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Scratch!  Not Peel.

February 17th, 2018 by Bookslinger

When a gift card says to “scratch here” to reveal the validation code, it really means that.  Scratch the plastic piece of tape with your thumbnail, removing the thin opaque layer from the surface of the tape,  in order to reveal the code underneath the tape.  Perhaps even hold down the end of the tape so that the tape itself doesn’t come off.  

Do NOT “peel” the tape off. Do not scratch the tape off the card.  That will likely pull off a layer of paper from the card, and “trap” the printed code between the pulled-off  layer and the tape.   If you or “someone you know” did pull off the tape and ruined the code, do NOT scrape off the paper from the tape; you may still be able to reconstruct the code by scratching the proper side of the tape. (more…)

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February 17th, 2018 19:37:49

Peter to Judas

February 15th, 2018 by JRL in AZ

Not sure if this is all doctrinally sound, but I sure was proud of myself when I wrote it:


You smiled and betrayed with a kiss and a word.

I in anger drew my sword

And drew the rebuke of our loving Lord.

You did once, but I did thrice

Abandon and betray our Christ.

You hanged yourself on a tree

While I wept softly, bitterly.

And that is where the differences lie

That separate you and I.

While you fell down, your lifeblood spent,

And moldered in a field of blood,

I learned to change, turn, repent,

And give my hands and heart to God.

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February 15th, 2018 21:07:08

What Good does Feminism Distort?

February 15th, 2018 by G.

Leftism was based on the promise that the traditional system could be replaced by a new system that would be built-around The Individual. A top-down system to impose individuality…! People ought to have noticed that this is self-contradictory – however they didn’t and they still don’t notice this.

So, what did feminism get right? That each person is and ought to be known as an unique individual.

What did feminism miss out? That men and women are (ultimately, over an eternal timescale) distinct and complementary parts of the One Complete Human: Man – as a complete entity, which must be achieved and is not ‘given’ – is a man and a woman as an eternal loving dyad.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

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February 15th, 2018 06:49:37

The Bull in the Mire

February 15th, 2018 by G.

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After a rain, the bull found that his favorite spot was muddy.  He could no longer stand there proudly upright as he had used to do.  He shifted this way and that and tried different ways of holding his feet, to no avail.

A swan observed, fastidiously, that he was now quite dirty and suggested he move.  But the thick-witted bull replied that a little mire didn’t bother him.  It wasn’t cleanliness he wanted, but firm footing.

Moral: Repentance is the simple observation that if you wish a better life, you must lead a different life.

Moral: Repentance means changing your foundation.

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February 15th, 2018 06:34:29

More on Legitimacy

February 14th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

  • Games— What is legitimate and what is not matters a lot in games.  Legitimacy in games is shaped by the formal rules, but it is not the same as the formal rules.  Some actions will be legitimate even though they illegal (a certain amount of holding in football, for instance).  Other actions will be illegitimate even though they are legal (going for 2 instead of a PAT when up by 28 points in the 4th quarter).  It isn’t immediately obvious why legitimacy should apply to both games and political sovereignty.  Maybe life has been gamified for much longer than we thought!  The real answer is that political legitimacy is about rules and expectations for leadership and followership.  Games are making rules and expectations into a form of play.  Because there is overlap, there is a lot we can learn about legitimacy from games.


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February 14th, 2018 07:27:12

Bread and other baking. Artisan. Sourdough. Part 3.

February 13th, 2018 by Bookslinger

(Part 1 here.  Part 2 here.)

Free ebooks that I like:

How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking, (free Kindle ebook) by Dennis R Weaver.  The author is a professional baker. Has a quick/easy starter recipe using store-bought yeast, that will pick up wild yeast/sourdough over time.

The New Dr. Price Cookbook, (free Kindle ebook) by New York Royal Baking Powder Company. Lots of traditional baking powder recipes.

Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery Volume 1: Essentials of Cookery; Cereals; Bread; Hot Breads (free Kindle ebook) by Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences.  Lots of old-timey recipes, from the U.K. and U.S.  Good for ideas.  (I believe the proper name is Women’s Institute. Maybe something got changed in the transcription.)

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February 13th, 2018 10:56:49

An Eternal Hope in Christ

February 13th, 2018 by G.

