December 26, 2004
I finished Vol 1. of The Complete Works of Jonathan Edwards. That signifies that I am halfway through with reading Edwards. Some spectacular highlights were his sections on Religious Affections, Justification by Faith Alone, and the preface of the Humble Inquiry: Communion. The list of theological questions at the end of the volume was pretty impressive, also.
For the upcoming reading, I will be delving into the second volume of Edwards. I also ordered the book Alamut by Vladimir Bartol, Trans. by Michael Biggins. It is the history of Hassan ibn Sabbah. From whom we get the words Assasin, and Hashish. What a colorful character! I have a few other books added to my reading list, that I have yet to acquire: Ivanhoe, Quentin Durward, The White Company, Sir Nigel, Treasure Island and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.
December 22, 2004
The website has almost reached almot 40,000 page hits. I think that googlebot and some indexers helped a bit with that. Still, it is nice to see some decent traffic on one's website. It's been really nice to have a camera again, also.New additions of late include the "Mystery Photo" section on the left. There are also some improvements to the member interface, for those that have registered. The theme was revamped for the holidays! Hoping everyone has a Merry Christmas!
December 19, 2004
I picked up Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. It's been immensely interesting. It is certainly a well written book, with thousands of allusions to other books and topics and learning in general. It seems to be in the same genre as the bible code, though it was published in 1987. I've also been keeping up with the Jonathan Edwards, and am now about ¾ done with volume 1.
I've also been looking through The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy, which is more interesting everytime I read through it. Especially after reading the Black Arrow, having to do with the war of the Roses. The first time I read through it was in preparation for my trip to Europe in 2002.
December 13, 2004
December 11, 2004
December 10, 2004
Well, I haven't cracked Edwards in a couple weeks and instead made myself busy with Herodotus and Vanhoozer. Now, I've descended back into Historical Fiction. I just finished the Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stephenson. It was a great read! It was on a list of many great books that motivated Terry Brooks to write. And there are more there! I'm hoping that Santa might leave a few for me to keep busy with.
In other news, I've been reading about classical sculpture for a project I am working on. Mostly about methods of carving and working with stone, particularly marble and granite.
December 8, 2004
December 3, 2004
It's about time for a news update! As the holiday season is upon us, i've been working on reading and drinking coffee. I've also been thinking about being a security guard of a baggage handler until I go back to school. I think I would enjoy either one of those. I've fixed numerous people's computers. I redesigned the webpage for the church I currently am attending. They now have a database driven website, where the administrators have the ability to upload files, pictures, video, and information without having to do any html. Although, a little html always helps things look much better. Plus, database driven means dynamic content, which is far easier to change things. As you can change one thing in one place that affects the whole site, rather than having to change them all. While there are programs that make it easier to do this in html (dreamweaver, frontpage), database driven is a far easier option.
November 30, 2004
U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb came out recently. I am excited about the new U2 cd, i listened to a lowbandwidth preview version and liked it, so I added it to my list to send off to Santa Claus. It certainly hearkened back to pre-Achtung Baby days. You can really see the Edge working his Edge type guitar method, from what I heard. The shape of the total ablum reminded me of Joshua tree, and the way the songs felt with one another. It was interesting to hear Bono wanting broken hearts.On a completely different level, I love Baroque Organ Music. I hate contemporary piano music, but I love Organ Music. Such as the likes of Purcell, Clarke, and Bach. Today, a friend let me borrow some Buxtehude, which I am happy about, and after previewing it, am impressed by some of the good stuff therein other news, i was thinking the best band of all time was: the beatlesthe best album of all time was:U2 - Achtung Babymy favorite solo artist of all time is:Phil Keaggy
November 27, 2004
November 24, 2004
However, Carson states about book by Kevin Vanhoozer:
What starts off as a contemporary hermeneutics to justify the move from the biblical text to systematic theology becomes a full-blown, highly sofisticated, theological hermeneutics. Vanhoozer is one of the few contemporary scholars who take a balanced measure of postmodern thought within an unflinching Christian confessionalism. Here you will find neither mere traditionalism nor faddishness. This book points the way forward-the Christian way forward- out of the contemporary hermeneutical morass.
November 20, 2004
I've been wanting to take a trip down to the Bruneau sand dunes for quite some time.The dunes at Bruneau Dunes State Park are unique in the Western Hemisphere. Others in the Americas form at the edges of natural basins; these form near the center. They include the largest single-structured sand dune in North America, with a peak 470 feet above the lakes. In addition, there are some local hot springs to explore also. Such as the Indian Bathtub. Anyway, hopefully I'll get this all organized and underway soon. It would be nice to have a camera, so I could chronicle the exploits, too.
I picked up the Histories by Herodotus. It's been a good read so far. I'm about two thirds done with the Vanhoozer book, and over halfway done with the works of Jonathan Edwards, vol.1 (of 2) . So that's been keeping me busy. I've been switching back and forth to keep it all interesting.
