Month: June 2016

Flat vs Globe Earth: Biblical Perspective

There are many videos out there about whether or not the earth is flat or a globe.  If you are a Bible believer, then you have a double duty of looking at this topic because, after all, the Bible is a flat earth book.  Perhaps you glazed over the scriptures when you read them and filed them with ‘poetry’ or ‘simplistic teachings of science to an archaic world’.  In either case, if you love the truth, you need to take a long hard look at this topic because it is absolutely important.

The implications of not looking at this could be tragic for you.

I found this video to be one of the best videos because it goes over many of the scientific issues but also incorporates all the scriptures so you can start a crash course on what the Bible says about the topic.

 

 

GREAT FLAT EARTH VIDEO INCLUDING LOTS OF SCRIPTURES FROM THE BIBLE

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Why Your School Doesn’t Teach About Scientist Auguste Piccard

As I continue down the journey for truth and explore the globe earth versus flat earth discussion (it’s important), I came across another eureka point.

There is a man who, with his own eyes, traveled so high into the sky that he was able to see something very interesting: the edge of the earth.

If this weren’t so long ago, and if this guy had some agenda, or if he didn’t go so high, or if he wasn’t such a validated scientist, I might not be so challenged.  But he is.  And his report of what he saw should make you stop in your tracks and consider.

Although there are more than one videos out there on this, I find this video to be the best because it is quite exhaustive and the narrator has an awesome accent.

VIDEO ABOUT SCIENTIST AUGUSTE PICCARD WHO SAW SOMETHING YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT

 

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Pressure Sensitive Conveyor Labeler Troubleshooting: Backing Paper Snaps

There are many reasons why the paper backing of the labels might break I have discovered.  Here is my list (and I may edit this from time to time as I discover more ways label paper can break!):

Rips at the peeler plate in a nearly perfect line

  1. Plate angle is too harsh: try reducing the angle and making it more straight in line with the path right before it.  So it could be angled too far towards the conveyor so reduce that angle away from conveyor direction which should straighten the path and reduce the intensity right there at the edge of plate at moment of peelage
  2. Peeler plate is too sharp: the actual metal of the plate may not be filed smooth enough
  3. Tension issue has driven the label path up or down and the top or bottom of paper is catching on corner of peeler plate and ripping instantly after cut begins

Snaps at Rewind Drive or Before

  1. The label backing was die-cut too deeply by printers and areas of weakness in backing paper have appeared and the general tension of machine is ripping it.  There really isn’t much to be done, that I know of yet, other than try to reduce tension if you can without screwing up your label application
  2. The unwind assembly isn’t functioning properly, or the dancer arm is jamming somehow so the the rewind drive engine is pulling but the unwind assembly isn’t releasing the new labels so it snaps near the drive.
  3. The clutch/brake is too tight or seized: replace clutch or loosen tension (I guess).  This one seems to really affect everything so try to avoid this one unless you’ve tried everything else.

Other Snap Location?

I haven’t seen it snap anywhere else yet, but I’m sure anything is possible.  If you have some snap action somewhere else along the feed path be sure to let me know and we can share solutions here as notes for ourselves and others.

 

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Ubuntu Phone About to Shake Things Up

I’ve been an Ubuntu fan since 2009 now.  As soon as I met Ubuntu it was game over for all my desktops, laptops, netbooks, home media servers, etc.  There was no competitor who could make a new or existing machine run so quickly and reliably, and without the pain of viruses and continual financial investments to keep it up to date.  The most exciting thing was that no one owned me.  When I heard that Ubuntu was moving to the phone, I purchased a Nexus 4 (N4) so that I could go along for the ride, as that was the first device for development.

I flashed it on, and took it for a ride.  The first thing I noticed was how amazing the user interface was.  It was as if (shocking as this may sound) someone had actually designed a phone with the user in mind.   When I was forced to use a fruit-phone by the big fruit company for a job once, it was like driving a luxury sports car with one arm cut off and in a cement warehouse:  high quality hardware, perhaps, but I’d rather have my freedom and functionality, thank you.  The big US spy agency phone (google/android) not only spied on me, but also has a user interface experience that never quite made sense.  It was (and still is) difficult to do some basic setting changes.  I tried cyanogen mod as a bit of a ‘lesser-of-two-evils’ but it too had the same issues because ultimately it’s all built on the same shaky foundation.

