...[It] is not the remembered but the forgotten past that enslaves us.
‹C. S. Lewis›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
28May
2005
Sat
12:25
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Genevieve Lost Her Marbles

...the stones, the stones...

Yesterday was a long, but relief-filled day. After an early rise, we headed to Sioux Falls for the hospital. Surgery had been scheduled to remove Genevieve's gall bladder. An unfortunate possible effect of pregnancy is the formation of gall stones. We saw a sack of marbles in the ultrasound that was performed a couple of weeks ago. So, yesterday we arrived at Robert's hospital at 8:15.

24May
2005
Tue
11:15
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Tychicus is Dead

...so long file server...

My longtime computer, Tychicus, has died. I think the power supply went. No big problem, really, the data on the hard drives should be okay; and this is important because we used Tychicus as a home network file server.

So, I took the big hard drive out and placed it in another computer. The main partition is okay, where most of the data is kept. However, the second partition cannot be read (it gave me some sort of semaphore error...I don't remember which). Unfortunately, that's where all the backups are kept as well as all my sermons.

It's a lot of work that has been lost (unless I can find a way to recover it), but it's not the end of the world, thank goodness. Still, it is a little disheartening.

22May
2005
Sun
23:57
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Bravo

Even as a Gator graduate and fan, I must commend Florida State University and the Seminole indians for this:

American Indians in Florida are suggesting that the NCAA and other groups trying to force Florida State University to change its team name, the Seminoles, should mind their own beeswax, the Palm Beach Post reports.
The real Seminoles gave the university permission to use the "Seminoles" nickname and tribal symbols in 1997, but activist groups such as the American Indian Movement and the NCAA are pressuring the university to stop using the "racist" imagery. Real Seminoles, however, say they are proud of the association and would be somewhat dismayed if out-of-state busybodies had their way.
"I have a problem with other native groups from around the country telling the Seminoles of Florida what is right or wrong for us," said Louise Gopher, education director for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
17May
2005
Tue
23:12
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Where Would We Be Right Now

...in defence of the Stanley Cup...

I miss hockey.

As a fan of the game, those words are heart wrenching. I don't expect those who don't understand the majestic game to understand how much I miss hockey. But I do miss it so much. (Thank God I have more important things to concern myself about.)

Sure, there have been minor league games. I don't think I watched a single one. Shame on me. It's not like they weren't available. Well, on TV, they weren't; but there is a minor league team in Sioux Falls that I could have gone to watch.

Sure, there have also been college games. I watched what I could. And I enjoyed what I watched. The college game seems to be more about pure sport—even in hockey—than the pro level.

But I still miss the pro games!

15May
2005
Sun
22:31
author: Stingray
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A Note to My Absence

As I mentioned in a previous comment, I had hoped to write an entry every day last week (as I had also planned to do one the week before that before MS11 went through their upgrades), but something came up. As you could read at Mrs. Wagner's Neighborhood or Wags the Journal, Genevieve's grandmother passed away last week, and we went to Chicago for the funeral. The internet connect wasn't exactly the best there (though we hope to have improved it), nor was there much time to be on the internet this visit. So, no entries since Wednesday.

We left Wendesday night and got back at 3:15am this morning...yes 3:15am. This is definitely not the preferred way to travel, but we had to be back here in time for the church services because there was no time and no chance of making other arrangements for the Sunday services; no chance because it was Confirmation Sunday in Parker.

Who knows, perhaps one day I'll fill a week completely with entries...maybe even a whole month. Won't you be surprised then!

11May
2005
Wed
15:31
author: Stingray
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A Job (or two) I Don't and Wouldn't Want

Airlines have it tough. United is trying to crawl out from under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Delta is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. American Airlines has been in financial trouble (I don't know their current state of bankruptcy); they even bought out Trans World Airlines—an airline itself on the verge of collapse at the time. It seems only the regional and budget carriers are doing well.

10May
2005
Tue
12:17
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Change Your Name to Jesus

...and try to get licensed to do anything...

