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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture

2003

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December

Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

Cigars Versus Pipes

I was visiting sites about pipes today for fun and came upon this interesting comparison. The sad thing to me is that I QUIT smoking my pipe because of health reasons, and I really miss it. It's not that I feel some sort of addictive pull, I just like the romance that goes with a pipe. I like collecting pipes-- which I suppose I can still do. I like the smell of pipe tobacco, and I like it that there are so few pipe smokers. It's just fun, and I miss it. Oh well, when I see family, like Jake and Melanie or mom and dad, we inevitably yank out our pipes and share tobacco, so that's once a year anyway.... I'm gonna cry. ;) ~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

Blog Getting Attention

It's been a few months since I gave my blog the attention it's getting in a few days! Thanks to Frederique, I felt prompted to once again journal and blog my thoughts, suprises, projects etc. I've been enhancing the blog implementation too, installing a new version of Blosxom, (I know weird name), and a search feature, as well as a bunch of other overdue plugins. Thanks to all you loyal readers who send me notes every day. I love hearing from you. Don't be afraid to post. ~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

Return of the King

Hmmm. I haven't seen the final movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but I happened along this blog today and am quite concerned: RoTK Sucks I hope it's not as bad as he says, but he outlines some examples that really have me worried. I don't know why it's so difficult for movie producers and directors to stick to plots. It seems sort of bold and arrogant to think you can improve on a classic story millions have loved for generations. ~Jason
Tags:movies
Friday, December 26th, 2003

Tombo Blogging

Ok, it's working! the last two blogs were created on the pocket pc using Tombo. In fact, this blog, HTML and all is too! After a day of blogging, the freeware file syncing software uploads my posts.

Now if there was only an easy way to preserve Windows file stamps when uploading to UNIX.


Tags:webdesign
Friday, December 26th, 2003

Pocket Posting

Posting from Tombo would be a cool way to blog. Syncronizing places a copy of the blog on the pc, then an application or Perl script could FTP data to a web server.


Tags:webdesign

November

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

Neo coat

HI Jason-if you are serious about wanting a "coat like Neo" and you want to have the pattern....I know that Simplicity makes a Pattern that not only has the whole Neo outfit ( coat included) but also has the outfit that Trinity wore ( so Joanne can have a "cool" outfit as well ).....it's only fair...right? Love Eve
Tags:movies
Friday, November 14th, 2003

Matrix - Revolutions

Well I liked the movie. I thought it was way better than the 2nd one, and not nearly as good as the first one-- but then-- isn't that to be expected? Star Wars Episode 4 was the best of that initial trilogy, with the 2nd 'Empire' movie being the worst in my opinion. The same with 'Back to the Future.' This is another triology where the first idea was novel, and the follow up movies were after thoughts to the plot. It seems the only way for film trilogies to really work is to have them all written and produced at once, by the same crew, with the same story. One story spread over three movies is much better than three movies independantly thought out.

Now I know the last two movies of the Matrix were filmed together, but it's not the same thing. When the author thinks up the idea for his first story, all of the metaphors, the symbols, the ideas are NEW. The audience spends most of the first Matrix movie saying, "HUH!?" with a sort of smile on their face. That can't happen to the same extent when we watch the next one-- what made the story unique and appealed to our sense of creativity is no longer unique and creative. The director and producers must keep pushing the envelope for us to be satisfied, or go off in an entirely new direction. Sometimes neither option is possible.

So here I am defending a movie that many are calling a disappointment... and I concede that overall I'm disappointed too. But disappointment has a lot to do with expectations and my expectations were normal for any film that comes out. As far as I am concerned, Matrix 3 stands on it's own. We'd all love it if we hadn't seen the first one.

I know, I know, pretty lame.
~Jason
Tags:movies
Friday, November 14th, 2003

Quicken for Pocket PC

All I can say is "it's availble" which isn't what you want to hear. I used to enter all my money info using Pocket Microsoft Money, and then sync it with the bigger version, but I got tired of doing it. :) I'm not sure how the interface is for Quicken. I'm also not certain how many pocket pc users actually view my site...
~Jason
Tags:pocket_pc
Thursday, November 6th, 2003

New Site Again

Working on another site right now, JakesOn21st.com
~Jason
Good Luck to a very ambitious guy! ~a visitor
Tags:webdesign

October

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Two New Scripts

I've been going crazy programming the last week!

