Billy Graham’s Final New York Crusade

USA Today scored a rare interview with the man himself, Billy Graham, just a month before the New York Crusade. The Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade has been called Graham’s last Crusade in New York, and as always, there’s speculation that it could be his last crusade ever. The interview itself doesn’t give that impression, but it does give a glimpse of Graham’s declining health, comparing him to the late Pope John Paul II.

In another final crusade news, a coalition of Christian leaders in the U.K. have invited Graham to come for a London crusade this fall, and though there has been no offical word, it appears Graham is willing to come if his health permits it.

Yet Another Blog Redesign

Well, it’s time to redesign again. I’ve decided to break up my blogs and launched a few new ones, including:

There’s also the old standbyes, including Spacebar (now with Mazie!), Quotables and ReViews.

I’ve organized everything into a blog network of sorts, so we’ll see how it goes. The one blog I’m not so sure about yet is the Twin Cities one. But we’ll see what I stick with. I still have more things to tweak (especially this blog) and I’m thinking of setting up a catch-all blog where you can read the latest updates from everywhere (I have a psuedo one set up, but it’s not what I’m going for).

Oh yeah. You might notice the iTunes banners. I’m an iTunes affiliate now, which means I make a small percentage on any iTunes purchases you make after clicking on one of my links. It’s yet another free way to support my blog.

If It Hertz, You Drive

Just don’t try to use the Hertz web site. It sucks. This summer I’m attending a wedding halfway across the country and I’m trying to figure out how to get there. Driving is an option and I wanted to look into rental prices, especially after hearing that some rental companies have hybrids available.

So I went to Hertz’s site to check prices, only to find that their site requires a funky right-frame feature that didn’t work in Firefox or Safari, making it impossible to check rates or make a reservation online. To find out most other information, you need to launch a pop-up window which was automatically blocked by both Firefox and Safari, forcing me to disable it to do much else.

I decided to send them a comment about using their web site, hoping that just maybe they could improve the user experience and possibly answer my question through e-mail. But no:

We’re Sorry

The function that you have requested is temporarily not available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wow. That’s suckage on a massive level.

May the Force Be With You Star Wars T-shirt

May the force be with you Star Wars T-shirt front And also with you T-shirt back
In honor of the final installment of the Star Wars double trilogy, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, I present a fancy new T-shirt. It’s a white “ringer” T-shirt with a black band on the edge of the sleeves and collar (or I suppose you could get blue or orange, but that’d look stupid).

The front says: May the force be with you.

The back says: And also with you.

Get it? A little Star Wars/liturgical humor for you. On a T-shirt no less! Ha! And it can be yours for the low, low price of $18.99 $15.99. Get ’em while they’re hot!

And I mean that. The article the other day about T-shirt sales inspired me, and I’m thinking of doing a T-shirt a month–but only one per month. Come the end of the month we’ll switch to something new, so you snooze, you lose. No more hilarious Star Wars T-shirt. It’s a goofy plan which fits nicely with Cafepress’s requirement that basic shops can only sell one of each item. And it’s more fun that way. Means I have to come up with a new geeky T-shirt every month.

I’ll vouch that Cafepress T-shirts are pretty nice. They need a wash after you first get them, but they hold up pretty well. And if you look around on the net, sometimes you can find Cafepress coupons (Shh… don’t tell).

Update: Caving to pressure, I’ve dropped the price to $15.99, though I doubt that’s going to appease either complaintant. Sorry folks, print on-demand T-shirts ain’t cheap. At this price I’m making $1 per shirt, which is probably fair considering the work I put in to it. The other option would be to have everyone order shirts and at the end of the month I’ll put in the order, print them and distribute them. But that requires work. And somehow I can’t see many of you being interested in that. But maybe you would be. The price could probably drop signifcantly. Comment away if you’d be interested in that system.

Though as I told someone today, I’m not trying to get into the T-shirt business.

Audio Adrenaline T-Shirt Brings in Cash at Missions Dinner

I’ve had a busy few days. Last night my youth group held their annual missions dinner, and the night before I went to the Audio Adrenaline/Toby Mac/Kutless/Hawk Nelson show. Whew.

But the fun part is the odd combination of the two. Since I scored some “meet & greet” passes we decided to buy an Audio Adrenaline T-shirt and have it autographed to auction at the Missions Dinner. Every year we auction the leftovers, as well as a few more desirable items, usually artwork.

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