Friday, April 4, 2014

Eich is Out and So Is Intolerance

Brendan Eich invented the programming language Javascript and co-founded Mozilla. He has made a profound contribution to the Web and to the entire world.

However, because he donated $1,000 in 2008 in support of California's Proposition 8, gay advocates pressured Mozilla and now Eich has resigned as CEO.

Everyone lost. It's an example of intolerant bullies who ask for tolerance, but they bully other people because of their beliefs.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Difference Between Men and Women

From Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys

Let's say a guy named Fred is attracted to a woman named Martha. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

And then, one evening when they're driving home, a thought occurs to Martha, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: "Do you realize that, as of tonight, we've been seeing each other for exactly six months?"

And then, there is silence in the car.

To Martha, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he's been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn't want, or isn't sure of.

And Fred is thinking: Gosh. Six months.

And Martha is thinking: But, hey, I'm not so sure I want this kind of relationship either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I'd have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily towards, I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?

And Fred is thinking: that means it was...let's see...February when we started going out, which was right after I had the car at the dealer's, which means...lemme check the odometer...Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change here.

And Martha is thinking: He's upset. I can see it on his face. Maybe I'm reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed - even before I sensed it - that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that's it. That's why he's so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He's afraid of being rejected.

And Fred is thinking: And I'm gonna have them look at the transmission again. I don't care what those morons say, it's still not shifting right. And they better not try to blame it on the cold weather this time. What cold weather? It's 87 degrees out, and this thing is shifting like a garbage truck, and I paid those incompetent thieves $600.

And Martha is thinking: He's angry. And I don't blame him. I'd be angry, too. I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can't help the way I feel. I'm just not sure.

And Fred is thinking: They'll probably say it's only a 90-day warranty...scumballs.

And Martha is thinking: Maybe I'm just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I'm sitting right next to a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.

And Fred is thinking: Warranty? They want a warranty? I'll give them a warranty. I'll take their warranty and stick it right up their...

"Fred," Martha says aloud.

"What?" says Fred, startled.

"Please don't torture yourself like this," she says, her eyes beginning to brim with tears. "Maybe I should never have...oh dear, I feel so..."(She breaks down, sobbing.)

"What?" says Fred.

"I'm such a fool," Martha sobs. "I mean, I know there's no knight. I really know that. It's silly. There's no knight, and there's no horse."

"There's no horse?" says Fred.

"You think I'm a fool, don't you?" Martha says.

"No!" says Fred, glad to finally know the correct answer.

"It's just's that I...I need some time," Martha says.

(There is a 15-second pause while Fred, thinking as fast as he can, tries to come up with a safe response. Finally he comes up with one that he thinks might work.)

"Yes," he says. (Martha, deeply moved, touches his hand.)

"Oh, Fred, do you really feel that way?" she says.

"What way?" says Fred.

"That way about time," says Martha.

"Oh," says Fred. "Yes." (Martha turns to face him and gazes deeply into his eyes, causing him to become very nervous about what she might say next, especially if it involves a horse. At last she speaks.)

"Thank you, Fred," she says.

"Thank you," says Fred.

Then he takes her home, and she lies on her bed, a conflicted, tortured soul, and weeps until dawn, whereas when Fred gets back to his place, he opens a bag of Doritos, turns on the TV, and immediately becomes deeply involved in a rerun of a college basketball game between two South Dakota junior colleges that he has never heard of. A tiny voice in the far recesses of his mind tells him that something major was going on back there in the car, but he is pretty sure there is no way he would ever understand what, and so he figures it's better if he doesn't think about it.

The next day Martha will call her closest friend, or perhaps two of them, and they will talk about this situation for six straight hours. In painstaking detail, they will analyze everything she said and everything he said, going over it time and time again, exploring every word, expression, and gesture for nuances of meaning, considering every possible ramification.

They will continue to discuss this subject, off and on, for weeks, maybe months, never reaching any definite conclusions, but never getting bored with it either.

Meanwhile, Fred, while playing racquetball one day with a mutual friend of his and Martha's, will pause just before serving, frown, and say: "Norm, did Martha ever own a horse?"

And that's the difference between men and women.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Advice for LDS Parents on Talking to Kids about Same-sex Marriage

Linda and Richard Eyre offered some good advice for LDS parents on talking to kids about same-sex marriage in an article in the Deseret News:
"We worry that, in an effort to respect church teachings about the sanctity of marriage, some parents who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be inadvertently encouraging prejudice in their children. Conversely, other Mormon parents, in trying to teach tolerance, may be unintentionally undermining their children’s faith in the church and its teachings."
"Parents can strive to help their children feel strongly that all faiths, including their own, deserve respect and tolerance; and that it is possible to look for the good in everyone."
Read the rest of the article "Linda & Richard Eyre: Advice for LDS parents on talking to kids about same-sex marriage"

Wearable Technology

Enjoy this video "Wearable technology that fits your life"

Noah: Skip the Movie, Read the Book

Don't go see the movie Noah—and here's why.

