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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sketches by Allison

Sketch by Allison (1)

These are just some sketches my daughter Allison made on my iPod the other day (Note: I removed Sketch by Allison (2) because it wasn't finished, but I still think it's good, so I'll just leave a link). I think they are great. She's actually better than this, it's just that the sketch programs on the iPod aren't all that easy for a 7 year old to use. It's also probable that they weren't finished. The sketch program has a save button she probably hit by accident and I noticed the pics on my iPod later on.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our Father Visits Me in a Dream

Something happened to me yesterday morning that I feel I need to share. Though I frequently have very vivid dreams that often hold meaning for me, my dream yesterday morning was quite different than my normal dreams. Usually my dreams are reasonably lengthy and vague in purpose, but this one was short and pointed and I feel it was probably a vision from God, not just a normal dream.

In my vision, there was a large, intimidating storm cloud and as I stood there, it became a face; the face was in the cloud and it was the cloud, that is, the cloud became the face; it was a bearded and kind yet firm face though it was still a cloud. And, believing it was a manifestation of the Lord Father, I asked Him the question that has been troubling my heart, "Why can't these people understand?" And I was given an answer. "Because they choose not to be able to understand." That was my entire vision.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Most Likely To Go Postal

It seems that I've been voted. Jeff, one of the top dogs at the company and a Christian friend who I work with, has done a survey and it appears that there's general consensus that I'm the one voted most likely to go postal. They say it is my appearance and mindset (which seem to be quite different than most others). I think this is totally hilarious. I think part of it is that with my long hair and beard (both dark brown), the association of Serpico is in people's minds.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apple Willing to Fix My iPod

Wonderful news. Apple finally decided to fix (or replace) my iPod. It took three times sending it to them and three weeks without my iPod, but finally I am going to have a working iPod again!

Update 2008-10-24:
It appears that whatever they're doing, they're shipping it from Shanghai (China) which is the same place they shipped my original. Must be a new or refurbished one. I'm glad that I saved a copy of my hardware stats so I can compare the new one with the old one.

Update 2008-11-05:
Well, they sent me a new one (or refurbished, can't tell really). Sorry 'bout the lack of update, but I've been moving and been too busy and haven't gotten my Net moved yet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In the Bible: Slavery (Part 2 of 2)

I am putting this separate from my main article on slavery because I don’t think it lends itself directly as my viewpoint, per say, but as a comparison of mine with that of someone else. I would like to address some stuff from a particularly anti-Biblical website.

Leviticus 25:44-46: The site uses NLT which says, “You may treat them as your property,” to infer that slaves were supposed to be treated as less than human, but in NIV and Young’s Literal Translation you can see this has nothing to do with treating them inhumanly, it is about transferal of service. Servitude, I might add they were not supposed to be stolen into. “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.” (NIV)

In the Bible: Slavery (Part 1 of 2)

This is the first post in a series of the topics on my interpretation of the Bible. Here is a preliminary list of these topics that is based on a comment from a post I made previously: slavery, war, polygamy, government and women. I have recently heard comments from a number of people saying that the Bible condones slavery, so I feel it is appropriate to start with this.

When most Americans think of slavery, they think of the slave trading industry as implemented in pre-civil war America. Slaves were commonly treated as less than human; often they were treated worse than cattle. Slaves were common victims of rape under the guise of forced sexual labor. Families of slaves were often torn apart when one slave was sold away from his or her spouse and children without consideration of the desire of the slaves affected. Otherwise free people were stolen by slave traders and forced into slavery often based on their skin color, heritage, location or religion. And, when a slave did escape from a cruel master, many areas had laws that required he (or she) be returned to that master often to face punishments that amount to torture or death. So a slave under this institution generally had no justification for being a slave and no hope of becoming freed.

