“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” – Romans 8:35 -37 New Living Translation

Current Goings On

Ordered a Garmin Nuvi 360 from Amazon. New. What I got was a return or something and the security pin had been set on it. The only way to reset it is to ship it to Garmin and pay them $150. So I am sending it back to Amazon, ordered a different one this afternoon.

I would like to have it before the family and I head out to visit family in Iowa. I’ve driven across the country plenty of times without GPS, but my last couple trips home I’ve used my dad’s and I really like it. And I’m a gadget guy, this is way over due.

Sunday I’m flying down to Mexico for a few days. I’ll be spending time in Puebla. Our national office for Mexico is there. We’ll be doing some training for folks in the office I think. The training is for a tool we have built on Drupal – that is why I am going. I need to start learning about anything our organization does that is Drupal related. It’s a short visit and I’m sure we’ll be very busy, but at some point I intend to eat at least one really good meal. Best enchiladas I’ve ever had in my life were at a restaurant in Mexico City last spring. We wont be far from there, so I expect the same will be available. I’ll probably break down and try out mole too.

I’m reading a few books right now, including Wired for War. It’s very interesting and more than a little bit disturbing. It’s a book that most geeks would really enjoy. It’s very accessible and hits on all kinds of cool stuff but with very real world applications and concerns. Once I finish it I’ll be doing a full review. I’m 75% through and it’s pretty good so far.

I’ve been working on my little microzine application. I have the db built, a framework and authentication system put together. Now I’m working on getting info. stored in the db. When that is done I’ll just need to set up sending the tweets and then making sure that happens when it is supposed to. I’ve never done a web app before. It’s interesting because, for instance, I have no idea how the scheduling part will work. But I know other stuff does it so when I get to that point I’ll just see how. WordPress for example allows me to set a date and time for publishing posts. I just have to see how they do it. Though I was thinking they may just check when someone visits, and that wouldn’t work for what I am doing. Ah well, I’m ahead of myself. I can create a record by typing in the information. Now I need to add some data validation and simplify putting in the date and time with widgets.

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-20 (New Living Translation)

The Birth of Jesus
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others -the armies of heaven- praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.