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Isaiah 53:5

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

So many years prior, Isaiah had the revelation of what was to come. Jesus fulfilled these revelations in his life as he became the sacrificial lamb, dying once for all– for all who will believe. From this we can be healed of the crisis sin puts us in.

This bit of scripture matters still because Christ died not just for those people back then, but for everyone throughout time that will receive this gift of redemption.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.

So many times I try to fix problems or figure things out when I should be still and listen for God’s wisdom to come into mind.

I don’t believe this verse advocates just sitting around and waiting for something to happen, but rather as we judge a situation/idea/opportunity/… we should not make sense of it merely from our understanding. We should use God’s wisdom in His word as the ruler (consider both meaning or ruler… ruler = someone with authority, ruler = measuring stick… but the latter is apropos).  Taking this idea a step further, as we pray, surround ourselves with Godly counsel, and consume God’s wisdom from his Word, we can better fulfill the calling of this verse.

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CodeStock 2014 notes

Ultimate UX Forgives

Mikhael Loo

My coworker Mikhael Loo revamped a presentation that he had given at our monthly meeting.  He went all out and created a memorable theme involving a monk to explain the way a User Interface/User Experience can be forgiving. The metaphor is the garden vs. the WORD?cage The main point is that if you make application so that anything that a user may mess up can easily be undone, then you do not have to lock them down so much. As was brought out in discussion, the unfortunate reality of many business cases is that rigid rules are necessary in some cases. The conclusion is that when possible, make it easy for user to undo a mistake and give users as much privilege as you can which simplifies testing the application and makes a more level playing field for all users.


Real World Single Page Apps: A Knockout Case Study

Cory House

Info: @housecor –

Q – follows spec for promises (jQuery promises is fine, but doesn’t follow spec)
_ (underscore) for Linq-esque library.
breeze / amplifyJS for routing
BrowserStack / for multi-browser testing
track.js – rollbar (Error logging, rollbar can work with Script Mapping so JS files can be minified)
AMD – async module definition pattern (confine scopes and dynamically pull in modules — require.js)

Cory gave an overview of the particular technology stack he and his shop used to build a Single Page Application. Above is a list of components with some alternatives in that stack. To contrast, he also showed the AngularJS stack which  simplifies things greatly by incorporating the whole stack into AngularJS.


JavaScript Design Patterns


Patterns are a recognizable way to do something
iife – (function(){ /*do something*/})();//call immediately
trick – (function($){ $.whatever(); })(jQuery);
chaining – var ib = new Something(); ib.blah().yah();
extend – inheritance vs. composition – composition easier to understand.
revealing module pattern – return signature.
DOM Object Bridge – wrap gets for DOM objects, making single query for it

Escaping Callbacks: Using Promises in JavaScript

Kevin Griffin
allows chaining
Use Q or something similar

Kevin gave a run down of how to use promises. Promises give structure to callbacks allowing for cleaner, more readable, chained code.

Becoming an Outlier: Reprogramming the Developer Mind

Cory House

Key Note
The power of Habit
“The maker’s schedule” – Most valuable assett = uninterrupted time
Rescue time
manicure stream
Microsoft Enterprise Architecture for the Enterprise
Head-first Design Patterns
Focus on things you can change
Perception is reality – how people see you, as far as they know, that is it
Teach yourself better than anyone else

The keynote was quite insightful. Many of the insight have hit home as I’ve read through 48 Day to the Work You Love and others. Basically, what’s your passion and how do you leverage that passion?

Romans 9:17-29

Romans 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,

“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
we would have been like Sodom
and become like Gomorrah.”

Why would God harden someone’s heart? Ultimately it is for His glory. It is hard to fathom from a “God is loving & good perspective” (and He is indeed, by the way) that God would use some for dishonor and others for honor. I guess the perspective that makes this hard is that in which we believe that we actually deserve His mercy and favor. As the pastor put it, the situation is not that we are going toward God and He is only allowing certain ones access, but rather that we are running from God and He is saving us in spite of ourselves. When we consider that we start out as lumps of clay (gooey, nasty dirt), who are we to question Him who molds us.

Isaiah 55:For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

Still, even with the perspective of being clay, it is hard to understand how God works and that is okay. When I consider being the clay, I am reminded of the song “Bring the Rain” which speaks to how sometimes God uses trials in even his vessels of honor for his glory. And from that I am reminded again of Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain (Mercy Me, Bring the Rain)

Verse links:

Managing Money

I was reading about how the borrower is slave to the lender in Proverbs 22:7. It makes me thankful to be debt free.  When you are in debt, the loaner has such power over you, and it stinks. I hear stories of people stuck in a house or it is going into foreclosure and it saddens me that they did not grasp this idea for them self prior to getting where they are.  Godly wisdom is Tue best wisdom, though it is not always so easy to apply. In the end it pays great dividends, though.

Thanksgiving 2012

I am so very thankful for my family. Just a bit over 3 years ago, I did not even know Cassie. Today we just celebrated Gracie’s first birthday.

I met Cassie on September 12, 2009 at the Regal Cinema in West Town Mall. She was sitting on a bench, probably texting when I saw her across the atrium. We first ‘met’ on a couple weeks prior. After contemplating for about a week or so, she finally decided it was okay to give me her phone number. I believe it was the first time that we spoke that I asked her out, and then we planned via email.

After dating for about 6 months (very nice months) Cassie started pointing out the song with the lyric “If you like it then you should’ve put a ring on it”. I had been considering proposing at some point in the near future, though our idea of when was a bit different. Also, I was still contemplating the idea of asking such a life-significant question. Cassie and I had some differences that at the time felt hard to reconcile.

I did overcome my fear (obviously) and after the “WinterJam” concert on March 6, 2010 I leaned over and said “I’ve got something to ask you…Will you marry me”? It was not super-duper romantic, but she did say yes.  It was the beginning of a grand journey. About 6 months later, she walked the isle and 2 years and some change later, we’re still in love.

So, I thank God for my family and the blessedness of these past 3 years. These have been some of the best years of my life.

A new year!

We are now upon 2012!  I think back over the past couple years, and boy what a 2 years those have been.

  • September 12, 2009 – Met Cassie for our first date
  • September 4, 2010 – Married Cassie
  • November 21, 2011 – had our first child, Gracie

These years have been so blessed, with some of the most notable events of my life.

Not long after marrying Cassie, we started trying to have a baby.  Perhaps we were a bit impatient?  We both knew we wanted children and that we are not getting younger. Obviously there some things that are now more difficult for us to do now, but having children is more important. It is without regret that we now dive into this chapter of our life.

End of Love89

This week, we, a large body of people, found out that our home on the radio dial is turning over to a national broadcast. Love89 started 18 years ago, when I was in high school or somewhere thereabout.  It became a local station with local personalities a few years later. I started listening to it my sophomore year of high school, then later in college, it became my constant companion on the radio, in my car. The radio personalities on Love89 have been like an extension of my family for so many years. Today, they are saying fairwell on the air.  It is a time of joy and morning.  The joy is from knowing that things will change, and that God will be in the middle of it.  The morning is we don’t really know how God is going to work it.

In the middle of it all, we know that God is good, God loves us and you, and He will do immeasurably more and more wonderful things than we can even imagine.

Praise be to God!