Gremlins Meant It For Evil …
Jul 1st, 2007 by Sonja

… but I used it for good!

Imagine my dismay when I saw this in the space where my blogroll used to be …

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SELECT link_url, link_name, link_image, link_description, link_visible, link_category AS cat_id, cat_name AS category, wp_users.user_login, link_id, link_rating, link_rel FROM wp_links LEFT JOIN wp_linkcategories ON wp_links.link_category = wp_linkcategories.cat_id LEFT JOIN wp_users ON wp_users.ID = wp_links.link_owner ORDER BY link_name

… as I was scrolling down through my blog one day last month. It was horrifying. Not so much in a real gut-wrenching “your daughter has just been attacked” kind of way, but more in the “oh no … I don’t know what to do now” kind of way. So I did the kind of thing I’m really good at … I ignored it and hoped it would go away all by itself. But it didn’t.

It mocked me every time I scrolled down to check. It laughed in my face and giggled at my incompetence. Waggled its ears at my consternation. Pheh. So I took all the wind out of its sails and stopped checking. Hah! That’ll fix it’s wagon … that dreadful code.

I mulled it over and thought for a while. Then I decided to take my links (blogroll) out of my sidebar altogether. I’ve moved them you see to their own page. I called the page, Beacon Hills after the mountain top signal fires in the Lord of the Rings. It seems fitting, given the name of my blog. Then I thought, “I’d love to have a dynamic blogroll. I wonder how hard that would be.” So I did a Google search. I found a way to hitch up my GoogleReader to a widget in my sidebar (HT to ZeroBoss) . So the links that are listed on Beacon Hills are providing the sustenance for the posts listed in my sidebar as “beacon hills” via sonja. It’s so Web 2.0 I can hardly stand myself. You probably can’t stand me either 😉

Jul 1st, 2007 by Sonja

Here’s a fun fact about me:  I love patterns.  I love to find patterns in the way things move and the way people do things.  I love to find patterns in numbers.  I am always and forever on the search for patterns.  It is perhaps the one constant in my life.  An early example of this is that a best friend’s phone number was 229-0108.  Or, because we didn’t have to dial the first two numbers, it was 90108.  My grandmother’s zip code was 01089 and I could always remember both because the 9 just changed positions.  It was over 30 years ago, neither my best friend nor my grandmother have lived with those numbers for any of those 30 years, but I can still remember the numbers.  If I weren’t a Jesus follower, I would probably be heavily into numerology.  After my love affair with numbers, I discovered that people and the way the interact with other people could be described into patterns.  Those patterns are not as easily observed, nor are they as distinct, nor as rigid.  But still those patterns are there.

In a few days we have an auspicious date on the calendar.  July 7, 2007 or 07.07.07.  Or 7-7-7.  Now the number 7 seems to be something that is good in the Bible … it’s mentioned often in terms of forgiveness and jubilee.  I wonder if good things might happen on that day.  On the other hand, last year we had, June 6, 2006 or 06.06.06.  Or 6-6-6 which is sometimes associated with bad things in the Bible and nothing bad happened on that day.  So, I’m probably overreaching.  But it would be fun to have a day in which wonderful things happened.  A day of jubilee.  It is, however, a random day, assigned a number by a monk over a thousand years ago.  So, really, while it means something to us, it doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of life, the universe and everything.

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