Archive for April, 2009

LOST – The Variable preview

April 29th, 2009 Comments off

Big 100th LOST episode tonight (if the big O doesn’t talk to much, and give the other talking heads time to repeat the words he utters and gush about what a great Pres we’s gots – so put a DVR buffer at the end of the hour, just incase)

The Variable will be a Daniel Faraday centric episode, which falls on the heels of the Miles centric Some Like it Hoth episode of two weeks ago.  Nice to see some love for the Freight-ies in the story telling, anything to not reincarnate Nikki and Paulo.

We’ve got some threads to tie up in these last few episodes of this season before we go into hibernation until January. (srsly, January?!)  Some of the things to remember going into tonight and then building to the finale called The Incident (anyone that digested the Hatch Map in the swan station during Lockdown will recall the importance of that phrase:

  • Danny’s been absent from the disco-era group since Jack et al made it back.
  • Danny had an out of time sequence feature in the opening scene for this season after Pierre Chang told the one worker not to dig any further near the Frozen Donkey Wheel.  Where does that fit into the timeline as we know it?  Already happened? Yet to come?
  • The Lockdown map has the time of the Incident as 1985 (will we have another time jump to get from ‘77 to ‘85.
  • CORRECTION: The Swan orientation was copyrighted 1980 and referred to the incident and need to press the button, so there was indeed an incident in this time frame the blastdoor map is referring to another incident in 85.
  • Faraday and time loops generally go together, some are hinting at some resolution between Faraday and his mother Eloise.
  • We still don’t know what prompted Hurley to get to the Ajira plane on time (that should be played out in the finale, unless we’ll be treated to a Hurley centric episode)
  • The ‘what lies beneath the shadow of the statue’ group’s identity needs to be firmed up, who are Illana and Bram aligned with?  Not Ben or Widmore, who else are players in the game?
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Wretched man… continued.

April 27th, 2009 1 comment

Last November I wrote a post titled "Sifting” then pretty much just stopped blogging.  What a horrible and empty place to leave off.  Yesterday, I was blessed to hear a great sermon from my pastor on Romans 8, along with a challenge to memorize that chapter in the next six weeks.  It was a little twinge to hear him remind everyone that the chapter numbers aren’t inspired, that where chapter 7 leaves off, chapter 8 continues, and provides a solution to our fleshy dilemma.  I skipped over that part in that last post, so lets start back in chapter seven and flesh some stuff out.

21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
      So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:21-25 NIV

This passage shows that the struggle for a Christian is much different than someone that hasn’t accepted Christ.  A Christian seems to be having a dual nature, one that delights in God’s law, and a parasitic flesh that rebels against the law.  This duality would seem horrible trap should we end the passage right there, a constant struggle between sin and obedience.  We desperately need to get to the next sentence:

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4 NIV

No condemnation for this struggle?  Is that what it says?  Why do we struggle with such guilt when we fall?  Is that another part of the flesh? the willingness to flay ourselves for less than perfect obedience?  We need to remind ourselves, constantly, that we are free. We need to remind ourselves, constantly, we are dead to the fleshy way of life.  We need to remember that the spirit is there to help us in our struggle.  We live, not according to the flesh, our sinful nature, but according to the Spirit, His perfect love for us.

This is grace: ‘For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.’ God’s requirements, met by God, freeing us from the penalty that we’d otherwise be doomed to pay.  It is already paid in full.

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Left Behind Pizza

April 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Around 10 years ago, probably closer to 9 and a half, I started posting on a message board for fans of the Left Behind series of books.

Well before the worlds of tweets, facebooks status updates, and blog trackbacks, message boards were how I interacted with the masses of people that shared a common interest.

This community shared an interest in christian themes, but had a bit of disfunction running through it. A group of us split off and thanks to the husband of one of our members, started our own message board. Heady times before the onslaught of social media, to have an almost instant community of friends.

The message board still exists. Sometimes I even, post there. But largely the community has moved on. I moved on to blogging, and that has had it’s ebbs and flows. I still keep track of a few of my friends from The Pizza Parlor, as we called it. Some are now facebook friends or twitter followers. Many are just faded Yahoo! Messenger nicknames, always hidden because life moves on.

I look back now, fondly, at those sometimes unhealthy times of Internet absorbtion. Who I am today, was formed in the crucible of yesterday. I experienced 9/11 with the people on that bored, formed many opinions based on those interactions. Learned that while I could ‘turn off’ the computer, these people still lived and cared ( well maybe not Melissa, and I sometimes wonder about Wilbo 🙂 ) about me.

Social networking is weird sometimes, I met my wife on a pre-Internet social network. We wrote letters back and forth using emoticons in 1993, while I was on deployment. Social networking is part of who I am.

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Bleeding Dodger Blue with MLB At Bat 2009

April 21st, 2009 1 comment

When I was a kid growing up, I was a big Dodger fan.  I remember listening to Vin Skully in grade school, watching the Dodgers in the World Series against the A’s was an early sports memory.  Crying when the Giants kept them out of the playoffs more than once.  I remember various players, Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey, Billy Russel, Ron Cey is still be dream infield.  I used to fall asleep listening to the broadcast in high school.  I remember reveling when Gibson hit his home run.

