05 February 2014

Work As Worship (Transcript)

Work. Most of us spend over half our lives at work. Whatever it is that you fill 9 to 5 with -- planting crops, building cars, taking care of patients, teaching students, or running a business -- work is where most of life happens. For some, work is a drain. They dread Monday mornings; forcing themselves to struggle through because they need the paycheck; or many times feeling trapped or beaten down by their jobs.

Some people love their work. They are good at what they do. It energizes them. It’s a place of security, a place to chase dreams, desires and success. At work, they find fulfilment.

We often forget to connect our faith to our work. We don’t consider the reasons God may have us at our job. We don’t think about the purpose and meaning we could bring to our work. We simply focus on how it makes us feel.

But what if we saw our work as an opportunity to worship? As Christians, we are called to serve Christ with our lives. For a few, that means working as a pastor, a youth minister, or a missionary. Others serve the church by teaching children and singing in the choir. But when Sunday is over, most of us return to our jobs outside of church.

For us, our mission is in the marketplace. We may not be the kind of missionaries who move to the far regions of Africa. But around the conference table, around the water cooler, or around the cubicle, we have an opportunity to worship the God who created us.

He gave us skill. He gave us passion. He gave us work. When we do our jobs with excellence, integrity, and diligence, it’s an act of worship. We are displaying God’s craftsmanship to the non-believing world around us. We are earning the right to be heard.

We don’t see a divide between Sunday and Monday, between the sacred and the secular. We've been invited to the parts of the world that pastors or traditional missionaries will never see. We have conversations with people who would never set foot in a church.

Whether we love or dread our work, we choose to turn the focus away from ourselves and towards the mission God has for us. Church is not the only place we worship. And Sunday is not the only day that in our calendar that has meaning. Everyday our mission for God brings us great joy.

Like the heroes before us, we can be modern day Noahs, Josephs, and Peters, who are called for a purpose. God has designed us. He created us to work, and to worship. For us, work is worship.

Original Video:

14 January 2014

Exporting a huge Global Address List from Microsoft Outlook Exchange

In short: Use Outlook to export Offline GAL to Access, then use Access to export to Excel if needed.

18 December 2013

NTU Course Vacancy Checker

#!/usr/local/bin/python3 '''NTU Course Vacancy Checker, written by @yuan3y (Twitter/Instagram) You will need a Python 3 interpreter to run this code: Such as http://www.python.org/download/releases/3.3.3/ Type in your subject codes each on a line, ends off with a single @ sign on a separate line. Merry Christmas and happy STARS games! God bless, @yuan3y 18 DEC 2013''' courseList=[] while True: a=input('course, @ to end:') courseList.extend(a.split()) if '@' in a: break import urllib.parse import urllib.request def check(subj): url = 'http://wish.wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe/owa/aus_vacancy.check_vacancy2' values = {'subj' : subj} headers = {'Referer' : 'http://wish.wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe/owa/aus_vacancy.check_vacancy'} data = urllib.parse.urlencode(values) data = data.encode('utf-8') req = urllib.request.Request(url, data, headers) response = urllib.request.urlopen(req) the_page = response.read() lines=the_page.decode().split('\n') for i, a in enumerate(lines): if '</TR>' in a: break try: print('\n',subj,end='') while True: if '<td>&NBSP;</td>' in lines[i+2]: print('',lines[i+6],lines[i+9],lines[i+12],lines[i+15],lines[i+18],sep=',',end='') i+=20 else: print() print(lines[i+3],lines[i+6],lines[i+9],lines[i+12],lines[i+15],lines[i+18],lines[i+21],lines[i+24],sep=',',end='') i+=26 if '</TABLE>' in lines[i+1]: break except: pass finally: print() for courseCode in courseList: check(courseCode)
# code can be downloaded from: http://snipt.org/BCgh2

