Sunday, February 18, 2007

Odds and Ends IV

  • Centuri0n discusses how to read the Bible and why anyone can read the Bible.
  • John Piper explains why being pro-abortion should disqualify a candidate for public office. (HT Justin Taylor)
  • Al Mohler chronicles the dangers of the self-esteem movement (doesn't surprise me a bit).
  • Peggy Noonan explains why the presidential campaign races have started so early this anyone else depressed by the notion of McCain, Guiliani, or Romney running against Hillary, Obama, or Edwards?
  • WORLD magazine describes the rise of "Holy Hip Hop", and features our very own Curtis "Voice" Allen. Go Curt! (HT Challies)
  • And for the rest of you who took 20th century philosophy with me last year (taught by the one and only Scott Somerville), here's an interesting article I found about Karl Barth.


  • David explains the thoughts that go through his head when he reads some Bible stories...I'll tell ya, this guy weirds me out sometimes.
  • Want to know why I hate Macs? Charlie Brooker sums it up pretty succinctly in this article from the Guardian. (HT Challies)
  • Anyone else looking forward to the release of The Bourne Ultimatum later this year? Supposedly, there's a new Bourne hotline set up for us addicts to help us cope with what may be a tragic ending.
  • For my fellow Star Wars freaks, here's a good one: the coronation of the Pope has gotten a makeover.
  • FCN describes their own Super Bowl experiences, which sound remarkably similar to mine...or not.
  • And on the football theme, a letter to FCN describes the relationship between girls and football...I've seen this so many times (with four girls living next door) that it's almost not funny. Almost.


  • Turns out that when you compare men's and women's desks, women's have four times the amount of germs on them. Take that, girls ;-)
  • Crisis pregnancy centers now outnumber abortion clinics in the U.S. Praise the Lord!


Vicki Hearne, in an essay entitled "What's Wrong with Animal Rights", explains what Jefferson meant by "happiness" in the Declaration of Independence:

Happiness is often misunderstood as a synonym for pleasure or as an antonym for suffering. But Aristotle associated happiness with ethics--codes of behavior that urge us toward the sensation of getting it right, a kind of work that yields the 'click' of satisfaction upon solving a problem or surmounting an obstacle. In his Ethics, Aristotle wrote, 'If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.' Thomas Jefferson identified the capacity for happiness as one of the three fundamental rights on which all others are based: 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'

And I'm reading an introduction to quantum theory (Colin Bruce's Schrodinger's Rabbits) for fun, and this little tidbit just made me laugh out loud.

To illustrate, I am tempted to ask you to imagine a wall with two slits in it, and a gun capable of firing a cat toward the arrangement, but cats (even hypothetical ones) have already suffered enough in the cause of quantum physics, and Stephen Hawking has threatened to shoot people who mention Schrodinger's cat to him, so I will choose an alternative.

And now to leave you with a comic to show you exactly how not to respond to your mom.


pedro del piero said...

hahaha. I went down and read some of the comments on the "why I hate macs" article. I'm telling you, the attempts by the mac-users at comebacks were often laughable, and in fact I laughed several times while reading them. And the article was hilarious too.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! One of the funniest things about the Guardian's comments section (as well as the article itself) is that towards the end, it is the Windows users who turn out to be the real victims!