Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Looks like two new Brad Pitt movies are coming out soon. And they're pulling out the big guns: Robert Redford in one, George Clooney, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts in the other. With Mr. Redford: Spy Game; and the ensemble: Ocean's 11. Ocean's 11 looks more interesting to me, but Spy Game will be interesting too.
Poor Zeke. Jason was chasing him around the family room with a spoon. It was very, very funny.
'Tis about time, Scott! Welcome to the wonderful world of bloggers!
The ABC's of me... Stolen from brnwebgrrl

A - Age: 28
B - Best Friend: Jason and Michelle
C - Choice of Meat: Beef! Its what's for dinner.
D - Dream Date: anywhere with my honey
E - Exciting Adventure: going to Kentucky for 3 weeks
F - Favorite Food: Buckeye Pie (Peanut butter pie with chocolate crust and topping ... yummm)
G - Greatest Accomplishment: Mission trip to Honduras - I survived.
H - Happiest Day of Your Life: December 9, 2000
I - Interests: reading, teaching, learning
J - Joke: Why don't Amish people waterski?*
K - Kool-Aid: lemonade
L - Love: Jason
M - Most Valued possession: my faith
N - Name: Elizabeth but I'm also liking Amelia
O - Outfit You Love: red and grey men's pajama pants and long sleeve Ohio State t-shirt
P - Pizza Toppings: meat, cheese, and sliced tomatoes
Q - Question Asked To You the Most: "How much are my COBRA premiums?" or "Can I have a new discount card?"
R - Radio Station: Radio-U, CDR, WCVO, WCBE, The Fan (all either listener supported or talk radio. How old am I?)
S - Sport: College Football
T - Television Show: Any decorating show on HGTV or Friends.
U - Umbrella in the rain?: Please.
V - Video: The Princess Bride (Jason and I each owned a copy, and we now own the DVD)
W - Winter: should only happen on Christmas Day. And maybe New Years'
X - X-rays recently?: at the dentist
Y - Year Born: 1973
Z - Zodiac Sign: Who cares? Aquarius

*Their horses would drown.
Note to self: Susan Branch. looks like a good resource for Christians who want to know more about Islam. The writers are former Muslims who have become Christians.

And a second site that seeks to reach out to Muslims: Good News for the Crescent World. I wouldn't mind if they would add a bit of information about who they are, but it looks like it may have some interesting articles.

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Monday, October 29, 2001

Thursday, October 25, 2001

I, too, have joined the blogback revolution as I lost all of my reblogger discussions within the past couple of days.

[Ed Note] Arrrgggggggghhhhh! I don't know I'm going to like this any better. I keep getting safe mode errors. I tried to customize the colors and couldn't. It doesn't seem to work all the time. This is frustrating!
What a great concept. Rather than shutting elderly people out of the community, bring them into a community with young children, young professionals, and single (mostly college students). The students and children learn respect for the elderly who are cared for as family not as an occupant. The Salmon House encourages interaction between all of the residents. One of the interviewees on the HGTV program was a 96 year old woman who simply glowed with excitement about her living arrangements.

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Here in Columbus, The Thurber House is hosting a series of talks about cartooning.
I added a link to my friend Gubby. He's a little strange (his diary "Gubrok" is about the growth of his dreadlocks), but a good guy. And I've known him since he was 10.
Please note that I changed the poll question. You should participate! It makes me happy :) Also, on this poll, you can tell us what "other" is if you don't use one I've listed.

Anyway, on the last poll 18 of you voted and the results are:

Which Translation do you use?

NIV 8 votes - 47%
KJV/NKJV 5 votes - 29%
RSV/NRSV 2 votes - 11%
NASB 2 votes - 11%
Other 0 votes - 0%

Do most of you prefer the NIV because of its readability, universality, or some other reason? For the NASB and RSV people, is it because of translational accuracy or consistency? I use the NKJV because the study Bible I have uses that translation, but I probably prefer the NIV.
This is the kind of thing that still makes my cry.

Link via Ipse Dixit.

Monday, October 22, 2001

I AM 10% GEEK.

I wanna be a geek. But I'm not. Why would
I even want to be one. Do I think it's fun?
I should try writting an online test application at 1
am in my underwear.

Take the GEEK Test at!

I didn't even know what half of these questions were asking about.

Link via DYL
Many people have recently pointed out to me that many Palestinians are Christians (rather than Muslim). Here is a book that discusses the dwindling of said Christian Palestinians.

Link via Fresh Air.
MMMMM ... Banana Split Cheesecake Squares. Yummmmmmm....
This recommended reading list at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals site seems somewhat comprehensive. I really surfed there because I heard Ligon Duncan on the radio and they said this sermon was posted there, but it wasn't. I haven't really read it yet, but wanted to have the link now that I found it.
As I was reading the Reformed Theology Discussion List, I noticed that Scott Cunningham announced the arrival of his son. Congratulations! Many blessings for you and your family.

