the stuff in my head https://blog.nickciske.com Mon, 15 May 2017 07:12:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I’m back. https://blog.nickciske.com/2010/04/20/im-back-2/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2010/04/20/im-back-2/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2010 04:25:57 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/?p=791 I’ve quit my job at Bethany Press (effective April 30th). It’s time to be my own boss and determine my own future.

I’m available for freelance and consulting work starting May 1st. Drop me an email if I can help you with your website, business, or digital marketing.

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I (heart) LOLCATS! https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/08/22/i-heart-lolcats/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/08/22/i-heart-lolcats/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:51:29 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/08/22/i-heart-lolcats/ They make me giggle inside like a little kid… and miss my kitties (one passed on, one is at my parents house due to the impending move).

Classic…

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128292588561683750puturmoneein.jpg Amen! 😉

128291727036683750isnoturbask.jpg Sooooo true.

i is elektrik I am electric… face to the sun… (Mike Pritzl – She Says Electric on Demonstrates Plastic And Elastic)

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Binary Knitting https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/07/25/binary-knitting/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/07/25/binary-knitting/#respond Wed, 25 Jul 2007 13:35:45 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/07/25/binary-knitting/ Kellypuffs' rendition of the Binary scarf from Knitty Winter 06

I continue to be amazed at what people use my Binary Encoder for…

How about a Binary scarf to keep you warm and geeky this winter?


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“The Secret” is not so secret https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/03/16/the-secret-is-not-so-secret/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/03/16/the-secret-is-not-so-secret/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2007 14:59:13 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/03/16/the-secret-is-not-so-secret/ Well, “The Secret” is out… and it’s not a secret, it’s just a genius marketing ploy.

Here’s the secret: The “Law” of Attraction. It’s been published and republished over the years… and “The Secret” is just the latest rehash.

Ask (the universe), Believe (it will give you anything you want), Receive (whatever you asked for). If you don’t get what you want… you did it wrong, or didn’t really believe, etc.

It’s a hoax, a lie, and in a new development… DEMONIC!

Following the phenomenal sales of The Secret edited by Rhonda Byrne, which itself was based on the film The Secret, now Esther and Jerry Hicks have come out with a DVD whose subtitle is The Secret Behind The Secret. Called Abraham, the name of the non-physical entity whom Esther channels, the DVD runs for three hours and focuses on the law of attraction, which is the deepest secret of The Secret. The DVD is available from Hay House ($39.95, 9781401919023/1401919022).

Just exactly what is a “non-physical entity” that channels itself through people? The Bible calls them demons…

The Secret piqued my curiosity, but in the end I knew there was no ‘secret.’ Don’t be fooled folks. The movie, the book, and anything these people say is just a lie wrapped in pseudo spiritual/scientific babble.

Oprah fell for it and told all her viewers to buy it… how sad.

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Man marries, stops blogging. News at eleven. https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/02/08/man-marries-stops-blogging-news-at-eleven/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/02/08/man-marries-stops-blogging-news-at-eleven/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2007 22:04:57 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2007/02/08/man-marries-stops-blogging-news-at-eleven/ Hey everybody… does anybody still read this?

So I got married in October… thus the lack of posts.

Not sure what else to say.

We got a Canon Digital Rebel XTI for Christmas. Woo! It’s a gorgeous camera.

Flying to India in a week. Yeah, it’s gonna be hot.

Ummm… That’s all I’ve got for now.

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1970 Asbury College Revival https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/10/04/1970-asbury-college-revival/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/10/04/1970-asbury-college-revival/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2006 21:58:17 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/10/04/1970-asbury-college-revival/ I stumbled across this video today, and it’s fascinating. I’ve heard stories of revivals… Brownsville, Toronto, etc. but this video about the Asbury revival of 1970 captures something more… it stirs my soul in way the ‘wild’ revival stories don’t.

They prayed, God moved, people responded, and it spread through everyday folks, not revival preachers.

How great is our God? 😉

In 1970, at Asbury College, in Wilmore, Kentucky; revival broke-out during a morning chapel service. Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, the president of Asbury College at the time, describes the revival in a sermon, mixed with actual footage.

1970 Asbury College Revival

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Haunting cover of “Hey Ya” https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/28/haunting-cover-of-hey-ya/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/28/haunting-cover-of-hey-ya/#comments Thu, 28 Sep 2006 16:18:34 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/28/haunting-cover-of-hey-ya/ I like this better than the original (see below).

Mat Weddle of Obadiah Parker – “Hey Ya” (Outkast Cover)

Here’s an MP3 for your iPod:

Read the lyrics.

I’m sitting here trying to figure out what Outkast is trying to say with “Hey Ya.”

He talks about sleeping around, the hookup culture, sex without connection, and thanks God that “Mom and Dad knew how to stay together.” Unlike the current generation (know for starter marriages and booty calls).