I've recently been encouraging people to support the many Christian movies that will be released this year. (See list below.) But I’ve heard from many people that Noah is so bad, that it's really better that you don't see it.

Although I love this year's trend of faith-based themes in mainstream cinema and encourage you to support positive, values-based media, we need to send a clear message to Hollywood that when they tell Biblical stories, we expect them to be respectful of the Bible story and not use it as a ruse to market to Bible believers and promote non-traditional messages.

The creators claim that while they took some license with the Biblical account in order to flesh out the details, they tried to stay true to the heart of the tale. Many people I've talked to wonder if the creators ever read the Biblical story of Noah. Many reviewers say the creators strayed far from the story, including fallen angel rock monsters, snake-dogs, and wizard-like magic. The message of the movie is pro-animal, anti-human, and the flood is represented as an environmental protection event.

I had big hopes for Noah, and if it lived up to the trailer, I would go see it. But, the trailer shows just about all the story that's actually from the Bible.

Here are my summaries from recent reviews:

IJReview: God is never mentioned by name. Men are portrayed as evil because they eat meat. Apparently, God made the earth for the animals and men are simply a bad mistake and the earth cannot return to its original perfection unless they are eliminated forever. The story is a “weird mash-up of concepts that never really reach their destination. There’s not enough action to be an action movie, not enough redemption to be a redemption tale, not enough Biblical references to be a religious film.” The review states that “there is no joy to be found in this film. This is a movie about how mankind ruins everything and how much God hates that.”

The Mormon Movie Guy gives it a D+. It’s “not at all the straightforward biblical epic that its trailers would suggest. Instead, audiences get a daring, if unsuccessful, artistic reinvention of the story.” “At almost every turn, this film takes whatever the Bible story says and does the opposite.” The film's tone is all over the place—a mythological fantasy, morphing into an action film, then a disaster epic, before settling on psychological thriller. It’s dark and disturbing. This sloppy movie fails as a Biblical story, as art, and as entertainment.

Comments from friends:
  • I think it could have been a good movie, if they had actually read the Bible before they made it. It was more like Lord of the Rings meets Batman.
  • There wasn't much resemblance to Noah the prophet of the Old Testament, except for the fact that he built an ark and the animals came.
  • It made Noah and God look like nut cases at times.
  • If you go see it, I would recommend reading the Bible story of Noah again so you can be clear on what was Biblical and what was not.
  • All in all, it did not leave us having more faith in the Bible, or wanting a closer relationship with God, so I do not think it was uplifting enough. It was more like God's children, left to themselves, make a big mess of things, but He still gives them another chance.
  • Don’t waste your money to go to the movie. In fact, it’s not even Red Box-worthy. It really is a waste of 2.5 hours.

So, here's my suggestion--in the 2.5 hours you would have spent at the movie, read and discuss the following and you'll be much more inspired:
Recent and upcoming Christian-themed movies:
  • Son of God epic movie about the life of Jesus Christ (February)
  • Noah retells the story of the great flood. (March)
  • God’s Not Dead is about a faithful college student who defends his belief against an atheistic professor. (March)
  • Heaven Is for Real chronicles a 7-year-old’s recollection of being in heaven. (April)
  • Left Behind is the story of a group of survivors left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction. (June)
  • A Matter of Faith is about a Christian girl who goes to college and is influenced by a professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. (September)
  • Exodus is the story of Moses leading the children of Israel from Egypt. (December)
  • Mary, Mother of Christ is the story of Mary from her youth to her struggles as a young mother caring for her child Jesus. (1st quarter 2015)
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Government Is Spending Our Children's Future

So why do we let the government spend so much money? We borrow 46 cents of every dollar we spend! We're putting our grandchildren in debtors' prison.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Power of Constraints

A great article in the Huffington Post describes "The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work (And Why You Should Use It, Too)."

It explains how Dr. Seuss wrote the book Green Eggs and Ham using only 50 different words.

The article provides lessons we can learn from this example from Dr. Seuss: how constraints can inspire your creativity, how they can force you to get something done, and that they are not the enemy.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Utah Bill supports the division of Utah into two separate states

A bill was registered in 2008 to divide Utah into two states along an east-west line at the southern border of Utah County. Apparently, the bill was not passed.

