Archive for April, 2007

Edifier – Pastor Jon

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I have been stewing on a new idea for several months. I finally came up with a name and launched the site. The site is titled The Edifier. I hope that it would not take very much effort for you to realize how much my relationship with God means to me. You can see in the side bar of this blog that I offer guidance on building a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

What I have found in the blogshpere is that there are plenty of blogrolls and directories containing self proclaimed Christian web sites. There is one big problem with many of the sites that add themselves to these directories and blogrolls. They do not maintain a high standard are Christian values in what they write or with the pictures and videos they plaster on their sites. This in my opinion can confuse the non-believer or seeker who does not understand how a professing Christian can post such filth or anger filled material. I have been as bad as any of blogger at times, but I am working on it. The idea with The Edifier is that it will highlight blog posts, blogs and web sites that have been identified to fall in line with the following scripture from Eph 4:12 (NLT).

“Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. “

Hopefully this site can become a trusted source for surfers to identify edifying material on the Internet.  In the beginning I will be tagging posts, blogs and web sites as Edifiers based solely on my own opinion. I do plan to recruit assistance in identifying Edifiers in the future. I have not made contact with any of my perspective recruits just yet.

Pastor Jon is a friend that I have made over the Internet. I have never met him in person, and he has no idea I am doing this little project. Pastor Jon’s Blog has been identified as the first Edifying Blog on The Edifier blog.

Congratulations Pastor Jon!

Chris Sligh in Concert

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Half Past Forever - Chris SlighChris Sligh and his band Half Past Forever will perform at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC on Friday May 4, 2007. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Seacoast web site and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Look for the Half Past Forever button like the one shown in this post.

Related post: Chris Sligh – Rock On

Google Posts Jobs for Charleston, SC

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Are you a low country super geek? Then Google has a job for you.

Can you make computers do amazing things? Are you excited about designing and developing new applications that really make a difference? Google is looking for engineers with the programming skills to change the world. Join Google engineering and help us build products that are used by millions everyday.

Google has posted 4 openings for the up coming Goose Creek, SC data center under the above general category description. The job listings include:

  • A Data Facilities manager
  • A Data Center Facilities Technician
  • A Hardware Operations Manager
  • A Hardware Operations Team Manager

Read my related posts on the new Google Data Center:

Computerworld on Goose Creek
Google Creek, SC
Is Google Going South?

Blue Angels Crash

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

A Blue Angels F/A-18 jet crashed this afternoon in Beaufort, SC.  The Blue Angels have been participating in a two day air show at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station this weekend in conjunction with Low Country Blues Festival.

I am grieved to see a fellow aviator die.  Initial reports say that no one else was hurt.  This is a miracle given the fact that this jet went down in a residential neighborhood in Beaufort, SC.

It’s not like me to miss an air show in the local area.  My participation in the Charleston GFI Alumni Picnic had me busy today.  I took my son Riley to see the Blue Angels last spring at Charleston Air Force Base, but this is one show that I am thankful I did not take my son too see.  I would not want to explain to my Little Flying Ace what happened to this pilot and his plane.  Riley has enjoyed flying since his first flight at 11 months of age.  I got to experience one of my favorite moments as a dad that day.  I got to pilot the plane as my son took his first airplane ride.

Letter to Bush on Blackwater case

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Congress.org capture

It sounds like President Bush is getting heat to fire a top general in addition to the calls to fire US Attorney General Gonzales. I did not know citizens actually wrote and sent letters like the one shown above on Congress.org, but this guy is letting it all hang out. A concerned veteran want President Bush to fire General North. I do believe there is some fishy stuff going on with this case in Afghanistan, but I do not know all the facts and will hold my personal opinion to myself regarding General North.

I previously wrote about my friend Stacey Brown’s husband being charged due to a run in with a Blackwater employee named Jimmy Bergeron. The investigating officer found and reported to General North on suspicions of evidence tampering and witness bribing. There has been little more said publicly since the Brown was cleared of the charges.

I have also run across more information on the alleged victim in this case thanks to IragSlogger. Jim Bergeron is the President and founder of a Canadian company E.P.D. Tactics Inc according to his web site. The web site reports that he is a former Marine with a BS in Criminology who has worked for as many as 12 U.S. Government agencies.

