When the women’s ministry leader at our church asked if it would be okay to look at some bus companies for the women’s annual retreat, I told her that it was definitely within our budget to do that. Usually, all of the women carpool to wherever we are going, but this was going to be a different kind of trip. Rather than go somewhere to spend the night, she just wanted us to get out for the day and have some fellowship fun. I started looking at different bus companies, and she told me that she already had one in mind. Read the rest of this entry »
Can you think of a friend, relative, neighbor or coworker that does not have some sort of TV package coming into their home? Are you old enough to remember when we used to get TV just over an antenna or rabbit ears on the back of the set? Most people today either have cable or satellite TV in their homes. Cable has come a long way, but satellite has too. It used to be you could only get local channels with cable. Now you can go to http://satellitetelevisionpackages.com and sign up for the channels you want and they include your local channels.
What is really nice is the amount of full HD channels you can get. When you talk to your cable or satellite provider, ask how many of the channels you get will be in full HD. Also ask about the cost. Read the rest of this entry »
I have decided that it is going to be a good idea to make a big deal out of Anne’s birthday. Of course you can not do that with every date on the calendar, but this is one which usually hits a woman hard. She is going to turn 40 and it is not something that she really enjoys. I have been thinking about how far I want to go however, because obviously we have our bills to pay. I was trying to get a firm quote from a place called Star night – limo services in Toronto, but they do not seem to be all that eager to be pinned down. They want to get all of the details before they tell you what it is going to cost you. Read the rest of this entry »
I live in a sleepy town with only 4,000 residents. Up until the 1990s, most of us did not have television cable, much less local channels. When the weather was just right, our TVs could pull in one local channel from a large city about an hour away. While the rest of the country had faster Internet, we had slower dialup service only. When I heard that Mississippi Hughesnet service would be coming to a nearby area to offer online services, I found myself hoping that would soon include my little town, too. We have been so behind the times in the area for far too long.
It is important that I point out the finer points of where I live as well. No cable TV service meant that area residents found other ways to entertain themselves instead. The same goes for slower online speeds because the average person really does not have the patience to surf very long with a modem that only crawls along. Yet progress absolutely does have an upside. Read the rest of this entry »
Of course file sharing has been around as long as the Internet quite nearly, that is essentially the purpose for which it was designed. The CERN Physicist Bernards Lee who originated the idea was looking for a solution to the difficulty of categorizing and digesting scientific documents, but within a short time some guy sent off a scan of a naked girl. There have been dozens of dozens of steps between that baby step and the vast archive found on sites like the Pirate Bay. I am wondering how we go to the next step and what happens when we get to something like the sorts of speeds that they have in South Korea and Japan and other smaller nations in the Far East. Of course they have advantages when it comes to building real modern high speed networks. Read the rest of this entry »
My brother moved to the states to live with my grandparents when he was a baby. Things were tough growing up how we did. However, we both had family that supported us, and we both earned our bachelor degrees. I called my brother to tell him I was enrolling to earn my mba in singapore. My brother fancies himself a comedian and asked me why I started playing basketball. I reminded him I said “MBA” not “NBA.” He told me he knew and was just being funny. Yes, that is my brother.
He told me that he had enrolled to earn his Master’s in Business Administration about three weeks ago. He was waiting to hear from me to tell me. We will be graduating at the same time. Our lives have kind of paralleled like that even though we are separated by great distance. I have been privileged to spend every other summer with him growing up and he with me here in Singapore. We both have a well rounded sense of the two cultures and places. Read the rest of this entry »
John Stuart Mill was, without question, a philosopher who was far ahead of his time. An intelligent and introspective deep thinker, what separated Mill from many of his philosophical contemporaries was his deep feelings of compassion for others. At times when it certainly was not popular nor “politically correct” to do so, John Stuart Mill spoke out in defense of women’s rights and against the cruel and horrible wrongs of slavery.
Born in Pentonville, London, England in 1806, John Stuart Mill was a strong and hugely influential contributor to both social and political theory. A stong believer in utilitarianism, the ethical theory that was created by Jeremy Bentham, Mill is thought by a great many number of historians to be the number one most influential English speaking philosopher in the entire nineteenth century. In addition to his work philosopher and political economist, Mill served as a member of the British parliament and played a very important and influential role in shaping the liberal political philosophy of his time.
John Stuart Mill’s philosophy very strongly recognized the importance of and supported the freedom of the individual in opposition to the strength and power of the state. Read the rest of this entry »
Philosophy used to be set apart from common society. There were men and women who wrote using an expansive vocabulary to describe the deepest things of human experience. They were loved and hated by their readers. Some would read what they wrote and used it to assist in formulating an opinion on everything that has to do with human existence. Others read the essays to fuel their dislike for the philosopher’s opinions. Others, who may rarely read, would point out that talking about life gets in the way of living it.
All human beings have a philosophy and a theology. We have a way of categorizing everything in nature whether it be physical, psychological or spiritual. A contempt for the philosophical among us is in itself a philosophy just as the absence of religious faith is actually a theology. Read the rest of this entry »