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Get yourself a Christian Wife

Posted in Humour by Elliott Back on October 10th, 2005.

Fifteen ways to get a wife, by example from the Bible [via]:

1. Find an attractive prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, and give her new clothes. Then she’s yours.
— (Deuteronomy 21:11-13)
2. Find a prostitute and marry her.
— Hosea (Hosea 1:1-3)

3. Find a man with seven daughters, and impress him by watering his flock.
— Moses (Exodus 2:16-21)

4. Purchase a piece of property, and get a woman as part of the deal.
— Boaz (Ruth 4:5-10)

5. Go to a party and hide. When the women come out to dance, grab one and carry her off to be your wife.
— Benjaminites (Judges 21:19-25)


I-751 (Petition to Remove Greencard Conditions) Tips

Posted in Government,Law,USA by Elliott Back on May 14th, 2013.

I recently went through the successful application to remove conditions on residence (I-751) with my wife, and found there were a few things I could have done better with my initial submission.

We unfortunately received (and responded to) an RFE (Request for Evidence) due to insufficient documentation for the petition. I had included standard items, like the last joint bank statements, marriage certificate, etc, but it wasn’t enough to prove a “bona fide” marriage.

Some tips I’d suggest for anyone looking to file this on their own:

  • Consult a lawyer when preparing your filings. Yes, it will cost you $300-$600, but it can help you prevent mistakes at the onset.
  • Draft up a cover letter detailing each piece of evidence, the time span it covers, across various categories
  • Include any beneficiary information you have
  • Your evidence should span the entire period of marriage–in my RFE I submitted information from just before our marriage date, quarterly, to the present
  • Highlighting the petitioner’s name, spouse’s name, and dates on evidence will help your examiner work the case faster
  • Include a couple affidavits; it’s easy to ask your friends/colleagues to draft one, and helpful.

Note: I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, just my own personal experience.

Star Wars Bluray: The Complete Box Set

Posted in Movie,Movies by Elliott Back 5 days, 21 hours ago.

I’m excited; the entire Star Wars collection is coming out on Bluray this fall. Amazon (see the link below) is selling it for $89.99 (36% off) and I’ve put in my preorder already, with the added benefit of free shipping and release-day delivery from Amazon Prime. See, my wife has never seen Star Wars, and I want to get through at least “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” with her in order to further her cultural scifi education.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]

Meanwhile as a massive nerd, I will be checking out the never-before-scene additional footage. The press-release highlights some of the features that you will be able to see:

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

There’s even a Bluray disc (number 9) containing Star Wars documentaries, like “Star Warriors” (2007), “A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later” (2010), and “Star Wars Spoofs” (2011). There are some downsides:

  1. This is not the “original version” of the classic trilogy. You will have to deal with Greedo shooting first, etc.
  2. This is not a new transfer of Star Wars; it’s basically going to be a slightly better version of the 2004 edition. There’s no new HD 4k transfer.
  3. These discs are 4:3 wide, not 19:9 widescreen
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