One Good Thing About Hurricane Harvey

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No, this isn’t a joke. Generally there isn’t much good about a Hurricane hitting the mainland but believe it or not I have found at least one good thing about Hurricane Harvey.  The good news is this: the news media which includes but is not limited to CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft won’t be leading their news cycles with fabricated fake news reports about Donald Trump, Russia or a rigged election.  Instead, for at least a couple of days we will be hearing and reading news about Hurricane Harvey as it makes its way on to the mainland.

Unfortunately, the media has sunk so low and has become so bankrupt in its quest for complete honesty and truthfulness in their reporting it has to take a Hurricane to interrupt the daily onslaught of misinformation and lies that spew from their left-wing media outlet centers. Nevertheless, a break in such reporting may have occurred and it’s a welcome pause for truth lovers everywhere.

 

 


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It’s August 21, 2017: “I don’t believe there is a Solar Eclipse”

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“I Don’t Believe It”

I wanted to believe the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was real, but I couldn’t see it. Today August 21, 2017 there is expected to be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon but I’m not sure I believe it.  It’s not that I didn’t want to believe either.  I really wanted to see to the eclipse–I even brought my camera so I could show you. The trouble was that where I live the sky was overcast and the air carried a dull orange tint from nearby wild fires. I trust my eyes and I believe what I see. Perhaps you see what you believe. Yet, I scanned the skies in vain seeing only cloudy skies, fog and orange haze. Unless you count the fog, as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t any solar eclipse.

Do You Seek The Truth?

Of course if I should truly doubt the solar eclipse really happened, I don’t have to go far to find the truth.  In fact, according to eyewitness accounts there actually was a solar eclipse.  I even read about it online and saw some videos of what some eyewitnesses described as an “amazing” event. Some people say it was showing the hand of God. While others were simply awestruck.  Should I believe them? I don’t know these people. How do I know these accounts and videos aren’t fabricated or made up? But I still want to know if it’s all true and there is not a good reason not to believe there was actually a solar eclipse.

Many people don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Most often our preconceived worldviews get in the way of believing in Him.  Yet not like believing or not in the existence of an eclipse, many people hate or distrust the God of the Bible. Many of us by nature don’t want to hear what His word says about us.  Maybe you have been hurt by someone who claims to know God or know someone who has been. Perhaps there is great pain or trail in your life that hinders you from believing God.  I have battled things like cancer and depression and know about that kind of pain. Yet none of these things disprove that God is real. In fact it’s just the opposite.

Eyewitness Accounts

There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the reality of God and who He is.  There are eyewitness accounts of Jesus and who He claims to be. Perhaps you have heard or know someone who has said they would believe in God of the Bible if He would only show Himself to them. The solar Eclipse did not show itself to me. Why should I still believe it was real?  I even went looking for it outside and did not see it with my eyes because there were clouds in the way.  Yet, does that mean it didn’t exist? Of course not. However I have a choice to make. I can choose to believe whether the eyewitness accounts of the actual event are true or not. Similarly, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Jesus Himself  has made claims about who He is and any person can freely examine these things to see if they are so. God will not hinder any person from seeking Him, if and when they choose to do so.

I suspect rather, any person who doesn’t believe in God is being hindered by their own selfish desires and lusts.  Simply put, they don’t to find God or God to find them. Sort’ve like a thief doesn’t want to find a police officer. That had been true for me in my life.

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:10

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Are You Seeking God?

You know this, the world is crumbling and falling apart. People more and more seek to break the law and do harm to others.  However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments).  As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil).  Like the clouds blocking my view of the eclipse, sin blocks our view (or a correct view) of God.  As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.

Here’s our biggest problem.  To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.

Have you sinned? Broken God’s commands?  Are you willing to seek God?  To get started, try this quick test.

Have you ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen? (8th commandment)
  
Do you put God first in your life?  (1st, 2nd commandments)
 
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust? (3rd commandment)
Hitler and Mohammed are not hated this much.
 
Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28) (7th commandment)

 

These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. We are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect standard. But since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.

One Way of Escape

Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin.   (James 2:10) 

Our trying to keep God’s commands to enter Heaven or by doing good deeds is not “good enough” since God as the Judge of Universe cannot be bribed. Because He’s Judge there is only one way in which God can provide this escape.  He must pay the penalty of our sins Himself.
 
