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The Future of Flat-Rate Internet Access

To follow up on Tuesday’s Netflix post, many people concur that at some point in the future we will receive all our television and movie transmissions over the internet. 

This is often called convergence.  Personally, I am ready and anxious for that to happen.

However, there is a stirring afoot that could dampen my enthusiasm—the elimination of flat rate internet access in favor of usage sensitive charges.  In other words, if you use the internet a lot—such as to watch TV and movies—you will pay more.

Time Warner Cable is conducting a test in Beaumont, Texas with new subscribers. They will have a monthly allowance of sending and receiving 5 gigabytes of data each month. After that they will be charged $1 per gigabyte.

A standard movie is about 1.5 gigabytes and a high-def movie is about 6 to 8 gigabytes. Therefore watching a free movie could cost between $1.50 and $8.00. It seems a lot like paying for shipping and handling on a free product.

Interestingly, they claim that 5 percent of their customers use 50 percent of the bandwidth. I suspect that these folks must be watching movies. Given this stat, I suspect their real goal is to effectively eliminate high-usage customers.

Although there are a few other instances of cable companies toying with usage charges and usage caps, they are less likely to do so if there is competition in that market. 

It is noteworthy, that the network topology of most cable systems is not conducive to high volume internet traffic, unlike DSL service.

Although this is a threat to watch, there is considerable historic evidence against such a move succeeding, as evidenced by the demise of usage-sensitive dial-up service—in favor of flat-rate service—in the late 90s.

So, until we need to pay to watch our free movies, let’s continue enjoying our movies online using flat-rate internet access.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Are You Operating in Weakness or Strength?

Are You Operating in Weakness or Strength?

Do you ever feel spiritually weak? If so, you are not alone. In fact, if anyone ever tells you otherwise, they are lying; if they seem otherwise, they are posing.

The church in Philadelphia was also weak, but in that weakness remained true to God and his word. [See Revelation 3:8] This is most encouraging to all of us weak people.

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A strong weakness may seem like an oxymoron, but it’ s not.  When we are weak, we can turn to God who gives us the strength we need. As Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” [2 Corinthians 12:10]

So, despite our weaknesses, we can prevail by God’s strength.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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News: Video Review Section Added

News: Video Review Section Added

A new Video Review section has been added to this website. Just like our growing Book Review section, this is a place for us to list movies and videos that might be of interest to you in your spiritual journey.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Expanded Bible Terms section

Expanded Bible Terms section

The Bible Terms section in ABibleADay.com has been reformatted and greatly expanded; more words are being added weekly.

We hope that you are continuing to enjoy A Bible A Day.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Why I Have to Rake Leaves in the Spring

For the past several years, at about this time, leaves fall from my trees in alarming quantities. Yes, leaves falling in the spring—enough that they should be raked.

In our yard are ten Maple trees, which are the culprits (victims) of this phenomenon.

Apparently, an insect lays eggs in the stems of Maple leaves in the spring.  When the eggs hatch, the stem becomes weak at that point and the leaves fall off.

As you can see on the close-up on the left, the stem is only partially present; the rest is presumably still on the tree (not that I’ve actually checked).

For the past several years, this leaf problem has been increasingly more pronounced each year. I assumed this was because the trees were getting larger, ergo producing more leaves, a percentage of which become afflicted and fall off. 

However, this year the magnitude of dropped leaves is greatly decreased over last year. This lasts for a couple of weeks and then it’s done.

Fortunately, the majority of leaves stay in the trees—that way they can drop in the fall when they’re supposed to, providing ample opportunity for raking in the fall.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Oh Deer!

After my Gopher post on Friday, I was contemplating a clever tongue-in-cheek entry about the assortment of “wildlife” in our back yard.  You see, we live in a subdivision in a decreasingly rural setting, which limits wild creatures to decidedly smaller and less wild varieties.

In addition to gophers, rabbits are the most common, as are moles, some squirrels, an assortment of birds, toads, and even newts that appear every spring in a window-well.  Oh, yes, there was a neighbor who tangled with a skunk one night in his backyard, but that was years ago.

Although there are deer nearby—as evidenced by the road kill on a nearby thoroughfare—there has been nary a one in our built-up subdivision during the 20 years we have lived here. That is until last Saturday.

At noon, a swift-moving object caught my eye. There were two deer, only a few feet from our deck, skittishly darting across our back yard. They were in an understandable panic.

