Don’t waste……………your mugging!

I heard John Piper tell a story in a message today from his “Don’t Waste Your Life Conference” based on the Julio Diaz story…

Apparently the guy’s a social worker and, like all chronic Bachelors, frequents a particular diner for his evening meal on the way back from work on Fridays. On this day, he was ambushed by a would-be mugger. Rather than attempt to struggle, Diaz proceeded to offer his coat, and then dinner to the teenager.

Ultimately, we do not know what happened to the teenager, but I dare say the uncommon show of empathy would have struck a cord in the would-be mugger’s life.

Guess the moral of the story is that even something as potentially dangerous as a mugging could be a chance to make demonstrate the principles of Christ in the real world..

You can read the full story here on the NPR site.

Enjoy this LightHouse family song.. Forever You and Me/ High

And so the elusive 19th runs away….. Yet again!!!!

Guess its finally over now…. Liverpool’s bid for the elusive 19th title has finally imploded, left limping by a collection of draws at home against the stoke citys, fulhams, Hull Citys and co this season, the final blow to severe the jugular seems to have been struck yesterday.. And for good measure, it had to come from an ex-Liverpool player from the Blue half of Manchester……

That leaves the Champions League to look towards — and with the kind of form Barca were in until this weekend, a Real Madrid finally getting into their stride and a host of other decent teams still in with a shout, it could be another long trek back home without any silverware. This summer the Yanks, Rafa, Parry and everyone at this football club needs to take a long hard look at how the season turned out. In a season that was ours for the taking, we imploded in January and handed the initiative to the Mancs….

As my friend Puksi, an Arsenal fan said, maybe we should just content ouselves with winning the titles in Football Manager, cos in the real world the gulf is way too big…….

Gaining weight — What options?

Is it “un-African” to be a slim girl? I ask because I was talking to an old friend of mine a couple of days ago. She’d seen a picture of moi on FB with like 10 kg extra from my suffering University years and was lamenting that she had stayed the same weight over all the years..

Apparently the big issue was that at some Houston party, some dude tried to “toast” her by saying she looked like his younger sister who was still in High School.. Quite rightly, my friend was indignant especially considering she’s 28ish at the moment and the dude in question was barely out of college. Her solution to that is that she needs to bulk up and “push out a bit of hips n backassi” to “look slightly like my ancestors”. Unfortunately, I have acquired a reputation for dispensing advice (although I don’t take my own advice), so her question was what options did she have for bulking up…

Personally i feel she’s ok…. She 5′-10″ and weighs 142 pounds.. Guess that works out to a BMI of about 20ish……. So blogsville people, what are her options??????

Edit… As GNG pointed out its 142 lbs not stone!

Game Theory.. And the age old question of the comode seat…

Nefertiti’s Journal of an angry woman post a few weeks back raised the issue of comode seats and the age old flashpoint of dudes who do not lower it after use……. It reminded me of something I’d seen on the internet a whiles back, where an Indian Economist, Hammad Siddiqi, took Game Theory, and applied it to this problem…..

His conclusions? For dudes, leaving the seat down is an “inefficient operation” which provides the justification for them not wanting to do it, even if it takes a nano-second of their lives. For girls, its a “trembling hand perfect equilibrium”… ie they may assume that it will happen, but in reality it has a low probability of occurence……

If you fancy some analytical economics and some abstract mathematics, you can follow his analysis on the Science Creative Quarterly here.

V-Day Blues…….

So I spent V-Day at home, with a tall glass of milk (make that several), a pack of tortilla chips flavored with some hot sauce (i forget the name) from Marks and Spencer, alternating between playing FM2009 on my laptop, popping into Facebook from time to time and trawling blogsville for the slightest attempt of a post by anyone that i hadn’t commented on whilst making sure to avoid all the mushy Hollywood guy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love make believe sold as movies to the unsuspecting… Given that meant my books were left unattended to for a whole day, (unthinkable – considering i shelled out 13k pounds before the pound went into freefall that is) it might have counted as a day completely wasted…

But then there were some positives.. Someone (i’m not a magician so i don’t know who you are) sent me an anonymous SMS via Nokia’s attempt to latch on to the V-Day ethos. It probably gave a welcome boost to my battered morale after reading the very sad tales of V-Day a couple of peeps spawned on blogsville…..The only downside to that is its so subtle that its downright unusable…Barring my ability to hire a prophet, i’ll be unable to find out who sent it in the first place so its pretty much useless anyways… But then i digress…..

The dudes in my flat somehow got together, the discussion slowly gathered pace and soon we had the place rocking to our throaty laughter whilst everyone pretended to be an “expert” on why dudes and girls are sooooooo different….And how our wintry V-Day was or wasn’t the worst in our lives to date… Another plus of course, especially in the climate of the credit crunch, was that there was zero cost associated with this V-Day.. Cheap maybe, but then it takes two to tango doesn’t it?

My dude O.O “The Prof” and his heartthrob finally decided this was the year to take the leap of faith and shack up for good….. Congrats to them.. Unfortunately i was unable to be one of the grooms men; but then such is life bro…

Anyways its not the end of the world, so i can stil SMILE… Plus i’m currently at 2025 on my current FM09 save….. And what the heck, its “just a day” aight????

A different take on the “Stimulus Bill”

Found this interesting review of the Stimulus Bill on… While I will not pretend to know enough about economics to join issues with the American Plan to pump about $1.2 trillion into the US economy to stimulate growth, a few of the items on the shopping list seem downright absurd to me.. A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers, $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program, $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters, $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters, $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities, $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings, $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies, $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems and $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations sounds like a political scam of “Nigerianesque” proportions… But then maybe our Naija politicians are understudying the American model in the first place…. Join the debate here and read the full text here

An abandoned Bugatti…….and an Innovative Solution to the Credit Crunch…

An abandoned Bugatti has just been sold for £3million pounnds in the UK.. In the midst of the credit crunch somebori was able to cough out that amount of money… Hmmmm… All you peeps whose parents still have a 1986 Volkswagen Bettle, or a vintage 1975 Peugeout 404 saloon car, hold on to it.. Maybe in the year 2100, your great grand children could rake in a few million quid….. That is if global warming doesn’t wipe the planet by then…… More on that story here

This dude has devised an innovative solution to beating the credit crunch – turning his $67,000 dollar Porche into a mobile CV….Hmm… hopefully we’ll get to hear if he snags a job that can turn in at least the $700 he’ll need to restore the paint..LOL..

Piper on why we do not hunger for God…..

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife

 John Piper (Pastor for Preaching Bethlehem Baptist Church)