Angel: but I really want us to start dressing like adults
(and like an adult)but i do think i will buy some new shirt8:07 AM Angel: I mean like polos and khakis nice
Angel: but I really want us to start dressing like adults
Off to special super secret trips to far off lands where I will photograph manuscripts of the Greek new testament. I should have email access, however, so plan on plenty of updates.
is it weird that i get legitimately excited to pay bills? i've been checking my credit card balance online for the last week, just waiting for the new statement to pop up. tonight, it finally did, and i immediately paid it. it's like christmas every single month.
"A debate is a conflict which clarifies a position. A dialogue is a conversation which compromises a position."In other words, there is always a position to be defended, a defender whose job is never done.
"A debate is a forum in which the master of the quip, the better thinker-on-their-feet will win out. A dialogue is an opportunity for understanding between two parties where before no such understanding existed."
now this happened. thanks a lot.
Jim West posted on something earlier today that struck a chord with me as it touched on a number of my pet peeves: the alarming rate at which the United States imprisons its population, the prison culture and industrial complex that arises out of that rate, the "War on Drugs" and its various ill-effects for urban centers here in the states and for various regimes particularly in South America, and the coup de grâce, the media's woefully inadequate methods of reporting on it all:
When Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were brutalized and murdered by four blacks I wondered aloud why it seems that so many of the most violent crimes are perpetrated by blacks. The shooting of Officer Rickman raises the same question. So I wonder aloud again- why?I initially responded that we first needed to get the facts straight, essentially, by asking whether or not there actually was more violence among or committed by minorities, or if in fact it was simply reported on more often and so it seemed as if there was more violence among or committed by minorities. Another commenter linked to a number of reports about the relative rates of incarcerations among various demographics, which Jim took to invalidate my point about the reporting. However, I responded (in full):
So - again - why are some blacks (usually males in their teens to late twenties) so very violent? And, more importantly, what can be done about it so that there are no more victims of that violence? And, by the by, this isn’t just a sociological issue but a theological issue as well- and more so.
I disagree: increased incarceration rates aren’t reflective of a community that necessarily commits more crime or even more violent crime. It’s reflective of a society that is more comfortable incarcerating its minority cultures than its majority culture. In the first place, it should be pointed out that the United States imprisons its population at an astounding rate: recent reports put the number at 1 in 100 adults, and 1.6 million people overall. China, a country four times larger than ours, with human rights abuses of its own, managed to imprison only 1.5 million in the same time period. The vast majority of those in prison are there because of drug convictions, convictions that occur at a rate 12 times higher for black men than for white men (thank you, War on Drugs). That 12 times higher conviction rate does not reflect the fact that whites “in fact, commit more drug crimes than blacks.” So, again, I would argue that the racial component to this problem is a reflection of our society’s continuing prejudicial attitudes more than it is a reflection of actual levels of offences.In his initial post, Jim noted that it wasn't simply a sociological issue, but a theological one as well. I'm not totally sure what he meant by that, but I take it to mean that we haven't really properly reconciled ourselves to the disparity (particularly within the church) of how we treat and receive people of different races. And I think it is exactly stories like these that should give us pause to reflect not on the more violent nature of minorities (which, as should be obvious from this post's title, I don't think exists), but on the manner in which the church, particularly in America, has actually tried to live out a colorblind Gospel.
Obama is racking up among endorsements by my favorite bands. In the meantime, I love The Decemberists as much as the next guy (significantly more, actually), but 75,000 people do not show up to see The Decemberists:
From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.The first thing they teach you in film school is that the most critically-acclaimed movies are also the most successful ones. Everybody knows that!
Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.
preaching twice a weekend? taking care of four churches? there lies madness.
i finished my semester, and in the joy of all that free time, managed to post exactly 0 times. it got to the point that i knew there were responses/comments/posts i needed to work on, but i just don't have the energy. hopefully, as the summer progresses, i will get it. until then, i'll post on meaningless drivel whenever possible!
these clips remind me of how much i watched that movie when i was a kid. i can still remember the scenes, the way the actors sounded, the lines. it's crazy.
since i'm sure you're all clamoring for them...
2. 9π√3, 27π
5. (a) 6 * cube root√2, (b) 12, (c) 144π + 144π√2
i've finally completed my semester. the last thing to do was a project for my trinitarianism class, which i decided to do with HDR photography. if you're interested, a low-res version of the project is here, and i'll upload some photos to everybody finds everybody/flickr pretty soon.
in the spirit of being done with my finals and attempting now to get back into posting about biblical studies, i've decided to put up a geometry quiz. i wrote this for a student recently, and i will post the answers tomorrow.
It's out: summary flavor, full monty (PDF links).
Reactions are starting to trickle in. I'm sure there will be more as the day goes on. Between Two Worlds has a summary and thoughts up here.