# interpreter can be downloaded from: http://www.python.org/download/releases/3.3.3/

17 November 2013

12 Principles for How To Date As A Christian from Pastor Mark Driscoll

1.Maximize your singleness for God.
2.Do not pursue a relationship until you’re in a season of life when you’re ready to marry.
3.Be reasonable with your expectations.
4.A date is not dating. A date is when you have coffee, or go out to dinner. 1 Timothy 5 says to treat younger women like sisters. It doesn't need to be all sexually charged and confusing. He initiates, she responds.
5.Have a plan.
6.Accept the fact that you may be rejected.
7.Do not date or go on a date with anyone who’s not a Christian. 2 Corinthians 6:4, “Do not be unequally yoked.” A man needs to love Jesus, and then a woman needs to love Jesus, and then that man and woman can love Jesus together. And this includes marrying someone who has equal theological convictions. What kind of church do you want to go to?
8.Only date one person at a time.
9.Look at who God puts in front of you. Eg. Boaz & Ruth.
10.Only invest in a relationship with someone that you are attracted to. physical, mental, and spiritual connection. Are you totally attracted to this person?
11.Only marry someone who agrees with you on issues of gender and family.
12.Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23. Don’t give your heart away too quick.
Full video of the sermon can be accessed  here, with time-stamp at the same place.
Sermon Transcript
A more elaborate e-book (pdf)

PS. Thankful to have listened to this sermon. Important lesson to many single Christians including me.

10 November 2013

中保 Mediator by Ghost Ship

中保 Mediator by Ghost Ship
Chinese Translation by @yuan3y.
You are welcomed to improve on the translation. 欢迎提供翻译改进意见。
原文地址(original URL): http://goo.gl/UllgJ3

Verse 1
He takes our place and stands in front of God on high
He speaks on our behalf since we don’t have the right
He pleads before the God who judges hearts of men
Our mediator served the sentence for our sin

Chorus 1
There is only one God
There is only one mediator
Standing between God and man
He’s the only way to salvation

Verse 2
He found the captives, broke the bondage of our chains
We have redemption through the price that He has paid
He gave His life to purchase freedom from the fall
Our mediator was the ransom for us all

The man Jesus Christ
Who gave us His life
The man Jesus Christ
Our last sacrifice
The Eternal Son
Messiah has come
The true Son Of Man
The Atonement Lamb

22 October 2013

Toshiba Satellite M840 unable to adjust screen brightness on Windows 8.1

Screen brightness becomes unavailable
after Toshiba Satellite M840 upgrading to Windows 8.1
Here is a warning for Toshiba Satellite M840 users. Do NOT upgrade to Windows 8.1 yet! Toshiba has not yet have proper drivers for the upgraded system. You will be unable to adjust the screen brightness after upgrade. All other functions (Fn+F1, F4-F12) have no problems; Fn-F2 and Fn-F3 for screen brightness adjusts fail.

I have yet to found a solution to it. Calling to Toshiba Support tells me I have to downgrade to Windows 8 (8.0) for now.

29 April 2013

Toshiba Satellite M840 Review

After using my Toshiba Satellite M840 for one full week, I'd like to share my review on this laptop.

The spec is identical to Satellite M840-1001XG on toshiba-asia.com except I’m running Windows 8, though I’m not sure if this is exactly the model. Firstly I'll list my specs below.
PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM processor (6M Cache, up to 3.1GHz) with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
DISPLAY SIZE: 14.0" WXGA HD Clear SuperView LED Backlight TFT display (16:9)
RESOLUTION: 1,366 x 768
GRAPHICS: AMD Radeon™ HD 7670M
HARD DISK DRIVE: 640GB (SATA) with shock absorbers
OPTICAL DRIVE: DVD SuperMulti Double Layer Drive (DVD±RW/RAM)
INTERFACES: 2xUSB 3.0 (Sleep&Charge), 1xUSB 2.0
SOUND SYSTEM: Stereo Speakers, 16-bit Stereo with SRS® Premium Sound HD™
CAMERA: Built-in HD Web Camera
BATTERY: 6-Cell Lithium Ion (47.5 Wh as said by Windows)
WEIGHT: Starting from 1.99kg

Things I like:
- comfortable typing, including the way Home, PgUp, PgDn, End arranged at the right of the keyboard: convenient and I can memorize where they are.
- Quad-core i7 third gen processor & dedicated videocard: I'm able to play a number of games even though I'm not a typical gamer.
- USB ports on both sides of the laptop.
- Temperature is alright for normal usage.