Last week ik made a script (DIP) for updating Dynamic IP addresses on a web server.
Today I wrote a Perl script that reads Microsoft 'Free/Busy' files on a web server and displays the information in a calendar format just like it does within Outlook!
Cool!
~Jason

Tags:webdesign perl_scripts
Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Features?

Does it support multi users? Is it template based? I like its simple interface. But I'd like to know more.
Which program are you talking about?
~Jason
Sunday, October 5th, 2003

Vietcong

I started playing a new game recently, called Vietcong. It's kinda fun; my friend Jay Forderer turned me onto it. We play with people all over the world via the Internet. Though it's a little harsh blowing people away-- I'm not quite used to that (and not sure I want to be), there is something challenging and intrigueing about it.

We started a group called [HOC-Vietcong]. If you've got the game, maybe you want to join us?

~Jason
Tags:hobbies games

September

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

Fatigue Starting To Catch Up with My Mountain Bike

I'm getting tired! It's a good tired though. I've been riding my bike everywhere for the last week!

A friend came over last night and tuned it up, so I think this is a good time to take a break! No, really I'm just exhausted and I've heard that excersising every day isn't as good as every other day. Maybe I should drive the car in today.

I love the rush of biking-- the wind flying through my hair-- almost keeping up with automobiles. It usually takes me 15 minutes in a car, and I've been able to get downtown on the bike in 25! That's fairly fast. Yesterday I did it in 22 minutes, 16 seconds! :) I'll be happy when I can bike as fast as I can drive. I'm not sure that's even possible.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies cycling
Thursday, September 18th, 2003

New Site Underway

Metaphor has always been king in my life, and the idea of living in a giant metaphor is intriguing! It reminds me a little bit of watching Matrix-- watching a giant metaphor for something, nobody is sure what. :)

Anyway, a new site is being developed at work to describe the Christian 'walk' through life. The URL is thePathway.ca. It's pretty interesting to see how it's all coming together.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Thursday, September 18th, 2003

New Site Complete

I just completed work on my latest site: NewLifeTrimRepair.com.
Tags:webdesign
Thursday, September 4th, 2003

Something Useful

Here's an interesting script I've written and am developing:
CGI Script Submission Database!
~Jason

Tags:webdesign

August

Thursday, August 21st, 2003

Two New Web Projects

I'm working on two new web projects right now. Wow, I'm getting quite a list! :)

The first is a medical database program which connects patients with doctors, and their medical history via the web. It's called oscarCitizen, and it's the next phase of the open source OSCAR project. I'm just responsible for the front end and design/branding of the site. You can see my sample page and progress from here: oscarCitizen.

I'm also developing a site for a recording studio in Hamtilon called the Fonic Factory.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Saturday, August 9th, 2003

Eat And Run Cafe

I've been working on a site the last day for a business in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They have approached fast food from a completely different angle, and wanted a site that was funny, and tongue-in-cheek.

I settled on a comic theme, and I'm quite happy with the results. Check it out:
EatAndRunCafe.com
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Saturday, August 2nd, 2003

New Pocket PC

FINALLY! I've been using an old E-115 by Casio for three years now, and I bought it when it was two years old already! :) Now I've got the new DELL X5! It's amazing, and I'm looking forward to trying it out.

My Cassiopeia E115 (and my first E10, for that matter) stopped working first because their screens stopped being touch sensitive! How annoying that was. I read a bit about how to fix it by replacing the screen, and even took it apart, but decided in the end to just buy a new one. It hurt the wallet, but some things I just cannot live without! :(

~Jason
Tags:pocket_pc
Saturday, August 2nd, 2003

Couple of New Sites

I've really been implementing the self-editing sites lately. I've added another two to my list of designed sites. The first is SaddleCorrections.com, and the the second is InternationalWomensHealth.org.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Friday, August 1st, 2003

Skin

It suddenly dawned on me this evening that I created a new skin a number of months ago and never turned it 'on.' So here it is. If you like the old skin better, then go here: SiteSkinner. Any thoughts on the new look?
~Jason
Tags:webdesign

July

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Matrix Reloaded - EXPLAINED?

OK, great movie, but I had to see it twice before I kinda sorta got what the architect was saying to Neo.

