Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trouble Signing In? (blogger.com issues)

If you use Internet Explorer and have been having issues logging into an associated account to post responses or something on here, it’s a known issue and I think I have a workaround for the time being. It seems that both Firefox and Chrome browsers work ok (seems to be a malfunctioning cookie issue with Internet Explorer). So if you really want to comment on EbbWorld Annex (I love comments!), perhaps download and try it in one of these browsers:

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience!

Monday, June 27, 2011

EbbWorld.com

Despite EbbWorld Annex being my current depot for EbbWorld content for the time being (well unless I become independently wealthy and am able to hire a staff of coders), don’t forget EbbWorld.com still exists, and with over 8 years of archived content. It’s kind of funny to read some of my old stuff and see how much I’ve changed in some areas and how little in others. Occasionally I’ll link back to stuff there I’m sure.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Good is Your Employee Termination Policy?

Referenced article:
http://isc.sans.edu/diary/How+Good+is+your+Employee+Termination+Policy+/11086

Being an “IT guy” has its ups and downs. You get chided when email doesn’t work or the website is down, but it does pay well and you learn a ton of new skills almost every day for a society and business world that is becoming more and more dependent on information technology. And not that I’m condoning illegal retribution, or even legal spiteful retaliation, but IT guys are uniquely capable of inflicting the most damage on a company they perhaps no longer, or never did, like. This knowledge should force managers to be extra careful when canning an IT guy. Most know enough to potentially cripple your IT infrastructure, costing mucho $$$ and time, and pretty much all of them know enough to be dangerous. Sticking porn on an executive’s PowerPoint presentation is child’s play compared to subverting a critical database, mining out classified or sensitive information, or just plain old “Dennis from Jurassic Park” uploading a virus into the system. Either way, if you ever find yourself having to let go any employee, but especially an IT person, make sure you do have a solid employee termination policy and make sure you disable all the their access accounts, both physical and virtual, stat!




*sorry bout the curse word...couldn't find a "clean" clip...and it was too good a clip to pass up

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science"

Spectacular article. Must read.

http://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/the-historic-alliance-of-christianity-and-science/

Highlights for me:
  • Christian theism affirmed that an infinite, eternal, and personal God created the world ex nihilo. The creation, reflecting the rational nature of the Creator, was therefore orderly and uniform. Furthermore, God created humankind in his image (Genesis 1:26–7), making us uniquely capable of reasoning and of discovering the created order’s intelligibility. In effect, the Christian worldview supported the underlying principles that made scientific inquiry possible and desirable.
  • The principles underlying the scientific method (testability, verification/falsification) arise from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. Biblical doctrine clearly nurtured the experimental method. Because the Christian founders of modern science believed the heavens genuinely declare the glory of God (Psalm 19: 1), they possessed both the necessary conceptual framework and the spiritual incentive to boldly explore nature’s mysteries.
  • The prevailing scientific notions of big bang cosmology and the emerging anthropic principle seem uniquely compatible with Christian theism. Since the universe had a singular beginning, we have a logical right and reason to inquire about its cause.
  • Philosophical presuppositions foundational to science include: the existence of an objectively real world, the comprehensibility of that world, the reliability of sense perception and human rationality, the orderliness and uniformity of nature, and the validity of mathematics and logic. These necessary preconditions are rooted in Christian theism’s claims of an infinite, eternal, and personal Creator who has carefully ordered the universe and provided man with a mind that corresponds to the universe’s intelligibility. This schema served as the intellectual breeding ground for modern science. It sustained science and enabled it to flourish.
  • ...not only does naturalism fail to justify its underlying presuppositions but naturalists also rest their scientific endeavors on Christian theistic principles illegitimately. Naturalists borrow from Christianity.

Greatest Movie Endings

Not an exhaustive list by any means…but here are some of my personal favorites (most of these happen to also be my personal favorite movies so it’s no coincidence). In all these, the music I find plays a big part as well. So good.

