Not too long ago Google announced that they would start giving a slight preference in page ranking to websites that have SSL/TLS encryption enabled. Given that I have such a high value website <sarcasm> I spent an afternoon during the Christmas and New Year days off and setup secure connections to www.richardcraver.com, without paying a dime. It is what is known as a Domain Validation Certificate, it only confirms that I control the domain and that the data is encrypted in transit, the most basic Certificate available. (more…)
We have a clock radio in our bedroom that stays on WBFJ. I am not a morning person, I don’t wake up well, so it will play for awhile as I am in slumber trying to summon the will to get the day started. This morning they were playing a mix of the current Contemporary Christian music and light Christmas standards.
The song Noel was playing, and I recalled an old joke about the 25 letter alphabet that had no L. Notice I didn’t say it was a good joke. (more…)
This thing called life is an interesting journey. At times it seems to fly by so fast, and at others it seems to drag on forever. This weekend is one of those reminders of how fast it can move by. This afternoon my sister is hosting a baby shower for my daughter who is expecting in November. Yes, my baby is having a baby, it doesn’t seem right, but at the same time it is to be perfectly expected. (more…)
In 1975 the US Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act which set in motion the Metrication of the United States. I remember in school being taught the metric system and being given all sorts of little conversion charts and conversion devices to be able to understand how metric temperature, weight, length and so on compared. In the end we never really converted at all for a number of reasons. I believe we took the wrong approach by using an equivalency approach with tables and graphs instead of simply changing over and learning what 95 kph and 20°C felt like as well as what a liter of fuel should cost. At this point the US, Burma and Liberia are the only nations that have not fully adopted the metric system.
For many years I have had Pastors and Teachers talk of the importance of having a quiet time. A time of Bible study, prayer and listening for the Lord to speak. Like most busy people in this age I find that very difficult. However when I changed jobs two months ago and found driving to Greensboro I determined that the 35 minutes of my morning drive would not be wasted time or spent listening to the goings ons of the world on the radio. I decided to spend my drive time listening to the Bible from the Bible.com app on my Android phone. (more…)
I went to get my hair cut today. That’s no special event, people do it all the time. I found this guy, Todd Earnhardt at Mocksville Barbershop on the courthouse square in Mocksville, NC; he does a great job with my hair cut of choice, a flat-top. I tell my wife that this is just a transitionary hair cut, if more bald spots appear I’m going to start shaving it. I first met Todd at a barbershop in Clemmons, NC, he left to hang his own shingle in Mocksville and I followed him there. I appreciate good work and he’s good people. (more…)
I recently heard of a comedy routine by the late comedian Sam Kinison, and went in search of it on the internet. The name wasn’t familiar, but once I saw his picture I remembered him. There was a time in the late 80’s and 90’s when the Comedy Channel had a whole host of stand-up comedians. I remember Standup Spotlight where Rosie ODonnell, Paula Poundstone, Jeff Dunham and many others got their start. Sam wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, he was very loud and very foul. The story I had heard of was of one of the bits in his 1985 HBO Special where he addresses the issue of world hunger. Below is a redacted quotation I found over at Wikiquote:
I came across a quote by Tony Evans on Facebook the other day, it goes like this.
Jesus didn’t say, “I am finished.” He said, “It is finished.” He was just getting started.
And although I suppose it was a line pulled from a sermon, which I have not heard, it got my mind spiraling, thinking of the implications of it. (more…)
Has it been seven months since I posted something? Yes, I guess it has. Wow, time has flown. Back in December of 2012 I posted I’m Not Dead, Yet. I had taken a second job trying to make ends meet, a year later I quit that job; the burn-out was phenomenal. About the same time I made my last post I had changed my full-time job. (more…)
On July 16th, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy as well as his wife Carolyn Bessette and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette were killed when his single engine aircraft crashed into the waters off of Martha’s Vineyard, Masachusetts. Weather was quickly sited as a factor in the crash as the conditions were hazy in Rhode Island Sound that evening. As the investigation continued to unfold it was revealed that John, although a licensed pilot was in the process of training for instrumented flight, however his instructors told investigators he was not ready for his instrument rating exam at the time of the crash. (more…)