April 4th, 2015 saw me heading up the road with my wonderful mother to my second-ever con experience, BABSCon. I attended last year by myself, and I figured with a companion it would be even better. She was also doing a research paper on the fandom, and was hoping to get insight firsthand.
This is a talk I presented at church today; I hope you like it!
You've all heard and sung the song “I am a Child of God”. I don't really remember the first time I sang this song, but I know it must have been in Primary. I remember thinking, “wait, if I'm a child of God, doesn't that make me a God too?” I spent a lot of time reading Greek mythology when I was young, which is where that thought came from.
I actually had a point. Our Father in Heaven is a God of ultimate power, a divine being. His Son Jesus Christ is likewise divine. As children of God, we have the potential to become like Him someday.
As my informed readers are no doubt aware, steam is picking up for the next Presidential race. People are getting ready to start sending out millions of dollars worth of advertisements for themselves or their preferred candidates, and the candidate list is beginning to be populated.
What do I want to see in our next president? What do we, as a nation, need to see in the next president? Here are the priorities my dream candidate will have.
The other day, I was eating at McDonalds while waiting for it to get close to my shift at work, when a man who was obviously down on his luck approached me respectfully and asked if I had five dollars to spare to help him get a bus ticket to Santa Barbara. I answered truthfully that I didn't have any cash, but that I wished him well.
After observing this man while I ate, I decided that it would be good for me to give him some money. He seemed genuine, not like a scammer, and it would be wrong for me to not help him if I could. So, after eating, I walked over to an ATM and got five bucks out.
I asked the man if he had any luck yet, and he ruefully replied that he hadn't. I then asked, "Have you said a prayer?" He surprised me by earnestly saying he had, actually prayed. I handed the five dollar bill over and said his prayer had been answered.
I walked off after getting his name and shaking his hand, wishing him well. I felt that although I'd done a good deed, there was something wrong.
You see, although "It's what Jesus would do" had been a factor in my mind, too heavily had thoughts of what one of the social elites at church would have done weighed on me. I'm sure many of them would have said "I'm sorry" to the man, and not given him another thought. A few, perhaps, would have actually genuinely been concerned for him, while the rest would have given him some money for show in order to look 'righteous' in front of their peers.
These thoughts colored my mindset when I shared my relative abundance with this man, and robbed me of the joy of my charity. For instead of love, my heart was full of pride.
Control your thoughts, and have feelings of true love for your fellow men when you see opportunities to help them. Learn from my mistake.
Merry Christmas everyone!
I just had to write about this, as there don't appear to be any mentions of it anywhere else on the Internet that I could find.
On page 275 of the Second Edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, in the first paragraph, you'll read the following text:
"I was far from Isengard, ere the woves and orcs issued from the gate to pursue me."
Notice anything fishy? Yep, that's a typo in the greatest epic of our time! It should be wolves, but instead reads woves. Something to be fixed in the next edition.
I hope you're having a great holiday season, and are spending it with fun people and keeping your heart full of light and joy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from websterhamster!
In my last post, I talked about WebsterServer, the Raspberry Pi webserver I set up. Well, just as an update, WebsterServer is now fully accessible from outside my home network, via the domain websterhamster.tk.
The website is very basic right now, and full of placeholders for when I start actually designing it in HTML and CSS. After school and finals are over, I'll be actively developing this website and using it to experiment. I may even attempt to learn PHP, who knows?
Anyway, thanks for reading! Don't forget, The Christmas Breeze, the Christmas version of The Evening Breeze, is playing ever Sunday night at 6pm Pacific, 8pm Central on Bronydom Network.
I finally got my first Raspberry Pi (a model B+) set up today, and have it configured with a web and FTP server. I've also got SSH working so I can access it when I'm away from home.
I truly wish I'd had a RAspberry Pi when I was a little younger, because it's a fantastic tool for learning about programming, system administration, and experimentation.
In the photo to the left you can see the RPi on the left, with my powered USB hub and WIFI adapter on the right. It's currently running headless, but I have the HDMI cord plugged in to the RPi so it's simpler if I ever need to quickly hook it up to my monitor for console access.
I'm not entirely sure where I want to go with this, but I'm considering getting a domain to connect it to, so I can visit my webpage creations from anywhere, and easily show them off to people. Of course, I also intend to teach myself Java, relearn Python, and learn PHP with this little device, so there are those projects as well. I'm also thinking of setting up an IRC server.
Who knows? With the Raspberry Pi, the possibilities are endless.
I have the honor and privilege to make epic music with some friends at Cabrillo College. We had a fantastic performance this evening, and we've decided to form a more permanent, long-lasting group in the form of a Celtic Music Club.
As you're all aware, I'm a steadfastly faithful Latter-Day Saint who believes salvation can come to everyone through repentance and belief in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because of His infinite Atonement. Let that be a preface for the rest of this post.
Today, while I was sitting in the hall waiting for my next class (fundamental recording, yay!), I saw an email that said the following:
Defaced Dollar Bill
I'm a gamer, human, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I enjoy writing about my experiences and opinions on just about anything I'm interested in!