Thursday, February 28, 2013

13 things I learned while participating in Febooary

If you read this blog, you know that I’ve been participating in the Audioboo Febooary challenge, where we post a boo every day during February. I link my Audioboo account to my blog, so that people who read here can listen. The post below this is an example of a boo, Audioboo embeds them here, but they’re also on the site itself. I’ve been wanting to get back into doing Thursday 13 for a while, and so if I can come up with 13 things, here’s a list of things I’ve learned while doing Febooary.

  1. I learned how to keep it short, (well… under 3 minutes, anyway.) I think I hit the 3 minute limit twice while recording the very first boo.
  2. It never fails, earbuds will fall out during recording!
  3. No matter how many takes I do, it will never be perfect. I might be able to eliminate that belching sound in the middle, or the spitting on the phone with multiple takes, but it will never be perfect.
  4. Anything you can do to reduce interference from the phone is not only wanted, it’s a necessity, (thus, the earbuds.)
  5. By all means, do not hit the phone, (please!)
  6. if you absolutely have to navigate, and you aren’t wearing earbuds, do it as fast as you can, (so that we don’t have to listen to every step you take. If you’re wearing earbuds, put the phone as far from your face as possible, (in your lap if you can,) so that what you’re hearing won’t be recorded.
  7. Earbuds make a lot of extra noise, therefore, I try to sit as still as possible. If I’m sitting in the wrong position though, that’s hard.
  8. I usually hold the phone right to my face while I’m recording, it’s important to try not to move it.
  9. Recording after 10:30 at night will always warrant multiple takes.
  10. Sometimes I just have to say, “you get what you get,” and publish the thing.
  11. I do better if I have a question to answer.
  12. If I don’t like the question, I do better if I make a list of 3-4 things to talk about, that way I have a plan.
  13. I’d sound a whole lot better if I could use the Audioboo site to record. As of the beginning of February though, I can’t give it the permissions it needs. I don’t like the way I sound when I use the app, but that’s what I’m stuck with.

On the last day of Febooary...



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Short thoughts on IE 10, take 4.



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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Answering both sets of questions for today, take 4.



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Today at healing rooms.

We prayed for 6 people at the healing rooms today. The lady who’s on the same side as me regarding Terraforming, (and she’s also a co-director,) ended up calling the director’s wife to talk about Terraforming. She said she called to request a meeting with them, but the director’s wife just said to tell her since she was already talking on the phone. Wehn the lady said that her and her husband don’t agree with Terraforming, she told me she heard the director, (the husband of the person she was talking to,) say something in the background, apparently he said something like, “that probably came from what Noelle said.” He was of course referring to this blog post I wrote on Terraforming. She said that it wasn’t because of me, and that her husband has done 5 seminars on the new age movement, and sees a lot of that in terraforming. Another strange thing was the fact that I didn’t send the blog post to them. I thought about it, but I knew they either wouldn’t read it, or would seek to try and disprove everything in it, so I didn’t. I’m friends with some people in the healing rooms on Facebook though, people who have an interest in seeing terraforming incorporated there, and I’m thinking that it was probably one of them. That’s fine, but I wish we would have been able to discuss everything last week.

Answering the question for today.



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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The late night, earlier than last night boo.



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The boo that needed a 3rd take, but won't get one.



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I think I need to fix my sleep schedule.

Yeah, I also need to start posting on a more consistent basis again. I was up for 4 nights last week following international legal hearings, that went from late in the night pacific time to early in the morning. I was getting about 4-5 hours of sleep a night, which is now my sleep schedule. This is why it needs to be fixed. I learned that staying up all night is surprisingly easy even if you don’t plan for it at all, and doing this for multiple days makes days and nights run together. This was only the bail hearing in the case, and a trial is still to come. I enjoy following these things as they happen, via twitter in this case, (and live audio stream, when it was provided.) Yeah, I could probably catch up on them later, (although it most likely wouldn’t be that easy, because it’s hard to look back on Twitter,) but there’s just something about following it right then and there. Of course I did this with the wikileaks extradition hearings too, so it isn’t a new thing for me, (different case, different country, different legal system though.)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Short boo.



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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Going to bed at 8, so I can get up at 12.



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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How I make tea.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yeah, I'm still here.



