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.

August 11, 2019

Music: Led Zeppelin - In the Evening

In the Evening.  This thunderous Led Zeppelin song hid from my Zeppelin loving ears for quite some time until being rediscovered a few years back.