Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rethinking Things

I realize that I have not always been very dedicated or consistent with this blog, and I apologize for that and for my lack of humility and better judgment. The whole reason I initially set out to write this was to Chronicle my Voyages of faith. I have been very lax--no, I have completely failed to do that. I want to tell you what the Voyager is doing now, starting with the events that led me to rethink why I post here.

Prayer is one of the most essential, driving elements of my life. Along with the reading of the word of God, prayer is what keeps me devoted and focused. For this reason and the sake of my future journey--which I will explain more at a later time--I asked God, before I even came to college, to give me a strong group of guys here to pray with consistently. My whole first semester I kept on begging him to raise up the group that I was not seeing. Toward the end of my second semester I began to doubt that I was going to see such a group in my first year as I had originally thought. God had not forgotten me. Not long after spring break God rose up a group of guys and revealed them to me--all ready to pray. We kept in touch over the summer and now that we are back together we meet to pray every day. At first we thought it impossible, perhaps even unnecessary, but the more we prayed together, the more we realized it was necessary and we did have the time. So every day now at 10 pm we pray--we pour out our emotions, our requests, our frustrations, and our praises to God with each other.

And now God has led us to raise up a similar group among our friends--among the girls that have expressed interest in our prayer group. This is the first thing that brought me here: our body has begun to grow and it is properly planting a new body as it should. Tonight is the meeting in which we will bring together these girls. Pray that it will be holy and fruitful. Pray that as these girls meet to pray with us and as these two groups pray together, that more groups of guys and girls will be planted.

Not long after the idea of this new plant came to me and my brother-in-Christ (that I will here call the Asker), a wasp flew up from by the benches, as we walked away, and stung me on the palm of my hand. So today my entire hand and wrist are swollen so that even typing these words to you now is a stretch. This is the second thing that brought me here: seeking something to pass the time as I let my hand heal.

But my blog was not the first thing I thought of when going to the Internet to pass the time. After stumbling aimlessly around different sites, I went to YouTube and was reminded of the ministry of some older brothers and sisters in a foreign country. This was the last straw that broke the camel's back--that is, my pride. I at last remembered my initial purpose for this blog and immediately dashed here (typed in the URL) to tell you all this. Now I hope that from here on I can continue to tell you about my prayer group, my ministry, and what God has done that has made him great.

If you are reading this now, know that I am praying for you. Grace and peace to you in the Lord Jesus Christ who sees your pain and listlessness, as he has mine.

In His salvation,
The Voyager

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ironing Out the Space-Time Continuum

When physics turned around and labeled time as a dimension, it caught many of us off guard. It makes sense; we had just never conceived of it in that way before. Despite this concept having been around for a while now, popular science and the general public still has a little trouble getting the idea right. We have questions like "How can time stop? It would then have to stop for a certain length of time, injecting time back into the equation." These kinds of questions present a fundamental misunderstanding of exactly what it means for time to be a dimension.

In order to help everyone wrap their heads around this, I am going to draw parallels to dimensions we are familiar with: space. Time is a dimension just like space. We do not say that space moves, neither does time move. Space is the realm in which mass-energy moves. The difference between two positions in space is called distance. In time we call this same difference in position duration. Distance does not move. Mass-energy can, however, move a certain distance. In the same way, duration does not move--mass-energy can move a certain duration.

Using this reasoning, we should easily see that time does not truly stop. Time was never moving in the first place. Objects move through time just like they move through space. If an object, say a photon, were to achieve the velocity c (commonly known as the speed of light in a vacuum), then that object would cease to move through time relative to the plane of reference that observes its velocity as c. Time does not stop, but objects can stop moving through time. Other apparent paradoxes can be explained in as similar manner.

For further study:
General and special relativity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_relativity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity
The Velocity c
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_light
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_light
Vectors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_vector
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Computer Geek? I think so...

Oh my gosh! I just retook the computer geek quiz and....man, remember how last time I was 70? (http://voyager-chronicles.blogspot.com/2008/01/just-for-fun.html) Well, this time...

My computer geek score is greater than 100% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

The Great Nerd Test 2.0

Yes, I have taken the Nerd Test 2.0 yet again. I don't know why I have to do it because I know well enough what I am, but taking quizzes online is just so fun. So since my scores have risen again, here they are:

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd God.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Open Melody

I've started taking a look at a new open source publishing platform (i.e. blogging platform) called Melody (http://openmelody.org/). The reason, I think, that Melody is most exciting (besides being another open source blogform like WordPress) is that Melody wants to be completely open: not just in source, but in community effort. In the words of Byrne Reese, one of the creators of Melody, "A core value of the Open Melody Software Group is transparency, or a promise to develop and discuss the product out in the open so that everyone has an equal chance to participate, audit our process, influence our roadmap and share in the excitement of building a product together." Melody is currently in the alpha release stage, and I may decide that I want to download it and try to run a server on my desktop just to test it. Regardless, I look forward to its full release, and I hope that the Open Melody team looks into getting a domain for running the first blog server using Melody at that time.

UPDATE: The Open Melody team will be running a blog server on their site. In a message to me on Twitter: "We plan on running Melody on openmelody.org as soon as it's stable. I'd say once it hits beta, we'll unleash it on the site." I'm excited! :)

CORRECTION: We had a confusion of terminology about "blog server." Open Melody will not be running a hosted environment on their own site. Hopefully someone will catch on though. Thanks, Dan!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Poll Comments

Feel free to comment on why you chose a particular character in the poll.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CircleDock - another Open Source discovery

Upon downloading this app, I was immediately pleased. What exactly is it? Well, CircleDock gives you what can be best described as an icon bar, or shortcut menu, in the shape of...well, you guessed it, a circle. If you are familiar with the Mac dock, this is very similar except for its shape. What I really love about this is I can put all my shortcuts on it and remove them from my desktop...no more clutter. The CircleDock pops up when you middle mouse click or press F1 (these default hotkeys can be changed in the settings). It will disappear with the same click or press or when you click one of the shortcuts. Check it out: http://circledock.wikidot.com/

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Electric Box

I designed a level for the addicting game Electric Box.
You can play Electric Box here: http://www.candystand.com/play.do?id=18463
You might want to try the normal levels and get familiar with the game before you do mine.

Once you are ready to play mine, the code is:
{!0$"2G#3G$2G%3G&2G'0$)2&+0#,0#-0#.0#/0#00#30.50#60#70#80#90#:0#z0"=0#?2C@0#A0#B0#C0#D0#G0)I0#J0#K0#L0#M0#N0#O0#S0#T0#U0#V0#W0#X0#Y0#]0#^0#_0#`0#a0#b0#c0#g0#h0#i0#j0#k0#l0#m0#o0#q0%r0"t0"v0"x16~&3(/24~!5"(#(,(-)6+7)A/}

Friday, January 30, 2009

And So It Is

Life without Faith is dead.
Faith without works is dead.
Works without Hope are dead.
Hope without a Source is dead.
A ray of light on a cloudy day is no good when the window is tinted.
And so it is...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Libra

If you like the looks of Delicious Library for the Mac and you don't have a Mac you may have heard about MediaMan. Unfortunately, where Delicious Library had a cost MediaMan has an even greater cost. Before you give up and suppose Macs have all the nice toys, you might want to check out Libra (http://www.getlibra.com/). :) It is really awesome.