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I used to post everything in this blog, but now I will leave this to small posts, and put the rest in dedicated pages in special places on my site.

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Good-bye New York and Hello Tennessee!

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I'm moving from Western New York to the Knoxville area. Not much else to say, other than I am looking forward to the move. Knoxville is a wonderful place.

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 19:18:13 -0500

Celebrities People Say I Look Like

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From what friends and family tell me, I'm something of a cross between Henry Cavill and Zach Levi

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 23:04:51 -0500
Despite the regal armor

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 23:04:11 -0500

Who is the King of Glory?

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7Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
8Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
9Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
10Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory!

Psalms 24: 7-10

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 22:17:31 -0500

Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 2:9-10

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9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:48:15 -0400

A Thought About Video Games

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Video games are a waste of time, but only if you use them to replace real-life adventure, and not to lightly supplement it, which is proper.

We, as humans and children of God, were made to experience real adventure in real life. Video games can be good, when used to bond with friends and family, or to expand your imagination, or just to have appropriate and right fun. Keep them in their right place. Do not put them above real life in most any sense. Like so much of technology we have developed this and the last century, the battle comes with using the tech for good and not letting it control you.

Good Games

Here's some good games that respect your time and come to mind.

Honorable mentions to Mount & Blade, the new DOOM games, and Portal. All of these I've played a bit and enjoyed, but haven't gotten the full experience that has caused my friends/family to gush over them.

I reccomend getting games through GOG, or through just downloading them off Searx Results. I'll probably do a Wine tutorial soon, as I've gotten experienced getting these all to work on Linux. It's not as hard as some might have you believe.

God Bless!

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 14:14:09 -0400

The Proper Way to Surf the Internet

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Our modern consumerist society is so forgetful! Silly us ๐Ÿ™„. Sure we have forgotten the Faith of our Fathers, our Christian Heritage, and given into hedonism and child sacrifice1, but we're actually even dumber than that. We've forgotten how to browse the internet properly!

Back in the day, probably 1990 - 2005, The internet was made up of fun, personal sites like mine. They had a quirky rainbow colorscheme and lots of fun gifs2 like these.

There was no Twitter or Instagram to worry about being banned from, or to censor what you see. It was all free! Nowadays you have to make active decisions to use the internet like you're back in it's Golden Age.

Picking a Browser

Do you want my professional opinion? As an internet veteran and zoomer, my choice of browser is Brave, hands down. It has built in ad-block, tracking protection, and support for all Google Chrome Extensions. Plus, it is fast and grandma-friendly.

If you're hating on the Brave train for whatever reason, or maybe you're a Firefox kind of guy, Waterfox is good as well. Waterfox is basically just Firefox, but stripped of all the junk that Mozilla puts in regular Firefox.

Privacy

But whatever you do, don't use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. They are basically spy-ware programs that second as web browsers. Have I gone totally nutso? No, Google's business model is collecting user data for analytics. Here is an article from Google on how they collect data from you.

If you claim to not care about being spied on, then you're your own person and I can't stop you. You can go right ahead and live the rest of your life within the approved opinions and lifestyles of your corporate overlords, all while they know more about you than your closest friends and family. But you give up nothing to switch from Chrome to Brave and you gain so much.

Switching Search Engines to Searx

Searx is the best search engine out there right now. What makes Searx different, is that it is an open source program that anyone can host. This means that you can know3 that Searx doesn't censor the results, and that if an instance of Searx is blocked or gets shut down, you can go to a different site that runs Searx.

In addition to being censorship free, it also has a lot of great features too, like being able to sort by many different categories, and getting RSS feeds for results.

To switch to it in Brave, type in brave://settings/searchEngines in the URL bar. Then click on the Add button, and paste this in the corresponding boxes:

The process should look like this โฌ‡๏ธ.

Having an uncensored, ad-free browser will change more than you can imagine. It is like seeing the internet for the first time. Priority is not given to big, chunky sites who buy ad-space. Now little sites have just as much of a chance to shine, if they have what you're looking for.

All Your Notifications in One Place with RSS

If you use the internet, chances are you have an account for each social media site you want to check. That's how you keep up with the net, and it's probably all you've ever known. But believe it or not, there's a far better way to keep up with everything and everyone on the web. And you do it all with RSS feeds.

