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Date : November 2012

Journal: 1991-95: Sermon Log

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2012.11.29

While going through old boxes recently, in an attempt to heal myself of being a packrat, I came across the “Sermon Log” that I kept from 1991 through 1995. Keeping such a log was suggested (as I recall) by my Homiletics professor Dr. Judy Brown* at Central Bible College.

Don’t End With Love

Categories: Poetry
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Published on: 2012.11.25

(Copied From My “Little Blue Notebook”, written approximately June 2004.) Rhymes: dove, glove, love, of, shove, above In a rhyming poem (or song), try not to end a line with “love”. It has been used too many times, and next line is almost always predictable.

ITN: Texas Student Sues After ‘Mark Of The Beast’ Suspension

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Published on: 2012.11.23

In The News: U.S. School Tag Tracker Project Prompts Court Row (BBC) A Texas high school student was suspended after refusing to wear an ID badge that contains and RFID tracking device. The school began using the devices to keep track of how many students are on campus each day — a number that determines[…]

ITN: Is Public Nudity A Form Of Speech?

Categories: Human Behavior, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.23

In The News: Is Public Nudity A Form Of Free Speech? (BBC News) Answer: No.

ITN: Worst Drought In Decades Deepens

Categories: Environment, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.22

In The News: Worst US drought in decades deepens to cover 60 percent of lower 48 states Aside from the distracting misnomer “lower 48 states” (they meant “contiguous 48 states”), this is disturbing news. Here in Central Texas, we had the wettest summer in several years, but that’s only because the previous summers were astoundingly[…]

ITN: Facebook Considers Abandoning User Votes

Categories: Business, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.22

In The News: The end of digital democracy? Facebook wants to take away your right to vote (CNN) I was surprised to read that it’s considered a “right” to vote on Facebook. (But then, I’m not a Facebook user.) You’ll find very few businesses, especially ones as large as Facebook, that allow customers to directly[…]

Like The Climate, My Position On Climate Change Has Changed

(UPDATE: 2014.09.26: This page has been superseded by a permanent page on my website. Any further updates will be there.)    

Climate Change: Asking The Right Questions

For several years, the climate change discussion has been confused because some were arguing the wrong question. They were arguing about whether the world’s climate was actually changing, while the actual discussion is about whether mankind has caused the change and whether we can or should do anything about it. There’s no question that the[…]

Climate Change: We Are Responsible

The single most debated aspect of Climate Change is whether humankind has had a hand in it, and if so, then how much of a part have we played? In 2001, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) concluded that “most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been[…]

Climate Change: Dissenters and Deniers

It’s no surprise that not everyone agrees on Climate Change’s impact on our world, and not everyone agrees that humankind played a part in changing our climate. In today’s world, you can make any assertion, true or not, and someone will disagree with you and claim to have a good reason. Note: I’ve never been[…]

PEJ Study Meaningless?

Be careful with reports like this one. They get tossed around a bit in the press (example from the Washington Post) as evidence of media bias. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) studied news stories through the previous presidential campaign, deciding which ones were about the election, which ones mentioned Obama[…]

Movie Review: Prometheus (2012)

Categories: Movie Reviews
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Published on: 2012.11.19

This movie irked me so much that I broke my two-year habit of not writing movie reviews anymore. Billed as a sci-fi adventure on an epic scale, it was actually just a slasher movie dressed up in big-budget sci-fi clothes.

The Rationality Of Voting

Categories: Human Behavior, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.18

By happenstance, I came across several “logical” arguments today that said voting is irrational. Here is one such piece, found on the New York Times’ website, published seven years ago: Why Vote?. For others try this Google search. The theory goes like this: “Because voting exacts a cost — in time, effort, lost productivity —[…]

Controlling Your Home From The Internet

Categories: Business
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Published on: 2012.11.16

Wired: Spark Socket Connects Your Regular Old Light Bulbs to the Internet More of an advertisement than a news article, the above snippet describes a specific company’s product and what it could morph into. If you watch TV, you may have seen a recent advertisement for ADT Home Security, which shows a customer activating her[…]

We Are All Immigrants

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.16

I recently watched two well-known conservative commentators on TV discussing the changing face of American voting demographics. One said “…it’s not a traditional America anymore” and then “The white establishment is now the minority”. Their continuing conversation made it sound like the U.S. had pretty much been homogenous up until the 2012 election, when it[…]

ITN: I Lost Everything To A Hacker

Categories: Human Behavior, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.16

In The News: Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore In this five-page epistle, most of which I don’t expect anyone to read, writer Mat Honan waxes non-eloquent about how all his online accounts were hacked this summer and he lost everything, including every photo of his two-year-old daughter. I’m[…]

ITN: FOX News Thinks 90% Is Suspicious

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.14

In The News: FOX Questions Philadelphia Over Obama Percentages FOX News questioned the high percentages of votes for Barack Obama in several areas of Philadelphia, where the county as a whole voted 85.2% (over 500,000 votes) for the incumbent president and just over 14% for the Republican nominee. Some divisions within the county apparently voted[…]

Leaving Your Camera’s Power Switch ‘ON’

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2012.11.13

Will your DLSR’s battery drain quickly if you use the auto power-off (“sleep”) function instead of switching off the power manually? In my non-scientific study, I say it doesn’t matter. The issue came up when I answered an unrelated question (here) and I made the statement that I haven’t turned off a camera’s power switch[…]

ITN: A Few Thousand Bad Apples Make The Whole Bunch Look Bad

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.13

In The News: Flurry Of Racist Tweets Follow Obama Election In The News: Woman Loses Job Over Facebook Post Unfortunately, Republicans and white people in general are getting a bad rap this election year, based on the fiery words of a small minority. Apparently, the re-election of Barack Obama spurred quite a few folks —[…]

Predictions: Black and Republican

Categories: Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.11

It’s not really fair if I make a private prediction and then later (if it comes true) claim I made the prediction. So, here’s a brief snippet of a conversation I had with my wife yesterday:

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