He sent His Son Jesus Christ–God manifest in the flesh–to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)
Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death (the second death in Hell). (1 Cor. 15:3-4) (Revelation 20:9-15)
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36Titus 3:4-7Ro 6:23)
This is known as becoming born again.
What a great incomprehensible love God has for us when we seek it!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   Romans 5:8


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Windows 7 Control Panel is NOT Missing from Windows 10 after all

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Where’s the Control Panel?

Got Windows 10 and the Creators update but can’t find the Windows 7 Control Panel? It used to be found by right clicking on the start menu but recently it apparently went missing.  If may be that Microsoft removed it from that location in their desire to move forward with the “fresh”  flat look of Windows 10 but there are still many who will miss the look of Windows 7.

User Account Control

Windows 10 may not be Windows 7 in appearance but Windows 10 still retained the old-style control panel I loved from Windows 7.  Of course Windows 10 is now known for its new option simply called Settings.  However, the graphically appealing Windows 7 control panel had at least one option that I have not been able to find from the Settings menu of Windows 10.  One such example is User Account Control.  With this nifty little feature, one is able to control how much or little Windows will warn about programs before they install on your computer.  (You probably have seen it, it’s a dialogue box that pops up with a warning that you are about to change settings on your computer).  The warning also pops up just before you want to install a new application.  Some users, myself included may find it annoying but it can be controlled (at your own risk) in User Account Control.  User Account Control can be found in the old Control Panel under User Accounts.

(Important note: I will not be responsible for any damage caused to your computer for playing with the User Account Control or User Accounts settings.)

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How to Get the retro Windows 7 Control Panel Back

To find the retro Windows Control Panel you have a few options.

A quick search from the task bar (Cortana search), by typing in the words Control Panel will bring it up.  Another way to get it is to click on File Explorer  from the taskbar (looks like a yellow folder on the bottom of the desktop on Windows 10) and type Control Panel in the address bar.

Pin a Control Panel shortcut

For you fans of shortcuts, Control Panel can also be found in the Windows 10 start menu.  Scroll to the bottom of the long list of applications, and the Control Panel is under the category heading Windows System. Simply drag and drop the Control Panel to the Start Menu  (just to the right of the list of applications) or right-click Control Panel and click on pin to Start Menu or pin to Taskbar!

Using the Windows Button on your Keyboard

Win+R type in Control Panel in the dialogue box

Add a Desktop Shortcut to Control Panel

Right-click on the Control Panel from the Start Menu. Select More then Open file location.  Control Panel should be one of the options in the list.  From there you can add a shortcut link to your desktop.  (if you need more help leave me a comment)


 

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Raising the Bar in Gaming: Top Realistic Style Open-World Police Games in 2017

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Listing the Top Sandbox Style Police Games

So what are the top, most realistic, most exciting, graphically pleasing, sandbox style police games/sims available in 2017?  Unfortunately, I know of none to speak of……..yet.  Not to fret though, Wingman Games is currently working on fixing that with the development of Police 10-13.  Police 10-13 is a game that has the potential of finally raising the bar in gaming and filling a void in the gaming world with a realistic quality police simulator.

An Exercise in Futility

The gaming world is known for all genres and styles of kids and family games.  Some kids games (and family games) feature adorable animals, digital dolls, bricks, puzzles, building skills, driving, racing and more.  Then there are also realistic simulation style games such as X-plane and FSX or various vehicle simulators which allow a person to drive and race cars, drive a truck, a tractor, a ship and even a train!   He or she can build a model city, manage a town, go to war, shoot zombies, shoot aliens, shoot people, inhabit alien planets, build roller coasters, fight monsters and demonic beings or even kill the police.  Most of these games feature excessive violence, sex and such grotesque profanity not even gamers on YouTube will use it on their channel.  It’s true the modern gamer has many gaming options available.  However, if you are searching or have been searching like me, for a game that respects and features law enforcement as the hero in an open-world style environment, you will be disappointed.

