Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Have some people really got nothing better to do?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Some months ago I sat down for breakfast with Ed Stetzer while we were both in Phoenix for a conference. Afterwards Ed “tweeted” about our meal together and commented that for some inexplicable reason “Skye isn’t on Twitter.” He gave me some playful grief about it on our drive to the conference, and since then others have asked why I don’t Tweet as well. So I decided it was time to finally show my cards.
First of all, I don’t believe Twitter is evil, wrong, or in any way immoral. And I’m not condemning my many friends who love to Tweet. But it’s not for me. Here are the top 10 reasons why I don’t use Twitter (not that there’s anything wrong with it).
My life really isn’t that interesting (and in most cases, neither is yours). Unless you are “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis commercials, I really don’t care what you’re doing at any particular moment. Let’s be honest, most of life is mundane, ordinary, and routine. I’d rather keep the veil of mystery over my life so that outsiders can construct a far more fascinating picture of my existence with their imaginations.
I don’t like the taste of my own foot. Twitter enables otherwise intelligent people to communicate really foolish things to far too many people much too rapidly. In other words, it’s very easy to Tweet and regret. The first thought that comes to my mind is rarely the thought I want others to see. What can I say? I’m still a Christian under construction.
You cannot delete a Tweet. Last year ABC News anchor Terry Moran posted this Tweet: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.” Moran deleted the Tweet almost immediately when we discovered the President’s comment was intended to be off-the-record. It was too late. Thousands of people had already copied the post. ABC News has issued apologies and statements about the mishap. Twittering can take a moment, but the regret can last a lifetime.
For the rest of the article, click HERE
Off the top of my head I have a few more personal reasons to add ...
1. I blog and I think that is more than enough on my part to share my thoughts publicly.
2. I have enough trouble already blocking dozens of facebook applications and invitations and use facebook sparingly. There is to me already too much trivial junk on facebook that are time wasters. *I have my own personal "guidelines" on how I use facebook so I am the boss and not the application!
3. I think I can spend my valuable time a lot better than learn to "tweet" (okay the author did mention this so it is an overlap but it does show I agree very strongly) and get sucked in by yet another "in thing". So many have died obscure deaths (or will soon die) that I can't even remember their names now, and I am glad I never used them....
4. I think that it is twitter and facebook as well is generally actually pretty superficial in terms of real communication and is actually in a real way rather impersonal. "Cyber community" is to me an oxymoron as most often, there is no real depth in communication and care.
5. I am not a bird! :-)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It looks like a busy week again. Looks like I will be busy every night ... except Sunday night. Plus side is more visitation planned ... :-) Looking forward to having dinner tonight with a new family that has joined our church. Appreciate very much their dinner invitation.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thank you Dr. Ng KW yet again!
Allah Word: The Bare Historical Facts PresentedBy nkw
Allah Word: Facts and Time-line
“Why do you want to fight the Malaysian government over the use of the word Allah?” This question crops up now and then in our discussion groups.
The inquirer may be well intentioned, but he is obviously ill-informed. The best answer to this question is to present the facts of history which show clearly that it is not the Malaysian Church that wants to fight the government; it is rather the case of the government pushing the Church with one demand after another until the Church’s back is pressed against the wall. The Church has no option but to appeal to the Court to seek redress and justice.
I refer to the recently document (Allah-word & the Alkitab: Fact Sheet), just released by the Christian Federation Malaysia (CFM) on 15 March 2010 - documenting how the government has been unrelenting in its harassment of the Church for the last 30 years.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
SPM: 214 students scored above 90% for all subjects
PUTRAJAYA: In the 2009 SPM results announced Thursday, 7,987 students obtained all As in the subjects they took, said Education director-general Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon.
He said that under the new scoring system introduced for the 2009 examinations, 214 of the those students who scored all As scored above 90% (A+) in all their subjects.
So this means only 214 got straight As and not 7,987?
If 90% is an A+? What exactly is the percentage that qualifies for an A grade? And what about A-? And what does a student need to get a B?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Been a while since I blogged. Usual reason ... :-) But time to quickly post up some pictures of last Saturday's KCC Gala - especially since I have a headache analyzing and commenting on my church intern's assignment on Galatians. It's an additional role have taken on this year - to be the supervisor for one of my young adults who has enrolled in a Bible training institution called Pathways.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay
But you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
But you are not alone
New Zealand's minimum driving age is likely to rise by one year to 16 under a Government road safety strategy to be unveiled tomorrow.
The restricted driving test will also be toughened, to encourage youngsters to spend more time practising under supervision before going solo.
And all drivers aged under 20 face a zero alcohol limit, but with some leniency for those found with just tiny traces in their blood.
But the Government has put off a decision on the adult alcohol limit.
New Zealand youngsters are 60 per cent more likely than their Australian counterparts to die in crashes - a comparison seen by Transport Minister Steven Joyce as "a sad indictment."
They suffer an average of about 21 deaths a year for every 100,000 in their age group, compared with Australia's rate of 13.
A decision in principle by the Government to raise the driving age by one year represents a compromise, given greater apparent public support for lifting it to 17.
That, and imposing a zero blood alcohol limit for certain categories of drivers, shared second place in the preferences of more than 1200 people who responded to a public invitation to rank 61 ideas for improving safety.
Compulsory third party vehicle insurance proved the most popular idea, but the Government believes high existing coverage - of more than 92 per cent of the national fleet - means it is unlikely that added gains would outweigh hefty administration costs.
The widow of a man killed by a 15-year-old driver said last night that increasing the education and supervision given to young drivers was just as important as increasing their age.
Kathy Condon's husband, Graham, a Christchurch City councillor and Paralympian, died when a teenager failed to take a corner and crashed into his cycle in September 2007.
The girl was in breach of her restricted licence by carrying four other passengers at the time.
Mrs Condon said she remained convinced that distraction in the car caused the girl to crash.
She said she and her husband had not let their two children learn to drive until they were older than 16, because they felt 15 was too young.
Mrs Condon said she would like to see the legal driving age pushed up to 17 but if it was raised to 16, that was "certainly an improvement on 15".
For the rest of the report, click HERE
Here's a really funny joke related to this blog topic) that I got in the mail today ...