My related posts:

Charleston AFB Officer Cleared of Charges
Air Force vs Blackwater – Round II
Air Force vs Blackwater

Computerworld on Goose Creek

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

A story has been posted on Computerworld.com written by Patrick Thibodeau titled Google building data centers at fast-food franchise speed. The story provides some great details on Google’s data center strategy. A recent announcement by Governor Mark Sanford and Google confirmed rumors about Google’s move into Goose Creek, SC are in fact true. At least one local Charleston newspaper blog got a little pessimistic when a Google data center site was announced in North Carolina before the Goose Creek site was confirmed.

The Computerworld article concludes with some comments taken from a telephone interview on Monday evening with yours truly. Mr. Thibodeau even gave The Land of Ozz and little link love in his story.

Odd week for Ozz

Monday, April 9th, 2007

You might be able to hear the gears turning if you listen closely enough. I have several great blog stories churning, but that is not what makes this week odd. Odd item number one was that I got an email from a guy who wants to run an ad on one of my blogs. He offered to pay me to run an ad on a single blog post that is almost two years old. Oh, and the url that he provided is remnants of an old Blogger post that has sense been replace with WordPress.

The other odd thing that happened is that an editor/writer for a very popular technology publication contacted me today. He is doing a story about Google’s move into Goose Creek, SC and wanted to have me weigh in on the story as a Goose Creek resident and IT professional. My buddy Trace Pupke has the latest on Google’s confirmed plans to move into the creek. I will link to the story when and if it is published online and as long as it does not make me sound like a dweeb.

Oh yeah. Here is another oddity. Even though my number of blog posts per some amount of time ratio is way down, I have just seen the highest traffic month on this site ever. The number of unique visitors per day is well over 1,000 with March being the highest month ever with 0ver 40,000 visitors.  Not that I am counting or anything. Right?  This blog still gets the highest percentage of the traffic on the hoei.com and the hankosborne.com domains.  The hankosborne.com domain name is currently pointed to the same IP address as hoei.com.

My Three Sons

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

A very popular question from friends and family has been, “are you having a boy or a girl?” Everyone knows that Mrs. Ozz is pregnant with our third child which is due to arrive in August. My response to “what are your having” was confirmed on Thursday when we had the big 20 week ultrasound. I have been saying just three words in response to this question since Thursday, “my three sons.” The first thing out of most people’s mouth when I say this is, “DO WHAT? Your having triplets?” Um, No. We are having one more boy and that will total three boys in our house. Then they say, “Oh, I get it.” [giggle, giggle]

Riley and Caden at the ZooMy oldest son Riley has been all but prophesying over his mommy’s belly and saying, “I am having a baby sister.” We had to break the news to Riley on Thursday that he is going to have another little brother. Oh, and there was little doubt in determining the gender during the ultrasound on Thursday. This little guy has obviously heard his brother and the rest of us talking about a baby sister. He positioned himself so that we could be absolutely certain that he is in fact all boy. Riley seems fine with the news, but he is quick to tell us that he still wants a little sister.

We do not have not have a name picked for this little guy, but we are already getting plenty of suggestions. The name will remain a surprise for now. Maybe we will save it for the end of our Growing Kids God’s Way class like we did with Caden’s name. We held out on sharing Caden’s name until just before he was born. We picked his name based solely on Baby Boy number 3 - 2007meaning. The name Caden means “fighter” and his middle name Gabriel meaning “the Lord is my strength”. Riley’s name was picked based on uniqueness and his middle name William was picked to honor his grandpa’s first name Willie (Joe) and my grandfather’s last name “Williamson”.

Another popular question I get is in regards to the baby’s health. Most people who want to know sort of beat around the bush with their question. I am sure they are trying not to offend me. It’s really not a big deal so I will share the question and the answer right here. The question goes something like this, “do you have any concerns about the baby’s health, I mean, with all the medical problems Caden has endured?” The short answer is a simple, No. Caden’s diagnosis of 22q11.2, Di George, VCFS or whatever you choose to call it was caused by an anomaly in the first trimester of Sherry’s pregnancy. Sherry and I have been tested and Caden did not get any the chromosome deletion from either of us. That leaves us with every expectation that any other babies when have will be perfectly healthy.

