January 19, 2019

Winter Reading Review

Recently finished the book Mile-High Missionary: A Jungle Pilot's Memoir, by Jim Manley and Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty, by David Kadavy. And have started a few others, such as the 14 book fantasy series, The wheel of time, with book one, the Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan.
I've read most of True Community, by Jerry Bridges. I enjoyed The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, by Aidan Dodson. I was rather disappointed by After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles, by Bryan Litfin. I enjoyed both History of the Persian Empire, by A.T. Olmstead, and The Course of French History, by Pierre Goubert, though I wish it covered pre A.D. 900 era.
I have a few books to work through, Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, by Noel Due, Oxford World Classics version of the Complete works of Francis Bacon, and Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington. And am re-reading Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett.

November 19, 2018

Slow Motion Yergacheffe

Continuing on in the popcorn coffee roasting method, here is a slow motion video of some Ethiopian Yergacheffe being roasted.

November 18, 2018

Some books of the last year

Some historical fiction comedy, Dodger by the late Terry Pratchett. Some fantastical reading, The Black Elfstone, the Skaar Invasion, as well as re-reading the The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks. An interesting read, as I have a small un-credited cameo in the book, Baba's Love, by my cousins, Bill and Cristy Millington. I've been re-reading Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. I read the science fiction, The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson. And those were among the plethora of books, articles, and commentaries that I consulted, referenced, or otherwise osmosized for researching and writing a ThM thesis (books like Resurrection, Immortality, and Eternal Life in Intertestamental Judaism and Early Christianity, by George W. E. Nickelsburg). Currently reading Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

November 17, 2018

Good News

📜 Some mostly developed theological thoughts on the good news and associated terms 📜

In the New Testament, there is a wordgroup εὐαγγέλιον, that corresponds to the noun 'good news.'  There is also a verbal form, εὐαγγελίζω, that presents the verbal idea of 'sharing/delivering good news.'  It can take different tenses and voices.

July 30, 2018

Popper Roasted Coffee

I have a friend at work who uses popcorn poppers to roast coffee. So, after hearing about his adventures, I stopped by the thrift store and found a suitable popcorn popper. I then stopped by a local Roastery and picked up some green Ethiopian coffee. They were our of Yergacheffe and Harrar, but did have some Sidamo.

Fresh roasted coffee has arrived. It's a fun new perspective of the beany beverage.

May 12, 2018

Coffee Rant - Peruvian Pour Over

In 2010, Melissa and I went to Costa Rica with Mission Aviation Fellowship. While we were there, we had dinner with a friend who was staying with a family from Peru. They served us excellently prepared ceviche.

As well, they offered us some pour over coffee. As you can see the pour over devices in Costa Rica are a bit more rustic than the ones you might find in the Pacific Northwest these days.

The Perils of Home Automation: Invasion of the Birds

Once upon a time in 2009, we had some pet cats. On occasion, we would venture off on some adventure. Being good cat owners, we wanted to make sure our furry feline friends stayed well fed, and out of trouble.

To that end, I constructed an automatic cat food dispenser. It was constructed out of a discard water pipe end, a rotisserie motor, a round hair brush, and a bowling ball. And given a coat of grey paint.

The cat food would be put in the top area of the dispenser, waiting for the rotisserie motor to slowly churn the food onto a waiting plate below. The dropping cat food would make a plinking noise on the glass plate, letting our cats know that food had arrived.

However, after a while, the cats got lazy, and perhaps overfed, and were not eating the food right away. So the neighborhood birds moved in, to help with the cat food.

I viewed this as a problem, and decided a bit of home automation may solve the invasion of the magpies. I added a motion detector on our pergola slightly away from the house (and the cat food feeder), pointed downward. When triggered, the motion detector would activate the sprinklers near the house. This area had mint and various flowers growing in it. It worked to scare the birds away.

A few weeks later, we headed out of town. Before we left town, we had friends over for a backyard barbecue, and they remarked about some of the mind growing in our backyard, near the patio.

Before we left town, we had told them to stop by and grab a patch of mint as a starter. Now that we were out of town, they were out on a bike ride. As they were in the area, they decided to stop by and grab the mint.

They wheeled their bikes into the back yard, and proceeded to cut out a patch of mint. However, the mint they selected was directly below the motion detector, so their efforts were complicated by the sprinklers turning on several times. Eventually they got their mint starter.

Later that day, a hundred miles away, I checked the automation logging and saw that the backyard bird invasion had begun. The birds had been furiously setting off of the motion detection for about 25 minutes.

Only later did the truth of the tale become evident.