Bandwidth Upgrade

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After a slight false start caused by a MTU problem, adsl2+ has come to this server.

Currently at 8000/800 kbps there’s a massive improvement over our previous adsl 1 speeds.

A 800MB file used to take 3.5 hours to download, it now takes 20 minutes. Awesome.

So sadly, farewell Netspace, but hello iiNet. Hopefully you on the outside will notice quicker access to this site, too.

Update 10/02/2005:

Our ADSL 2+ modem arrived last night, so after 4 hours of effort, we have now fully upgraded our connection. We’ve gained VOIP and wireless connectivity as well, but the firewall/NAT got a whole lot more complicated. Most things seem to be working correctly now, though. If you notice anything not working properly, please leave a comment.

Surfies Delight

Fermenting: 14/01/2006 Bottled: 30/01/2006

Wal's Pilsner

No, seriously, that’s the name of the recipe. It’s the latest pilsen style beer I’ve made, following the seasonal specials at The Country Brewer.

The main ingredient is a can of Wal’s Pilsner. Described thusly:

A light crisp Australian pilsner. Supplied with lager yeast it produces a slightly dry refreshing drop. Country Brewer

Although it may struggle to get that classic dry, crisp pilsen flavour because of the summer temperatures. What it does have, though, are bucket loads of Saaz hops.

This should be another excellent beer. A summer interpretation on the best beer style in the world.

A modern pilsener has a very light, clear color from pale to golden yellow, and a distinct hop aroma and flavor. Czech pilseners tend toward a lighter flavor, while those in a German style can be more bitter or even “earthy” in flavor. Wikipedia

Fermentation Update: I can’t believe it. This beer is still fermenting after 10 days of high temperatures. My air conditioning is not that efficient – there certainly aren’t lager-like temperatures happening here. Maybe we’ll get a good pils from this slow fermentation, but I’m not too convinced of that.

Bottling notes: Probably should have added the extra hops after a few days – the saaz aroma wasn’t overly strong. Should be pretty easy to drink, and will hopefully improve with time.

Beach Mission 2005/06 Report

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The meaning of life: to bring glory to God.

There are two main goals for a SUFM team:

  1. Evangelism – bringing the word of God to people in the mission location, through childrens programs or directly to adults/teens.
  2. Building up the team members and encouraging them in their walk with God

I think Hallidays Point SUFM 2005/6 could regard itself as a success by these standards. A great amount of growth was experienced by those on the team, and the Word was preached loudly and clearly to all who would listen (and even some who tried not to).

Some prayer points, if you are so inclined:

  • Praise God, who created everything, including us.
  • Say sorry for your failure to live life his way.
  • Thank Him for his great gift of Jesus, who took our sins so we can know God.
  • Thank God for the excellent preparatory work by David, Tim and the rest of the leadership team that allowed mission to be such a success.
  • Thank God for Graydon and his talks from 2 Timothy that so encouraged and enlightened the team.
  • Thank God for the children that realise that Jesus is the King, ruler over everything.
  • Praise God for the young teenager/s who’ve given their life over to Christ.
  • Please pray for the people at the caravan park whose lives have been touched by God this summer, that they may repent and come to know Him, and that his Holy Spirit may rest upon them as they learn to live their lives as God intended.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2