Related: "I believe he is alive today, and he is above politics."
Over at the NT Gateway Blog, Mark has outlined an excellent methodology for minimizing distractions and getting to the meat of the writing process...you know, actually writing:
(1) Email correspondence will be limited to early mornings and evenings. The day is for writing. In line with this, I have switched off my automatic alerts so that I cannot be distracted by the arrival of interesting (or threatening) looking emails that drag me in.I'm most guilty of violating (1), (4), and (6) (for this blog, obviously, not for NT Gateway). In just the past week and a half, as I've been trying to do nothing but write and finish assignments for school, I've managed to add a tag cloud, tag A LOT of old posts, and post like 50 times. And it's not like I don't still have a project to finish. Oh well...
(2) Pidgin will be switched off all day. The day is for writing.
(3) My best writing time is the morning; I will therefore focus specially on the nitty gritty of writing in the mornings.
(4) I will resist chasing references and following hunches during the day. The day is for writing.
(5) I will only blog during the day if it is directly related to the topic of the book or articles I am writing. Broader blogging is for early morning or evenings.
(6) The New Testament Gateway requires some serious work, but cannot be a priority at this stage. The day is for writing. If I can get back to the New Testament Gateway in due course, that will be fantastic. If I cannot, I am going to have to be selfish and prioritize writing.
two tests, one project, and i'm done.
in the meantime, for my enjoyment:
“This primary election on Tuesday is a game changer. This is going to make a huge difference in what happens going forward. The entire country – probably even a lot of the world is looking to see what North Carolina decides.” - Hillary Clinton
I went to see Iron Man earlier today, which was predictably awesome. So after I came home, and obsessively search online for cool things that I might've missed being that I'm not a comic book geek, I came across this little Wikipedia tidbit about "Pepper Potts" (played by Gwyneth Paltrow), Iron Man/Tony Stark's girl friday:
Stane refers to Paltrow's character as "Deborah".In the first place, I can't remember Jeff Bridges's character (Obadiah Stane) ever referring to Paltrow's character as "Deborah." But even if he did, throughout the entire film, everyone else calls her "Pepper." She was introduced to us as "the famous Pepper Potts" within 15 minutes of the beginning of the movie.
From the New York Times (which, obviously, can't be trusted):
More than two decades after President Ronald Reagan escalated the war on drugs, arrests for drug sales or, more often, drug possession are still rising. And despite public debate and limited efforts to reduce them, large disparities persist in the rate at which blacks and whites are arrested and imprisoned for drug offenses, even though the two races use illegal drugs at roughly equal rates.The lesson? Buy drugs in the city, do drugs in the suburbs.
Some crime experts say that the disparities exist for sound reasons Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, said it made sense for police to focus more on fighting visible drug dealing in low-income urban areas, largely involving minorities, than on hidden use in suburban homes, more often by whites, because the urban street trade is more associated with violence and other crimes and impairs the quality of life.
“The disparities reflect policing decisions to use drug laws to try and reduce violence and to respond to the demand by law-abiding residents in poor neighborhoods to clean up the drug trade,” Ms. Mac Donald said.
But what people in low-income urban areas need is not more incarceration but improved public safety, Mr. King said. “Arresting hundreds of thousands of young African-American men hasn’t ended street-corner drug sales.”
a moment ago, i decided to take out the trash in my apartment. as i walked up to the dumpster in the dark, i realized something wasn't quite right. it turns out that something was a man, half in the dumpster, with his legs dangling out to balance him (and prevent him from falling in).
now, i don't live in the nicest area in the world, but men hanging out of dumpsters is not a normal sight, even for me. i guess all i have to say is, i hope he didn't lose an engagement ring and have to commence comical escapades.
p.s. if you're wondering, no, i'm not making fun of a homeless person. the man was clearly not homeless. just a guy in a dumpster.
"The state is all of us. Some of us have no home, some have known no school, some are outside the church. The state alone embraces us all. It is the one family to which we all belong, either by birth or by adoption. It is the one loyalty we all acknowledge, the one shelter we all enjoy, and the one discipline we must all accept."
[Via Lawyers, Guns, and Money]
been in my head: dabideokildaraydeyosta
News about "An Evangelical Manifesto" has been bubbling up since CNN.com's first report on Friday. Dan Wallace writes about it here (providing the title for this post), along with posts highlighting the AP story here, here, here, and here.
All I can say is it's about time.
Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word "evangelical" has lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel through its approach to the culture wars.
The statement, called "An Evangelical Manifesto," condemns Christians on the right and left for using faith to express political views without regard to the truth of the Bible, according to a draft of the document obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
"That way faith loses its independence, Christians become 'useful idiots' for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology," according to the draft.
except now, he's really, really, really rich.