This site, which I discovered when visiting TheGospelReloaded.com, really helps to make sense of it all. It's difficult reading, but stay 'big picture' and kind of glaze over it all by blurring your eyes while you read-- it will all begin to come into three dimensional perspective as you stare-- with your eyes about six inches from the screen. ;-)
~Jason
Tags:movies
Monday, July 7th, 2003

fishing, huh?

wow, so you like fishing now. I just partook in a 4 day canadian trip myself. would love to post the pics. let me know, we'll chat, touch base, no big whoop tj
Hey Tom,
We need to get you a way to post pics to a webserver. I think Yahoo! lets you do this for free. Check it out. I want to see them! :)
~Jason

Tags:hobbies fishing
Saturday, July 5th, 2003

Amazing, Just Amazing!

Wow, I didn't know I liked fishing! I had a great time in Northern Saskatchewan catching fish. I still can hardly believe it. I even caught more fish than our guide did! The first evening I caught 8 or 9, mostly Northern Pike (they call them Jack) and then we had an awesome shore lunch around 7:30 p.m. The next day we left in the morning and I caught 5 or 6 Pike. Wow.
So do I have the fishing bug now? Well I've created a new folder under hobbies called fishing so we'll see if I fill it up. I'd really like to learn how to fly fish. That sounds like fun to do.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies fishing

June

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Much Needed Break

Yummm, I'm going on a vacation! Today at 4:30 our WestJet takes off for the great northern Saskatchewan. I'm looking forward to doing some fishing, hanging out with the in-laws, sleeping, relaxing... This should be great.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies fishing
Saturday, June 21st, 2003

No ploy intended

I had a lot of fun too - at East Side's that is. (FYI: I had an EastSide Burger (hold the bun) with bacon and cheese and a salad.)
AS far as being willing to forgo my brilliant idea of biking to a restaraunt, it was completely sincere. I had already taken something out of the freezer for dinner, so I was prepared for Jason to be tired or not into going out. I have given up the "ploys" a long time ago. It is far more to my advantage to work together with Jason in descion making than to just try to get my way. Of course, he makes it easy by being the perfect husband. Sorry, ladies. I got him first.


Tags:hobbies cycling
Saturday, June 21st, 2003

On the East Side with East Side's

I came home from work exhausted, ready to crash in front of mountains of mail-- e-mail that is, when my wife said, "I thought we'd GO OUT for dinner!"

The first thing that popped into my head is what probably pops into many men's minds: "That's gonna cost money." (emphasise each word)

"We can take the bikes," she said, trying to win me. "We'll ride to your favourite restaurant, East Side Mario's."

I thought I held my face like steel; I thought my emotions would stay concealed behind an iron jaw, but she said, "That's OK honey, I can make something. I can see you're tired."

"What a sweetheart," I thought, "or maybe it's all a sneaky ploy. It's hard to know with women sometimes." (No offense to any females reading this).

So I decided to go, even insisted despite her feigned retractions. "Sometimes excercise can pick you up," I said, and meant it.

It's been a long time since I've had that much fun. Ya, so it cost $50 bucks-- but I had a wonderful time. I ordered a steak sandwich with brown pop, we got sauteed mushrooms on the side, bowls and bowls of East Side's famous garden salad... Seth got pizza, Lucas his usual buttered elbow noodles, and Joanne-- I don't know what Joanne got.

Thank God for my wonderful wife. I'm relaxed and happy now. Life is good. And I don't have to do the dishes.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies cycling
Friday, June 20th, 2003

Graceland

Our church has been doing this Graceland thing for the last few years-- it's a 'Southern Gospel' music night. I've been asked to play the piano for it, I guess because I can play all the fancy 'country-licks.' I do enjoy it partly...

Some of the long-timers really love it, so I try to be as enthusiastic as I can.

I do like some country music, and I really love the "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" stuff...
~Jason
Tags:church_work
Saturday, June 14th, 2003

New Site

I've been working on two new sites over the last week:
RabanianChurch.com (I hate the look of this one, but this is what the guy WANTED!
BruceRepei.com
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

Matrix Coat for you

I saw that coat at Hot Topic. Someplace cald "redballs" or something in England made it and it was only $75.


Tags:movies
Friday, June 6th, 2003

JasonSilver.com

I'm pumped! Yesterday afternoon JasonSilver.com finally became available again! Some guy in Toronto has had it without a site for the last three years or more. Just a 'this page is under construction' sign. I've been checking on it ever since waiting for it to come available, and even emailed him a few times. He wasn't interested in selling it and wouldn't put a link up to my site either. So I guess he lost and I won.

