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Hallelujah Chorus – Flash Mob Meets Mall Food Court December 24, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Christmas, Fun, Music, Religion.
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In the spirit of the season… namely the surprising manner
in which the Christ child was brought into this world, I share the
following video where a choir surprises unsuspecting shoppers
getting a quick bite at a mall food court.
What a great
way to share the message of the season. Merry Christmas,
everyone!

Random Act Of Christmas November 28, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Christmas, Friends, Fun, Music, Religion.
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A close friend told me about this amazing event and when I watched it I had to shared the video recording of it with all of you.

It’s a recording of the Philadelphia Opera Company and a LOT of volunteer choirs meeting up, flash mob style, at the Macy’s department store to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Watch it. It will start to put you in the mood for Christmas.

Easter Sunday March 23, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Photography, Religion.
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Easter Sunday Sunrise

Today is Easter Sunday. To celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I attended my church’s sunrise service. The photo shows the rising sun which I captured with my cell phone after the service.

My thoughts and prayers go out to VA Tech April 16, 2007

Posted by Matsu in News, News and politics, Religion.
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As I sit here, watching my son play baseball, I can’t help but feel like I did on Sunday, August 27th, 2006. On that day 49 people lost there lives when Delta Flight 5191 crashed on take-off at the local airport. While I did not personally know anyone on that flight, I still went through a time of mourning for those who died and their families’ loss. That afternoon my son had a baseball game. Most of the parents that day were quiet and somber as our boys played. Any talking among parents was usually quiet exchanges of what we knew or had heard from friends or relatives that worked at the airport or were with the local emergency services.

So, today I once again sit quietly as my son plays the game thinking of tragedy and the suffering of people I did not know but grieve for nonetheless. Working in higher education I feel a connection with Virginia Tech. Also, I know a couple of the I.T. staff who work there. I met them at a SANS conference several years ago. I was impressed by their technical competence and understanding of computer security. At this point, I have no reason to believe they were victims in today’s shootings. I hope they weren’t.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the faculty, staff, and students of VA Tech. I know their pain and grief is beyond my comprehension, but I still grieve with them. We all feel their loss today.

Offline April 9, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Family, Information Technology, Random, Religion, Technology, Web.
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For about twelve years I have stayed home and taken vacation leave the week that my children were out of school for spring break. This year was no different. The first couple of days we stayed in town so I could catch up on a few home projects. Then, last Wednesday, my son and I headed for a cabin in the mountains where we spent a few days. At that point I went totally offline since we had no Internet access. It was really nice.

I decided to stay offline on Sunday (yesterday) since it was Easter and that day holds such an important meaning to me, my family, and my church. I’m glad I did.

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life (television, phones, Internet, etc.) was wonderful. It’s good to get away and go offline at least a couple of times a year.

Today, I go back to work and reconnect to the Internet. Now, I am trying to get caught up on all that I missed last week. I’m sure it wasn’t much.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Humor, Random, Religion.
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St. Patrick’s DayToday is St. Patrick’s Day. This year, I decided to look at the lighter side of this day that many people celebrate with parades, songs, and in Ireland, toasts.

Here are a few of the more interesting toasts that I’ve found:

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.

May you live to be a hundred years,
with one extra year to repent.

God bless all those that I love;
God bless all those that love me;
God bless all those that love those that I love,
And all those that love those that love me.

Here’s to your coffin…
May it be built of 100 year old oaks,
which I will plant tomorrow…

‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your day be as lovely as a shamrock.