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In for a penny, in for a pound.

Thu, 1 Nov 2007 16:27:00 GMT

Friends, we are now appointees.*

Thanks for your prayers. More details to come, of course.

* = translated, this means we're appointed to be members of the Mission.

project muddle, as we say...

Fri, 5 Oct 2007 13:31:00 GMT

So many of you, dear readers, are familiar with what piscis and I casually call "project muddle". And since she's the superior communicator, I'm going to let her do the summing-up from her point-of-view. (Apologies to those for whom this is redundant.)

On to the muddle project: ...went to a second meeting with ACME and Paul to try and hammer out what our plans are for the future. It was a really good meeting.

We have been struggling with how to stay with ACME and not live out of our car. Now we opened up that struggle to the ACME leadership team, to see what their take was on all of this was. Beyond the numbers, we wanted to see if there was a need for us to stay, a way which I could help (since I would be new to the team) and how to work out the logistics and timing. With Tobo on the way, we were very emphatic that we need to have a plan in place and a few benchmarks which will be go/no go lines both for us and for ACME. We can't be dead wood, but we also can't hang out on a wing and a prayer. Well, not on a wing at least.

After a loooong talk (we got out just before six), we had a plan in place, with benchmarks, dollar amounts and action items. It still needs to be finalized and approved by the whole leadership team. The plan as it stands is we would become full time members in the next year or two. Full membership is defined as having enough prayer and financial support to meet an agreed upon monetary amount that ACME needs to support us. Our current support is minimal, so we will need to do a lot of work. (called deputation)

In faith that the plan will be approved by the rest of the leadership team, Paul and I will be going through a number of psych, medical, and financial batteries, as well as theological questions in the next few weeks. We will be attending the candidate course which is the last 2 weeks of October. In November, we will hear back from the leadership team about whether the plan is still viable on their end. Which means we would move forward and go before the board, hopefully to become appointees.

Paul and I are willing to try it. This is our last shot to try to keep Paul in a position where he is called vocationally to be. If it doesn't work (see: go/no go lines) than Paul will be leaving ACME and finding an IT job that will cover our expenses. That probably will not be in Denver, since one of the struggles we are having right now is the cost of living out here. We're planning on staying for the birth, but after that we will be on the move as soon as Tobo is portable again. (what is that, 18?)

Obviously this is a lot to consider. As always, we would appreciate any prayers you can send up about this, for us, the leadership team, the board, and Tobo. Little does he/she know how crazy his/her parents will be.

And she's only mostly kidding about living out of the car. But where'd be put the spawn? Good thing we have the pickup as well...

Anyroad, we welcome comments, via the handy-dandy "EMAIL" link above. As we go down this road, we might switch everything over to a shiny public-facing cooperative blog, but we'll just see. But e-mail me!

Pray for us now, and in the many hours of our death to self to come...


oh, good

Wed, 4 Apr 2007 09:59:00 GMT

A bit of a weight off my mind, really, considering some of the options...

You’re St. Justin Martyr!

You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

That's m' boy!

O! brave new world!

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 18:01:00 GMT

Lo, I bring you this mighty deed of contemporary intertextuality: [musical goodness] in the hopes of making a better world. Or something.

Microsoft message of the day

Fri, 2 Mar 2007 10:00:00 GMT

I kid you not:
Some downloads are made available only after users have validated their versions of Microsoft Windows. Firefox and Netscape Navigator browser users may install a helper program, the Windows Genuine Advantage plug-in, to enhance their download experience.
Obviously, I have not been hitting the cheap gin hard enough lately.


Thu, 1 Mar 2007 19:51:00 GMT

"Us with our busy, busy little lives, finding no better way to pass our years than in competitive disdain."

-- Iain M. Banks, Consider Phlebas, "State of play: three"

the true North?

Thu, 1 Mar 2007 11:35:00 GMT

Today, I learned that Denver is in Canada, and I'm Canadian -- thanks to Dell! The "cart", which is the cruddy method I have to use to send quote requests to their salesdrones and resellers, is geb0rkt, and insists I wish to look around their lame site in its little Canadian box.


back from .SG

Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:43:00 GMT

Back from my little trip to Singapore -- a few photos are up on Flickr, let me know if you'd like to see them, and I'll set you up as a contact etc.!


scary quote o' the day

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 18:56:00 GMT

Now there's a challenge:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

-- William Morris

ecclesiology in the key of maudlin...

Thu, 2 Nov 2006 09:41:00 GMT

Yes, The Smiths as hymnologists...
I would rather not go
Back to the old house
I would rather not go
Back to the old house
There's too many
Bad memories
Too many memories
There ...
Oh, there ...
There ...

When you cycled by
Here began all my dreams
The saddest thing I've ever seen
And you never knew
How much I really liked you
Because I never even told you
Oh, and I meant to

Are you still there ?
Or have you moved away ?
Or have you moved away ?
Away ...
Oh ...

I would love to go
Back to the old house
But I never will
I never will ...
I never will ...

In the aftermath of All Saints' and Reformation Day (and inevitable ignorant moaning about its outcomes), I often feel this way. This year, the feast of All Saints doesn't even fall on Nov. 1 in my church's local calendar, leaving me twice bereft...

(thanks for the lyrics)

Basic game-play styles...

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 09:58:00 GMT

I think that there's basically just the three gameplay styles, and they break down something like this:
In A World Where...

This Is A Tale Of...

Your Challenge Will Be...

And so different interests are described by those different hooks; some people want to know what the challenge will be and how they'll overcome obstacles for their ultimate reward. Others want themes of import: betrayal, family loyalty, wanderlust, revenge, true love... Some of us are all 'let a hundred flowers bloom' for expressing 'In a world where..."