But the entire video is the very thing he seems to decry, or does he? Women are objectified, urged to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’ and guys are urged to be ‘ice cold’ – detached from their heart and soul.

It’s hard to say. Is it a subtle attack on the free sex culture, or a celebration of it?

Do people who ‘love’ this song realize what they are singing about? Or do they just like the catchy chorus and funky beat?

Even if now they treat sex as somethign that’s ‘no big deal,’ don’t weall want to find true love – the kind that is fathful and lasts forver. You know, a soulmate?

UPDATE
It’s funny. When I listen to the cover, I hear the ache and heartbreak over a culture gone too far. Over people in denial that they can just ‘fool around’ and not wreak havoc on their souls.

When I listen to the original, I hear/see a celebration of excess, casual sex, and objectification.

So what is the real message? Why does a different arrangement change it?
END UPDATE

Here’s the original video:

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The Art of the Possible https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/26/the-art-of-the-possible/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/26/the-art-of-the-possible/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:47:51 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/26/the-art-of-the-possible/ Can Eric Bonabeau’s Hunch Engine expand your mind?

According to the company’s publicity materials, the Hunch Engine is software that uses evolutionary algorithms to breed solutions to science, engineering, business, or design problems–solutions that no human mind could have predicted. Icosystem claims that evolutionary algorithms expose ideas to a kind of natural selection, allowing users to “reach beyond the limits of their imagination.” But the notion that serendipity might produce better results than thinking and planning left me suspicious. That was before I heard about the French letter carriers.

This dovetails nicely into ideas like Agile (iterative) Software design. In the past, software architects tried to design the entire software program before a line of code was written. The result was rarely what was needed.

Instead, Agile design writes code right away, and iteratively changes it, recoding as necessary, and rethinks the application as people use it and decide what they like and don’t like.

Nature does it everyday, why would we be so arrogant to assume we know better? Oh, yeah — we’re human. 😉

The Art of the Possible

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Another reason not to shop at Wal-Mart https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/another-reason-not-to-shop-at-wal-mart/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/another-reason-not-to-shop-at-wal-mart/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2006 16:36:29 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/another-reason-not-to-shop-at-wal-mart/

A Nashua man faces a felony reckless conduct charge after his gun discharged in a Wal-Mart bathroom, striking the ceiling and scaring an employee in the next stall.

Man’s gun fires in Wal-Mart bathroom

I bet it scared the *&%$ out of the other guy!

Yeah, I said it. 😉

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Dedication https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/dedication/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/dedication/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2006 16:25:51 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/09/08/dedication/ How dedicated are you? Are you willing to go to great lengths to achieve your goals?

Here’s an article about some highly dedicated crime lords. I know I wouldn’t have the dedication to do this:

Four prisoners in an
El Salvador jail hid cellphones, a phone charger and spare chips in their bowels so they could coordinate crimes from their cells, prison officials said on Wednesday.

The four men, all gang members, wrapped their phones and accessories in plastic and inserted them into their rectums “far enough to reach their intestines,” Ramon Arevalo, director of the maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.

Hey, I think your lower intestine is ringing…

Gross!

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The problem of hunger- is there a solution? https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/02/problem-of-hunger/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/02/problem-of-hunger/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2006 16:05:05 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/02/give-a-man-a-handout/ Give a man a handout… and he eats for a day. Teach him to farm and he (and his country) eats for a lifetime.

‘ We used to have a big farm – five hectares. We sold it one hectare at a time to pay to live. Now we can’t cultivate any more…We don’t have food because there is no-one to go and find food: my eldest children are dead. Before, I was able to work, but now we stay with hunger because there is nothing I can do. We miss our land.’

Milembe Mwandu, Shinyanga, Tanzania, April 2006

OxFam: Causing Hunger- an overview of the food crisis in Africa

A sobering report on the problem of starvation in Africa, and why after over four decades of trying to alleviate it, the situation may be actually be worse.

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How not to be search engine friendly https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/01/how-not-to-be-search-engine-friendly/ https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/01/how-not-to-be-search-engine-friendly/#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2006 14:08:27 +0000 https://blog.nickciske.com/2006/08/01/how-not-to-be-search-engine-friendly/ When you build a web site, especially an online store, it pays to be search engine friendly. This means that you make sure your site is easy to crawl, has a unique and descriptive title for each page, and that you use semantic markup to give the spider (search engine indexing program) clues as to what is important on your page.

What you do not want to do is feed the spider a special message saying you don’t want to be indexed… because this is what your Google listing looks like:

It appears an automatic system is trying to index this on-line …
It appears an automatic system is trying to index this on-line store. Currently, our resources do not permit this.

If you don’t want search engines to index your site, use a robots.txt file instead!

Here endeth the lesson.

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