Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Doctrine and Covenants 104: 13-18

13 For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.

14 I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.

15 And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.

16 But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.

17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.

18 Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.

Digital Journal Writing

I've been wanting to go through my mission journals for sometime, but never seemed to make the time to sit down and read them. One thing that motivated me to finally do it is to transcribe them. I bring the journal to work and take 15 minutes of my lunch break to type up a couple of entries and store them online (using Google Docs or Zoho). Hopefully this will serve as a good backup in case anything happens to them.

I started with the MTC and it was neat to see my growth the two months I was there. I was beginning to get annoyed at myself at how "amazing" everything was and the fact that I didn't explain anything as to why it was amazing. Then, the last week or so there, I actually started expounding on the spiritual experiences I was having. If you're keeping a journal, make sure to not just list the things you've done but try to communicate your actual feelings and things you've learned. Those items are what will help the reader the most.

I've also started keeping my current journal online because I can add to it where ever I am (provided there's a computer nearby). I know it doesn't capture my actual handwriting and that can take away from the personal depth of the entries, but I can include photos a lot easier, and it will allow me to share it with my family a lot easier too, and not have to worry about losing the original. My blog is also a good journal source, though I don't tend to share intimate personal experiences here.

Have you all had any recent journal writing experiences? At what point would you begin sharing your journal with your family?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

How much caffeine does a Hershey Kiss have?

I was curious about the caffeine content of a few foods and drinks and here's what I found:
  • A Starbuck's 12 oz. cup of coffee has 260 mg
  • A 16 oz. Rockstar or Monster has 160 mg
  • A 8.3 oz. Red Bull has 80 mg
  • A 12 oz. Mountain Dew has 55 mg
  • A 12 oz. Dr. Pepper has 41 mg
  • A 12 oz. Coca-Cola Classic has 34.5 mg
  • A 12 oz. Snapple Tea has 31.5 mg
  • 1 square of baking chocolate (unsweetened) has 23.2 mg
  • A 12 oz. Barq's Root Beer has 22.5 mg
  • 1 bar of Hershey's Special Dark 18 mg
  • 1 bar of Hershey's Chocolate with Almonds has 8 mg
  • A KitKat has 6 mg
  • An 8 oz. cup of brewed decaffeinated coffee has 5.6 mg
  • An 8 oz. cup of hot chocolate or chocolate milk has 5 mg
  • An 8 oz. cup of instant decaf coffee has 2.5 mg
  • 1 Hershey's Kiss has 1 mg
You're welcome for that new wrinkle in your brain.