I could go in all sorts of directions with a response to this story (see Source: below). I mean, isn't denying this man an official name chang and subsequent driver's license a breach of his first amendment right to worship as he pleases? Or, what kind of hassle would he have gotten if he wanted to change his name to Siddhartha Gautama (the founder of Buddhism) or Mohammed [something-or-other] (after the founder of Islam)? In fact, I'm sure those last two would be encouraged! Or, I could ask, "why isn't his other driver's license proof enough that that's his real name—it works for the people I write checks to?"

But I won't...

9May
2005
Mon
13:18
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Way Oversimplified

To begin with a short summary, the source article is about the striking similarities of palmOne—at one time, the leader in the handheld computer market—and Apple computer— at one time, the leader in the desktop computer market. It is ironic that both companies have taken a back seat to Microsoft. Now why is that?

In trying to explain the reason from the Apple-Windows PC side, the article explains that, in an attempt to copy what Apple was doing with Macintosh, Windows started out clunky, but kept getting better and better, but...

At the same time Windows PCs were less expensive than Macs. Steve Jobs wasn't worried. He believed people would pay the extra money to get what they think is the best. Turns out he was right... sort of. Only a small percentage of people will pay a premium for quality. That's why Windows dominates the desktop world, while less than 5 percent of computers sold are Macintoshes.
10:00
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Up Early...Bored

I woke up early this morning...literally falling out of bed. I can't fall back asleep. I'm bored. I think I'll go play some football.

7May
2005
Sat
12:26
author: Stingray
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Google Web Accelerator

Google has a lot of people up in arms; many of them for different reasons. Most people who are a bit perturbed over their offering of a web accelerator. Why? Read on to find out.

10:58
author: Stingray
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Site Rollbacks

MS11 is Up to Something

For the "lucky" few who have visited in the past few days to notice the newer stuff gone and back again, and then wondering why, I believe the answer lies in the continued server maintenance that MS11, our host, is performing. If you were to go to their forums (as of this writing), you would see that things aren't exactly up to snuff. So, you may see a few more rollbacks and restorations.

Thankfully, for advance plan owners, they have cpanel installed, and one of the things it allows me to do is make a backup of everything. A backup has been made of everything right before this post, which includes all the other new stuff that's supposed to be here. And, I plan to do daily backups until I know that things are a little more stable (and back to normal) at MS11. So, should they rollback again and not roll forward, I'll have all the necessary files to restore famwagner.net and all her subdomains to a later state (it may not be the latest, but it will be later than the May 2 rollback that MS11 had rolled back to).

5May
2005
Thu
13:46
author: Stingray
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A Lawyer in Louisiana

...and the Louisiana Purchase...

This is a funny little story that was forwarded to me. Rarely do I read many of the things that are forwarded to me, and only then, if they are jokes. I can't confirm the validity of this story, but either way, it is historically humorous.


Only in Louisiana. You gotta love this lawyer—it's too good not to share! Everyone who has ever bought a house will enjoy this.

4May
2005
Wed
18:39
author: Stingray
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Trying to Understand the Logic

Could someone please explain this to me?

Someone was having a discussion with a "spiritual" friend who said that she doesn't believe the Bible to be entirely true because it was written by a bunch of people who claimed to be inspired by God (whoever that is). When asked what parts she thought were true and how she knew, she said something along the lines of, "basically, if I feel there is some truth to them."

Now, what I find hard to understand is how she can't trust the judgment of ancient men but she can trust her own judgment. What makes her better than them?

All of this falls under the realm of subjective relativism and moral relativism, ideas that are purely western, purely American. It is relative in that the idea is that it works for her, but it may not work for others, and that's okay. It's subjective because things differ from person to person. And the morals come in because they are grounded in things that are completely relative; there are no absolutes, and when there are no absolutes, there is no solid idea of right and wrong.

Lord help us if this kind of thinking becomes so pervasive that we as humanity lose all hope.

3May
2005
Tue
13:12
author: Stingray
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Why I Read FoxNews

This would be typical liberal media, if what the blogger alleges is true. However, looking at what was posted as spam, I am more inclined to think it was someone doing it on behalf of CNN (without their request, mind you).

2May
2005
Mon
20:30
author: Stingray
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New Site...Hooray!

www.famwagner.com

By now, you have all seen the email from Robert announcing famwagner.com. The idea is that each of us Wagners (the Geoffrey Wagner family, that is), will have some webspace and email address, all with our own domain name.