What's an I-Phone?
Makes me wonder if Logos will be coming out with Mackintoodle PC software anytime soon.
What's on my mind?
What's an I-Phone?
I was doing dishes tonight, and I discovered that I could do that thing with wine glasses. Needless to say, I wasted the next 45 minutes. Have a look!
With everyone off at SBL, carelessly having fun without me, I thought I would try to start a meme. What's your biggest grammar foible? For me, I always want to write "I wanted to try and start" rather than "I wanted to try to start." Gets me everytime.
How about Nick, Joel, Jim (if he can step away from all the fun), Mike and Rob (they can discuss theirs together), and Doug.
This has been sitting in my tabs for the last couple days, amazing me every time I look at it. You remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure novels? Yeah, so did this guy, but he did something insanely cool with them.
I hate putting it together. I think it looks like crap. I find it undesirable as a teaching aid. This is just one more fantastic reason to skip the whole thing:
I’ve been a computer science professor for many years at a very good university, and in most of my classes I try to *only* use slides for images or diagrams that are so complicated or precise that I would not want to reproduce them by hand. Everything else is either me talking or writing on the whiteboard. Sometimes I have handwritten notes to remind me what topics I wanted to cover.[Via Stephen Carlson's Twitter]
My students, for the most part, HATE this. It completely turns their expectations of a class upside down. After a few weeks, I start getting a deluge of “when are the slides going to be online” from the students who never attend class and don’t realize that there aren’t slides. Even students who *are* in class complain bitterly that they don’t have “anything to study from”. I’ve had students complain (in groups, sometimes with signed petitions) to my department chair and to my dean, saying that not providing slides creates (and I quote from one recent complaint) an “unreasonable expectation of attendance and/or note-taking”. I have fielded angry phone calls from PARENTS saying that their student isn’t doing well in my course because I’m not providing him/her with the “expected study aids.”
One of my regrets from my time at DTS is not having taken more classes with John Hannah. To see why, check out Justin Taylor's three questions, as well as some great quotes in the comments. Among them:
The first thing you owe to any person is understanding. After understanding, you owe them your compassion. Then, after understanding and compassion, you owe them criticism. Let your criticism be tempered by understanding and compassion.[Via JD's twitter]
I don't know if you've noticed, but I moderate comments. That means when you submit what are obviously spam comments, they will not actually appear on the site. Therefore, all you're doing is wasting your time and annoying me. I would suggest you give it up.
It's a shame that such an interesting confession begins with such an insipid sentiment.
'Cause every other day there's some ridiculous post I feel like I have to respond to. Today's follows up on a line John Loftus has been in love with lately: that Christianity reinvents itself for each new generation (and that this somehow discredits it). My favorite part is this: after "debunking" the notion that Christianity has any unity from 2 millenia ago until now, Loftus celebrates:
Let's have done then with this cockamamie notion that the church has survived our attacks.I'd love to hear what rubric allows for an "our" in the case of Christianity's critics, but not in the case of the Church itself.
THIS is the world the ancient Greeks believed existed. Notice the geo-centrism! And I'm supposed to accept their philosophy? If the authors cannot get this right I have no reason to accept anything else they said just because they said it. Q.E.D. My claim is that there isn't anything in Greek philosophy worth listening to.
...that without a deep and abiding understanding of mid-20th century show-tunes, most of my blog makes very little sense.
The ancient Hebrews did not have a modern, scientific understanding of the universe, ergo nothing they said has any validity! I'd love to see this applied across all disciplines.