March 27, 2020

COVID-19 and Stay Home

The world has caught the Corona Virus. The governor of Idaho has issued a state-wide 'Stay at Home' order. So here we are, staying at home. It was nice we hit Disneyland a month ago, as it looks like we are not going to be out much for the next month, or three.

Americans seem to be adverse to wearing breathing masks. Other cultures, such as Korea and Japan are much more culture friendly to wearing masks. From photos of the great pandemic of 1918, it looks like people were more apt to wear masks in the USA a hundred years ago. The CDC reports that wearing masks is more helpful if you are sick, but it seems like there is push back from various physicians about that information.


Information, in the information age, is a precious, but yet also an abundant commodity. Good information is precious, but that it rests in a sea of information that is opinion, misinformation, and ignorance.

On the social media platform Facebook, I saw an article re-posted by the Rockbridge Virginia Historical Society about the 1918 influenza pandemic:
This was encouragement from another time from another pandemic, and I think it is good medicine for the heart. The verses were apt:
  • 2 Chronicles 7:13-16 NIV
    • 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
  • Joel 2:12-18 NIV
    • 12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
      “return to me with all your heart,
         with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
      13 Rend your heart
         and not your garments.
      Return to the Lord your God,
          for he is gracious and compassionate,
      slow to anger and abounding in love,
          and he relents from sending calamity.
      14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
          and leave behind a blessing—
      grain offerings and drink offerings
          for the Lord your God.
      15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
          declare a holy fast,
          call a sacred assembly.
      16 Gather the people,
          consecrate the assembly;
      bring together the elders,
          gather the children,
          those nursing at the breast.
      Let the bridegroom leave his room
          and the bride her chamber.
      17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord,
          weep between the portico and the altar.
      Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
          Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,
          a byword among the nations.
      Why should they say among the peoples,
         ‘Where is their God?’”
      18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land
          and took pity on his people.
  • Psalm 3:5-8 NIV
    • 5 I lie down and sleep;
          I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
      6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
          assail me on every side.
      7 Arise, Lord!   
      Deliver me, my God!
      Strike all my enemies on the jaw;   
      break the teeth of the wicked.
      8 From the Lord comes deliverance.   
      May your blessing be on your people.
  • Matthew 11:28 NIV
    • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • 1 John 2:1 NIV
    • My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

February 22, 2020

Space Engineers

Been playing a bit of Space Engineers recently. A fun game with a load of engineering and physics. Though the physics is a bit truncated to allow the game to run efficiently.
Anyway, good fun with explosions and whatnot.

Disneyland

We recently went on a trip to Arizona and Southern California. The main reason was to visit Disneyland with the kids. Also to go to the beach, and see Arizona.

At Disneyland we visited the following:

  • The Disneyland Castle
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • The Tiki room 
  • Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise 
  • Disneyland railroad from New Orleans to Tomorrowland 
  • Autopia 
  • Nemo Submarines 
  • Small World 
  • A tour of Toontown
  • Lunch in the Rose Tavern
  • Dumbo ride for Andre & Tinkerbell interview for Lauren 
  • Found Melissa's lost Kona hat 
  • Buzz Lightyear's Blasters 
  • Shopping at Small World 
  • Visited Mickey's house in Toontown
  • Shopping at Toontown 
  • Tour of Starwars land 
  • Pooh's magical adventure 
  • Splash Mountain 
  • And ended with Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen's beignets

February 10, 2020

Music: ACDC - Who Made Who


Who Made Who by the Austrailian band ACDC typifies Eighties industrial rock music. It's got a wonderful groove that soaks.

February 1, 2020

August 2019 & 2020 Reading

Recently finished the Wheel of Time series, stretching approximately 12000 pages, consisting of the books The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords, The Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light.  All written by Robert Jordan, except the last few were finished by Brandon Sanderson. Wheel of time is right; that was a whole lot of reading. I also read The Stiehl Assassin, by Terry Brooks, which after hopefully one more book will round out the Shannara universe.

I've picked up several other books, that I've dug into, The Hermeneutical Spiral by  Grant Osbourne.  The Bible As Literature, by John B. Gabel, et al. I read the History of Israel, by J. Carl Laney. And worked through The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary, by Alec Motyer. As well as The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament, by John MacArthur. I'm currently working through Acts an Exegetical Commentary in four volumes, by Craig S. Keener.

October 29, 2019

Rabbinical Influence on New Testament interpretation

I recently was reminded of the immense influence that Jewish culture, thought, and literature has on interpretation of the New Testament. That reminded me of a table I created for a book review on Jesus the Jewish Theologian (4th printing Edition), by Brad H. Young (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing Paperback, 1995) 308 Pages: ISBN 1-56563-060-2.  The book review looked at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, and one weakness that was apparent in the version I had was that there was no a chronological index of Rabbinical influences, which could be helpful in distinguishing anachronistic applications/interpretations.

Anyway, if you have the book, here is the table I created indexing the Rabbinical resources mentioned in the book. The list of Rabbis and associated interpretations/methodologies cut a wide chronological swath, from 400 B.C. to A.D. 1950.

September 25, 2019

World of Warcraft Classic


Long ago and far away, in Azeroth, I had a great time in the second generation MMORPG, World of Warcraft. With the recent release of World of Warcraft Classic, I've spent some time among the many projects and responsibilities of late Summer and the current Fall season to enjoy some classic computer gaming in WoW.