Monday, December 8, 2008

Beleaguered Browns Fans are Grasping for a New Hope

The website is is

Personally, I'm not convinced that this is the answer, but with an owner like Randy Lerner, I'm not sure we can expect to magically pull the next Mike Tomlin. Given that, I'm hoping Bill can somehow bring himself to leave his $2M, one day a week job at CBS to help the team that gave him his start in Pro coaching.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I am somebody

All my life, I've been looking for validation that I am someone of import. Today, I stumbled upon verification that I am - in fact - something special.

Cre was asking where my tag line "cheers cause I'm so British" came from. I directed her to the appropriate Marzipan Answering Machine (Go to message 4) where the tag line was initially uttered.

When I Googled "cheers cause I'm so British", guess what came up as the top of the search results... You guessed it!!! Tango the Gifted Llama's Blogging Extravaganza. Google thinks I exist and recognizes that tag line as being associated with me and not Strong Bad. I will likely live off this glow for the next several hours... maybe even a whole day.


Cheers cause I'm so British,

Another utterance from tango...

Mobile post sent by tangollama using Utterlireply-count Replies.  mp3

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from this guy

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

(appropriate cred to Ted Brandt for his excellent use of the email forward)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cindy McCain in Mechanicsburg

Cre, George, Cassi, and I were leaving Deiner's restaurant after a lovely late-morning breakfast and encountered the GOP's victory bus outside of the next-door Colony House. Cre and Cindy McCain had a good little exchange.

Breakfast at the Colony House when you're next door to Deiner's is the sort of bad decision-making that is getting Obama elected. Still, an interesting morning. Good to see Tom Ridge as well...


Quote of the event: A dorky kid next to us in the rope line says,

"Were you guys at the [Sean] Hannity concert last night? We went twice!"

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Thursday, September 25, 2008

September's Dose of St. Augustine

Whoever, therefore, thinks that he understands the divine Scriptures or any part of them so that it does not build the double love of God and of our neighbor does not understand it at all. Whoever finds a lesson there useful to the building of charity, even though he has not said what the author may be shown to have intended in that place, has not been deceived ... [Book One, Section 39]

... if he is deceived in an interpretation which builds up charity, which is the end of the commandments, he is deceived in the same way as a man who leaves a road by mistake but passes through a field to the same place toward which the road itself leads. But he is to be corrected and shown that it is more useful not to leave the road, lest the habit of deviating force him to take a crossroad or a perverse way. [Book One, Section 40]

Here's thanks to God for His pursuit and correction, hoping He keeps me (and all of us) on the right road.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spiritual H2O

I can't believe it, but this looks real.

Spiritually uplifting, and it tastes good too.

(Don't stand to close to the Spiritual H2O guys.)

See ya later dudes!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In all your roads

Note: Be forewarned. This post is overtly Christian. If you happen to be one of the very few people who read this blog b/c you find it mindlessly entertaining but have no interest in the Bible or God, look away. Otherwise, I hope its beneficial.

This week, I found out I'm getting something of a promotion, and at least a change in my responsibilities to more strategic efforts. I didn't necessarily ask for it; and after I understood what was being asked of me, I wasn't sure if I actually wanted it. Don't get me wrong. At the core, I'm very excited by the opportunity. My responsibilities have increased, and I'm being asked to deliver some very critical and risky, yet exciting, projects in the organization. However, it comes with a very real, necessary cost. I'm going to have to be away from my home and wife - who I happen to like being with very much - for (on the order of) 2 days a week, nearly every week for the next several months. It's going to boil down to only 1 overnight away per week - which in the grand scheme is nothing compared to even some of our friends, but A) its not like I'm working for a mission (i.e. Mzinga is a for-profit company, not a para-church organization) and B) that is one more night then Cre and I would prefer. Overall, its not that bad, but we've both gotten so we don't really sleep that well when the other is away. (I'm thankful we've grown accustom to one another...)

Anyway, after discussion, consideration, prayer, and counsel from trusted friends and family, we decided that God had opened this door and we were going to give it a shot. We're trusting God for the outcomes and next moves... or at least trying to.

So last night I'm praying about this issue and Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind. I'm very careful to ascribe things to God in a judicious way. In this case, I'm fairly confident He was in it (Proverbs 22:6 might have something to say about that as well - thanks Mom & Dad).

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Anyway, for the last 24 hours, I've been turning that word over in my head. At first, it had its usual effect, which sounds something like, "Don't try to figure it all out b/c you can't. Instead, trust God, do what's right, and roll with the punches... in every part of life, even at work." It's a good word, and one that I continually commit to memory and then promptly forget...

