Friday, February 15, 2008

Hotel California, Dive!, -and- Mobsters

Hotel California - users say leaving Facebook behind is not that simple
Dive! - James Bond fanatic creates fantastic underwater car
Mobsters - Justice Alito: "Sopranos" guilty of stereotyping

On this day in history: February 15, 1995 - The most wanted computer hacker in history, Kevin Mitnick, is arrested in Raleigh North Carolina for various offenses, one of which was breaking into security specialist Tsutomu Shimomura's computer.

Born on this day in history: February 15, 1951 - Jane Seymour (1951-) Born Joyce Penelope Wilhemina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951 in Wimbledon, England, Seymour is best known for her performances in made-for-television dramas. Seymour earned considerable popular acclaim for her portrayal of Dr. Michaela Quinn, a Boston physician who moves to the post-Civil War frontier, on the hit CBS series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

Scripture of the Day: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. - Philippians 2:14-15

Video of the Day: Don Piper: 90 Minutes in Heaven - submitted by Laura

About today's video: Don Piper (born 1950) is a Baptist minister who wrote "90 Minutes in Heaven," a book describing his near-death experience.

On January 18, 1989, Piper was driving on an old bridge, and before he cleared that bridge, a tractor-trailer crossed into his lane and hit his small Ford Escort head on. Paramedics on the scene pronounced him clinically dead after the impact. Piper claims to have gone to heaven, where he was reunited with loved ones, but did not claim to have met Jesus Christ there. An hour and a half after the accident, another Baptist minister came to the scene as he was reportedly prompted by God to pray for Piper. Don came back to life, and he faced a long, grueling recovery.

Piper wrote the book in collaboration with Cecil Murphey. It is narrated in first-person from Piper's point-of-view. The book contains two chapters detailing his experience in heaven. The remaining chapters deal with Piper's recovery—an ordeal that included 34 separate surgeries.

In addition to his work as an author, he has been a public speaker, actor, syndicated columnist, CBS and CBN Television Network Executive, Youth Minister, Education Minister, Senior Adult Minister, Baptist Student Ministry Director, Pastor, Single Adult Pastor, and Minister of Education, Don Piper is now often introduced as "The Minister of Hope."