I hate banner ads

I hate banner ads because they are visual distractions, clutter, and slow down my web surfing, not to mention they are often ugly. That said, I came across what I thought was a visually pleasing, clever banner ad. The earphones appear to drip from the words. Neat, eh?


48 Hour Film Project returns to Greensboro

From the Press Release:

2005 Tour Bigger Than Ever!

The 48 Hour Film Project, the first and biggest of the
timed film competitions, brings filmmaking teams
together to make a movie from scratch — teams write,
shoot, edit and score original music — all in just 48
hours. Our 2005 Tour has begun. This year the 48HFP
will visit 30 cities around the world. And Greensboro
is gearing up for its second year!

Ed Moye and Nisha Coffey brought the 48 Hour Film Project to Greensboro and were voted People of the Year by GoTriad

Register online .

The first 10 registrations we receive are automatically entered into the Project. The remaining teams are determined from a random drawing between all entries received by June, 24. All teams will be notified of the drawing results within two days.

Greensboro Hockey

Bruce Bullington has put together a history of professional hockey in Greensboro, NC, my hometown. I am not a sports fan myself, but I found all the wrangling between Greensboro Coliseum officials and sports franchises fascinating. Excellent job, Bruce.

Hot Air Ballooning in the Piedmont Triad

Cloud Nine Hot Air Balloon Company

“Our first concern is for a SAFE and FUN event. For that reason, it is sometimes necessary to reschedule the flight due to weather conditions beyond our control. We make no promise as to the duration, distance, altitude, or visibility of the flight, as all of these are controlled by the variables of nature. It is not uncommon to reschedule a flight several times. About 50% of our flights launch as scheduled.”

Visit CloudNine.biz or call (336) 993-2229

I hope to take a balloon ride one of these days. It looks like it would be a blast.

Did a strict upbringing cause me to rebel?

When I was a young child my parents taught me their Christian beliefs. I learned that the Bible was the infallible Word of God and that we are all sinners who deserve eternal punishment in hell. I was taught that God sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for our sins, so that if we repent and trust in God for our salvation we can go to heaven when we die.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16

I no longer believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. I believe that it is an extraordinary book written by men who sincerely believed what they wrote. Out of the six children in my family, I am the only one who no longer believes. Friends ask me if I would have rejected the teachings of my youth if my parents weren’t so dogmatic in their beliefs, that maybe I’m just rebelling. I don’t think that is why I am no longer a believer. I don’t feel like I have rebelled against my parents, but I have rebelled against the belief system. I grew up believing that I should submit myself to God. Matthew 16:24 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” I was and still am unwilling to submit my will to God. I wanted to live the way I wanted to live, do what I wanted to do. Why should I obey God? The more I excerted my own will, the more I doubted the Bible. I began to consider the possibility that the Bible might have errors in it. I began to ask myself, “Why should I believe something for which there is no evidence?” There certainly is lots of evidence for most of the historical events described in the Old and New Testaments, but where is evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? What evidence could there possibly be for the “Virgin Birth”.

Christian Viewpoint
Institute for Creation Research
Bob Jones University
Moody Bible Institue

Other opinions
Skeptic’s Guide to Jesus
Wikipedia’s Jesus article
Committe for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
Reason Online

Going barefoot feels great.

About the The Barefoot Hiker:

“Maybe you’re one of the many people who slip off their shoes as soon as they get home. Maybe you even remember running around barefoot when you were a kid. If so, then you’re already aware that going barefoot is mighty comfortable (and maybe even faintly subversive).

Did you also know that it provides a number of medical benefits? Well, it does; there are lots of chronic problems — and not just foot problems — that are caused in part by wearing shoes unnecessarily.

So have you ever tried barefoot hiking? If not, Richard Keith Frazine would like your attention.

In this altogether charming book, Frazine sets out the case not only for hiking barefoot but for avoiding shoes in general. Far from being unsanitary or gross, he holds, going barefoot is actually physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.”

Review by John S. Ryan