From the “Not All People Are Jerks” department:

A few weeks ago, Patrick Greene of San Antonio, was known in Henderson County simply as a professed atheist who threatened to sue Henderson County about the courthouse manger scene. Greene’s experience with Christians was of narrow-minded individuals who had treated him unkindly throughout his life.

But when Greene learned that he was going blind due to a detached retina, and didn’t have money for groceries because he had to retire his Yellow Cab, Sand Springs Baptist Church didn’t just help with a small donation. They gave him $400 for household expenses, and there’s more on the way. In appreciation, Greene is donating a star for next year’s nativity scene.

I don’t normally go for warm fuzzies like this, but these people clearly went above and beyond. I realize there are a lot of people who need help, some with much bigger issues. But it’s better to help someone than not help at all, and just deliver platitudes like “God will provide”.

Via Ars Technica:

Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the New York Times the agency will take a “fresh look” at electronics use on planes.

This revisit will not include smart phones, but we as the masses still stand to benefit. By the end of 2012, more than forty million e-readers and sixty million iPads and other tablets will have been purchased, according to Forrester Research.

According to Nick Bilton, the reason the airlines have not conducted the necessary testing and approved the use of the above-mentioned electronics is because it is prohibitively expensive to do so. So now the FAA is taking it into their own hands.

But, as with everything else in which the government is involved, this will be a slow process. This is because every generation of a device (like the iPad, for example), has to be tested on a flight with no passengers. But at least the ball is roling now, and the potential for being able to avoid airport paperbacks is possible.

It’s good to know that if I ever brick one of my iThings, the staff on the other end of the line will remain calm and professional. It’s nice, however, to know that it won’t be a completely foreign experience. I will be able to count on familiar things like passing the buck, (blaming the problem on third party software), and the best standby of all, the hold button. I got a good laugh out of this.

Apple Customer Support Staff Remain Calm Under Pressure