November 9, 2004
Currently I am a beta tester for it, and it is really quite fun. I am enjoying it immensely. You can play on Player versus Player servers (PvP) and the server pits the four good races against the four bad races, so that the PvP action is more global. There are pets and fun things of all sorts. Not to mention the game is astoundingly beautiful!
November 1, 2004
Went to Kirkham hot springs today!On the way there, we found a truck overturned in the road (Amazingly, no one was really hurt). So we stopped and directed traffic in the canyon until the police took over (around 40 minutes). It was pretty cool standing out in the middle of the road. Then we got there, and we were the only ones there for the whole duration. Although there were people across the river, on the scenic highway. The temperature was excellent. The sky was crystal clear, and it was a beautiful sunny day. After lounging around for a bit, I started jumping in the river for the shock therapy of it. Everyone decided to do it. Then, I swam across the river. Then of course, everyone had to do that, which was really great fun. However, it was brrrrrr. There were pools with ice on top of them. Kindof crazy! It was complete and total awesomeness. A great day of super-relaxing Idaho fun.
October 30, 2004
I finally got a copy of Christ in the Old Testament; Old Testament Appearances of Christ in Human Form, by James A Borland. I got it used from Abebooks.com. It was a good read. It was formatted like a thesis, and very thorough. Thus, it was also pretty dry. But overall and excellent book. I also finished Paul by E.P. Sanders. This is a "New Perspective on Paul" book. I find there are alot of interesting things, and many I do not agree with. One of the most interesting things is that Sanders rejects Luther's Simul Justus et Peccator, because it is a concept foreign to Paul, but later in the book, states that there is an 'anthropological dualism' which prevents people from doing the good that the law requires. Mindbender.
October 29, 2004
October 25, 2004
I also picked up Timequake and another paperback by Vonnegut, Hokus Pocus. I also am still reading Louis XIV by Durant still. And perusing through those World Book Encyclopedias (circa 1980).
October 19, 2004
October 14, 2004
October 11, 2004
It was awesome. And, they ship coffee, so feel free to get in on the action. Although half of the action is talking to the roaster to zero in on coffees of interest to the imbiber. The next day we went and saw the movie, Napoleon Dynamite (my second viewing). An excellent movie, especially if you grew up in a small town in the west.
October 6, 2004
Well, pretty much as soon as I got to Salem, things took an unexpected turn. So, I don't know if I'll be staying. C'est la vie. In other news, an apartment was pointed out to me, and that job at Old Navy i've been thinking about getting is open, and they are hiring. So perhaps I'll stay in Salem. God has a plan, and maybe that means to be in Salem for a while.This weekend, starting today, I'm off to go visit Carpenter in Seattle. He has found the Greatest Coffee house/Roaster in Seattle. Better than the Crooked House of former days, I hear. Then the next weekend, I'm headed down to California for my friend Sameer's wedding. I'm going to stop at Aplet's in Northern California for a day, and perhaps he will ride down to LA with me.
I also finished the anthology of English Romantic Literature. I found some great poems in there that I liked. Particularly, I Am by John Clare. There was also some great stuff by Byron, as usual, and Percy Bysshe Shelly. I picked up some great books to peruse through of late: The Story of Philosophy, by Wil Durant. Another book that is about the New Perspective on Paul. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rosseau. I also picked up Pascal's Pensees / Thought's, though I'm looking for Provincial Letters.
September 29, 2004
September 25, 2004
I picked up a book at Savers for 1.99, it was bound upside down. It is an anthology by David Perkins called English Romantic Writers. I has alot of great english poetry and has been fun to browse through.
Rocky gave me a copy of George Orwell's Coming up for Air, although i don't know if i'll be able to work through it. The borland book is still delayed, i think i'm going to let amazon auto cancel it, maybe see if i can have someone pick it up who will be at ETS.
September 15, 2004
The website is about to experience its 20,000 hit. It's taken about a year (Oct 9th), so that makes about 55 hits per day (hpd). I redid the main theme. I will probably turn on the personal theme option in the user menus so that you can change it to something simpler and quicker loading if desired. In other news, my dad is getting his arm operated on today. Yesterday and the day before I started up the '66 Ford. I am hoping to go out shooting sometime. I am also hoping to plan a campaign to conquer all of the hot springs.
