MotoGP 2013 looks to be promising with the return of Rossi to Yamaha

Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to watching MotoGP in 2013. With Rossi’s return to Yamaha and Stoner’s exit from the sport the playing field has been shifted. Watching Lorenzo and Ross will be a treat and I am looking forward to Yamaha Factory Racing taking it to Honda once again to defend it’s 2012 title. Looks like Yamaha is going to be releasing a new MotoGP factory racing website where you will be able to keep up with all the happenings. Have a look! I am stoked.

Yamaha Factory Racing Official Website

Valentine’s Day Card for My Wife

Wanted to get something special for my girl this Valentine’s day and had the chance to make her a little mobile card in the process. I grabbed a quick screen shot for ratio and sizing offline and began messing around. Grabbed a few elements and tossed this bad boy together. The end product is below. She was surprised and stoked about the surprise and her best friend even did some lying to make the impact even better. Text to her phone this morning. The string of text back were awesome!


Elements Used

  • Photo of best friend found on “The Facebook”
  • Photo of the kids from my phone
  • and these…

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Final Product

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Reading the Bible w/ a Fresh Perspective: Genesis

So a month or two ago I wrote a post called Reading the Bible with a Fresh Perspective. In that article I had articulated that I wanted to start fresh and really gain an understanding of the Bible on a whole for myself thinking of it from the angle of someone whom had never read, heard or grown up with the Bible. Since then I have made it through Genesis and am into Exodus. I wanted to post the notes that I have for future reference. It is doubtful that they would be helpful to anyone really as much of them are just stating what was already in the passage with an occasional thought or comment. Most of my Genesis notes were taken by hand and I have not yet converted those yet, however I did start using digital means part way through the process. Those are where I will pick up the notes.

 

Chapter 44
1-5
Joseph set his brothers up once again by putting the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. he lets them leave and then has his house steward go after them.
What is a house steward?

6-13
When the steward caught up they said that no one of them had taken any gold or silver and were so confident that made a deal that if any one of them had it that they would be a servant or slave to the egyptians. They went from highest to lowest and found the cup in the youngest brothers sac exactly where they had planted it.
14-34
The brothers meet up with Joseph and plead for a different scenario. Judah asks if he can speak to Joseph and explains the full scenario that his father was hesitant to send the youngest as he was worried he would not come back. Judah took responsibility for him and to his father and therefore asked if he could take the place of the youngest in slavery. He told Joseph of how he missed his other son that he lost and how his life was bound up with the youngest.

Chapter 45

1-3
Joseph finally came to a place where he could not contain himself and revealed himself to his brothers. Weeping and crying much of Egypt heard him. He was able to reveal himself to his brothers in private and was interested to know if his Father was still alive.

Always interesting when a question is asked that seems like the answer is clear. Of course his father would be alive or they would not be willing to make such a huge push to be sure that they brought back Benjamin. Not saying that would have not made the same sacrifice but it seemed clear that his father was still alive.

45:5 Pretty amazing approach as he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Check it out…
“Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
Love how he can have such a rich perspective and understanding of what God was doing and had done with his life that The Lord had brought him to a place where he was consoling them.

4-15
Joseph continues to tell his brothers of the Lords purpose of having put him here in Egpyt because of the famine and to be sure that the remnant would survive. He told them to quickly go get his Father and bring him and all he owns. They would live in the land of Goshen and in a place where Joseph was close and could take care of them. He was able to connect with Benjamin as well.

16-28
Pharaoh heard of the news and offered up the best of Egypt to Joseph’s family. the best of the land, goods, etc. The brothers then went back to Israel and told him of the news and he told them to take him to Joseph before he died.

Chapter 46
So Joseph headed down to Egypt. On the way he stopped in Beersheba to offer sacrifices to God. God spoke to Jacob/Israel in a vision that night. He said, “I am the God of your Father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.
The middle part of the chapter tell of all the sons of Jacob and the descendants who would be going up to Egpyt. There could be some interesting numbers in here for a later date or names that would tie to people of importance but am not sure they are worth writing down but something that we can certainly refer back to.

