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Terrible Swede the "Earthy" Lutheran Blog vs The Largest Filipino on Earth vs "The Fluffy"
Doctrinal differences are important to the Lutherans because at the root of every false doctrine is the devil, seeking to destroy the Gospel.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 AD

Suppose To Mention This Earlier...

...the Lutheran Carnival VII is up and over at Brian's of Nonpareil.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 AD

I Said This Back In April 2004!

...reading this article by Evans (Theology Geek) along with all this talk with about "Christian nice guy" syndrome.

I've said it before: Get some balls.

Also, I hate being right all the time!

Sunday, September 25, 2005 AD

Stargate: F302ship

Stargate: F302ship, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Finally, the fighter F-302 starship. It was built to rival the Ga'ould Death Gliders.

We so kick their ass with these. It actually was designed to jump hyperspace but was unstable.

This post duped at Darth Swede.

Stargate: Daedalus

Stargate: Daedalus, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

The second battle cruiser the "Tori" (earthlings) made that goes from our galaxy to the Pegasus galaxy where Stargate Atlantis is.

This post duped at Darth Swede.

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Stargate: Prometheus, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

A close up of Prometheus, the first battle cruiser of Stargate. This post duped at Darth Swede.

Stargate: Prometheus Protects

In the last season of Stargate SG-1, we follow Colonel O'neil and his team as they find the ultimate weapon against Ga'ould Anubis and his army.

This picture captures the battle cruiser BC-303 protecting the SG-1 team at all cost.

This is one of my favorite episodes. This post duped at The Flying Dala Horse. Actually, strike that. I duped it at Darth Swede.

Risk 2210: One of the Best Board Games

This is a good board game.

In the future the world is ravaged by war. There are territories that can not be traversed because of nuclear radiation.

There are colonies in the water, on the moon and of course the land. The land territories have diffent names but the board layout is still the same.

The machines of destruction or MOD's do the fighting in the future. They come in denominations of 1, 3 & 5.

There are commanders similar to Castle Risk with respective strategy cards. These commanders are the following: land, naval, space, nuke and diplomat.

The creators forgot air commanders! How could you forget the mighty Air Force. The game does allow for you to create some new strategy cards and maybe with some more creativity the much needed Air Commander.

Risk 2210: Module of Destruction x5

When the LOML and I were in Colorado Springs visiting my little brother and his wife, Jason and I would play Risk 2210 in the evenings. He loved it.

It's a faster game than classic Risk. You try for world dominination in five turns or what are called "years".

Vacations are nice. You get to do things you usually never get to do and be with people you rarely see.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 AD

The Best Oil Ever!

This is the oil that I use on our 1997 Toyota Tacoma and 1992 Toyota Celica. It is Castrol Syntec.

From their website:

Key Benefits
  • SYNTEC provides superior protection against deposits. Corrosive particles such as acid, soot and oxidized fuel fragments can cause costly damage to critical engine parts.
  • SYNTEC contains a Powerful Additive Package that neutralizes corrosive particles, preventing them from grouping together and forming sludge.
  • Neutralizes acids in your engine that can cause rust and corrosion on vital engine parts such as cylinders, bearings and hydraulic valve lifters.
  • SYNTEC meets the world's toughest gasoline engine protection requirements.
  • SYNTEC provides Stability & Endurance under extreme conditions (heat, load, speed) that can cause conventional oils to break down.
  • SYNTEC delivers the ultimate performance under high-temperature conditions: unsurpassed protection against volatility burn-off and viscosity increase.
  • SYNTEC can be used with confidence in every gasoline engine passenger car, new or old, regardless of oil previously used.
  • SYNTEC is fully compatible with all conventional and synthetic oils.
  • SYNTEC offers a level of protection that Outperforms All Leading Conventional Oils, passing severe industry torture tests.

    *10W-30 as tested vs. leading competitive 10W-30S
Everything else is just motor oil.

NOTE: Only synthetics are used in aircraft turbine engine oil.

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Saturday, September 17, 2005 AD

Lutheran Carnival VI...

