Sunday, January 28, 2007

My regular readers (all 2 of you) know that I love my Journaling Bible....

But the new terra cotta/sage cover is really sharp!

Make your own iPhone

Some people have too much free time.

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Happy Belated Blogiversary to Me!




I can't believe I totally let my blogiversary pass with out comment or celebration! It's been a year of not totally daily posts but I'm hanging in here anyway.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Another take on the end times and Fox shows on the Internet

It took me awhile to realize I had double posted. How embarrassing!

I mentioned this on Reformed Chicks but I don't trust you people are reading the headlines :-) Here is another take on the end-times by a theater critic:

Imagine if everything the Religious Right believes about the End Times is true, except the Rapture doesn't take them and the antichrist turns out to be their favorite politician . . . That's the story of The Event, which will be serialized on this space, one Episode per week, over the next few months.
Also, I just discovered that Fox has put their shows on the Internet in HD. I think this is incredibly smart of them to put their content on the Internet. I have not been watching "Standoff" but since they have a number of the episodes online, I plan to watch it. And I'm so happy to be able to watch "Bones" on the Internet because I love that show.

Now, I can watch all my favorite shows on the Internet (ABC's shows are here, NBC's are here and CBS' shows are here) which I find much more convenient than watching TV. I can watch when I'm cooking dinner or cleaning and I don't have to sit through a lot of commercials. It really is a win-win situation for everyone. And I think the beauty of the situation for advertisers is that the focus is on one or two products that I can remember not a number of products that I will likely forget. I really love the car commercials and actually have begun to want the cute little Toyota Yaris.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Labyrinth and other stuff

I was sick this weekend (I have a very painful infection) so I got the chance to finish my first book in the Chunkster Challenge, Labyrinth. As I mention before, it is pretty much a romance novel, in fact, it's two romance novels for the price of one. I've been debating whether I would do a review of it, I was thinking that it didn't rate a review but I need the practice, so I think I'll write one anyway. I'm going to start reading two books next but haven't decided on which two yet. I'm also going to read Confessions of an Amateur Believer because I promised I would review it for the blogs. I started it at Christmas but I was pretty distracted reading it so I decided to try again after the holidays. So, here it is and I better get going before the semester starts up again.

I realized this weekend that I've pretty much been coasting in the Bible study department. I tried to write something for the Blogging Chicks Carnival but got nowhere. That tells me that I'm not connecting with the material the way I used to. So, I think that I'm going to have to really think about what I need to do to get back into it. I hope this means that you will be seeing a Revelation study here tomorrow in time for the Christian Carnival :-)

But I won't be working on it tonight because Heroes resumes tonight (woo hoo!). I've so been looking forward to this! I have been waiting to see what happens to Peter and who is the new hero since before Christmas. It has taken forever. OK, got to run it's on.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Update on the Chunkster Challenge

So, I've been reading one of the books in the challenge, Labyrinth and I discover it's seems a little like a romance novel. I thought it would be more of a suspense but it has some of the more seedier elements of romance writing. I'm not sure I would recommend it but I'm only a hundred pages in (there are 508 pages) so I better reserve judgment.

I've decided to add another book to the challenge, even though this might not seem like such a great idea given the fact that I haven't made a much of a dent in my reading list but I noticed this book when I was at Borders and decided it looked interesting and since it was 619 pages, it certainly qualified as a chunkster :-) It is Robert Liparulo's Comes a Horseman. I don't usually read Christian novels because the ones that I've read were poorly written and had bad theology but since it was endorsed by one of the authors I like to read, James Rollins, I thought I would give it a shot.

I'm going to try to finish both of these novels before I go back to school because I won't have time to read novels after that.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

It may be beautiful but I don't think it's worthy of worship

As even the casual reader of this blog may notice, I love technology. I think gadgets are great and I love to play with them. I love my laptop and my palm TX and have enjoyed the benefits of both. It's great to be able to stay in bed a little longer in the morning and check my email or read what's been going on in the world while I was asleep. I love being able to surf the 'net before I fall asleep at night.

I love reading about new gadgets and as I mentioned here, I loved the new iPhone. I have no intention of buying one but I couldn't help but be awed by it, it has a strong ascetic appeal. I still like looking at it, to me it is a work of art. Well crafted gadgets have that affect on me. But even though I think it's great and ascetically pleasing, I would never think to worship it. Unfortunately, there appears to be some who do:

I'm a very modern person. I don't have any affiliations to traditional religion, and I don't really feel any national loyalties. I was born in the U.K., but I've lived in cities like London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Berlin. It's become clear that if I do have a religion, it's a humanist one -- a profound reverence for human creativity, for example. And if I do have something like a consistent homeland, it might as well be the Mac OS. Because wherever I am physically, that's where I spend most of my time.

