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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sunspots 93


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:


Humor:
(or maybe Christianity) A 57 second video of a girl eating a live praying mantis, apparently on some sort of bet so that two other people would go to church.

Science:
Jeremy Pierce, in a comment, pretty well wipes out the thesis of my post , which was a comment on an article by a prominent physicist, in which he claimed that a Muslim philosopher of several centuries ago had stopped scientific advancement among Muslims. Pierce also casts doubt on the idea that science needed Christianity for its development. Oh, well . . .

The Spectacular Animals group on Flickr has posted the nominees for Photo of the Year, and, trust me, they are, er, spectacular!

It's snowing here in Upstate South Carolina now, and the weather persons are predicting freezing rain, which probably means we'll be without power later. Last year, some people in this area were without power for a week or more. (We were in California, thank God!)

Politics:
(or maybe Race) Jeremy describes a personal experience, having to do with the fact that his wife is African-American and he isn't. (Feb 3 -- I changed this item, in light of Jeremy's comment, below -- it was his experience, not mine.)

Slate give President Bush credit (a rare happening!) for proposing higher fuel efficiency for US autos. The article says that the standards haven't been raised since 1988.

Computing:
Common misconceptions about Office 2007 (I have yet to use or even see that suite). This web page is from Windows Watch, which is not connected with Microsoft, and, in fact, is often critical of that company.

Google Earth, version 4, is available.

Christianity:
Pastor Perry Noble, quoting someone else, writes "Christianity is THE most exciting thing that has ever happened in the world…and it has taken the church 2,000 years to make it boring!!!"

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here.)

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

Thanks for reading! Keep clicking away.

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2 comments:

Jeremy Pierce said...

Martin, I don't think I was categorized/misunderstood/something because I'm in an interracial relationship. As far as I can tell, this person thought I must hold certain negative views about black people and thus felt sorry for my wife being married to me. I can't for the life of me figure out what it is this person thinks I am like, since they won't tell me, but virtually everyone I know who looks at the conversation just seems to think that it's someone unwilling to engage in a serious rational discussion and is trying to avoid that by putting people into preconceived categories.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Jeremy. I changed the post. Whatever happened, it's unfortunate that he is as you describe him, and that he is not alone.