Who is Ron Paul?

I keep hearing rumblings about this presidential candidate named Ron Paul. I finally looked him up and he definitely grabs my attention. At first I wasn’t totally comfortable him being antiwar, but I’m starting to warm up to that idea. He appears to not exactly be ‘antiwar’, but more about the US not needing to act an international police force. I resonate with that, though I also value the importance of our military and international law.

I also like the idea that he appears to really value integrity and authenticity. One of his campaign slogans is “Google Ron Paul”, which implies to me that he isn’t afraid of you finding out something bad about him. I like that.

What do you think of Ron Paul? Does he have a chance of becoming president?

SMS Kids Check-In System

This article on using cell phones as plane tickets got me thinking. Would it be useful to allow parents to somehow use their cell phones to check-in their children to kids programs at church?

Could a parent send an SMS message to the church as they’re arriving to somehow speed up or simplify the process? When they show up at the check-in area, the volunteers or whatever could have preprinted name tags and labels for the kid.

Then that same cell phone could be used as a contact method for the parent in an emergency. If a parent needs to be contacted, why not send a text message to the parent’s cell phone that they registered the child with?

It’d take some work to make it easy, but why not consider it? Doesn’t most everyone carry a cell phone anyway?

What do you think?