Monday, October 13, 2008

iPod Touch Repair Request Attempt 3

iPod Touch - TinkerBell
The socket on my iPod where I plug my USB cord, wall charger and bluetooth adapter has intermittent functionality. I tested the iPod with 4 USB cords and 3 PCs which I know work with other iPods. I sent my iPod to you guys twice, but I am still experiencing this problem. I have updated my firmware and iTunes and have followed all recommended troubleshooting tips. I'd rather not go another week sans-iPod if not necessary. Please advise.
And that's what I sent them. I've got a limit of like 450 characters or something though it says on the form it's 250, I think, but I can't condense this to 250 characters. For up to an hour, I wait for someone to read it and probably send me back a semi-automated response saying that they approve my repairs and they'll send me a box to send them my iPod. At least in the mean time, I can put my music back on (careful to not touch the cord!) so I can listen to it till I get the box to ship it back to them. All this is very depressing.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Apple's Automated System Mocks Me

http://www.flobi.com/images/ipodtouch2.pngRemember my post last night: Flobi.com, The Blog: Apple Won't Fix My iPod Touch? Well, Apple (which is still in the process of returning my broken iPod for the second time claiming it's not broken) apparently has an automated process that has decided I needed another reminder that nothing is wrong with my iPod.
Dear Joshua,

Thank you for choosing AppleCare Service.

Our technicians have performed full diagnostic checks on your IPOD TOUCH and have been unable to reproduce the symptom(s) you reported when you requested the repair. As a result of our tests, we can confirm that your product meets Apple specifications for performance, usability, and functionality.

As a part of our assessment and test procedures, your product has had the latest software and firmware updates installed. It is now being returned to you, and you should expect to receive it within two business days along with a letter that provides details about our assessment as well as useful troubleshooting tips.

Shipping address:
[removed]

Repair ID: [you don't need this]

Your repair status is available online ["online" was a link].

Apple
It's just irritating that even though I can reproduce this on every computer that I bring it to...CAN reproduce it, ha! I'd love to be able to NOT reproduce it! What is wrong with their technicians? Are they lazy? Are they stupid? Are they just spiteful? I don't know, but it's very frustrating.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Apple Won't Fix My iPod Touch

iPod TouchI don't get it. I have always liked Apple. But for some reason, they won't fix my iPod Touch. I don't know what to do.

For the past month or so, I've had a rough time connecting my iPod to my computer. Granted, I can usually get it connected by wiggling the plug in and out of the socket on the iPod, but lately, it's also been having problems connecting to my dock and my wall charger.

I listen to my iPod a lot, so naturally, I procrastinated sending it to them because I will miss it. But, eventually, it just becomes too much for me and I do. So what do they say to my problem? "Our technicians have performed full diagnostic checks on your IPOD TOUCH and have been unable to reproduce the symptom(s) you reported when you requested the repair. As a result of our tests, we can confirm that your product meets Apple specifications for performance, usability, and functionality."

Are there non-random mutations?

Savage Chickens - The Dance of LifeIn my previous post, Flobi.com, The Blog: Does evolution contradict Christianity? I insulated that I believed that many of what evolutionists call "random mutations" are in fact not quite so random.
And, insofar as we can't specifically determine which genetic changes are in fact random and which are part of the existing design (to the point that the gene is actually programmed to alter it's own composition, notwithstanding how it became programmed such), we can say there is overwhelming evidence of genetic change and natural selection.
Yesterday on Answers in Genesis's Answers Research Journal in the article Genetics of Coat Color I: The Melanocortin 1 Receptor (MC1R), a similar idea has been observed. Here's a statement from the conclusions section of that article.
Thus, the MC1R appears to be a genetic locus that was designed to change and directed mutations are quite plausibly involved.
I find this interesting because when I made my previous post, I had only recently been introduced into the whole idea that the Bible could be trusted in all ways and up to that time, had totally avoided Answers in Genesis because of the severe societal stigma they have garnered which I now realize is part of the expected persecution for their mission of upholding the scriptures. I suppose I could expect the same considering my stance.

After rereading my post the other day, I would probably reword some things in it, but as it is, even though I have a few more months understanding I still agree with it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Montly Distance Competition

I just wanted to note that I have taken this month off the distance competition. Though technically, I am still entered, I am not actually going anywhere. I am planning on starting back at the beginning of next month. That is one of the reasons I have not put the report on my site. If anyone has a desire to see this, just let me know, I don't mind putting it up if there's interest.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Thought on Logic

The absolute values of one number and it's negative cannot be equal unless the value of the number is zero. This is a provable mathematic equation. I believe it applies equally as well to any logical concept. The absolute value of one concept and it's negative cannot be equal unless the value of the concept is nothing. Just something to think about.

Friday, September 12, 2008

On Tollerance, Continued

As I was taking a gander around, I noticed an article pop up this morning on the subject of my post yesterday and I thought that I would add some of the ideas from that to my ideas yesterday. Now, yesterday, I was focused specifically on homosexuality. I was thinking that it might be unfair for Christians to be more focused on the ways of the gay when in fact the Bible is totally against any non-marital sexual interaction, and even to focus on that, when there is so much more immorality out there, but I digress. I was asked about homosexuality, which is why I focused on it. Additionally, I don't remember the Bible using the word, "abomination," about any other sexual activity (though it's pretty harsh on bestiality, but I don't believe bestiality is quite as common as homosexuality).

On Tollerance

Before I loose this idea, I wanted to convey the thoughts from a conversation I had earlier today. Here's a story of a fictional conversation based on the conversation I had earlier. I was posted the question, "What are your thoughts on homosexuality?" I replied, "It's an abomination." Unfortunately, at that point in the conversation, this topic stopped in preference for another topic.

A few minutes later, my colleague came back to this issue posing a hypothetical situation. "Let's say your cousin was gay, what would you think."

Friday, August 29, 2008

Flobi retains fitness trophy in July

http://psiblog.net/2008/08/04/flobi-retains-fitness-tropy-in-july/

By the time Mike returned on July 30th, Flobi held a slim .02 mile lead. Both competitor walked on the 31st, but when the clock struck midnight Flobi was victorious. Flobi went 54.67 miles and Mike went 51.39 miles.
As for my challenge, it was purely rhetorical. We had recently watched Back to the Future and that's the line Marty said when trying to outrun the terrorists. Originally, I had no intention of running this month. But as it stands, with 3 days left, I'm only 3.4 miles behind. No one's really going anywhere this month.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Little Lunchtime Reading

This is from part of an article describing some current theories of sub-atomic structure. Specifically, string theory in this section this came from. For anyone not familiar, the quick and easy is that the pieces that make up atoms (electrons, etc.) are made up of strings vibrating at certain frequencies in some 11 dimentions (only 4 of which we can directly observe).
It is also interesting to note that physicists believe these strings of energy are either closed (forming a loop) or open (forming a line interval). I cannot help but think of the binary numeric system as used in electronic circuitry and computer programming. I can imagine a subatomic world in which various vibrating stings of electromagnetic energy, some circular like a “0,” some linear like a “1,” interlocked in various multidimensional mathematical computations to form complex structures in multidimensional binary code. - Allen, D. (2008). An Apology and Unification Theory for the Reconciliation of Physical Matter and Metaphysical Cognizance. Retrieved August 18, 2008, from Answers Research Journal Web site: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/arj/v1/n1/unification-theory
As a programmer, I find this hilarious. In fact, I find the same visual coming to my mind as D. Allen describes. Then again, in my mental image, everything's green and trickling...wait, that was a movie. Maybe there's some truth to The Matrix trillogy after all? Things are not always what they seem. In fact, it doesn't seem that things are what they seem...at all.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

floIcon Download Favicon Fixed

Okay people, I know that the most popular thing on my site is the floIcon based icon assembler. So, if something is broken on the site, please let me know. I know that people use that. Anyways, I noticed this morning that there was a missing \ character in the favicon downloader feature on the floIcon page and I fixed it.

