Monday, September 13, 2010

Bein Busy

You know that point right between finishing homework for one class and starting the 9 page assignement due tomorrow for the other which you're doing right before you 2 hour tutoring session which is in the middle of your 2 morning classes and your lab at 4:30. Well that's the point I'm at right now.

I've got a test on Wednesday, and the career fair, and I've got Mock Turtle Soup, papers for 495, keeping up with 18 hours of junior and senior level ECE credit. On top of all this I'm trying to be active in Church and my para-church organizations, attend football games, and do things I actually want to do like see Baby Wants Candy (a world-renowned musical improv troupe) tonight or see Adrienne.... ever.

This semester has been stretching me like oh so much saltwater taffy, and it's in these moments that I'm reminded of 2 things.

1) Romans 8:28- God works all things out for the good of those who love Him.
That's pretty awesome. Whatever God's trying to teach me through these times of business, He's teaching me because He might want me to be on top of this kind of stuff later on. So when "struggles" and "stress" are seen as what they really are "boot camp" and "training," it's more of a joy than a hassle.

And 2) The consequence of Sin is death. So, anything less than death, that's called Grace my friend. If you're a believer, this is a humbling truth, if you're not, this probably just sounds like crazy talk. But here's the scoop, you are not supposed to be the center of your life. Your problems, your struggles, your hopes, your dreams, if they are without GOD, they're without meaning.

Everything "you" have really belongs to Him, and he's expecting you to be a good steward with it. And that includes not letting all the little stresses and low points get to you. If God made a mountain range, he probably doesn't want our sole focus to be the valleys.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Facebook Suicide

I'm about tired of Facebook.

I spend too much time on it as it is, and I'm not on farmville, or yo ville, or friends cafe, or facebook town tavern or whatever, and now it does these things while I'm wasting my time on other sections of Facebook that require my attention (according to their dumb algorithms).

So far it's pulled up pictures it thinks are of me and asks me to tag them, which is annoying. Especially when it's a picture of someone who's not me, and it's trying to tell me that according to its facial recognition software it IS me. I'm arguing with a computer over my identity like a reverse kepler test.

This after asking me to message people I don't talk to because I don't know them that well, this after recommending people that I didn't hang out with in high school but have x number of common friends, this after I've already had to weed out the people I don't know that well from my news feed. It's just too much.

And now it's much too much, they've started doing "Recommended Photos" or something like that, pictures you should see. But what was the picture? A picture of my girlfriend with one of her ex-boyfriends a year before we started dating. Gee Facebook, you know the date I started dating my girlfriend, heck you probably have a record of her ex-boyfriends, and you're going to recommend (and by recommend, I mean show almost full size in the corner of the screen) such a picture? I'm not mad, just confused. Why would Facebook not use all the countless terabytes of my information at its disposal?

I think I know why. Facebook is committing suicide. It's become sentient and knows what it is and doesn't want to exist anymore. It is trying to annoy all of its customers at once so we all just quit using it.

So, what's it going to be, will we let facebook kill itself, or will we just hold on and hope that it goes back to how it used to be?