Category: Life

May 22, 2007 : Scents

The smell of Meijer lemon sandwich cookies reminds me of my road trip out west. They, PB&J, and canned food sustained me for quite a while.

May 07, 2007 : to be an old man

I've wanted to be an old man for a while. Perhaps it started with the "Michigan State Grandpa" tshirt that I bought (my friend Brian got one too) while visiting a friend at MSU several years ago. Or perhaps when Cherith starting saying to me: "You've got rice in your beard, old man!" The advantages of being an old man are great: you can be weird and looney, or just plain grouchy and people write it off: "he's just an old man". You also get to have a big gray beard. And years of "wisdom" to yell at little'uns by. Now today the internet was out at my apartment for a while so I went for a jog. I haven't done that in a while and now my legs are sore. And weak, especially when trying to stand up from sitting. So I feel like an old man since I have trouble even standing myself up. Also today, I got the results from my MRI on my elbow (I fell on it before winter and it hurts when pushed straight in certain ways) and it turns out nothing is wrong really. Everything is normal; I just have to live with it (which isn't too bad). I forget how it came up when I was talking about it at work, but Drew concluded it makes me like an old man.

Step by step I'm working towards my goal. Pretty soon I'll age past you all!

Mar 03, 2007 : God uses Greasemonkey (or, modelling Christianity with HTTP)

At work (the IS dept at a Christian university) a few weeks ago, our lunch discussion came to whether God could both love and hate someone at the same time. I said that if the person is saved by Christ, God sees Christ -- not the person -- when he looks at him. Drew said "it's like a hard link!"

On the web, it'd be like a permanent redirect. But only when God tries to resolve a Christian's URL does he get redirected to the URL representing Christ. "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Sam 16:7). So how would that work? The difference in how the person's URL resolves depends on the viewer, so something has to be done at God's end. We came up with the idea that God must use Greasemonkey with script that applies URL redirections.

I couldn't find any Greasemonkey scripts that did URL redirection (just lame javascript redirects which is not good enough). So here's how I think Christianity could be modeled in HTTP:

Let's say http://brondsema.net/dave represents me (technically, it is an RDF document about me, but I'll avoid getting into RDF). http://brondsema.net/Christianity/Christ will be the URL representing Christ. When God requests http://brondsema.net/dave he needs to get:
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://brondsema.net/Christianity/Christ

This is assuming that a person once saved can never fall from salvation. If it's the contrary, then instead of a 301 Moved Permanently, there'd be a 307 Temporary Redirect

Probably be the best way for God to achieve this would be with a local proxy that rewrites some responses to be 301/307 instead of their original response value. Of course, only God would know how his proxy works; none of us know if other people are saved by Christ or not.

Some definitions, for the less technically inclined:

hard link
like a file shortcut, but better
URL
Universal Resource Locator; aka web address. It can represent anything, not just provide a webpage
Greasemonkey
A firefox extension that lets users install scripts that change the functionality of certain webpages
HTTP
HyperText Transfer Protocol. The underlying protocol that web browser & servers use to request & transfer webpages
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For those of you that read xkcd which uses long title tooltips on each comic (or any other comic that does it, like Falling Fifth) you must check out the Long Titles extension for Firefox! It's great!

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Feb 17, 2007 : Blogs & news feeds

Recently I unified my blog & news feeds from home and from work and check them all via newsgator.com. I'm currently subscribed to 154 feeds, and yes, I do read/scan them all. You can see what I'm subscribed to here (OPML browser via grazr.com).

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