Friday, October 19, 2001

NRO has an interesting article about The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the innate tensions within it. Some detractors have said that it was OT focused, while Mr. Beran disagrees. He also discusses the paradox of skipping the second verse of "A Mighty Fortress" yet singing the final verse of the Battle Hymn during the September 14 service in the National Cathedral.
I stayed up entirely too late last night. Friends was pretty funny. I wish I had seen the last couple of episodes, though. 'er' was good. I haven't really watched it for the past season or so, but I did enjoy it. Kerry has always been out for #1, but is becoming more Romano-like than she'd like to admit. I think Carter shouldn't take the Chief Resident/Attending job, it is becoming too dangerous. Anyway, after er I saw that AMC was showing 'An Affair to Remember' and since I haven't really ever seen it (I've seen bits and pieces) I watched the end of it and cried a lot.

Thursday, October 18, 2001

This was an interesting radio segment about the far reaches of Myanmar. Barter is the main economic system near the town of Putao, and the object of their desire? Salt. They found several new species of animals and set up some wildlife refuges. The story got a little loopy toward the end when he started to discuss "finding himself" in Myanmar, but, it sounded like a good expedition.

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

I told Jim I was learning new things. Not only did Jason teach me how to put those lovely pictures on my blog, I also figured out how to scan, resize, and crop the picture for the Calvinism book and put it on my blog. I'm too darn proud of myself.
Wow. I feel pretty special. Thanks for the link, Joel.
I had never heard of In-N-Out (except the movie) prior to reading Brandon's site. Now, it seems to be everywhere. In the Richmond, VA airport, there was a guy wearing a rather worn In-N-Out T-shirt. On the road on my way home tonight, there was a car with an In-N-Out bumper sticker. I just thought you'd all like to know.
The Sirens from O Brother, Where Art Thou? team up with jumping sheep to help you go to sleep.

Link via GNW.
Columbus' own Wendy's International opened their 6,000th restaurant today in Tijuana.
You'll notice to the left that I've added links to books I'm currently reading - or attempting to read. We got The New Testament and the People of God on Mark's recommendation and I started it, but it is a bit overwhelming. I don't really know why I've been avoiding the Calvinism book for so long, because it is pretty good. And the third is the book we're going to start tonight for the Women's Book/Bible study I'm in for church. I've been through it once before, and recommended it.
Some interesting links/information about Reformed publications.
Barbara Kingsolver has evidently written an Op-Ed piece for the LA Times that espouses the current misconception that love is ooshy-gooshy and does not include respect, justice, or discipline.

I tried to read her Poisonwood Bible this past spring and found it to be slow, wordy, and dull. (I never finished)
Oh, and I got my Queensrÿche CD in the mail. Yay!
When I first heard about this, I thought he was arrested for having a weapon in his vehicle. Then I read he was arrested for having a weapon he wasn't supposed to have in his car.

Friday, October 12, 2001

Well ... I'm home and what do you suppose is one of the first things I do? Check my blog, of course. Its a sickness I tell you ... I'll have more to say about my trip, but for now, I'm famished and we're going to dinner ...

Thursday, October 11, 2001

Well, I'm flying to Ruther Glen, Virginia today on business. Any prayers for travelling would be appreciated. I'll jabber with you all Saturday (but maybe not 'cause we're going to the football game) or Monday.

Monday, October 08, 2001

Fascinating: Amerigo Vespucci or Richard Amerike?

Is this:

a) hilarious
b) scary

Link via Ipse Dixit
Terry Gross is interviewing James Reston, Jr. today on NPR's Fresh Air. Mr. Reston has recently written a book called Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade. This interview is fascinating within the context of current events, hopefully it'll be posted within the next day or so. I don't know how much Mr Reston's work is "pop-history" or true scholarship, Jim might know more.

Anyway, when I did my student teaching, my cooperating teacher (the one who's class I took over) was trying a new way to teach Global History - by going backwards. Her thought was that if we could contextualize current events within their historical and social threads, students would be more interested and have a better view of global affairs. I thought it was a fascinating approach, although perhaps not as well implemented as it could have been.

Ed.They posted the interview today.
Chris O'Donnell linked to this essay about homeschooling. I agree with him that this is an excellent article.

One thing, though, that bothers me is an argument that is always used in these types of essays about America's schools and scores vs. international scores. America's scores on these standardized tests are based on practically the whole population of its students. That means the 4-point+ student and the barely squeaking by at 2.0 are all lumped together in our data. Internationally, though, students are separated at an early age to determine whether they will go to secondary or trade school. Our scores are hurt by reporting the scores of all our students vs the creme de la creme of international students.