Lord of the Rings
-What can be said about this behemoth’s gargantuan ending sequences? Well for one, I think they are not only totally necessary (how many movies do we watch with loose ends never tied up?), but in my opinion they’re totally satisfying. Considering the emotional investment we all made to this trilogy over its three years of releases…I personally needed some major closure. Peter Jackson gave it to me. Thank you Peter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4fYBTa6b54




Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
-Spock’s self-sacrifice and death to save the crew of the Starship Enterprise, and his last moments with his best friend are some of the best in cinema (by far my favorite acting moments by William Shattner; his emotion and anguish is so palpable). Despite Spock being Vulcan, very human emotions are evoked from this scene. The funeral procession with Scottie playing ‘Amazing Grace’ on the bagpipes only further seals the wonderfully orchestrated juxtaposition between life and death.



Gladiator
-Peace. It’s the one emotion you finally see on Maximus’ face for the first time in probably his life (or at least since the last time he saw his family). For so long he has longed for it…and despite his fatal wounds he has found it. Note he doesn’t find peace because of his avenging his family’s deaths…he finds it by finally being able to let go of the burdens of the life he had lived.



Victory
-What’s better than beating the unfairly stacked German soccer team and completely flummoxing and out-smarting Max Von Sydow (I like him actually) and his Nazi co-horts in the process to freedom? Not much. I've never wanted to run through the streets yelling “Victoire! Victoire!” more than after seeing this movie.



Rudy
-Oh come on…you cried too.



Hoosiers
-“I’ll make it.” Perhaps the most arrogant statement made or most clutch. Either way, nobody was gonna make Jimmy Chipwood a liar. Cinderella story complete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fttt3fFTxk


Chariots of Fire
-This “opening" scene actually is also part of the ending scene to the movie as well so that’s why it makes this list. But could you think of a more iconic opening/ending scene? With the legendary Vangelis song playing and the runner’s at St. Andrews?



The Passion of The Christ
-Doesn’t get better than this…




What are you favorites? Embed a youtube clip as well! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

DC Sight-Seeing in Under an Hour

The other week I had a tech seminar scheduled to go to at a Westin Hotel in Arlington, VA at 9am. Well I got there and apparently the seminar had been cancelled…and unfortunately I wasn’t informed. Oh well. Opposed to the idea of just heading back to work all the way in Ashburn, VA I figured I’d go on a little adventure.

Here are my 10 DC sight-seeing stops in under an hour. Note that though having a motorcycle isn’t absolutely necessary to do this as all the stops are accessible via public roads or footpaths…but boy does it make it much easier to be able to slither through lanes, make subtle U-turns, and pretty much stop anywhere to take a picture lol.

Leaving Arlington towards I-66 east…

1. Arlington Cemetery


Cross Memorial Bridge into D.C…

2. Vietnam War Memorial


Illegal U-turn…(mindful of pedestrians)

3. Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument


Back across Memorial Bridge, merge onto George Washington Parkway north

4. Roosevelt Island (view of Georgetown)


Take surprisingly isolated and peaceful footpaths…

5. Theodore himself!


“What’s that noise? I thought this was a no-fly zone…”

6. President Obama flying above


GW Parkway north

7. GW Pkwy Potomac River scenic overlook that you always drive by but never stop at


GW Pkwy to 495 South to Georgetown Pike west

8. Difficult Run Park, Great Falls (Horsies!)


Woodland footpaths

9. Peace and serenity; not 15 minutes from busy city


10. Great way to end adventurous morning before heading back to work :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beyond Genesis 1: Creation Passages in the Bible

Did you know the Bible talks a lot more about the Creation story (the most amazing miracle by God) beyond Genesis 1? Yup it's true. I can understand how the general public and non-followers would view Genesis 1 as thee definitive (in many ways it is, in others it’s not) and only explanation on the cosmological subject, but a more studious look into Scripture will reveal that God actually has a lot more to say about what went down when things began for us, for the Earth, and for time and space as we know it.

