Why Jesus isn’t coming back…Proof from the BIBLE!!

The world is yet to recover from the Xmas hangover…but I think we should find out a date and start commemorating Jesus’ Second Coming also.

Most of you might be knowing this, but I’m just posting it for the benefit of others.

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

What is the ‘these things’ that Jesus is referring to? Of course, his second coming. Those who are interested may kindly read the verses just read from Matthew 24:27 onwards.

If some of you are not ready to believe yet, have a look at another verse

Matthew 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

For argument’s sake, even if we admit that Jesus did exist, and actually said these things, i don’t care what the punishment is, i’m not going to believe that 2000 year old guys are still alive, and are hiding somewhere out there, waiting for Christ’s return.

December 27, 2007. Tags: , , . FreeThoughts. 2 comments.

Bulk Resizing images using bash

Say, you have hundreds of multimegapixel images in your big_pics directory, and you want to create thumbnails of all of them and store it in the small_pics dir. Just a single command.

metapixel-prepare -r big_pics small_pics –width=48 –height=48

Make sure that the metapixel package is installed for this command to run. You can install it using the command:

apt-get install metapixel

Metapixel is actually a tool for generating photomosaics. Details can be found here.

December 11, 2007. Tags: , , , , , . howto. Leave a comment.

Communism++?

VS vists British Library

Hope his visit will keep the British Library alive.

December 10, 2007. Tags: , . humor, politics. Leave a comment.

Creating Screencasts in Debian

Istanbul and Xvidcap are the best options for creating screencasts in Debian. They’re free and are available in Debian’s free repositories. Istanbul gives an ogg file as the output, whereas xvidcap comes up with an mpeg file. An interesting cast of Istanbul screencasting itself is available here.

Another option is Wink. You can install wink in debian using apt-get install (sadly, your non-free repository section has to be enabled for this). This guide should help you to create the first cast. Even though creating a screencast using wink is a smooth sail, you should try to avoid it for two reasons:

  1. Wink is non-free
  2. The output generated is an swf file, which forces your browser to install non-free plugins.

A more challenging way of creating screencasts is described here. The instructions are quite easy to follow, but some of you might get an error message while trying to convert the .miff files to .m2v.

mpeg2encode: command not found

If you get the above error message,

  1. Download this package from mpeg.org.
  2. Untar it, cd into the directory and make.
  3. You will find two directories mpeg2dec and mpeg2enc inside the src directory. If the make process is successful, an executable will be created in each of them, namely mpeg2decode and mpeg2encode resp. Copy these executables to /usr/local/bin and repeat the convert process. You should be able to get through this time.

recordMyDesktop, is another tool for the same purpose. An ogg file, containing the screencast will be created in your home folder once the recording is stopped.

December 7, 2007. Tags: , , . howto. 3 comments.

What if…

Another mail, this time from my younger brother…. I’m posting just the final part of my mail, along with my reply.

Plz read bible with an open mind and you may find many many positive things which aplly to our success in life… its better to die believing in God and find out He doesn’t exist than to live saying there’s no God and find out after death that there is one… then it w’d be too late…

god bless ya
xxxxx

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xxxxx,

I’ll just answer the last part of your mail now….

 

“its better to die believing in God and find out He doesn’t exist than to live saying there’s no God and find out after death that there is one… then it w’d be too late… “

I’d’ve loved to do that….but there is a problem….

Out of the thousands of options available, which god should i believe in?
Just as you find it absolutely valid and rational to believe in your god, there are millions of others who have great reasons to believe in their gods too…

And suppose i spend my entire life clinging to one particular god, only to find out after my death that the real god was the one of an aboriginal tribe in australia, what a terrible waste it would be…..

Also, it’d be really bad for me to follow christ, just because i was born in that community.

Stephen Roberts once said,

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

James

December 1, 2007. Tags: , , . FreeThoughts, Letters. 1 comment.