Halloween is EVIL

Wait… what? Why do we need an alternative to Halloween? When did it become the Devil’s holiday? Why aren’t Satan’s follower’s up in arms about defamation of character?

USA Today has an interesting article about a play called Hell Houses. Apparently Evangelical churches are now performing lobotomies along with their services. Who in their right mind would want to be saved out of fear? Did we forget that fear and guilt are NOT from God? Where do churches get off trying to scare people into turning to God?

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

I do not see the point of a church using fear to evangelize. If evangelists differentiate themselves from the Catholic faith and concentration on spreading the message, which last time I checked was about love and not fear or guilt, then why are they trying to scare people straight?

2 Timothy 1:7

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Some people that claim to follow not just the bible but most importantly the new testament forget a fundamental thing, it is all about love. Accepting and embracing other is the real message that Jesus tried to spread. When did that change in to demonizing everything under the sun?

Halloween is actually a holiday that was originated by the Celts and it was just about the end of summer. Sure it has become commercialized just as much as Christmas has but that does not make it evil. If spreading the message involves injecting fear on people to convert them to the right path I feel that religion will fail.

Just like the shock created by a horror movie, it might get the adrenaline pumping, it might actually not let you sleep for a week, but eventually you are going to go back to normal and act on your own set of rules. True faith, true change and true belief come from our own personal relationship with whatever God we worship. Doing things are of fear works only as long as we are afraid.

Two Families

Bill Henry is an ex big league baseball player, he lives in Texas with his wife and it is not dead. The A.P. ran a story about his death because someone in Florida with the same name had been impersonating the real guy for years. Everyone around him believed him to be the real player because he even looked like the guy on the baseball cards. The guy that passed was married to his third wife and had kept the lie up for years. It is a pretty interesting hoax to ride for that long but we cannot ask the guy anymore why he did it.

Growing up one of my friends came from what I considered a big family. There were 5 kids ranging from 25 to 15. I was friends with the 19 year old and eventually became friends with the younger kid in the family that was a girl. They seemed to have a pretty close family and had a pretty upper middle class life. I noticed that they withdrew from everyone for a while and another friend told me the story.

They had recently found out that the father had two families. The other family was also composed of 5 kids of similar ages to the one I knew. The father had been spending some days with one family and some other days with the other for basically their whole lives and they had no clue… or at least the kids I was friends with.

To this day my brain cannot fully process what this family had to go through. I am at times even feeling like the father actually did an amazing thing. He supported two families and for the most part appeared to make them both pretty happy.

I am not against polygamy, but I think keeping one family secret from the best thing to do. Was a half time parent better than an absent parent? It is hard for me to really judge this situation because I have no point of reference and my friend never talked about it openly. It was never something that I would bring up in conversation. I have no way of knowing why the guy did it, but a pretty good idea of why he kept it secret. What about the woman involved, what do they say to him after 5 kids?

I also know of another couple that is not married but the guy has gone outside of the relationship and had two kids with the same woman. Both woman are aware of his infidelity but continue to be with him. I am not sure what motivates a woman to forgive that behaviour, but I do know that if you let it happen once it will most likely happen again.

OMG Ubuntu!!!

ubuntu linux penguin
This past weekend my uncle had computer problems again, yes the one that was ripped off by the geek squad before. He knew I was in town just for a party and going back. He did not want to tell me that his computer was messed up again but I knew it after looking at his face. I said I would stop by and fix it. I only had a couple of hours to spare and was expecting the usual virus or spy ware to be slowing it down but when I got there it was a lot worse than that. His wife who is the primary user of the computer loves to download (caunta porqueria se encuentra). I had to say it in Spanish because it has more meaning, but it loosely translates to every little dirty thing that she can find on the net. From every disc cleaner to the almighty registry sweeper she had downloaded things I had never even seen before.

Looking at the situation I weighted my options. I could take the computer and clean it and have it back to them on my next trip. I could also talk my uncle into just buying one of the very well priced computers they have at all retailers now. For about 350 bucks he got himself double the performance and Windows Vista. My experiences with the OS have been less than satisfactory so I knew that setting it up would be a pain… but it would be about a couple of hours which I was willing to spend. Even though the original set up of it did not take too long, getting it functional was very painful with the constant “are you sure you want to do this, are you sure you want to do that?” However I had an overall good experience this time (last time I was troubleshooting a laptop for a friend that just would not do what it was supposed to, and it was partly vista’s fault).

Before I left my uncle said, go ahead and take the old box I have no use for it. We had dinner, talked and I totally forgot about the computer. We were about to take off, already in the car when my uncle came calling and said don’t forget to take the box. I went back in and got machine full of viruses and God knows what else.

I have always loved Linux since back in College. Even though my experience with it on my actual hands is limited and even though the web server my site runs on is also Unix based running Apache I have really never used the OS itself, I have always done things either via applications like Cpanel, PHPAdmin and a command prompt here and there but nothing really on the actual OS level. I’ve had a red hat 9 disc for years and a couple of machines that I had ready to put it on but I never pulled the trigger out of lack of time (read lazy).

Fabian Rodriguez is a Colombian Tech Blogger that lives in Montreal. Coincidently he and my wife are good friends but have not spoken in some years. Fabian and I know each other just via our blogs and I really did not know much about my wife’s friendship with him until her and I met IRL and she told me she had actually been to Fabian and his wife’s house and actually had a friendship outside of the internet world. She mentioned in passing that Fabian had installed ubuntu on her machine but she forgot the password and never used it.

My first thought when I got a hold of that box that is only about 3 years old and could use a whole new set of system files was to put a linux distro on it. Then after Fabian and my wife connected again via facebook ubuntu came back to mind and I downloaded the ISO.

You have to remember that I am a corporate programmer that works on client server applications and have always worked with windows based software except for a couple of minor projects. I can move around Linux and can actually compile an application from the command prompt but I have gotten windows fat and lazy. I can click around like no one else remembering where settings are even without having labels… (I had to troubleshoot both of my wife’s machines at one time or another and everything is in French… my French is like grammar school level and windows settings go right over my head… demarrer, demarrer).

I was mentally prepared to have to read up a manual bigger than the bible to learn how to do beautiful things with ubuntu, I seriously thought that to get it to display level I would have to install a million pluggins… but then I gave ubuntu a try…

OMG I’m L337!!! yes just like a noob getting the first head shot from skill and not luck my face lit up. The Live CD did its thing in minutes and I was on the net faster than plugging the network cable to the PC. Zero setup headache, Zero trouble… the computer that minutes ago was almost a windows brick was not running an OS that IMHO (and that of others) can rival vista in many ways. I cannot believe I waited this long to switch specially since I have not been hardcore gaming in the PC in a while (and I am sure I probably will be able to game in ubuntu too).

The beauty of it is that you do not have to install it if you don’t want to, or it can coexist with your current O.S. if you chose to. There is no reason not to give it a try. Download the ISO, put it on your disk tray and restart that windows machine… chances are you are going to just LOVE what you see and experience.

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Friday Feast on Ubuntu

Name a great website you would recommend to others.
Ubuntu story! Make the switch.

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?
I would give myself an 8, I think I dream every night and remember about 60% of the time even though lately I seem to remember more.


Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?
I had tons of pets, Mitsiu the spastic coker spaniel and Bengaly a little white finch.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?
I think the war in Africa, not enough people care.

What is your favorite kind of hard candy?
Coffee Delight without a doubt