The Search Continues

The most disappointing part about my search for a good police game is not that it doesn’t exist. With the more recent advancements in computer graphics and technology, I have been especially disappointed to find out this type of police game isn’t only possible to make but it could have already been done.  In fact, in the past 15 years of gaming, game developers have already built police and law enforcement models and vehicles right into their games and they did it well.  GTA 4 and 5 for example, have featured great looking graphical representations of police and law enforcement operations–just from the wrong side of the law.  Driving simulations and games such as The Crew, various truck simulators, and many Need For Speed titles have also featured great looking police vehicles, chases, sounds and lights. However, for gamers looking for a that realistic yet fun police simulator, these games are not.

What’s the Problem

The biggest problem with these games has been their lack of option and/or unnecessary content.  Any open-world game like as GTA does not give the player the option to remove excessive violence, profanity and unnecessary sex, nor do they allow one to play as the police.  If such a game does allow one to play from the law enforcement side of things, such as NFS Rivals), they are always accompanied by unrealistic side affects built right in.  These highly unrealistic modes or features can include but are not limited to: ramming, shooting, shocking, more ramming, jamming and similar abilities in order to get another vehicle to stop during a chase, (again, think NFS Rivals or NFS: Hot Pursuit).  Albeit these unrealistic features add brief moments of gaming joy, but generally I find their inability to allow role-playing as a police officer in a respectful and realistic manner will always hinder any chance of these types of games from becoming truly great.

Good News For Police Game Seekers

The good news is that for the millions of gaming fans who have been seeking (and patiently waiting) for a graphically feature rich open-world game which represent law enforcement in a positive light, will finally get their wish. Many law enforcement and gaming fans like myself are anticipating a great police experience in the eventual release of Police 10-13.  This game promises to be all the things many gaming police fans are hoping for–without skimping on graphics and overall quality.  (Support Police 10-13) (Roadmap of Police 10-13)

Honorable Mentions

For now, there is another game I have recently discovered (despite being released in 2006) called 911 First Responders/Emergency 4 and although not open-world, it does feature law enforcement and first responders in some realistic situations.  The game may be graphically dated and not a third-person sandbox style game but there is the ability to add MODS which for me breathes fresh life into this top-down strategy based game. Find my review on Steam here.

Also worth mentioning is a game called Enforcer: Police-Crime-Action.  If you can find it for $5 or less this game is worth playing.  (Note: Steam has periodic sales) The game is an open-world style game which allows the player to take on the role of a police officer, sort of.  Enforcer is an indie game which can be modded also helping to lift some of its built-in but nearly game breaking limitations.  The graphics are somewhat dated but for a cheap price it’s worth a look.  Find my review on Steam here.

 


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Why I Left Twitter

 

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Why Leave Twitter?

A couple of years ago I couldn’t wait to check my Twitter account to see what new “followers” had followed me the night before and to read any new comments from “so-and-so”.  And no, I don’t mean from Donald Trump.  As the comments and one-liners would rapidly appear I would scroll the feed only to be greeted by hundreds more comments I must’ve missed.  The daily routine of reading comments, (many duplicated and automated) and posting comments never ended until the day I finally left Twitter.  And why did I stop using Twitter?

So Many People Want to be Followed

The answer is quite simple but first some background.  Users of Twitter know that one purpose of the app is to gain followers and in turn follow others.  And so after months of using Twitter I like many others did just that until one day it dawned on me that it’s humanly impossible to actually read a thousand plus comments from people you are “following” let alone be excepted to respond to all those folks.  When I figured that out I felt as if I had been let down by Twitter.  I had high hopes for creating an empire of real people followers who cared about my content but so does most everyone else.  For me, the hype and appeal of what I thought Twitter might be was simply lost.  I was disappointed to learn that comments I sent out to people who had followed me couldn’t possibly be seen if they already had 1 million followers they were trying to track!

Content Fakery

With all this following and being followed going on I was getting a little dizzy.  And then I noticed another disappointing trend occurring on Twitter.  I know this because I did it. Since people have real lives, many of those comments and links I was reading were actually being automated each day and being posted by someone else!  I soon learned that much of the content on Twitter is a canned advertisement or message that had been planned out days and weeks in advance!  Oh the devastation!  So the question is, why would I want to read an automated message I had already read the day before and the day before that?  Well I didn’t and so I would simply hide the people who posted it.  And so I expect, if I was hiding people, other people where hiding people and so on.  But what’s the point in that?  Well I don’t see any good point really unless you think it’s great to follow and be followed by thousands and thousands of people who probably will never know you exist.

