James Harrison T-Shirt – What will you pay?

jamestaylorHow much will you pay for an authentic James Harrison Superbowl record breaker T-Shirt?  I think this shirt may have been worn during the Super Bowl game and James made his record breaking touch down.  I think the guy that has this shirt stole it off his back while he was in the shower.

 aretha-franklinOr possibly you’d like to bid on Aretha’s hat she recently wore at the Oh’Bama inaugeration.  She says she’s not sure if she is going to let the Smithsonian Institute have it.


michael_phelps_bong-500x666And if nothing else you could always bid on Michael Swim Phelps’s hooka pipe.  He says he used bad judgement.  Probably thought the pipe was a bad fit for his teeth.


Or possibly my dirty socks. 

I don’t know.  I guess the Super Bowl brings out the best or worst in me.  Sigh…


Which item will bring the best price on ebay?

I love odd people

odd-people“They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.”  That’s a bit odd.

I love odd people.  I suppose it is because I am a bit odd myself.  I feel at home with odd people.  My dad was an odd person.  I loved my dad.  What is it about odd people that make my day?

I think maybe it is because they love life.  They appreciate what God has done for them and are confident enough in their identity to just be themself.  While most of the world looks at them and giggles behind their back, they have a smile and beauty that maybe only they appreciate.  They love God.

When I was a research scientist, I had a friend who wore different color socks.  He had more interesting things going on in his head than worrying about the color of his socks.  I had a mathmatician friend that took his toothbrush for a walk on a string.  I had another scientist friend who was comfortable peeling his toenails in the middle of a party.  These people were all brilliantly odd and didn’t fit in.  They were modern day Samaritans.

Samaritans don’t fit in, but do great things.  Wouldn’t you like the confidence to be a modern day Samaritan?

Game Theory

Fortune magazine named John Nash one of the brightest mathematicians in the world. That was at the age of 30. Shortly after, Nash became ill with schizophrenia. This disease would plague him most of his life. At the age of 66, in 1994 Nash received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on game theory.

Game theory quite simply looks at the interactive decision-making of players in a game. The outcome for each player depends on the action of all. As a player, you choose how to play the game and determine moves to make based on your strategy and the moves of others. In the process you recognize that others are adapting their moves by on your strategy and so goes the game….

Game theory has been applied to all aspects of life. Nash even applied it to the very essence of creation in considering how competition between non-intelligent life forms determine an outcome. We are trained in game theory early in life. Pastor Thomas used a Candy Land illustration as being the most awesome game of all time. So how does the idea of game theory influence our walk with Christ?

In our “Game of Life”, there are an infinite number of players. Each player has their own strategy. Some will want to dominate the game. Others look for peaceful coexistence. Some will play fair. Some will cheat. Some will move with long term goals. Others will make a move based on the moment with no thoughts for the future. Some will make no move until forced by others.

If the game wasn’t complex enough, this only describes the players that can be seen. The real power in the play of the game is from the unseen forces of good and evil. Each player is continually influenced by unseen angelic and spiritual forces. After careful consideration of personal game strategy, a player makes his best move. Only to discover the outcome of his move has been influenced by these heavenly or demonic unseen forces.

To be continued….