Dilbert’s Rules

  1. I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.
  2. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.
  3. Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.
  4. Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.
  5. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing him again.
  6. I don’t have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.
  7. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?
  8. My reality check bounced.
  9. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
  10. I don’t suffer from stress. I am a carrier.
  11. You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.
  12. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
  13. Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.
  14. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.
  15. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
  16. Don’t be irreplaceable – if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  17. After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the week.
  18. The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
  19. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
  20. Eat one live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
  21. If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  22. When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
  23. Following the rules will not get the job done.
  24. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, “How would the Lone Ranger handle this??

Would-be Teacher Denied Degree over ‘Drunken Pirate’ Photo


Do I have sympathy for this young lady? I feel sorry for her that she spent a great deal of time, money, and energy working towards a goal, but will now not achieve that goal. However, by her complaining and her sense of entitlement, my sympathy fades quickly. As a teacher education student at Seward I was constantly warned about things that could affect me remaining in the teacher education program or affect my future certification by the state. I knew that nothing was guaranteed. I know of students who failed at this and ultimately were denied their teaching degree or their state certification because of poor choices.

This lady has no room to complain. She knew the expectations placed on her and she failed. She not only failed, but she herself publicized the photos in question on her myspace page. Tough cookies. Kudos to the school for standing up to her and upholding high standards for teacher behavior.

Logos for the Mac

A theologian who is interested in using technology in his studies has three options, BibleWorks, Logos/Libronix, and for strictly Mac users, Accordance. Before the advent of Boot Camp and Parallels, Mac users were stuck with running a painfully slow program called VirtualPC in order to run windows programs. Now, with Parallels, Mac users can run windows programs side by side with their Apple native programs. This has opened the door for the use of BibleWorks and Logos.

The advantage (in my mind) of Logos over BibleWorks is that Logos not only gives superb language release, but also access to thousands of books in digital formal, including Luther’s Works, the Book of Concord in multiple translations,  numerous Biblical commentaries, and thousands more titles. The only thing that I would like to see is the Concordia Commentary produced by CPH converted to Libronix format along with issues of the Concordia Journal (St. Louis) and Concordia Theological Quarterly (Ft. Wayne).

Now a new day is dawning. Logos is preparing a Mac version of their incredible software. If you want to keep track of updates on this software development program head over the Logos site and sign up for updates.

Mac Campus

At Seward, Macs were in a definite minority. Only two professors that I knew of, outside of the art department, used them. Thank goodness things are different at the seminary! I’m sitting in the library right now and out of the six laptops that I can see, four are Macs! I can think of at least six professors that use them, although I’m sure there are more. Plus, our educational technology department that produces the iTunes U programming is entirely Mac. Thanks goodness! The less I see of Windows, the better!

Frequency of Communion

I grew up in a congregation that had communion two or three times per month. However, after I started at Seward I got used to having communion once or twice a week. We had a full communion service once a week in chapel, plus I would receive the sacrament at St. John in Seward two or three times per month. I got used to this frequency. The same is true now that I’m at the seminary. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated every Wednesday in our chapel. I also receive the Sacrament at my fieldwork church two or three times a month. Recently, it was a “no Lord’s Supper” weekend at my fieldwork congregation and I had to take my wife to the doctor on Wednesday instead of going to chapel. Thus, I did not receive the sacrament for over a week. Something was missing in my life. This feeling speaks volumes to the importance of frequent (and I’m talking weekly) celebration of the Lord’s Supper. People won’t grow tired of it, but grow to embrace the frequent celebration of the Supper as life and salvation is given to them in the Body and Blood.



This screenshot makes me feel dirty. Parallels Desktop for Mac is an amazing piece of software. The ability to run windows inside OS X is impressive. All of this is for Logos/Libronix. Well worth it.

I missed writing papers

Yeah… I’m a freak. I really hadn’t written a true paper that required library research in about a year. I have to say that I missed it. In college you’d regularly see me with books and papers stacked all around my desk. It was a great feeling. Tonight I had three hymnals, two copies of the Confessions, one Bible, and three textbooks (plus various copies of articles), stacked all around my desk. It felt great. The sad thing is that it was all for a 600-700 word paper discussing the relationship between Article IV of the Apology and the canticle, “This is the Feast.” I went a bit over 700 words… oops.