Now this system of revealed religion which has come to us by revelation is a very practical religion. It deals with flocks and herds and properties; it teaches us how to get along with each other here and now; it is a way of life that turns a dreary and drab mortal existence into a glorious and exhilarating experience.

But it is much more than this. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the eternal plan of salvation. It is the plan devised and announced by God, the Eternal Father, for the salvation of all who will believe and obey.

We are eternal beings. We have no way of comprehending how long we dwelt in the presence of God as his spirit children. We are here in mortality for a moment of testing and trial. Then we will come forth in the resurrection, receive an inheritance in whatever kingdom we deserve, and go on living the commandments to all eternity.

This life consists of a brief yesterday, a few short hours of today, and a few moments tomorrow. The oldest men among us scarcely live longer than a hundred years. But the life that is to be is forever. It will have no end. Men will rise from the grave and not die after. Life is eternal, unending; never after the resurrection will the children of our Father taste death. (more…)

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February 13th, 2018 07:30:13

Party, Faction, Conspiracy, War

February 12th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

“[S]ecrecy is not the essence of conspiracy. The essence of conspiracy is the plot to eliminate the opposition.”

-from an excellent essay on the decay of political systems, with examples drawn from the present

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February 12th, 2018 21:52:10

What Freedom Requires

February 12th, 2018 by G.

Freedom is a basic experience. It is more vivid and immediate than our senses. Any empiricist who does not believe in freedom isn’t one.

Full freedom includes the ability to choose not to be free. (more…)

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February 12th, 2018 10:33:05

Freedom to indulge in pornography

February 11th, 2018 by Vader

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February 11th, 2018 20:57:14

Bearing Testimony is Submission

February 09th, 2018 by G.

Why do people not want to bear testimony? the teacher asked. It was off the cuff. That was not what the lesson was about.

I thought over some of my experiences bearing testimony. Sometimes flat and uninspiring. Once, bearing testimony in an angry way in an argument as a way of staking out my position, like a bull pawing the ground–and the Holy Ghost took over and broke me and my arguer down into tears. Once, bearing testimony at a door on my mission as a way of breaking off a pointless dispute–and the Holy Ghost took over and broke me and the resident down into tears.

I think people sometimes hesitate because they hate the lack of control. When you bear testimony, you are turning yourself to God. You aren’t in charge anymore. You may break down when you didn’t want to, and say things you hadn’t planned. You may want to really touch your audience but nothing. Testimony proposes, God disposes.

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February 09th, 2018 07:45:15

Falcon Heavy Success

February 07th, 2018 by Pecos Bill

Goldurn ya, SpaceX, yer a peach.

I reckon this hyere day counts as the fustest day o’ the dadblame 21st century.

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February 07th, 2018 06:25:20

Waiting for Papa

February 06th, 2018 by G.

My mother tells me that when I was a little fella, I would spend the late afternoon standing on the couch looking out the window for my father to come home.  When he did, I would quickly sit down and act like I was absorbed in a picture book.  But he was never fooled.  In he’d come and we’d wrestle.

Kids waiting for you to come home is one of the pleasures in life.  They are so eager.  Its mostly the younger ones, though the older ones sometimes rush over with news they’ve been busting to tell you. (more…)

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February 06th, 2018 06:45:45

The Pizza Bible, by Tony Gemignani.

February 05th, 2018 by Bookslinger

Kindle edition on sale for $1.99.  Normally $17.59 in hardcover.  $1.99 is a great price for an ebook of this quality. Professional (not DIY) Kindle ebooks usually go for $9.99.  This is likely a temporary price; expect it to go up. (more…)

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February 05th, 2018 17:28:52

Never a Drop

February 05th, 2018 by G.

I like the old folk song “The Parting Glass.”  Its a beautiful song that is a metaphor about final parting from friends and ultimately death.  (Every parting is a tiny death).  Every parting is worth mourning, because you are leaving friendships behind–“good company”–or else you are leaving behind the chances for good friendship, where you never quite found the way to shake the kaleidoscope so that you and they would fit well together.

Unfortunately, the metaphor is about drinking.

I was laughing at myself for enjoying the song so much when I got perhaps a bit of insight. (more…)

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February 05th, 2018 07:15:57