The below collection may surprise you…but in fact each passage makes statements regarding Creation just as valid, applicable, and more revealing in addition to Genesis 1. Have a look sometime! (feel free to leverage biblegateway.com)

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 1-11
Genesis 14:19-22
Genesis 15:5
Genesis 22:17
Genesis 32:12
Exodus 7:18
Exodus 8:13
Exodus 10:17
Exodus 20:8-11
Exodus 31:14-17
Exodus 35:2
Leviticus 23:3
Leviticus 25:3-4
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Deuteronomy 11:21
Joshua 10:1-15
Judges 4-5
Jeremiah 33:22
2 Kings 20:8-11
1 Chronicles 16:30-34
2 Chronicles 6:10
Nehemiah 9:6
Job 5:9
Job 8:16-19
Job 9:3-12
Job 12:7-10
Job 14:5, 7-12
Job 22:12
Job 23:8-10
Job 25:2-3
Job 26:7-14
Job 28:1-11
Job 33:4-6
Job 34:10-22
Job 35:5-13
Job 36:5-16
Job 36:24-41:34
Psalm 8
Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 24:1-2 Psalm 33:6-9
Psalm 50:6
Psalm 51:5
Psalm 65:5-13
Psalm 72:5-7
Psalm 74:12-17
Psalm 89:5-12
Psalm 90:2-6
Psalm 93:1-2
Psalm 37:2
Psalm 95:4-5
Psalm 95:11
Psalm 97:6
Psalm 98:2-3
Psalm 102:25-27
Psalm 104
Psalm 105:29
Psalm 119:64
Psalm 119:89-91
Psalm 121:2
Psalm 124:8
Psalm 125:1
Psalm 134:3
Psalm 135:6-7
Psalm 136:3-9
Psalm 139:1-18
Psalm 146:6
Psalm 147
Psalm 148
Proverbs 3:19-20
Proverbs 6:6-8
Proverbs 1:33
Proverbs 8:22-31
Proverbs 24:30-34
Proverbs 30:18-19
Proverbs 30:24-28
Ecclesiastes 1; 3; 8-12
Isaiah 11:4-9
Isaiah 34:2-5
Isaiah 38:7-8
Isaiah 40:12 Isaiah 40:21-22
Isaiah 40:25-28
Isaiah 42:5
Isaiah 44:2
Isaiah 44:24-25
Isaiah 45:7
Isaiah 45:12
Isaiah 45:18
Isaiah 48:13
Isaiah 49:5
Isaiah 51:6
Isaiah 51:13-16
Isaiah 55:10
Isaiah 60:18-21
Isaiah 50:2
Isaiah 64:4
Isaiah 65:17-25
Isaiah 66:22
Jeremiah 4:23-28
Jeremiah 5:22
Jeremiah 10:12-13
Jeremiah 23:23-24
Jeremiah 27:5
Jeremiah 32:17
Jeremiah 33:2
Jeremiah 33:25
Jeremiah 51:15-16
Ezekiel 28:12-17
Daniel 12:3
Hosea 3:4-5
Hosea 6:1-3
Joel 2:30-31
Amos 5:8
Amos 9:5-6
Micah 6:2
Habakkuk 2:14
Habakkuk 3:3
Habakkuk 3:6
Habakkuk 3:8-10
Haggai 2:21
Zechariah 12:1

NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew 2:1-16
Matthew 5:18
Matthew 19:4-6
Matthew 22:23-32
Matthew 24:35
Matthew 25:41, 46
Mark 10:6
Mark 12:25-27
Luke 3:35-37
Luke 13:1-4
Luke 20:34-38
John 1:1-2
John 1:10
John 2:6-10
John 14:2-4
John 16:7-11
Acts 4:24
Acts 14:17
Acts 17:24-28
Romans 1:18-23
Romans 2:12-16
Romans 5:12-17
Romans 8:18-25
Romans 8:28-30 Romans 8:37-39
Romans 14:5-8
1 Corinthians 2:9-11
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
1 Corinthians 4:9
1 Corinthians 6:3
1 Corinthians 6:13
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
1 Corinthians 11:8-12
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
2 Corinthians 3:7-11
2 Corinthians 4:10-12
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
2 Corinthians 5:1-4
2 Corinthians 5:14
Ephesians 1:4
Colossians 1:15-20
1 Timothy 4:3-4
2 Timothy 1:9
Titus 1:2
Hebrews 1:1-12
Hebrews 4:1-11
Hebrews 4:13 Hebrews 7:26
Hebrews 9:11-14
Hebrews 9:22-28
Hebrews 10:1-18
Hebrews 11:3
Hebrews 12:22-23
Hebrews 12:26-29
1 Peter 1:20
2 Peter 3:3-13
1 John 1:1-2
1 John 2:17
1 John 3:2-3
1 John 3:8
Revelation 3:12
Revelation 3:14
Revelation 4:11
Revelation 5:13
Revelation 7:13-17
Revelation 10:6
Revelation 11:17-18
Revelation 14:7
Revelation 17:8
Revelation 20-22