Speaking of which, I was going through my favourites folder the other day and just couldn't believe how many sites are gone now which at one time seemed to be so big and important. Why, I wonder? I guess I've been on the web in one form or another-- with a site I mean, since 1995 or so. But even my first site, www.tran-scribe.com is long gone. I guess I shouldn't act too suprised. It's just amazing to me, and kind of sad, that sites are year toay and gone tomorrow.

Anyway, JasonSilver.com will be my music site. Right now you can get to an early form of this site by visiting this page, but I hope to enhance the site to be able to stream for fast and slow connections, to have a message board maybe-- for people to ask about my music, and operate the whole thing more like a database. Looks like I'll be writing another script! :)

So keep checking for JasonSilver.com... there's nothing much there right now, and it might be a few days until it actually works, but let me know what you think!

~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Wednesday, June 4th, 2003

Someday a Family Tree Script

Right now, as you may have noticed, I use my iTreePad script to manage my family tree... but I really want to write a real family tree script. I see it as being a relational database, complete with pictures of each person. Because it's a database, (maybe programmed in MYSQL) it can be relational TO THE MAX. iTreePad doesn't handle complex mulit-dimensional relationships very well.
The thing is, I've got to get off my butt and learn MYSQL. I also don't look forward to learning PHP, but I think I might have to... can Perl work with MYSQL? Maybe this would be another opportunity to work with Perl's DBI, which I really like.

Anyone out there care to comment?
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003

the bible search on your churches web site

Did you write it or get it else where?
I wrote it. It's called 'SiteShadow' and you can purchase it for $49.95. Send a payment to my email address using PayPal.com
~Jason

Tags:webdesign perl_scripts

May

Saturday, May 31st, 2003

Cool Site - Amazing Images

I discovered a site today-- I'm thinking of hiring them to do some work for me. This site does amazing graphic design, and I've asked them to give me an estimate to redesign NotationMachine's Skin.
http://www.softidentity.com/
Cool site, eh? I'll keep you up to date.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Friday, May 30th, 2003

Great Pipe Site

I found a neat pipe site tonight you should take a look at if you're interested in pipes. It has a really good page on how to choose your first pipe, and how to know what type of pipe is right for you.
Here's the link to their home page. It's a great site.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

Matrix 2 Coat -- FOR ME?

Heh,
I'm a kid at heart, I admit it. I love the Matrix, wouldn't it be neat to be in a Matrix game that was like, real!?! An Internet game full of other Matrix devotees. I even want to dress like Neo... I know, how immature. I found this site: get a coat like Neo's. I sent this link to a dressmaker friend of mine who is willing to sew it if I can find the pattern. The melton wool alone would cost between $150-$250 dollars! Man! But I'm sure tempted. I could wear it this winter!
Boy, I'm crazy.
~Jason
Tags:movies
Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

Mp3 Links Fixed

Well, I finally got around to fixing the broken links for my mp3 files. Sorry everyone, I was having a brain-blockage and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I decided too to make it streaming so you don't need to download the mp3's to listen to them... at least not all at once. You can play 'em live. ;)
I really would appreciate feedback. Do you like the tunes I've written? What do you love, what do you hate... post your thoughts here or email me, jasonsilver'at'crookedbush.com
Thanks!
~Jason
Tags:music
Wednesday, May 21st, 2003

New Skin

I have been playing around with a new skin. To see how it will look, check this out.
~Jason

p.s. to reset the skin just close click here.
Tags:webdesign
Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Pond Pictures Ready

Today I put up the pictures of the pond I helped to build a couple of weeks ago. The link is here: How To Make A Fish Pond.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies gardening
Monday, May 19th, 2003

pond pics

Hey, any pics of your venture into gardening in the USA? heh
Hi Tom,
Your IP Address was included in the reply, so I know it's you! ;-) I'm just in the process of renaming and reorganising them, and then I'll put them up.
heh heh
~Jason

Tags:hobbies gardening
Sunday, May 18th, 2003

Free MP3s to Download

Well, I finally got around to moving mp3.com material to this site... it's not organised as nicely as MP3.com, but I didn't ever really like it that way anyway.

So, check out some of my music if you want: free mp3s here.

