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Reflections on Genesis 40-41

Gen. 39:20-21: And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Gen. 40:23: Yet the chief […]

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“If He Had Faltered Even Once” by Kevin Hartnett

They spit upon His meekness, And struck Him in the face. Their floggers swung with hatred; They stripped Him in disgrace. Deep worked the Roman anger That tortured Him, a Jew; Yet this His contemplation: “They know not what they do.” His people cheered “Hosanna,” Then had Him crucified. They freed corrupt Barabbas; To sentence […]

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“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Hopkins

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.   It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;   It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;   And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; […]

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Faith in faith or Faith in Christ?

I came upon this quote by Sinclair Ferguson: True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself. Faith gets a man out of himself and into Christ… Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others! My pastor Andrew Kamm asked me to write […]

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Reception of Christ – consequence or condition of salvation?

From time to time I post pithy quotes on The City – a social media network that our church uses.  Recently I posted: Reception of Christ is a consequence, not a condition, of salvation. This is from an article by grammarian Daniel Wallace which questioned if “Behold! I stand at the door and knock.” from […]

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Installing and using Tesseract 2.04 on Mac OS X 10.6.6 with Homebrew

Installing and using Tesseract 2.04 on Mac OS X 10.6.6 with Homebrew

Tesseract is a program that does OCR – optical character recognition. The goal is to take a picture of text and transform it into text; e.g. you scan a page of a book and it will turn it into editable text. Note, Tesseract does not do layout analysis so a two column layout might confuse […]

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Fixing up Math::Primality – Part 1

Math::Primality is my one and only CPAN module, a result of my Google Summer of Code work almost two years ago. I was surprised about 10 months ago to get an email requesting features – I can’t believe someone is actually using this stuff! Well, I’ve put it off for a while so this weekend […]

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Reforming my Mac – Part 2

I finally got `perlbrew` installed. It’s a utility like `rvm` that allows you to manage multiple installations of perl without clobbering your system files. I followed the instructions from here: http://www.pythian.com/news/19971/guerilla-perl-installations/ 1) Run curl -L http://xrl.us/perlbrewinstall | bash Just a fancy way of getting the install script and running it. 2) Run /Users/bob/perl5/perlbrew/bin/perlbrew init Your […]

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Reforming my Mac – Part 1

For my previous job I needed to setup a development environment on my mac which required some packages like PostgreSQL, ImageMagick, and some other packages. I started using MacPorts and eventually found a GUI for it called Porticus. I mostly used the command line `port` but every now and then Porticus was easier to manage. […]

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Review: Codeulate Screencasts’ “Vim for Rails Developers”

I was given a free copy of Codeulate Screencasts’ “Vim for Rails Developers“.  The screencast normally costs $9 US and lasts about 36 minutes.  I use Vim (MacVIM) everyday for a number of hours at work and am coding in Rails more and more (through work and other projects).  If you are even thinking about […]

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