Travel planning for family fun and finanace

Jul 25, 2009 in Personality

From August 4 to the 20 I’ll be taking the family to visit my wife’s parents in Ontario. In addition to all the fun family stuff, I plan to meet up with other web developers, technical communicators, musicians, worship leaders, and social media afficionados while I’m there.


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Pretty exciting stuff. Send me a private message if you have time to meet for coffee.

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Water my camels and I’ll water yours

Jul 16, 2009 in Personality

Last weekend I took my family on a trip to visit my friend Caleb who pastors a church in Port Alice, a village in North Vancouver Island. Along the drive up the coast I had a lot of time to think. My kids slept in the back seats, and my wife focused her eyes on the unexpected conditions of the road ahead as we joked about how dark it was. Then the thought hit me to pray for all my single friends, who drive this road alone or with friends, and don’t experience the unspeakable joy that comes with being (in my case) a husband and father.

I prayed for my friends that God would provide for them a suitable help-meet who would offer to water their camels. That picture stuck with me, and now I can’t get the idea out of my head. I shared my prayer with Caleb, who in turn brought the topic up when we went out for coffee with his friends. After explaining the idea to this group of young married couples, Caleb has taken off on the idea and I’m finding comments in his friends’ Facebook sites and everything. This is going viral!

If you’re really daring, please visit Caleb’s blog, The Almost Weekly Report and leave a comment that says that you are excited for the work he’s doing at Ocean View Church in Port Alice and that you prayed for him to find a wife who is willing to water his camels, and he willing to water hers.

Almost Weekly Report: that about sums it up

Almost Weekly Report: that about sums it up

In my next few posts I plan to expand on this idea in the hopes of eventually writing a book out out of it. I will provide links to different resources on marriage and family relationships that I have found especially helpful.

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Peace in the midst of chaos

Jun 05, 2009 in Philosophy

I love being busy. The bad part is that too often busy-ness involves more than a little chaos. Fortunately my wife told me about a dream she had while we were surrounded with our boxes of stuff packed for us while our home was restored after a dishwasher flood. When God is in the centre everything is peaceful in the midst of chaos.

Chung Family on Mother's Day

Chung Family on Mother's Day

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Internet—forever but not permanent

Feb 18, 2009 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

When I saw The Other Coast (image) comic strip in the paper this morning, I had to laugh. So much of today’s communications media: phone, text/SMS/MMS, email, TV, online publishing—are only available as long as there is enough storage to keep them. The Way-Back Machine on the Internet Archive helped me recover my Tablet PC Blogs posts in a jam, but if all the hard drives in the universe were full, what would have happened then?

In contrast to my post about what happens on the Internet living forever, I present the alternative view. My friend Wayne Radford, the self-proclaimed “King of Poco”, put this bug in my ear over lunch one rainy afternoon. The short version is that our online publishing efforts, though wide reaching, are only temporal.

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Don’t make your allergies my problem

Jan 18, 2009 in Personality, Philosophy

I love Joel Stein. In his article that concludes peanut allergies are an issue only in rich, lefty communities, he compares a recent medical report to a short story he wrote years ago about a severe allergy epidemic that crippled the future until it was discovered the symptoms were psychosomatic. Funny that he didn’t show it to anyone, because he usually says the very thing on everyone’s mind that they wouldn’t dare say in public. I myself have often wondered why in recent years it appears that everyone and their dog can be allergic to peanuts.

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Toy designer for hire

Jan 13, 2009 in Creativity, Personality

My younger son doesn’t have as many Transformer toys as his older brother. Because of this, he felt inclined to create his own Transformer model. This toy is so colourful, so powerful, uses every weapon and can transform into any vehicle mode.

Note to Hasbro: I am negotiating contract offers for this five-year-old toy designer, and his seven-year-old technical communicator brother. My contact information is below. Child labour is legal where I come from. LOL!

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Best. Christmas. Present. Ever.

Dec 30, 2008 in Creativity, Technology

Wow. Just about all I could say was “Wow.” My seven-year-old son gave me an awesome Christmas present that he packaged himself. Not only did he give me my favourite Transformer, Sunstreaker, who looks a lot like a Lambourghini or Ferrari Testarossa (I don’t know the difference), but he drew packaging to replicate the same logos that store-bought toys have.

Readers of my RSS feed may want to visit my site to see the pictures.

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