I apologize…

In leu of the results of the competition I administered in my previous post, I will be changing my blog. I am switching over to blogger. 

Please accept, from the bottom of my heart, my deepest apologies for changing it over. I understand better than anyone how much of a hassle it is to have to change the links in your blogroll, to change your RSS subscriptions, and to just make changes to something that should be simple and effortless. I promise another change like this one won’t come for along time, if ever. 

So, when you’re ready to forgive, and if you care ——–> MY NEW (official) BLOG.



I am now about to do a test…A competition if you will…between blogger.com and wordpress.com…

The competition will only have a few categories, and they will be as follows:


Picture Uploading Capabilities – 20 points available
There’s really only one thing that matters for this category – mass uploading. If a blog hosting website can NOT upload multiple pictures at once this will be considered a major deficiency and the site will be penalized accordingly. —Blogger 20 – WordPress 0 (bloggers got the bulk, wordpress only the “one-at-a-timin-it)

Blogroll Update Emails – 5 points available
Blog providers will be judged on their ability to keep me up to date with the people in my blogroll. Updates from other users of the same provider should be simple and easy to manage. However, the ability for a provider to provide updates from users on different providers will be considered a extra bonus and awarded accordingly. For example: If Jon has a blogger blog, and blogger sends him updates from his friend Jack’s blog which is a wordpress blog – major bonus points. — Blogger 0 – WordPress 0 (the search to find answers for this category got old real quick, plus I just learned how to subscribe to RSS)

Customizable Look and Feel – 15 points available
In this crazy, hectic world people everywhere are looking for ways to stand out and be unique. This rings true in the blog world. Blog providers will be judged on the customizability of their blogs. — Blogger 14 – WordPress 9 – (blogger came out on top cause it’s customizability is just easier to do and figure out. The both only have just a few templates to work from, but with blogger you can change alot more of the elements in the template)

Mobile Upload and Update Capability – 5 points available + 5 bonus
Sooner or later everyone in the world will have an iPhone. Blog providers will be judged on weather or not blogs can be updated and uploaded to via the iPhone. The more capabilities a blog has the better. — Blogger 7 (update via email from iPhone) – WordPress 2 (possible, but alot of steps)

User Friendliness – 15 points available
Blogs should be easy to use, update, and get around. Each blog provider will be judged on it’s user friendliness. The judging of this category is strictly up to the administer’s opinion. — Blogger 12 – WordPress 8 – (they both are friendly, but not as friendly as some other sites in the areas of navigation, terminology, and ease – blogger came out on top I think because it’s run by google)

60 points available – with the possibility of an additional 5 bonus points

Final Results: Blogger 33 – WordPress 19 —> CHECK IT OUT!


The results of my test will be posted here, and if my findings conclude that blogger.com is better than wordpress.com – a change will be made.

Xanga will not be considered.

If you can think of any other categories that should be added to this competition, please list them here as soon as possible.



Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!’
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia


They don’t write’em like that anymore.



Balut (pronounced: bah-lute) = a fertilized duck egg, boiled and served just like a hard-boiled egg; baby chick and all. They are usually served warm with vinegar and salt.

The process:
1) Crack the egg in the “right spot.” This is impossible to determine if you’re not from The Philippines. But if you’re eating balut, you’re in the Philippines so ask a native. They’ll tell you exactly where to open it.

2) Slightly open a hole in the egg about the size of a dime.

3) Tip the egg and drink the “juice.” Alot of people put vinegar in the hole before they drink, but this is disgusting.

4) Open the egg up the rest of the way. Disregard the small feathers, legs, and head you see, that’s all part of it.

5) Apply salt and or vinegar


Important Safety Tip concerning steps 1 and 5: If you open the balut in the “right spot” the yoke will be at the bottom. DO NOT EAT YOKE. It’s hard and rubbery.

Random facts about balut and baby ducks:
Every single duck egg incubates for 28 days, and on that 28th day the egg hatches. Balut eggs are incubated for 16 – 21 days, then boiled and served. Between day 18 and day 21 the beak and skull begin to solidify.


Philippines Trip Update

We made it. Compassion is the real deal. If you don’t sponsor, you missing, losing, and failing all at the same time. We’re shooting a video about/spending the majority of our time so far with 4 Compassion Leadership Development Program graduates. These are kids that graduated from the regular sponsorship program, were the best of the best, and got accepted to get sponsored through college. These LDPs are best interviews I’ve ever been a part of. Life-change & the proof of God up-close and personal.

This trip makes my 4th Compassion trip. I can honestly say – I don’t respond to the poverty like I used to, at least I don’t think about it the way I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I’m getting numb to it, or that it doesn’t effect me like it used to, by no means. === Used to I felt sorry for the people of poverty because of what they didn’t have, and because their houses were so small, and they don’t have any money, or they don’t have shoes, or – you name it. All of those things are true, and they are MOST DEFINITELY poor conditions that I wish were better. I do feel sorry for those things.

Now I find my self feeling sorry for the abstract things about poverty. >>No hope, lack of opportunity, the feeling of worthlessness<< These are the things that Compassion is defeating. Their not just buying these kids shoes, giving them a quick warm meal, then moving on to the next poor community. They are empowering local churches with the resources they need to inject love, hope, and Jesus (love and hope) into these communities. These Compassion kids get a big-o-fat Jesus/love/hope shot right in the tookus once, sometimes twice a week for their entire childhood — not to mention shoes, food, clothes, and medicine.

Compassion is changing the world. (Period)

I feel like there’s a lot of “awareness” going around the rich parts of the world. Awareness about things like poverty, AIDS, and war. Being aware ain’t enough. In fact, if I’m aware and do nothing/little about it – that’s worse than not being aware.


The food ain’t bad. Probably going to do this.

Fertilized duck egg – boiled. There’s a baby duck chick in there.

Some pictures from the trip.


The Philippines

We made it. We’re here. We left at 8am (Birmingham time) and we got here at 2pm, Tuesday (Birmingham time). So it took forever, but….

Eric’s pictures coming soon…Youtube videos coming soon…

The pictures I’ll probably post on my xanga cause the photo upload is easier. That address:  http://www.xanga.com/taylorrobinson

I’ll embed the videos on this page when/if we do some.

SKYPE Rules. Love ya.