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#100

MirrorMask Nominated

emoticon:mirrormask Some good news for fans of the MirrorMask film, written by my old favourite Neil Gaiman.

MirrorMask was nominated for the Best Underground Movie of 2005. It didn't win, but this is a great recognition of a fantastic film.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-09 22:43:57 | |
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#99

Gadgets and Games

emoticon:mobile_world Although my PDA has died, my life is not bereft of gadgets. I've just bought a webcam so that Delia and I can have video conversations with our nephews and nieces (and other assorted relatives). Delia can probably use it to talk to her parents in Romania, isn't this technology stuff grand. Razz

I've also got my new Nokia 3230 Phone. I haven't got Python running on it yet though. Laughing

Finally, (for this brief post) I've bought my first game for as long as I can remember it. I have very fond memories of Doom 2 played over the LAN at college. That was over ten years ago now, which makes me feel very old. I've bought Quake 4 to try and relive some of those moments. I hope it won't eat too much into the programming time Exclamation

Doom had stacks of sheer shoot-em-up-mayhem, that made many of its technically superior descendants seem like pale imitations. From what I hear about Quake, I may be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-09 22:43:24 | |
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#98

PDA Disaster

emoticon:pda I've had a PDA disaster. Over the last few days, my XDA IIi has sputtered to a halt and finally died. Sad

This is a real nuisance as I was halfway through a good book, and it's great for doing blog entries on the way to work. Luckily it's still under warranty, so I'll be able to get it fixed. I'll be without it for a week though. sigh

Now that I have broadband at home this is less of an issue. The phone interface is rubbish on it, but I used to use it to fetch my email.

Update

I'd completely forgotten to try a hard reset. It looks like that might have solved my problems. Very Happy

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-09 22:42:36 | |
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#97

Moving Out and On

emoticon:newspaper It's now almost three weeks since Delia and I moved out of community. After ten years in community (for me) this is a big step and a big change.

Community living, as practised by the Jesus Army and the New Creation Christian Community is a great thing. So why did I move out ?

Now that the dust has settled (a little) I'd like to explain.

The vision of community, is that living together and sharing income and possessions, is much closer to how God intended us to live than the "Normal Western Lifestyle". Lots of Christians felt the call to community in the charismatic outbreak of the seventies, but few of the communities have survived. The strong structure of the Jesus Army has not been uncontroversial, but it is what has enabled it to remain a strong movement of God thirty or more years after it was founded.

The JA has (depending on how you count membership), some two or three thousand members across the UK. Around four to five hundred of these currently live in community.

I arrived in community in a very desperate state, back in early 1996. At first it was little more than a bed and food, which was more than I could expect to find elsewhere. I gradually found my faith again, emotional healing and strong friendships. This is undoubtedly through the ethos and practise of the Jesus Fellowship. If you are interested in my story, you can read the first parts in :

There's more to come... Wink

Many other people have found help and encouragement through community and Church.

Community living obviously has its advantages and its difficulties. Nonetheless, my experience was largely a very happy one. So why did we leave ? Is it just a step backwards ?

Well, possibly the answer to the second question is yes. Sad I'm still not sure about that, and time will tell.

Community living puts a lot of constraints on lifestyle. Not the least of which is constraints on yourtime. I have always had a great interest in computers, and in recent years have discovered I have an ability to program. Particularly using the Python Programming Language.

Community means spending a lot of time with people, this is its greatest strength and its greatest problem. I really enjoyed living with the folk at River Farm House, some of whom I count as my closest friends. Along with the opportunity to really share your life comes the opportunity for relationship tensions and difficulties. Living with people who you find difficult, or who find you difficult, can be a painful thing. It certainly forces you to examine your character and be aware of your selfishness and weaknesses. The alternative of course, is to never have to face up to them; or at least to deal with them a lot more slowly.

But along with spending time with people, community comes with an enormous commitment to attend meetings. I was finding that fitting programming into the couple of hours left every day wasn't working. I'd already decided that I wanted a job as a programmer, but the elders felt that it absorbed too much of my soul and time. They wanted me to give it up altogether [1].

It wasn't a decision I made lightly, in fact I agonised over it for months. In the end I felt that I couldn't give up programming altogether and we had to move out.

So we're no longer living so closely with people, and we don't know what the future holds. Perhaps I've chosen a path further from what God wants for me. This certainly isn't the end of the story. We haven't left the Jesus Army and still attend almost as many meetings as we did before Exclamation People have largely been very supportive. Although they may disagree with my choice, they've made it clear they want to remain our friends.

There are dangers. My Faith is the most important thing in my life, and I desperately don't want to lose my relationship with God. My past experiences have shown me just how good at running my own life I can be when I do that. Community puts a lot of (good) boundaries up, and outside of it you have to maintain these boundaries of morality and responsibility yourself.

When we first moved out I was very confused. I didn't know where I stood with God, or with other people. Maintaining my commitment to the Church felt like it was going to be difficult. I was worried that I had completely blown it with God.

The week after we moved out we went to our weekly family meal (agape) and I felt a real touch of God [2]. It was very unexpected, but also reassuring. Even if I have made a wrong decision, God hasn't abandoned me and there is hope for the future. This stirred up my desire to stay involved with the Church, and I feel like this is a new beginning.

As I said, this isn't the end of the story. I still hope that in the future, when things are more settled, we may be able to move back into community. Even if this doesn't happen, it's not the end of our friendships with the people, nor our friendship with God.

[1]The exact sequence of events is slightly more complicated, I reached a decision to move out a few days before the elders were going to talk to me anyway. The upshot is the same though.
[2]A perhaps slightly bizarre euphemism, meaning to experience the love and presence of God.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-07 14:33:39 | |
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#96

Coming Soon

emoticon:info I'm sorry folks, this entry is more for the sake of google than it is for you. Sad

Coming soon :

All will be revealed soon, well hopefully anyway... Wink

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-07 14:32:02 | |
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