Museum of the Bible: Tips for Visitors

My family enjoyed a great visit to Museum of the Bible during its first week of opening in Washington DC, on Black Friday 2017 at that. Having had a great first visit, and it’s estimated to take at least 9 days to see everything in the museum, I shared these 7 Tips for Visiting the Museum of the Bible @ djchuang.com. I hope to visit again soon, but that’s going to be quite a haul, since I live out here in Orange County, California.

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Like the Bible itself, the museum has stirred up many debates and discussions, encouraging believers and enraging critics. You can easily find them doing a search on Google News. There’s been mixed reviews from across the spectrum of all persuasions, so that’s a good indicator that the museum curators have put together something engaging for all.

The museum hasn’t gotten a ton of chatter on the blogosphere yet, but the museum has been getting over 10,000 visitors every day so far, from what I’ve overheard. I personally think that if the museum gets the chatter about the Bible going again, hopefully with civil discussions, that can be a good thing.

I haven’t decided how much I should be tracking the discussions about the museum, though a part of me is very curious to see how people will respond and react in the weeks and months to come. Something to keep an eye on, for sure. And, maybe it’ll have a big wave of visitors during this Christmas season too. They even read the Bible at Disneyland as part of a Christmas celebration during 2 nights of the year. Maybe that’ll get a mention in a future exhibit at the museum.

 

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How to upgrade firmware on TRENDNet router?

Procedure below is copied from the PDF in the ZIP file that was downloaded from the TRENDNet download page for 4-Port Broadband Router TW100-S4W1CA (Version v2.0R), a discontinued model.
The ZIP Filename: FW_TW100-S4W1CA_v2(2.3.31).zip

And, note that the procedure in PDF was missing one very important caution, found on another TRENDnet router:

DO NOT upgrade firmware on any TRENDnet product using wireless connection.
Firmware upgrade over wireless connection may damage the product. Please perform firmware upgrade with “wired” network connection only

Firmware Upgrade Procedure 

1. Save the zipped firmware file to your PC.

2. Extract the .zip file to your PC.

3. Using a web browser, access the router’s configuration page (default IP address is 192.168.10.1)

4. Click on the System section in the left hand panel and click on Firmware Upgrade 

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5. Click Browse and navigate to the unzipped folder with the firmware file.

6. Select the firmware file (.img)

7. Click the Apply button

8. Wait until the firmware upload completed and the device reboot

Important! Do not turn off the device or press the reset button while this procedure is in progress.


Ed.Note: copied this to make it more easy to find on search engines, to help people save time, to be helpful, that’s all.

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Fascinating how these researchers have come up with a set of questions that will help any couple (or 2 strangers) to feel closer with each other in about an hour. They call it an “experimentally generated relationship“—wonder how that compares to matchmaking and online relationships..

Set I

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
  12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

See the other 2 sets of questions. (download the research paper in PDF format)

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The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Based upon The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness, A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings.

Set I

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  10. If…

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Watch Videos of Guest Speakers at Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church is the most influential church in the United States, and perhaps the world. When guest speakers from around the country or around the world get an invite to speak on the Saddleback stage, that is a special occasion for the speaker and for the church. If you’re searching for videos of talks and sermons by guest speakers at Saddleback, here’s what I’ve found so far:

Follow Me (Summer 2013)
Greg Laurie, Francis Chan, Choco De Jesus, Russell Moore, Jud Wilhite, Perry Noble, Judah Smith, Mark Driscoll, Doug Fields, Pete Wilson, Matthew Barnett, Steven Furtick, Craig Groeschel, Alan Robertson

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The Best News I’ve Ever Heard (July 2015)
Sergio De La Mora, Samuel Rodriguez, Jason Frenn

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Closer (May-June 2016)
Johnnie Moore, Emerson Eggerichs, Tim Harlow, Les Parrott, Derwin Gray, Lance Witt

difference between real estate developer and realtor

A good friend explained the difference between a realtor and a real estate developer.

Here’s the explanation:

Are you a software analyst or are you a venture capitalist?
Realtor is the guy that sold you one unit in your townhouse
Developer is the guy who develops the whole 75 unit complex and maybe some retail spaces along with it
Realtor = salesperson, they’re commission-based, like a used car salesman
Real estate developer = have the vision, capital, construction team, to build entire projects… not commission-based, owner profit-based

You, get back on Facebook with one click

If you received an email from security@facebookmail.com, it can be hard to tell if it is real or fake, legitimate or suspicious.

While Facebook help does say that they send email notifications from Facebookmail.com, just because an email has that domain in the from address doesn’t necessarily mean it is real. Like on a real envelope, you can put 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, as the From address, bad people do that with emails to impersonate (or spoof, in technical terminology).

One email I had received in several of my inboxes had this content:

Subject: DJ, get back on Facebook with one click

It looks like you’re having trouble logging into Facebook. Just click the button below and we’ll log you in.

This looked suspicious to me, because it made it too easy to click. Someone from Facebook Help Team had also said this kind of an email looked suspicious. But it’s hard to tell definitively if Facebook actually generates an email like this. Here’s a safety tip: never click on a button or link in an email!

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To verify what a real Facebook email looks like, I went to facebook.com in a private new incognito window and clicked on the “Forgot account?” link. I filled in the form with my email address, and then I received an email that looks like this:

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And wouldn’t you know it, the URL for the “let us know” link is https://www.facebook.com/login/recover/disavow_reset_email.php?n=26267&i=www&id=501181234 and the Change Password button link goes to https://www.facebook.com/recover/code?u=501181234&n=26267&exp_locale=en_US&s=23.

Conclusion: it’s hard to tell. But when you’ve initiated the forgot account command to reset your password, and you receive a security email at that time, it’s very likely a legitimate email that you generated.

But if security emails are coming to you at a random time when you know you weren’t trying to access your account, then something suspicious may well be happening. Best response is to not respond and do nothing.

For additional help, here’s official Facebook answers:

Info about the Table Project Church App

The Table Project was a free church-based social network that had a good run from 2011-2016. Their own marketing had this description:

“The Table is a relational, online web application, custom-tailored for the church. Their purpose is to help churches engage their community, empower leaders and move people beyond the pews and into authentic, life-changing friendships.”

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In May 2013, Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, acquired The Table (ht: Church Tech Today; Churchmag; CMS; Press Release). At that time, The Table had empowered more than 700 churches “to take community to the next level.” The church had ambitious plans for this church social network, as described here:

“… the leaders at Gateway began researching ways to merge spiritual learning, active pastoring and community with technology—around the same time The Table began working toward church community building. Now, the two are joining forces, each bringing unique strengths, to see the dream for church congregations to make connections and learn more about the Bible through The Table.”

When The Table was hitting its stride and gaining traction, it was serving over 7,000 churches in 62 countries, mobilized over 24,000 volunteers, and tracked over 2.3 million prayers prayed. Influential churches using The Table included Gateway Church (Southlake, Texas), Granger Community Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, and Substance Church.

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By September 2016, this tweet linked to an “Important Table Update” that most likely announced the shutdown of The Table. (Currently, unable to find an archive or cache of that announcement on the internet.)

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In March 2017, Carlos asked a Table team member that replied: “the organization we sold it to shut it down”.

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When Josh asked in July 2017 about what happened to the Table Project, the reply was: “it was sold to Gateway Church a few years back and they have begun to shut down service at this point.”

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That’s all the information that is available on the internet we can find. If you know of other public chatter, please add a comment so we learn more.