Then adulthood, and moving has distanced me from my favorite team. Until now.  The MLB At Bat iPhone app is WONDERFUL.  I can tune in and listen to the broadcasters, with Vin Skully, Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday.  I can track the stats, and see the pitches, see replays of big plays in jaggy (but good enough) video.

I’d like to think the Dodgers’ hot start this season is because they have their biggest fan back to listening and following them (but that’d be too prideful).  I’m loving baseball again.  Screen shots of the app below the fold (tonight game in progress) Read more…

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The DART that missed

April 21st, 2009 Comments off

First, thanks for all the DART train distraction ideas. You are truly helpful, internets!

However, after last nights ordeal, maybe I shouldn’t be distracted while riding the DART train.

If you follow me on on twitter (@jstueve) you already know this story. So skip down and hit the comments to let me know that you know how completely daft I am, thanks.

So last night I was waiting to take the DART train back up to Plano. We had the normal meet & greet with tummy Hyatt munchies, and I had one beer, which didn’t effect my judgement at all!

I walked through the undgeound tunnel from the Hyatt to Union Station, and had to wait for the TRE to leave before I could get to the right side of the tracks. I waited a couple of minutes, then hopped on the first train, found my seat, and zoned, reading twitter and facebook updates. About 40 minutes later I lifted up my head, and saw the sign for the stop




Raasafrassa. Got off, got on a southbound Blue Line back to Mockingbird Station, then squeezed myself into the stairwell between two gangstas on a Northbound Red Line train. Forty minutes later arrived in Plano. What was normally a 40 minute ride took almost two hours.

So yeah. Me == Dork

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April 20th, 2009 Comments off

This week I have the good fortune to commute to downtown Dallas each day. Any suggestions on how to best spend the 40 or so minutes each way? I mean besides reading Twitter and Facebook posts…

Some other things coming up this week:
– Brenna’s student council banquet.
– Dinner with my brother Colin
– Prepping for a medical procedure (this is a family blog, no details)
– medical procedure (starts with colon ends with scopy)

Some are really exciting! And some I dread.

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Lost – Groupings

April 16th, 2009 Comments off

I was thinking about all the different group of sub-groups of people in Lost, and thought a nifty outline might be good. Some graphically oriented person might want to expanded into a really nifty Venn diagram.

Let’s try Chronological order:

  • Black Rock Crew
  • 1954 Others
  • 1954 Army
  • Dharma (circa 1977)
    • – Other infiltrators
    • – Circle of Trust
    • – Flight 316 Jumpers (Sawyer, Juliette…)
    • – Offspring (Miles, Charlotte)
  • Others Dharma Era
  • Post Purge ‘Dharma’ (Hatch survivors)
  • Flight 316 People
    • Main Section
    • Tail Section
  • Freighters
    • Naomi’s Team
    • Keamy’s Team
    • Ship’s Crew
  • Ajira Airlines
    • Shadow of the Statue
    • Island Returners
      • 1977 Era
      • 2007
  • Reanimated Personages (Christian, Locke)
    • Island Ghosts (Eko’s brother, Dave)
  • Off Island Conspirators
    • Widmore
    • Hanso
    • Ben’s Supporters (Jan the Butcher)
    • Eloise
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Lost – What does lie in the Shadow of the Statue?

April 16th, 2009 Comments off

Did a little past episode snooping last night, and lo and behold, Ilana’s henchman, Bram (thanks IMDB) tried to persuade Miles to switch sides after he was recruited by Naomi.  Who are the SotS people?  They’re not Widmore’s people, they’re not Ben’s people…

Ilana and Bram confront Frank Lapidus

Ilana and Bram confront Frank Lapidus

Bram confronts Miles in the back of the van

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Tax Day Tea Parties

April 14th, 2009 Comments off


The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and many other online groups/coalitions.

The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.

The big one’s gonna be in Dallas but for us North Dallas types, here is a list of places to let your presence be seen.

City: Plano
When: April 15, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Park & Preston/2201 Preston Rd.  and Parker & Preston/3301 Preston Rd.

City: Richardson
When: April 15, Noon
Where:Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho

City: McKinney
When: April 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eldorado & Craig/ 2950 Craig Dr.

City: Frisco
When: April 15, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gaylord & Preston/ 3100 Preston Rd. and Lebanon & Preston/ 5049 Preston Rd.

City: Carrollton/Farmers Branch/Colleyville
When: April 15, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Intersection of Josey Ln. and Trinity Mills (President George Bush Freeway)


Oh and hey, there are sites for other states too, not just the great state of Texas.

UPDATE: My twitter feed has links to photos from the Richardson noon hour teaparty.

UPDATE Teh DEUX: My Flickr set of both the lunch time Richardson and the rush hour Plano teaparties

[flickr album=72157616743148211 num=20 size=Square]

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Blog Redesign…

April 14th, 2009 Comments off

I know what you are thinking… what blog.  Well I want to state for the record, my blog and I WERE ON A BREAK.  That thing with Facebook, was just a thing.  I’ll blog again, promise. *ahem*

Anyways, it was time to streamline my blog, and get it working for all the millions of iPhone users that could visit my humble web home.  So I installed the WPtouch plugin, and stripped down the the theme to match it somewhat, and viola, a ready platform to fill with my blather. Woo!

This will be a bit like looking in the mirror at the barber shop, but to show my non-iPhone readers what they are missing, let me display the following screen capture.

dablog via iphone

dablog via iphone

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