Having some fun with business cards

Business Card Cipher

Recently my partners and I were discussing ideas of how to make our business cards stand out more than other companies around us. Kind of hard to do with what I would consider such an old medium. For the world being so entrenched in technology it is amazing to me how many people still love to pass out their own business cards but also grab cards from others to add to their stack. Seems so archaic but for some reason it makes a connection feel more real. While trying to keep within a few parameters we came up with the idea to put a cipher on the back of our cards thinking it might peak some interest, share our passion for being different and out of the box. That being said the front of the card still does contain the basics and serves the purpose. Anyway, have a look at the card and give the cipher a shot. We have been debating whether or not to include a hint or not. The card picture here has a URL to a page that we might create but does NOT exist quite yet. If you crack the cipher drop me a line and let me know what you think. In fact I will give you the hint here and see if any body is able to provide a solution. Enjoy!

 

HINT: qwerty

 

Business Card Cipher

Yet another new theme for my blog

I have used a pre made theme for the past few months and maybe even a year for my personal blog and am ready for a change. I have been doing a lot of reading for my company about responsive design and some of the various platforms out there that are available as starting points etc. In particular I have always wanted to learn and use something that utilized Twitter bootstrap. Although I don’t know much about it HTML5 Boilerplate is another good resource out there. I found a WordPress press theme that is made from both and can be used as a starting place for a more robust and feature rich theme while using all the goodness that those two base frameworks provide. I am hoping to find a few minutes here or there to experiment with the theme so that I can try and be a little bit more up to date in those areas. I will be probably implementing much of what I learn on day to day basis at muy new company and look forward to doing so. Here is to keeping it fresh and different. Here we go…

The Red Bull Racing Story: 2005-2012

A great Formula 1 documentary following the dominant Red Bull Formula 1 team from there inception to present day. I for one am a huge Adrian Newey fan and have enjoyed learning about him and his engineering mind over the past few years as I have been sucked into what it means to be a Formula 1 fan. Have a look at this Red Bull documentary and a get a little peak into their world…

Reading the Bible with a Fresh Perspective

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A while back my friend an business partner sent me a video of Francis Chan talking about reading andĀ interpretingĀ the Bible for ourselves. Got me thinking a lot about the Bible, what I know about the Bible, what I can remember, what I learned for myself and what I have been told. I have spent a fair amount of my life listening to others who have really read the Bible, understand and then live life accordingly. Many of these men have had huge impacts on my life but there has always been a real itch to know the Bible and what it says because I read it and the Lord opened up its meaning to me. As my partner said and as Francis Chan says in his video it is not that there are not a lot of capable teachers out there to encourage you and help you learn the Word. The idea is not to diminish what others teach but encourage us to go see if it is true and know that it is true because we have read it ourselves.

My favorite present Bible teach is Steve Gregg and although I don’t agree with everything he has to say I love his approach. He always challenges you to go back to the text. Put two and two together for yourself and don’t take his word for it. He still is teachable and open to any idea that promotes Jesus and promotes his truth. If he is not in the proper understanding about something he wants to know about it and put it against the text of the Word.

That being said my exercise that I will explain here in a minute has one presupposition that you believe and take everything in the Bible for fact and truth. So my question and goal is as follows. As a thirty one year old man I have only read the Bible through one time intentionally cover to cover. It was an awesome time and I made quick work of it back then and read it in 90 days. I would like to think that I have read it collectively a few times over the years but I can only say that I have read it in full once as a fact. Not only do I want to make it through the entire word again I want to really try and approach it with a fresh eyes, ears and heart and see what the Lord has for me there. I really want to try and dismiss any pre set knowledge I have and really see what I can draw from the text. What are my own conclusions? What connections can I make on my own. I have started the process already and have begun taking notes and already I find it hard to not impress my pre existing understanding on my reading and what I deem as important. Also, some of what I read actually sounds a little crazy. I wonder what it is like to read the Bible for the first time without any knowledge of it.

So that is the goal and experiment at hand. It is slow going but I am having a good time thus far and am looking to post maybe per chapter or a few times per chapter. Who knows, eventually I may get into and use this format as a way to really dive in and write down my thoughts as I am reading and then just post. Anyway, I am looking forward to the journey and maybe someone else other than myself will read this and benefit from it someday. Who knows… maybe I can print all this and hand it to my sons some day and explain my time approaching the Bible fresh and new. Here we go…