Been awhile since I addressed the topic of preaching on this blog. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, I think this video is more efficient than anything I could write on the subject.
You’ve been warned!
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“It used to bother me that he played that game so much” said Elizabeth Grimes of her 13 year-old son Danny. “He would sometimes wake up on a Saturday and play all day long without stopping. He never read his Bible either. But now I’m much more at ease. With those Bible verses always flashing up there I can be assured that he’s getting a good dose of the Good Book. I ask him every day now ‘Danny, have you played your Halo today?’ and if I don’t think he’s played enough I make him go in there and sit down and play some more.”
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I thought this anecdote was hysterical. I’ve actually compared April to a certain blogger I won’t name who, apparently, makes a substantial household income from blogging. (The one whose blog became a synonym for getting fired for what you blog about.) By making the comparison I was referring to her humor, honesty, and unflinching way of talking about household issues.
But obviously, if she is going to second-guess herself over a little word like this, the comparison breaks down in other ways.
So I’m working at the dinner table since the soul of my iMac is somewhere lose in the ether and its body is sitting motionless at my real desk. I’m working on my laptop yesterday morning and the girl pictured left crawls up into the chair beside me in her pajamas and starts playing with the piece of the power cord that plugs into the wall when you don’t want a longer cord and a three-prong and with an ear-mouth piece that plugs into a phone to make it hands free.
Her whispering doesn’t register in my mind. I leave the table to do something and return, realizing I need to make sure she gets dressed. So I tell her it is time to use the potty.
She looks at the hardware in front of her and says to them, “I’ll be right back.”
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Hat tip: George Grant
OK, I’m late, but I finally figured out why Scalzi is a popular blogger. His post on Today’s Example of an Egregious Use of Something a Writer Once Learned in a Freshman Philosophy Course was completely hysterical and quite right. His target is the claim that movies and philosophies should be labeled homo-erotic (though, careful, he is agreeing with Feeney). Actually, that’s just an aside. His real point is that
More seriously, however, reaching all the way back to Nietzsche and Aristotle to explain why Keanu and Patrick are not [totally deleted because this is a PG blog] is completely unnecessary, the middlebrow cultural commentary equivalent of going after a fly with an axe.
But really, as someone who, in college, loved reading Ayn Rand, the final paragraph was a ROFL moment:
In short: Dragging philosophy into the discussion is not always as effective as you might think it is. Just because Ayn Rand ran to Aristotle for every little thing doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Hell, it didn’t actually work for Ayn Rand. Let’s not get into that now. Although I will say this: if Howard Roark and John Galt ever got together, that would be hot.
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I had to post this after following a trackback and reading this blog entry (which quotes an earlier post of mine) about GTD and clutter.