I'm also thinking of a more appropriate way to navigate this site. When I moved all the Perl scripts to Intelliscript.net, this site kind of lost it's purpose. I decided to make it a place to post my blogs, to think about life, to keep in touch with friends, and stuff like that. I'm thinking of making the navigation more like: Who Am I? : Christian | Husband | Father | Musician | Programmer | Pastor | Webmaster | Artist | Gardener | Writer | Friend

What do you think?
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Saturday, May 17th, 2003

X2

I took Lucas and two of his friends to see X-Men 2 today. It was really good.
In fact, this is one show in which I would say the second is better than the first! Yes, bizarre I know, but I think it had more depth and interest, the characters were developed more, and I was drawn into the story right away. It was neat to see the background of where Wolverine comes from, and to see Magneto cooperating (mostly) with professor Xavier. Also, the special effects were AWESOME! The way Night Crawler would zap from place to place was just like the video games-- no, better!
If I had any criticism it would only be that I don't like shows that assume the highly unlikely theory of evolution is fact, but X-Men is based on that so what can I say, except no big deal, it's still entertainment.
Great movie, go see it!
~Jason
Tags:movies
Thursday, May 15th, 2003

Matrix 2

I saw Matrix Reloaded today... what a movie! The guys at work took off a couple of hours at 12:30 and slapped down $5.75 to get transported somewhere in time to watch Neo battle computer programs. Coolio.
This one was sexier-- especially the beginning, which was great, but also kind of precludes me showing this movie to my kids any time soon. Not that is was pornographic, but more than a kid should see. Too bad.
Some people have told me that it would be better than the first one, that the first one introduced the story, but the story starts to get told in two and three. I don't know... it wasn't better. It might have been as good, but not better. I can get a little critical at times, but it reeked of ratings boosters, like more gun scenes, more sex, more car chases. All this was cool, but maybe we could have done with one less fight scene...
But as I say this I remember that the first Matrix movie grew on me, until I couldn't tear myself away-- until I had to be IN the Matrix, to dress, to live the Matrix. So if I buy this one too, and watch it three hundred times I have no doubt it will quickly become one of my favourite movies.

I thought this was a cool article:
Forget sci-fi and guns - The Matrix is really about religion
That's all folks,
~Jason
Tags:movies
Sunday, May 11th, 2003

Major Yard Word

Wow, what a great day! Not only did I plow through a lot of email, but I actually got outside!

Thats right, I got out and did some MAJOR YARD WORK. I borrowed a truck from John Harvey, picked up a yard of top soil, then spread it all around the rocks under that big pine tree in my front yard. I fashioned a nice rock garden with all kinds of ground cover perennials, and spread out grass seed on it. I fixed the broken pipe (it burst last winter) for the hose and watered, I planted more perennials (I think I'm spelling that wrong!) in the big front bed, and cut the grass. I spread the remaining top soil around in the back yard, and that's ready for grass seed now! This was a great day.

The embarrassing thing is I even washed down my driveway. I used to mock old guys who wash down their driveway, but now that I actually own my own driveway, it's quite fullfilling. It's like watching my computer defrag... all those little boxes lining up. I love watching the dirt and debris wash down to the curb.

Great day.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies gardening

April

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003

Site Update

I've made some changes at my NotationMachine.com site. Check it out here: Free Sheet Music
~Jason
Tags:webdesign

March

Monday, March 31st, 2003

Added FAQ-Search Today

I just added another script to Intelliscript.net today. It's called FAQ-Search, and it is a script which allows you to add a Frequently Asked Questions database to your site. I've been using it on my sites for a few months now... I guess maybe a year. I finally got around to packaging it and uploading. Here it is!
FAQ-Search
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts faqsearch
Saturday, March 29th, 2003

Spring Is On It's Way

Well, today I went on a hike with my son Lucas, my brother-in-law Mike Clow, and his two oldest sons, Jadon and Keagan. We walked up to the Mount Albion Falls and snooped around. Though a little chilly, it was great to get a feeling for upcoming spring again!
I love spring... I love hiking and enjoying outside, the smells, the sights and sounds. I can't wait for it to really be here.
Then we drove along the top of the escarpment, stopped for a coffee at Tim Hortons, and headed home snapping up Tim-bits. Lots of fun!
I would so love to have a GPS unit. I'd like to try GeoCaching. Geocaching is when you go on a hike with a GPS unit in search for a hidden treasure. The site above contains coordinates of hidden treasures all over the planet. You get the coordinates from the site, then go on a hike. You take along a little something to leave in the 'cache' and when you find the secret spot you exchange your little something with whatever you take out of the box. I think it would be fun for Lucas and I to do this together.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies hiking_and_camping
Friday, March 21st, 2003

