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November 11th, 2007 No comments

Sin. Pastor Roberts at St. Ebbes spoke on Romans, and how hard it was to keep the Ten Commandments. Bosh. It’s easy. The idea of sin should be based on the greatness of God, not on my baseness.(Click here to read more.)

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November 10th, 2007 No comments

Flowers in a Wall.(click to enlarge)

From Hay-on-Wye, near the church.

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November 9th, 2007 No comments

The Jaded Scholar. I was talking with RR today about the problem of how one’s research is less exciting 20 years after the PhD than during graduate school, even though one is so much better at it. (Click here to read more.)

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November 8th, 2007 No comments

Sources for My 2001 Weblog Controversy. PK was asking about my 2001 weblog controversy. Here is a compilation of old posts and a separate one.

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November 7th, 2007 1 comment

Some Fallacies of Belief.

1. Believe X because it would be nice if X were true.

2. Believe X because evidence for the alternative, Y, is not overwhelmingly strong (even though it is stronger than for X).

3. Believe X because smart people believe X, even though I know they haven’t thought about it.

4. Believe X because most people believe X, even though I have no respect for their judgement.

These are all surprisingly tempting.

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November 6th, 2007 No comments

A Good Graphic. (click to enlarge)

When I was in Taiwan in August, here is how I could gauge how bad the weather might be in Taipei. Notice how much information is conveyed– not just the expected value of the path, but a confidence interval, and, using color, the intensity of the typhoon.

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November 5th, 2007 No comments

It’s Better to Be Recessive than Dominant. Let’s suppose you;re a mutation. Congratulations! Whether by cosmic rays, quantum mechanics, or divine intervention, you’ve come into existence, the hardest part. Now, how about survival? Which would you rather be: neutral junk, recessive beneficial, or dominant beneficial? (We can assume you don’t want to to be a fitness-detrcating gene.) (Click here to read more.)

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November 2nd, 2007 No comments

Pain for Ten Years I Bore.(click to enlarge)

From Dore Abbey in Herefordshire.

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November 1st, 2007 No comments

Image Captions in HTML. “Image captions on Web pages” is good. It said “Sadly enough, there is no markup for image captions in HTML. What comes closest to semantically associating some text content with some image is putting them into a table so that the image is in one cell and the text is either in another cell or in a caption element.” Here’s an example (try VIEW SOURCE for the code):

Tintern Abbey
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October 31st, 2007 No comments

Kingsley and Darwin. From Wikipedia, I learn that Charles Kingsley, a well-known Victorian evangelical pastor, was an enthusiast for Darwin’s theory of evolution— at at least in Darwin’s first book. The Origin of Species. (Click here to read more.)

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October 30th, 2007 No comments

Hard Hat Area. (click to enlarge)

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October 24th, 2007 No comments

Longevity. Ian Ayres, author of Supercrunchers (which sounds good though I’ve only read the first chapter as yet) told me of Northwestern Mutual’s "The Longevity Game" website, which lets you estimate how long you will live. If I remember rightly, I came out to live to 87.

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October 23rd, 2007 No comments

Jimmy Carter. David Frum lists a couple of sleazy things about Jimmy Carter. I ought to link to a cite that collects items about the old pharisee, but this will do for now. (Click here to read more.)

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October 22nd, 2007 No comments

Colorful Blurs From Christchurch’s hall.

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October 21st, 2007 No comments

Playing at Christianity. The Baylyblog has this excellent quote from Kierkegaard. I really should read more of him.

We all know what it is to play warfare in mock battle, that it means to imitate everything just as it is in war. The troops are drawn up, they march into the field, seriousness is evident in every eye, but also courage and enthusiasm, the orderlies rush back and forth intrepidly, the commander’s voice is heard, the signals, the battle cry, the volley of musketry, the thunder of cannon—everything exactly as it is in war, lacking only one thing…the danger.

So also it is with playing Christianity, that is, imitating Christian preaching in such a way that everything, absolutely everything is included in as deceptive a form as possible—only one thing is lacking…the danger. (Kierkegaard, Attack upon Christendom)

This should link to my post on Alistair McGrath. A theologian should put himself on the line, rather than just describing what other people believe.

An economist, too?

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October 20th, 2007 No comments

Written Pornograph: A Recent Case. Via Baylyblog, the New York Times, we learn that the Clinton Administration quit doing obscenity prosecutions. Bush has resumed, but only now has brought one for anything other than images. What the liberals courts will do with it is uncertain. (Click here to read more.)

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October 19th, 2007 No comments

Writing Numerical Examples. I was just reading Frank Buckley’s Just Exchange (what a nice title!) and he gave a numerical example using $105 and $100. That is how I would do it too. But my eye started skipping past the numbers. I wonder if it would be better to use words, and to adjust the numbers. Should he have used fifteen dollars and fourteen dolalrs instead? I’m not sure.

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Civil Suits for Shoplifting

October 1st, 2007 1 comment

This sign at Sainsbury’s grocery store says (you might have to enlarge it to get a clear view) that they not only criminally prosecute shoplifters, but use a more fearsome tactic: the civil suit. They’ll go after the thief for their losses *and* their expenses in dealing with him.

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Lizzie’s Plus Table

September 27th, 2007 No comments

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Who Most Wants To Be Elected Policeman?

September 26th, 2007 No comments

Jerusalem Post via National Review


Two weeks after Israel’s alleged bombing raid in Syria, which some foreign reports said targeted North Korean nuclear material, the UN’s nuclear watchdog elected Syria as deputy chairman of its General Conference on Monday.

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