Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Get a Mac

I'm a fan of Mac, always have been since my first computer, the LCIII.
My whole family enjoys the Get a Mac computers. Have a few laughs - the Get a Mac ads.

I have one share of stock from Apple. Apparently it is worth nearly 200 dollars now. Not bad - I think when I got it at several years ago it was less than 50. But I don't think that quite makes up for what's been happening to all that retirement investment money going out of my paycheck each month - lately I might as well just be throwing it all away.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Ghost Near One of My Caches?

Check out these two log entries:

April 15 by Grouchcacher (65 found)
Great historical cache! Found it after 30 minutes of searching. I think the barking dog with pnemonia actually suffers from emphysema. And oddly enough, that well dressed young girl was walking around the graveyard aimlessly again. Must be some new security guard? Log was damp. TNLNSL TFTC

Followup after I sent this cacher an e-mail:
I was serious about the young girl. Based on her height (about 5ft 3in)I'd say she was about 12 to 14 years old, 16 max. When I first noticed her my thought was: why wasn't she in school? Then I wondered if Fountain schools were on spring break? I didn't get a good look at her face because it seemed like she was always looking down at a headstone. She had dark hair and a light complexion. I believe the dress she was wearing was dark blue and made of a lacy material coming down to just below her knees. She seem like she was looking for a certain headstone, but the closest she came to me was about 25 yards and I hid behind one of the trees north of the cache. I tend to never read the previous finders posts unless I can't find the cache the first time. So I didn't really think anything about it until I read the one finders post. I thought it was ironic that the weird dog barking and the girl wandering the graveyard were still there. She did however seem real and not an apparition. Hope this helps you.

March 25 by cattales (304 found)
Thank you for the Fountain history lesson with this cache. We enjoyed looking around at some of the really old grave stones. But the ones for young children are so sad. We looked a really long time for this one, at least we knew it wasn't the sprinkler head. The two dogs were really upset with us and one sounded like he has pneumonia, a really congested bark.
We saw a strange young lady in a fancy black dress and high heels strolling in the cemetery.

This is for the Fountain Train Disaster Memorial Cache.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Check out these gorgeous baby great horned owls, captured and posted by SE Colorado Birder.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


What does a young woman demonstrate about herself when she dons a headscarf, but ties it so that bits of hair hang out or her neck or chest are not fully covered, and then matches it with make-up, form-fitting tops, skin-tight jeans, bare forearms, bare feet, heavy perfume, nail polish, high-heels and a $200 handbag?

What does a young man demonstrate about himself when he openly eyes women and talks to his buddies about their bodies, shows off in front of the opposite sex, and looks for chances to engage in physical contact with women freely?

Hijab is a state of mind enjoined upon both men and women in Islam. At the heart of its purpose, hijab is about maintaining or elevating the dignity of every individual regardless of gender, and preserving the ability of individuals to feel the natural sense of modesty, the loss of which is a serious spiritual sickness.

There are two overarching principles to hijab for men and women according to the Qur’an:
1. Lowering your Gaze
This means you should avoid looking at, listening to, or otherwise observing anything that damages your natural sense of modesty and shame, as well as anything that causes you to feel temptation to sin or causes attraction toward someone with whom you could not lawfully act on it.
2. Guarding your Modesty
This means you should avoid revealing anything about yourself, whether through how you dress, how you speak, what you say or write, or other means, that would cause damage to your natural sense of modesty and shame, or tempt you to sin, or cause you to be attracted to or to attract someone with whom you could not lawfully act on that attraction.

The requirements of Islamic modest dress are based upon those two overarching principles. Dress should be such that it guards your modesty and aids you in lowering your gaze and does not make it unnecessarily difficult for someone else to lower their gaze and guard their own modesty.

The basic requirements for female dress in public are four:
1. Extent
Everything but your hands and face must be covered. Feet should be covered, as should hair, neck, ears, and arms. Make-up and adornment should be covered even if that means covering parts that would not otherwise have to be covered. Most scholars say that wedding rings and religious rings need not be covered, but in general, jewelry is adornment and should be concealed.
2. Looseness
The garments should be loose enough so that the shape of your body from at least the shoulders to the mid-thighs is not apparent. Even for the legs, clothes should not be skin-tight. If the fabric follows your curves, it is too tight.
3. Thickness
The clothing should be thick enough that the color of your skin and hair underneath cannot be discerned through the fabric.
4. Style
The clothes should not be of a color, style, or decoration so as to serve the purpose of drawing attention, being adornment, or showing off. Thus, clothes with bright colors, fancy decorations, and expensive fabrics should be avoided. Further, clothes that would be considered as belonging to the opposite gender or to followers of another religion are also excluded. Also, it is improper to be a slave to fashion, spending wastefully for the latest trend, judging and being judged based on style, etc. Simplicity is better for your soul, mind and body.

