Thursday, October 29, 2009

Disease

Bed

So, the past few days, I've spent my time on this amazing bed. On Sunday, I had "lost" my voice to something I'm still not quite sure of. It could have been a very nasty cold, or strep-throat... or something else. The sore throat became tiredness and tiredness became rest and fluids. (Mostly because that was the only way to fight it.)

While I was sick, my girlfriend was around. She took me to see my doctor, the doctor checked for strep (I don't have the results yet for some odd reason, I should give them a call because the doc did the whole swab and everything), and Mononucleosis. I suggested that I may have had mono before and it may have come back; so he went ahead and felt the lymphnodes on my neck for swelling and questioned how I was overall. He told me I likely do not have mono so he asked me if I still wanted to get tested for mono, and I said "yes."

Results came back and I don't have mono. In any case... my girlfriend was there, through the whole thing. She cooked heated up some chicken noodle soup for me when she picked me up. She was with me when I cried like a girl as they drew my blood. She drove me around and did some homework while I was working on work. She's such an amazing lady. I'm really blessed to be with her. She's also sick, and she still blesses me. (Not with more sickness, but sweetness.) I feel better today.

I don't think I'm contagious or anything, both my sister and brother in law aren't sick. My being sick has been reduced to a mild sniffle and cough. It comes to mind that disease doesn't choose who it's going to affect, or hinder. I'm thankful to God that He sustains me and I continue praying for the people I know who are affected by some disease. I thank God so much for all that He does within all this.

{p.s. This post is a bit unstructured, it's probably because I'm writing this so late in the evening... I've just been thinking and praying is all, and this came to mind.}

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Retreat 2009

Fall Retreat

This past weekend... this happened... more pictures to come... soon.

The weekend was just to get away, to focus on prayer. It was a blessing, I really felt God working in me without all the noise from downhill. (Although ironically, I could hear cars drive up.) It was a great weekend, even though I was maybe a bit sick. Updates soon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Past Few Weeks

I've been busy the past few weeks... it's been really busy... here are a few of the things I've done within the past few weeks:

Octoberfest

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A few weeks ago, we had the 1st ever Paradigm Shift Octoberfest. It was fun, we danced some polka and had a rootbeer chugging contest, it was great fun!
Links to pictures and stuff here: Octoberfest 2009

Pancakes

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Then a few days later, Em came over to study and she brought sushi (not pictured) and made chocolate chip-banana pancakes! How awesome is that? It was very awesome... I can still taste the chocolate chip-banana pancakes in my mind... mmm.

Byron's Recital

Byron Applause

It finally happened! Byron fnially gave his senior recital. He performed so many genres of guitar, classical, heavy metal, acoustic, folk, and stuff (I can't exactly name every one of them). It was a great performance. He did great. At one point I was closing my eyes listening to the soothing sounds of his guitar. It was great!

Encore!

Everyone was listening intently to him. I had some expectations coming into this... the expatations were surpassed, he's gifted at such talent, technique, and creativity with the guitar. I couldn't admire him more. I mean, really... he was so good we even called him out for an encore (although the "calling out," may have seemed rehearsed). It was great!

Pumkin Patch

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Then a few days later, Em and I went out and had a little fun at a Pumkin Patch.


Well, that's it for now. This week looks amazing, the weather is great and the Paradigm Shift, Evfree Fullerton's college ministry, fall retreat is right around the bend. I'm excited.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Update: Lauren Gallegos' Illustrations: Recital Poster

Byron Lauren

A few weeks ago, I was working on a photo shoot for one of my dear friends... the photos, came out great. Lauren finished up the posters by adding some typography to it... here's a look at the final product: Lauren Gallegos' Illustrations: Recital Poster

{Related Posts: Pictures, Trains, Los Angeles and Little Manila}

Octoberfest 2009

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Last Saturday we celebrated Octoberfest, Jon, our college pastor, and Kay, his wife dressed up for it. It was a terrifically fun time.

Links To Photos:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Philosophy: Brief Thoughts On God-Infinite

Yesterday I came across Baruch De Spinoza, a philosopher. Instead of speaking of this man, I just want to talk about his thoughts on God, and how I've percieved and correlated them to my thoughts on some the philosophical characteristics of God.

These are based off Spinoza's writings on Ethics. (Read in Google Books)