This symbol right here is gonna be the most important symbol for you as you browse the internet. You've probably seen this symbol on my homepage.

What these symbols link too is RSS feeds. When you click on one, you'll probably just get a bunch of gobble-dee-goop. That's because you're not supposed to view those files in your browser. You're supposed to copy those links and paste them into an RSS reader.

An RSS reader is the program you'll be using to receive, read, and open all the feeds you'll get. Here are the RSS readers I recommend.

Each program will work different (newsboat users see here), but basically, copy the url for the RSS feed you want (from the icon ) and paste it in, and the program will take care of delivering you updates. It's that easy. My RSS link is https://lukebubar.xyz/rss.xml. That's how you do it. Most small sites that have RSS will display that symbol on their front page.

Using RSS Feeds with Social Media

A lot of social media sites hide how to use RSS for their sites, so I will show you how.

RSS Bridge: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc.

RSS Bridge is your one-stop-shop for RSS feeds on major sites. Just click show more under the site you want to use it in, fill out the form, and click the Mrss button. Copy the link to the page it gives you into your RSS Reader and you are good to go!

Twitter

Use Nitter, and for each Twitter account, you'll see the RSS icon in the top right (second from the left). For example, for Donald Trump's RSS feed, the link is https://nitter.net/realDonaldTrump/rss If Nitter.net is blocked on your school internet or whatever, you can use any one of the other instances.

YouTube

YouTube.com still supports RSS, but they don't display it. To get an RSS feed from a YouTube Channel, go to their main channel page and look at the URL. For instance, if we go to Metatron's YouTube channel, we see this URL in the URL bar: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIjGKyrdT4Gja0VLO40RlOw. We then take the channel ID at the end (Metatron's is UCIjGKyrdT4Gja0VLO40RlOw), and add it to the end of this url stump: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=. So then, Metatron's RSS link is: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCIjGKyrdT4Gja0VLO40RlOw

If you go to a bigger channel you want to subscribe to, say PewDiePie's channel, you will not see the channel ID in the URL bar. It will instead show something like this: https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie. To find the channel ID, View the Page Source (ctrl+U on most web browsers), then search (ctrl+F) for og:url, and there you will find the channel link with the Channel ID, which you can use for the RSS link.

More RSS info

Here is another good source for figuring out RSS feeds.

Switching DNS Servers

I'll defer this section to this page from 1.1.1.1 The TL;DR is that default DNS servers that come with your internet service provider are slow and sell your data. Switching to 1.1.1.1 is a win-win, as it is faster and doesn't sell your data. They have instructions on the bottom of the page on how to switch on all your devices.

I will say, for Linux, if you don't know how your networks are managed, you're probably using Network Manager. To change DNS servers, simply run nmtui in the terminal, select Edit a connection, select the connection you want to change, select Edit, select Show for IPV4, and add 1.1.1.1 to the DNS server list.

Blocking Junk (P*rnography, Ads, etc).

Unfortunately, this will not work on mobile devices. Another reason to stop using them. Perhaps in the future I will make a tutorial on how to run a legit DNS server of your own, but until then, here's how to do it on computers.

It is actually rather easy to block sites on your computer, be it Windows, Mac, or Linux based. Simply copy the content of this file, and paste it into your hosts file. This file is found at /etc/hosts on Linux and Mac, and at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts on Windows. Keep in mind, this will block sites like Facebook and Google, because these are legitimately spy-ware sites. If you can't live without Facebook, you can just delete all the lines that have facebook in them

Here's a good video that shows this technique in action.

Conclusion

These changes should let you browse a faster, less cluttered, and more privacy respecting internet. Enjoy, and GOD Bless!

Footnotes

1 Abortion is government subsidized child sacrifice, at least here in USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. The more you know ๐ŸŒˆ.

2 Go to Gif Cities to find all the fun and cute gifs you could want!

3 This is more or less true. The nature of the beast is, the servers you use and go to on the internet are someone else's. You don't know if someone is logging every time you visit your site and tracking how you use it. But with Searx, you can at least see the source code, and even if you can't read it, you know that people who can have their eyes on it and know that searx itself doesn't spy or censor.

