Archive for September, 2008

Tithing in the Midst of Foreclosure

In a time of financial crisis, which would be more important to you: giving a voluntary gift to your place of worship or keeping your home? According to one Reuters piece, some Christians are continuing to give away a tenth of their income even as they face the possibility of foreclosure on their homes.

A study mentioned in the article says that only five percent of American adults tithed last year. As a member of that five percent, I can fully appreciate the difficult decision that these tithers have made. For them, honoring their commitment to God outweighs all other priorities — including keeping the roof over their heads. I hope that if I were in the same position, I would have the faith to trust God and reach the same determination.

A lot of people probably find that kind of thinking to be crazy. While it is true that it takes a different mindset, I think it is hardly crazy for someone to consider his relationship with God to be of greater worth than a home mortgage. People put their money where their values are. And for those who value the right things, I believe that the Lord will bless them greatly for it.


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Microsoft Likes jQuery

Microsoft really likes jQuery. So much so that the software giant will be making the popular JavaScript library part of its official development platform. In the future, jQuery will be shipped with versions of Visual Studio, and Microsoft will provide support of jQuery to developers. Microsoft will also be using jQuery internally, using it to create Ajax controls and server-side helper methods for use with the .NET framework.

This is wonderful news. I am a big fan of jQuery; I first discovered the library a little over a year ago when working on a web project that required a lot of manipulation of the DOM. Since then, I have used jQuery in practically every web application I have developed. It is a fantastic, light-weight library which makes writing JavaScript code a pleasure, and I am glad to see Microsoft appreciates it as much as I do.

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Actor Paul Newman Has Died

Hollywood legend Paul Newman passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle against cancer.

Newman appeared in numerous movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Color of Money, and Road to Perdition. Two of my personal favorite Newman performances were his portrayal of Brick Pollitt in the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Walter Bridge in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge. And although my six-year-old son is too young to appreciate Newman’s lifetime of cinema work, he loves Doc Hudson from Cars.

The man could also make an outstanding salad dressing.

Paul Newman was a class act. He will be missed.

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The Fifty Richest Members of Congress

It is nice to see that so many members of Congress are doing well for themselves (including my own senator Richard Shelby). Now, if only they would keep their hands off my money, maybe I could become well-off too!

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World’s Oldest Man Turns 113

What is the secret to becoming a centenarian? Abstaining from alcohol, according to Tomoji Tanabe, the world’s old man. Tanabe, who has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living male, turned 113 years old today.

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Best Buy Has Bought Napster

Best Buy, the giant consumer electronics retailer, has acquired Napster, the online music service which most people don’t even known is still around, for 121 million dollars.

Why? I don’t have a clue. The two companies do not seem to be very compatible on the surface (maybe Best Buy could bundle music subscriptions with the media players it sells). Not to mention, Napster hasn’t been “cool” since 2001.

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Federer Has Won Five Consecutive U.S. Opens

Some might consider 2008 a bad year for Roger Federer. After all, he lost in the semi-finals at the Australian Open and lost both the French Open and Wimbledon finals to newly-christened World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

But since defeating Andy Murray last night in the U.S. Open final, Federer can now claim an accomplishment that no one else can: five consecutive titles at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Adding in his three Australian Open wins, and Federer is only one away from Pete Sampras’s record of fourteen Grand Slam singles titles. My bet is that he breaks that record next year.

Federer’s domination of tennis may have slowed this year, but I predict it is far from over.

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