Men’s clothing requirements are exactly the same as women’s, except for the extent that needs to be covered. Jurists’ rulings differ slightly in this matter, but as a general guideline men should cover from navel to knees at a minimum, although a greater extent is preferable in the presence of women since a greater area than this can be attractive to the opposite sex. Further, men should not wear gold or silk.

All four requirements hold in the presence of na-mahram. It should be noted that, in addition to people of the opposite sex who are not related to you, some relatives are na-mahram, and thus hijab should be observed in front of them. For example, you need to observe hijab in front of cousins of the opposite gender. If you are a woman, you should observe hijab in front of brothers-in-law and uncles related by marriage rather than blood. And if you are a man, you should observe hijab in front of sisters-in-law and aunts related by marriage rather than blood.

When in the presence of mahram individuals only, the requirements for Islamic modest dress are different. Except between spouses, who are permitted to see all of each other’s bodies, the extent of covering required between mahram individuals is such that all private areas are covered. Looseness and thickness of clothing should also ensure coverage of the private areas. Adornment such as make-up and jewelry are generally permitted, but if the purpose is to attract, it should be reserved to be shared between married couples only. As for style, the requirements about showing off, and about wearing clothes of the opposite gender or of another religion hold at all times.

Hijab requirements do not block women and men from doing business or from attending meetings in the same room as long as they are observing hijab. However, the lowering of the gaze means when in the presence of na-mahram, you should avoid looking at them in such a way as to be attracted to their bodies, or listening to them in such a way as to be attracted to their voices, etc. And, in turn, the guarding of modesty means that you should behave so as not to be trying to attract the opposite sex, or showing off, or discoursing with them in a familiar way or about private topics.

Even the enemies of Islam have recognized that hijab of men and women gives dignity to humanity, and thus empowers those who observe it. This is one of the main reasons that they systematically attack it and try to convince Muslim men and women to abandon true hijab. Observing hijab begins and ends with its two over-riding principles – lowering your gaze and guarding your modesty. These two acts are greatly beneficial to you in both this world and the Hereafter – they protect you from hardship, sin, and confusion and they elevate you spiritually - and this is why many people who observe hijab describe it as being very freeing and something they truly love. Examine your interactions and your wardrobe with these two principles in mind, then change anything that is out of line, and you will soon be enjoying the benefits in your own life.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Nod to classic SNL.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


"The chief way in which the modern Muslim rises above the status of slave is when he becomes God's agent or steward in this world.” – W. Montgomery Watt, in Islam and Christianity Today A Contribution To Dialogue

Here are five easy things you can do to save both energy and money!

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Pay attention to packaging when you buy, and try to buy items that are less wasteful in packaging. Buy items that last longer and can be reused to keep them out of landfills. For example, use a reusable water bottle instead of buying water bottles and throwing them away (especially because most bottled water is the same as tap water anyway!) Also, help keep things out of landfills and keep more from unnecessarily being made by recycling. Many communities offer free curbside recycling. If yours does not, many people can bring their recyclables to work or to a local Walmart or recycle center for free. It takes only a few minutes of planning and one person can prevent huge amounts of waste.

2. Turn things off and unplug

If you’re not using something, make sure it is turned off. For instance, don’t leave lights on that aren’t needed. Did you know that many appliances and electronics draw energy even when off? Many cell phone chargers draw energy even when the cell phone isn’t attached, so unplug it unless you’re using it. Televisions draw energy even when turned off as well. A simple solution is to put all your media electronics onto a power strip and turn the power strip off when not in use. You will see money savings and avoid harmful waste with this simple step.

3. Buy natural, local, and low-energy

Buy energy-efficient appliances and fuel-efficient cars. Replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Buy natural products, such as organic foods, whenever possible. Also, buy locally produced items and you will be helping to save huge amounts of energy as well as supporting your local economy.

4. Enjoy nature

Keep your own organic vegetable garden. Plant trees. Make sure you and your family spend time in nature to appreciate and strengthen your natural connection to our planet. When you play in parks, go hiking or geocaching, and have family picnics and camping trips, you promote your family bond and health as well as develop deeper appreciation and understanding for our dependency on God and the fragility and beauty of life.

5. Use less

Turn down the water temperature on the washer and water heater. Use the AC less and windows more. Use the heater less and sweaters more. Walk, ride a bike, carpool, use mass transit or go to a closer destination whenever possible. Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth. Use a low-flow toilet or put a plastic milk jug of water in your toilet tank. Repair your shoes, clothes, electronics and other items instead of buying new, or make your own items from existing materials, or buy used. Instead of throwing away items you don’t want, give them to charity or use to find them good homes and look for items your want or need. It’s fun!