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November, 2008

  1. Email Delivered – Message Altered

    November 26, 2008 by Ryan

    As the clerk of my local Church congregation, one of the leaders emailed me a draft document outlining the 2009 missionary plan, which I was to forward to the other leaders. Before hitting send, I noticed that his Internet service provider had added its own idea to our Church’s written plans for fellowshipping our neighbors and spreading the Good Word.

    After several thoughtful ideas and goals, the final line of his email now read “Can’t pay your bills? Click here to learn about filing for bankruptcy.”

    Gotta be careful with those free email addresses.


  2. Thankfulness and Stuff.

    November 26, 2008 by Nate and Michelle

    We are blog slackers.  Sorry.  But I just gave you one more thing to be thankful for.  This post.

    For one day every year the people of our nation are thankful.  What are they thankful for?  I’m sure that varies.  We celebrate being thankful by stressing out our parents and stuffing ourselves full of wonderful food.  Perhaps we are thankful for food.  Or our parents (or whoever prepared said food, i.e. typically mom). 

    When I was growing up, I never gave much thought to Thanksgiving.  But now that I am of a certain age and asked to provide supplemental food offerings for the blessed feast (and hinted at to come over early to help prepare), I am beginning to realize how much work goes into Thanksgiving dinner.  I am not sure how slaving over a meal all day (sometimes starting the day before) is going to make me thankful for anything.  Especially food.  And family.  Without both I would not be slaving over anything, but watching football, the Christmas Story marathon, and eating Twinkies and Doritos.  Or going hungry.  Perhaps we as a people should start fasting on Thanksgiving.  I know that would make me more thankful for food at least.  And probably make me think of those less fortunate than I who go hungry often.  And perhaps I would appreciate normal dinners more.  Just saying.

    Or maybe I need to be thankful every day that is not Thanksgiving. 

    Any way you look at it Happy Thanksgiving.  I am looking forward to spending time with family, although not so much for the kitchen part, and watching massive amounts of television.


  3. Stop the Presses

    November 17, 2008 by Ryan

    This little tid-bit made me smile:

    When Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama carried one town in Tooele County, it was such incredible news that the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin’s headline trumpeted, “Obama takes Ophir.”

    Click here for the article in the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin

    Quoted from Paul Rolly, Salt Lake Tribune. Click here for his column.


  4. Change you can enjoy

    November 6, 2008 by Ryan

    Wondering what to do with that “change” that President-Elect Obama is promising us? I’ve found an excellent place to spend it.

    Go to the Provo Movies 8 (2424 N University Pkwy, Provo UT). Walk in the entrance, and make a right turn into the arcade.

    Next, plug a quarter into the Ms. Pac-Man game.

    Now, be careful – this game is one of those special-edition releases, so it has two games in one unit – Galaxian I think (Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to what the other game was). When you select your one-player start button, be sure you are pressing the Ms. Pac-Man side, not the other game’s starter button.

    Then, take hold of the controller, and enjoy.

    This is the best game unit I have discovered in a long time. The joystick has the perfect spring and “bounce-back” to it. Very responsive! Ms. Pac-Man was turned up to the “fast” speed, just the way I like it (other game units will start with Ms. Pac-Man moving slow and getting faster with each round, but this one starts fast and stays that way).

    It was very enjoyable.

    If you haven’t played in a while, let me pass on some tips.

    You move a little slower while eating dots. You move faster when running down empty alleys, and you pick up a little speed turning corners.

    Blinky (the red ghost) is the fastest ghost. If Blinky chases you, try to get into those empty alleys or start turning corners fast to escape.

    Beware of Pinky (the pink ghost), who will try to get ahead of you and cut off your escape.

    Inky (Cyan) and Sue (Orange) – they are just your average chase-you-if-they-see-you ghosts.

    Because the ghosts stay blue longer in the first round, you might get lulled into the security of chasing them down and gobbling them up. That is all fine for the first round, but then they begin changing the length of time they stay blue. Don’t go chasing them. Instead, use the time to eat more dots.

    The fruits are not usually worth chasing. You’ll find yourself in trouble if you follow the fruits, as they will lead you to close to the ghosts.

    Most importantly, eat dots and clear the boards. Don’t worry about your score. Go for the levels, not the high score.

    And bring some extra quarters. It is a fun game!


  5. One Day as President

    November 2, 2008 by Ryan

    With the election coming up, I was thinking on a piece of trivia I once heard, that David Rice Atchison (1807-1886) served as President of the United States for a total of one entire day, from noon on March 4, 1849 until noon on March 5, 1849. It must be true, because it says so on his headstone.

    How do they figure?

    Senator / President Atchison was the last elected president pro tempore of the Senate, and rules of succession to the presidency at the time were that, after the vice president, the president pro tempore take over acting as president.

    When March 4, 1849, fell on a Sunday, President Zachary Taylor said he would wait one day before his public inauguration. Same with the vice president. So who was “in charge” for that 24-hour period of time?

    If we argue that you must be “sworn in” before you can be president, then nobody was. But it made a fun story for Senator / President Atchison to tell, that because there was no president and no vice president, he served a 1-day administration as acting president.

    But in reality, the Constitution doesn’t say that you have be sworn in to “be” president; only to “act” as president. So, President Taylor was the president, Sabbath day or not.

    Besides, to further deflate Senator / President Atchison’s claim to fame, his term as a senator (and thereby as president pro tempore) also expired at noon on March 4, 1849. A little fact he failed to mention when he re-told his story later in life.

    But it makes a fun story.

    If you’d like to read more, click here or here.