As my wife went for her camera, they made their way to our next-door neighbors and stopped short. Something spooked them and they did a 180 and then dashed between our houses towards the front. 

My wife, camera in hand, heads towards the back of our house, as I move to the front. I’m stymied at providing effective location updates to her in a timely manner.

The deer leap through our front yard and across the street. My wife gets to the front door just as they duck behind that neighbor’s house. As she’s looking out the front door, I’m at a different window watching them disappear behind the house next to that neighbor.

In a flash, they are gone. Even if I could have directed my wife to the right vantage point at the right time, I am sure that the resulting shot would have been little more that a blur of brown fur. So lacking photographic evidence, you’ll need to just take my word for it. 

I did see two deer, really I did.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Go Go Gophers

Last week something outside caught my eye. Every few seconds some dirt would fly through the air. It was emanating from grass level in the middle of my back yard. Upon further investigation I discovered an industrious gopher furiously cleaning out the entrance to his subterranean abode.

I stealthy approached the nexus of the activity just as his dirt-covered snout emerged from his underground cavern. He sure was cute—and quite shocked at my presence. In a split second his eyes adjusted to the bright sunlight, glimpsed at me, and made a hasty retreat. 

I waited patiently for several minutes, but he did not re-emerge.

I didn’t see him again for several days, becoming fearful that a prolonged rainstorm had caused him harm. But today, I again saw him, working busily as before. I thought about trying to snap a photo, but he disappeared before I got my camera. 

It least I know he’s okay. Now, if only I could get him to stop making a pile of dirt in the middle of my back yard.

The title for today’s blog is taken from the deep recesses of my childhood memory, referring to a cartoon I watched as a lad: “GO GO Gophers.” 

According to Toontracker.com, “The Go-Go Gophers featured a pair of buck-toothed gophers, Ruffled Feathers, who spoke in unintelligible phrases, and his interpreter Running Board.” 

Wikipedia has an entry about the show and YouTube has a couple episodes, just search for “GO GO Gophers.” Enjoy.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

My yard is coming alive with color. In addition to the greening of the grass (winter-brown was getting old), I’ve been enjoying flowers of all colors. 

First up is my Flowering Crab Apple Tree. It has lush white flowers every spring, which last for two or three weeks. This photo is of the tree at its peak.

Next is the Periwinkle (also called Vinca Minor or Myrtle). It has light blue flowers in the spring; it continues flowering throughout the summer, but not to the same extent as right now.

Lastly is the Phlox. It also flowers in the spring, lasting three or four weeks.  It’s not been doing too good the last few years, as nearby trees are producing much more shade than the Phlox likes.

A close-up of the flower is shown in the final photo; they are quite stunning, but the foliage, which we see most of the year, is less than stellar.

I would like to transplant the Candystripe Phlox to a more suitable area in my yard, but I have yet to figure out where.

As far as were the Phlox are currently residing, I have already interspersed plantings of Dragon’s Blood Sedum, which has lush foliage and scarlet flowers in late summer to fall. (Where it is currently growing, there is no longer enough sunlight for it to bloom.)

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Pomp and Circumstances

Last Saturday, we motored south to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana to watch Chris (our daughter, Laura’s, betrothed) graduate. The drive there was overcast and dreary, but the sun emerged about when the outdoor festivities began. 

The campus, at least the part we saw, was most impressive.

The ceremony was in two parts. The first, for the entire University, complete with a keynote address and a speech by Ball State’s president, included honorary degrees and special recognitions; the Bachelor candidates graduated en masse. 

The second part was just for the College of Architecture and Planning. It was inside and more intimate. There were more speeches and awards, but in the end, we were treated by seeing Chris walk and receive his diploma.

A recurring theme in many of the speeches was the role the graduates’ parents played in making it happen. I kept thinking those words applied to me and needed to continually remind myself that Chris’s parents were the rightful recipients of those accolades. 

Nevertheless, Chris is like a son to me—and all the more so in a couple of months.

This fall, Chris returns for grad school, so we will get to do it all again in two years. But next year, it will be Dan and Kelli’s turn. (See “An Engaging Situation” for the skinny on our “four” kids)

By the way, for the graduation processional, they did indeed play “Pomp and Circumstances March #2.”

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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News: Book Summaries Have Been Added to ABibleADay.com

News: Book Summaries Have Been Added to ABibleADay.com

Summaries of all 66 books of the Bible have been completed and are now available online at ABibleADay.com.

Now the focus shifts to expanding the already growing terms section of the website.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.