This is a favorite of my kids…

In an age where boys sit on the couch, play video games and eat crap, this book is a breath of fresh air. Literally, boys will go outside. This book is so dangerous because it lets boys be boys, not the mamby-pamby, effeminate, androgynous version of what our politically-correct culture foists on us.

I purchased A Dangerous Book for Boys last week for my son…and I. This is going to be a fun summer!

I pray that this will be a summer of bruised knees, courage, and exploration.

Thanks CoffeeSwirls!

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I have recently (twice in the last month) played “Settlers of Catan” (and wiki). It is an amazingly-fun game!

Quickly, it is a role-playing game that is a mix of “Risk” “Monopoly” and “The Game of Life.”

Strategy, negotiation, resource allocation, intrigue…it has it all!

It can take as long as Risk and Monopoly (I guess), but it hasn’t in my experience. One cool aspect of the game is that the board is unique each time it is played!

I have never played one of the “Sim” games, but I imagine it is a board-game version of that genre.

Check it out!

(BTW: for alternate or shorter versions of Monopoly, check out Seth’s page here.)

Another lo-fi game we like to play with our children is called “Pass the Pigs.” It is like playing craps with swine! It forces them to do addition quickly in their heads, and it is buckets ‘o fun.

Game on!

My church played this message at our Good Friday service.

Titus2Talk has a very funny/true post about the change in parents/parenting with the addition of each additional child to the mix.

Nature/nurture debaters listen up: anyone who tells you that the nurture environment within a family is the same for all children, read this!

Let me assure you, Tigger makes herself known.

This stands for “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven.”

What is that, you say?

  1. A Book by Mark Cahill.
  2. Sharing the Gospel with an unbeliever.

Mark was at my church tonight presenting the biblical basis for, and sharing practical tools so that every believer in Jesus Christ can share the Gospel as a way of life.

He shared that while being a witness for Christ there are only three outcomes:

  1. The person believes on Jesus Christ by faith for the forgiveness of sins; this is GOOD ~ eternal life for them & joy for you.
  2. The person does not believe, but a seed is planted; this is GOOD ~ a seed is planted & joy for you.
  3. The person rejects the good news, Jesus Christ and/or even you; according to 1 Peter 4:14 and Matthew 5:10-12 this is GOOD ~ reward for you in heaven.

The only time the sharing your faith is bad is when you do not do it.

Evangelism by all believers is not relegated to a few…with a special gift, but is a command to all believers (Matthew 28:18-20). Not sharing one’s faith is disobedience to Jesus Christ – it is a sin of omission.

I have not ever been active in sharing my faith in Christ; not only have I been disobeying my Lord, but I have not been living up to my Christ-justifying potential:

“and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”

Philemon 1:6

LORD Jesus Christ, forgive my faithlessness.

Here is the lead-in to an article published over at OpinionJournal.com (registration required):

$34.06 an Hour

That’s how much the average public school teachers makes. Is that “underpaid”?
BY JAY P. GREENE AND MARCUS A. WINTERS
Friday, February 2, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
Who, on average, is better paid–public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty or technical worker.

Being that my wife is a [former public school] teacher along with most of her family and I am an architect primarily serving public schools clientele, this stings.

Read the rest of the article here.

It seems that with every other profession, compensation is directly proportional to productivity. Not in public schools.

And don’t even bring that up at family gatherings. Or client meetings.

The real question that should be asked is: who is responsible for the education of my chldren? (Emphasis emphasized for a reason: wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

This site outlines some metrics not often discussed about the two Superbowl XLI teams, such as Salary per Yard, Salary per Touchdown and others.

Receiving Report

Rushing Report

Passing Report

Defense Report

These reports may answer some questions like: Who is the best passer/rusher/receiver or defender for the money?

These reports are nice, interactive analysis tools.

Enjoy!

  • Peyton Manning can’t win the big games. (CHECK vs. KC, Baltimore, NE & Chicago.)
  • Peyton Manning (like Marino) is one of the best quarterbacks to never win the Superbowl. (Monkey jettisoned.)
  • We’ll get’em next year. (Maybe, since we are beginning the next dynasty).
  • The Colts have a good offense, but they have one of the worst defenses (especially against the run) in all of the NFL. (See highlights from any post-season game.)
  • “Dome” teams don’t play well in Superbowls. (Huh?)
  • “Dome” teams don’t play well in incliment weather. (Did any notice how much it rained during XLI?)

Any others?

Superbowl XLI Game Stats here.

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