4 Here is a great video about why you should ditch the phone habit.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 13:46:27 -0400

Empty Your Mind of the Bad

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.1
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,2
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.3

Introduction

The modern world is to full of meaningless and wicked distractions. That is what video games, movies, songs, books, the news, etc. have become, and it is what social media always was. As Ted Kaczynski points out in paragraph 147 of his famous 1995 manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future,

"Entertainment provides modern man with an essential means of escape. While absorbed in television, videos, etc., he can forget stress, anxiety, frustration, dissatisfaction." Many primitive peoples, when they don't have work to do, are quite happy to sit for hours at a time doing nothing at all, because they are at peace with themselves and their world. But most modern people must be constantly occupied or entertained, otherwise they get "bored," i.e., they get fidgety, uneasy, irritable."
While I do not believe people literally sat still, doing or thinking of nothing for hours, Kaczynski is correct in stating that they did not have to be preoccupied with something. Having quiet moments to one's self to think, pray, and consider what is best to do next (like exercise or enjoy a hobby like woodworking) are things that pre-industrial peoples did daily, and things that we are lucky to have done annually.

Social Media & Snapchat

Snapchat is one of the worst offenders in this day and age of being wicked content for consumption, although the following mostly applies to Instagram as well. The main appeals for one (usually in high school or college) to install Snapchat (or Instagram) are sexual and social.

Snapchat and Instagram have a duopoly as being the place all your friends will post all the quirky and wacky shenanigans that happen throughout the day. Nearly all young people have some sort of social anxiety (which is worsened by apps like this), so they do not want to miss out on anything. Thus leading them to spend hours catching up on what restaurants their "friends4" went to (and worrying why they themselves weren't invited).

As a primal instinct, men love to look at sexually attractive women, and women love attention for their sexual attractiveness. This is not sinful. God created sex and sexual attractiveness as a gift for both man and woman5.

However, Social Media Corporations pervert this God-given gift for money. Snapchat is more exciting than texting for young males, because every message is a picture, meant to be a selfie. And if they snap a girl their age for long enough (encouraged through snap streaks), then eventually they will get an arousing picture. Young women are aware of this power and use it for attention and status, by being able to snap the most popular guys.

One might state, "These aspects of the sexual dynamic are not exclusive to social media at all." This is true, but it encourages it in a negative way. In the world before social media had taken over (approx. 2005 and earlier), if a young man was attracted to a young women, and, assuming they live in a society where rape is illegal and recognised truthfully as wrong, he must spend time with her and win her affection. He must show charisma, compassion, and generosity for her, which slowly grows with their relationship, as well as demonstrate competancy, strength, and valor. For the man to continue his pursuit of this young lady, she must return his affection with a similarly crescendoing loyalty and respect, and she must demonstrate grace, beauty, and purity.

All of this is taken away with Social Media. All forms of intimacy, mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, are lost for an ingenuous dopamine rush.

Aside: Medieval Marriage

As an aside, many a modern man's conception of Medieval Marriage is all wrong. I was taught in school that it was loveless and political and socio-economical in nature only. While some marriages were purely political (especially towards the end of the middle ages) such as the marriage 6 of Ferdinand II of Aragon 7 to Isabella of Castile to unite Spain, historically we cannot say that this was the case throughout.

Even my high school history teachers (who taught me that medieval marriage was loveless) cannot argue that Theology was extremely important to Medieval culture and living. The Medieval theology, even to my surprise, held marriage and the love between a man and a woman in such high regard. I must recommend Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages by Fabian Parmisano. Parmisano goes into much greater detail than I ever could.

The union between husband and wife is also amiable, a word which connotes 'friendship', 'love', 'delight', and so much more to Oresme's thinking, as is evident from his long and engaging explication of it.

His text reads that men and women marry not only that they might survive and live but that they might be more fully (bien estre) and live a better life (bien vivre). 8

Here is a word from St. Bonaventure, also included in the same article.
Man and woman, according to the nature and properties of their respective sexes, were so made that they might he united to one another and thus have rest and support in and through each other. Because, therefore, man and woman are joined to each other by a strong and singular bond (forti vinculo et singulari) , one sex was produced from another. Because that union gives man rest (dat viro quietationem) the woman was taken from man while he slept. Because a man is a woman's strength and support it is said that the woman was made from his bone. And because in all these things there is a certain equality in a shared society (quaedam aequalitas mutuae societatis), the woman was taken not from any old bone, but from the man's rib and from his side. 9

Let these examples serve as a reminder of what we have been distraced from this Age, and give hope that we can have it again.

