Gahh! Trying to Survive this Month

I’ve pretty much fallen off the map, and I’ll be there for the next week or so. I’ve got a fairly large, immovable deadline at work that I’ve been fighting to accomplish for the last few weeks.

That combined with the fact that I’ve been trying to juggle 3 projects at once, and I’ve just been out of it. It’s been so bad I actually had to work 6 hours on a weekend for the first time since I left Accenture. Please forgive me. I’m hoping to get back into posting again in a week or so. Please don’t give up on me.

In the meantime checkout Andy and Jay’s blogs again. They’ve got some good stuff up there.

Proverbs 7

Verses 8-9:

He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her houseat twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.

Chapter 7 is another chapter dedicated to warning against adultery, just like Chapter 5. I think this is an interesting set of verses because it sets the stage for the “youth” to fall into temptation. Verse 7 calls him “a youth who lacked judgment.” I think it’s this lack of judgement that really sets him up for failure.

But verses 8 and 9 really tell the story of where he went wrong.  First of all, in verse 8, we learn that he is headed “in the direction of her house.” Bad idea number one. We know that we need to flee from temptation, not run towards it. Second, verse 9 mentions that this was at twilight, as it was getting dark. And we have to remember that “back in the day” they didn’t have electricity or nice street lamps to light the way home. And yet, he’s out and about headed towards the house of the adulteress.

This is bad news.  You’ll have to read the rest of the Proverb in order to know what happens, but I think you already know the result…

Proverbs 6

I’m not sure why I didn’t post this last night.  I should have, but forgot.  Oh well.

Verses: 16-19

There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Words to the wise: these are things that we should do everything to avoid. After all, who wants to do what the Lord “hates” or finds “detestable”?

Proverbs 5

Verses 3-4:

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.

It’s interesting to me that there is an entire chapter dedicated to the warnings against adultery. I think all too few Christians (especially Christian men) read this passage. The temptation is to go after the sweetness of honey or the smoothness of oil, “but in the end” the result is bitter and painful.

This is totally true of all sin, though, not just adultery. It always seems pleasurable at the time (otherwise, why would we do it?) but the consequences are quite dire. Some are immediate–like guilt; others take longer to develop–like STDs or ruined familes and friendships, and even the ultimate consequence of sin: Death. But the point is that  in the end, nothing good can come from sin. In this case, nothing good comes from adultery.

Proverbs 4

Verse 7:

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

This seems contrary to the story in Matthew 13:44 of the Parable of the Treasure. That man spent all he had on a treasure which is a metaphore for the Kingdom of Heaven. I’m not entirely sure that “wisdom is supreme” in light of this parable. It seems that the Kingdom of Heaven is supreme.

Though I have to wonder if getting wisdom would lead to finding the Kingdom of Heaven.

Proverbs 3

Verse 11:

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,

I think it’s often difficult to discern between God’s “discipline” and the “trials and tribulations” that God allows us to go through for our benefit. Obviously, discipline is tied directly to our wrong-doing, but I think it’s still easy to confuse the two.

Regardless, it’s important for us to not despise the times of discipline that do occur in our lives. Or the times when He rebukes us, it’s important not to resent them. After all, ultimately, it’s all for our good.

Blackberry Storm: Quite possibly the worst phone ever

It’s been over a month since I got a Blackberry Tour. Four weeks after I got it, I took it back thinking I’d like to try out the iPhone clone: the Blackberry Storm.

In short: I was sorely disappointed.

I think my biggest complaint was that the Storm was really laggy and froze on me about half a dozen times in the three weeks I had it. My biggest praise was that it was a touch screen. Other than that, here’s some additional thoughts:


  • It is a touch screen in the truest sense of the word. You need to physically interact with the screen itself. (See cons for the downside.)
  • Despite having the same resolution, the screen is physically bigger (3.25″ vs.  2.44″) than the Tour’s, which makes it a joy to use things like Google Maps.
  • The QWERTY keyboard found in landscape mode is nice, big, and wide.
  • The icons are big, so they’re easy to hit, even with big hands like mine.


  • Battery life was better than the Tour, but still not anywhere near the 15 days of standby it advertises.