You can AIM me, my username is flobi. You can email me, flobi on this domain. incredinex if you happen to use Yahoo! or my email address on gmail or msnm. ... You know, I suppose I do have a message saying things might be broken, don't I? I'll have to update that. That page was supposed to be stable.

Monday, August 4, 2008

What parts of the Bible should be taken literally?

This is from: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080802190624AAH1hua. I thought I had an insightful answer so I wanted to share it here:

First off, I'm Christian. I guess what I'm really asking is, what parts of the Bible should be taken figuratively? For many atheists or unbelievers, they point out many different things, things that might seem abominable to humanity, such as slavery, or the destruction of homosexuals. But those arguments are always countered with "No. That wasn't supposed to be taken literally."

So what is supposed to be taken literally, and what should be taken as figurative or symbolic? Isn't it wrong to make anything that sounds evil become "symbolically taken" and at the same time, claim it's right to accept anything loving as literal?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Air Conditioning

Well, we went over to my parent's house today to install an air conditioner for my great uncle, Uncle Johnny. He shares a half of the house with my grandpa, Grumpy, and Grumpy likes the house much warmer than Uncle Johnny. So, the idea was that Uncle Johnny would have a window A/C in his room to keep it cooler and the rest of the area could stay comfortably warm.

I will say this about the new A/C is that it was very easy to install. I pretty much just lifted it up on to the window sill and closed the window down to it. My dad sealed off the perimeter. It was very light and seems pretty powerful for it's weight. The A/C was a Haier HWR06XC7.

We had some coffee. My dad makes the best coffee.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New HDD

I just got a new hard drive at work. Really, it was amazing. At my last job, I would have had to fill out a requisition form in triplicate, wait 3 weeks for approval, then wait another 3 weeks for the order to be made, wait 6 to 8 weeks for delivery, wait another 2 weeks for the guys to install it. Here, all I did was ask via instant messanger, "Can I have a bigger HDD?" within minutes, the boss-guy comes upstairs with a 400GB hard drive and hands it to me. Wow!

http://www.flobi.com/images/Seagate400GB.JPG
And there it is.

More info: HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive. My old drive was 30GB. The model of the new HDD is ST3400620A. When using DiskWizard to copy your old HDD to a new one, make sure you download the newest DiskWizard files and don't use the ones included with your new Seagate HDD.

Couple Pics

A couple images for us today. The first one is my team avatar for the Final Fantasy Football League on Yahoo (or whatever it is). I don't play Football, or watch it, or even like it, but the office is doing it and I can just set my account to automate. Worst case, I loose...but I don't care anyways and I can at least have someone to root for when they talk about it. Team name is Coupe de Cheveux, which I believe means "haircut" in French.

http://www.flobi.com/images/flowbee.png

The next image is something from a show called, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." First of all, the show is hilarious! There's a part of the first episode where Dr. Horrible is using a sleek remote. When they zoom in, you can see that it's an iPhone pointed at a web page titled "Horrible Van Remote."

http://www.flobi.com/images/dr_horrible_iphone_safari.png

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New File Extension

Sorry to anyone spidering, but I've change the file extensions on all my files from HTML to PHP. This may give me the ability to do new stuff in the future. One of my co-workers informed me that I could use PHP as my file extension even with using blogger.com to run my blog. Can't do anything with it right now obviously (check time).

I think that using blogger.com is better than trying to have people register to my site. Most people who go out and read blogs already have a blogger login.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Zucchini Spaghetti

We were going to a community dinner and everyone was supposed to be bringing spaghetti, but being in a certain phase of a certain diet, couldn't do the starches. Then I remembered seeing on Iron Chef America something about using zucchini instead of pasta so I julianned some zucchini into strips and steamed them and put spaghetti sauce on them (just store bought with some ground beef). I called it zucchini spaghetti. :)

It turned out great! The zucchini had more of a texture than spaghetti, so the sauce stuck better. Even my kid liked it and she says she doesn't like zucchini otherwise. It was weird giving a recipe out to the ladies there.

iPhone/iPod Touch Repository

Okay, I've started my own repository for iPhone/iPod Touch applications. I've added MultiPod (see a few posts ago). Anyone who has a Jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch can add my repository by the normal means. The address is http://i.flobi.com and I named it that for ease of entry. (You're welcome.) If you go in a browser, I recommend Safari as it's designed for that browser specifically.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Coile Family Portraits


These just the proofs which is why they are such low quality. Mainly they're here so Karen can see them.

Friday, July 18, 2008

My Nike+ Mini

Nike+ has a new toy. I was going to call it a feature, but toy is really more accurate. It's called Nike+ Mini. You can see the result of me playing with it. Beard, messy hair, but strangely enough, the only Nike eq. I normally wear is the sportband. I don't own any of their shoes or shirts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MultiPod

Here's a quick upload of my program MultiPod that I've been working on in spare time. This is my first and only iPod application. It makes it so that you can swap multiple music/video/pic/bookmark libraries so that you can sync with multiple computers or convince your computer you have multiple iPods (or both!). It also allows you to require a password to be entered when switching to a library for those who may have sensitive information in your media.

Note: It does not currently swap contacts, calendars or any other application data.

Screenshots:
http://www.flobi.com/files/ipod/list_ipods.pnghttp://www.flobi.com/files/ipod/setup_view.pnghttp://www.flobi.com/files/ipod/enter_password.pnghttp://www.flobi.com/files/ipod/no_password_required.png

Installation:
First of all, you must have a Jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch (though this hasn't been tested on iPhone) with firmware 1.1.4. Reason for firmware requiment: paths changed. A version for 1.1.3 and lower could be made if requested.

Use the installer to install the Jiggy Runtime.

UPDATE: View this post to add my iPhone/iPod Touch Repository.  You will now find MultiPod under Utilities with SwapTunes and other similar programs.

When you run MultiPod, it will automatically detect the current configuration and assign it to the first position. To change the name of an entry, use iTunes; the entry will be named the same as the name iTunes gives the device.

UPDATE 2: Jiggy Runtime is no longer updated and is not available for current frameware.  Thus, there is no point having MultiPod updated and for all intensive purposes, it has been discontinued.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flobi scalps the competition in June

http://psiblog.net/2008/07/15/flobi-scalps-the-competition-in-june/
It would be a stretch to call the June Fitness Challenge a competition. In reality, only Flobi decided to show up. He won going away by walking 55 miles...
I would like to mention the play on words in the title (which was by Jeff, one of the higher-ups at the company): Flobi (my nickname) comes from the root-word Flowbee, which is a device designed to cut hair. Since scalping is another method of hair removal, this is funny. Or it's supposed to be. When you actually need the referrence explained to you or it takes multiple minutes for you to realize the referrence yourself, it isn't nearly as funny (or so I'm told). I guess that's the same with any play on words or joke. But that isn't Jeff's fault that I've heard Flobi so many times in my life that I literally never think of Flowbee when I hear or see it.

100 Miles!!!

I did it! Thanks to everyone who encouraged me. I actually walked 100 miles in less than 3 months. Recorded the whole thing with a Nike+ wristband. Thanks Mike for the wristband. I also feel about 20 pounds lighter. I didn't really place in the company weight loss competition, but I did get last months distance (see right).

On a side note, I "accidentally" went 10 miles today. I normally have a 7 mile limit, but due to some bad math, I ended up going an extra 3 miles. How strange.

Update: Nike Gives me a Certificate

Congratulations Kristy!

Big shout out (whatever that means) to Kristy for winning Augusta's Biggest Loser competition. She lost 77 pounds. That's freaking amazing. It's also very motivating for me. You can see to the right here, I'm in a distance competition at work and I can use all the motivation I can get. To see Kristy looking just like she did in High School (hint, she was very cute in High School) makes me want to work to look like I did back then...well, maybe without those huge glasses (Kristy, why didn't you tell me my glasses were huge?). Looking at those old pictures, no wonder everyone thought I was a geek...not that they were wrong, but... Anyways, big congratulations, Kristy!