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Monday, February 18, 2013

We had the meeting today.

The day started with the people who were going to pick me up calling me to tell me that they would be late, because they had a family emergency. When we walked into healing rooms, they were already showing the DVD. We were told for the past 3 weeks that the DVD would be shown after healing rooms, (not during the time that we should be praying for people. I was laughing throughout most of the DVD, because I could barely hold it in. I was about to be like, “can we pause this so I can ask a lot of questions?” Apparently, one of the ladies who’s on the other side, (who supports Terraforming,) kept looking at me during the DVD. After it was over, the director’s wife wouldn’t stop talking, and no one could say anything. After she stopped talking, (after probably about 5-10 minutes,) we were all told it was time to leave. We were ushered out of the church very quickly after that. Afterwards, we went to Subway for lunch, because we had plans to have lunch during the meeting, and all 3 of us were hungry.

Answering a question, and talking about my day.



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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tomorrow will be interesting...

We have the meeting on Terraforming tomorrow after healing rooms. The lady who normally picks me up called tonight to say she wouldn’t be there, so I called the couple who I usually call when this kind of thing happens to give me a ride. Incidentally they’re also against Terraforming, and what the lady told me on the phone was pretty ridiculous. She said the director’s wife asked one of the ladies she went to the Terraforming conference with if there are scriptures to back up Terraforming, and the lady got the Terraforming book out. The lady who’s against it tried to ask questions, and apparently it ended up in a bit of a shouting match, which included the raising of voices, and telling people that they shouldn’t interupt, (that’s what the lady who went to the conference with the director and his wife told another person who was questioning her.) Eventually, the couple walked out of the room, they had to go back in to get prayed out, (most likely by the director and/or his wife,) but they left until healing rooms was over. I’m almost glad I don’t go on Saturday’s, but this time, I actually wish I was there. It’s all really good timing though, because this morning our yuth pastor talked to us about how there are no formulas for fixing ourselves, or making us perfect. There are no quick answers, or rituals that will do it for us.

An ordinary Sunday.



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Saturday, February 16, 2013

How long I've been on Audioboo, take 3.



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Friday, February 15, 2013

I now own a .co domain, take 4.



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7 Quick takes for 2/15

I haven’t done a 7 quick takes for a long time. I wanted to get back into doing a meme or 2 a week. I tried to do Thursday 13 yesterday, but it turns out the thing I was going to write about, I’ve already written about 3 years ago, and it’s still fairly accurate. So here I go with my quick takes! I may or may not link them, because I have trouble using inlinkz.

  1. I’m now a new domain owner! In addition to webgurl.me and lifes-adventures.me, I now own noelle.co! I got an email from my registrar that said they were selling .co domains for $15, and I just couldn’t resist. Turns out noelle.co was available! I was also going to spring for noelle.me, but it was taken. I think I’m going to use it as a lifestream site, so like About.me, or Flavors.me, I’m pretty sure both will support using domains.
  2. On July 17th, 2013, I will have reached 10 years of blogging. I’ve learned a lot and come a very, very long way in 10 years. I started on a site called Diaryland, and my old diary still exists, http://parachute2k.diaryland.com, I link to that simply for reference, and note that apparently I really didn’t care how I wrote 10 years ago, either that or I really didn’t know how to write that well. Seriously, it’s full of errors, read at your own risk!
  3. Oscar Pistorius Charged With Murder: Paralympian Accused Of Fatally Shooting Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. I couldn’t believe this when I heard the news this morning, I remember watching him at the Olympics, and he seemed like a really nice person, of course people aren’t always what they seem, and we don’t know all the facts yet. I haven’t seen any evidence in the case yet, so I’ll withhold any judgement and/or opinion until then.
  4. Posterous Will Shut Down On April 30th, Co-Founder Garry Tan Launches Posthaven To Save Your Sites I used to use Posterous, I’m glad I don’t anymore! This is why I’m not a fan of startup exits and/or acquisitions.
  5. I woke up at 3 this morning and couldn’t get to sleep for a while afterwards. I realized my phone was still in my purse from yesterday’s trip to my friend’s house, so I took it out and saw that I had 4 Twitter notifications. I turned on my computer to answer my friend Mark’s questions about Tumblr, and decided to do some other things in the process, (mainly Reddit.)
  6. We’re all supposed to bring $2 on Monday, so that we can buy pizza for the Terraforming meeting.
  7. I’ll be switching this blog to Tumblr after I’m done with the Febooary challenge, which means it will be the first of march. I’ll put up a post notifying you of my switch with a link to the new RSS feed for those who subscribe, (because I’ll have to change it, otherwise the feed redirection setting won’t work,) and I’ll point the domain over there after things are imported.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

On day 14, also known as valentine's day.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Favorite school subjects.



