Archive for March, 2006

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Once upon a time--back in the early 80's--I taught English as a Second Language. A number of my students were Bahá'ís from Iran. I remember one student in particular who wasn't doing very well, and whom I had to ask to come to my office to discuss her academic situation. ...

Ser-Venn-Ity prayer

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Based on something Samantha Cook wrote. Update: Samantha Cook linked to my drawing!

Remaining Christian Peacemaker Team members freed

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Good news

Family story

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Brother Steve just called, and we talked about Scrabble, and my post about playing sorbetto. He reminded me that my Great Uncle Kennard and my Grandma used to play Scrabble every day until they got into an argument over whether "obit" was a legitimate play. They never played again. According to ...

I don’t want to get adjusted

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Iris DeMent: (via long sought home with mp3). And I don't want to get adjusted to this world, to this world I've got a home so much better And I'm gonna go there sooner or later And I don't want to get adjusted to this world, to this world

Hier stehe ich nicht; ich kann nicht anders

Monday, March 20th, 2006

From Lewis Smedes, quoted by the Real Live Preacher: Dear God, I am unsure of what is right because there are people I respect on both sides of this issue. But I cannot stand against my friends and remain emotionally healthy. It will kill me to stand against ...

The Internet, 1972

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

"Here is an instance of the Arpanet, as it was recently configured," says Bob Kahn of BBN. From The Heralds of Resource Sharing, a 1972 documentary on the creation of Arpanet.


Saturday, March 18th, 2006

The word of the day is subreption. I asked the following question on the Linguist List: Words like 'to dial' and 'key' and 'album' take on a shifted meaning as the underlying technology changes. Wordnet, for example, still defines 'to dial' as something like 'to enter a telephone number using a dial.' ...

Stinky buts

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

We had parent-teacher conferences today. This is almost always a discouraging time. Jane's teacher showed us a "persuasive essay" she wrote for her social studies class. The students were to take a stand of whether the US government should spy on people to prevent terrorism. Jane's first sentence went something like ...

Lover of the Lord

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Earlier this month, the annual Pauline Creel Birthday singing was held in Wayne , Michigan (in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area). "Miss Pauline" comes from one of the "singing families" in the Sacred Harp tradition--that is, one of the extended families in the South that kept (and continue to keep) Sacred ...

Who Can Name the Bigger Number?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Who Can Name the Bigger Number?

Pew poll on Bush

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Many interesting stats, including: White evangelical Christians were solidly behind the president throughout his first term in office, but that support has waned over the past 15 months. Currently, just 54% of white evangelicals approve of the president's job in office, while 36% disapprove. Bush's support has also dropped among ...


Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Even though I work at a large government agency, my work life is remarkably free of bureaucracy. Even once in a while, though, bureaucracy brings a smile. I just had an expense report sent back to me because the mileage reimbursement amount on my form was incorrect; it was temporarily ...


Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Orange! Orange is a component-based data mining software. It includes a range of preprocessing, modelling and data exploration techniques. It is based on C++ components, that are accessed either directly (not very common), through Python scripts (easier and better), or through GUI objects called Orange Widgets....Orange is distributed free under GPL. Some ...

Spring seems to be arriving

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Spring seems to be arriving. We drove across southern Michigan yesterday (to pick son Mark up from a weeklong internship with my Aunt Kathleen, who is a real estate agent), and then to mid-Michigan to take Mark back to university. We saw dozens of groupings of Canada geese arriving, as ...

A psalm for Tom Fox

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

The Light is before me, and in me, and surrounds me. The Light soothes my fears and eases my tremblings. I waited before the powerful. I sought to stand in the way of great oppression, Aware that brutality desires hidden corners and not Light. Lesser oppressors came and surrounded me as well. Surrounded my friends, and ...

Mourning Tom Fox

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

Tom Fox is dead. Tom Fox, one of the Christian Peacemaker Team kidnapped in Iraq over 100 days ago, is dead. The other three members of the CPT team were shown alive in a video on February 28. Tom Fox was, by all accounts, a brave man willing to risk his ...


Friday, March 10th, 2006

I upgraded the Wordpress weblog software to the latest version. So, if you saw anything strange during that time, that was the reason. If you continue to see oddities, please contact me.

“Baby Got Book”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Baby Got Book--"and if you're Catholic, there's even more!"

Language Log: Freedom of speech: more famous than Bart Simpson

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

This is really worth reading: Language Log: Freedom of speech: more famous than Bart Simpson . It's a discussion of how public survey data can be spun. Especially check out the "more than one" discussion. I actually got caught on this, discussing a half-heard report of this on NPR with (wife) ...