However tonight, while mowing my lawn, a new thought occurred to me: What the heck does "acknowledging" God in my "ways" mean?!?

A few years ago, I had the privilege of studying under Dave Dorsey. Those that know him know that you cannot go through his OT classes without understanding road metaphors and literary forms in the Hebrew Bible. Proverbs 3:6 is a great example of both. That word "ways" is the Hebrew word derek. If you've driven around Israel and read the street signs, you know that derek = street or road, so it looks like we've got a road metaphor. The second word "paths" is the Hebrew word orah, which until tonight, I wasn't familiar with. As best I can tell, its a simile to derek, though it does have an interesting use in the book Job, where its translated "seige ramp". Anyway, my point is that the verse is a poetic repetition, meant to emphasize the author's point. In the case of the writer of Proverbs, he's trying to convince his audience of the benefits of following Yahweh's "path" - which is wisdom. Read simplistically, one might translate verse 6:

In all your roads know/acknowledge Yahweh, and He will make your road favorable (or straight)

In the Old Testament, "straight" roads imply roads that are flat, straight, safe, or generally easier to traverse. In a world where you walk everywhere, a favorable road can make all the difference in the journey, so what the author is saying is that "acknowledging" God is a very good, beneficial thing. The implication is that God's way is not just the altruistically moral or virtuous way, but the best way, the straightest way to get where you should be headed, and the wisest way (Note that the Bible defines wisdom as what is best for us in the long run).

The word translated "acknowledge" is the Hebrew verb yada. It occurs 947 times in the Old Testament and is translated into everything from "having sex" to "being close friends" to "apply" and "understand", but the most frequent way its translated is "know". So what does it mean to know or acknowledge - to yada - God on your road (derek)? More generally, what does it mean to to yada anyone on your derek?

First, I don't think its about prayer. There's no textual evidence to make me think the author meant "talk to God on the road", though that is a good thing to do. I'm also pretty convinced its not about adapting the "Post-game Interview Preface for Christian Athletes". You know that one where a wide receiver says something like, "I'd like to thank God/Jesus Christ for giving me the strength to catch 12 passes for 150 yards and 2 TD's." (that's 39 fantasy football points in the Onside Kick League for those keeping score at home) I'm sure many of them are sincere and God appreciates them getting the word out - free media and all that, but I doubt that's what the author of Proverbs was going for by "acknowledging" God.

So what else? Does it mean to pay Him respect or homage? If so, how? Is it about representing Him well on the journey? Is it simply saying that we should walk as He would walk / do as He would do on the road? Is it possible that the road where we "know" Him is His road (i.e. an obvious conclusion like "if you walk the road God wants you to walk, your path will be made straight... Duh")? More to the point, whatever it does mean, what does/can it practically look like to do this?

I asked Cre this question and she said something to the affect of the following, "I acknowledge my parents everyday, in the way I live my life. I am a reflection of them, and I journey through life reflecting that knowledge of who they are and who they raised me to be."

That sounded pretty astute to me - especially since she was tired and wanted me to let her go to bed. Still, I'm not 100% convinced yet - thus my post.

So what do you think? Give me some feedback - in person or in the blog comments. If you need me, I may be in Boston, trusting that God is making my road straight.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bono Fatigue

I've found myself growing in my wish that the new U2 album would hit the shelves, as if I needed it. Fortunately, I've found a community of people with a common condition: Bono Fatigue

From the website: This site is for U2 fans suffering from Bono Fatigue as a result of an over-consumption of U2 music, Bono interviews, Africa-related relief ideas etc. (BF can manifest in many ways. If you don't have it, you'll know it when you get it.) Since people at this site are recovering from BF, and are hoping to work through it and re-introduce U2 back to their lives, please do not post band photos, art or quotes unless absolutely necessary to your comment. Give others a chance to walk through this at their own pace. Thanks! Heal and enjoy.

Cheers cause I'm so British,

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Blangst, n.,: Internet-fueled anxiety about a situation that increases proportionately with the number of bloggers and posters who write about it.

I'm not sure, but I believe I'm spending my life promoting this kind of behavior...

Much thanks to my dear friend, Nick Alger, for the education

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

More proof that flying cars are just around the corner...

Another installment in our occasional series on cool stuff in the world of science and technology research. Enjoy...

Yes, you read right. Electro Adhesion.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Late to the Calacanis Effigy-Burning

For those of you who enjoy reading about the world of software and the state of the art in software engineering, two articles for you. I ran into this through my good buddy Mel Norbeck after our VP Social Media and resident podcaster, Aaron Strout, announced an upcoming interview with Jason Calacanis.