In related news, a bill in California would divide that state into 6 separate states.

10 Free Learning Websites for Kids

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10 things every mom should know!

During President Obama's State of the Union Address

In the 65 minutes President Obama spoke during the State of the Union Address, this happened in America. 


Minimum Wage Should Not be a Living Wage

A statutory minimum wage should be to protect unskilled, entry-level workers--like high school students getting their first job. It's not intended that 10 or 20 or 30 years later, a parent with a family is still in that minimum wage job.

Let's not raise the minimum wage to be a "living wage" that can support a family. That will harm the economy and simply decrease the number of minimum wage jobs available. Let's focus on improving the skills of unskilled people.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hobby Lobby May Close All 500+ Stores in 41 States

Excerpts from a letter from the CEO of Hobby Lobby:

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles.

A new mandate says that our business must provide abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance.

The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American — and no American business — should have to make.

Read the whole letter at USA Today.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Party in the Tub™ Light

Here's another amazing commercial I just saw: Party in the Tub™ Light.

Be sure to watch the whole commercial. At 1:06 you can learn how to get procrastinating teenagers to take a shower.


Perfect Gift: Perfect Polly™ Singing Parakeet

How did I miss the Perfect Polly™ Motion Activated Singing Parakeet? It would have been the perfect Christmas gift!

Friday, January 3, 2014

What's the Difference Between Buying Lottery Tickets and Buying Stock?

A lottery is pure chance/luck.

If you buy stocks the right way, you research the company, understand the service or product they make, understand how they will make money doing it, and learn about the company's management and how they perform. If you do those things, you make an informed decision to invest in the company because you have confidence that they will succeed.

If you don't do those things before buying stock (investing) in a company, then it may be about like buying a lottery ticket.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Healthcare

I’m one of the lucky Americans who currently has great insurance through my employer. My insurance plan hasn’t been cancelled—yet. People like me will begin to feel the pain of Obamacare in the second wave, when the employer mandate kicks in and regulations are adjusted to compensate for the first part of the trainwreck we experienced with the individual mandate.

I went to to price a comparable plan. The closest plan I could find had approximately the same monthly premium, but it also had a $2,500 annual deductible. My current plan has no annual deductible. So, my annual insurance costs on the new plan would be $2,500 more than I play now. But Obama promised us that our insurance costs would decrease $2,500 a year. That’s a $5,000 annual discrepancy from what we were promised by the President in no fewer than 37 very specific public statements.

Even though my doctor wasn’t kicked off my insurance, he decided to retire early rather than deal with the new regulations of Obamacare. I liked my doctor, but I can’t keep my doctor.

What I’m expecting in the future:
  • That the government will assess me penalties and additional taxes for having a “Cadillac insurance plan.”
  • Because of increased regulations and costs because of the overhead of Obamacare, over time my insurance company will begin a combination of increasing premiums and cutting back on coverage and services.
  • Fewer doctors and specialists will be available to provide care and wait times will increase.
  • The government will increasingly assess fees to pay for the overhead, including fees I pay directly, and others paid by doctors, hospitals, providers, and manufacturers.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Reduce Stress at Christmas

As much as you try to embrace the twinkling lights and the sounds of Christmas, stress tends to creep into our lives during this time of year. For most people, the main sources of such stress are related to finances, physical demands, and relationships. While you make your way to family get-togethers and cross off the last items on your shopping list, take these steps to ensure a spirit-filled Christmas:

  • Financial Tips. Stick to a budget. Travel, entertainment, and gifts can add up quickly. Keep track of what you spend to ensure a budget you can afford. Think of the talents and time you can offer to your loved ones. Make homemade gifts for inexpensive, yet meaningful, presents. Plan ahead. Look at ads, websites, and store circulars to ensure finding the lowest prices. Get tips from
  • Physical Demands. Know your body’s limits. Shopping, social gatherings, and cooking meals can easily exhaust your body. Make sure you say no to unnecessary holiday activities. Keep healthy habits. Everyone knows the regret that can surface after a delicious holiday season. Make sure you don’t overindulge on sweats and stay physically active.
  • Relationships. Have realistic expectations. Conflicts and tensions tend to intensify during the holidays when you deal with increased demands. Since family relationships are continually changing, be open to create new traditions and shift plans. Schedule time for fun. Take time for yourself. Put aside at least 15 minutes personal time each day to get a clear mind and refreshed attitude. Reach out to your community. Service is a sure way to lift your spirits and put your life’s problems into perspective.

President Monson gives a fool-proof plan to finding peace, “Search inward, reach outward, and look heavenward.”