October
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-10-31

On a whim tonight, I decided to cross something off my to-do list: move my old photos from my Gallery2 install to my flickr account.

One quick Google search later, I was wget’ing export-to-flickr to my hosting account. I had to setup an access key with the Flickr API, which was painless, and the modify a few settings in the export-gallery.php file so it would know where to find my Gallery2 files and such, but that was all there was to it. I did have trouble with some nested galleries though, so I had to go into my Flickr account and delete the uploads and start all over. Gallery2 made it easy to move all those sub-galleries to the top-level though, so it was pretty painless to fix once I realized what was going on.

It just took a couple hours to push the 1,700+ images from 28 different albums and it didn’t seem to strain the server at all while it was doing it. So if you need to move stuff to Flickr from Gallery2 – export-to-flickr is exactly what you’re looking for.

Oh yeah, you can see the old albums, now as Flickr sets in my Imported Collection.

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October
26
Filed Under (church, CITRT, Life) by Justin on 2007-10-26

I guess now is as good a time as any to let everyone know that Bonnie and I are planning to return to Moscow on another mission trip in the spring of 2008 if everything works out well. The current itinerary has our date of departure as March 20 and we’ll be home on March 31. That means we’re leaving less than five months from today.

We definitely have our work cut out for us as far as fund-raising is concerned. As of this moment, we have 11 confirmed team members, and at least five more are still considering it. One of those five is my dad! I really hope that he feels led to go, because I think it would be awesome to get to work alongside him. Our team leader currently has our goal set at $25,000, but that could easily go up beyond $30,000 if all the others decide to go.

I have no doubt it will happen – but it’s hard to see that far in to the future right now, especially with the holidays fast approaching. We have two events planned already: a yard/bake sale on Saturday, November 3 and our usual Poor Man’s Supper and Auction on Saturday, November 17.

Now, I know I have readers all over the United States, Canada, and probably other parts fo the world as well, so this is where you come in. I know you can’t attend our in-person fund-raising events, but you can still help in a couple of ways. First and foremost – pray. Pray for myself, Bonnie, and our entire team. We know that God has called us to this work and we want to be sure to stay in His will. The second thing you can do is give.[1] The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We don’t want you to donate anything that belongs in your church, but if God has blessed you, please do consider going over and above your tithe and support the work that God is doing in Moscow. If you’d rather give offline, just leave me a note and I’ll get in touch with you. Finally, talk it up! Help me spread the word! The more people we have praying, the better. Also, I’ve setup a Moscow Mission 2008 page on the Crestview website to take online donations. I know a lot of you have blogs, so post a quick note linking back to this page so folks can find this information.

I really hope that most of all, you will be in prayer for us. From our previous two trips, we can tell you that it does make a difference. I’ll be sure to continue posting updates as our plans solidify and as we get closer to departure time.

P.S. – Oh yeah, I selfishly tagged it with CITRT so it would end up in the Planet feed. 😀

[1] All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

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October
24
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-10-24

I just picked this out of my feed reader this morning, via Slashdot: Free IMAP on Gmail. I’m about to sign wantmoore.com up for GAfYD.

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October
19
Filed Under (Humor, TV) by Justin on 2007-10-19

I picked up Season One of “The Office” a few weeks ago and I have to say – I am hooked. I watched the Pilot episode earlier this week and tonight, I’ve watched four more. It’s absolute gold. I love the chemistry/tension between Jim and Pam. Something about the cinematography too just really sets the show apart. And yeah, it’s pretty funny too.

I can’t wait to grab the rest of the seasons and get caught up!

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October
18
Filed Under (Politics) by Justin on 2007-10-18

Got this from Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman in an email this morning:

A new Rasmussen poll is out today with Governor Huckabee at 18% among likely Iowa Caucus goers, with Fred Thompson at 19% and Mitt Romney at 25%. Governor Romney’s lead in Iowa is shrinking and we are in a virtual tie with Fred Thompson. We are also seeing separation from the rest of the field in Iowa. Rudy Giuliani is at 13% and John McCain is in single digits.

He’s quickly gaining traction, and so far, he’s done it with about 10% of the funding other “top-tier” candidates. What does that say? The issues hold merit on their own. For Huckabee to make such a strong showing at this point is slightly encouraging to me that a solid candidate does have a shot, even when they don’t have $25-million laying around. I was in a discusison with a few co-workers the other day about what a sad state we’re in when the US Presidency comes down to whoever has the most money to buy the most advertising. I know that there is indeed a direct link between money and power/politics, but still, I think it’s sad.

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October
16
Filed Under (CITRT, Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2007-10-16

I’m evaluating QmailToaster this week at work, specifically, QMT-ISO. If any of you are experienced with it – please do let me know. I’d like to pick your brain.

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October
16
Filed Under (Love, Peeps) by Justin on 2007-10-16

I really got in big trouble for not posting a “Happy Anniversary” note on here back on our third-anniversary, so I’m taking a few minutes right now before heading to the office to say…

Happy Birthday Bonnie!

I know that the last five years for you have been way better than the first 21, but I wish you many, many more. I love you!

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October
08
Filed Under (Humor) by Justin on 2007-10-08

This was forwarded to me from my wife. I even left in her smart little comment in the second paragraph. This is just another of example that “true things are the funniest”

Men Are Just Happier People. What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress: $5000; Tux rental: $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood, all the time!

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase (EXCEPT YOU JUSTIN HEHE). You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

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