I finished Breakfast of Champions. It was a fun book, but alot of the subject matter was a little too forward and harsh. He does present things with new and different perspectives, though. I picked another of the Shannara Saga to read through. I've been reading Terry Brooks since grade school, and he turns out a novel in the genre every year or two. I'm a bit behind though. I really like Brooks. He writes similar to tolkien, and with a very similar universe, however, he is alot more exciting, action oriented, and dramatic than the exhaustive Tolkien. Brooks was the first fiction writer to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
September 11, 2004
So, having finished the Brothers Karamazov, and still waiting for my Borland book, I went over to the local Barnes and Nobles to browse around. I often see alot of books that I might be interested in, but none that I want to read at the moment. Anyway, after being a internet connected citizen for so long, I had heard about Kurt Vonnegut many times, and even seen his visa commercial. So, I decided to get one. I picked up Breakfast of Champions. It is definately reminiscent of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the best Science Ficition comedy ever written). It has more allusions and sarcasm and satire in it, and it blacker. But it is fun, too. And he puts entities in different and interesting perspectives.
Well, it looks like i might be starting to drum up some interest in Ion Idaho. So that is exciting. In other news, I sent an application to a Internet Provider to do onsite technical support (fixing computers). I'm kindof happy about that. I would get to work with cool people, too. Like Andy Simmons. Also, there is a friend of mine's church down in Twin Falls that might need some help, so I might be heading down there to help them out a bit.
September 8, 2004
I finished the Brothers Karamazov last weekend. I was going to finish it at our backwoods bungalow, however, there was a little adventure, so I ended up finishing it at the Moxie Java that overlooks the lake. Quite a scenic place!
I remember when I learned how to spell the word Apple. It was my first word they taught me to spell at school. I remember liking books before I could read (for the pictures, of course!). I especially liked the encyclopedia; specifically the letter 'S.' 'S' had all the cool stuff. Submarines, the Sphinx, Sahara. Yeah. 'S' rocks.
True story: The neighbor shot at me last weekend. I was inspecting the septic tank (in the process of being installed) at 11 pm and he had arrived home, slightly liquored. I heard some noise, so I aimed the flashlight over at his property, and Boom! a pistol went off. Needless to say, i didn't stay the night at our backwoods cabin that night. Instead, I drove to the beachfront paradise and went waterskiing the next morning. That did make me miss out on the hot springs though.
September 3, 2004
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August 31, 2004
I finished, 1066 and all that. It was definately a fun read, as people don't write in that style anymore.
I also finished Messiah in the Old Testament, by Walt Kaiser. It was excellent, although it was dry in the usual Kaiser style. I'm still waiting for the second half of my amazon order, Christ in the Old Testament; Old Testament Appearances of Christ in Human Form,.
Again, I'm still working on the The brother's karamazov, by dostoyevsky. I'm about half way through, and the story is picking up a little better now. I'm also still working on Will Durant's The story of Civilization: Louis XIV.
August 29, 2004
August 27, 2004
I recently thumbed through the maze and the warrior, by Craig Wright. It is about Symbols in Architecture, Theology, and Music. It was pretty interesting, but not of any real value unless you enjoy the history of mazes, and music theory/history.
I also recieved from Amazon; Messiah in the Old Testament, by Walt Kaiser. I'm hoping it will be enlightening, and it is already pretty informative, although it is in the kindof dry old kaiser style. I'm excited for another book i bought at the same time, Christ in the Old Testament; Old Testament Appearances of Christ in Human Form, by James A Borland. I also received a new Mounce Greek book from Amazon, as I am teaching a friend of mine Greek, and there is a second edition now.
I'm still working on the The brother's karamazov, by dostoyevsky. Although, I'm taking it slowly, as Dostoyevsky is really obnoxious to me. I'm also still working on Will Durant's The story of Civilization: Louis XIV.
And I read the The scarlet pimpernel, by baroness orczy. As an escape from Dostoyevsky. And it was absolutely delightful. Reminded me of the great movie that had Ian McKellan as Chauvelin.
August 26, 2004
August 25, 2004
Instead, the website will use as a root address: http://www.hettinger.us/
However, the balm-of-gilead.org address should continue to work until sometime in the near future. You might want to update your bookmarks/links, just to be safe. This also means that if you had a login at the balm-of-gilead.org, you will need to make a new one at hettinger.us, as any user information has been deleted with the old database.
August 15, 2004
August 2, 2004
Being out of school is great, as I get to read what I want. That said, I am just about to finish islands in the stream by hemingway, and previously finished up toilers of the sea by victor hugo. And have the Brothers karamazov and the second half of Anna Korrinniinnnaina to work on nextly.
July 22, 2004
July 13, 2004
July 7, 2004
June 29, 2004
In other news, I finished Louise de la Valliere, and have moved on to the finally of the Musketeer series, the Man in the Iron Mask. And just in case you don't know, the movies reflecting Alexandre Dumas' work never, ever, do his work justice. Take the Count of Monte Cristo for instance. Most of the names of the characters are the same. Character, however has been totally replaced with a modern equivalent, depravity.
June 22, 2004
June 20, 2004
May 27, 2004
Whoa! Anyway, for graduation, i was blessed with many great gifts, but especially, Ken bought me a pound of Starbucks' Kona Coffee. So, I converted our old doormatt into a thank you card.