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Date : April 2014

U.S. Sends Mixed Message On Press Freedom

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.04.27

Newspaper clipping, Jan. 17, 1991 (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) Two days ago, the U.S. State Department launched (screenshot, in case the page is removed) its third annual “Free the Press” campaign, which aims to: “…profile journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting. The[…]

Age Of The Earth

“…let dry ground appear…” — God, Gen. 1:9 (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Science says the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old — based on radiometric dating, while many Christians and Jews say the Earth’s age is 6,000 to 10,000 years, based on a biblical chronology that connects the six days of[…]

Paradigm Works Like A Force Field

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2014.04.24

Paradigm: “a. a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a scientific community. b. such a cognitive framework shared by members of any discipline or group: the company’s business paradigm.” Basically, a paradigm is a worldview, how a person or group perceives the world around[…]

The Universe Is Older Than That (short version)

Categories: Science
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Published on: 2014.04.18

(This is the short version. To read the long version, click here.) Scientists currently agree that the observable universe is about 13.8 billion years old. The farthest objects we can observe are about 13.3 billion light years away, which means it took light 13.3 billion years to get here. Light travels at about 186,000 miles[…]

The Universe Is Older Than That (long version)

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2014.04.18

The sun, at 4 p.m. (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) (This is the long version. To read the short version, click here.) The speed of light (in a vacuum) is a constant, exactly 299,792,458 meters per second, often stated in the U.S. as 186,000 miles per second. Because it’s so much faster than[…]

10-Day Suspension For Water Pistol

Categories: Stupid Schools
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Published on: 2014.04.17

Smithson Valley High School, Texas Where I attended in the late 1980s, Not related to the school in the story (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) 10th-grader suspended for having yellow squirt gun (Associated Press, April 17, 2014) 10th-grader suspended for having yellow squirt gun (Washington Post, April 17, 2014)   “A 10th-grader in[…]

Phixing English: Let’s Start With the “ph”

Categories: Fixing English
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Published on: 2014.04.16

A few of the hundreds of words using the silly “ph” spelling instead of “f” If there is an international board of secret scholars somewhere whose job it is to fix the English language, I really want to suggest they start with the unnecessary letters like C and X — neither makes a sound that[…]

Book Review: The American Presidents (Whitney, 2012)

Full Title: The American Presidents: Biographies of the Chief Executives, from George Washington through Barack Obama Author: David C. Whitney (revised and updated by Robin Vaughn Whitney) Year: 1967, various updates through 2009 Publisher: several (mine was Reader’s Digest Association) ISBN 978-1-60652-462-6 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books I found this book[…]

Some New Fiction, For Once

Categories: Personal, Police Overreach
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Published on: 2014.04.13

When I read about police clashing with protesters (example: recent New Mexico incidents), I realize the average person (including me, of course) is often unaware of all the factors that lead up to such clashes. We know that protesters sometimes overstep their bounds — blocking traffic, negatively affecting local businesses — and we know that[…]

A Little Context For A Little Treatise

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal
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Published on: 2014.04.11

For anyone who cares to read it, I’ve posted the entirety of a short “treatise” I wrote in 1996, called “Creation Or Evolution, Or: What Does It Matter?” Here’s a little context to help understand where I was as a person in July 1996.

Lighting 102: 4.3 Assignment: Cross, Balance, and Sculpt

“Midnight: Despair” (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) Here’s my 11th assignment for the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 4.3: Assignment: Cross, Balance, and Sculpt. Assignment (direct quote): Your goal will be to take advantage of some directional light, and then to sculpt some restricted light into the scene[…]

Space Is Observable

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2014.04.10

I’ve read that vast numbers of Bible Belt conservatives are upset with Cosmos because it keeps mentioning science and how religion opposed science in the early days, which I think is really sad. The Moon (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) You can’t honestly tell the story of astronomy, space travel, or just about[…]

The Problem With ‘Faith vs. Evidence’

Baby gorilla, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) The difference between a Creationist and an Evolutionist is that one accepts on faith the words found in a very old book while the other accepts only hard scientific evidence. Right? That’s that narrative I see when browsing writings by those who fall[…]

Student Suspended For Twirling Pencil?

Empty classroom (unrelated school in Oklahoma) (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) N.J. 7th-grader suspended, drug tested for twirling pencil: reports (Washington Times, April 7, 2014) New Jersey school suspends boy for allegedly making ‘gun motions’ with pencil (Fox News, April 7, 2014) 7th grader’s pencil twirling leads to suspension and psychological evaluation when[…]

Lighting 102: 4.2 Ultra-Hard Light / Film Noir

“Dead Man Walking” — Self-portrait for Lighting 102 assignment (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) Here’s my 10th assignment for the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is 4.2: Ultra-Hard Light / Film Noir. Assignment (NOT paraphrased for brevity): Film Noir. Seriously, that was the extent of the assignment description, though[…]

Why I Can’t Be A Libertarian

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Published on: 2014.04.05

I wanted to be a Libertarian, I really did. It sounds so cool on the face of it: “Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom”. Official logo of Libertarian Party According to the Libertarian Party (U.S.) platform: full freedom of expression repeal all laws creating ‘crimes’ without victims truly free from unreasonable search and seizure government has no[…]

Book Review: The Key To Rebecca (Follett, 1980)

Full Title: The Key To Rebecca Author: Ken Follett Year: 1980 Publisher: several (mine was Penguin Books) ISBN 978-0-451-20779-1 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books First, it should be clear that I didn’t buy/read this book because I have a daughter named Rebecca. I first heard of this book a few years[…]

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Categories: Movie Reviews
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Published on: 2014.04.01

I watched Gravity partly because of its Oscar nomination; I’ve lately been in the habit of trying to see most or all of the Best Picture nominees — if only to see for myself whether they were worth it. This one was at least worth the nomination; not having seen all the others yet, I[…]

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