Brief Conclusion

This lengthy post warrants a second part, but for now I leave you with this.

Footnotes

1 Philippians 4:8 KJV

2 2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV

3 Psalm 101:3 NASB

4 A few of the people young folk follow on social media may be real friends, but it is common for them to have hundreds or even thousands of followers. While some of these thousands may be celebrities or meme/interest accounts, not real people, it is encouraged and still common to follow anyone and everyone you have met in real life.

5 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:24-25 KJV

6 They lived in seperate palaces.

7 Look at this nerd.

8 Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages: Page 3

9 Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages: Page 9

10 Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in lifeโ€”this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 NLT

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:21:43 -0400

Why Reddit is such an awful website

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Reddit is awful. If you've ever used it for an extended period of time, you know it. But why just Reddit? It's not just Reddit, truth be told. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, etc. are just as bad, but they will warrant their own discussion.

Reddit, for those who don't know, is an image/text board website where users post pictures/text/links/videos on various "subreddits", which are based on different topics of interest. User interaction usually just involves commenting, voting, and giving awards like Reddit Gold and Reddit Silver, which are basically just little stickers that the giver has to pay a couple dollars for.

But what is so wrong about it? For one, there are pornographic sections, which automatically makes it an evil website. But even disregarding the porn, Redditors (reddit users) are among the most obnoxious, hive-minded, nitpicking losers on the internet. The moderators are more strict than puritan grandmas on what people post on their subreddits.

Did you just post a Minecraft meme on the Minecraft subreddit??
banned.
Sorry idiot, that goes on the Minecraft Memes subreddit. Now your account is locked for 30 days.

There is no personal content on reddit. If you want to get upvotes and the precious Reddit Gold, you have to post whatever is popular, mainstream, or conforming. Nearly all the subreddits reject God, Christian Values, and Freedom. They relentlessly mock anyone they deem to be right of them.

Not only does this stifle any legitimate conversation on reddit, it also makes sure that any memes that go up on there are dryer than Penny's Chicken.

Rather than be what the internet should, which is millions of people interacting, Reddit is truly soulless and impersonal. It is designed to farm dumb memes out of people who want fake internet points, and feed those memes to people to consume for hours in order to generate advertisement revenue.

You might ask, "But surely, there are some good subreddits?" And yes, there were good subreddits, but they were all banned. r/The_Donald is one of the worst examples. It was a fine subreddit dedicated to our fearless Boomer Commander-in-Chief, President Trump. You can look up the official reason for the ban if you want, but it is meaningless garble. They wanted to censor any right-wing voices, so they did when they saw the opportunity.

In reality, Reddit was rigged from the start.

Reddit is garbage and it's only getting worse. If you want to put stuff out on the internet the right way, get a website like me ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:58:37 -0400

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 45:22-25

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23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:52:56 -0400

Thoughts 8/17

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If you had a friend named Ming who just made a mistake, you could say "Why Oh Why Oh Ming"

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 11:57:31 -0400

Fresh Start at Carson-Newman

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This Fall I will not be returning to Grove City College, where I started as a mechanical engineering undergraduate, and instead I will be going to Carson-Newman University as a computer science undergrad.

To all Grovers reading this, enjoy the new semester! If you'd like to keep in touch, feel free to email me (don't use my gcc email, as they'll deactivate that any day now.)

To any Eagles reading this, I'm excited to join you with all the beauty of the Smokies and Tennessee River! See you in a week!

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:59:31 -0400

TRON: Legacy is one of the greatest films ever made

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I might be a little hyped on it because I just saw it, but I regard it as an excellent movie that was beautiful, peaked my sense of wonder, and had good meaning.

Here is one of my favourite quotes from the movie (spoiler free).

