Monday, July 25, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gorgeous Greek Islands

This is what Greece needs to be using to help get itself out of the debt it is in.  Unfortunately, given there were reports coming to the U.S. of our citizens being abducted in Greece (and that was before their economic crash with rioting in the streets),  this means tourism is going to get hurt.  Greece is one of the culturally rich countries, I really do hope they can get themselves stabilized and begin to flourish once again.

Gorgeous Greek Islands on CNN

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heritage Products

Out of full disclosure, I will tell you this company has been started by a friend of mine.  I will also tell you, Heritage Products' medallions are beautiful.

Here's the link:

Arizona State Tourism

Why One Good Teacher Decided To Quit

There are a lot more great teachers leaving education, even more leaving the high needs schools than people realize.

From CNN

Friday, July 15, 2011

A True Hero

We tend to have idol worshipping syndrome in the world today, but I'm glad there are still those who understand true heroism.  I didn't find any objectionable language in these clips, hopefully these will be something to share with the kids. Leroy Petry is somewhat descriptive, however, in his wounds.

To those serving in our armed forces, the veteran and active, and the families supporting these brave men and women, thank you.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mormon Messages On Temples

Again, these are available for free download on iTunes.

Mormon Messages

I'm loving the Mormon Messages. I haven't gotten through all of them yet, but I'm getting there.

Did you know that some of these are available for free download on iTunes? Click here for the link on iTunes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Great Idea For Primary Next Month

I'm so glad the Church has released this movie on YouTube!  For the uninitiated, this is Johnny Lingo, a movie about self-esteem.  It's a great movie.  There's an updated version on DVD, but be sure to get the deluxe DVD combo pack if you buy it, as that contains this original classic.

Next month's Primary Theme is "My Body Is A Temple".  Self-esteem factors into this quite a bit.  It would be a good movie to show the kids.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Shocking - But Yet Not

And the most shocking?  I had a higher opinion of Rupert Murdock - only to find he's trying to save face, and I had a low opinion of Hugh Grant (let's face it, he's no angel) - only to find I admire him more.

The News of The World Hacking Scandal

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arizona Monsoons

If you've lived or currently live in a desert area, you'll know what I'm talking about here. Last night we had a rather large and ferocious dust storm, followed by the lightning later through the night. When these things come, the best thing to do is get inside. Fast. If you're out on the road pull off to the side and turn off the lights and wait it out.

Pictures and more can be found here:

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Beast

If you didn't know yet, I like to call my MacBook Pro "The Beast". This thing can devour data like you've never seen and turn it into polished gold.

Yesterday I took The Beast to Primary to show the video I made for I Love To See The Temple. Everything was going fine. Took it home, checked my Facebook and email before shutting the lid and putting it into sleep mode for some much deserved rest.

Last night I came back to the computer, but when I opened the lid, the desktop didn't come back on. I checked everything, but nothing was working. I held the power button down and hard booted the computer. It tried to start but couldn't get past the indicator lights turning on before it shut down again.

After using the "pull the battery out to reset" trick, it still was giving the same problem. Thankfully, I have my HP Windows laptop, so I pulled it out and went to the site for my local Apple Store and made an appointment with a genius.

I went today, and found out it was the power supply card that regulates the power to the machine. I've seen these go out before, and they are fixable, but I was worried that since I purchased my laptop in 2008 they wouldn't fix it. I looked online, and with my educator discount it would still cost me $2500 to buy a new laptop, and it wouldn't have the features I've enjoyed with this one.

Thankfully, they can fix it and they are. It's no longer under warranty, so it will cost me between $300 to $1,100 to fix, but it's still better than having to spend $2500 to buy a new laptop and the amount of time it would take for me to re-install all of the software.

Now if you're wondering why I'm not freaked out about losing the stuff on the laptop?

It's because I bought and use a Time Capsule in my home. It not only handles the wi-fi in my home, but also has an external hard drive that does automatic backups of my laptop. Since I didn't do much work on it on Sunday, there isn't much that would have been lost if I had to replace The Beast.

But, all in all, I'm so thankful that I will be getting The Beast fixed and it will hopefully last a while longer to continue to devour more information. In the meantime, the PowerPoint I was going to make is going to have to wait until I get the laptop back. Hopefully it should only take a few days.

Happy Independence Day, America! From, China

A very insightful article about the trade deficit and what our import money to China is paying for.

From CNN

Friday, July 1, 2011

How Do You Feel About This?

Seriously. I have some bad feelings about having singing "celebrities" actually being computer generated. In a world where we have kids whom cannot distinguish the difference between what's reality and what's fiction (tv reality shows don't help), now people want them to idolize someone who is a computer generated person?

What kind of a lifestyle is this "person" going to have? What kind of morals are they going to espouse? Do you see where I'm going here?

iTunes Festival

If you can't make it to Coachella or any of the other festivals, Apple has an online one for you. Here's the link: iTunes Festival

Zynga's IPO

If you're not into the business world, an IPO is an Initial Public Offering for stock. Zynga, which has been a privately run company until now, is going public. As in $1 Billion (with a B) IPO.


If you're not into Facebook, then you've probably not seen much of Zynga. They are the Farmville, Cityville, Cafe World, Mafia World... (etc.) people. I do the first three and not very well. I was trying to make my city in Cityville to look like Walt's version of Epcot, but it requires too much land. No wonder Walt was so secretive about buying up all that property in Florida.

$1 Billion is a lot of money, however for the amount of revenue it brings in on it's games, it's a fair estimate of what it can raise.

Congrats to Zynga and good luck with the IPO!

17 Miracles

I saw this movie yesterday, it's very, very moving. A great movie, just be sure to bring the Kleenex. And yes, the miracles haven't ended...

On The Heels of Escala Comes...

Sterling EQ: