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David Kowalski
Worked at -- I have worked as a Bible College Professor (Global University, Pastor (Two Assemblies of God Churches), Associate Pastor (two Assemblies of God Churches), High School administrator (ACE), English teacher (Abeka), In school suspension teacher (public schools)
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Now that's just wrong.
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It's a brave new world, +David Kowalski.
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It's hard for me to resist resharing this post. This is the passage (Matthew 7:7) that I read alone in my bedroom/living room (efficiency apartment) 42 years ago (around this very time of year), with the result that I did exactly what it said and found to my pleasant surprise that if one asks it will be given, if they seek they will find, and if they knock the door will be opened. I encountered the living God and to my further surprise committed my whole life to Him (who can resist doing so when they genuinely encounter such love and perfection?). I was a foolish, young teen but thank God, Mathew 7:7 was truth to even such a fool as I!
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A Quick Comparison of a Pair of Classic and Contemporary Headphones

When I first got home from the hospital after my recent surgery I had time to make an extended comparison between my two sets of headphones: a pair of Pioneer SE-50s (made around 1970) and a pair of Monoprice 8323s that I bought new about two years ago. This made for an interesting comparison for me on many levels.

The Pioneers were made during a period in which the company was making speakers that are still esteemed. The HPM 100s made during this time have been called "the most important speakers in the history of rock" (http://audiophilereview.com/affordable-speakers/the-most-famous-speaker-in-the-history-of-rock.html), though this is a highly debatable claim. These speakers still sell used for up to $1000 per pair.

Monoprice is a source of economy, audio products that are nevertheless respected (see Steve Guttenberg's very favorable review of the 8323s at http://www.cnet.com/news/how-good-can-21-59-headphones-be/). The Pioneer headphones sell used for around $50 (with shipping) on sites such as eBay. The Monoprice headphones currently sell for roughly $23 with shipping (http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=8323).

Considering pure aesthetics, the Pioneers were clearly superior even though their use of ferrite magnets make them bulkier than the Monoprice headphones that have a slimmer, sleeker profile due to their use of Neodymium magnets. The old Pioneers' more luxurious look and feel. made the Monoprice headphones seem cheap by comparison.

Of course, the most important comparison is in sound quality, and after much time comparing the two with a variety of material, I concluded that the Monoprice 8323s sounded better in spite of their cheaper look and feel. The Pioneer SE-50s had a more laid back sound, even with the tweeter adjustments turned all the way up. This mellow sound was nice at times and even preferable with some material.

Repeatedly, however, the Monoprice 8323s produced a more detailed, lifelike sound with most material. While I do not think most of the more cheaply constructed Monoprice headphones will still be around after nearly 50 years (as the Pioneers are), they sound better, are more stylish due to the use of the smaller (but just as powerful) magnets, and cost half as much as the Pioneers at this time. The definite winner of the comparison in my estimation is the Monoprice 8323s.
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Suitably Repairing Cracked Bakelite Without a Radical Restoration

Bakelite antiques are inevitably collectible but the old bakelite is prone to cracks. Not too long ago I purchased a 1950 vintage RCA Victor X551 table radio for only $5. The price was so low because the radio did not work and had a very obnoxious, long crack in the top. Internet tutorials on how to address such cracks all involved using epoxy to mend the crack, and then sanding and repainting the entire radio. The problem with such a radical restoration, however, is that the restored object is no longer in original condition, and this is a real detriment for many collectors -- including me.

I have no before photos but the crack in question was, as I have said, quite obnoxious. Rather than restoring the radio, however, I opted to repair the crack as well as I could. I put Elmer's glue in the crack and let it dry (repeated this three times). Since the excess glue was easy to wipe off with no residue left behind, no sanding or repainting was needed. With each use of the glue, I put a wood stain matching the radio (in this case, Old English Dark Scratch Cover) in the crack over the glue, letting the stain pool and dry inside the crack each time (the excess that spilled outside of the crack to the surface of the radio was easily cleaned off with no residue left behind).

The result is a suitably repaired but not radically restored radio. The once obnoxious crack is now much less noticeable and much less ugly. I would estimate the radio's value now at $25 -- $35 just as it is (even in its non-working and cracked condition). I display this radio on a high shelf where the top is not generally seen, so the remaining crack is not a serious issue for me.
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I'm not the first person to suggest that spray cleaners make effective fly killers. They work nearly as fast as poisonous sprays without any serious toxicity for people or pets, and without creating an obnoxious odor. I've tried various options but it seems to me that Spic and Span spray is the most effective agent I have used for this purpose.
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+David Kowalski: Simple Green has some sort of essential oil in it that sticks to bugs/insects, etc. It's toxic to them and kills them.
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I've just recently turned sixty and was reminded of this milestone by a senior moment. I was speaking to my sister on the phone when I remembered that I needed to call my wife. Thus, I started looking diligently for my phone while I was talking to my sister ... on the phone.
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Lol. At least it's not a mid-life moment.
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A point well articulated by John Piper.
 
Piper: “Because God is unique as an all-glorious, totally self-sufficient Being, he must be for himself if he is to be for us.”
God is love precisely because he relentlessly pursues the praises of his name in the hearts of his people.
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A real, road sign in Newberry, South Carolina. The sign points to the two, nearby towns of Clinton and Prosperity, which ironically, are in opposite directions.
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That sign has been there a LONG time. Not likely to lose its relevance any time soon. Even if Hillary fails to grab the White House, "Clinton" will be synonymous with poverty for millions of people.
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Welcome! I am on Google+ primarily for the purpose of sharing biblical thoughts with others, but also for sharing other posts that I find interesting, enjoyable, or funny. It has delighted me to make some friends in the process. My philosophy of proper conduct on Google+ can be found at this post -- https://plus.google.com/115849606049187132320/posts/5wzwoxysxxH. I also endorse the principles discussed by Google+ veteran Guy Kawasaki in his post about Google+ comments -- http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130620123128-2484700-the-art-of-google-comments

Anyone who does not believe they can abide within the boundaries of etiquette and civility described in these two posts should probably consider not adding me to their circles. I welcome differing opinions and discussion within those boundaries (and I understand that we all sometimes stray from them!) but I try to keep my account a generally pleasant environment for all who visit with kind intentions. 

I appreciate comments that are logical and civil. Uncivil and/or obscene comments are usually deleted and their sources often blocked (unless the source is an established friend). Still, those who differ with me or others need not be timid in saying so if they focus on the substance of matters discussed without name-calling, ridicule, or personal attacks on others in the thread. 

I have learned from experience that protracted debate (or whatever name one wants to call it) beyond two or three rounds usually leads to incivility and it is therefore generally not practiced any longer in my threads. On rare occasions I have disabled further comments.Those who are seeking for any kind of protracted disputation should look for it elsewhere. 

Please do not simply pontificate in an arrogant or belligerent manner about disputable matters without providing any reasons for your views. Please do not try to characterize a view that differs from yours if you have not done any primary source research in and reading of that view as it is explained by its most articulate advocates. Also, please do not pretend to have a level of education your comments reveal you do not have. 

I will be happy to dialogue with representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) about my article at http://www.apologeticsindex.org/563-trinity-doctrine-2. A thorough discussion of this article is a prerequisite to further dialogue. 

My health problems may sometimes delay my ability to respond to your comments and I appreciate your patience with me when this is the case. Otherwise, I look forward to your input and to becoming friends.

"To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit." 1 Peter 3:8 NASB
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