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the adventure I find myself in / das Abenteuer in dem ich mich finde

Month: November 2006

Feuerbaum

Einer wunderschönste Baumkrone. Ich ging in einem Park spazieren, der anscheinend von bösen Geistern bewohnt ist. Niemand wagt sich dort rein ausser verrückte Ausländer. So sind die Bäume riesig und unberührt. Einfach wunderschön.

Baumkrone

It is time again

Yesterday I went grocery shopping in Tesco. I first didn’t realize the change when I was passing the shop attendant with the red hat. But while I was racing through the fruit section my ear picked up the music from the speakers. "I wish you a merry Christmas". For goodness sake it’s not even the end of November. I hate Christmas for what it turned into. We are going to hear Christmas songs for the next two months and have to pass pink Christmas trees made of plastic and smile to the shop assistants with the Santa Claus hats. It was strange enough to go through the shopping craze in Switzerland. But here we are in Thailand, a Buddhist country. People have no idea at all what Christmas is all about. Christmas is solely adopted for marketing and there is nothing of the origin or purpose of Christmas.

Is God for us?

There are a lot of people claiming God to be with them in their endeavors. Some go as far as justifying wars and killings by having God on their side. Does God take sides? Does He not have his own ways? Reading through the old Testament it seems that God takes sides. But only with those who follow in His will and decrees.
So I guess when we are in His will we can with boldness say:"if God is with us, who can be against us". Looking on the teachings of Jesus it seems that His will though is to take ones cross up and loose ones life. Let go off the power-trip so many fall into. Some then justify anything with God on their side. I hear the phrases like:" don’t touch the anointed one"; "God put me in this position, who are you to tell me"; or, "look what God has done for me in the past".
Is God on my side? Do I have favor with God? It is only by the grace of God that I’m alive, and only because of what Jesus did for me and all of us that I can say if God is for me, who can be against me? The uncertainty of the word if puts me back into place. I can only know by taking up my cross and follow the one who knew God, his Father, better than anyone else. Perhaps I can learn something from him, and have that confidence as well. Then even in the worst circumstances I will be able to say;

"If God is for me who can be against me".


On life

A friend send me this quote. We were talking about normal, weird and crazy people and also about work in the kingdom of God. The thoughts kept flowing away and I thought I just post it here.

"Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine" –
Whoppi Goldberg

It’s all a matter of perspective going through life. If we only could see how ridiculous we sometimes look trying to save the world. Sometimes it is like seeing Micheal Jackson singing "let’s make this world a better place, for you and me and the ENTIRE human race". kind of ironic.
I sometimes feel like the biggest idiot trying to figure out what in the world am I doing on this planet. But maybe it is just another cycle in the washing machine. So I want to make a difference and come up with a new program (perhaps one for white washing) and then it is just another cycle. Are we taking ourself just to important?
I remember being taught in church that God has a plan for my life. A good one to say. Now I wonder if I just got it wrong. I believe God has a plan. But I is more like it is His plan, not mine. This plan doesn’t involve success, fame or riches. It is more likely to involve me dying to myself and on the way hopefully get closer to what God created me for, kind of more in his image and not that of self-involved, self proclaimed Saviour.
What would we be doing without Jesus. I cannot imagine how terrible this world would be to live in. I get reminded reading through the first five books of the bible how things turn out being without God and also being with him when there is no grace. He really changed my perspective and my entire life. For this I am thankful. So when I seem to go through life plan less and without success it is because I try to follow Jesus. To die is to live, to loose is to gain, to let go is to win.

Airfoil mit Airport Express

Hier nochmal ein kleines Program das ich mir angeeignet habe. Im Büro und zu Hause brauche ich Airport Express. Mit diesem Wireles Router kann ich jeden USB Printer und Boxen oder Stereoanlage anhängen und so die Drahtlose verbindung geniesen. Der Nachteil mit dem Audio ist das es nur mit iTunes funktioniert. Da gibt es aber Abhilfe mit dem Program Airfoil (auch für windows users)

Cm_capture_2

Mit dem Program kann ich auch das Swiss Radio widget über die externen Boxen laufen lassen.  Auch alle andere Programme auf meinem Mac funktionieren. Wichtig zum Beispiel für Garageband und iMovie. Airfoil kann als Demo runtergeladen werden. Der sound wird aber durch ein rauschen abgestellt nach etwa zehn Minuten. Es war mir zuviel dann immer wieder neu zu verbinden. So habe ich für 25$ eine Registration besorgt.  Das Program kann ich für alle empfehlen die Airport Express verwenden.

The biggest Insect

The biggest insect I have ever seen in Thailand is the Cicada. It is also the noisiest. It sounds like a helicopter flying through the air. I took these photos while staying in a Lahu village in the North. It was in Rainy season and got attracted by the light. A village girl caught it.
Cikada_1

Cikada_on_hand

High Priority

Ich habe ein kleines Program im Internet endeckt das mir mit meinen Aufgaben hilft. Ich brauche ical für meine Termine. Für eine To do List habe ich dann Stickys gebraucht. Mit High Priority habe ich ein Tool gefunden das mir das eintippen von Aufgaben vereinfacht. Es ist verlinkt mit iCal. Es spielt keine Rolle ob ich die Aufgabe in ical einschreibe oder ob ich High Priority aufmache. Super ist die Integration in der Menuliste. Ich kann dann eine Aufgabe eingeben ohne eine Program aufzumachen.

Cm_capture_5

Du kannst das Program als Demo herunterladen. Mit dem Demo kannst du die To do’s sehen aber keine neuen in High Priority einschreiben. Ich muss sagen die 6$ sind eine gute Investition. Das Program geht auch auf den neuen Intel Macs.

Den Hammerschlag im Kopf

Für zwei Tage hatte ich extremes Kopfweh. Erst seit heute Morgen geht es besser. Ich spüre immer noch eine Angespanntsein aber Schmerzmittel nehme ich nicht mehr. Meine Frau hat für mich ge
Ich habe eigendlich selten so starke Kopfschmerzen. Es war wie angeworfen und hat mir recht zu schaffen gemacht. Gestern musste ich noch Englisch unterrichten. Ich konnte es nicht absagen weil meine Studenten nicht erreichbar waren.
Heute habe ich freigenommen und mich den Tag lang auf die Couch gelegt. Morgen geht es dann wieder an die Arbeit.

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