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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

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

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

Full Moon Tonight

January 31st, 2018 by G.

Spectacular.

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January 31st, 2018 19:54:21

If you want your children to go on missions.

January 24th, 2018 by Bookslinger

If you want your children to pray regularly after they grow up,  they need to hear and see you pray regularly while they are growing up.  And they need to practice and establish the habit while they are growing up.

That’s just common sense, right? (more…)

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January 24th, 2018 15:13:25

Knightly Orders and Weddings

January 22nd, 2018 by G.

The Lovely One is listening to Barbara Tuchman’s The Distant Mirror.  Fun book, I’ve read it more than once.

She reminded me about the part about the knightly orders recently.

Apparently during the 1300s there was a mania for high-ranking nobles and kings to form super high-status knightly orders.  They had elaborate induction ceremonies, rituals, fancy costumes, big feasts, and extremely high ideals about brotherhood and peace and fellowship that they swore to.  They all broke up in a few years when their members went to war with each other.  They were gaudy and fragile like orchids.

I said they reminded me of modern weddings.  The more show, the less substance.

The only knightly order that survived was the Order of the Garter, which was a collection of the English king’s cronies who took his side in a trashy-tabloid reality-show gossip fest about a possible affair he was having.  Or else was about backing the king’s efforts to loot France.  It depends on who you ask.

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January 22nd, 2018 07:50:41

FBI Failed to Preserve Anti-Trump Plotting Texts

January 22nd, 2018 by Patrick Henry

The five-month gap in the FBI texts from high-level FBI plotters ends on the day Mueller was made special counsel.

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January 22nd, 2018 03:17:22

The Grace of Twilight

January 19th, 2018 by G.

I had a small moment of grace yesterday.

My wife dropped me off at the auto shop to pick up my car.  But the mechanic said he wanted to keep it overnight and check one more thing in the morning.  Fine, I shrugged.  Which meant I had to walk home  a couple of miles.  That was the small grace.

Our house is west of the shop.  The sun set about the time I started.

There is something magic about the twilight sky on those crisp, clear winter days.

Long strides, the chill, clear air, a blue and orange sky glowing, black birds whirling against it.

 

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January 19th, 2018 09:00:00

Repent of bad eating habits: “Never Binge Again.” Free ebook.

January 18th, 2018 by Bookslinger

“Never Binge Again” by Glenn Livingston, PhD, is free in Kindle format.

Subtitled: “Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice.”

Of over 1,300 Amazon reviews, 73% rate it 5-star (out of 5), and 11% rate it 4-star. 

This book is not a diet. This is not about how to stick to a diet.  Note the subtitle says “Food Plan,” not “diet.” (more…)

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January 18th, 2018 05:00:13

Shock!

January 10th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

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January 10th, 2018 21:58:28

Christmas is Over

January 07th, 2018 by G.

Christmas is over. Here’s my favorite thing of this year’s season

Via Instapundit.

There’s often a bit of melancholy at Christmas.  Have you ever noticed how many Christmas songs are touched with a little bit of sadness?  “Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow.”  Depression is just grey, but you have to be truly merry for real melancholy. (more…)

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January 07th, 2018 06:20:03

President Monson was Mormon

January 05th, 2018 by G.

President Monson was Mormon, the New York Times is shocked to report.

Yes this is awful, biased coverage. But I can’t gin up any outrage, I’m laughing too hard.

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January 05th, 2018 12:52:22

John C. Wright’s Latest

January 02nd, 2018 by G.

Count to Infinity is out.

Its the last book in the series. Dizzying, like all the other books, but I liked it quite a bit.

It’s high concept aeon=spanning fiction like Stapledon, but with a characteristic Wright human touch and human theme.

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January 02nd, 2018 06:53:00

Living in a robot suit – a thought experiment…

December 31st, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

As a thought experiment, consider life in a remote-controlled robot suit: an ‘exoskeleton’ or ‘mech suit’ – so we dwell inside a metal shell that is being compelled to do things by a remote control mechanism.

Imagine being inside this shell – thinking freely about the world, understanding in some ways, and wanting to act in some ways – yet our actions, our limb movements – what we do – is being compelled by the robot suit (and whoever controls it). So, we are constantly observing our bodies doing things we do not want to do, under compulsion of the robot suit.

Inside this shell we can think freely – but our limbs are (mostly) being forced, by the superior strength of the robot suit, into doing things that are not chosen by us – but are compelled on us. However, to be more accurate, we should regard the power of the robot suit to be greater than our own muscular strength – but only quantitatively greater – because it is sometimes possible for us to resist and even overcome the robot suit for some period of time – by exerting all our muscular strength against it. However, this overcoming the suit is exhausting, and therefore sooner or later we will tire and the robot suit will again take-over…

Thus our situation is that on the one hand we are compelled to act in specific ways by the external control of the suit; yet on the other hand we can sometimes force the suit to act in ways that our free-thinking desires.

This combination of freedom and constraint may then be used-against-us; if our thoughts are judged by our actions – from the correct fact that actions are visible while thoughts are not; plus the false assertion that, because we can sometimes act as we think, then we could (in principle) always act as we think… So people whose thoughts are detached from their actions, but not wholly detached, are treated as if their actions are of first importance, and their ‘real’ thoughts can be inferred from their observed actions.

This is deadly: because instead of thought being free and knowingly-experienced as free – thought becomes regarded as constrained by action.

And if/ when a society can (mostly) compel action (like a robot suit compels action), then society can claim to control thoughts – because thoughts are (in practice) being assumed by inference from actions; thoughts are being regarded as secondary, to the point of irrelevance…

Society puts us in a robot suit, which externally-forces us to do this-and-that – then society tells us that we chose to do this-and-that! That we wanted to do this-and-that. That what we did and continue to do is the real us

Read the whole thing at my Bruce Charlton’s Notions blog…

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December 31st, 2017 02:55:10