Time to get Naked

April 1st, 2008

That’s right, it’s coming up! Annual CSS Naked Day is April 5th, and it’s almost here!

CSS Naked day is an entire day devoted to promoting good basic web design practices. So on that day, web developers are encouraged to strip their websites of all CSS styling, and let their XHTML shine! The idea is that in order to celebrate the day, you have to be able to strip your site naked and not be embarrassed about what is there.

I will be celebrating by using a simple wordpress plugin (CSS Naked Day) to strip my website bare on the international, 48-hour holiday. I encourage you to come on back to stevish.com on April 5th (of every year) to check out my <body>.

Morning Person

March 11th, 2008

What I’m about to share may shock, or even frighten you. This post is not intended for the weak of heart, stomach, or bladder. I will not be held responsible for anyone spontaneously going into labor while reading this post, so proceed at your own risk.

I, Stephen, am attempting to become… a morning person. As of Thursday, March 6th, I have been getting up at 6:00am daily (with the exception of Saturday when I “slept in” until 8:00). and before you other morning people pipe up, 6am is early, because I typically don’t have to get up ’till 8 or later to be to work on time.

So far, it has not been easy. I still have to prop myself up in bed rubbing my eyes for about 3-5 minutes after my alarm goes off before I can get up. Also, there is not an ounce of caffeine in our entire house (not necessarily on purpose), so I have been having problems staying awake for the first hour or two.

There were several factors in my decision to become a morning person. One came a few years back when one of my professors told me that the whole morning person/night owl thing was actually a choice. To an extent, I knew he was right. Another factor was my lack of self-discipline. I figured this little exercise would help me to gain a little control over my will.

The last big factor was the fact that I’ve never had a consistent devotional life. Now I know that there are many people out there (I am one of them) who believe that devotions don’t need to be a legalistic procedure that you force yourself through every day until they become meaningless. That being said, I can’t think back to a time in my life when I was reading the bible and praying (not for school, that is) for two consecutive months. Not even once a week for two months. The problem is that with my lack of self-discipline, I will fall out of any habit that becomes slightly tiresome, if it doesn’t have an assigned time of day, or seem like it’s important. So for that reason, I have devoted a time slot in my new early-morning routine to studying God’s word and praying.

So, those of you who know me may now be wondering how it’s going? That’s a good thing. Please feel free to ask me that question any time with as much skepticism as you feel is necessary. The skepticism of others is a good incentive for me to “prove them all wrong” so to speak. But, I’m sure I’ll also need people encouraging me too. So whichever skill you’re gifted in, feel free to let loose. Oh, and to answer your question, it’s going well so far. I have a perfect record, and don’t plan on setting my alarm on a Saturday morning ever again (We’ll call it my Sabbath).

Anyways, I’ll try to keep this blog updated on my morning person status every once in a while (but most of you know how I am about keeping blog-promises).

Stevish

February 21st, 2008

*sigh*

Well, folks, I just had a disheartening time on google. I looked up “Stevish” and found a whole lot of people that weren’t me. Soon enough, I’m gonna try to make a user on some site, and Stevish will be taken 🙁

When I first started this site, I could only find 3 or 4 stevish’s when I tried. Now they’re everywhere. Well, on the bright side, I already secured the domain name 🙂

Homosexuality

February 19th, 2008

That’s right, I said it. This post is aimed at fellow Christians.

I think one of my biggest pet peeves about the Christian church, is how they view “sinners.” More specifically, homosexuals.

Let me start by saying this: I am a Christian, and I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that homosexuality is 100% undeniably wrong. That being said, I also believe that Christians who condemn unbelieving homosexuals are also 100% wrong.

Christians are directed in the Bible to “Go make disciples of all Nations…” and so on. We are also obligated, by virtue of Christs great gift to us, to live according to His commandments. Unbelievers have no such obligation. The Bible says that we were enslaved to sin before we were saved. That means we couldn’t help it. There was no way for us to stop sinning. When Christ came into our lives, He changed all that.

When we are dealing with sinners (which, by the way, we all are) who aren’t believers, we have no business telling them how they should live. They are SINNERS without the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin. Jesus never tried to get heathens to change their ways, and neither should we. If they want to be homosexual, LET THEM! But love them. And try to lead them to Christ. Remember, we came to Christ just as we were, don’t try to clean up the other unbelievers before they can come to Him… it won’t work.

So this is unorganized rambling, but here’s the sum of what I want to say. If you are a believer in Christ, and you hate homosexuals (or any other type of sinner), get over yourself. You’re worse than they are, I promise.

Giants 17, Patriots 14

February 4th, 2008

Cheers rang out from all directions as I stood out on the back deck trying to hear my friend on the other end of the line. At the end of what looked to be a sure perfect season, the Patriots finally got what was coming to them: a loss. And in the Super Bowl no less.

So for a team with so much skill and experience, as well as a crowd of fans hoping for a perfect season, why did it seem like everyone was a Giants fan yesterday? As you may have guessed, I have a couple reasons for that.

