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I've been dabbling in Adobe Illustrator lately as an aside to my Ebay Logo making business.. Here are some helpful links if you're considering working with Illustrator too:

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Here is an interesting story talking about an ancient tomb inscription bearing a verse from the Gospel of Luke. More confirmation for the veracity of the scriptures:

Gospel verse found on ancient shrine

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I just took an IQ test at, and here are my results - should i be sharing this??:

Your IQ score is 124

This number is the result of a formula based on how many questions you answered correctly on Emode's Ultimate IQ test.

During the test, you answered four different types of questions — mathematical, visual-spatial, linguistic and logical. We were able to analyze how you did on each set of those questions, which reveals the way your brain processes information.

We also compared your answers with others who have taken the test, and according to the sorts of questions you got correct, we can tell your Intellectual Type is a Precision Processor.

This means you're exceptionally good at discovering quick solutions to problems, especially ones that involve math or logic. You're also resourceful and able to think on your feet. And that's just some of what we know about you from your test results.

"What else do you know, oh all knowing Emode?! Oh, I have to pay $14.99 to figure that out? forget it! "

Wow, they were right, I found a quick solution to a problem involving math - i'm not paying $14.99 to read more about my IQ!

After digging, I found this info:

Statistically the following statements are true about IQ scores obtained by taking this test:

An IQ of 100 is higher than 50% of all persons
An IQ of 110 is higher than 75% of all persons
An IQ of 120 is higher than 93% of all persons
An IQ of 130 is higher than 98% of all persons

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Here's another story about a hero - Maria's cousin Jason was written up in his local paper.

Sally and Todd Van Kleeck are proud of their soldier son's bravery -- something that this month earned him a Bronze Star in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

Click the link below to read the story:


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Here is a story of one of the true heroes of the Iraq war:


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Here's a fun website - make your own church sign:

Church Sign Generator

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I've found another new Iraqi blogger, The Messopotamian. He, and others like him, are bringing hope to many of us Americans, and give us a reason to believe that the sacrifices of our men and women in Iraq (like my wife's cousin - see below), are not for nothing. Here is a quote from a recent entry:

"Jolted and shocked by the events of September 11, the United States of America, the greatest and most powerful politico-economic power that humanity has ever known has realised that the advanced and rich western world can no longer ignore the plight of the poorer and underdeveloped world. Those "nation states", who have totally failed the test of self determination and self goverment, and degenerated into obscurantism, sectarianism, tribalism, and all the other isms of hell, pose a mortal danger, both to the people unfortunate to live there and to the Western civilisation itself. More so since the technical complexity of the advanced world render it particularly vulnerable. The danger is real, oh so real! Anybody doubting this is living in a fools paradise.

So Action was decided upon. Action to change the situation in this twilight zone ( c.f. George Orwel - 1984 ), action to bring the values and standards enjoyed by the prosperous world to these places, by force if necessary, by example preferably. And action was taken. this in a nutshell. Let who may tear their hair off. Let them protest until their lungs puncture and shout until their throats bleed. This is it. It is like all great movements in history, characterised by singlemindedness and overpowering impulse. The old style of european imperialism, which aimed at exploitation, cheap raw materials, and keeping people backward and in a state of peasant low existance, has gone and is no longer suitable for the world. A globalised world where every body can enjoy the freedoms and benefits taken for granted by the "advanced" world. This is liberal neo-imperialism. Is it eutopean, is it unrealisable ? I don't know the answer. But the campaign is already under way. "

This man shows a wisdom seldom brought to light from our brothers in the east (although I'm sure there are many of them out there). God Bless you oh Messopotamian..

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Maria's Cousin in Iraq

A week or two ago I mentioned Maria's cousin on here and mentioned how he had been in a firefight in Karbala, Iraq. Several of his fellow soldiers were killed. During that firefight, Jason apparently was able to show some heroism in the line of duty, and received a medal (not sure which one) for his actions. Here he is having the medal pinned:

As always, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Great article from Mitch Berg talking about the feminaztion of the american male:

Shot in the Dark

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As i mentioned before on my blog, I have a new 2001 Chevy Lumina. I have signed up on for a personal car page - with pictures of my new baby.. Check it out!

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Bush's Economic Recovery

For all of us Republican faithful out there, there never were any doubts that Bush's tax cuts would eventually turn this economy around. The 3rd quarter's growth of 7.2%, the largest in the last 20 years, bring along with it hopes that jobs will be the next thing to come along (and I know they will, unless of course we have another terrorist attack, God forbid).

Here is an interesting article talking about how some democrats are actually upset about the economy's turnaround (specifically Paul Krugman - democratic pundit/madman), and will not give credit where credit is due.

As it stated in an editorial on, "Those on the American left might do well to listen to Germany's socialist Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, hardly a friend of Bush, who said Friday: "We know from America . . . (tax cuts) are necessary and what a positive impact that can have."

More good economic news:

Stocks Soar to 17 Month High
Oct. Factory Growth Fastest Since 2000
Construction Surges to Record in Sept.
Tax Cutter's Boom

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Our church, Evergreen Community Church, has been involved in a church movement called the "40 Days of Purpose". It is a movement designed to help people realize their purpose in life, and to show them that it lies beyond themselves, in a greater purpose that God has for their life. We are about 20 days into the track, and it has been very eye opening thus far.

Over the weekend the Star Tribune had a story discussing the Purpose Drive Life phenomenon. It is a good quick read.

Quote of the day, from the Purpose Drive Life:

"The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind or even your happiness. . . . If you want to know why you were placed on this Earth, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose."

Also, over the weekend, my parents, brothers, Maria and I went to the funeral of Charlotte Davis at Hennepin Ave. Methodist in Minneapolis. Charlotte was a wonderful kind-hearted woman who spread God's love to others for her entire 77 years. We have known Charlotte and her husband Harry (who once ran for mayor of Minneapolis) for many years now, through our involvement in the Minnesota Christian Ashram where they were very involved. She always had kinds words for you, and I remember her just taking Maria under her wing when she came to the Ashram for the first time. She died last week with her family around her, and we know that now she has gone on to a better place. Thanks Charlotte for your Godly influence in all of our lives. We will miss you.