Category: Last Week I Learned


…that when you’re hooking up a thermostat, putting the wires in the right place really matters.
…that it’s fun to be able to control your thermostat from any web connected computer any where in the world.
…that I can use DynDNS to create a url for my home ip address so that I can access all sorts of web services from elsewhere.
…that I have friends with hard to find addresses even in the age of Google.
…that my life would be radically different if I didn’t give so much of my time at church.
…that I can’t help but give my time at church because I’m called to be an eternity changer.
…that my 18 month old is SOOOOO cute even when she says, “No.”
…that there’s a bunch of little trees and weeds in my yard that take long time to get rid of.
…that if you give a little girl a spray bottle, it will keep her occupied for quite some time.
…that lice are a menace primarily because they’re so hard to get rid of.
…that I really miss podcasting and I really need to get back to it.
…that I really need to finish fixing my xbox.
…that I’m really looking forward to possibly getting an iPhone for Christmas.
…that there’s at least 1 turtle in my yard.
…that my daughters like technology as much as I do.
…that they’re not yet as good at using it as I am.
…that there are few things worse than having “Karma Chameleon” stuck in your head while you’re crawling through a crawl space under your house.

Paul

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…that I really feel like a leader when I have something big to lead.
…that I’m really going to need to lean into Jesus this Summer in preparation for Questapalooza.
…that insecurity lies to you saying it protects you, but it’s actually keeping you from the life you want.
…that I’m happiest when I’m serving others and not thinking about myself.
…that being a father is easy when you’ve been given kids like mine.
…that it’s not easy to crawl under my house; it’s worse at night.
…that as hard as my marriage has been I married the right woman and I’d do it again.
…that thanks to “The Bucket List” I know that my life has always been about living without regrets.
…that I’m praying hard for the heart of a rescuer like John MacLain in “Live Free or Die Hard” and that I want to replicate that heart in someone else like he did in that movie.
…that I HATE living paycheck to paycheck.
…that I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in the world.
…that lice are the most evil vermin on the earth.
…that my daughter is cute even with shorter hair than I would prefer.
…that if I do nothing else, being a part of changing lives and eternities, is more than enough for this small life.

Paul

…that if I start writing on a new blog that I might forget my old one.
…that not all blogging software is created equally.
…that I really miss WordPress features when I don’t have them.
…that the next time I want to liveblog something I might just use ScribbleLive.com
…that crowdsourcing really works to do things that are hard to do in person; like asking all your friends if they have an old Cingular phone.
…that you can have sod on your lawn for some time before you can mow it.
…that my computerized home control system can’t have two users logged on at once and behave normally.

Paul

…that my favorite shoes are wearing out.
…that I can get the equipment I work with to do all sorts of unorthodox things.
…that an occasional week off really rocks, especially during a three-day weekend.
…that my brake rotor probably won’t come off just because it’s rusted.
…that I should be getting the coupons for two digital tv boxes will be here next month.
…that the stuff that accumulates in the bottom of your dishwasher is really gross.
…that it’s really cool to have a digital music server in your equipment rack.
…that you can get a motorcycle learner’s permit in KY that lasts for three years.
…that I’m looking forward to learning to ride a motorcycle.
…that liveblogging church is fun and different.
…that I’m more athletic at 34 than I was in my twenties or teens, not that it took a lot.
…that my knee hurts more than it would in my teens and twenties.
…that after playing volleyball with the guys my cat shudders when she smells my feet.
…that the host that has paulclifford.org REALLY wants their $2 and will shut off my hosting if my paypal account has no $$ in it.
…that having a bad cell phone charger and no email reverts me to a place I haven’t been in years; and I don’t like it.
…that there’s such a thing as “The Star Wars Gangsta Rap”; it’s fun to listen to after the classic “Star Trekkin'”

Paul
Paul

Last week I learned
…that you can have two problems that cause the same symptoms and both have to be fixed.
…loose lugnuts can sound like a flat tire.
…it’s easy to forget very important buttons when programming a universal remote.
…I can solder a power connector REALLY fast if I need to.

-Despite XP’s limitations Nero can burn iso’s.
-My Xbox can read both cdr’s and dvdr’s.
-I really should drink more liquids.
-I can solve all sorts of tech support problems at work, but for some reason, it’s problematic at home.
-A three day weekend is necessary to catch up occasionally.
-The Xbox uses a totally unique file system.
-IWantSandy.com combined with Jott.com might just help my productivity.

Paul

-some files are so important that sticking them in a folder named “old” will kill the hacked part of your xbox.
-fasting for three days isn’t all that hard with a bunch of juice and a radical dependancy on the Lord God of the Universe.
-Steak tastes really good after not eating anything for three days.
-you eat more often than you think you’re eating (I almost put food in my mouth two or three times without thinking about it during my fast).
-even when you constantly are surrounded by the miraculous, God can still amaze you (more on that later).
-people can really believe in a cause to the point of ridiculous sacrifice.
-my lifegroup leader trusts me enough to have me take over while he’s busy.
-when I want to relax on a weekend, running 3rd camera works.
-God knows how to reinforce a decision I made and He’s great at it.
-I’m really happy when I get to lead.
-my favorite food is buffalo chicken.

Paul

…that it’s hard to change certain parts off a car with 150,000 miles; stuff rusts over time.
…that if I’m off at church on a weekend, I can wake up at 9:00 and give the girls a bath and ALMOST be on time for the 10:22 service.
…that if you forget to reconnect the right cable, your ABS won’t work on your car.
…that miracles do still happen and I’m a part of a community where they do.
…that my wife thinks I should use my computer not hers too ;).
…that I can create a regular feature on my blog that I can write on Sunday and post Monday morning.
…that making an abstract background for your twitter page that seamlessly tiles is harder than it seems–much harder.

Paul