Archive for August, 2006

Mad Skillz!

Posted in Humor, Music, Movies & Entertainment on August 29, 2006 by weirleader

It appears that serendipity is at work – either that, or the force is with me – because mere days after learning to post You Tube videos, I have discovered (via Stephen – thanks!) a video which must be memorialized.

furthermore, I see much in common with this guy. He only had a month of guitar lessons = I only had a month of guitar lessons; he has an optical mouse = I have an optical mouse; he wears a ballcap = I have been known to wear a ballcap. So I perceive this to be a good sign. All I need now is six more years of intensive, daily practice (and a great deal of divine intervention) and then I too can post such amazing work!

Whoever is reading this site (all three of you) most likely already has seen this video via Stephen, but maybe someone else will stumble across it. 🙂

This is a test – because, if it can be done, I want to know HOW!

Posted in Humor on August 26, 2006 by weirleader

Not to mention, that I really enjoy this one.

If this works, you should be able to view The Evolution of Dance right from my very own blog! As to why you would want to, well that’s the subject of another blog entry.

ttfn (ta ta for now!)

Counterproductive

Posted in Humor, Meanderings on August 24, 2006 by weirleader

At long last! A cure for what to do when a telemarketer calls in the middle of… anything!

Ok, I probably like it better than you – but this is my blog! 😉

Blogging the Bible (part deux)

Posted in Religion on August 24, 2006 by weirleader

Well, I’ve been giving Blogging the Bible another try.  And it’s definitely got some good points to make.  I just have to take some comments with a grain of salt.

I think the best point he’s made so far is about the animosity amongst families early in the Bible.  I hadn’t really thought about it – but there’s not exactly a Cleaver or Nelson family mixed in there.  And he also makes an interesting point about Isaac never playing much of a role after he is almost sacrificed…

Guess I’ll keep up with the reading.  I may even comment – though I imagine he gets inundated with responses.

The Last Word

Posted in Religion on August 22, 2006 by weirleader

Well, I’m almost finished with it – though I must admit that reading The Last Word, by N.T. Wright, was a lesson in humility.  I wasn’t quite prepared for the depth to which I would be out of my league! 🙂

Still, after reading and then rereading and then rereading again some parts, I think I got sort of the gist of things – and I enjoyed it.  That said, I’m sure there’s much that I’ve not gotten.  But at least it got me thinking, and I think I’m definitely motivated now to try my hand at more religious literature (until now, I don’t think I’ve read a single book addressing religion – with the exception of Studies in the Scriptures).

Furthermore, I’m proud to say that I finally understand (after looking them up multiple times) the words: hermeneutics, eschatology, exegis, and nihilism.  The real trick will be to see how long I remember them! 🙂

There are a few questions I have that I thought I’d post here – allowing, at the very least, Pete to comment on them as well as anybody else who actually visits this blog.

1) What exactly is the difference between ‘theology’ and ‘biblical studies’ (TLW, pg.4 ¶1)? (to me they sound the same)

2) What exactly is the “explicitly materialist ‘prosperity gospel’ which results from right-wing misreading of Scripture (TLW, pg.106 bottom)?

3) How is “attempted ‘biblical’ support for the modern state of Israel a right-wing misreading (p.108 top)?

4) Where does the Bible “envisage women as apostles and deacons, and as leading in worship” (p.109 middle)?

Those, of course, are the easy questions.  The difficult ones were such that I didn’t even know what I was reading or what to ask.  But it was overall a good experience.

Thanks for the recommendation, Pete. 🙂

Secretary of State

Posted in Humor, Meanderings on August 10, 2006 by weirleader

after reading several headlines about the goings-on in the Middle East, I came across this one, entitled “New Gene Allows Rice to Survive Submersion” and couldn’t help but laugh at the (to me) obvious mental image of Condi following in the footsteps of Houdini.

The article is minorly interesting – mostly this is just a case of one of those headlines that can be easily misread.  🙂

The Future of Science (and Math) Education

Posted in Education, Science on August 9, 2006 by weirleader

just listened to this piece* from NPR – got me thinking about some of the core issues that degrade the quality of learning in this country. One of the comments made suggested that students are increasingly lacking in study skills – and that resonates with me as I think of the gap between our country and other countries that progressively widens as students advance through school. Certainly we, as a culture, appreciate and encourage education to a lesser extent (and this seems to be divided largely along socioeconomic lines) than we used to. I’m seeing large percentages of students quickly capitulate when faced with even a minor challenge.

Perhaps what’s happening is that students are less trained to appreciate and value education and less motivated to work diligently in the face of possible failure. At early levels, when the going is relatively easy (and culture has possibly had less time to work its deleterious effects), students keep up with their foreign counterparts – but as they increase in level and age, without the determination and belief in educational value, they falter and lose ground.

When you’ve never learned the exhilaration of working hard at a problem and finally succeeding, there is nothing to fall back on when you come across a real challenge.

How can we train students to rise to meet a challenge? They’re most certainly not lacking in competitive spirit…

They need a little more love of the ‘game’ and some confidence that their effort will be worth it.

But our state government, in all its wisdom (with no real understanding of where the problem lies), feels that we just need to raise the bar. That’ll solve it. Make these students – who are already unsuccessful – take more math and science… harder math and science.

Makes me think of a hot-dog eating contest… if they weren’t successful in cramming down 18 this year, let’s make them try for 24 next year!!!

Well, better give it up now before I really get on a rant! 🙂

*edited on 8/9/06 @ 7:44pm – thanks, Pete, for pointing out the erroneous link… hope this fixes things!