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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I had lab tests done today.

After I walked on the treadmill at my friend’s house, she took me to have lab tests done. I scheduled my doctor’s appointment today, and I have to go in on March 1st, and of course he wants the labs before I come in, so we decided that today would be a good time to do them. I ended up watching the last half of the state of the union tonight. I actually forgot that it was supposed to happen, but I turned on the TV, and it was already on. I think I’m going to try and rip the terraforming CD’s I have, and then upload them, (most likely using Mega, which is the new service from the Megaupload founder.)

What I did today.



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Booing before bed.



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Sunday, February 10, 2013

If I had 24 hours to live...



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Saturday, February 9, 2013

My thoughts on Terraforming.

This is the post I said I’d write a couple weeks ago, when we had our last meeting on the subject. We’ll be having another one on the 18th, in which we’ll be watching a two hour DVD. What I’ve written here is a guideline on what I’ll say when I speak at the meeting, (all of it probably won’t get brought up, for lack of time,) but also my best attempt at an explanation, without listening to all 17 CD’s that I’ve been given. I’ve been told by different people that I shouldn’t listen to those anymore. Since around April 2012, our sole focus in the healing rooms has been to adopt something called “Terraforming.” Let me get to the bottom line first, keeping in mind that this is what I believe, and what I’ve come to realize over 10 months of learning, (and investigation.) I could very well be wrong in my judgment, but withholding it would only cause those who are deceived by terraforming to go on believing in it. Terraforming, without a doubt, is a cult. Scott Norvell acts very much like a cult leader, (and a salesman on the DVD’s and CD’s I’ve seen and heard.) He tells so many stories, and gives so little information as to what Terraforming actually is. I know very little about Terraforming, other than it incorporates many new-ageist and spiritualist things, and the fact that it’s a very ritualistic and formulaic way of praying, but I know all about Scott and his wife. I heard Shari Norvell say that she was fused to a tree, and heard its voice. She says she can understand the birds when they sing, and the breeze when it speaks. Of course that sounded absolutely ridiculous to me when I heard it. I’ve been listening to the CD’s, but not actually to learn Terraforming, (I don’t want to have anything to do with it,) but my intent was to try and write an explainer blog post about it. To try and list the things they believe though, is extremely hard, but for the sake of explanation, I’ll try.

