Tis The Season

hat tip: Mark

Assignment #1: Write a poem about Baseball and God

And on the ninth day, God
In His infinite playfulness
Grass green grass, sky blue sky,
Separated the infield from the outfield,
Formed a skin of clay,
Assigned bases of safety
On cardinal points of the compass
Circling the mountain of deliverance,
Fashioned a wandering moon
From a horse, a string and a gum tree,
Tempered weapons of ash,
Made gloves from the golden skin of sacrificial bulls,
Set stars alight in the Milky Way,
Divided the descendants of Cain and Abel into contenders,
Declared time out, time in, stepped back,
And thundered over all of creation:
“Play ball!”

— Philip E. Burnham, Jr. from Housekeeping: Poems Out of the Ordinary

Home Remedies

I know. You came here thinking you were going to find amazing nuggets of incredibly useful how-to’s… think again!

hat tip: JollyBlogger

1. If you’re choking on an ice cube simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.

2. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold while you chop.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you’ll be afraid to cough.

7. You only need two tools in life – WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

8. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

9. If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem

My favorite by far is #7.

One Great Peace

Noticed over at inward/outward:

By Etty Hillesum

I want to be sent to every one of the camps that lie scattered all over Europe, I want to be at every front, I don’t ever want to be what they call ‘safe’, I want to be there, I want to fraternize with all my so-called enemies, I want to understand what is happening and share my knowledge with as many as I can possibly reach.

I would wish my life to turn into one great prayer. One great peace.

Source: An Interrupted Life: the Journal of a Young Jewish Woman, 1941-1943

Samuel’s Sharing Again

Samuel wrote the oddest things. I began reading his blog a couple of years ago out of an interest for that period in time as well as out of a facination with reading history through the eyes of someone who lived it.

With Samuel writing as he goes along and lives life, you are never quite sure what may be on his mind on any given day. Well, today it was the following:

…and at night being myself better than I was by taking a glyster, which did carry away a great deal of wind,…

Some things are better left unshared, even several hundred years later.

And Writely So

Google has been up to something for awhile now and it has not been all too secretive. With the arrival of Google Calendar, Google Spreadsheets, Google Reader, Google Notebook and now with the purchase of Writely, it certainly appears that Google is anticipating a major place in the hosted applications market. I don’t think of these Google products are going to dethrone M$Office any time real soon and I tend to find these applications somewhat lacking — that is except for Writely.

Writely is an interesting tool. It’s use as a word processor is ‘alright’, but there is this cool feature with Writely that I think makes it worthwhile to consider. You can use Writely to post directly to your blog. OK, so there are several different tools you can use to post to your blog, but Writely does it smoothly and handles some other tasks (like automatically saving revisions) without you having to think about it. Also, and this is the clincher for me, I can begin a post while at the office and then continue it at home without any special steps to save it. At the office I use w.Bloggar and at home I use BloGTK and it is not a simple matter to begin a post one place and pick it up at another. With Writely I just shutdown at the office and pick it up at home.

Writely seems to handle all the bigtime blog names and for those of you blogging with LwC, I have provided a screenshot of my Writely set up which shows you what you need to know.

Take That!

I came across Googlefight (no affiliation with Google) by way of Dag on his blog over at Mission XP. There are some classic fights already listed such as God vs. Satan — God wins by over 174 million — and you can wage a custom fight by entering the adversaries of your choice.

In case your missing the point, there is actually a practical side to all this. For example; I have been doing a good bit of reading lately and tend to have a difficult time of choosing what is to be next in my queue. Well, to help with my next selection process I pitted NT Wright up against John Yoder. Well, it looks like “The Politics of Jesus” it is. While slugging things about I figured why not have a go with another classic battle. So, our next contestants: KJV vs. NIV

Cool Radio Station

I’m sitting here pokin’ around the web passing the time until I go pick up my daughter. I’m so excited to hear all about [u]her trip[/u] that I’m fairly unable to concentrate on anything too deep. Instead I decided to go visit the [u]workplace[/u] of [u]Rodney Olsen[/u]. Rodney hosts the 9:00am to midday slot Monday through Friday. To save you the trouble calculating the time difference, Rodney is 12 hours ahead of me here in North Carolina which is why I am listening to his AM show in the PM. The streaming works very well and it is kinda cool getting the scoop on what tomorrow holds. Actually, it sounds like it will be more of the same — higher petrol prices. Rodney regularly blogs about how much he enjoys his job and recently asked his readers the question. [u]”Are you in a job you enjoy?”[/u] He has me thinking about what makes a job enjoyable. If I’m not mistaken Rodney is located in Perth which I believe is where [u]Jaki and Trev[/u] are located. That being the case it sounds like winter is receding ever so slightly there today, err tonight, uhh tomorrow…? Well, it’s about time for me to head out to pick up Nicole… later!