Christians Religion

I\’m tired of Christians failing to have Christ like attitudes when it comes to life. It is probably one of the biggest struggles that I have with religion that so many of my fellow believers so obviously fail to understand some of the basics.

Responsibility

First, many Christians fail at the responsibility parts of life. In a world where we are supposed to treat everybody like a brother, a lot of people just act lazily and expect somebody else to do their work! This is not the Christian thing to do! You didn\’t read about Jesus not throwing away his trash, littering. attracting bugs, or being haphazard.

Worst of all, this is a perfect area that Atheists, Agnostics, and other (non)-religions can show off. How well you handle yourself is most people\’s only insights into your life, and shows exactly how much power you and your faith have over your own circumstances.

Worrying

This strikes a particular accord as I expect my Mom to worry about me, but she very much unneccesarrily does so and is very struck by the horror news and predjudices of what is dangerous without much actual knowledge about the situation.

A giant argument that I have with mainstream Christianity is about heaven and hell! I feel like somebody who is truly happy with the lives they are living should be fine with the prospect of dieing! Nay! The Christian right are perhaps the most protective. This hits right on with the stance on abortion — if life has begun and all babies go to heaven isn\’t an abortion actually saving a baby from the perils of the world, the freewill actions neccesary to go to hell, and sending them right to eternal paradise? Too often, the afterlife is a selling point about christianity even though nothing about it is known and most Christians will tell you that you won\’t even be yourself as you know it, but your spirit with no wanton desires ~ so why sell on it as opposed to being happy through serving others while you are in the world…. like Jesus.

Sex and Smoking

In Christian SIngles (a magazine that my mom brings me) there is an article about a smoking boyfriend. Smoking tobacco is a drug and known to have a correlation with cancer. While the magazine doesn\’t say that there is anything wrong with smoking (read destroying God\’s temple) it stresses on sexual purity (read becoming one temple in Christ.) The way I see it, smoking should be considered a much worse thing for your temple (addictive, cancerous, attitude adjusting) than sexual impurity (burns calories, releases happy chemicals to serve others, reduces chances of cancer.) For those (like me) with sexual purity saved for that future partner, smoking means that you could die many years earlier and miss out sharing that life — which negates any idea of respect.

Sleep Cycles

I think that we all know that our lives follow cycles. SOme are good cycles some are bad. I suppose it\’s like \”there is a season turn turn turn\” but to a more micro level.

I\’m trying to come out of a laziness and up late cycle right now. This summer I have been waking up at eleven or noon and barely making it to classes — wasting time reading the news (or facebook) and the staying up until three or four a.m.

I don\’t feel very good about myself when I consider this a waste of some life, so I\’m trying to get back on the good cycle.

I feel best about myself when I sleep very little (Garrett may laugh at this) but really, last September when I was arranging the Water Ski tournament and living a full life iwth a 9:30 am class I felt great about myself. I would sometimes nap for an hour in the afternoon – but I was going nearly 20 hours of the day. This is much like last Summer abroad (more on this later?) but work had me working from 8am until Midnight at minimum and often until two in the morning — meaning that I was getting 16 to 18 hours out of the day in work (I played some too.) This reminds me of Atlanta Fest two years ago where I worked full time (12-8am) napped for two hours and then went to Atlanta Fest at 6 flags (12pm-12am) — and it didn\’t really bother me in the least until long after where I tried to keep up.

Maybe being sleepier or less flexible in the cycle is a sign of my age. But I doubt it.

Anyway, my goal is to start waking up at 8 and I\’ll probably stay up until midnight or one. This will put me on the most human schedule. I really need to master the 30 minute nap again.

By the way, hats off to Amrit for working out with me, that\’s how I\’ve realized I\’ve been getting weaker in the current cycle. I\’ve been waking up so late that I haven\’t need a lunch between noon and 5pm.

Venture Capital

Today in my computing and society class, a founding partner from http://clickfox.com came and told us about realizing our dreams and not being afraid to start our own companies. He gave examples of investors (Family, Angels, and Venture Capitalists) and the the environment with the necessities.

I\’ve been asked what I want to do when I graduate by a lot of people. I\’m still not really sure what I want to do when I grow up, but I have some ideas. The most major, concentration, minor ideas that I have that relate the most to the GT Student Foundation are to be an analyst at an investment bank — and I further extend that to its \”lower\” level of being an analyst and eventually lead at a venture capital firm. This last year made me realize that I am very interested in marketing — supposedly sports marketing. FInally, potential backup plans could be some years with international teaching (or the peace corp?) or to even be a teacher in the states because influencing interested students how to rock at life seems like it would be neat (plus it happens everywhere and has some vacation so it has its perks that way.)

Here is what would make me great for the ibank / venture capital life:

  • I\’ve run my own \”company\” before :: I\’ve negotiated contracts for contracting work (I kind of need to work on this) — but have marketed myself, networked, and had real results. ALong with realizing the expenses of overhead.
  • I\’ve been in some successful startups (Elgia and ItsMedia). I worked with one lady who turned an idea and 3 person company into two companies with more than 15 employees. I also did the small web company in Norcross to realize what I don\’t like.
  • ItsMedia tried an international startup
  • I have many ideas that I may or may not realize — but that I work out and tell others about
  • I have a critical, bouncy, and dreamy imagination that helps me evaluate technologies based on current ones and uniqueness and how realistic ideas are.
  • I have some leadership skills
  • I know how the stock market works and performs with gains and losses.

My Brother Tried Linux

The Reason

So this last weekend, my brother was visiting from Washington State, and inconveniently enough his windows laptop started gettinga blue screen of death as it booted up. Apparently, windows update had automatically installed an update that did not work for his computer and he needed a Windows cd with a recovery console which he obviously didn\’t have access to.

My brother is also a bit of a by the books person and demands that his computer be up to date with everything, windows update,. anti virus, a strong firewall, and anything else — which makes this even more satisfying — that when you try hard it can break things.

My Solution

So we are at my parents\’ house and they don\’t have a Windows XP disk either. I recommend that maybe Dan try booting from USB to Ubuntu — unfortunately, his Dell custom bios in a 2ghz P4 did not have an option to boot from bios! How!

Anyway, so he downloaded and burned the cd, which loaded amazingly fast on his 2gb of ram and to which he happily saw that everything worked, even his hardline ethernet that he had somehow turned off in overally strict firewall configuration, and his wireless cards which appear to be the driver that got updated.

He also thought that it was amazing to have a live cd, the wireless setup so easy, and everything to just work and be somewhat intuitive, especially with firefox in beta.

But Freedom Require Flexibility

Soon he was considering installing Ubuntu in another partition, but wanted to know if he could run his Norton system utilities in wine! This was very frustrating, and hard to explain, but he basically wanted to use only what he was used to, and basically said that he was going to switch back to Windows immediately only because he wanted to use the things that he was familiar with. Anyway, I came back to the city and grabbed a Windows CD to which he quickly cowered back to — to run his Norton checks, de-fragmentation, and service pack 3 updates.

Flexibility in Perspective

The world has only been using Windows XP since 2003, and 32bit Windows for 13 years. Despite the newer graphical user interfaces of Kde/Gnome/OSX that have shown themselves to be be more intuitive and easy for the unadapted people fixed in their ways are still afraid of change, despite the idea that that change might be better.