I'm not bitter though, I just wish people would temper this argument.
Honey, I guess we need to see Blade Runner sometime:

Click here to find out what robot you really are

This link is via lots of places, I just wanted to get in on the act :) ...

(I have seen Blade Runner, it has just been about 10 years and I don't remember it well)

Sunday, October 07, 2001

Friday, October 05, 2001

It seems that Jonah Goldberg has a mildly optimistic attitude about Enterprise.
Well, the Mute Trubadour posted his Myers-Briggs Personality Type: INTJ. Mine is E or I NFP. I pretty much split right down the middle of the Extrovert and Introvert qualifications. What is interesting is Human Resource Professionial is a career option for both.

If you don't know your type there is a basic test on the career guidance page. There is also a more comprehensive test at

Thursday, October 04, 2001

OK, I'm losing my mind trying to fix my permalinks. I thought they were fixed, but they aren't. When I hover over the word "link" in the posted by line with my mouse, I see the permalink with a blog # in the status bar at the bottom of my browser. However, when I click on "link" it brings up only that month's archives. Help! Can someone tell me what is wrong?
I have rarely gotten the opportunity to see The West Wing because we have Bible Study on Wednesdays. Despite the Democratic/Liberal leanings of the "Bartlett Administration," when I have seen the show, I've kind of enjoyed it. I wanted to see last night's Isaac and Ishmael episode to see how they'd handle the situation. When I first saw the characters interacting with the high school students, I was concerned that it was going to turn into a liberal lecture, but they actually ended up doing a very nice job with it. They discussed some thought provoking issues. In one of the scenes the character Josh asked this SAT-style question:

Islamic Extremists:Islam as ____________:Christianity

The answer was the KKK. One of the other characters drew a comparison between terrorists and gangs. Of course, this points to the "poverty leads to terrorism" argument (link via tam) that some people are citing as the reason for attacks.

Anyway, the interrogation of the White House employee (because his name matched that of a terrorist's) who's parents/ancestors happened to be from Saudi Arabia was especially poignant. So much suspicion, so much intimated distrust. The apology scene was not quite enough, IMO.

We also watched Enterprise (poor Jason, but at least it wasn't HGTV [grin]). It was pretty good, although the allusions were a bit obvious. Some character development for the crew. Some protocol development (in opposition to T'Pol's advice) for Star Fleet. Nothing major to write home about, but it was entertaining.
Oh, dear. Columbus' Classic radio station is also having their pledge drive this week. And I think the NPR radio station is next week.

I'm feeling old. I just noticed that the only non-listener supported station I listen to on a regular basis for longer than a song or two is the Sports Talk station. [sigh]
I've added an Ohio blogger: Mute Trubadour. We have discovered that we know some of the same people through The Emmaus Community. Emmaus is a 72 hour spiritual retreat that is sponsored through the Upper Room division of the United Methodist Church. Anyway, Doug wrote some thoughts about Brandon's comments on Christ Church.

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Wow. Lots of reference material here! This is a neat site and the origin of the new box at the top of the page.
What a great day!

I was a bit annoyed at first when I realized that two of the Christian radio stations in Columbus were both doing their pledge drives (Radio-U and WCVO) this week. But as I was driving home, I was listening to WCVO and my friend Tate is back in Columbus - he just switched stations! That is awesome. I lost track of him when he moved to Tennessee, so I'm glad he's back.
I doubt you remember that way back on August 20 I was lamenting the loss of my "Operation: Livecrime" CD to some thief. When getting links for the previous story, I found they have reissued it and I immediately ordered a copy. I am so excited!
On our cable system, Channel 24 seems to be a sort of "test channel." We get "Style," "The Game-Show Network," and "Music Choice" (and maybe another channel or two) in un-knowable cycles. Last night as I was flipping channels Music Choice was on and was showing a program about Queensrÿche and their new album. I wish I had seen the whole thing, but one thing I did notice, the boys in the band are starting to show their age and are getting a bit flabby. Otherwise, I saw them play "Empire" and "Silent Lucidity" which was enough to make me wish I hadn't given my Empire CD to my brother. Although, perhaps my favorite Queensrÿche album is Rage for Order.
I've heard a lot about a National ID card recently, and certainly would be against such. We already have national a Social Security card and Passports available. As a Federal Union, we are citizens of our state first and foremost and those ID cards should suffice.

Tuesday, October 02, 2001

While we can't go to the OSU-Northwestern game on Saturday (Jason's 10 year High School Reunion - are we really old enough for such???), we'll have to watch the new entry rules the next time we go to the 'Shoe.
As a COBRA Administrator, added burdens for continuing coverage do not sound like a good idea.
I'm so excited. I got a new Franklin Planner last week and it is really pretty and new. I'll probably be sick of it by next September :p.