Learned Something New

I found this cute little pipe shop today, just down the street from the church. It's a good five minute walk, enough to get the blood flowing. :)
I learned some new things today:
1. I was scraping out the bowls of my pipes too much. I need to leave a little carbon in the pipe.
2. Flake is a rough tobacco that is all compressed together, and one needs to rub it between your fingers first before stuffing the bowl. It's advantage is that it's a cooler, slower burning tobacco... so one pipe lasts longer.
So I bought a little tin of the stuff. It's called Caledonian Virginia Flake, and it's by A & C Peterson in Denmark. So far, I think I really prefer it!
I'll be back to this store again. It was neat.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Friday, March 21st, 2003

New Look

I created a new skin tonight, tell me what you think. If you prefer the old skin, click here.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

iTreePad is Getting Attention

I've been adding a lot of new features to iTreePad which makes it even more useful to use as family tree software. In particular, virtualnodes and displaying child nodes in articles are important additions.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts itreepad
Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

Added a LOT of Names

I've been working for two days on processing a lot of new raw data sent to me from Brant Gibbard.
Brant is a cousin who also collects family tree information, except he's much better at it than I am, and actually takes it seriously. I'm kind of just a hack.
Anyway, check out the added info in our family tree.
Thanks to so many of you who share extra stuff with me. It helps to flesh it all out. If you see anything missing, please let me know.
~Jason
Tags:hobbies familytree
Monday, March 17th, 2003

Great Time 'Gigging'

Well, we're back. It was a lot of fun, though fairly intense. We played in Kingston at the Grand Theatre and in Guelph at the River Run Theatre. I thought the Grand was pretty cool, but compared to the River Run it was terrible; Ugly and dirty, and disorganized. The River Run was absolutely astounding. Beautiful auditorium, amazing staff, everything organised like you wouldn't beleive.
So now life is back to normal for me and I can listen to the radio again, until we open for Amy Sky in April.
~Jason
Tags:music other
Friday, March 14th, 2003

Gigging with Johannes

Well, I'm in Kingston Friday, and Guelph on Saturday playing with Johannes and the band. I will be unreachable by email for these two days.
~Jason
Tags:music other
Tuesday, March 11th, 2003

On Breakfast Television

Well, we were on (Johannes and the band) Breakfast Television today, City TV! That was pretty cool. It was kind of fun to know people were watching all across Canada, and hillarious that they got me to eat a peanut butter/onion/processed cheddar cheese sandwich! hahaha
Anybody see it?
~Jason
Tags:music other
Monday, March 10th, 2003

relaxingTV.com

This is a neat site: it's full of video clips that you can watch to relax with. The negative thing about the site is that the clips don't have sound in them... but the site has separate sound files you can play.
For example, you can watch a fireplace crackling, or the waves crashing on the beach. It's pretty cool.
relaxingTV.com
~Jason
Tags:curiosities
Saturday, March 8th, 2003

Found It! ODBC Accessed by Perl!

Well I did it! It makes so much sense now. I wrote a Perl script which accesses my database using ODBC, and displays the results to a browser. The tricky part in all this is that:
1. The database resides on a Windows machine
2. Perl needs to be installed on that machine
3. A HTTP server needs to be installed on that machine

What I love about the script I wrote is that I can just paste in SQL, and the script does the rest. It's not really rocket-science though, since I'm using a module (called DBI) which does the marriage between Perl and SQL. So now all I need is a better web server, because the one I'm using now is pretty slow. It's got to be able to handle Server Side Includes, so if anyone has any ideas, post it, or email me.
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts
Friday, March 7th, 2003

JDBC and ODBC

Still looking for an application to serve my ServiceBuilder data to the Internet. If anyone reading this knows anything about servlets, Java programming, or ODBC connectivity to the world wide web, contact me! :) Please?!
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts
Wednesday, March 5th, 2003

Johannes Linstead

Well, I've mentioned before that I'm in a couple of bands... one of them is Johannes'. Johannes is a flamenco guitar player-- he's actually quite a good songwriter and I am enjoying being in the band. I play **wince** bass in the band though, which kinda sucks... bass with my LEFT HAND--- on a KEYBOARD. But I get challenging latin piano licks, horn parts and so on for my RIGHT HAND, so that's cool. Especially because I need to do them both at the same time. Latin music has a lot of nifty bass ideas- like upbeats and so on which makes LH,RH independance a real necessity.

