Posts from — May 2007
So, last I posted on here (I believe), my iPod was broken, and I didn’t quite know what to do.
Well, what I decided to do was buy a broken iPod on ebay, and use the parts to fix mine. Thus I did. Only, the auction I won was for a lot of two broken iPods. I paid 67.45 total for both iPods and shipping. I received them, used the parts to repair my iPod (but not before breaking an additional part), and all was well.
Then I sold the two broken iPods on ebay, individually. After shipping and paypal fees are deducted, I brought in $67.40 from the sales. Alls well that ends well.
Except, a week or so after the repair, I left my iPod in my office overnight. Not the smartest thing to do, you might say. True. But, I figured there was thousands of dollars worth of the college’s equipment in my office, and if it was secure enough for that, my iPod would be secure also. Not So. It was stolen. So I reported the loss to campus police.
The very next morning a man (Dan) from the company we have contracted to do our night time janitorial activities gives me a call. He says, “I understand you lost an iPod recently?” Yes, I said, I did. And he proceeds to tell me they are going to make it right, and asks if I would prefer them to buy a new iPod for me or to send me a check. I asked for the money, and so a few days later I got a check for $313.95. This is the $299 value I reported, plus tax.
So, it took me just a short while to decide whether or not to replace the iPod or just keep the money. Once the decision was made to replace the iPod, it took me considerably longer to decide whether I wanted the 30gb iPod (video) or an 8gb Nano. I debated this for about a week, before I decided on the 30gb. And I went with white, because I’m a classic sort of guy. I also went with a refurbished one, which cost about $50 less than a new one.
I placed the order Thursday the week before last, and even though it said it would arrive by the 16th when I ordered it, I didn’t actually get it until Friday. And I am now enjoying my tunes once again while I work.
I also surprised Megan with a refurbished shuffle. She has taken up running pretty seriously, and now she has a little iPod to go out with her on her jaunts.
So at the end of the day, I have two current model iPods and an extra fifty bucks in my pocket. Not a bad deal, I say.
May 21, 2007 1 Comment
Notes on Falwell From Afar
I’m afraid we in the UK have only heard distantly of Jerry Falwell. Most churchgoers in England won’t have heard of him at all; nonchurchgoers will only have heard of him as a strange character who pops up from time to time when people are writing ‘how weird can they get’ articles in our newspapers shaking their heads over American strangenesses.
My own sense, having spent a lot of time in the States over the years, is that he was a classic of his type and with a lot more integrity than some of the shady characters in the religious penumbra. But, insofar as I know what he taught — which I freely admit would be second or third hand — he was saying some things which I strongly say myself but I think in a different framework, and some things which I strongly argue against (e.g. on the present state of Israel and prophecy).
Within the strange, large economy of God’s grace, which filters the truth of scripture through all of us imperfect interpreters, it may be that I make just as many mistakes as I think he did, but we are each called to be true to what we find in scripture and I have no reason to suppose he was not as obedient to that imperative as I struggle to be.
May he rest in peace and, with the rest of us, rise in glory where we shall look back on present disagreements like an adult looks back on childhood squabbles in the playground.
I think that’s where many of us stand, only I wouldn’t be able to say it with such intelligence and wisdom.
May 17, 2007 1 Comment
May 17, 2007 1 Comment
Continue to pray for his family.
Jerry Falwell was found unconscious in his office late this morning, and was taken to the hospital.
Pray for him and his family.
May 15, 2007 No Comments
Jason Kottke linked to this article in Smithsonian Magazine, about global warming and increases in the rate of evolution and, thus, the number of species. This year, the article states, thousands of new species have already been identified, including species of bats, corals, mollusks, sharks and rays.
Some of these new species are credited to new methods of molecular taxonomy. We can look at DNA now, and researchers are using that information to classify organisms. Genes are diverse, so that gives us more species. But, the rate of evolution is also given some credit for the increased number of species discoveries.
But this, I think, is wanting the cake and eating it, too. Speciation is a process that, it is taught, takes place over the course of thousands of years. The article says even millions of years. And yet this article is suggesting that climate changes over the past 100-150 years have given rise to thousands of new species?
May 15, 2007 No Comments
So, ABC has announced that Lost has been assigned and end date. There will be three more shortened seasons. Those three seasons will each be shortened to only 16 episodes each, and will run straight through from February to May.
May 7, 2007 No Comments
Derek Webb and Co. have started up a company along the lines of FreeDerekWebb… you give them some info, they give you free music. Could be interesting.
May 1, 2007 No Comments