Baruch Spinoza: Ethics: Part 1. Concerning God

Definitions
  1. By that which is self-caused, I mean that of which the essence involves existence, or that of which the nature is only conceivable as existent.
  2. A thing is called finite after its kind, when it can be limited by another thing of the same nature; for instance, a body is called finite because we always conceive another greater body. So, also, a thought is limited by another thought, but a body is not limited by thought nor, a thought by body.
  3. By substance, I mean that which is in itself, and is conceived through itself; in other words, that of which a conception can be formed independently of any other conception.
  4. By attribute, I mean that which the intellect perceives as constituting the essence of substance.
  5. By mode, I mean the modifications of substance, or that which exists in, and is conceived through, something other than itself.
  6. By God, I mean a being absolutely infinite -- that is, a substance consisting in infinite attributes, of which each expresses eternal and infinite essentiality.
    Explanation-- I say absolutely infinite, not infinite after its kind: for of a thing infinite only after its kind, infinite attributes may be denied; but that which is absolutely infinite, contains in its essence whatever expresses reality, and involves no negation.
  7. That thing is called free, which exists solely by the necessity of its own nature, and of which the action is determined by itself alone. On the other hand, that thing is necessary, or rather constrained, which is determined by something external to itself to a fixed and definite method of existence or action.
  8. By eternity, I mean existence itself, in so far as it is conceived necessarily to follow solely from the definition of that which is eternal.
    Explanation-- Existence of this kind is conceived as an eternal truth, like the essence of a thing, and, therefore, cannot be explained by means of continuance or time, though continuance may be conceived without a beginning or end.
Axioms
  1. Everything which exists, exists either in itself or in some thing else.
  2. That which cannot be conceived through anything else must be conceived through itself.
  3. From a given definite cause an effect necessarily follows; and, on the other hand, if no definite cause be granted, it is impossible that an effect can follow.
  4. The knowledge of an effect depends on and involves the knowledge of a cause.
  5. Things which have nothing in common cannot be understood, the one by means of the other; the conception of one does not involve the conception of the other.
  6. A true idea must correspond with its ideate or object.
  7. If a thing can be conceived as non-existing, its essence does not involve existence.

My Thoughts:

God is the singularity of which infinity as a concept can only emerge from the idea that a being such as God is the cause for it. It is not possible to subtract infinity of it's own value {∞ - ∞}, which reasons to the causality of a single point to God and is the objective causation of the begining of time; time is also finite from it's beggining which solely depends on man's cognitive aptitude to experience it. Time is the comprehention of man's perception in the duration of movement or change of matter. Matter in itself cannot exist without a singularity of causation; it is reasonable to assume that an infinite being with infinite substance can create things from it's own being into existence.

Spinoza touches on this1 defining that God is "...that which is absolutely infinite, contains in it's essence whatever expresses reality, and involves no negation." We cannot add or take away from matter, nor can we add nor take away from God's glory. We can deny God of glory, however, it negates that everything is in motion from God's glory.

God exists of His own nature and acts in necessity according to His nature. If therefore, it is in God's nature to create, as He created Himself, it is reasonable to suspect that God caused the Earth into existence, so as the Sun and all the other planets. So in this, God had created matter, and thus conceptually time in it's finitude.

One can argue that there is no way to know or justify that God had caused the Earth and all of it into existence. Maybe in the theory of the Big Bang, as to only explain the degree of certainty that the singularity came out of nothing. However, this defies the first law of thermodynamics. The argument, if both parties cannot agree to a causation for the entropy of the universe itself, it is just superfluous banter of percieving minds. (Although the necessity of God as an actual creator of the universe has been explained through the Kalam Cosmological Arguement)

We can only assume in what we think and percieve, that in our own subjective cognitive states, we know that we exist. Inherently we can attribute to the internal causation of our interations with the objective world that causes opportunity for the mind to percieve and know of it's existence. The body is what we percieve to be the subjective tool that we use measure what it is in existence. I begin to wonder why it is that by nature, we are able conceptualize love and attribute it to our being. Also, in that, morality is somehow inherent of us, which is irrelevant to a body purposed primarily just to live.

{These are just some of my thoughts on the finitude of time, and God who created it.}

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tuesday Tangent

I'm calling this the "Tuesday Tangent"... here, I'll choose a few pictures and just talk about them. (There's no real order to these photos... so just watch them as they go by.)

Here's what I remember within this slideshow of photos:

Play the Slideshow!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Colon, hyphen, and "D" make :-D

Gtalk With Les
Today was a long one. Work was long, but okay... after work was unexpected... and after the "after work" I had a meeting with a dear friend.
He's thousands of miles away, way over there in Chicago but I still get to see him. I'm so glad that technology can bridge the gap between two people. It's times like these where I can actually thank Google for working hard on these things. (Which makes me so excited about Google Wave) We caught up on a few things in life and overall, it's just a blessing to actually see who you're talking to. There's so much communicated that doesn't get percieved in instant messages, text messages, e-mail, phone calls and other things.
Aural and visual communication is so important when we can't physically be there for the people we care about (or people we do business with). We have so many non-verbal cues that it's easier to just meet up with someone and just talk. Interpersonal relationships are solidified by this and we need to continue to do these things. Nowadays, I find myself somewhat too busy to do this, even with talking on the phone, I sometimes find myself hurried by the conversation. (Although it really depends on who I'm talking to and what the conversation is about.)
On a more technical note, with him being on a Mac and, I, myself being on a Windows OS, we were faced with the question of, "how is it that we are going to be able to talk to each other because of these two very different operating systems?" The first viable option was Skype, but the problem is that you need the skype application installed, (iChat would also not work because I am on a "PC"). The next thing we could think of was Gtalk with Video Chat. Which worked great! There's a plugin that needs to be installed, but it seems to me to be easier to configure than Skype on a Mac.
Case in point:
Gtalk With Em
After talking to Les I was able to talk to Emily. It was also amazing catching up with her over the same system. I just walked her through the installataion process, which was just as easy as downloading a file, opening it and extracting to your disk. (I hope it was easy for her.) Then after the installation... I saw her, and it was great seeing her, and just talking in this way and catching up a bit about our day.
This form of communication will never replace real life conversation but it's better than nothing. I think everyone can agree that there's something about a person's face that tells you a lot about what they're trying to communicate. What I appreciated the most about these "Internet Conversations," is that I didn't have to use emoticons... I just had to smile :-)