I wish that I had found this earlier, so that I could properly rip Calacanis for his "fire people who are not workaholics" gem. Fortunately, the folks at 37 Signals spoke out on behalf of all of us software professionals who think that software business owners (particularly those that don't understand the craft) are dopes. In fairness, much of his article makes sense, but the workaholics comment is the sort of thinking that has plagued us for the last 15 years and allows idiots at the C-level to think that working hard is REALLY more important than working smart. This kind of thinking is why I will have to run my own business someday, just to have a decent place to work.

Enjoy the read.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Saturday, April 26, 2008

On NFL Draft Weekend, Looking Back on Tim Couch

Today, a new set of quarterbacks will be drafted. ESPN has a great, short article on the mishaps of the position and the pressure, covering none other than the infamous Tim Couch. He was never a bad guy, but he represents the pit-in-your-stomach, heart-breaking disappointment that is life as a Browns fan. If you have the time, enjoy the read...

Good luck Matt Ryan. I'll withhold the same for Joe Flacco (Billick's gone but they're still the Ravens)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ezra and the Consequences of a Lawn Unkept

It took me 2+ hrs to mow. It needed to be done. I lost Ezra the other day in the yard, and it took way too long to find him.

Sermon Central

This guy is really good. He should turn professional.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ben Stein made a movie

For those of you how love science or Ben Stein or both... a documentary confronting the issue of intellectual bigotry towards the concept of intelligent design as the origin for the universe. I have no idea if it will help or hurt the cause that seeks to rationally discuss whether our existence could be on purpose, but I think its interesting that the conversation will happen.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Timmy Morgan in Timlates

I'm always a fan of a guy working to make it in comedy. Here's Timmy in his very first workout video

Sunday, April 6, 2008

1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4

You've probably seen this before. If you have the stomach for a good laugh at the expense of your childhood, enjoy.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Use Calculus to Find the Identity of Batman

Batman is on page 6....

Read this doc on Scribd: They didn't study

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Kids Zone at Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Again, I can't make this stuff up....

One might ask why the Liquor Gestapo in PA has a KIDS section their website... but then, that question would imply that government - particularly state government - has a clue.

Also, enjoy this amusing article on the subject at

Goodbye Mugabe? Almost too good to be true.

Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe may be on his way out. If you're a person of prayer, please do pray this happens. Enjoy the read...

The situation is fragile. We can hope that the news on the horizon is true and that a new day is dawning for Zimbabwe.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Monday, March 31, 2008

I can't make this stuff up...

Fact: God loves this guy.
Fact: God may also choose to smite this dude at any second, so watch it while its still there...

God bless your brand.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Great Experiment in Freedom

...We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bootleggers Remembered...

The 75th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition is approaching. For those of you in the Central PA region, be aware that the Troegs boys are holding a beer / history event in remembrance.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

My Life Bytes

Behold, the future! A terabyte of data per square inch!

We march ever-closer to the day when we will be able to record everything that ever happened to us.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Too cute not to post...

Ezra. He's too cute to hate. Too terrible to trust.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wikipedia and World War II

Here's a little shout out to the Greatest Generation!

I spent a few minutes reading the Wikipedia article on World War II and remembered again how fascinating that period of history is. I also resolved that I will make my kids read wikipedia someday.


Cheers - cause I'n so British,

Monday, February 11, 2008

Metric Clock

That sounds like the title of a song. It's also another strong indicator that the communists are at it again. Now even good old fashioned English time is under attack.

I also consider this a strong sign that the Democrats will win in '08. Let's hope it's Obama (owww.... something political on the old personal blog).

Much thanks to Engineer Kyle again.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Friday, February 8, 2008

Minister Gheorghe

Future church plant pastor...

Gheorghe Preaching

Much thanks to Engineer Kyle.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Friday, January 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Tango!

Today, Tango is 30.

30 is the largest number with the property that all smaller numbers relatively prime to it are prime.

For more numbers information, see

Cheers - cause I'm so British... and 30,

Stephen Colbert as Hackabee's VP

This is reason enough to vote for Huckabee

Hackabee & Colbert '08 - For America

Monday, January 7, 2008

Colbert vs. Carell, Christianity vs. Islam

January can be a gloomy month and we all need a laugh at times.

If you've never seen this classic Daily Show debate between Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, this is a must view for religion teachers around the world.

I'm a big fan of the Colbert Report and anything Carell has done. They're both genuinely funny. Also, if you've never seen Evan Almighty, it's worth a rent... or you can borrow it from me.

Cheers - cause I'm so British,