  1. The Underdog Factor
    People love to cheer on the underdog. And why not? I mean, if you’re going for the team that’s expected to lose and they do, nobody’s gonna rub it in your nose. But if you cheer on the team with the advantage and they lose, you’ll never hear the end of it.
  2. Tom Brady
    Don’t get me wrong, I think Tom Brady is a good quarterback. But when announcers, commentators and sportswriters make him out to be a god, that’s where I draw the line. No matter what happened in the course of a game, the announcers always found a way to praise Tom Brady. Whether he threw a great pass, or a horrible one that went through a defenders hands only to be caught by Randy Moss, the announcers will say the same thing: “What a throw by Brady!” The man is good, but grossly overrated.
  3. Bill Belichick – The Patriots’ Coach
    Not really a people pleaser. His lack of respect for other teams’ efforts was at its peak when all he could say after the Super Bowl was “We’re disappointed.” I’ve seen so many interviews of losing coaches who basically say the same thing: “You know, the [insert other team name here] played really well, they came up with the big plays…” etc. But not a sore loser like Belichick. And remember that this is the coach who, when confronted about his teams’ cheating simply replied “It was a misunderstanding.” Absolutely no remorse.
  4. Eli Manning
    I feel like I don’t even have to say anything about this guy. What’s not to love? He’s a young guy, just starting his career, planning to marry his high school sweetheart. He began his career in the very impressive shadow of his older brother Peyton, and there’s no doubt that the hearts mothers everywhere went out to him, hoping he’d make his own name for himself. And how can you not empathize with Peyton up in that box, all alone, cheering for his little brother for all he’s worth. It’s so heartwarming it’s almost sickening.

I have to admit that the word “SUCKAS” escaped my lips more than once while watching the Giants put up such an amazing victory over the Patriots. I had been waiting for that loss since week 9 of the regular season, and was pleased that it came from the lowest-seeded team in the playoffs. The Giants fought hard, and earned every single point they put up this post-season, and my green-and-yellow, packer-loving hat is off to them. Well played, Giants. Enjoy the spotlight.

My poor Packers

January 26th, 2008

Well, I guess it’s been a while since I posted, and I might as well stay on topic. My Pack is out of the playoffs. So now, not only will the Packers not win the Super Bowl, but it’s even less likely that the Patriots will lose it (which is what I’ve been hoping for since week 10 or so).

It’s ok though, Brett will come back next year to a more experienced team that has nowhere to go but up. There’s always next year :/

Magical Number Four

October 30th, 2007

Lemme give you the run-down:

First, good defense, bad offense, the bad guys put up the first score. Hmm… Number Four decides that he can do that too… one 80 yard pass and the game is tied.

Now the game is almost over, and goes into overtime! What are we gonna do? The Pack wins the toss, and receives the first kick… but only make it to the 18 yard line. Number Four walks out and… you guessed it: 82 yard pass for the touchdown. And you thought overtime was supposed to last longer than 20 seconds…

So here’s to Brett Favre, and here’s to showing the Broncos that he hasn’t lost his arm.

Bill Cosby!

October 7th, 2007

Yep, it’s true. Rachel and I went to see Bill Cosby live today. For those of you who don’t know, Cosby is my all-time favorite comedian. It was cool to see him in person. He even did one of his older routines (“Dentists”), which I knew almost word for word. Of course he didn’t quote himself exactly, and I think this particular performance of that routine was better than the original that I have on DVD.

Well, I guess I’m not very long-winded tonight. It’s time for bed so I can get back to the real world tomorrow.

First Frost

October 7th, 2007

Well, I just celebrated my second First Frost Day. It was pretty fun. Different than my first one, but it was still awesome. We got Egg Nog from WalMart and had that, Wassle (an amazing German drink that Justin made), and homemade donuts.

Well, this post was gonna be longer, but I just saw Bill Cosby live, so I’m gonna have to post about that now… bye!

Top of the Afternoon to Ya

September 27th, 2007

As much as I feel like a shmuck for not writing regular updates so all my Michigan people know what’s going on over here, I will not be posting an update. Why? Well, if I tell you, it would defeat the purpose.

Now with that as an intro, I bring you: House of Food Fine American Dining.

Here in America, we practically organize our food by nationality. We cook Lasagna and have an Italian meal. We order Chinese. We eat at a Mexican Restaurant. And don’t forget that All-American A&W. Well, this all got me thinking… What would it be like to open an American food restaurant in some foreign country? Like China! Here is what I think the average customer’s experience would be.

You walk in and are immediately struck by the smell of greasy deep fryers. As you look around at the walls, you see a few American flags, pictures of the White House, a lake in the mountains, and a painting of a cute house with a white picket fence. The tables and booths are straight out of a 50’s diner, and are each adorned with ketchup, mustard, and napkins. The hostess is a blond American girl who speaks Chinese very well, but with a noticeable American accent. As she takes you to your table, you notice that you can see back to where the cooks are making the food. A bunch of white guys speaking only English. The menus are all written in Chinese, except for the titles of each dish. They have funny names like “Hamburger” and “French Fries.” Your waiter has a little bit heavier of an accent than the hostess, and his grammar is pretty bad. He has to repeat himself several times throughout your meal. When you get you bill, the waiter informs you that you will pay the cashier up front. The cashier repeats your order, but she might as well be speaking English because you have no idea what she just said. You smile, nod, and hand her your credit card.

It’s interesting to try to put yourself into the shoes of a foreigner trying to make it in America, isn’t it?