Ubuntu, on the other hand, is built with freedom and people in mind.  Randall Ross wrote a great post a while back about the pillars of Ubuntu (seven P’s) This article really helps us understand why Ubuntu is not just software.  Randall has been preaching this message for years but only now it’s starting to really hit home with some people.  People are starting to ‘get’ that they have been sold a bad deal for computers (Ubuntu has already taken over that show) but now also the computers we carry in our pockets.

As a business owner as well as sales person for our company, I will not deny that there were some bumpy roads in the beginning.  I needed some basic things that a smart phone could offer which were a bit buggy when Ubuntu launched on the phone a few years back.  I would flash back and forth between the bondage robot (android) and Ubuntu on my N4 while I tried to do my sales job.  No battle is easy and it was never promised to be so.  Some naysayers would laugh and say ‘why don’t you just wait until they have fixed it’?  This would anger me because “relying on they” is what has caused the world to be enslaved by their technology.  I knew that I could not wait for ‘they’ to fix things.  I had to become part of the solution somehow.  So I would stay up to date the best I could, periodically flash in and out and watch the growth. I would offer my feedback and needs to the developer groups and to my surprise, I found out that I wasn’t alone.  Others were listening, fixing, building, changing, debating, enhancing and more.  I realized one very exciting thing – I was and still am part of what is a major revolution in technology.

A revolution?  Isn’t that word a bit strong?

No, it’s not.  Do you remember just a few years ago when every phone in every pocket was either a Blackberry or a Nokia?  It wasn’t that long ago.  I believe it was around 2006, perhaps.  Their day is over.  A revolution occurred, albeit perhaps not one that has not helped the world.  The employees at Blackberry and Nokia felt the revolution and when it came time to renew your nasty cell phone contract, you felt the revolution too.

But this revolution is different.  This one comes without catches, snags or enslavement.  This one allows you to finally have some control over your phone instead of it and ‘they’ having control over you.  Now tell me that that is not a revolution?  Unless your head is really deep in the fruit and robot sand, you will be nodding your head in agreement with me and looking painfully at the ‘nice phone’ you just bought.

And so we are at another turning point.

How do you know when it’s a turning point?  For me it’s when the ‘thing’ moves from the underground to the masses.  It’s the point when it starts to ‘peek out’ and when ‘regular people’ start to acknowledge that something is happening.  For me, it’s when the mainstream media has *no choice* but to start covering it or be forced to lose respect.

I believe today is the day.

This article on a very mainstream technology website (you can tell it’s mainstream by the nasty ads for Microsoft, etc, that interrupt your reading) covered the revolution.  This article explains how the excitement is now here.  The author is unable to deny that something is going on.  He is unable to restrain from wanting to be involved.

The timing on this article was also interesting for another reason.  It perfectly confirmed advice I gave to a friend who is in the middle of launching a kind of ‘uber business’.   He launched his business with the traditional iOS and Android ‘app’ approach.  He wanted to show it to me and so he instructed me to ‘download the app’.  After a short discussion, I explained to him that this business model may be outdated and on the way to extinction.  I did not want to be forced to give a big bad company my information (including GPS location!) to explore my friends business on my phone. I explained politely that he was violating my privacy.  By the end of the conversation, I believe that he took my advice to *strongly consider* moving his development to the Ubuntu platform – a place where he will be immediately received with a warm embrace, not to mention a place that is future proof.

Every business that uses technology (and I believe that is *every* business) needs to seriously consider where they will be in three years.  The way of the fruit and the slave robot is now over.  With the Meizu Pro 5, there is now a very exciting and viable option out of the box.  There are no more excuses to not jump in with all support.  Not only will you bring more freedom to your customers but you will also sleep better at night knowing that the future of your success is not in the hands of a few very powerful people.

Today is a new and very exciting day for the Ubuntu project.

 

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The Journey of Conscience

I was reading Watchman Nee’s Spiritual Man and finally got to the section about conscience.  What an excellent book, by the way, if you are really hungry to  know how spiritual stuff works for God’s people.