Towards the end of the chapter it talks about how Joseph set them all up in the land of Goshen and told them that when they are called upon they are to tell Pharaoh that they have looked after livestock and are shepherds. Said that shepherds are loathsome to egyptians.

Why would Joseph want them to be loathed? To prevent intermarriage and a clean line away from the Egyptians? Did Joseph have Egyptians wives? I am pretty sure that he did. How does that affect the family line? Is that important?

Chapter 47

1-6
Joseph presents five of his brothers to Pharaoh. They are asked their profession of which they answer as instructed, “We are shepherds.” They then are accepted into the land of Goshen and Pharaoh puts whatever they need at their disposal. Joseph is told to have them lead any of Pharaoh’s live stock as well.

7-12
Jacob is presented to Pharaoh and they have a conversation about his life and then Israel blessed Pharaoh. Joseph provides the food needed for all his family. They refer specifically to the little ones.

8-26
The famine worsened and the people began to come to Joseph but they were out of money to buy any more food. So they made a deal that they would sell their livestock for food. The next year they had exhausted all their resource in livestock and so they sold themselves to Pharaoh, then they sold their land and then finally they sold a fifth of all they produced to Pharaoh via Joseph’s management and suggestion. So Pharaoh pretty much had everything. So all that was produced by the land of Egypt, Pharaoh gained a fifth of all of it.

27-31
Now Israel (the people group) grew in number and became fruitful. Jacob/Israel lived in Egypt for 17 years. He lived to be 147 years old.

When it was nearing the time where Jacob was going to die he was sure to made Joseph swear that he would not be buried in Egypt but in the proper burial place. Assuming that is somewhere in Canaan. Somewhere that had been mentioned already. To make this deal or covenant he asked Joseph to place his hand under his thigh. He also was asking Joseph to be kind and make this promise. Makes me think that he was being respectful of whom Joseph had become and where the Lord had placed him in his life.

Chapter 48
Again Jacob/Israel is preparing to die. Joseph brought his two sons to his Father. Their names where Ephraim and Manasseh. When Jacob saw his sons sons he blessed them. However when they were brought near Joseph tried to place them in a manner where Jacob would have his right hand on the first born, Manasseh’s, head but Jacob crossed his hands and blessed Ephraim as the first born. Joseph tried to correct his Father who could not see very well but he told Joseph that he knew what he was doing. At the end of the chapter Jacob told Joseph that the people would be back in the land.

Was thinking about Joseph and his children and was wondering who Joseph’s wife was. He obviously had a wife as he was bearing children and sons. Pretty sure that was Egyptian. Doesn’t really affect the family line I guess…. Looks like he was given a wife in…

Gen. 41:45 – Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife.

Chapter 49
Jacob summoned his sons and spoke to each of them as to what would befall them in the coming days. Here is a list of his sons. Refer to chapter for exact details that are not noted below.

  • Reuben
  • Simeon
  • Levi
  • Judah
  • Zebulan
  • Issachar
  • Dan
  • Gad
  • Asher
  • Naphtali
  • Joseph
  • Benjamin

Looks like the two most positive reviews or statements went towards Judah and Joseph, however there were others that received positive blessings but nowhere as in depth as these two.

After the blessing Jacob charged his sons to bury him in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah near his wife Rebekah and Leah. His parents Abraham and Sarah were buried there as well.

vs. 33
Jacob draws to his feet and into bed and breathed his last.

Chapter 50

1-3
Joseph wept over his Fathers death. He then had him embalmed. Egypt mourned the loss of Joseph’s father for seventy days.

4-6
Joseph request time to go bury his father. The request is granted by Pharaoh.

15-21
Joseph’s brothers were scared that since Jacob had died that Joseph would seek revenge on them for what they had done to him when he was younger. They lied to him saying that Israel/Jacob charged Joseph with forgiving them. However, Joseph saw that their evil was in the long term done for good and he forgave and comforted them letting them know that they and their children would be cared for.

22-26
Joseph lived for 110 years and he saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons.He also saw the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh born on his knees. Joseph asked his brother to carry his bones up from Egypt after he had passed. He was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egpyt.

