What’s wrong with kneeling during the National Anthem?

Kneeling, sitting, lying down, these are normal body positions unless the National Anthem is playing, then they are displays of protest and unpatriotic offense. This is how it would seem based on all of the commentary I’ve been hearing from those in sports media, morning radio, Facebook. Most people have heard by now that San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made sitting or kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem his sign of protest. Most people who know this know that Kaepernick is protesting because he feels the United States of America doesn’t treat all citizens equally. Stating,

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color…

I get why he feels that way, and people are allowed to disagree, it’s their right to do so. But it’s also Kaepernick’s right to sit, or kneel, or play hopscotch, or whatever during the playing of the Anthem. Continue reading

Is RouteNote a Scam?

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Is RouteNote a Scam?

This is a reasonable question. We want to be careful when handing over control to any service we haven’t dealt with before. In my RouteNote Review, I noticed a trend in the comments section. People were coming in droves and posting horrendous claims of injustice, perpetrated by RouteNote. I allowed them for a while, until I noticed a pattern. Most of these comments would make the same basic claims. They would use strong language and angry speech. And they all had similar email address formats (i.e. SomeAngryGuy89@gmail.com)

I’m all for speaking up when you feel a company has wronged you. It helps others to avoid the same traps and it’s good to keep companies on their toes. What I’m not for is concerted efforts to bring down a companies reputation based on lies. I vet the comments more thoroughly now. As you can read in my review of my experience with RouteNote, they haven’t been perfect, but they have been honest and I’m pleased with my experience.

You can choose another music distribution service if you like. Just because I’m ok with RouteNote doesn’t mean you have to be. But let’s be honest in our evaluations of other companies. Is RouteNote a scam? No! The commenters that trash companies without justification (probably paid to do so) are the scammers. And no, I don’t mean if you have had a negative experience with RouteNote that you don’t get to share that. You can share it in my comments section, as long as I don’t detect that you are a paid shill.

New Sermon – The Highest Calling

I was given the opportunity to speak again at Harbor Chapel on July 31, 2016. I titled it “The Highest Calling”. It’s about how, as Christians, we’re called to live outstanding lives and I wanted to encourage others to aim for that goal. I also believe that we should hold each other accountable for our behavior, uncomfortable as that may be. Here is the audio:

And here is a meager powerpoint presentation I made to go along with it:

The Highest Calling

My first sermon titled, “Self-esteem Vs. God-esteem”

Self-esteem vs God-esteem

I was a bit nervous before hand, but had a great time encouraging the congregation at Harbor Chapel. The central message is “God loves _____” with your name in the blank. This sermon teaches that we should not measure ourselves by what others think of us. Our self-esteem can be low because of some petty thing that we think we have failed at. God’s love for us shows us our “actual” self-worth.

The message was recorded at a terrible quality and I did what I could to clean it up, but it still has a nasty hum. If you’d like to hear it, here it is. Download link below.

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Sermon – Self-esteem vs. God-esteem

This USB computer keyboard is probably not worth the asking price

Expensive keyboard

We’ve seen overpriced items appear on Amazon before. But this is some amazing over-pricing right here.

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Illuminated-Keyboard-Technology-6-Gaming/dp/B000S2K1F4/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1464207816&sr=1-14&keywords=usb+keyboard&refinements=p_n_feature_browse-bin%3A11036341

It is backlit, but I doubt that justifies the $75,509.03 price tag.

Amazon customer Gamerman claims in his 1-star review that he’d “rather eat poop than buy a keyboard for 76k”. Fortunately, we don’t have to decide between these two foul options.

I think I’ll instead go with the no-poo platter and this keyboard here.