Monday, July 23, 2007

Boys will be...

boys. Ella would freak out if they ever tried this on her.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


This video makes you feel insignificant one one hand, but strangely special on the other. All of that, in some random "blank" spot in space, so that one day we would finally look at it, and words written thousands of years ago would become even more impressive "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." That's one impressive declaration...

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Psalm 8:3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 147:4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Psalm 148:3 Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

More bugs

Paige is in Michigan right now. Every day I talk to her, and her first question is "Did you call an exterminator yet?" After she found the last scorpion in the house, she had the crazy idea to go around the backyard with a blacklight to see how many more there were. When you find a scorpion in your house, and your wife is deathly afraid of them... don't go looking around your backyard with a black light. We found 5 the first night, and 4 the second night. Each time, Paige was squealing like, well, a woman afraid of scorpions. I has having fun, like being a kid again. I commented that Levi and Noah will have great fun in a few years, hunting scorpions in the backyard. Paige's response was less than supportive of our boys future careers in bug hunting.

So I went out hunting again last night. I found three on the back wall. Two were hiding in the cracks of the wall. I tried to blast them with flaming starter spray. I'm not sure if I got them or not. This big ol' bugger was hanging out at the bottom of the wall.

I discovered it is fairly difficult to take a picture of a scorpion at night. You have to crouch down behind a bush, balance the black light, get the camera really really close for the macro to work, and then hold perfectly still so the image isn't blurry. Of course, this isn't easy to do when the dang scorpion goes scurrying across the wall and you jump up squealing like, well, a little girl afraid of scorpions...

Well vs Good

So I was writing an email to a customer, and wanted to tell them that some samples in a test were "doing good"... or is it "doing well"? I'm an engineer, not an English major. I have no clue. Normally I would pick one an move on, but now I am paranoid. My know-it-all sister recently mocked me for saying that I was "good". She says (in know-it-all sister tone) "You mean well?" Uhhhhhh, no, I meant "good." She's a theater major and grade school teacher, so she probably knows better than I do. So I ended up looking it up on the internet...

Grammer Girl sounds authoritative, so I'll go with that. Hmmmm, it would appear that "I am good" and "I am well" are equally valid. Never miss a brotherly opportunity to demonstrate your superiority.

I ended up going with "doing good." She'll probably comment on here that I did indeed pick the wrong word...