So you'll see why, for someone like me, an Apple keynote speech is much more than a new product announcement. It's a sermon, a series of miracles and a rousing patriotic oration about the homeland.

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Design that goes this far beyond the call of duty, and stays clear of the blanding influence of the mass market, can't help but tap into our Aquarian emotions -- stuff about utopianism, the creation of a better world. And in this sense Apple remains strongly rooted in a 1960s feeling, and a California feeling.

How sad! Though the iPhone may be a great product, both functional and beautiful, it can never bring true happiness, it can never fill the God-shaped hole in your heart. Any joy they bring us is fleeting.

When Sarah, my oldest daughter, was a pre-schooler she heard that all of our stuff would be burned up in the fire when Jesus returned and she was very upset because she didn't want to lose her Barbies in the fire. I asked her if having her Barbies was more important than being with Jesus and she hesitantly said that it was more important to be with Jesus but it brought her great sadness. A number of years after that I reminded her of what she said and she couldn't believe that her Barbies meant that much to her.

Our joy in the things of this life are fleeting but the joy that we experience in the Lord is eternal.

Test

This is a test to see if this will publish. I'm having problems on Reformed chicks.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #25

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The Carnival is up!

What's in a name?

Recently, a blogger attempted to describe my blog and had a hard time figuring it out because of my blog description, which is a quote from Ecclesiastes:

"What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation...There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?" (Ecclesiastes 2:22-25)
I choose Ecclesiastes because I thought it reflected what I wanted to do with this blog. But I haven't figured out a way to explain what I mean by that. Ecclesiastes is a commentary on life, just as this blog is. It is meant to force us to ask: what are we doing with this life that we have been given by God?

In many ways Ecclesiastes is a sad book because the author looks back over his life and realizes that it was pretty empty, it was all vanity and striving after the wind. That there was nothing to show for it; all the things that he did and all the possessions that he acquired really meant nothing.

When I created this blog and I decided to call it Life Under the Sun, I wanted to focus, not on the hopeless aspect of the phrase even though it is used to convey the toil of life under the sun but on the hope that is occasionally evident in Ecclesiastes. I knew that there was hope in Ecclesiastes, it wasn't just unrelenting bitterness over a misspent youth. There was wisdom there, not just in an understanding of the toil of life under the sun which the author experienced. It wasn't just wisdom gained from experiencing the toil and frustrations of this life, it was an understanding of the God given joy when we acknowledge our Creator. There is hope that when you live your life in an appreciation for the Creator and a joy in His creation, life can be filled with joy and gladness.

That was in my mind when I chose the verse, that even though life under the sun is a toil and that we are usually striving after the wind and that everything is vanity of vanities, even though all that's true, we know that we can find joy in the Lord and that renews us and fills us with hope and purpose.

It's a new way to look at the world, one that many don't share or understand. I want to use this blog to share my view of life, a view of life from someone who realizes that life can't be viewed from any other perspective except through the understanding of eternity because all of our life is pointed in that direction. We are designed by the Creator to glorify Him but we have rebelled against that knowledge though secretly, in the back of our minds, we know what our job is and we keep filling our lives with emptiness to fill the void that we have created by denying the love, worship and awe that we were created to give to our Creator. We strive after the wind to distract ourselves from the knowledge that we aren't doing the thing that we were created to do.

It has been said that the unexamined life is not worth living and that is true but the life that has not been lived to the glory of God is a wasted life. Qoheleth (the author of Ecclesiastes -- it means teacher)knew that, it's the point of Ecclesiastes.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Trackbacks

As you can see I've added trackbacks to this blog, I've also added them to Reformed Chicks. So now I'll know when people link to me and they'll know when I've linked to them. I plan to interact with more blogs this way. It should be fun. I've already used trackbacks on two posts and even entered a linkfest (which was kind of hard to figure out and took me most of the day :-) on Reformed Chicks. I plan on posting how to do all this later but if you want to know how to install trackbacks on your Blogger blog, go here. It's a step by step explanation of how to install the Haloscan trackbacks without using Haloscan comments.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Isn't it beautiful?

I love the look of the new iPhone but its price is really costly, $499-599 and the service provider is Cingular Wireless (since I'm in NJ, the provider of choice is Verizon). Its got some really nice features like playing MP3 and video files, WiFi, and it has a really neat feature that when you turn it to landscape, the screen turns as well, you don't have to do anything to make it turn. And since it's an iPod, it will sync with iTunes. You can check it out your self here. They have a really nice demo set up.

