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Blaming God Mon, Sep 24, 2007
I think it's perfectly fine to blame God for the bad things, as long as he also gets credit for the good things.  If I blame him for getting a flat tire while waiting in traffic after sleeping past my alarm, I should also thank him for giving me a job that lets me afford a car and a roof over my head, and for getting me up and to work every other day.  If I blame God for the death of a friend or family member, I should also thank him for giving them life in the first place, and for giving me continued life despite the fact that death is inevitable. 

I mentioned this topic a while ago, but in reference to blaming George W. Bush for the increasing (and then decreasing) gas prices.  No, I'm not equating GWB to God.  But the situation is essentially the same.  If we blame someone or something for a certain specific negative action, shouldn't we also thank that same person/entity for when the situation goes away or gets better? #religion

Recorded NFL Mon, Sep 24, 2007
I watched a recorded NFL game last night, and I'd probably place it in the top 10 best experiences of my entire life.  I wasn't able to watch the 4:15pm game, so I recorded it on my poor man's DVR.  While the game was being played, I made sure I didn't catch any scores or watch any replays on live TV.  Unlike a TiVo, I can't start watching something until it's done recording, so I had to wait until about 7:45.  Despite my innate understanding of time and its relation to football, I was still amazed that the game only lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes with timeouts.  Skipping the commercials cut the game time down by about 65%.  Also noteworthy is the fact that commercial breaks during football games last exactly 2 minutes, unlike 3 minutes for normal TV shows.  This means that I needed to press the "commercial skip" button exactly 4 times to get through a commercial break (it simply skips 30 seconds ahead).  What an amazing thing. #entertainment