It's like the endless search that can't be finished. You think you've found it, but another year passes and that $9.75 bottle of wine that was so great last year just isn't the same this year. Years ago it was Veo Grande that made their mark on the under $10 category, but for whatever reason they couldn't keep the level of quality consistent year to year. So one year it tastes great, and next, well.. perhaps more like sand and water.
Hear me now, believe me later - this bottle continues to satisfy. Year after year, this proprietary red blend has kept the quality and the value pricing. Fleur De Lyeth is the best bottle of red wine under $10. I know some of you might argue shelf space hogs like Yellow Tail, a coastal Mondavi, Bogle, or what have you, but I would say different. While all those bottles have had their time in the spot light the quality consistency from year to year fluctuates like Texas weather. It just can't be trusted. And by no means am I dogging those other brands, but their entry level priced wine just isn't holding up right now.
You want to spend less than $10 on a bottle of red, and impress your company? Don't bother rolling the dice on several dozen bottles of junk in that $6 to $10 range. Just find the Fleur De Lyeth, and call it a win. You can't make nine dollars and change taste any better.
If you aren't watching the new miniseries on The History Channel by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, it's not too late to start. And if you missed the first installment, set your DVR because they are re-airing it multiple times.
So far, they've done a great job of bringing the big budget of Hollywood to reenactments of some of the Bible's most pivotal stories. Creation, the Ark, Abraham, Sodom, Pharaoh, Moses, the Exodus... they're putting it all in there, and they aren't watering it down either. The Bible is full of love, justice, and violence, so prepare your eyes and shield those of younger age.
After watching part one of The Bible, I was led to a question that seems many people are asking. Is Mark Burnett a Christian? The answer is yes. Not an assumed yes, but from the mouths of he and his wife Roma. In recent months they have consulted numerous evangelical leaders, and sat down with Focus on the Family, Rick Warren, and many others. After reading as many articles as I could get my hands on, I found it fascinating to learn of one of Mark Burnett's biggest fears.
In his words, "If I die on a plane tomorrow, did I make a difference?" It sounds like he is often dwelling on whether or not as a Christian; did he step up to the plate? Did he doing anything that made a difference? What will he be remembered for? At the prompting of his wife to create The Bible miniseries, he simply took a walk, prayed, and agreed it was a project they should take on.
Hat's off to Mark and Roma for pouring so much into a project of incredible magnitude. Their challenges are great, and few people tackle a project like this. How do you recreate the parting of the Red Sea, the plagues on Egypt, the justice of God, the fierceness of His angels, the day to day life of His people, the hardships, the doubt, and the sheer amount of death that is written about in the Bible. No question about it, it's a tall order.
I hope the ratings reflect the greatness of the world's number one best selling book. Set your DVRs, and don't miss The Bible on The History Channel.
Some pictures of Muse in Dallas @ AAC on March 13th, 2013.
Government? Obama? Exactly who built whatever it is that I have?
I went to work for KPMG in the late 90s. I got the job there because my parents sent me to Baylor University after my lukewarm high school performance. I was a Sigma Nu at Baylor and there I met a friend named Jocelyn. She walked my resume in to KPMG and landed me the job after one 45 minute interview. I was trained in web technologies at Baylor, which ultimately got me hired at Scient, which I left KPMG for. My friend Chad called me from Scient and convinced me to leave KPMG. At Scient I learned the important stuff to all things internet and web.
So who's responsible so far? What's the score card?
Parents & friends: 100
The government increased interest rates 6 times in a short period time around 2000. That dried up lending and that caused venture capital to fall apart. That started the bust of the dot com bubble. Government's oversized intervention in economic success created failure there.
Being laid off in 2001, with thousands of web workers out of work, the jobs dried up too. What were my real options? Starting my own business was really the last option left. It's certainly not like I woke up one day and said, "I can't wait to start my own business. You know the government has made that so easy to do, that's what I should do."
To keep the list short, my wife Katie believes in me. My parents believe in me. If I told them I was going to go into the garage and build a space shuttle, they would say, "you can do it, I believe in you." If I succeed, I learn. If I fail, I learn more. Either way, I have the support of those who matter most. The encouragement from loved ones is hugely responsible.
So what's the score card now?
Parents & friends: 200
Incorporating costs money. The paper work to the state and federal government is absurd. Then every year I have to re-fill out a couple cubic tons of paper work to basically say, I'm still here, not dissolving, & still working. Rinse & repeat.
The government wants an increasing piece of the pie. The state wants theirs too. After making my first hire in 2008, the government penalizes me through all kinds of various taxes to the tune of thousands of dollars per year. Thank you for creating a job and keeping yourself off the streets, now pay up. More, over & again. Rinse, repeat.
As the business grows, the paper work gets deeper, the taxes get worse, and new penalties & taxes show up. The more you succeed, the more you are penalized, and I'm not even getting into healthcare.
Now, I can only speak for myself. I don't know what everyone else has experienced. But it seams painfully obvious to me that when government gets out of the way, businesses start working. When government intervenes, bad things start happening.
Laissez-faire - If only the government could put that in their pipe and smoke it.
So who's responsible for the building of my business? I think my family & friends are hugely responsible. You can credit me for the failures, and God for the successes. My best ideas have come to me in dreams in the middle of the night, which I appreciate because that means I can't take credit for them. I work hard (arguable I know) because I have a family and the cost of living keeps increasing. The gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening. Social Security is a joke (actually a government Ponzi scheme), so if & when I retire, that's on me.
Perhaps I'm biased (because I own my business), but I see government intervention like it's cancer of the economy. I'm just not seeing how the government helped me build anything. And you can't really argue that the government laid a foundation or put a framework in place that allowed me to succeed. Well, maybe you could, but whatever they did isn't all that special. I could move my business to dozens other countries and do just fine. There are so many places and people to give credit to, but none of them have anything to do with government.
Are you a Facebook developer getting that error? Sure you could spend hours reading forum after forum about how everyone else is having the same problem, or you could read the fix below.
Here is the fix to the error:
1. Find your facebook.php file
2. Find this line:
CURLOPT_USERAGENT => 'facebook-php-2.0',
3. Add this line under that line:
CURLOPT_SSLVERSION => 3,
Save. Upload. Done. : )