Though it is beautiful and functional, for me it fails the laptop price test. If any electronic device is more expensive than my laptop, I won't buy it. Nothing should be more expensive than the laptop.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Gospel of Judas

Here is an interesting story about the feud between New Testament scholar, James M. Robinson and his former protégé, Marvin Meyer over Meyer's involvement with the National Geographic's translation, publican and documentary of the "Gospel of Judas." Robinson objected to the secrecy of the project and thought Meyer had sold out his ethics for money. There's a definite Judas-slant to the reporting.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

It's weird to read someone else's description of your blog

Ogre of Ogre's Politics and Views has attempted to describe my blog to his readers and it was weird to read the description. What I think is clear turns out not to be too clear. I forget that people might not get the whole Ecclesiastes - Life Under the Sun reference. Now I'm going to have to work on a whole new blog description. Bummer! I hope I can keep my blog title but I think I might have to switch over to Reformed Weltanschauung Blogging after all. Do you think that title will be easier for people to understand? :-)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #24 Looking Back or Forward

The Carnival is up.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Update to my New Year's Resolution Post...

For the Blogging Chicks Carnival, go check it out.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chunkster Challenge 2007

So, I was visiting Kevin Stilley's blog when I noticed his post on participating in the Chunkster Challenge sponsored by Bookfool (who is very nice and quick to add you to the list even if you are a little late to the challenge) at Bookfoolery and Babble and decided that it sounded like fun. You read as many very large books (over 400 pages) that you can in a six month period.

Here is my list of books:

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
New Testament History by F. F. Bruce
Biblical Theology by Geerhardus Vos (I've read sections of this book but never read it straight through and it's a couple pages shy of 400 but I defy anyone to say it is not a chunkster! It certainly fits in the "Whoa! That's freakin' intimidating!" category)
The Bible as it was by James L. Kugel
The Story of English by Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil and William Cran
The Christ of the Prophets by O. Palmer Robertson
And I might add Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder to the list if I can find where I put it :-)

I think I might read them in this order, we'll see :-) I've been meaning to read them and this will be the incentive to do so.

Updated: I've been meaning to add Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo to the list.

This is my last cross post

I've added headlines on both Reformed Chicks and Life Under the Sun so that I don't have to cross post on both blogs.

Plus, if you are interested in receiving notification of new posts via email, enter your email address in the form provided on the sidebar.

Also, I'm going to add headlines from other like minded blogs when I figure it out :-) I'm also going to add the headlines from the Blogging Chicks Metablog.

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The Importance of del.icio.us

One thing that I've learned since my laptop went into the shop is the importance of online bookmarking sites. If you only keep your bookmarks on your browser, you will lose them if anything happens to your computer. I had started to use del.icio.us tagging before the laptop went into the shop, so I wasn't too impacted by the loss of bookmarks. I usually tag sites that I think will be helpful to return to or articles that I might blog about.

You can access the stuff I've tagged by clicking on the "my del.icio.us tags" on the sidebar.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

BibleMap

What do you get when you combine the ESV Bible with Google maps? A very cool tool! Check it out.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Love is such a roller coaster ride!

So many ups and downs it gets tiring after awhile. Your love goes away and then comes back and you are ecstatic and you make all these plans only to find that your love has to leave again. *sniff* *sniff* It's just not fair. Why do I have to live without my laptop another moment?

The computer guy called tonight and told me that me laptop was done, so I rushed to the store and there it was, all shiny and new and ready to be booted up. All my stuff was still on the computer, they didn't have to replace the hard drive after all. I didn't need a backup but I was so happy, I didn't care. I brought it home and fixed some software problems and then I discovered that the DVD drive was not working right when I tried to install my Palm software. Why don't these people check to make sure all the devices work when they replace the motherboard? Hmmmm?

Their incompetence is causing me to be parted from my love, right when I was so happy to be reunited. *sniff* *sniff* Love is cruel and cuts you like a knife.

I spent the day playing with my new Palm TX

I have to say I love my new TX, it is a very versatile palm. Not only does it have WIFI capability, it can play MP3 and video files. And the quality of the picture is amazing. I was able to find a free player on the Internet, TCPMP. It can play MP3 files as well. But I think I'll stick with Pocket Tunes, it is a very nice player.

I can't understand why anyone would want an Ipod when you can get a palm for the same price and get the Internet, an e-book reader so that you can read Warfield, Machen, C. S. Lewis, Van Til, and many other books, video, MP3, games like Zuma and Bubblet, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, software that allows you to read the Greek, Hebrew or the ESV Bibles (I already posted the links here).

The only thing I can't get to work is downloading my mail from gmail. I've done everything that they suggest doing but it still doesn't work. Bummer!

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

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