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To Call 9-1-1 or Not to Call 9-1-1


picture of call 911

In the wake of the the shock and disbelief from what had just transpired in the USA on September 11, 2001, my heavy heart found great comfort in Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." The 91:1 of that reference and the date 9/11 made me think of something I had in my files about the emergency number 9-1-1. The day after those horrible events, I sent what I'm posting today, and people found it encouraging. As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday, I thought it would be good to read this again. Calling 9-1-1 is not the best option in some situations....

Emergency Numbers

(These emergency numbers may be dialed directly. No operator assistance is necessary.)

When in sorrow, call John 14.

When people fail you, call Psalm 27.

If you want to be fruitful, call John 15.

When you have sinned, call Psalm 51.

When you worry, call Matthew 6:19-34.

When you are in danger, call Psalm 91.

When God seems far away, call Psalm 139.
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The Latest Funny Signs


Some of my readers have come through with more funny sign pictures they have taken themselves or received from others. There's no real theme to the signs in today's post, so I'll just pass them along with some of my thoughts.

With not much funny lately in regards to the housing market in today's economy, here are several signs that we can find amusing.

picture of funny sign

picture of funny sign

Speaking of the economy, as if Starbucks isn't expensive enough already, are they even going to charge a "fee" now?!
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Back-to-School Books


What images do "back-to-school" and "books" bring to your mind? As a child, I was fairly nerdy, I guess, because I loved everything about going back to school — the smells of new pencils and erasers, covering my books, new clothes because I'd gotten several inches taller over the summer, seeing friends I'd missed all summer, etc. Our grandson Drew is very excited to be starting school for the first time. He will be going to K-4 one morning a week this year. We're eager to hear how he likes it.

picture of a book and an ebook

Do you love books? We do in our house. This summer I finally got the iPad2 I had been wanting so much. One of the many things I enjoy doing on it is reading books. I can check books out of our public library with an app called Overdrive. But there are also many ebooks available (is that an understatement?!). The Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free downloadable ebooks. I don't know if it's the novelty or the convenience, but I've probably done much more reading since acquiring my iPad. I'm sure many of my readers use eReaders of one sort or another. If so, please comment on your preferences.

Today's iv has two parts, a few good quotations I've accumulated about books and reading, followed by a short list of fictitious books about going back to school, for your amusement.

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." — attributed to Mark Twain

"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house." — Joe Ryan

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." — Bern Williams
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Do You Love or Hate Spell Check?


picture of spell check

Many computers and many programs come with built in spell check software. Sometimes it's a life saver, and other times it can be just plain annoying. I'm not a fan of Microsoft Word — it's just too "omniscient," pretending to know what I meant to do or want to do next. It indents when I have no desire to indent, and it corrects spellings I don't want corrected. For instance whenever I was typing in French, Word would add an apostrophe to the word dont ... until I finally went into the settings and changed a few things. Grr!

The iPod and iPad have spell check also, which can be especially irksome. If you don't touch the little x in the suggested spelling, it pops the suggestion into whatever you're typing. And some of the "corrections" are pretty lame. It wants to change my hometown of Fostoria to distorts!

Through the years I have received various versions of a poem about spell checkers. The poem cleverly shows how homonyms would fly under the radar of a spell checker since those words, though grammatically inappropriate, are spelled correctly.

As I did a bit of research today in preparation for this post, I discovered that the original version of the poem written in 1991 by Mark Eckman was much shorter:

I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC
It highlights for my review
Mistakes I cannot sea.

I ran this poem thru it
I'm sure your pleased to no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh
My checker told me sew.

When the poem was shown to Jerry Zar, he wrote the longer version seen below.

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
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How Reliable Is a GPS?


picture of GPS cartoon

Technology has made some wonderful tools available to us. One that is amazing to me is the GPS (Global Positioning System). Although I take our GPS more for granted now, once in a while I will think, "How does it know how close I am to that corner?!" Recently I updated the software on our GPS. I can't remember the exact numbers, but it took us from something like version 1.5 to 3.7. Since then, we have had much better results ... even finding the house of a friend who lives on a farm in the sticks!

There's quite a wide range of prices and features in GPS's. Here's a funny cartoon I saw on xkcd.com (standard disclaimers apply) that pokes fun at cheap GPS's.

picture of cartoon about a cheap GPS

But GPS's still make their share of mistakes. Some of them, apparently, lead to the same wrong destinations frequently. Here are some pictures of signs that seem to prove that. Some are commercially made, others homemade.

picture of sign about GPS

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