  1. Terraformers believe that “the worst form of witchcraft is opinion.” Which only says one thing to me, that Scott and Shari don’t want us disagreeing with them. I understand why they say this, to make the point that we shouldn’t pray our opinion in the healing rooms, (but that’s exactly how they should say it.) Let’s break this down a bit more by defining witchcraft. Wikipedia defines witchcraft as the use of alleged supernatural magical faculties that can take many forms, depending on cultural context. Dictionary.com defines it as the art or practice of a witch, sorcery or magic, or magical influence or witchery. Scripturally, witchcraft is associated with sorcery, divination, and/or magic. Does opinion count as one of those things? I suppose if you think your opinions are magical, then yeah, it’s witchcraft. I suppose if you can practice divination through your opinions, (something that maybe Shari Norvell should include in her next testimony,) then maybe you’re committing witchcraft.
  2. They believe that terraforming is the answer to everything. If you do these 3 steps, (and I still have no idea what all the steps are for, after 10 months,) you’ll be healed, everyone in your family will be healed, and you’ll be made perfect right then and there, (but only if God wants you to be made perfect that day.) The reality is that I’ve heard story after story, from members of our team, that Terraforming has changed their life in some way. Ritual can’t make you and I perfect, only God can do that, when we get to heaven. Ritualistic, cult-like prayers and formulas can’t heal you either. They can give you pleasure, and make you feel like you’re doing something good for your life, (like you checked the prayer and/or healing rooms boxes,) but they’ve actually done nothing.
  3. They believe that matter has memory of evil and/or bad spirits. Shari tells the story of a chair she used as her prayer chair, when she was teaching at her house, someone would come sit on the chair that had a spirit of fatigue, so that every single time she sat in the chair, she’d fall asleep. After she terraformed the chair though, it magically forgot that it had this bad spirit attached to it, and that even though the chair has never lived, it was somehow healed.
  4. They believe that, even though they don’t endorse the science fiction uses of terraforming, it’s still “changing the atmosphere of earth to make it more hospitable to human beings. OK, let me ask a question, if you really don’t endorse something, why would you then go and say it right after you said you don’t endorse it? Do they think we’re stupid enough not to notice the contradiction? Do they think they’re little stories, and going in circles is enough to confuse us so much, that just maybe, we won’t notice it?
  5. They believe that our spirits are seated in heaven, and we’ve been there since the beginning of creation, but that we just don’t remember. This theory is called “the preexistence of souls.”
  6. They believe that the church is in its “adult season” as opposed to its infant, preschool, elementary school, or teenaged season,” and that there are different translations of the gospels for each church season. Now that we’re in the adult season, (according to them,) we need to look at scripture differently, (although they haven’t explained how as of yet.)
  7. They believe that terraforming is “a royal, kingly, and/or priestly act,” that can only happen in the church’s adult season.
  8. Scott Norvell believes that he had a revelation from God, and his wife supports him.
  9. They believe in orbs, (which they believe are angels,) and gold dust.
Now, I’ll try my best to explain terraforming. Scott Norvell says that he got the first revelation while praying in the healing rooms, when regulars would come in, and get prayer week after week, and everything was going well, their lives were changing, then they plateaued. He said that the Lord told him to pray for the light of Jesus to be shined. Apparently after this prayer, people spilled out so much that it was 5 hours’ worth of prayer material, so God told them to ask for his daily bread, so that they only took care of what was needed for that day. After that, you’re supposed to pray the blood of Jesus over the person, have them forgive whoever their supposed to forgive, (if they’re supposed to forgive someone,) and take authority over Satan in Jesus’s name, (the authority part is the part that they really don’t explain that well.) If we aren’t done with the person when they have to leave, we’re supposed to pray them into an incubator, so that we save them until they come back. Terraforming a person is supposed to take about 60-90 minutes. When we terraform a person, we have 3 people in the room with them. Only the leader can talk to the person, no one else. There are “cessors,” (they’re ridiculous word for intercessors, which word wants to change to “censors,”) in the next room, getting what are called bread crumbs from God, and slipping notes under the door. The leader is supposed to tell the person that we aren’t passing notes, we’re communicating with the intercessors. When you terraform a thing, you’re supposed to forgive the person who used that thing before you. You say that the memory of the sin is erased from the matter. When you terraform land, if you’ve brought something in That God doesn’t want you to have, you repent for bringing it in. When you go on a land mission, you have a team of 5 people on a ground crew, and 5 people on a flight crew. The flight crew is in the car, driving around to the places the ground crew is telling them to go. The ground crew gets bread crumbs from God, and they text those to the flight crew. Now, I’ll attempt to make a list of the things Scott Norvell has said that terraforming is. In other words, if I were to ask the question, “what is terraforming?” The answer would come out as one of the things I’m about to list.
  1. Terraforming is a prayer.
  2. Terraforming is “dismantling the kingdom of darkness.”
  3. Terraforming is changing the atmosphere of earth, to make it more hospitable for human beings, (which is the way it was written in science fiction in terms of other planets, and what NASA wants to do on Mars.)
  4. Terraforming is a function of the adult church, (that only adult sons and daughters can perform.) According to them, an adult son or daughter is someone that said yes to their calling, the purpose that God gave them.
  5. Terraforming is a kingly and/or royal act.
  6. Terraforming is also a priestly act that prepares a person, place or thing for the presence of God.
  7. To terraform something is to cleanse it, to dismantle evil, and to establish dominion in the kingdom of God.
Terraforming seems to be something that wants to try and incorporate many things, to me, it seems like it wants to be everything to everyone. When you have something so new, that was founded in 2006 by one man, who’s also part of something called blueflame47, which mentions blue fire and an army called “the blue army,” but not much else, that tends to raise a bit of suspicion. His wife has founded and wrote a book called “Cessors” which purports to be on intercessory prayer. I was given a set of 17 CD’s to listen to, and I was also told that the second book has 29.) If Scott and Shari Norvell really wanted us to understand terraforming, they should be able to explain it in a single book, and two or maybe three CD’s. We’re supposed to stay for our third training on Terraforming on Monday, the 18th.

