Posted on June 21, 2010 by in Prayer

Not at all geeky today… this kinda floored me… first in the NLT, and then all over again in The Message:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
(Matthew 6:9-13 aka The Lord’s Prayer)

Enough worry. Enough stress. Enough not knowing who I am. “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply…”

I really needed that today…

Migration: complete

Well, the migration is complete… This blog was started in 2005 under the name “pensées” (French for “thoughts”), but this weekend, I thought it was high time to migrate it from an ancient installation of b2evolution to the latest version of WordPress. One day, I will blog about how I achieved that, as it wasn’t a straightforward task.

In the migration, the blog also has a new name: “A Geek’s World”. I must tell you that I don’t regard the term “geek” to be an insult – it’s actually a wonderful reflection of my nature. As the tagline says – I love knowing stuff about stuff. One day it might be doing an intro course to the iPhone SDK to develop iPhone apps; another day it might be finding cheats for MarioKart on the Nintendo Wii, or musing about social phenomena observed at the local shopping centre (see future blog on buskers!).

Above all, when it comes to importance, is the fact that I am married to the most wonderful Norwegian woman, Ciwi, who keeps my feet and mind grounded in reality and gives me cause and motivation to try to break out of the typical social awkwardness that most geeks find themselves familiar with.

The joys of server troubles

Posted on July 2, 2009 by in General

Argh, so this blog was a casualty of some unforeseeable IT dramas over the last couple of days. My hosting company decided that my account would be much more comfortable on a new server and so without any warning, switched me over. Murphy’s law dictates that although the Internet should be fast and reliable and instant, a domain name such as mine (clafhn.com) is incapable of switching immediately. Even the usual 4-24 hour DNS propogation time would have been nice. But no… I was posting blogs on the old server, Facebook was reading the old server, and in the meantime, the hosting company were working off a week-old backup. So when the Internet caught up with the changes…

IT – I hate to love it and love to hate it! Why is it that I dread social interaction because I know it will inevitably lead to enduring the tale of someone’s current difficulties with their computer! I now know what doctors feel like at parties!


It sits there, mounted on white gold that encircles Ciwi’s finger. A stone renowned for its hardness, rarity and value. Apart from looking flipping amazing, what’s the big deal. Is it not just another piece of bling? So much of society, church and secular makes such a huge deal about this single piece of jewelry. While colour, clarity, cut and carat are not the be all and end all (although the media, jewelry stores and sometimes fiancées may suggest otherwise), the ring is not just a throwaway purchase. As with the decision, question and direction that it represents, the purchase requires extensive consideration. This is something you only ever plan to do once. If you’re going to do it, you need to do it right. A ring speaks volumes and must be accompanied by the appropriate process

How to do it?

  • Step One: get her to choose the ring! (Unglamorous, affects the surprise, but genetics dictate that I am not the expert in things that are shiny… God forbid she look down at her hand and think, “it’s a nice gesture, but he has *horrible* taste!”)
  • Step Two: recover from spending so much money on something so small
  • Step Three: the moment that the ring appears and slides onto her finger for the first time will stay with her for the rest of her life. *DON’T* screw it up!
  • Step Four: marry her as quickly as possible! 🙂

That’s about it really! The ring is a representation of how much you value the person you are asking to tie themselves to you. If you go about this lightly, what does that say about the value you place upon her? It says, “I want you to be mine and mine alone… I am serious about this and I’m not messing around. Whenever you look at your finger, you’ll be reminded of the fact that you are loved, valued and cherished above all else (plus it’s really pretty when it sparkles!).”

It’s been a while…

I haven’t written a blog for well over a year…bad me… Anyway, this is one of those surveys that was circulating a few months ago that insisted that you send it to your mum’s postman’s dog; but I felt like writing a bit about myself, so here it is. If you’re interested, read it, if not, save yourself a couple of minutes and go and do something more worthwhile right now!

Since I originally wrote this, some key details changed – notably that I gave Ciwi something sparkly for her finger. Heck yes!

So without further ado, 20 things about me…

1. I am viciously defensive about my church (Hillsong Church) when anyone criticises cos it’s MY church! (Ciwi agrees with this one!)
2. Although most people know me as someone who fixes their computers, I actually chose modern languages at uni rather than computer science for the primary reason that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life fixing other people’s computer crap! (Ironic that I do this both for my employment and for friends of friends of friends!)
3. I would fly halfway around the world to volunteer at Hillsong Conference if it came down to it.
4. I am engaged to a beautiful Norwegian girl called Siv Renathe, but everyone knows as Ciwi (she’ll kill me for using her real name!) who is 6 years younger than me – I’m in no danger of having a midlife crisis in 15 years time and running off with a hot young girlfriend because I’ll already have that!
5. Ciwi’s birthday is the day after mine, which is the followed by Christmas Day.
6. We’ve been together for 13 months but only spent six of those months together – so over the long distance relationship thing, but I think we did it really well. (She is BACK IN AUSTRALIA now!)
7. It really frustrates me when other people are late, yet I’m late myself all the time. (Ciwi is nodding in agreeance with this statement!)
8. I absolutely love languages, even though I don’t feel proficient in any other than English – I’m learning Dutch, write work emails in French, pick errors in German copy, layout books in Greek, understand a bit of spoken Spanish and play around with Norwegian.
9. I love grammar. I’m weird! Whenever I learn a language, I make a beeline for the grammar. I think it’s something to do with the genetic mix of my dad’s extreme scientific mind and my mum’s love for literature. Our family dinner times leave guests bewildered – we argue at the top of our lungs about grammar. We all know the proper usage of an apostrophe and lament its misuse in common English writing today.
10. I live with great friends, David and Kellie and their beautiful one year old daughter Milla – she is seriously the best behaved (and cutest!) baby ever – I have never been woken up my her, not even once!
11. I love Jesus but I drink a little. If you’re Norwegian and have a problem with that, I’m sorry… I like a nice Sauvignon Blanc (white wine for those unfamiliar with the French).
12. My family is truly international: there was a day not so long ago when I was in Sydney, my mum and brother were in Perth, my other brother was living in the UK, my sister was somewhere in Europe and my dad was in Malaysia. (Maybe I’ve got the specific countries wrong there, but I know we were 6 people in 5 different places!)
13. I am a High School Musical fan. I got hooked on it by a 5 year old and that was 18 months ago. In my opinion, there’s an HSM song for every occasion, even more so now that we have the third movie.
14. I drive a little Ford Festiva – when I have two passengers and am driving uphill, I get overtaken by a bus!
15. I like being a geek and knowing stuff about stuff!
16. I learned new stuff about my mum when I read her response to this quiz!
17. I’m a Mac fan (thanks to my boss!) and carry my laptop and iPod around with me most of the time.
18. Marco Borsato – even if you have no interest in Holland or the Dutch language, listen to this guy’s music – it is seriously amazing! It’s just an added bonus that most of the Dutch I have learned has been through learning this dude’s songs. Ik spreek geen Nederlands, alleen Marco Borsato! 🙂
19. Holland. I want to move there. Don’t ask why – I don’t get it either, but it’s what I want to do. P.S. Dutch is a really fun language to learn – you ought to try it sometime!
20. I don’t work for the church, but I spend my whole week (and I mean my WHOLE week!) working for Nick & Chris Caine at Equip & Empower, where everything we do is about building the local church globally, and more recently, we added the abolition of human trafficking to that list.