Archive for February, 2008

deontic or aretaic

February 29, 2008

this is too good to be original, but it did come to my mind today as a useful dichotomy for christians:

rules and ritual
revelation and relationship


February 23, 2008

i’m really not intending for my page to become advertising for xkcd, but once again this is too good to miss. i’m amazed at everything communicated by one frame, two stick figures, and twelve words!


February 21, 2008

[update: link to video of this rally at end of article]

i went to a mike huckabee rally last night in plano, texas.  the room seated 900 and the news people covering the event said there were about 2500.  we were shoulder to shoulder – much closer than americans are comfortable with.

so why do i like mike?  several reasons, but my main one is very simple; he represents my views well.  it would be more accurate to say he represents my world-view well.  he is looking at the world from the eyes of a christian.  his guiding principle is: “love the lord god with all your heart and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself”.  because of that i believe he will be both more conservative and more compassionate than his predecessor.

because mike’s positions stem from his principles, he speaks about them honestly and eloquently.  when other candidates get a question they’re not prepared for you can see the squirm as they think “what should my view be on this?”.   meaning, “what will please the most and offend the least supporters?”.  i’ve seen mike go through the “how should i answer this?” dance too, but the result is different.  he consistently goes back to the “…neighbor as myself” principle – the golden rule.  i believe he’ll be the best president of my lifetime.

you might think; “huckabee?  i haven’t heard much about him”, and that would be true.  the mainstream media has been treating him to a death by silence campaign.  that much was to be expected.  he also has very little support from the traditional republican party – the part that’s primarily pro-business and anti-big-government-and-high-taxes.  they’ve been throwing stones at mike because he “splits the party”.  i believe what splits the party is fielding a candidate like mccain who is offensive to the entire social-conservative wing.

the third branch of his opposition has come those who supported one of his earlier competitors.  there were elements of the thompson, duncan, romney, and paul platforms that i could easily agree with.  but i couldn’t look at any of them and say “this guy has the same positions i do for the same reasons i do”.  some christian leaders have been late to endorse huckabee because they first considered another candidate more electable.  i completely disagree with that approach.  huckabee has more grassroots support than any candidate in my lifetime.  with a ridiculously low campaign budget he has beaten the other conservative republicans.  mccain has almost been a media darling because the left considers him easy to beat.  why?  because he alienates social conservatives, the passion in the republican camp, and because he’ll look like an angry old man debating obama.

so i’m hoping for, praying for, and working for a big huckabee win in the texas primary.  it will take a miracle for him to win the nomination.   i believe in miracles!  to slack off support now would say “it doesn’t matter”, and in fact it matters enormously.  if mccain is finally nominated i will probably “hold my nose and vote for him”.  and i’ll watch him lose.  then i’ll help elect huckabee in 2012!

link to the cbs/kvtt video of this event


February 20, 2008

i like peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread.  but i REALLY like grilled peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread.

today’s xkcd was too good to pass up

February 20, 2008

i can’t give an unqualified endorsement, but he does post some hilarious, or painfully poignant, geek humor from time to time


February 19, 2008

so i went out for lunch and stopped by the po box where goodies were waiting!  four books:

  • musicophiliatales of music and the brain, by oliver sacks
  • us and themunderstanding our tribal mind, by david berreby
  • j.s. bach for electric bass – 3 duets and 5 solo pieces, arr. by bob gallway ph.d.

and an oracle database book too geeky for anyone in their right mind to care about.

i shall be reading!  and playing!

tube time

February 19, 2008

lots going on today, but it’s all on the computer.  i do have to mail a letter.  that may be the only time i step outside before tomorrow evening. 

a weird life i’m living!

concept for the day: truth value of groupthink – the fact that an idea is pervasive within our social group says absolutely nothing about whether the idea is correct.  it should be perfectly obvious to even the most casual observer that there are many ideas which have been held as obviously true by large groups of people and were, in fact, completely wrong.


February 17, 2008

some years ago i wrote:

there is nothing more challenging than a blank sheet of paper

… which i now must amend to:

there is nothing more challenging than a blank edit box

though somehow the 21st century version seems less poetic

seems easy enough

February 15, 2008

how to recognize them:

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

what they’ll be doing: 

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

“Do you love Me?  Shepherd My sheep.” (John 21:16)


February 14, 2008

was thinking about emotions and this thought passed through my mind. 

fear, desire, joy and anger are all perfectly normal internal responses to things happening to us or around us.  but they’re generally poor guides when they become our motivations. 

we all start out that way – responding based on our emotions.  think about a baby or a 2 year old.  i suppose the challenge is learning to acknowledge the emotion (rather than suppress it), but act based on principles.

[originally posted 2/12/2008]