The thing about perfection is that it's unknowable. It's impossible but it's also right in front of us all the time.
While it is untrue that perfection is impossible, it was impossible for Utopia to be created by man in the Grid. Perfection is only possible through God, and through Christ, but not through Man. That is one of the key themes of this movie; except, of course, they can not give glory to God in a Hollywood Movie. That being said, the movie, as an example of art that has surpassed the artist's intentions, reminded me of God's Glory and Wisdom implicitly. God is perfect. God is unknowable (fully). God is impossible by our flawed human understanding. And yet, God is right in front of us the whole time.

On top of that the combat is cutting, brutal and on the bleeding edge of style, and the aesthetic of the created world of the Grid is a beauty to behold.

Other all-time favourites that I've seen recently are the original six Star Wars Movies and the How To Train Your Dragon Movies.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:27:06 -0400

I Deleted My Instagram

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I finally deleted my Instagram. It is a useless time-waste of a site with no redeeming value. The following is a true story of the only cool thing that happened on Instagram:

To Catch a 'Stein

It was another early August day at Grove City College. I, like most of my peers, peddled along in the endless rat-race that was the epitome of our world's decided atheistic industrial lifestyle. But Ho! What's this? Jeffery Epstein is dead!?

It was true. The nefarious and notorious international pedophile Jeffery Epstein was killed by a supposed suicide.

"What glorious news!", I exclaimed. "Another pedophile to fuel the flames of hell, and keep them hot for many of his co-conspirators!"

And though it is true that there are numerous people known to have associated with Jeff Epstein, we do not, and may never (this side of heaven), have a conclusive list of people who have conspired with Epstein. On a totally unrelated note, here is a non-exhaustive list of his prominent associates, from decades past as well as up to the day he died.

But alas, those co-conspirators (the ones still alive) have escaped judgement for now, as Epstein's premature death has prevented any further testimony against them. I made an epic post exposing Epstein, when the satanic soy-devs at Instagram shadow-banned my post!

Since I didn't have this wonderful website yet, I was forced to make yet another post explaining my predicament.

insta_gay

I was checking Instagram like mad that day, along with my great friend Koen, who was equally excited at this Insta-scandal, and what followed would only seem possible in a dream. An actor had liked my post, but not some sleazy and lame Hollywood1 actor, but a really good actor who was in a really good movie. It was Daniel Logan, actor for the young Boba Fett in, what some consider to be, one of the greatest films of all time (and unironically one of my personal favourites) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

like He is @instadaniellogan logan Boba Fett

That was all completely unexpected but also kind of wholesome. He is married with a child right now which is very wholesome, and it was epic of him to like my post. Now that my account is gone, This awesome event should live on here on my personal website.

1) Pedowood

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:09:35 -0400

Were the medieval serfs slaves?

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Asking this question makes you think of what it really means to be a slave. From what I've read, serfs had it alright. This is an excerpt from A Concise Survey of Western Civilization.

Medieval serfs had servile status, but not as low as that of slaves. They were legally connected or bound to the land of their lords. Serfs had few rights to make decisions about their own lives (such as choice of marriage partners or where to live.) They owed obedience, some work (on the lord's land or on roads or castles), and dues (usually payments in forms of portions of their crops) to the seigneurs who legally possessed the land. Peasants thus paid for knights' expensive armor, horses and castles. These burdens kept them poor from generation to generation. Nevertheless, serfs did benefit from having use of the land as long as they fulfilled their customary obligations. Serfs depended on their lords for justice and defense and relied on the parish church for salvation.
I am not particularly endorsing this book however.

It was required reading for a history class I took, and the professor said he would've preferred if we did not have to read it. Even in that excerpt he says some smooth-brain things. For instance, saying that serfs relied on their local church for salvation is like saying that people rely on physics professors from their local university for gravity to work. Any person who knows even a little about Christian Theology knows that salvation comes from God. Jeremiah 3:26 is a fine example, but it is stated in both the Old and New Testaments too many times to count. The worst part is that the author of this textbook, Brian Pavlac, is an ordained priest. If you read the rest of the textbook it would not seem that he had even a rudimentary belief in God.

Even so, serfdom seems a far cry from slavery, yet I can't yet make a definitive statement because of my lack of knowledge. My gut tells me that it wasn't so bad as what I learned in high school, my teachers in which loved to slam the middle ages. The topic of serfdom deserves more research (from better sources) on my part.

