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Lucky Strike Bowling Spammed My Cell Phone

Ugly, I know. Bowled a few times with a modestly large group at Lucky Strike Bowl in Lombard, Illinois.

They spammed my cell today with a text to watch some TV show. No "please click here to unsubscribe." If I ever opted in, they snuck it into tiny type.

Called them. Not sure if I'll receive another, but they lost a customer. I hope some of you in blogland go bowling somewhere else to bowl.

Did they break the FCC and ICANN spam laws? Don't know, but I'm pretty sour right now.

They use, I learned textmgr.com to send it.



Bluster County: The Crematorium Ghost Cloud

When a funeral home's crematorium is converted into a restaurant, the rest of the town is haunted by a deadly cloud. Why? "Glorious Tales That Probably Didn't Happen Quite The Way I Tell It"

In my first ever ghost story, I look at the familiar story of ghosts looking for a home. This time, however, it is true, and right around my back yard.

Based on a true place. Some of this actually, veritably happened. The rest? Just ask old man Rept Wagner.



Missional? Hijacked and Prostituted.

A new book is coming out. "Missional Sprituality" InterVarsity Press is publishing it. A good word has been hijacked and prostituted.

I gotta say, 'missional' is a word I think is meaningless, and has become the most recent evangelical buzzword. Good intentions, maybe, but as it tries to steer people away from overstructured institutions, it is a brand word. Authors like Hirsch get their names on the front cover, and, in doing so, have become part of a new structure and institution.
It was no accident to include the word in the title. Why? Marketing. Since 'missional' in its truest sense, merely means living out the life Christ would have us live, it forms a sorted of branded redundancy to include it in a book title.

While a book title is always a marketing device, that Hirsch's name is included, there is a double emphasis on the demographic which knows who he is. 'Missional' is now not just what Hartenstein used it as, but a persona, an image, and a distinct cultural perspective both for and against certain contexts.

For some, (and I'm not suggesting this is true of your book -- I've not read it), it can be a lambasting of the church institution. "Look how bad the evangelical church is." Or, a more positivist approach, "Look how good our new thing is." Or a matter-of-fact approach, "Here's how Christ wants his followers to live." However, once a series of books, seminars, known-by-their-name authors, conferences, an entire infrastructure has been created that, from my eyes, looks kind of like the the old structure, sans steeple.

I cannot help but think of the Who's classic song.

"Won't Get Fooled Again"

We'll be fighting in the streets
 With our children at our feet
 And the morals that they worship will be gone
 And the men who spurred us on
 Sit in judgment of all wrong
 They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
 Take a bow for the new revolution
 Smile and grin at the change all around me
 Pick up my guitar and play
 Just like yesterday
 And I'll get on my knees and pray
 We don't get fooled again
 Don't get fooled again

Change it had to come
 We knew it all along
 We were liberated from the fall that's all
 But the world looks just the same
 And history ain't changed
 'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
 Take a bow for the new revolution
 Smile and grin at the change all around me
 Pick up my guitar and play
 Just like yesterday
 And I'll get on my knees and pray
 We don't get fooled again
 Don't get fooled again
 No, no!
I'll move myself and my family aside
 If we happen to be left half alive
 I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
 For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?

There's nothing in the street
 Looks any different to me
 And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
 And the parting on the left
 Is now the parting on the right
 And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
 Take a bow for the new revolution
 Smile and grin at the change all around me
 Pick up my guitar and play
 Just like yesterday
 Then I'll get on my knees and pray
 We don't get fooled again
 Don't get fooled again
 No, no!


Meet the new boss
 Same as the old boss


Did Steve Jobs Change My Life?

Steve Jobs didn't change my life. He started a massive company. I bought some of his products. Huge corporation. Ray Kroc never changed my life either.

Steve Jobs' company is a huge corporation. Got an iPhone, iPod, Mac? Nice. But know that when you forked over those big bucks, you supported the kind of corporation Wall Street loves, and Occupy Wall Street loves to pretend they hate.

Kind of like Trader Joe's hip persona, when in reality, it is owned by the same megacorp which owns the German-based Aldi grocery chain.

Billions of dollars. 50,000 employees. That's Apple. They are long way from anything grassroots. Steve Jobs looked the part, but he was big corporate all the way. Was he generous? Maybe for a rich guy.

Bill Gates is generous. Nasty things have been said about how Gates does business -- maybe that's true -- but no one will say Gates, who is giving away all of his money, is not generous.


Steve Jobs Biography

Steve Jobs
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Steve Jobs
Shoulder-high portrait of smiling man in his fifties wearing a black turtle neck shirt with a day-old beard holding a phone facing the viewer in his left hand
Jobs holding a white iPhone 4 at Worldwide Developers Conference 2010
Born Steven Paul Jobs
February 24, 1955(1955-02-24)[1]
San Francisco, California, U.S.[1]
Died October 5, 2011(2011-10-05) (aged 56)
Residence Palo Alto, California, U.S.[2]
Alma mater Reed College (one year, 1972)
Occupation Chairman, Apple Inc.
Net worth increase$8.3 billion (2011)[3]
Board member of The Walt Disney Company,[4] Apple, Inc.
Religion Buddhism[5]
Spouse Laurene Powell Jobs (1991–2011)
Children 4
Relatives Mona Simpson (sister)
Steve Jobs
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011[6]) was an American entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder,[7] chairman, and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc.[8][9] Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.[10]
In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula,[7] and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Macintosh.[11][12] After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985,[13][14] Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he served as its CEO from 1997 until 2011. In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios.[15] He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1% until its acquisition by The Walt Disney company in 2006.[16] Consequently Jobs became Disney's largest individual shareholder at 7% and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.[17][18][19][20]
His aim to develop products that are both functional and elegant earned him a devoted following.[21]
On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation from his role as Apple's CEO. In his letter of resignation, Jobs strongly recommended that the Apple executive succession plan be followed and Tim Cook be named as his successor. Per his request, Jobs was appointed chairman of Apple's board of directors.[22][23][24][25] On October 5, 2011 Apple announced that Steve Jobs had died at the age of 56. [26]


[edit] Early years

Steve Jobs is Dead

Steve Jobs is Dead


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  • Sarah Palin is Not Running for President in 2012

    Sarah Palin has informed her supporters she’s not running for president in 2012.

    I have long thought, and continue to think, she sees her role as an influencer, not as a leader. She originally had eyes on the White House, but, between the current political tempo of the USA, the fact that she is a woman in a nation not willing to elect a woman (just look at Hillary Clinton vs Barack Obama), and her litany of amazing gaffs -- she realized she is better at stirring things up than as a potential president.

    Please understand my own position is not as a supporter, nor detractor. I'm not a Republican for a myriad of good reasons, and certainly not a Democrat for a similarly wide array of reasons.


    Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

    Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned
    'I have not killed, I have not raped, I was not there,' she earlier told jury.

    Her story was sexy, international, full of lies, corruption and incompetence. Glad you now know the latest global news from Perugia, Italy.

    Do you know about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani? Also international, full of intrigue, human rights issues and, in his case, probable murder. Iran will kill him by the end of the week. No, no, there are no protests like with Troy Davis. Why? Who knows why the world wants to watch one case over another.

    Iran recently changed its charge against Nadarkhani from apostasy to tape and/or spying and/or not hating Jews. Seriously. Why? Because the world was becoming aware of the case, and pressuring Iran not to kill him. Since they realize the rest of the world (except for China, and several other Arab states) thinks killing someone because of what they believe is against basic human rights, they changed it to rape. It is a public relations thing.
    Read about him.