An Invitation To Ear Heaven

If you wake up tomorrow and find some cash in your stocking, I have a suggestion for a purchase.

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A few months ago, Apple introduced a new pair of In-Ear Headphones. These headphones finally started shipping earlier this month and I’ve been using my pair for a couple weeks.

These headphones sound really, really good. They are significantly better than the headphones that come with your iPod/iPhone both in comfort and sound. They also stay in the ear much better than the old Apple In-Ear Headphones.

As I do with all headphones/stereos/car audio systems, I played the live version of “Do You Feel Like We Do” from Peter Frampton nice and loud. (mp3 link) These headphones passed with flying colors. The lows were solid and the highs were crystal clear.

And to make things better, they are less expensive than most of the high end headphones that are available.

For those interested, they are $79 and can be bought at an Apple store or on the Apple site.

My December Stockpile

Here are random things to post that don’t deserve their own post:

It’s a Christmas miracle.For those of you who lamented with me about the loss of our pink and white animal cookies, hopefully you saw the news that our little friends were saved. It was reported that Kelloggs purchased Mother’s Cookies and all of the recipe trademarks.

Tis the season to backup. If you were lucky enough not to have a hard drive failure this year…don’t push your luck. Make it a point to get a good backup of your computer in the week after Christmas. This will save all of your Christmas pictures and all those from the other holidays this year. (I do a lot of data recovery work and it’s a sad thing to see people realize they’ve lost all of their pictures for good.)

The Joseph Smith PapersFor Christmas, I badly wanted a copy of The Joseph Smith Papers. This was a new book released by the Church Historian. It’s the first in a long series of books that will chronicle all “documents created by Joseph Smith or by staff whose work he directed. The project also includes papers received and “owned” by his office. These key documents include, especially, the diaries, outgoing and incoming correspondence, revelations, contemporary reports of discourses, editorials, and notices.” Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Church historian and recorder, has called the Joseph Smith Papers Project “the most significant Church history project of this generation.” This book screams “BRIAN READ ME!!!!!!!”

Once I found out that none of my family was able to get a copy, I searched and finally found one for an early Christmas present to myself. This book is incredible.

Enjoy the season. I hope everyone has a nice Christmas season.

My 2008 New Years Resolutions

Yes, you read that right. I wrote “2008.” I find that when one posts resolutions at the beginning of the year, they are set a bit higher than they should be because they are on public display. (Or they are too vague so as not to risk public failure.) Each year, I try to find things that I can really make a pattern in my life and not just a January resolution to be put on the wayside and forgotten about.

That being said, a quick report card on how I did on my New Years goals:

Take advantage of every single rebate and cashback offered on purchased goods. I buy a lot of electronics and most of them come with rebate offers. Sometimes they are a total pain and other times it is as easy as signing up online for the rebate check. I decided that I would follow through with every single one I was eligible for this year. (Companies hate it when people do that.) Anyhow, I didn’t miss any and it turned out being $2,650 dollars total that I got back.

Read thru the Messiah Series again The Messiah Series is a powerful series on the life of Jesus Christ. In six powerful books, Bruce R. McConkie writes of Christ’s Pre-Mortal, Mortal and Millennial Life. I had read this once already, but thought I would get more out of it with a second reading now that my Gospel knowledge had grown. I was right and reading thru them again was a great experience.

Write in my journal everyday. This is a goal every year. Next year will mark a full decade of journal writing. Entries are split between my current journal and my Memory Journal.

Finish my book for publication This is my one goal that hasn’t come to completion. My book is only about a fourth of the way done. However, this will move to priority number one next year. And while I’m on the topic, if there are any interested friends and family who would want to wear the hat of “Editor”, do let me know. I have a professional editor lined up, but I’d like to get the text into the hands of 10 or 15 family member or friends to get it polished up before the actual review. (Don’t worry, it’s not a techie book so you guys may actually enjoy it.)

So 2008 was pretty successful. I hope many of you were able to match some goals that you’ve set for yourself. Remember, goals are best kept and utilized when you focus on creating a pattern in your life.

Funeral Services for Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

ImageIn case you missed the broadcast yesterday, LDS.org has posted the video of the Funeral Services for Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin on the church Website.

I especially enjoyed the words from President Thomas S Monson because his friendship with Brother Wirthlin was deep and long lasting.

As always, listening to the thoughts and testimonies is a great reminder of the great plan of happiness.