Walt's Thoughts 

Theology, Photography, and Reviews

January 7, 2015
by richard
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Penny’s Condition

Penny is our Miniature Pincher. She has a beautiful red color and is certainly my wife’s favorite pet — (although my wife calls her “our little child”). Penny’s eleven, and she loves being outside for the most part. She guards the backyard faithfully against those pesky squirrels that steal the birdseed. And she has a keen eye for that green dot that appears from the laser pointer. Normally she’s full of energy. Continue Reading →

January 4, 2015
by richard
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The Rising Tide Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

The Rising Tide is a bar on the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. It has been dubbed The world’s most expensive elevator. It’s a real bar that cycles back and forth between the Royal Promenade on deck 5, and Central Park on deck 8; it has a maximum capacity of 35 guests and takes 8 minutes to complete it’s leisurely ride between decks. Continue Reading →

January 4, 2015
by richard
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iMotion App for Timelapse Movies

Ever see a clip of clouds moving across the sky — you know, sped up a bit? Those clips look incredibly gorgeous! Well, that’s an example of timelapse photography. It’s a pretty simple concept really. You set a camera on a tripod, have it take a photos at some set time interval, and encode the photos into a movie. That’s pretty much it. You might get into more details if the light will be changing over the entire event, or if your camera doesn’t take exactly the same exposure — but, mobile apps can greatly simply the process. You can get some incredible results yourself!  Continue Reading →

January 1, 2015
by richard
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Recent Yoko Theme Changes

I’m very pleased with this Yoko theme. It’s clean and has gorgeous fonts. It’s the first theme I’ve played around with that supports posts with featured images — and I like that a lot.

I did a little customization to the php; now featured images only show when you do a search, or view archive lists. These are the only times excerpts are displayed. Searches are aesthetically uniform.  Go ahead, try it.  Do a search - see how nice the page can look with a uniform thumbnail size dedicated image for an article.  Additionally, if the full size of the image is large enough, it will be used to replace the site’s default header! Continue Reading →

December 29, 2014
by richard
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Tips for iPhones and AT&T’s New Mobile Shared Value Plans to Save Money

phonebill_1639571cRecently, AT&T introduced new Mobile Shared Value Plans. After careful consideration we switched; and we’re seeing significant savings. Still, there’s some fine print that needs to be brought to light. Future upgrades can incur some nasty extra expenses if you’re not careful. In this article I highlight how your bill could inflate based on your phone’s relation to a new 2-year contract, and how to strategically upgrade iPhones to avoid ugly surprises in your bill! Continue Reading →

December 28, 2014
by richard
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The Bible is a Unified Volume

I’ll flesh this article out at some point in the future — for now, wanted to capture some interesting points that were made in todays sermon.

Mathew, written by converted tax collector Levi, presents JESUS as the fulfillment of the OT scriptures. It is carefully constructed to show the Jewish audience things that should be familiar to them. For example, when Jesus is tempted — how long was it? Where was it? It was for 40 days — and it was in the wilderness. Does that spark something familiar? It should — the children of Israel wondered in the wilderness for 40 years. Continue Reading →

December 26, 2014
by richard
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Tin Shed

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I love this photo. Believe it or not, the viewpoint wasn’t painfully selected — it was taken from a car while driving by. (I guess you could say this was a drive-by shot. :-) )

December 26, 2014
by Richard
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The New English Translation (NET) Bible

Ever wish you were an expert of the original languages of the Bible? Ever wish you could translate those texts for yourself into English? (If so, you probably know a little Koine Greek. You might be able to say the Greek alphabet. And, you may even know a little about the inflection endings of noun and verb forms in Classical Greek — but that may be about all many of us know.) This kind of skill requires a dedicated focus in life that few have. Even so, there are three languages used in ancient biblical texts. Chances are, you could only focus on one. Continue Reading →