Check out his site: JohannesLinstead.com.
~Jason
Tags:music other
Monday, March 3rd, 2003

KingClancy.com

Check out the latest site design: KingClancy.com
~Jason
Tags:webdesign
Monday, March 3rd, 2003

ServiceBuilder

Yesterday I revamped the ServiceBuilder.net site. I have also been trying to draw attention to this program more and more... exchanging links with other worship sites and so on. I'm really convinced that this program can revolutionise worship pastor's lives-- it helps me so much at work-- I depend on it.
One of the latest things I'm working on with this program is allowing it to automatically sync information with Outlook. This feature, (if I ever get it working) will really make it easy to take information with you on a Pocket PC, or publish information on a calendar site like Yahoo! (using Yahoo!'s sync software).
If you're in any way connected to a church, and know your worship leader, then tell him/her about ServiceBuilder. The few people who have bought/are-using this program say it's improved their effectiveness.
~Jason
Tags:ServiceBuilder

February

Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Churchwarden Site

Check this out: Site Shadow activated on the Churchwarden site
~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Well Said

Thanks Perry,
Very well said. You're right that it's easy to mistakently love the gift more than the giver, and I appreciate you reminding us to keep our focus. The senior pastor at our church talks of something he calls the 'Theology of Orange Juice.' It goes something like this, (though far more eloquently): all things are to bring glory to God, so even when drinking orange juice we can say, "Thanks God, for this excellent juice! You've created it for my enjoyment, and it's a testament of your power, love and grace." I guess I'd call it a "Theology of Pipe Smoking," but the idea is the same. I want to give God glory in everything I do-- to find some way to worship in each moment, especially as I find myself enjoying something in this world our God has created.
Keep writing, and sign me up for that newsletter!
~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

From The Churchwarden

Greetings to Jason, and to all of my other Canadian readers who apparently found The Churchwarden through Jason's site. I appreciate everyone's kind comments, and give all glory to God for them. Although the pipe may be our common interest (that and fly fishing), what really unites us is the blood of Jesus. He will be with us forever--long after we have caught our last trout or smoked our last puff of tobacco. May our enthusiasm for God's good gifts never get in the way of our love for his greatest Gift.

Your's in Christ,
Perry S. Fuller
THE CHURCHWARDEN


Tags:hobbies pipes
Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Hey Jason

I'm a design student in my first semester in a graphics program At the Katherine Gibbs School in New York city- near times square... and i just happen to run into your site on the net, while doing a broad search... Being from New York City and meeting all kinds of people and designers in general I have to say that your site is pretty impressive/ well organized/ and easy on the eye... Keep up the good work... I hope that one day I can become as good as you...
Stephanie-----
Sperezinc@yahoo.com
Thanks Stephanie, I appreciate the encouragement!
~Jason

Tags:hobbies tours
Tuesday, February 18th, 2003

Back To It

Here it is Tuesday, and I've got to go back to work... yuck. I need a break after Valentines!
~Jason
Tags:church_work
Monday, February 17th, 2003

New ICON for BLOG

BLOG - a post blog scriptWhat do you think of my new icon? I made it to look similar to blogger's, it has the four letters hidden within it, it's got a picture of a person talking to another person... I think it's kinda cool!
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts blog
Friday, February 14th, 2003

Finished

OK, I'm finished the pop subscribe feature! COOL! I'm putting it up for sale in two days. Look for it Monday for $24.95. If you buy it now, I'll sell all the plugins including this PopCheck script for $14.95, so you save $10. It's worth it!
~Jason
Intelliscript.net
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts autofollowup
Thursday, February 13th, 2003

Plugins - Mail Unsubscribe/Subscribe

I've been continuing to work on the unsubscribe and subscribe by email script, and I've FINALLY made headway! I predict that in a week or two it will be ready, unless I get really busy with my real job.
What's cool is that this has opened a whole new bag of possibilities for me. I'm planning on writing and releasing a Blog Mail script, which will allow people to post to my blog from their email client. This is perfect for me to write to blogs from my pocket pc when I'm away from an Internet connection. When I sync up, my latest blogs will be saved to the server.
I plan on making the subject line of the email to be the control line, with something like "Blog: path/filename". The script reads emails from any pop account, looking for the word 'blog' at the front of the subject line. Then it takes the body of the email and saves it to the path specified.
Cool!
~Jason
Tags:webdesign perl_scripts autofollowup
Thursday, February 13th, 2003