I also would love to hear from you guys. I have no idea who even reads this or if anyone does, but if you are, send me your thoughts as well as some sources and things to read. I would love to read some (translated) primary sources from the time of serfdom, if any are available. Shoot me an email with any of that stuff.

On a personal note, depending on when you are reading this, I have a final exam on July 11, 2020, and prayers would be greatly appreciated! God bless!

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:07:00 -0400

Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 2:24

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The site is back up!

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Hey y'all! While I was visiting family in Tennessee this past week, my ISP changed my changed my IP address, which essentially broke the website. If you have any tips on how to avoid this from happening without paying for a permanent IP address, shoot me an email. Even if it doesn't get fixed, it wouldn't be a big deal, since IPs usually only get changed every few months or so.

My class load is way lighter than it was a couple weeks ago, so I should have more time to work on this site as well as some other projects. One thing I want to implement is an RSS Feed, which will allow anyone to get notifications when I upload a new post.

God be with you all and enjoy the nice weather!

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:00:34 -0400

St. Augustine on Philosophy (quote)

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Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of this world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

- Book III of Confessions by St. Augustine. 400 A.D. Sat, 30 May 2020 15:44:19 -0400

Quote of the Day

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Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.

- C.S. Lewis, from The Great Divorce

Mon, 25 May 2020 23:49:31 -0400

Verse of the Day: Jude 1:24-25

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1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Tue, 19 May 2020 13:43:30 -0400

Hot New Corona Activity

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Get in the car on a sunny day and just drive. Drive and let your whimsy guide you until you find a park or a rural town and just take a walk.

An old-school adventure is alien in today's world, but the call should not be ignored.

Use caution, bring a friend if you want, and bask in the glory of creation.

Fri, 15 May 2020 16:32:15 -0400

Verse of the Day: Romans 8:1-2

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Video Games are supposed to be fun... so why can they be such a pain

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If you didn't already hear, Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) is getting its last major content update soon. While there will still be people that play it, myself included, the game will eventually fall into a state of obscurity as player numbers dwindle and new, shinier games come out.

This is no surprise. It is how games have been since the beginning, and that is the problem. Video games are such a disposable medium, unlike any other form of art, and there is no reason for that to be. There are however, a few reasons why video games have a hard time staying around.

Unfortunately, video games are designed with, and only with, running on the most popular hardware at the time of release. The only way to play "Super Mario Bros." as the developers intended, would be to buy an original NES with an original copy of the game. Something like that could cost you $200 on Ebay with limited supply. Video games are not the only medium plagued with obsolescence. Language barriers exist in all forms of art with written or sounded speech, and the only way to enjoy a painting as the original painter intended, would be to see the original work, which could be in a crowded museum on the other end of the world, after the paint has already faded from one thousand years of wear. Video games, however, are the only form of media with deliberate obsolescence.

The vast majority of video games today are distributed digitally, on platforms with always-online requirements, digital rights managements, and more. Some of these problems come in the games themselves too. Multi-player video games come out with no support for self-hosting matches at all. When EA shuts down the servers for Battlefront (2015) and Battlefront II (2017), there will be no way to play those games as they were intended without illegally modifying them.

Regardless of how they were meant to be played, emulating with shared ROMs is illegal as well. In order to play the game legally, even with an emulator, you require a physical copy of the game (which is in limited supply), and the means to load the content of your disc or, even worse, proprietary cartridge, to your PC.

To read the complete works of William Shakespeare, one need only purchase the copies of his plays, or download the public-domain plays for free. There is no way to play the complete works of Hideo Kojima legitimately. The Silent Hills playable trailer, "P.T.", cannot be played anymore. The rest of his works require at least six game consoles and a PC and the purchase of 17 games.

Some solutions include requiring the source code on every game ~10 years old being released to the public domain. The developers would lose hardly any sales, and the game could be patched to work on modern hardware. The games' code could be made open source originally, with only the map files or voice lines being required to be purchased. Since these are required for the complete game, the developer would not lose out on sales, and the game could be ported to work for more people.

Playing a video game, no matter how old it is or what system it was designed for, shouldn't be such a chore. And it shouldn't be such a pain to get any game working the way we want it. Maybe this is a sign that I should start reading more. lol.

Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:51:20 -0400

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