...is up and running at Vicar Chaz Lehman's! Thank you for hosting, Vicar.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 AD

Lutherans Teaching Lutherans...

...the LOML will begin her American Sign Language class this evening for mid-week. She was able to borrow a religious sign language book from one of her Mary Kay cult friends. From that book she shares with you a portion of the history of the deaf and the history of our Lutheran churches. Their intersection.

I'll share with you some of the signs that I think were interesting from the book verbatim. Of course, being sectarian I choose these signs (they're some of the best):
Luther - This is an initialized sign used to designate Martin Luther, a sixteenth-century German monk known as the founder of Protestantism.
Formation of Luther - Tap the thumbtip of the right "L" hand in the center of the chest, palm left and index finger pointing outward at an angle.
Lutheran (as in person) - This is an initialized sign and indicates Luther's nailing the Ninety-five Theses to the church at Worms, Germany, an act that led to a separation from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Lutheran Church.
Formation of Lutheran (as in person) - Tap the thumbtip of the right "L" hand, palm facing forward, against the palm of the open left hand, palm facing right.
Lutheran (as in church) - This is an initialized sign formed like church.
Formation of Lutheran (as in church) - Tap the heel of the right "L" hand, palm facing forward, on the back of the downturned left "S" hand. Then tap the right "S" hand on the back of the downturned left "S" hand.
[Swede commentary - "S" is just a fist, thumb on the outside and resting on the two forefingers naturally.]
Law - This is an initialized sign and signifies the recording of laws on a tablet or book.
Formation of Law - Move the right "L" hand across the left open palm, touching first at the fingers and then at the heel, palms facing each other.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the second of two different ways to sign Law.]
Gospel - The sign is a combination of TELL and NEWS and refers to the first four books of the New Testament, describing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Formation of Gospel - Bring the right extended index finger from pointing at the lips, palm facing in, down in an arc while changing to a curved open hand, brushing the back of the right hand across the upturned left opened palm.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of three different ways to sign Gospel.]
Grace - The hand seems to take something from God and shower it down, and signifies God's divine love being bestowed freely on mankind.
Formation of Grace - Beginning with the right thumb touching the fingertips, palm facing forward above the right shoulder. Then twist the wrist inward, spreading the fingers while moving down to the right of the head.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of two different ways to sign Grace.]
Faith - The sign is a combination of THINK and TRUST and indicates a conviction regarding religious doctrines without logical proof or material evidence.
Formation of Faith - Move the extended right index finger from the right of the forehead down smoothly, changing into an "S" hand and landing on the left "S" hand in front of the chest, palms facing each other.
[Swede commentary - I'm only giving you the first of two different ways to sign Faith.]
Eucharist - This initialized sign is formed like CROSS and refers to the Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper.
Formation of Eucharist - Move the right "E" hand, palm facing outward, first down from the near the right side of the head to the right side of the body, then from left to right in front of the right shoulder.

Jesus - The fingers point out the nailprints in Jesus' hands. Jesus is regarded by Christians as the Messiah and the second member of the Trinity.
Formation of Jesus - Touch the bent middle finger of the right "5" hand into the center of the left open palm, palms facing each other. Reverse the action by touching the bent middle finger of the left "5" hand into the right open palm.
[Swede commentary - You should already know this from your vacation bible schools unless you were so ornery they told your grandmother not to bring you back, i.e. finding and playing with gardner snakes instead of listening to Bible stories. The "5" hand is hand open with fingers spread out. Filioque anyone?]

(Did you get 'em? I bet you look funny trying to do them for the first time. Sorry, I know pictures would help. I have yet to work on our scanner/printer - it's been on the Honey-Do-List for some time.)

There are some useless signs in the book as well but I'll only list them: calvinist, pope, papal, pontiff, mennonite, mormon, jew, pietist, etc.

Erica plans on getting a copy of her own book. I'm happy with it. It has the Lord's Prayer, the Gloria Patri, and other Christian terms. Still looking for that Lutheran only book though.

Please pray for her as she begins her new class and endeavor. (Or at least pray for her because she is married to me.)

