Frank's Web Notes Here is a collection of what I find interesting on the web. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:36:56 GMT Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:36:56 GMT en-us Fargo v1.64 @frankm frank.mcpherson <p><a href="" target="_blank">How-To: Fargo Self-Hosted Publishing - VPS Storage.</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:36:41 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Brother Borealis.</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:06:51 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">rathbike's Blog.</a> Two MTU Alumns are riding a tandem bike across the northern United States.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:05:07 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">25 Things People Mistakenly Say to Yoopers.</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:31:22 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">iPad and MacBook Battery Life to improve with help of fuel cells.</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:01:52 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">AluPen Digital Review: The only iPad stylus or Android stylus you need.</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:00:18 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">German sausage cartel caught bangers to rights.</a> Best title I've seen in a while.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:08 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Commndr for Google Now removes ‘Note to Self’ voice prompt - Android Community.</a></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:50:32 GMT <p>Yesterday <a href="" target="_blank">I built a Debian server to host the Fargo Publisher.</a> Still have some dots to connect.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:46:03 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Microsoft says super-cheap Windows devices are on the way.</a> The race to the bottom continues. No matter how cheap, if the products are bad people won't buy them. Microsoft seems to be making an assumption that the only reason why people buy Chromebooks is because they are cheap. However, it think you will find some people prefer them because the hardware designs are nice AND they require less maintenance. A $200 Windows notebook that requires vigilance against viruses and malware is more expensive than a $200 Chromebook that does not.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:43:04 GMT <p>The work week is almost over. The first week back after a long vacation is the worst.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:06:28 GMT <p><a href=";utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+churchrelevance+(Church+Relevance)" target="_blank">Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication -</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:44:57 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality audio.</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:42:31 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">How-To: Fargo Self-Hosted Publishing.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:12:23 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">How-To: Setting up a River of news.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:53:29 GMT <p><a href=";tid=26512040461813&amp;tml=det_12pm&amp;tmi=det_12pm_1_10500107102014&amp;ts=H" target="_blank">World Cup finals: It's Pope versus pope.</a> Oy, what a dilemma. How will God decide? </p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:36:12 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Gmail for Android adds a faster way to attach Google Drive files.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:23:30 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">WSJ:</a> Tablet Shipments Decline For the First Time. </p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:09:00 GMT Give Us Today Our Daily Bread <p>Is it wrong to be satisfied? By being satisfied I mean to not be driven for more, to not constantly push to "be all you can be?" Our culture says it is wrong to be satisfied, we should always be striving to improve, to achieve more, to accomplish more. </p> <p>Only working a 40 hour week? You are a slacker. Using all of your vacation time? You are a slacker. Wish you didn't have to work all the time? You are lazy. Not saving the world? Then you are not using the gifts God has given you. </p> <p>In my opinion churches ought to counter this cultural belief, but instead we feed it equally well. You've got to participate in more small groups, give more service, and give more money so that either more people can be hired or larger buildings can be built.</p> <p>If you don't do these things, you aren't truly part of our community. Instead of offering relief from a world obsessed with more, the church fully participates within and often encourages the cultural norm.</p> <p><a href=";version=NRSV">In Luke 11:1-4</a>, Jesus's disciples ask him to teach them how to pray, and Jesus answers in what we commonly call The Lord's Prayer. In verse 3 it says, "Give us each day our daily bread." In other words, please provide us just what we need for this day. </p> <p>You remember the words, don't you?</p> <p>The prayer goes on in verse 4, "And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us." In most churches the word sin is used in this verse, I find it interesting that in <a href=";version=NRSV">Matthew's version of the Lord's prayer</a>, this verse says "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." (<a href=";version=NRSV">Matthew 6:12</a>). While we seem to want to equate "debt" with the idea of our debt to God, or rather sin, most likely Jesus really meant debt.</p> <p>In the time of Jesus debt, most often in the form of having your land foreclosed on in trade for food and other things one needed to live, was a big issue. The authorities, be they Jewish or Roman, in their obsession for more forced those around them into debt. It seems to me that Jesus is encouraging us to forgive debts on others, just as God has forgiven our debt to him. Or may be put another way, stop being obsessed with more, and be satisfied with "enough." </p> <p><a href=";version=NRSV">In Matthew 6:25-34</a> we see Jesus telling us to not worry. Jesus says, "Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" In Jesus's day marks of wealth included what you ate and what you wore. If you listen closely enough, I think you hear Jesus saying, "give up your obsession with more and rejoice in having enough. Be satisfied. Peace be with you."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:29:23 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek).</a></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:29:03 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">St. Lydia's: A Dinner Church in Brooklyn, New York.</a> I think this is one of the coolest worship communities that I have come across.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:53:45 GMT <p>Every time I see a picture of these <a href="" target="_blank">hot dog eaters</a> I want to hurl. The whole watering down of the bun thing produces a gag reflex.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:51:17 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Inbox - The next-generation email platform.</a> I am simply glad to see that someone is doing something to improve e-mail.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:24:16 GMT <p><a href="" target="_blank">Surface Mini Unlikely to Ship This Summer.</a> Paul Thurrott throws water on the Ev Leaks tweet yesterday that a Surface Mini will appear this summer. My hope remains in the fact that Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley were both wrong about whether the Surface Mini would be announced when the Surface 3 was announced.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:18:29 GMT <p><a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">How To Convince Conservative Christians That Global Warming Is Real.</a> I really don't get the conservative Christian resistance to concerns about climate change. If you are going to be literal about the creation story, didn't God give us responsibility for his creation? </p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:25:53 GMT