In this section, Nee explains the conscience as being a ‘monitor’ of God’s highest will for His children today.  He writes about how conscience will reveal things at different times for different people for different reasons.  While I was reading an analogy came to me which I jotted down.  This analogy really helped me bring the spiritual mechanism of the conscience to a more earthly level.

We are supposed to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7).  And since there weren’t cars then and walking was probably a pretty normal mode of transportation, we could say this walking is a journey.  And Jesus also made it clear that the journey will not be an easy one.  He said ‘strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and few find it” (Matt 7:14).  Now, let’s convert this difficult journey of walking in the light into a road trip into a standard road trip.

Most people today use GPS.  Ironically, I don’t but that’s just an interesting aside.  Perhaps I don’t use it because I’ve observed the behaviour of its users… anyway.  The GPS shows our current position on the journey.  It’s a monitor that we are on the right path.  Let’s call the GPS our conscience.

Behold! A tree has fallen across the road that the Lord God Almighty has beforehand shown us we must travel.  Let us call this tree ‘sin’ because it is an obstacle to our great journey of walking in the light and enjoying perfect fellowship with God.

Note that this pesky tree was *not* shown us on our GPS just hours before.  Everything was bliss and clear sailing.  So far as we thought we were free like the proverbial seagull. Yet now we have halted and this tree must be dealt with.  Although difficult cutting, you have a pocket knife if your glove box and there is no question that with enough will you could cut through it.  You could also use your brain and reason and likely find other ways to remove this thing which is preventing you from staying on the right path.  Let’s call the removal of this tree as ‘dealing with sin by the blood of the lamb and the cross’.

But, lo!  What is that over yonder?  You look to the right and note a very well paved cement road. It’s very wide and a lot of cars seem to be driving down it.  It would only take a second and you will be moving again.  Then, since it’s going ‘roughly the same direction’, you’ll just find your way back to the path that God ordained a little later.  Yes.  Indeed this is a much easier way.

So you turn right.

Life is good.

You turn the stereo back on and start driving.  You are following a few nice cars and everyone in their cars seem like they are really doing well.  These people are the Sunday church people, you noticed, so surely they are on the right path!  But you noticed something else…. your GPS signal is dead.  Completely dead.  It just shows your car stopped back at the tree.

No problem. You are following these other church people so you keep going.  It starts getting dark and there are less and less people on this road.  Within a short time you are alone.  And it’s dark.

You cry out for help and no one responds.  Just a big, empty void.

Then you hear other cries for help.  Go figure… Those church people are lost in the dark too!  They must have been following each other just like you were.

Fear sets in.

How you long for the days when your GPS was assisting you and you had bold confidence that you were on the right path.

How badly you wished that you just dealt with that tree on the road.

 

 

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How to Back up and Move from One Email Server to Another

My goal:  Move my email safely from one email service provider to another (IMAP).

I was surprised that it wasn’t that easy to find a simple step by step tutorial out there to do this.  I hope this tutorial will help someone.  If your email account is old, this process may take quite a bit of time, so please allow a few hours or have a second computer to work on while the process is happening.

Pre-Migration Suggestions

-make sure no other inboxes on other machines are being used at this time (ie. mobiles, other computers)

-assumptions are that you have already using Thunderbird email client on your computer

-tutorials always work better if Ubuntu is your operating system

-if you have created local folders in Thunderbird (folders that reside on the computer itself and don’t sync with the email IMAP syncs) then note that these will not be affected but you should consider them in your back up procedures because they also will not be backed up

1. Create your new email service with new provider
This is pretty obvious, but just make sure it’s all set up and that it is an IMAP setup.  We will assume IMAP moving forward.  Make sure your user name and password are handy

2. Create a new email account in Thunderbird, name it ‘new email server’ (or something to distinguish it as new provider), and plug in the credentials as you set it up

Most good email service providers will have a dedicated tutorial about how to set up an email account with their company using Thunderbird.  If they don’t consider ditching them as a company because they are weird and probably useless and a recipe for future pain. If you can’t track it down, this one should get you going from the folks at Mozilla

HOW TO MANUALLY SET UP EMAIL ACCOUNT IN THUNDERBIRD

3. Make sure you subscribe to all IMAP folders on *both* old and new servers

QUICK TUTORIAL ABOUT HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO IMAP FOLDERS IN THUNDERBIRD

4. Click through each IMAP folder (inbox, sent, drafts, etc) and make sure all items are downloaded to target machine in Thunderbird