I can say that Satan has played plenty of games with us up until this ultrasound. After all, it was the 20 week ultrasound during Sherry’s last pregnancy that began our journey with dozens of medical professionals specializing in pediatric care. We have been battling some fear as the weeks wound down to this ultrasound. This ultrasound finished with perfect results. Everything was perfect.

Sherry and I both believe that every child is a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3a NLT. I won’t go into any of my personal theology on that subject except to say that I would even go as far as to say that every child is not only a gift from God, but a perfect gift from God. I really like what God’s Word says in James 1:16-18 (The Message). These verses fall under a section of James 1 that is appropriately subtitled in the New Living Translation as “Faith and Endurance“. Early in this pregnancy Sherry felt that God had given her the words, “Walk by faith, not by sight.” That can be a tall order for a woman who lugs around a suction machine and a feeding pump for her 2 1/2 year old son. Sherry was reassured of these God given words when she woke up on Thursday morning and began her morning quiet time with God. The Bible reading plan we both follow took us through the fifth chapter of second Corinthians. On the very morning of her 20 week ultrasound, Sherry found 2 Corinthians 5:7 in her morning reading.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NLT)

Easter Bunny

Friday, April 6th, 2007

What about the Easter Bunny? Those who have be around my blog long enough to read my opinions on Santa Claus and Halloween should expect that I must have an opinion about the Easter Bunny. I do.

Before I give my opinion, I want to make sure you understand that the reason for this post is not specifically to change anyone’s mind about how they celebrate Easter. My main reason for this post is to encourage any other parents out there who share my basic practices concerning the Easter Bunny.

I have a standard American background in terms of Easter. As a kid I woke up on Easter morning to find that there was a nice big basket filled with eggs, jellybeans, and a box containing a hollow milk chocolate bunny rabbit all padded with a nice layer of fake plastic grass. I usually got a new church outfit. I even got a real live baby chicken once for Easter. All of this really was pretty cool and I don’t have a problem with any of it, well except maybe the jellybeans. They are not compatible with my dental work. I could go on all day with Internet references about what colored eggs mean and why someone should or should not hide Easter eggs, but I am not going to bore you with that nonsense. I have no underlying religious reasons for coloring Easter eggs and having an Easter egg hunt. It think it is plain good old fashion fun and it helps bring attention to this very special day.

Now, the Easter Bunny is one part of Easter that I no longer find as being cool. The Easter Bunny game was played in my house when I was a child and was fairly harmless. The fact that it was done in my house when I was a kid and it was fun does not automatically cause me to follow suite with this particular tradition. I now see this tradition of telling about a magical Easter Bunny for what it really is, a lie. It is a small lie and told with the best of intentions by most parents, but it is none the less a lie. This like any other lie can diminish the much needed healthy trust relationship required between a parent and a child. This is why I no longer tell this little lie to my children.

What do I tell my kids about Easter? What is the best way to celebrate Easter? As a Christian, should we participate in secular Easter activities? As a parent, these are just a few questions that you may be asking yourself as Easter approaches. My short answer to all of these questions is to keep it true.

Keeping it true is fairly easy. My wife and I do put out Easter baskets for our kids. We just tell our children the truth about where the baskets came from. The baskets came from Mommy and Daddy. We then share the most important meaning of Easter with our kids. We tell them the story of how Jesus gave his life for us on the cross. We then explain the resurrection of Jesus to our children in the best way we can. We tell our kids that Easter is a celebration of what Jesus did on the first Easter that paved the way for us to follow him into eternity in Heaven with God as long as we believe and trust in him.

Parent who keep it true should be encouraged that they are not alone. There are others of us who try to keep the focus on building healthy family relationships. I understand that secular holiday traditions can be fun, but we as Christians do not have to embrace them all just because everyone else is doing it. Parents can be creative in building their own family traditions that set them apart from the world and help you build a unique family identity.

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Col 2:6-10 NLT

Man that is good stuff!