  • It’s more of a “press screen” than a touch screen. Having used Charlene’s iPhone on occasion, I’m totally used to what I would consider an excellent touch screen experience. Having to actually press the screen down is really a nuisance.
  • It froze repeatedly. One time it gave me a red, green, blue, black, and white static-y looking screen. When that popped up, it refused to do anything. I had to pull the battery and restart the phone in order to get it to work again.
  • I don’t know that you could really call it this, but it takes forever to “reboot.” I see it as a phone, which is really meant to be turned on.  Conversely, I guess it’s technically a mini computer, which does “reboot.” In any case, it took upwards of 2 minutes for it to go from fully off to ready to accept input. How absurd!
  • The sensor it uses to determine orientation is really flawed. Half the time I wanted it in portrait, it rotated landscape. Half the time I wanted it in landscape, it turned portrait on me. This was quite frustrating, and often left me shaking it in an attempt to get it to the orientation I wanted.
  • Every time I got a voicemail, I got a text message letting me know I had a new message. This was common to both the Tour and the Storm, and it was really annoying. I don’t know if this was a Verizon thing, or a Blackberry thing, but it had me quite irked. What this essentially meant was that any time I missed a call and got a voicemail, I had three notifications on my phone: a text message, a missed call, and a voicemail. In order to get rid of all three, I had to check my text messages, my call log, and call my voicemail. Again, this happened on both my Tour and the Storm, but I’ve never had it happen on any other phone I’ve owned.
  • The SureType keyboard in portrait mode was horrible, especially for typing passwords. It always thought it new what my password was, and mixed up the letters, the case, or both.
  • Typing was miserably slow. Because you have to physically press down the screen, you also have to wait for it to pop back up before pressing the next key. I don’t have any empirical measures, but I’d guess I was at least 25-33% slower on the Storm than on the Tour.
  • No good sleep/lock mode like the iPhone. Hit the screen at any point, and it asks if you want to unlock, make an emergency call or cancel. I was always scared I’d pocket dial 911. There were a few times where I was faced with the screen that asked me if I really wanted to make an emergency call, so I think I was only one screen press away. Aye yah!
  • I have no idea if this is a Blackberry limitation, or a Verizon Wireless one, but whenever I was on a call, the data mode wouldn’t work. In other words, I couldn’t be on the phone and surfing the web at the same time. It even knew that this capability wasn’t available because it actually told me I It wouldn’t load my e-mail or the maps either. That made it hard to multi-task on the sucker.

Again, the kicker for me was the constant freezing.  I had the phone less than three weeks, 6 times in 21 days is once every 3 or 4 days. And the lagginess of it was unbearable.

I guess I can always hope that Verizon get’s a host of new smart phones in the near future. If they got the Pre, that would be a pretty good deal, and hopefully RIM gets their act together and makes a Storm 2 worthy of being version 2.0.

In the mean time, I’ve got a dead KRZR, so I’m without a “modern” phone.  Until then, I’m back to my dad’s old, trusty LG VX3200, which is close to 5 years old by now.  It’s quite functional, and still has a pretty decent battery life.  That’s more than I can say for the Blackberry Storm.

Proverbs 2

Verse 6:

For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

In keeping with yesterday’s post, it seems I now know my parent’s secret.  They must’ve gotten all their wisdom from God 🙂

In all seriousness, God’s wisdom is a very powerful thing. James chapter 1 admonishes us to ask for it if we lack it.  What I’ve discovered in my own walk with God is that His “gift” of wisdom is rarely a nice, neat package that arrives in the mail which we can simply ingest and become wise. Quite often, God’s gift of wisdom is a lengthy process. It’s the process of discovering–with His direction and influence–wisdom.

Here’s a more concrete example:

Having been married just over 6 months (187 days for those keeping track), I’m still learning how to be a good husband to Charlene. I’ve prayed for wisdom on how to be a good husband, but I’ve never had a moment where the skies opened up, a bright light shone on me, and I had it all figured out. It’s been a process; a process of messing up, learning from my mistakes, and doing it better the next time. Hopefully, I’m becoming more wise each time. It’s a slow process, but I’d say I’m a wiser husband than I was when we got married. And theoretically, I’m a wiser husband today than I was as a fiancé a year ago. (You’ll have to ask Charlene for the truth, I suppose.)

In any case, we do need to ask God for wisdom. He’s the one who gives it, and He gives it freely to all who ask.

Proverbs 1

After a horrible August of posting on Proverbs, I’m trying to get back on the horse here in September.  So as to not blow through the whole month with apologies, I give you Proverbs 1:

Verse 8:

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

This proverb has served me quite well throughout my years. I’m pretty blessed to have the parents I have. They’re both pretty wise and generally have good advice. That’s not to say that they’re perfect, but I think they do a pretty good job.

The teaching and instruction they instilled in me since I was young have served me quite well.

Thanks, Dad and Mom!