New Blog Location

I was thinking about it, there's no need for my blog to be in a subdirectory. I appologize to anyone who was using a feed, it has moved too (check link to left). So, now, instead of http://www.flobi.com/blogger/, it's just http://www.flobi.com/ right here, main page of the site. The old techie stuff (not that my blog won't have techie stuff now and then) is still available here: http://www.flobi.com/techstuff.php.

Monday, July 14, 2008

iPhone Shuffle

Strange situations today have made it such that I can't listen to music normally, so I have my iPod plugged in instead of my brand new blue tooth headphones (they're awesome by the way). I've got an application I downloaded called "Shuffle" which is supposed to make the shuffle feature on my iPod more intuitive. I'm not sure how well it works, so I was looking up, "iPhone shuffle app" in Google to find a review (hint: iPhone and iPod Touch are almost identical devices).

But I came up with another application called iPhone Shuffle. Apparently, it dials a random US phone number...and that's all it does. I think it's hilarious, you?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Christians believing Evolution

I've been going over all this and come to the realization that the conclusion of my last post may be misleading. The answer to the question "Can a Christian believe in the aspects of evolution that directly contradict the Bible?" is in fact yes. But, and here's where I think my train of thought was going before I got side tracked, that answer was specifically geared to the person reading my post.

The person reading my post, by the time that (s)he got to that part should be aware that the Bible does contradict parts of evolution (and vice versa) and must admit that either the Bible lies or the science is faulty, or else plead ignorance. Pleading ignorance itself leads to another question, who to trust. Should God be trusted over man, or should man be trusted over God?

However, those who haven't been presented with the truth that there are contradictions between the Bible and the theory of evolution, and I believe they are few, haven't been remotely indoctrinated into either. For the beginning of the Bible states very clearly an opposite history than evolution presents. And evolution is seldom, if ever, taught in the order I presented it. It is generally taught beginning with what I've called the final extrapolation. I presented it in that order because it was easiest to demonstrate where the two contradict.

Notwithstanding all this, if someone actually believes that evolution can create the world without somehow contradicting the Bible, (though it would be through ignorance they would have to make that claim), I suppose that it is possible that they could be a faithful Christian. It is not my place to judge, though I can say it does not seem likely to me that one who honestly looks at this issue will remain ignorant for long. I have found that the people who I know who are ardent about evolution being true seem to lack some of the fundamental qualities Jesus told us we should display. I won't go into that, because it would be gossip, I'm sure.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Does evolution contradict Christianity?

This is very interesting. I believe I'll give a shot at answering these questions.

Does evolution contradict Christianity? and If so, how? What is in conflict? What is about evolution that is in conflict? Obviously you're asking about the current "theory of evolution" (as opposed to the "fact of evolution," described later), often referred to as neo-Darwinism. Well, let's see...

The main theory has 2 basic aspects, 1. "Natural selection" favors development in such a way that individuals with traits better suited for a specific environment will thrive; and 2. "Random mutations" change, increase or decrease the genetic code, sometimes in beneficial ways (though primarily in indifferent or harmful ways). Extrapolating these two base points, natural selection combined with these random mutations will cause beneficial mutations to dominate any given gene exchanging group (this includes gene exchange during reproduction into the new being as well as some species apparently which can exchange genes even without reproduction). And, insofar as we can't specifically determine which genetic changes are in fact random and which are part of the existing design (to the point that the gene is actually programmed to alter it's own composition, notwithstanding how it became programmed such), we can say there is overwhelming evidence of genetic change and natural selection. Nothing here contradicts, let's just say, the Bible. This, I believe, is called "microevolution" by both Creationists, Evolutionists and scientists.