Nov 28 2008

New Theme, New Look

Jamie Barrows


Well, I’ve had the tree theme for a while now, and I thought a change was in order. That, and I was bored. So here goes. A new theme and a new look for this site.


Nov 28 2008


Jamie Barrows


Well, it’s Christmas time again. Here in the US, the official Christmas shopping season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. Millions of Americans are even now mobbing the department stores and malls all over America.

Stores have items on sale with huge discounts. And people are desperate to get those discounts. Some of those people even camped out last night in long lines for the dubious privilege of being the first person in the store.

I hate long lines. So I did a lot of my shopping last weekend. While I still have a few items to get, I won’t be getting them today. :) One of the gifts I did get last weekend, was the one I’m giving to my fiance. I made the, in hindsight, mistake of telling her that I had gotten her gift.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t tell her what it was. But I did tell her I bought something. Ever since then I’ve been doing my best to not let her know what I got. And it’s hard. At this point, she has gotten me to start giving her hints. I have to come up with a new hint every day. One that is true, and yet also won’t give away what it is. lol

So far, the hints I’ve given are as follows:

  • It has black coloring
  • It has white coloring
  • It has blue coloring
  • I didn’t buy it at Walmart
  • It isn’t jewelry
  • It comes in a box
  • It has more than one part


If anyone can guess what it is from those hints, it would be a miracle. ;)

Nov 27 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Jamie Barrows


Happy Thanksgiving to all my online friends and readers.

Nov 25 2008

How Internet Rumors Get Started

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Another good one from XKCD

Nov 23 2008

Windows Live Writer

Jamie Barrows


I’m generally pretty happy with the default WordPress posting interface. It’s clean and pretty easy to use. But some people I know find it a bit more difficult to use. So when I heard that Windows Live Writer could handle both Microsoft Live Spaces blogs and third party blogs, I thought I would check it out.

And I’m actually pretty impressed. It integrates seamlessly with your blog(no matter what the style looks like), and allows for all the bells and whistles that posting through the normal interface allows. Plus, for those used to a "word" style writing interface, Windows Live Writer provides a familiar look and feel.

I just can’t get over how well it integrates. For example, this post was written entirely with Windows Live Writer rather than the normal built in WordPress tools. And if I hadn’t said anything, there is no way you could have known. So while I doubt I’ll be using this too much myself, I’ll probably be installing it on my Mom’s computer for her sites.

Nov 22 2008

Altar Calls

Jamie Barrows

Darrell Dow pointed me at an article on the history of Altar calls. I knew it was a recent(Relative to the history of Christianity) practice, but had no idea how it got started.

My church does not do altar calls, but I’ve attended many that have in the past. I personally do not like altar calls because I feel it is an attempt to pressure someone into making what should be a well thought out and considered decision. When you are making the most important decision in your life, it shouldn’t be made because someone pressured you into making it.

But given how prevalent the practice is, it can be interesting to read up on how it all got started. The Story Behind – Walk the Aisle

Nov 20 2008

Back into Programming

Jamie Barrows


I know I’ve been a bit remiss in my posting lately, but I have a good reason. Apart from being engaged(which takes up a lot of my free time. lol), I’ve also recently changed my place of employment again.

Yes, I know it wasn’t all that long ago that I changed jobs, but this job is a bit more suited to me than the last job.

In the first place, it doesn’t involve any travel. Which will be a good thing when it comes to getting married. Travel is fine when you are single, but not so great when you are married.

Second, it gets me back into programming full time. Which is something I really missed at my last job. Don’t get me wrong, my last job was pretty exciting. Doing avionics work on aircraft was pretty cool. The only problem was that I wasn’t really trained for that type of work. Plus, I really like programming.

So as of last Monday(the 10th of November), I started a new job working at Columbia Southern University.