Would the black hole have bounced off of the planet if they didn't drill first?

* If the Romulan had the red matter and was thrown back in time with the foreknowledge of his planet's destruction, why didn't he use the red matter to save his planet? Did he not care about his planet?

* If warp speed is faster than light, why wasn't the Enterprise able to fly away from the black hole?

* How is a slower than light explosion able to push them away from the black hole?

* If the Enterprise ejected their core, wouldn't they just lose warp power and fall into the black hole? Or do they not need their core to maintain full power? If so why do they have a core?

My web calendar should be working again. I stopped using it because it broke, but I just updated to v1.2.5 and it's letting me add events again. It's mainly for family/friends - contact me if you need the login.

January 18th


I'm sure most of you have heard the news by now about Wikipedia blacking out their homepage in opposition to SOPA, or have at least noticed Google's blacked out logo.

If you really want to understand why this matters to you personally, there's a very well articulated lecture by lawyer Lawrence Leesig in an easily watched video. That man is a genius. This is from 2002, but you'll understand SOPA and the Protect IP Act better than most of the news reporters who are currently talking about Wikipedia if you watch it:

--> http://randomfoo.net/oscon/2002/lessig/free.html <--

By the way, chief sponsors Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) both have TV/Movies/Music as top supporters. The TV/Movies/Music industry is Lamar's top supporter, and Disney is mentioned by name as one of Patrick's top supporters:
ref: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00009918&cycle=2012
ref: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811&cycle=2012

The money trail's not surprising considering that SOPA/Protect-IP suddenly have bipartisan support with 27 Republicans sponsors. This immediately follows virtually unanimous Republicans opposition to Net Neutrality because (the punchline): they don't want to regulate the Net. Do the math.
ref: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/244538/net_neutrality_is_t...