The Simulationist heartbreaker is to speak "In A World Where..." in such a way that the theme of the Tale and the Challenge contain the seeds of their own expression...


Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:29:00 GMT

I hate fsckin' ZF-Jvaqbjf: "Warning! Using this remote administration tool will do something totally irrational, and completely the opposite of making the change locally! Decline to be rectally wirebrushed? [No] [Yes]"

And people wonder why I joke about not having grey hairs before I went into this business...

mmm, apocalypse...

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 21:42:00 GMT

Tonight, went off to try the first episode of Bible study with the Orthodox. Noticed, more strongly than ever before, a kooky resemblance, forcing me to ask: Separated at birth? This guy -- and this guy? Spooky, no? Since the phrase "already / not yet" figures prominently in this book...!

So tonight it was Apocalypse! With the Orthodox!

This is quite as much fun as you might think it (okay, probably more...). But it was quite a straightforward reading an interpretation of the text. In fact, it was much more like a proper Bible study than anything I've seen at any church I've been at since St. S. Ev. Lutheran... 15+ years ago...

And really, though Protestants like to talk about being Biblical, the real church emphasis is on so-called "sharing", topical discussion out of Protestant tertiary/quaternary sources, and "culture wars" / values / moralism, rather than straightforward exposition of Biblical texts. While some of those things might have a place in church life (some, and small), they must not displace the confrontation with the questions basic to Christian teaching: First, what does it say?, and second, what does it mean?

By no coincidence, this was emphasized tonight, which is why I'm all "w00" about it, instead of despairing. I did refrain from pointing how how foundational this grounding in the literal sense of the Scriptural text was for Luther, however...

And next time, I'm bringing our Greek/English NT!

eat more rage -- it puts a fire in your belly!

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 20:09:00 GMT

When you're a sysadmin by practice (irrespective of title), you find that God gives the gift of rage every day. It is a fire which may come down and consume all at any time. the fire staves off despair, and throws the followers of falsehood (vendors, spammers, misbehaving hardware) into confusion and panic.

Today's occasion for rage is the TO DO function of Ybghf Abgrf, synced with a Cnyz, via Ybghf RnflFlap. Now, a TO DO list is surely not rocket science. In fact, it's probably one of the earliest functions of the "personal" computer: A stored list, ordered and sorted to push work from the brain to the machine. Practically what the jolly things there for, what?

But no. Despite running mucho $LOCALCURRENCY to rent ("license") and operate, and having the proprietary Ybghf RnflFlap software widget to wrangle the oh-so-elaborate TO DO from Cnyz-speak to Ybghf Abgrf -talk, the list, viewed in the utterly krep! client view so characteristic of Ybghf Abgrf, is trashed. Imagine chavs ransacking a house for spare change to buy pot or some alcoholic swill like Bud Light, and you'll have a picture of the TO DO list's end state: disordered, messy, inverted, garbage from months ago strewn across the screen. Let's just say I don't go for that white trash trailerpark look.

Obviously, this list, besides being useless to me in this state, is utterly unsuited to being printed out and used for a discussion with my unP-HB about my work tasks and priorities. Bah.

So... How about the native Cnyz software that should work with the gadget? Yeah, I bet you think you're clever. Fear not: Ybghf RnflFlap now intercepts all TO DO data, and diverts it from the native software, leaving the Cnyz software with a list as old as the day you installed RnflFlap. Unless you're daft enough to present the boss with a list that says you've tracked nothing (or done nothing) the last 5 months, it's Ybghf Abgrf holding you hostage. Kill it! Kill it with fire!

On a Tuesday following the Monday where the car died, forcing us to push it out of the middle of the apartment complex parking lot (uphill, of course!) until I could return to climb into the hood and scrub the battery terminal until the happy sparks returned, and in which I spent all morning talking about how we (werk) are likely going to hand off the mega-project of our org's data revamp to a (thankfully rather clueful) contractor, giving me a serious case of envy... Yeah, the rage is your friend. The fire is fuel, it keeps us warm as night closes in...

'people in this world, they have no place to go'

Sun, 17 Sep 2006 19:16:00 GMT

Did the Orthodox thing again today -- think I'll vote to stick with it, since the perfect church hasn't mysteriously washed up on our block... Am continuing to decipher my relationship to Orthodoxy, since I take my own dogmatic stances as seriously as they take theirs.

And since life has finally slowed down a bit, I'm watching football and reading. It's a little bit of back-to-basics with Carl E. Braaten*:

Some of us have said it so often that it hardly bears repeating: Lutheranism is not essentially a church but a movement. It is not essentially an independent church in competition with other denominational churches. It is a confessional movement that exists for the sake of reforming the whole church of Christ by the canon of the gospel. The ecclesiastical, organizational structures of Lutheranism are interim measures, ready to go out of business as soon as their provisional aims are realized.
The Lutheran-Orthodox ecumenical exchanges have always been a disappointment to me; the Orthodox always seem to regard us as a crypto-Papist advance force which must be disarmed and stripped of distinctives. For the Lutheran part, there's an embarrassing tendency to use the Orthodox to score points on the Papists (and Anglicans), while also trying to replay the Reformation so as to get a better outcome. Hilariously (by which I mean sadly), every couple centuries there's a round of this, and the same mutual incomprehension occurs...

And so it goes.

In football news, in the 3rd quarter of the Cowboys/Redskins game, and it is utterly clear that "T.O." cam neither make the big play, not take the big hit. Color me unsurprised! Also: GO STILLERZ!

* = Principles of Lutheran Theology (Fortress, 1983), Ch. 3 "The Ecumenical Principle", p. 46.