The Famous Person Bandwagon

Now the second problem I have with Twitter is what I call the famous person bandwagon. I am not remotely famous (or wish to be) nor do I wish to follow famous people.  Of course it wasn’t always this way.  In the beginning I was happy to part of the famous person bandwagon and it was fun.  I use to “follow” famous people and at the same time I wanted to see how many followers I could get too. That is until I realized unless you are already a well-known person not many people even know or care that you posted that clever comment to Twitter.  So again I don’t understand the appeal of Twitter unless it’s your business to know about famous people or you yourself are famous and Twitter makes you feel macho.  (With the exception of Donald Trump because he is already macho and the Left apparently can’t stand it.)

However, like Facebook, I decided to jump off the Twitter bandwagon and say bye-bye to the endless (and sometimes mindless) feed of automated one liners and links that so pervasively permeate the app known as Twitter.

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Why I Left Facebook

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Facebook Routine

For many people in life, connecting to people is essential to their well-being and Facebook is a big part of that sense of well-being.  Facebook is a routine like brushing ones teeth on a daily basis.  For me it was no different. A year ago I was so close to my Facebook and friends from other places (many of whom I did not know or know very well) that it began to become a problem.  You ask how so? How could connecting with a friend be a problem?  And to answer that question we must know why I left Facebook.

How do you compare?

As most people who use Facebook already know, the application lets the user “share” pictures, videos, ideas, projects, opinions and basically their life (if they so choose) with anyone else who is allowed to become a “friend”.  (Anyone can become a friend which I also find kind of ironic because if you have never met someone in real life or even know them, how are they really a friend?)

Now I used Facebook in all the many popular ways of sharing this and that but the trouble started when I began to compare my life with other people’s lives.  In an attempt to minimize some comparing however, I would avoid viewing the “news” feeds from some people while viewing only the ones I cared about.  But in the end I was still feeling dissatisfied.  For me Facebook was like that. Using Facebook was an exercise in dissatisfaction because other people where doing things and making things go and enjoying life while I was just……there I go comparing again. And Facebook made it easy. Facebook not only made it easy to compare but it also made it feel okay.  Now as a Christian I should know better.

Facebook Bias

Facebook has been known to favor the left in America.  They are not favorable to Christians or Conservatives either.  Their philosophy simply rubs me the wrong way.  Another reason I don’t want to use Facebook.

Gossip

Did I mention the gossip aspect of Facebook?  In my opinion Facebook is a breeding ground for gossip whether it’s about truth or lies, gossip is everywhere on Facebook.  Since each user of Facebook is at liberty to post nearly anything that comes to mind, it’s anyone’s guess what might be said.  And when whatever it may be (good or bad) is said and is posted publicly, potentially hundreds of people (and probably more) have instantaneous knowledge of those intricate details. This information can be anything, whether it’s personal, funny, disgusting or sensitive, it’s all apparently fair game on Facebook.  And whatever it maybe that’s said or posted, everyone who’s a friend of a friend of a friend (of a friend) now knows.  I think you get my point. Sometimes this knowledge is helpful while other times it may do more damage than help.  And so my belief has been that if a person is not able to face the person and say it, then it probably shouldn’t be said on Facebook, especially if it’s not private.  And let us not neglect to mention what people post about themselves.  On Facebook it would seem just about anything goes and we all their to see it (or read it).  And so to avoid being caught up in any Facebook frenzies over words and pictures, I decided it was best for me to leave Facebook–before I said something publicly I might regret.  (That is why I post it on a blog……heh heh)

Addiction

Of course Facebook doesn’t have to be all about comparing ones life with another or sharing our lives publicly but I have since learned there is also an addiction aspect.  Personally I did not like the feeling I having each day that I must know what others are doing, saying, posting or thinking at any given moment and that they would gladly share it with everyone!  Pieces of their lives (and my own) were showing up in the “news” feed 24 hours a day.  It’s true, I am for the most part a private person but with Facebook, I felt the constant urge to tell all those “friends” what I think.  After all, they posted what they posted because they wanted my response, right? Here’s the best part. If your post is cute, disgusting, awesome, stupid or clever enough it might even get a like and a re-post! The cycle of feeling the need to know and feeling the need to share opinions and pictures never ends on Facebook.  And so after one year of feeling stuck inside the Facebook hamster wheel I finally made the plunge to leave Facebook for good (hopefully).