UPDATE: So no calvinists, mennonites, mormons, jews, pietists, etc., showed up. But there were papists! (I behaved and was cordial to them without my wife's prompting.)

Erica is at the music stand. To the far left is her sister, Tonya, then our friend Jeff the Virgin of Fireworks. Not at liberty to identify the rest. The papists are not in the pic.

I Couldn't Take Any More...

...as you may know from the LOML (Love of My Life - thanks Pr. Aardvark for the acronym!) that I was on jury duty and experienced justice as a juror for the first time. (I'll blog more about this later.) There were twelve of us jurors for a criminal trial of theft and burglary - 10 women, 1 girlie man (I had no clue you could get a professorship in Physical Ed!) and me.

During one of the breaks, I usually am reading or doing homework, the ladies of the group start talking. Knowing no boundaries they talked about everything "girlie": dresses, babies, etc. I couldn't take it! I couldn't take it anymore! I asked the bailiff if I could leave after explaining they were talking "girlie" talk and she said yes. So I went into the hallway to read - ahh quiet!

Vehicle Property Taxes in KS...

...really burns me up. I have never encountered this before from the other two states that I've lived in: Colorado ( and New Mexico (4 yrs).

It's based on the tax value of the vehicle. For instance our Celica has a "New Tax Value" for this year of $406.80. This is taxed as "Property Tax" of $34.17, along with a $33.00 "Registration/Service Fee" (that is prorated), a reflector fee (WTF?) of $0.50 and Sedgwick County fee of $2.00. This totals $69.67. (I have a veterans tag.)

For instance our Tacoma has a "New Tax Value" for this year of $961.50. This is taxed as "Property Tax" of $80.75, along with a $43.00 "Registration/Service Fee" (that is prorated), and Sedgwick County fee of $2.00. This totals $125.75. (Erica has a handicap plate.)

For both of our vehicles, we pay taxes/fees of $195.42. This has a separate item line for our budget and gets smaller each year. In Kansas, we register our vehicles by our last name, "OLSON", and always pay in August. This year we waited until the last minute and encountered a very long line. The only thing that could be more daunting is the property taxes on a home.

This post duped at The Swedish Sled or Powered by Lutefisk. This is my Toyota appreciation site.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 AD

Is Sam Adams Going To Take This?

Apparently, some unnamed German brewery claims to have the strongest beer - a whooping 25.4%! But this is only 0.4% higher than Sam Adams (The Boston Brewing Company) Utopia, 25%.

I like how the article ends:

"I'm pretty sure the Americans have something up their sleeve."

I'll bet we do.

This post duped at Purpose Driven Drinking.

Monday, September 12, 2005 AD

Happy 25th Birthday...

...to my lovely wife. I am so thankful for you. I do not deserve you. Twenty five years ago you came into this world and God brought you to me as my tangible peace, my unspeakable joy, my equal.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 AD

Practice Safe Six

Practice Safe Six, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

I think its says, "Cut Throat." Courtesy of Vicar Francisco. Another Lutheran vicar blogger!

This post duped at Purpose Driven Drinking.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 AD

My New TRD Sunglasses

My New TRD Sunglasses, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Courtesy Toyota Racing Gear. Got'em on sale. My Oakley's finally died. They were scratched up, ear pieces missing. I've had those suckers forever. They've been with me since my military days and survived me stepping on them. This post duped at The Swedish Sled.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 AD

I Choose Nothing But the Best for My Toyota's

I choose WTF. Courtesy of Theology Geek. This post duped at Powered by Lutefisk.

I updated the previous post...

...with the wedding posts I wanted to before we left for Colorful Colorado.

Friday, September 02, 2005 AD

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock...

...For centuries, the world's finest brewers have created rich, complex dark beers known as bocks. The best bocks, like Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, display many layers of luxurious flavors. For our bock, only hand selected hops from the world's oldest growing area are combined with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts and a centuries old brewing process. Finally, the beer is slowly aged on a a bed of rich chocolate that is specially blended by the master chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger Chocolate. This aging on special chocolate creates a flavor like no other.