david maxey

October 13, 2009

“New” Super Mario Bros. for NDS

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 11:53 am

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It was one of those ‘passion of the moment’ purchases. A friend of ours, Derrick, took me to a famous electronics clearance house in Singapore to check out all the fabulous deals, and specifically, to pick up a portable hard disc for our family. As we browsed through the delightful electronic shops, eyes ablaze with excitement and desire, we happened upon a shop specializing in computer game systems. Interestingly, the Lord miraculously delivered me from addiction to computer games over five years ago (that’s another story for another time), and since then I haven’t had even an inkling of desire to fire up the ol’ joystick. But when I entered into that store, all of a sudden a wild desire came upon me to purchase some type of game system for my kids. You can be sure that my motives were of the purest sort.

Up till this point in time, we hadn’t allowed our kids to play computer games of any kind, so this was really a big step for me. I stepped hesitantly up to the counter and asked the shopman what game system he would recommend for children ages 4-7. To make a long story short, he sold me a Nintendo DS Lite handheld game system. This entry isn’t about the NDS itself, but let me tell you, so far I am really impressed with it. It certainly does seem to be the right choice for young children, yet is outrageously fun even for adults.

One of the games that we have acquired for our NDS is the “New” Super Mario Bros. It caught my eye due to the nostalgic vibes it was emitting. The original Super Mario Bros. game was the first computer game I ever played in my life, at the tender age of 12, and it holds a special place in my heart. So it came as no surprise that the “new” version captured my attention. Even better than that, it exceeded my expectations.

It’s hard to improve on a classic, but in my opinion Nintendo has managed to do so with its “New” Super Mario Bros. game. The levels are familiar, yet are upgraded graphically (no surprise here) along with new twists and goodies. The real genius of the game is its retention of the elements that made the original game great which have been combined with new features which pump fresh blood into it. In other words, the designers managed to keep the game true to its roots, while at the same time adding just enough new features to keep it interesting and current.

I won’t go into more detail about the game itself, but I will say that this game is an excellent form of entertainment for children (Adults too!) – a great choice as a first “serious” game to start with. Don’t be deceived by the thought that this game is just a boring remix of the original game – it’s fresh and loads of fun! If you don’t own this game yet, treat yourself and your kids and get it!


October 6, 2009

Muck and Mire

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 8:03 am

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The most unpopular task at church is emptying the porta-potti tank after a week of vigorous use. As of now, we still don’t have indoor plumbing at the church and have to result to self-contained methods of waste-management. So, every week some very fortunate soul has to detach the 20 liter (read 45 lb.) waste tank from the main unit, carry it to the far end of the property, and carefully pour the unsavory contents onto the welcoming soil. Not only is it heavy work, it’s smelly, and leaves one with a vile taste in the mouth. Still, it is absolutely vital and I can’t imagine what we would do if no one conceded to do it.

It brings to mind the incredible sacrifice that Christ made when He left the realms of heavenly glory and entered into a world stained with the filth of sin. It was a thankless task. The Bible tells us that He came to His own and His own rejected Him, though He came to save them from eternal death. It was a heavy task. Jesus took upon Himself the weight of the sins of the world when He ascended Golgotha to the cross. Our minds cannot grasp what it meant for the Son of God to be made sin with our sin. Every fiber of His holy being repulsed the awful burden, yet He took it anyway. He performed the most vile task imaginable, to save us forever. It is His blood which cleanses us from ALL sin. When we consider His sacrifice, thankfulness and love well up in our hearts, and our knees bow down to worship Him.


October 2, 2009

More Than Enough

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 5:02 am

Before we installed the church’s new entry gate with its electric-magnetic lock (I love the sound of that!), we called the lock company several times and asked them to tell us exactly what type of electric wires we needed to install in order for the lock to function properly. The thing is, the gate is about thirty feet away from the church building and in order to run electricity out to it, we had to dig a channel through the earth from the church to the gate and run a wire through it via a metal conduit. Obviously, since we were going to have to go to the effort of digging such a channel, we wanted to make certain that we ran enough wires through it, so we wouldn’t risk having to dig up the conduit again to run any additional wires. So, we contacted the lock company and they confirmed several times that we needed to run two separate wires out to the gate and that they would be more than sufficient. Based on this information, we went to the colossal effort of digging the channel by hand and running the wires to the gate.

Imagine our surprise when the lock installation man, incidentally from the same lock company mentioned above, arrived at the church to install the lock and matter-of-factly   told us that two wires weren’t enough; we needed three! I was shocked. To make matters worse, it proved impossible to run a third wire through the conduit the other two wires ran through. There was nothing left to do, but dig another channel by hand and install the additional wires, this time with several surplus wires. The blisters on my hand are proof of the difficulty of such a job. Disappointing as it was, this incident taught me a valuable lesson –  often times it is wisdom to add a little ‘extra’ beyond what is called for. If we had installed a third wire ‘just to be sure’ to begin with, we would never have suffered from the mis-information we received from the lock company.

We have a God who is a God of abundance; a God who does more than enough. When God is serving out the drinks, the cups always end up filled AND running over. This was shown in the New Testament incident when Jesus turned water into wine and provided the wedding party with ample wine of the finest quality. God doesn’t just meet our needs, He also fulfills the desires of our hearts. By the same token, if we are to imitate Him, we will in turn bless others generously out of abundance, instead of miserly out of lack. So, in life, consider adding that little extra, and see how it will go a long ways!

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