Valentine's Music

Wow, it's amazing. We've been working on this Valentine's Day Event since... well, I guess it's been since September. It's finally here, and it's going quite well! Today was the first of two dress rehearsals, and Friday night and Saturday night are the event nights. How fun!
It's very funny to see people dressed up in clothes from the seventies, singing songs from the seventies. The guy we have playing 'John Denver' looks just like him! The Village People look great too, dressed in their various costumes. I'll try to put some photos up of this event for those interested.
~Jason
Tags:church_work valentines
Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Sync Software

I have found about three or four programs which have the potential to be really useful in syncing my Pocket PC with the Internet... I want to make changes to files and see them reflected on this web site. Unfortunately, not ONE of them works! Talk about buggy software. Anyone know of a good solution here? Anyone!? :O
~Jason
Tags:pocket_pc
Monday, February 10th, 2003

Smoking and Etc.

I was looking at long-stemmed pipes this evening... I'd like to find a churchwarden pipe with a not-so-round bowl that costs about $30-$50. Ok, ok, so maybe this is Wizard of Middle Earth envy, but wouldn't it be cool to sit out under the moon with a warm pipe in hand and the smell of mild tobacco in the air?
BTW: This is the pipe I ended up buying, model 4828 Sandblast 601Z from this site: ff-pipes.com. I love the long stem of the churchwarden pipe.
~Jason

Tags:hobbies pipes
Friday, February 7th, 2003

Give Away MP3s

I'm really sick of MP3.com. They've been giving away my mp3's for four years, and always with promises to send me money for the downloads. I've never seen a cent, and they keep changing the terms of service. It ticks me off.
Anyway, I"m going to start giving my mp3s away here. Why not? There's no Terms of Service prohibiting that like there was with Hypermart (boy am I glad I left Hypermart!). So look for my mp3's here soon.
Jason
Tags:music
Thursday, February 6th, 2003

Ontario Drum Corps Association

Check out my newest site design, ODCA.org.
Here's the URL: www.odca.org
Tags:webdesign
Wednesday, February 5th, 2003

Wrote a New Song

I just wrote a new song... it's really touched me... here are the lyrics, I hope you like it. I'll record it and put the mp3 up soon:

Oh Lord You're Merciful
by Jason Silver

I love the sunshine on my shoulders
Feel the warmth of sunny rays
I love to walk out in the evening
Feel the moonlight on my face

I love to swim out in the ocean
I love to drink from icy springs
I love to jump into a river
Just a few my favourite things

Chorus:
Oh lord, You're merciful 4x

I love to hold on to my woman
Hold her tight, 'cause I'm her man
I love the smile that she gives me
When I reach out for her hand

I love to see my baby laughing
I love to hear him learn to talk
Peaceful when he's sleeping
Shaky when he walks
[chorus]

Bridge:

I don't deserve all these blessings
I didn't earn all this stuff
Not the workin' or the dreamin'
Just your grace has been enough
You give me more than I can ask for
Give me less than I deserve
I owe it all to Jesus
Whom I choose to serve...
[chorus]

I love the feeling that you give me
I love to sing about your grace
I like the plan of holy living
And the spirit on each face

I love to stay up late and worship
or to get up with the sun
I love to read about your mercies
'Cause you're the only one
[chorus]

(c) 2003 Jason Silver Ink. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.


Tags:music song_bios

January

Thursday, January 30th, 2003

WOW! Great site!

I found a great site which echoes "my sentiments exactly". You have to check this one out,
The Churchwarden. My favourite lines:
"Published with the belief that God acknowledges no distinction between the secular and the sacred.
and:
"On land, on sea, at home, abroad, I smoke my pipe and worship God" Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
~Jason
Tags:hobbies pipes
Tuesday, January 28th, 2003

Making Whistles

I made my first Penny Whistle the other day. I found the directions on a web site, How to Make a Penny Whistle. It went really smoothly until I drilled the finger holes. I had to find directions on another site for placing the holes correctly.
When I was done I had my own whistle, albeit not very loud--- and not exactly in tune, it was quite fulfilling to make. I'm going to try again soon!
~Jason
Tags:music
Monday, January 13th, 2003

Reading List 2002

Here's the list of books that I've read in 2002:

Herman Melville: Moby Dick, or The Whale

Jim Cymbala: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Brian D. McClarren: A New Kind of Christian

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly


Tags:books list
Thursday, January 2nd, 2003

auto followup

How can I download this fix?
You need to have a membership and password at Intelliscript.net. Log in and download the update. Updates are free.
~Jason

Tags:webdesign perl_scripts autofollowup