Quickly Customize the WordPress Login Page Manually

Pretty much this is straight from the codex. However instead of having to read through the page even quickly you can copy and paste this bad boy right into your functions file to get it working quickly. I tried to comment things well so that you can dive right in. If there is a better or cleaner way to do it please hit me up in the comments. Adding the CSS into the hook like that seems a little bit heavy…. ah, looked really quickly at the codex and this is what they had to say about lengthy styles for a custom login page.

From the WordPress Codex:

If you have a lot of login page styles, you may want to make your own custom login style sheet. This code, added to your functions.php file, would load a CSS file named style-login.css, stored with your active Theme files:

function my_login_stylesheet() { ?>

The code that I added to my functions.php file...

function my_login_logo() { ?>

Great Coffee from the Unseen Bean in Boulder, CO

A few years ago when on one of my major coffee kicks a good friend of mine passed me a bag of coffee from a local roaster. The name of the company on the bag was The Unseen Bean. I thought it was interesting and wanted to hear the story. My buddy proceeded to tell me an amazing story about a coffee roaster out of boulder who did all his roasting by audio and smell due to the fact that he was blind. I eagerly took that bag home and created many cups of oh so good coffee. I since have been to the Unseen Bean location in Boulder and enjoyed a cup or two there as well. I was out the other night and had the chance to meet Andy, a gentlemen starting his own roasterery called, “I have a Bean“. His roastery also has a cool story and I was reminded of the Unseen Bean of which I proceeded to share with Andy. He then sent me this video the next day of which I really enjoyed! Have a look and then have a cup!

The Unseen Bean: Roasting Coffee In The Dark from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Use has_term() in a basic conditional statement – check for category of custom post type

Seem to always forget how to set up conditionals when working with custom post types. Throwing together a quick post for personal reference down the road. So basically if you have a custom post type with a category this is how you can setup a conditional statement. If you would rather get a great explanation from the codex then you can read that here… http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/has_term

Here is the code as I used it within my template files…

if (has_term('custom post category name','taxonomy')) {
// do something
} else {
// do something else
}

Nascar updates their website

If you have not picked up on it I am a huge motorsports fan. Last night I was doing some of my weekly browsing around for motorsport news and ran into a pleasant surprise. After something like 3 or 4 years nascar.com has been updated. They have updated their look and feel and gone to a more single long page for their home page. The site is much more visual and I am excited to poke around. As this pertains to my daily work and interest I always love to see how major players attack a problem or a site redesign. At first look I am not stoked on all the design, UI and UX decisions but overall I am enjoying the new look, function and feel. I wish I had a comparison screen shot for you… but I don’t. Have a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Visit the new Nascar.com

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 and interpreting 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…

Turn Off Comments on Pages

Wordpress Comments Settings for Pages

Quick little tip to turn off comments for both pages in WordPress. This is kind of a two step process pending on whether or not you would like comments to be turned off for all pages or just a single page. For all pages you will want to first visit the following…

Settings >> Discussion >> uncheck “Allow people to post comments on new articles”

If you already are seeing the comments section on a page that you would like to remove it you can either select one or many with bulk edit and under comments select “Do Not Allow” from the comments drop down.

Isaac Jorgensen’s new RECORD and BOOK

Isaac Jorgensen

One of my best friends and brothers in the Lord has been working on new music and book to go along with it that I am sure will be a blessing to you and anyone who might come in contact with it. Please take a few minutes to check out his Kick Starter project here.

If you don’t know me very well you may not know that I was in a Christian rock band for over 5 years of which the majority of that time the group was full time, traveling the states sharing our music and more importantly the good news of Jesus Christ. Isaac was one of our two front men, writers and vocalist for the band Foolish Things. We go way further back than music and I have to say that Isaac has been a major influence and blessing in my life since I was ten years old. He is one of those kinds of people that is just impactful. No matter where he and his family goes they are a solid representation of what the Lord can do in a life when someone is obedient.

Again, take the opportunity to advance the Kingdom with the work that the Lord has called him to do.