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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sunspots 208


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



Computing:
I note, with gratitude, that this is the fourth year's worth of Sunspots I have been privileged to publish. (52 * 4 = 208)
They are usually published on Wednesdays, but I posted something else in observance of Earth Day yesterday.

Slate tells us that YouTube, like many newspapers, is in big financial trouble.

Wired reports that a Federal Appeals Court has upheld the legality of using previous college student papers to check for re-submission by other students in a subsequent class.

Philosophy:
In case you haven't heard, some of the most rabid naturalists/atheists/etc., including Richard Dawkins, are using the term "bright" to describe themselves , as people who don't believe in God. Here's an article, apparently by an atheist, arguing that that isn't a, er, bright idea. (His pun, not mine.)

Christianity:
(or maybe not) A blogger had been criticizing the pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. The pastor receives a $300,000 annual salary, has received land worth that much as a gift from members, and his wife is on the church payroll. The church obtained a subpeona, and compelled Google to divulge the name of the blogger, who is a former member of the church.

(sort of) Bonnie reports that Chuck Colson has discussed the matter of physical abuse by church members. She says that Colson presented statistics that indicate that about half of all pastors, if told of abuse by a husband who is a church member, will either tell the wife to submit, or that it is her fault. Sad, sad.



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2 comments:

Julana said...

Congratulations on four years, Martin!
Time flies.

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you, Julana.

Actually, I've been blogging longer than that. The "Sunspots" idea didn't occur to me for a few months.