List compiled by the good folks at Reasons To Believe

Unfinished business

So speaking of unfinished articles, etc., below is a list of articles from my writing folder at work that I either started and never finished, or finished and never had the time to upload. I’ll try to get some of these ready for publishing. If you have a particular interest in an article(s), let me know and I’ll try to put them on the fast track. And yes, I know quite a few of these would fit under the realm of my theviriginminfesto.com blog. Note also, this is only unfinished stuff on my work computer. Haha, my home computer has a plethora of more lol.

• 20 Reasons Why NASCAR is Great (and you should become a fan)

• Never Bought a Condom: Identifying the Absent Rewards of Volitional Virginity

• Animals and True Freedom

• Christian Apologetics: A Quick Overview

• Do Christians erroneously claim, or appeal to, God’s sovereignty merely as a scapegoat from taking personal responsibility for their own decisions?

• Heaven Is Like an MMORPG

• People Have Kids to Compensate for Not Accomplishing Otherwise?

• Galatians 5:6http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Greatest Movie Endings of All Time

• HBL Mercedes of Tyson’s Corner debacle letter/service log

• How Often Do We Extend Grace To People That Don’t Deserve It?

• “In God We Trust” Still Relevant?

• “Life As We Don’t Know It?” or “Give Me A Reason To Avoid God”: Biological Origins and Space

• When a Guy’s Utter Debilitating Insecurity Becomes Praised: How Society Has Flipped What Is “Romantic”

• Most Guys Aren’t Warm

• On the Precipice of Obedience

• Why I Think Perhaps Most Christians Get the Concept of Prayer Wrong

• Single and Content? Not likely

• The Curse of Extended Volitional Virginity

• The Older You Get The Less Attractive Sex Gets?

• The Problem With Lust

• Time with the Lord: Legalism or Lifestyle?

• God in the Public Sphere

• When Christians Don’t Think It Through

• When Prayer Doesn’t “Work”

• Why “Biblical Manhood” is Unobtainable

• Why I Hate Other Guys…but then learn to Love Them

• Why It Is Easier For A Celebrity To Abstain From Sex Than A Normal Person

• Why Marital Infidelity is the Cool Thing To Do

• Why Those That Abstain From Sex (virgin or not) Are The Most Sexual

• No Major Awards

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Announcing 'EbbWorld Annex'

In response to the responsibilities of a job, a new house, desiring to stay connected with family and friends, wanting to stay active playing sports and maintaining a fit lifestyle, travelling and vacationing; basically in response to “life”, I come up with the idea of EbbWorld Annex. America may have missed their chance of annexing Cuba into the Union (could you imagine how great a vacation destination it would’ve been?), but I’ve realized my limitations and will be now be offering an EbbWorld “lite” sort of say. To put it bluntly, I just don’t have time to manage and process all the web development necessary for Ebbworld.com anymore. Being that it’s a totally user-customized/managed site, it requires a fair amount of time just to put up a simple article (more than you’d think).

Anyways, I still write articles a plenty, so I’ll basically be just dumping them into EbbWorld Annex for now (until EbbWorld 3.0 launches) instead of them just sitting unread because I don’t have time to upload them to EbbWorld.

This isn’t the end of EbbWorld, just an extension I guess. Plus this blogger site will actually allow for user interaction :)

Let me know what you think. Cheers all my faithful readers!

-Keith
Ebbworld, established 2003…before blogs were even popular

Don't forget to check out my other EbbWorld "sub-cultures"!
The Virgin Manifesto
Ebb & Flo Weather