Friday, October 28, 2005

Good Scripting info

In particular, some things I didn't know about the Start command.
Example, when commands need quoted because of spaces or odd characters, you need to include the title parameter in the command.

From cmd.exe, these two work:
Start mailto:"somebody?subject=some%20words%20separated%20by%20spaces&body=Some%20text%20in%20the%20body%20of%20the%20mail&cc=copyPerson&bcc=blindCopyPerson"

start "Mail" "mailto: at this website&body=Hi, I found this website and thought you might like it"

This one doesn't:
Start mailto:"somebody?subject=some words separated by spaces&body=Some text in the body of the mail&cc=copyPerson&bcc=blindCopyPerson"

I'd like to know the majik behind specifying the window title in example two (that works) that suddenly allows spaces to be parsed correctly.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Talking about God With Kids (from Adam Kotsko'a weblog

My eldest daughter is currently in bible quizzing.

Part of me wants to teach her that the things she's learning are just words on a page, suitable for academic endeavor, but no more special than other volumnous works. I want to teach her that the writings about Jesus were done something on the order of 70 years after He died, and may or may not have anything to do with what actually transpired. Part of me wants to teach her to be skeptical and have a sensitive BS detector.

But, I'm afraid to. Why? Because God might smite me? nah - He's got plenty of good reasons to do that now if He wants. Because she might repeat what Dad said to people in my little "community"? Eh - maybe.

Then there's the other part of me; The part of me that prays for here sevral times a day, the part that hopes she is a woman who walks with God, the part that hopes there is a heaven PRECICELY because she exists. That part of me want to teach her that the words of Jesus are beautiful, and that his teachings are truly and without question the way, the truth, and the light. That part of me want to say to her loud and long that there is no question so unfathomable, no insight so unsearchable, no corner of your heart so unreachable as to be beyond the words in red. That part of me longs for her to KNOW Jesus.

But, I'm afraid to. Why? Becuase it might not be true? No, I really think it is. Because maybe Jesus was just some guy and the writers of the Ghospel were trying to carve out a little kingdom? Eh, maybe.

I think I'm mostly afraid of turning her into me - dissillusioned and confused, but not able to completely kick anything to the curb, nor truly able to embrace it. I spend so much time stuck in this bizarre never-never land of "I love Jesus" (I really do) and "I don't beleive in Jesus" (that hurts). I feel a deep sadness that i'm hurting Jesus by not beleiving that he exists as more than 2000 year old skeletal fragments.

I don't even know where to begin pointing out the absurdity...

Why do I find myself in this completely unsatisfactory state of affiars?
20 years of brainwashing and folk-religion?
Some truth that I cannot accept because my intellect is too fininte and my faith too impotent?
Trying to "lean on my own understanding"?

Nah. I don't want to do that to her. Just drink the cool-aide, kid. Whichever cool-aide. It all pays the same.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Awesome Post

What can I say. Yes, I do feel a lot of those same things at times. May God help us.
Adam, I hope you don't quit blogging and I hope you don't quite being transparent. I've never met anyone so much like me. I've never met you, but you get my meaning ...

American Football Now Makes Sense (link)


Monday, October 24, 2005

Religions Vs. Science - Everyone's Wrong

Linked is an article by Cenk Uygur about the "big three" religions and their practitioners. It's that standard old "you religions creeps are creepy and science is the only way" schtick.

I distrust anyone who thinks they know all that there is to be known about anything. They clearly have not studied history.

Pitting science against religion is ridiculous. Science has a completely different set of limitations than does religion. Science cannot know what it does not know. Example, science could not have talked about radioactivity before the activities of Mary curie and subsequent inventions of devices that allow us to measure what we cannot otherwise sense. Could it have speculated (hypothesized)? Yes, but it never occurred to anyone to do so. Science cannot comment on faith excepting it finds ways to measure the subject matter.

I'm sure that there currently exists no evidence for a whole host of things that will be discovered and contemplated long after the postings of a bunch of bloggers is in a museum with the Rosetta stone. No, that's giving us too much credit. It will all be sitting on some hard drive that was used by some nerdy history wonk to bash through a window to steal some porn, and we'll have been the first against the wall when the revolution came. :)

I also have a healthy distrust of people who reject the best information that science has to offer (which admittedly may be flawed) because it does not fit with their current world-view (which we need to realize also may be flawed). It should be accepted as it is, the best that science currently has to offer.

No one should abandon their faith because of science. No one should abandon their science because of faith.

Scripting out existing database mail configuration

SQL Server Central Artical on Scripting out Existing database mail configuration I wanted to save this here so I can easily find it. Sorry ...