Racing to save the world

Official Google Blog: Racing to save the world

I just love Liberals, they are just so funny. They want to “raise awareness for the importance of individual action to reduce carbon emissions” by jetting all over the world burning carbon as they go. Don’t get me wrong, the athletic feat of running a marathon on the ice over the north pole is quite an impressive feat. but look at what it takes to get there.

How will I get to the North Pole?

You will arrange round trip flights from your homeland to a town called Longyearbyen, which is situated on Spitsbergen (Svalbard) off the coast of Norway. There are daily flights from Oslo to Spitsbergen. From there, you will be flown to the North Pole.

By what means am I transported to and from the North Pole?

An Antonov plane will fly you to an international North Pole Camp situated between 89N and 90N, drifting in the high Arctic Ocean. The Antonov will return to collect you approximately 48 hours later.

and for the egomaniac:

I know we are floating on ice, but will I get to stand at the exact Geographic North Pole?

Yes. Assuming we are not by some remote chance floating over 90N when all have finished the race, we will travel by Mi-8 chopper to the exact Geographic North Pole (90N). Remember that we are floating on the Arctic Ocean and within moments we will have moved away from the exact North Pole!

So if the ice isn’t exactly over the North Pole, they will burn Helicopter fuel to get there. In all fairness, they could be using Hybrid Planes and Helicopters.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea of a Marathon like this is an awesome idea and if I were a runner, it would be on my dream list, but to do it to “raise awareness for the importance of individual action to reduce carbon emissions” is down-right silly.

ChurchForMen.com

I was just surfing through ChurchForMen.com and I was blown away. I had heard a similar message before, but this site pulls it all together. This should be required reading for anyone in Men’s ministry.

Men are dying for a leader, but we’ve turned Christ into a lover. Today’s Jesus is sensitive, caring and beautiful. Our praise music has the same breathless feel and romantic lyrics as top-40 love songs. Jesus barked, “Follow Me!” but we’ve softened that; it’s now, “Have a personal relationship with Me.”

Evel Overcome With Good

Evel Overcome With Good | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

He believed in God, but he couldn’t walk away from the gold and the gambling and the booze and the women.

I remember Evel as kid.  I had all the the Evel toys.  Then I lost interest as I matured.  It never really occurred to me  that he was lost until very recently.  I see this as another example of the power of God.  He picked the right time to reach Evel and used Evel to reach many more.  God is Awesome.

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The Cure for Global Warming – Cut Down All The Northern Trees

FOXNews.com – Junk Science: Can’t See the Warming for the Trees – Blog | Blogs | Popular Blogs | Video Blogs

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (April 17) that while tropical forests exert a cooling influence on global climate, forests in northern regions exert a warming influence — and it’s not just a trivial climatic effect.Based on the researchers’ computer modeling, forests above 20 degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere — that is, north of the line of latitude running through Southern Mexico, Saharan Africa, central India and the southernmost Chinese island of Hainan — will warm surface temperatures in those regions by an estimated 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100.

There you have it, we can save the planet by clear-cutting all the  trees north of the 20th parallel.  I think Al Gore should also have to repurchase an carbon offsets that planted the trees if they were planted in the north.  We could also cure the obesity problem if we banned the use of powered saws.

Seriously, I don’t believe we humans are capable of breaking what God put together.  The world is far to orderly and balanced to be broken by us.

Back to Back to the Basics | nakedpastor

Back to Back to the Basics | nakedpastor

David Richo has a BOOK out: The Five Things We Cannot Change: And The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them (Shambala, 2005). He claims that there are certain facts of life that we cannot change, unavoidable “givens”. They are:1) Everything changes and ends,
2) Things do not always go according to plan,
3) Life is not always fair,
4) Pain is part of life,
5) People are not loving and loyal all the time.

I so appreciate these points. They are a sobering tonic in the face of all the syrupy platitudes that seem to abound today, especially in Western Christianity. Many refuse to go here. In the words of Jack Nicholson, “we can’t handle the truth!” But we must go here to get to the joy we all desire.

What I love about reading blogs by pastors is that you can stumble upon so many truths you might never expect to see.  In my life right now, I am struggling with 2 and 5.  I had a plan and a few weeks ago that plan was thrown a huge curveball that I am hoping I can hit.  The problem is forgetting #2 leaves you feeling vulnerable and if you forget #5 at the same time the pain is even greater.  I am not sure if my current situation is a test of faith or the consequences of not trusting God and I am not really sure if it matters.  The only way out is to be faithful in trusting God.  That is my prayer for the day/week/month…. That I faithfully trust God, and “prepare my fields to receive the rain”.

A Good Workout Today

I tried something new today. I tried one of the new workout videos from Carmichael Training Systems. They are different in that they are modular video segments instead of one video that is the same all the way through. A workout is essentially a playlist of their video segments. The coaches then put together a playlist for a workout and that is what I rode to today and tried to ride to yesterday. It was a great workout although I am getting cabin fever. I am sick of working out in my basement. I need to be outside and preferably on trails.

Below is the chart captured by my Garmin Edge 305, including Heart Rate, Cadence and Speed:

Workout 4-10-2007