[via hardwood paroxysm]
I currently use EndNote for all my citation needs. Anybody have an opinion on how easy/difficult/better it is using Zotero? Generally, I'm supportive of using open source software anytime I can, but I'm a bit wary of switching over completely being that I already have a massive database of EndNote libraries.
Any attempt to use this for political gain would, of course, be shameless. but it's still pretty funny.
also, as if you needed another reason to like the arcade fire...
Bill Simmons put out a column today. Ignoring for a moment his ridiculous Spurs rant (which he at least adds a caveat to), I want to highlight something that really bothers me, and I endeavor not to do. When talking about the 2005 Suns, Simmons writes:
Relevant Details: 62 wins, 110.4 points per game, 103.3 points allowed, .477 FG%, .393 3FG%, 2026 threes attempted, lost in Western Finals (San Antonio, six games).Now, I wasn't sure, but I thought the Spurs took the series in five, after having Phoenix down 3-0, dropping one, and closing it out on the road. When Simmons went on to make a big deal out of the six games:
They had just come within two wins of the NBA Finals and built an identity; now they were dealing a 24 year-old potential All-Star, the perfect swingman for their system, a deadly shooter who could even play backup point guard for them ... and only getting back a bench player and two future picks? Maybe that deal would have made sense for some teams, but they had just come within two wins of making the Finals!I decided to check it out. You know how long it took me to confirm that the Spurs prevailed in five games? About 15 seconds. Can ESPN.com not afford editors?
ἀκούσας οὖν αὐτοὺς παρόντας, καταβὰς διελέχθη αὐτοῖς, θαυμαζόντων τῶν παρόντων τὴν ἡλικίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ εὐσταθές, καὶ εἰ τοσαύτη σπουδὴ ἦν τοῦ συλληφθῆναι τοιοῦτον πρεσβύτην ἄνδρα. εὐθέως οὖν αὐτοῖς ἐκέλευσεν παρατεθῆναι φαγεῖν καὶ πιεῖν ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ, ὅσον ἂν βούλωνται· ἐξῃτήσατο δὲ αὐτοὺς ἵνα δῶσιν αὐτῷ ὥραν πρὸς τὸ προσεύξασθαι ἀδεῶς. τῶν δὲ ἐπιτρεψάντων, σταθεὶς προσηύξατο πλήρης ὢν τῆς χάριτος τοῦ θεοῦ οὕτως, ὡς ἐπὶ δύο ὥρας μὴ δύνασθαι σιγῆσαι· καὶ ἐκπλήττεσθαι τοὺς ἀκούοντας, πολλούς τε μετανοεῖν ἐπὶ τῷ ἐληλυθέναι ἐπὶ τοιοῦτον θεοπρεπῆ πρεσβύτην. Ἐπεὶ δέ ποτε κατέπαυσεν τὴν προσευχήν, μνημονεύσας ἁπάντων καὶ τῶν πώποτε συμβεβληκότων αὐτῷ, μικρῶν τε καὶ μεγάλων, ἐνδόξων τε καὶ ἀδόξων, καὶ πάσης τῆς κατὰ τὴν οἰκουμένην καθολικῆς ἐκκλησίας, τῆς ὥρας ἐλθούσης τοῦ ἐξιέναι, ὄνῳ καθίσαντες αὐτὸν ἤγαγον εἰς τὴν πόλιν, ὄντος σαββάτου μεγάλου.
Martydom of Polycarp, 7.2–8.1
I wish I could remember everyone I had ever come contact with. On second thought, no, I don't.
The “government” is not its own entity. It doesn’t exist by itself to be able to be held accountable for what the individuals who comprise it have done. Calling for the “government” [to apologize] is pointless, and ridiculous in light of the fact that the people who presently work for the “government” had NOTHING to do with slavery or stealing land from the natives.And yet somehow, our government does manage to find time to apologize every once in a while for our atrocities. I don't think the descendants of the Japanese American citizens interned during World War II would say calling for apology is pointless. And with the way things are going, it doesn't look like we'll run out of things to apologize for anytime soon.
Ostensibly because of this, but really because it is in my opinion one of the truer things he said (and Lewis managed to note truth rather frequently):
"If ever the book which I am not going to write is written it must be the full confession by Christendom of Christendom's specific contribution to the sum of human cruelty and treachery. Large areas of "the World" will not hear us till we have publicly disowned much of our past. Why should they? We have shouted the name of Christ and enacted the service of Moloch."- C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
posted by jim, promptly at midnight.
if you're wondering if i had to bribe him to get it in, i can't believe you'd question my honour that way! didn't you see how i spelled honor with a 'u'? surely you can't think someone capable of that spelling could ever do anything dishonourable.