Free games and iPod camera

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I downloaded the free geoDefense Lite game the other day.

I enjoy playing it. But it is crazy difficult. Not sure I want to pay money to be so frustrated!

On the other hand I also snagged a lite copy of the new NHL 2K11, which is an excellent game. I’ve had a few issues with the game bogging down and crashing. But they will get those kinks worked out, so I’m definitely putting that one on my “to buy” list.

In other iPod news, the rumor-mill is running full speed ahead in advance of Apple’s Sep 1 press conference. Top of the list is the next gen Touch getting a camera, as well as Apple’s FaceTime. FaceTime interests me a bit, I could chat face-to-face with my Beloved whenever I’m away on a bus trip.

But nothing would make me happier than having a camera in my iPod! Being able to shoot pics and vid. Edit right on the device. And be able to post it on the net right from the device too. It will be a dream come true.

We’ll have to see what Apple reveals Wednesday.

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Income discrimination

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We’ve been trying to buy a car. Our bank approved us to spend a certain amount of money, but we have yet to find a car they approve of. What we find is either too high mileage or too old.

Actually, we did find a couple that were approved, but one sold before we could even start the paperwork and the other turned out to have some mechanical issues I didn’t want to deal with.

But those were exceptions to the rule, I think my banker might have a slightly inflated idea of what kind of car you can get for certain prices these days. So I’ve been asking around at some dealerships to see what kind of financing they offer.

I got to talking figures with one of the local dealers yesterday and I came away a bit miffed. See, Noel and I make very little money, under $10,000 per year. Not that we’re complaining, we’ve worked very hard learning to live well at this income level. And we do live well.

Our budget takes up only about 25-30 percent of that income. And the vast majority of that is our camper loan which will be paid off soon. What it boils down to is that we have several hundred dollars of discretionary income each month with which to purchase a car.

Turns out the dealer’s bank won’t even consider us for a loan because we make so little money. It apparently doesn’t matter that 70 percent of my money goes straight into our pockets. Our income is below a certain magic number, so we are unworthy.

It irks me, but that’s okay. I don’t really want more debt anyway. Being debt-free is one major key to living on so little money.

Lay it down

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Laying down our “all.” Even for those who hate us.

Christ gave us that example to live up to. Most of us think of it in terms of dying for someone else. What if we think about it in terms of laying down our pride?

Quite a bit harder, it seems like.

Few of us will be asked to give our very life. But our testimony of Love is damaged every day because we refuse to lay down our pride.

It is human pride that leads us to declare; “We are right, you are wrong!” It is pride of the worst sort that compels us to damn people to an eternity of unimaginable suffering because they disagree with us.

Where do we humans get this insatiable need to be “right?” I’m more than guilty in this regards. I spent much of my adult life arguing right and wrong as it comes to religion, while ignoring what the religion was trying to teach.

Live life! Be good to one another! Love one another! How did we ever turn that into “you’re going to hell!”?

Faith is believing in something without knowing (Hebrews 11). How do we figure that we could ever convince folks of something we don’t know ourselves?

I have faith in Love. I  believe that Love could transform this world. But I’ll never convince anyone of that with words. I can only live it, and allow Love to transform me. And hopefully Love will infect those around me, and we can have a Love epidemic! 🙂

God is Love!

Stone Wars

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I’m always on the lookout for free iPod Touch games.

Recently I came across a game titled Stone Wars which is being given away for a limited time.

It’s a short game. I’ve already beaten it, but I enjoyed it very much.

Very challenging, but not too much. And pretty humorous.

Check it out while it is free.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stone-wars/id335019557?mt=8

First days of school

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Thursday and Friday were the first days of school here.

I was very nervous that first day. But as soon as I got back behind the wheel of the bus the jitters ceased and everything was good.

My route is pretty short, 8 or 9 stops. So far the kids are mostly good.

Driving around my route Thursday, I saw lots of moms out taking “first day of school” photos of their children. One in particular caught my eye, the mother had positioned the child in a beautiful beam of early morning sunlight. Should turn out to be a great photo.

My bus is one of the oldest in the fleet. Makes a lot of noise, and it smells like an old bus. One of the young kids asked me to turn on the A/C yesterday (HA! Our new busses don’t even have that!). But for the rest of the school year, it is my bus! ;D

I’m very excited. I love my job. I can’t wait to get to the point where I can quit working at the college and just drive the bus. But I’d really like to find some other little thing to do to make money in between bus routes before I quit the college, and I still haven’t come up with anything good.

Tire size

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So I feel like a complete idiot.

The Trek bikes we had before had 700×35 sized tires. The 35 standing for 35mm wide.

The old 3-speeds we have now have 26×1-3/8 inch tires. Which are, obviously, one and three-eighths inches wide.

Just going by memory, I would’ve sworn that our current tires were wider than the 700x35s. And I’ve been attributing our greater success riding gravel roads to having wider tires.

Tonight I got to wondering exactly what the relationship was width-wise, so I plugged the numbers into a conversion calculator.

Anyone wanna hazard a guess what happened next?

I found out that one and three-eighths inches is just about almost exactly … 35mm. :^]

Heinlein books

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Three Heinlein books I recently found.

I love to read. Early on I gravitated towards science fiction. And sometime in middle school — I believe it was the sixth grade — I got ahold of my first novel by Robert Heinlein. It was “Have Space Suit, Will Travel.”

Since then I’ve been reading every book of his that I can find, but for the longest time it seemed as though I were stuck in a rut. The only books I found of his were the same ones I’d read dozens of times already. But this past month I’ve managed to locate several that I had not seen before.

The three pictured above I found last weekend at the Books and Grannies used book store in Fort Scott, KS. I decided to write a little about these three because they are remarkable to me.

First, “Starman Jones” now ranks as one of my favorite stories. I don’t think there is anything particularly special about it, it’s just that I enjoyed it very much.

Part of that though might be due in part to the fact that the other two books — “Menace from Earth” and “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag” — contain the darkest and mind-bendingest stories from Heinlein I’ve ever read yet.

I am very glad that I saved “Starman Jones” to read last.

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My bookshelf is dominated by Heinlein.

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