Now I beg someone to hit me over the head with a large brick if I ever join Facebook again. (not really….just use a board)

 

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Summer 2017: Why I (still) Don’t Use Microsoft Edge Browser

 

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UPDATED      The creator’s update for Microsoft Windows 10 has been released which is a feature update for the operating system.  Still missing though is the ability to sync Microsoft’s Edge browser while keeping a local account.  In January of this year I discussed why I won’t use the Microsoft Edge browser hoping this issue might be addressed.  Yes Microsoft, I refuse to use an online Microsoft account for my entire computer.  I save most of my files to an external hard drive thank you very much.


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Like many people, I now use Windows 10 and lately it has been “complaining” about which browser I use–or rather don’t use.  You see, I use the Firefox browser which isn’t the Microsoft Windows 10 default.  The default for Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge (which replaced or is supposed to replace Internet Explorer).    So why have I, like many other people, not jumped to the new Edge browser?  After all Edge is fast, now supports addons, and lets you “draw” on the screen!

Browser Syncing

Aside from seeing by default Microsoft’s blatant left leaning propaganda page masquerading as a “news” page, there is another reason I do not use the Edge browser.  That reason is Syncing.   You may use syncing already with the browser you use.   Syncing allows one to save favorites, history, passwords, etc, to the browser within the cloud.   This sync of settings and favorites allows one to get access (by signing into the browser) to the settings and links from any computer running your favorite browser.  The trouble with Edge is that unlike the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, Microsoft Edge does not allow one to sync only the browser.  If you want to save your favorites and settings, you must create an account with Microsoft and log the entire Windows 10 computer into the cloud.

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This is where I draw the line.  I want access to my browser settings, not my entire computer!  (if you know of a way to sync only the browser let me know)  So until Microsoft allows me to log-in/sign-in to just the browser, I will not be using Edge to browse the internet.

By the way, do you save your passwords in browser sync?  That is one option I would not be syncing (for obvious safety reasons).

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It’s Now 2017: What SimCity 5 (2013) Could Have Been

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SimCity 5 – What it could have (and should) have been

I enjoy building miniature model cities on a computer and I especially enjoy the detail and charm of SimCity 5 (also known as Simcity 2013).  (For the remainder of this post I will refer to the game as Simcity 5)

For me and many other SimCity fans, Simcity 5 had a lot going for it.  Great looking graphics, cool animations, offline mode, and an overall attention to detail.  However, Simcity 5 lacked (and still lacks) one major thing:  A larger playing area (map) to build that sprawling city!   Of course one could introduce a mod (bugs and all) into the game which sort-of allows for a larger map size to build on but that’s not quite the same as having a native game that already includes large maps.

Game Creators Say No To Fans

So why did Maxis refuse to create large map sizes in order to build large cities in its game?  As far as I can tell they skirted around the issue a bit and didn’t specifically address map size but simply claimed larger cities would be difficult to play with on an older computer.

“We’ve put months of investigation into making larger city sizes, reworking the terrain maps, changing the routing algorithms of our agent-based system and altering the way that GlassBox processes the data in a larger space,” general manager Patrick Buechner explained.

“After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes. The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. We’ve tried a number of different approaches to bring performance into an acceptable range, but we just couldn’t achieve it within the confines of the engine….”

Really?  So that’s it?  What about including options?  How hard would it have been to create at least two different map sizes, some large and some small, or even customizable maps (even DLC) that the user could choose from?   The reasoning behind Maxis’s decision to not allow larger cities doesn’t work for me.  What is clear is that they didn’t really care it’s us, the consumer and user of the game.  Now it’s 2017 where technology has grown so much that SimCity 5 with larger cities would run great on any gaming computer.  Where’s the vision Maxis or EA? Anyone?

Sadly, we may never see another American based city builder game as charming as SimCity 5 but one that allows players to build larger cities.  And yet, it needn’t be this way, when SimCity 5 was close, so very close to being that game already.


 

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