Things I don't appreciate:
- by default, important F-number keys such as F4, F2 especially are used for functions like switch screen and dim. I've switched it in BIOS thus I don't have to press "Fn" key to use them. Later on I may find a way to hack and remap the funtion keys to those I'll never use, such as the idiotic Fn-F1(Help).
- The Fn-Space to switch resolution is an annoying function also as I sometimes hit Fn key wrongly when I want to switch language inputs (Windows+Space).
- The DVD tray at the left side of the laptop is too easily hit to pop out.
- Battery life is only about 3 hours under wifi&office usage.
- 1366x768 HD display may not be enough for programmer's tight IDE layout.

*Battery life is obtained using Windows command: powercfg /batteryreport ,
Battery Life Estimates given by Windows: 2:50:00 hours at design capacity.
On my own calculation, it's about 3:10:00 hours at design capacity.
This 3&1/2-months old laptop has its battery capacity shrunk from 47,520 mWh to 42,120 mWh.

28 April 2013

T-Clock 2010: Tweak your Windows Clock on Taskbar

T-Clock 2010 with my custom format for time display

T-Clock 2010 Official Website: http://www.stoicjoker.com/tclock/
Current Version installed: T-Clock 2010 (build 95)

22 April 2013

Toshiba Satellite M840

Toshiba Satellite M840, i7-3620QM, AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, 2.0kg.
3 month old, bought at S$700.

Thanks God for keeping everything in His time.

15 June 2012

Biblical prophecies that convince me

Why is Bible believable?

One reason that convinces me is

the possibily of prophecies being fulfilled by coincidence

: it is in fact really really small.

(the following translated from http://blog.roodo.com/yml/archives/9999307.html)

1. Bible consists many (66) books, not only one;

2. There were many authors, not only one;

3. The 66 books in Bible were written over thousands of years by these many people, not only a few years.

4. Under such condition, is there a high possibility to write something coherent and non-contradicting? Using solely men's might, or faking documents, could they make Bible non-contradicting?

5. notice the prophecies: the fulfillment of prophecies, which were recorded in Old Testament, on Jesus.

6. Even the last book of Old Testament was completed 400 years before Jesus was born, not even to mention the earlier books. All these cannot be faked AFTERWARDS, they were prophecised BEFOREHAND.

7. Let's say the possibility of fulfilling one prophecy is 1/2,

8. The prophecies in Old Testament about Jesus and relevant people (such as Judas Iscariot who sold Jesus), in total there were at least 300.

9. 1/2 to the power of 300, how small it is the possibility of fulfilling all prophecies upon Jesus. There's no way to explain this with coincidence.

Some of the prophecies on Jesus in the Old Testament.

1. Not one of his bones will be broken (John 19:36)
he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. (Psalm 34:20)

2. Jesus was pierced after death on the cross
...They will look on me, the one they have pierced... (Zechariah 12:10)

3. Judas returned the money to the priests and committed suicide by hanging himself. They used it to buy the potter's field. (ref. Matthew 27:3-10)

"Throw it to the potter"—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord. (Zechariah 11:13)

4. "I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: 'He who shared my bread has turned against me.'"(John 13:18)
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (Psalm 41:9)

5. Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver. (ref. Matthew 26:15)
I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12)

6. Jesus was crucified with robbers.
because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12)

Isaiah 53 is an important chapter on Messiah, there's another important prophecy about what would happen after Messiah's death--
He was assigned a grave with the wicked (Isaiah 53:9)

7. Jesus was pierced on hands and feet.
Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:16)

In Old Testament era, there was no crucifixion; the death penalty was thrown with stones.

Crucifixion is a penalty from Roman Empire, was introduced to the Jewish people only after Roman's conquer.
For Jews, those severely sinned such as worshiping idols were to be stoned first then hung on wood,
Because for Jews, being hung on wood was cursed by God.
After Roman's introduction of crucifixion into Jewish area, the Jewish people apply this concept onto the cross also,
Considering this is the most humiliating, cursed punishment.
However before Old Testament(OT) was written, the Roman Empire was not risen yet,
the people in the OT did not know about the punishment of crucifixion.
Hence "pierce my hands and my feet" this punishment would be amusing for those people during OT era,
they would not understand this scripture, because this is not part of their punishment, they had not witness such thing before.
However with the Inspiration of Holy Spirit, even the author may not fully understand this at that time, until Jesus' Crucifixion, people can then realize it was referring to this punishment.

8. When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."(John 19:23-24)
They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. (Psalm 22:18)