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June 27, 2005 Recent Diversions

A recent trip to the Butterfly House in Chesterfield yielded these pictures- I broke out the old SLR for these so the processing slowed the posting down! Clix on the tix to see the pix.

Earnie and I saw something completely different this weekend. We were looking for something that was life affirming and were partially rewarded; to say the least it was fascinating. Here is the official movie site and a brief synopsis at rottentomatoes.com.

"Rize" reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that’s exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. “Rize” tracks the fascinating evolution of the dance: we meet Tommy Johnson (Tommy the Clown), who first created the style as a response to the 1992 Rodney King riots and named it “Clowning”, as well as the kids who developed the movement into what they now call Krumping.

What started out as one thing developed into multiple threads along the way. We see Christians using it as a form of worship and ex-gangbangers using it as a form of self-expression and anger management. That is diversity. if we all moved like these kids there would be no problem with our weight.

The Al Mohler commentary for June 27 sez: "Rolling Stone magazine reported on what it called "The New Virgin Army" in its June 30-July 14, 2005 issue. The article, written by reporter Jeff Sharlet, identifies this new "army" of sexually abstinent Christian young people as, "the young and the sexless." As the article declares, "There's a new sexual revolution going on . . . . Meet the Christian soldiers who are fighting the fire down below."

June 27- Doing the BGEA numbers

"It will take $6.8 million, 20 languages, 1,424 churches, 81 denominations, 6,000 volunteer counselors, 93 acres, one armored car, 70,000 chairs, 43 preparation seminars, 30 paid staff, years of work, and one Billy Graham to pull off this weekend's New York City crusade. Oh yeah, and lots of prayer by 35,000 prayer warriors."

Ink & Blood

An exhibit on the history of the Bible that opened in lexington KY Friday. It has been heavily promoted on radio and television by a former Miss America and touted by area churches. But some scholars say the exhibit has more of an evangelical Christian spin than a historical on.

Shroud of Turin in the news... again.

My home state is in the news again- this time on the Ten Commandments decision.

Just for the FUN of it...

Free mindmapping software: What FreeMind is good for

"Current users of FreeMind use it for the following purposes:
* Keeping track of projects, including subtasks, state of subtasks and time recording
* Project workplace, including links to necessary files, executables, source of information and of course information
* Workplace for internet research using Google and other sources
* Keeping a collection of small or middle sized notes with links on some area which expands as needed. Such a collection of notes is sometimes called knowledge base.
* Essay writing and brainstorming, using colors to show which essays are open, completed, not yet started etc, using size of nodes to indicate size of essays. I don't have one map for one essay, I have one map for all essays. I move parts of some essays to other when it seems appropriate. "
...and so on...

Polaroid-i-nize your fave photos.

The Dog Club- a Happy happy do- dog site here. What fun!

Things that may be of absolutely no interest to anyone but me redux...

The curious case of the exploding weasel

All around the cobbler's bench, the monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey stopped to pull up his sock- POP went the weasel!

Now what I want to know is- what the heck does this mean? Was it really a cobbler's bench or was it the mulberry bush? What interest does a monkey have in a weasel to begin with?Why was I humming this to myself while driving down I-270 today? Hmmm?

A Case of Cosmic Justice?

I heard a little story on the radio about the phenomenon of a documented downturn in the birth rate ratio of males to females. It seems that throughout history, males have enjoyed a small percentage advantage in numbers in relation to females when it came to live births. Some theorists think this is nature's way of levelling the scales since females tend to be hardier when it comes to survival. What scientists have noticed, however, is that single moms have a propensity to have female babies. Some think there is a hormone that is released due to the stress of being a single mom in the absence of a Father for the baby that causes this. If this is true, a logical termination point for the failure of men to live up to the role of father is that less and less males are being born. One estimate is that there would have been 850 thousand more males in the past twenty years born if not for the single mom syndrome. Is there a poetic cosmic justice at work here?

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