Saturday night boo



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Friday, February 8, 2013

All switched!

I pointed my domain to tumblr today, and I also redirected my RSS feed. This means that I can delete the blogger blog that’s on my Google apps account, which I’ll probably end up doing sometime soon. I’m really not a huge fan of Blogger’s new interface, as it’s harder to change settings, etc. I’m also not a big fan of the fact that Blogger has eaten a couple of my posts, and I didn’t want this to happen with the linkblog, so I switched. As of right now, this blog will stay on Blogger, but probably I’ll switch it sometime, (whether that’s a couple weeks from now, or a couple months from now.)

Domain pointing is fun!



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Answering Mark's question.



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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Switching from Blogger to Tumblr.



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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Almost ready to make the big switch.

I’m almost ready to switch the linkblog from blogger to Tumblr. I’ve changed all the settings that need to be changed, and now I just need to delete the posts on Tumblr that I transferred manually, and pray the import works. I should be making the switch sometime in the next couple days. I’m probably going to have to do a lot of tweaking to get things where I want them once I get over there, (tweaking tags and stuff, because the labels will most likely be all out of order.) After that though, I should be up and running over there.

On the way to walk on the treadmill.



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Monday, February 4, 2013

A short explanation of Healing Rooms.



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Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Superbowl and semantics.

I sort of watched the Superbowl, although I ended up sleeping through most of it. I’d wake up during parts, and not know who was in the lead, at one point it was tied. What was strange about this one, was that they had a power outage in the stadium. Of course the team that I didn’t want to win well… won, so I was a bit annoyed by that. I don’t usually pay attention to the Superbowl, but since Leo Laporte from TWiT was there, and since a team from the bay area was playing, I thhought I might watch it. When I talked to mom earlier today, I asked her what they were going to do for the Superbowl, and she said they were going to the bar to watch it, (yeah, they have a bar that they go to sometimes, because friends of there’s go there often.) I said well, I’d come, but since it’s in a bar, it’s going to be loud, and if I’m going to watch the Superbowl, I actually want to be able to hear it. That’s when she said, “you want to listen to it.” I thought this was hilarious because as my mother, she should know better! I never say that I “listen to TV,” or I listen when I’m reading stuff on the computer, (although technically, that’s what I’m doing.) I said “semantics are ridiculous, and after that we were pretty much done with the conversation, (just because she had to go.)

Demonstrating the Ab lounger.



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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Answering Friday's question on Saturday, take 2.



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Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday listyness!

I have a few things to talk about, so I decided to put them in list form.

  1. I’m officially putting the newsletter to bed, as of 1/22/2013. I just can’t get myself to do something I see no reason for doing, so I’m not going to do it. I’ll set up the Feedburner email update service tomorrow, (most likely,) so that if anyone wants to use it they can.
  2. I only had one subscriber to the newsletter, (besides me,) and that was my friend Mark. I’d like to thank Mark for subscribing!
  3. I’m wondering if since I’m participating in the Febooary challenge on Audioboo, I should unlink my account from the blog for the time being, because I’m supposed to record a boo once a day, every day for the month of February.
  4. Now that I’m done with the newsletter, I can commence with switching the linkblog to Tumblr. I was transfering things over manually, but that was before I thought, hey… maybe I should see if there’s a Blogger to Tumblr importer somewhere, and if there isn’t, maybe I should see if I could build one. Turns out that there’s an importer at Blogger to Tumblr, so I don’t have to do that.
  5. There are some changes I have to make to the linkblog before I transfer it over. I have to switch from publishing on a custom domain to blogspot, and once I get to Tumblr, I can switch back to publishing on webgurl.me again, (without a subdomain!) Another thing I have to do, is switch from using Feedburner to blogger’s RSS feed, because that’s what it uses to import the posts to Tumblr.

Take 8 of Febooary.



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