If you use multiple machines with your email, you should do this to make sure that this machine is up to date with email sync (ie. make sure that all your email machines have connected to the internet and synced up email).  Once you click through each email folder you’ll see the status bar showing progress of items downloading if any.  You may choose not to transfer your trash over (it is trash after all) but it works same way as any other folder.  Once you’ve clicked through each IMAP folder on *old/current* email provider and activity is over, proceed to the next step.  Please note the updates may take time if this machine has not been updated recently or at all.

5.  Select all items in folder

Starting with the inbox IMAP folder, press ‘control A’ which will select all the email messages in the inbox folder.  They will be highlighted so you  know they are selected.

6. Right click and ‘move to’ all the items to new server

You will see the new, nicely named server and it’s inbox when you right click.  You won’t, however, see the sub directories  like spam, drafts, etc.  Once you touch it with your mouse, however, they will appear.  Drop the inbox items into the inbox IMAP directory of new server. Please note, again, this will take time because the new email server is uploading the emails.  In my case it was about 15 minutes to do about 5000 emails.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 for the rest of the IMAP directories

8. Turn off old email, Turn on new

Once all the transfers are done, what I did was just change the Thunderbird password settings in my account settings to something incorrect so that my old email could no longer connect to the email server.  Then I simply started using the new email inbox as per normal.  I just wanted to make sure everything was transferred correctly before I go back and wipe everything associated with the old email inbox/account.

And that’s it. You should now have the old email server on your computer which is essentially disabled and useless and the new email server properly working.  You’ll also need to copy over your email signatures and all that stuff to the new server as a reminder.

Also note that when you are sending emails, if you don’t delete the old email server, there is a possibility that Thunderbird will default sending from the old one and receiving so you’ll have emails not working and you’ll think it’s broken.  That’s why naming the account something obvious is important because you can update those on the fly through the dropdown ‘reply-to’ field (from).  It will give you your old server and new server in the option list.

I think that covers it.  Enjoy!

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They Hate Truth and Love Their Fathers’ Lies

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8:44

I used to ask questions in biology and geology classes in high school.  I was shown the classic images about how we came from biological soup and ultimately evolved into humans.

monkey-man

Such imaginative stories!

But I had no other teachings about other theories.  Nothing.  I didn’t grow up with the creation story and I assumed that there was no chance that a public school would be allowed to teach lies because that would be unethical.

But I was wrong – very wrong.

A few years later someone explained the biblical story of creation which resonated so deeply in my soul as true that I could almost hear alarm bells ringing.  However, I was already deeply mis-educated.  I had already been brain-scummed (as opposed to brainwashed) with beefdirt (as opposed to hogwash) by the system.  The two theories, neither of which have physical proof that can be put into a test tube, can co-exist.  You cannot believe in one and believe the other.  The creation explanation comes from a Book that says ‘every word in here is true’ so to believe that some story outside of the Book can explain our creation is impossible.  Many well-meaning partial Bible believers have tried to mesh the two together only to be left with a watered down faith in the Book they claim to believe.  They take the position that if something in the Bible doesn’t mesh with what they have been taught as truth in school that the Bible is an old piece of literature with a bit of poetry and room for interpretation.  One gentleman, when I confronted him about his position of trying to believe both the Bible and evolution, proposed to me the idea that at the time of the Bible people were ‘more simple’ and so to teach these dense little archaic people about their origins, they had to ‘dumb it down a bit’.  It had to be put into simple stories like the creation story in the Bible.  You see, the people of that time were unable to understand ‘science’ and the very complicated idea that a monkey boy can become a human man if you just add enough zeros to the number of years it takes to do something like this…

???

HAHAHAHAHA!

Sorry, sometimes it just slips out…

The theory of evolution comes from unbelievers who say that we are meaningless dust floating in randomness heading nowhere fast and that God is just the by-product of humans evolving and becoming more self aware.

The two ideas are in stark contrast and cannot co-exist.  But this makes sense because one is a lie and the other is true.

