Howdy! Finally back to the blog after my annual pre-teen camp-related self-imposed exile (additional exiles probably coming in connection with teen camp and the Feast), and it is good to type, again. Though, as usual, I have a lot on my brain and not much time to delve into it all, so I thought I would simply focus on getting something off of my chest.
Or, actually, my desktop. My computer’s desktop has been horribly cluttered for the better part of a year (or two) and I have finally cleaned it off. Over the course of doing so, though, I came across several links I had “saved” there in the hopes of perhaps blogging about them or keeping them for future reference (for which the desktop is not the ideal place). In order to ease my conscience at their passing, I thought it would be great to put up this Desktop Debris Potpourri! If the link looks interesting, feel free to click and read. If not, feel free to skip it. It just feels good to get these things off of my desktop…
- Here’s a YouTube video from NASA striving to debunk some 2012 ideas about solar flares.
- Here’s a link to a Wall Street Journal article about FDR’s radio address to the nation on June 6, 1944. (Subscription required, though you may be able to look up the transcript elsewhere.) It was a prayer, and reading it made me wonder if our presidents, today, could get away with such a blatant appeal to God’s mercy and aid without being sued.
- Here’s a link to a CNET article, with video, about Apple’s planned iOS mapping software, intended to replace Google maps once the divorce is settled. (Watch the video–if they pull it off, it will be pretty neat.)
- Here’s a Reuters article about WHO reports that untreatable gonorrhea is spreading all over the planet. (I didn’t say all the links would be pretty.)
- Here’s an article about a “Google Maps” for ancient Rome.
- Here’s a story about why Exodus 23:1, of all things, was trending on Twitter last month.
- Here’s an Atlantic bit about Gallup’s May 2012 “U.S. Perceived Moral Acceptability of Behaviors and Social Policies.”
- Here’s a great Kay Hymowitz WSJ article (no subscription needed!) on “Why Women Make Less Than Men” — which would have been a great resource to quote at our recent Akron Spokesman Club Ladies Event table topics session.
- Here’s an article I may have linked to before (I’m on a roll and don’t want to look up) about how choices we make now can be passed on to our children through epigenetics.
- Here’s a link to an pictorial about “Hotel Aliah” — a supposedly “sustainable luxury hotel”
- Here’s a Telegraph article about how “Life won’t be the same without antibiotics.”
- Here’s a couple (2-for-1!) of articles from Discover magazine related to the 2012 non-pocalypse: “2012 Doomsday is a ‘Marketing Fallacy'” and “Dear 2012 Doomsayers, We Will Be Watching You.” (Great quote from first one: “We have to be clear about this. There is no [Mayan] prophecy for 2012. It’s a marketing fallacy.”)
- Finally, here’s an article from Discover magazine’s website claiming “God’s Wife Edited Out of the Bible — Almost” (more evidence that some theologians really need day jobs).
Wow! I feel purged! Thanks for letting me get all that off my chest. The sky is clear again! My clean desktop is staring at me from my laptop screen, suggesting that a whole new world of wonder is out there waiting for me to explore! Thanks for your help. And, as always, if you go clicking around any of those: caveat navita stans.
[By the way: Pre-teen camp in Missouri was incredible! Really, the best one ever in my experience, and I am thankful to all of you who may have prayed for it. Thanks much!]