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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sunspots 140


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





Science:
Carl Zimmer writes that large whales gulp their own weight in water twice a minute.

Wired reports that a Japanese lab has bred mice with no fear of cats, thanks (sort of) to genetic engineering.

Politics:
Roy Innis, of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) has illustrated the importance of energy policy, arguing that what we really need is energy from coal.


Computing:
Congressman Edward Markey, of Massachussets, attended the Bali conference on Global Warming in the form of an avatar -- a computer presence visible to the conference, speaking for Markey, and under his control.

Literature:
A tribute to the late Madeleine L'Engle, in First Things.

Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, was 90 on the 16th . He is still alive.

Christianity:
"So let the pagans have Christmas as their most significant holiday. Easter is the central Christian holiday. And when we are known for our Easter, then we will have our Christmas back." From a re-posted Christianity Todayeditorial.

Bonnie is beginning a series on how scripture on gender roles has been interpreted: "We must recognize that interpretation of these texts is not always straightforward, while conceding that the call to extend grace, mercy, peace, gentleness, self-control, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness to one another -- male and female -- is clear indeed."

This week's Christian Carnival is here. For information on these Carnivals, go here.


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9 comments:

Keetha said...

Hey - - - why do you suppose this posted TWICE?

Double vision?
Doubly important?
Double trouble!!!?

Martin LaBar said...

Double trouble. Blogger told me that it couldn't complete the action, or whatever the exact message was, but it had.

I've deleted either the original or the clone.

Thanks for commenting!

Russell Purvis said...

hmmm, that's some interesting link for the alternative fuel issue. I wonder if it would just be good make everything supplemental to each other. Some complex network of sorts. Of course, we know that this would be too hard to start, so why even bother (pardon the sarcasm). Thanks for being a faithful responder to my blog. Sorry about not posting on yours as much. I still read it. Always something interesting for me to learn

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Russell. I think that we have to radically rethink our fuel use, especially the way we do transportation, and we just aren't ready to do it. I don't have all the answers, for sure.

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the link, Martin. I probably should have noted that the series will be posted sporadically, and won't be systematic...I just plan to share some thoughts that hopefully make some sense out of the controversy.

Keetha said...

The double trouble went away and took the sunspot with it. (Your visual learners are struggling)

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Bonnie. Sporadic is fine. We'll be waiting.

Thanks, Keetha. Actually, Blogger warned me about that when I deleted the duplicate post. Oh, well.

Keetha said...

Well, something you did made the sunshine come back.

I'm OUT of school on Christmas break. Grades all turned in - - - so now I can RELAX. No pressure.

Martin LaBar said...

Good. Relax away.

What made the sunshine come back was mostly you pointing out that it was gone.