Archive for May, 2006

Eiffel Tower and Polish Pilgrim

Monday, May 29th, 2006

I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower today. It was pretty crowded, but well worth the wait for the view of Paris. But the coolest thing in my opinion was the apartment the M. Eiffel had at the top. I think I read about this before, but they've ...

2005 Sacred Harp Frequency data

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

I posted this note to the Sacred Harp list today: Hello all, I've put the results of my frequency analysis of the 2005 Denson book tune choices, as recorded in the Minutes and Directory of Sacred Harp Singings for 2005, on the Sacred Harp section of my website: The method was more or ...

Glossary for the confused

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Need to know more about Christianity and its many 'technical' terms? holyoffice explains it all to you: The Emerging Church: This is a term that refers to churches attended exclusively by white people in their 20s and 30s who have at least one tattoo or body piercing. Their distinguishing characteristics are ...

Please, please, please, don’t do it

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Ted Nugent thinking of running for govenor of Michigan in 2010.

RIP, Liz Purchase

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Dear Liz, How we loved you. You were such an example to us when you started the "Bread Box," a local restaurant and meeting place, to provide nutritious, home-made food inexpensively. And you did it when you were in your late 60's--as part of your "outward journey" to serve God in ...

Leo in motion

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Here's a picture of Leo, who lives downstairs. He's real fast, so it's hard to catch a picture of him: He tried to teach me to smile, but I don't think I'll ever smile as big as he does.

1688 Anti-slavery petition rediscovered

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

From The Mennonite Weekly Review: The manuscript of the first protest against slavery in North America — written in Germantown in 1688 by a group that included Quakers and former Mennonites — has been rediscovered more than 50 years after it was last seen. The document was uncovered this spring in the ...

Geek’d out

Friday, May 19th, 2006

What is the equivalent of testosterone for geeks? I mean, besides testosterone? I went to the Nutch meeting at the Rite-Spot Cafe (a delightfully greasy spoon not far from my house, actually), and sat around a loud, long table with (fellow) geeks talking about search and map-reduce and clusters and ...

How to die well

Monday, May 15th, 2006

We attended the memorial service for Esther Chistophel this weekend. What a lovely service, and we learned a bit more about her last days and hours. She went to a hospice, where family and friends were welcomed. She was attended by most of her extended family. On her last day, ...

Ruth Christophel and Esther Christophel

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

I want to record the passing of two dear friends. Ruth Christophel was a very dear woman, the oldest and sweetest person in our small Mennonite church, the wife of the founding pastor. She lived a long full life, and desired to go home to be with Jesus. Esther Chistophel ...


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Yahoo! has announced a new rev of the Yahoo! User Interface library. I've already thought of an innovative use for the windowing controls, which must remain sekrit for now. Safari died a spectacular death when testing out the AutoComplete feature, though. I guess that's one reason they're still calling it ...

The Bible as “messy”

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Extremely surprising article at über-evangelical Christianity Today: Messy Revelation: Why Paul would have flunked hermeneutics by historian and biblical studies expert Susan Wise Bauer. It's a very positive review of a book by Peter Enns titled Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Enns argues that ...

Beauty and ugliness at the Golden Gate

Friday, May 5th, 2006

San Francisco has always been a favorite city. It has so much beauty, both natural and man-made, and the natural and the man-made coexist so well. The great symbol of this is, of course, the Golden Gate bridge, its beautiful symmetry linking the city to the glories of Marin County, ...

Happy 06-05-04T03:02:01+00!

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Happy 06-05-04T03:02:01+00!

Pictures from the Golden Gate singing

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Pictures, and even two short videos, courtesy of Linda.

Congratulations, Renkoo!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Renkoo has officially gone into "beeta" status. Renkoo is social webware(*) that helps people get together for fun or whatever. Good luck, Renkoo! My friend Joyce Park's giving me a fetching black and pink tee-shirt has nothing to do with this shout out--I'm much too old to shout out (or, ...