The truth will always resonate as true in your heart.  But sometimes selfish forces will dominate our desire for truth.  For example, you might be working for a big, stale operating system software company and someone approaches you and says “Your company is going down forever.  They have failed to innovate.  They are past the point of no return. They are doomed.”  Deep in your heart, you know it’s true.  You know all the competitors are better, cheaper, hipper, etc.  But your job is so comfortable.  Your life is so stable.  You cannot believe this truth that the messenger is delivering.  Your selfish voices of the flesh cry out against the truth and say “I will not believe it! If I do, I will have to change!” And you continue in your lie until you are ultimately faced with the thing you knew to be true when everyone gets their pink slips.

I recently posted this article that proposed the idea that the earth may in fact be flat.  I was very intrigued by the reactions I would receive from people when I simply presented the idea.  For a few months I was somewhat bothered by how people would begin (and usually end) the discussion with ridicule, but I am no longer bothered.  In fact, I would be surprised if they did not react this way because most people are children of the father of lies – Satan.  That’s right.  I said it.  I didn’t water it down.  Most people are on the wide and easy path to eternal destruction.  They refuse to follow the narrow path presented by Jesus which is the path of truth.  Not that I have actually focused on this yet, but I don’t recall whether or not Jesus referenced the flat or globular earth in his earthly ministry, but if He did, it surely would have been rejected, because the recipients of His truth were of their father the devil and hated the truth.  Think about it. He opened the blind eyes, healed the sick, cast out devils, raised the dead and to thank Him for these blessings in their community they tried to kill the guy he raised from the dead and then whipped him and stuck him on a cross to bleed to death.

People of the world hate the truth.

People of God love the truth.

There you have it. Simple.

Don’t be so frustrated any more when you find something that is true and people reject it.  They have selfish reasons to reject it.  They have much to lose in this world and by even considering most truths they are forced to take a long, hard look at their depleted and empty lives and feel the shakiness of the sandy foundation upon which they have built their lives.

The truth is painfully hard to bear.  It always has been.  It always will be.

And so it is via lies that Satan operates and keeps his children in full submission and obedience even unto death and eternal damnation.  It is via strong lies that the anti-Christ will establish his throne in the earthly system as written in this letter to the saints (underline added):

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2: 5-12)

Yep, suck it up buttercup.  Not only can you have the lies that you already believe in, but God is going to throw you a little cherry on top to make sure that your insatiable love for lies is satisfied at the Lie Buffet with a big ol’ rich piece of tiramisu lie cake.

So what is this strong delusion?  The Bible predicts in no secret language that a strong deception will be set up for truth-haters to consume as a spiritual nail in their coffin.  So what is on the menu?  What lies have been perpetrated throughout the earth on a global scale which are in clear contrast with the God of the Bible?  I believe there are three major ones and the last one only recently did I discover:

  1. Evolution
  2. Aliens
  3. Globular earth

As I continue to do my due diligence on the round/flat earth discussionN (I’m fairly new), it would seem shocking to me if the flat earth were *not* true based just on the following fundamental reasons:

  1. Every observation from my senses say ‘it’s flat’
  2. The Bible says it’s flat and the focal point of God’s creation
  3. There is incredibly strong opposition to the very discussion of it (much like the Creation story)

All three of these ideas/lies work in synergy.

All three of these work diligently to erode faith in the written word of God.

Observe the symbiosis:

-You cannot have aliens without space, planets, galaxies, NASA, etc

-You cannot (easily) have space, without the globular, heliocentric earth model

-You cannot explain our existence without evolution (or aliens), if you believe in the current heliocentric floating-through-random-space model

If you believe the Biblical creation story:

-You cannot believe in aliens if you believe in the creation story (there is no mention of any other life but ours)

-You cannot believe that we are randomly floating through space because uncountable scriptures show that the earth is a flat circle with foundations at the centre of all creation, with the sun and moon in motion over the earth, and with humans at the centre of the drama.

-You cannot believe in evolution while believing in the God of the Bible because God said He created it all with seeds already in each type of creation – a total contrast from survival of the fittest concept

And so I begin the journey for truth.

I love the truth far too much to simply join the masses for the sake of comfort.

I would rather be lonely in truth then with many people in deception.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light/Life.

Join me in my pursuit of truth.

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