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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunspots 532

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

Christianity: An essay in Relevant on "What We Get Wrong about Humility." A lot, it seems.

Computing: Gizmo's Freeware tells us about a free Windows program to recover deleted files.

Gizmo's also advises on upgrading (or not) to Windows 10.

And Gizmo's points to a treasure trove on YouTube: Over half a million old news clips, of the kind you used to see with movies, if you can remember that far back.

Education: FiveThirtyEight, the statistical site, says that having students evaluate teachers is actually working pretty well.

The New York Times tells us that there aren't really many differences between colleges.

The Environment: FiveThirtyEight (and other outlets) tells us that the first six months of 2015 were the hottest such ever recorded. The report gives details for a number of US cities, some of which experienced some cold weather, too.

Politics: (Or violence) More US residents have been killed, in terror attacks, by white supremacists, than were killed in terror attacks by jihadists, since September 11, 2001. See here and here, for details.

And Relevant gives us some shocking statistics about gun violence in the US.

Benjamin L. Corey asks if my (or your) version of Christianity has become Americanized.

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FancyHorse said...

St. Paul said, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought." Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself". So, in other words, we are to love ourselves (how can we not?) The key is "than you ought". Just how high is high enough, without considering ourselves more highly than we ought? Self-evaluation is very hard!

I am very slow to upgrade. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is my motto, too!

The movietone archives look interesting! I remember some notable newsreels from my childhood, Queen Elizabeth's coronation, for one.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, FancyHorse.

Be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

Self-evaluation is hard, for sure.