Daily Archives: 8 Nov 2010

RockMelt: I’m Test Driving It

First, it’s easy to download and install.  It’s a two step process.  A downloading manager is the first and then it’s just a matter of following the installation prompt.

Second, it’s launched (at least in beta testing) via Facebook sign-in.  That is, when the program launches for the first time, it requires a Facebook connect.  Once that’s done, it opens like a regular browser (with four major choices on the screen).

Third, it does have issues – at least at this moment- for WordPress users.  That is, the hover function over ‘my blogs’ doesn’t work.

Fourth, Facebook friends are listed on the left and Facebook and Twitter (!) connection icons are listed on the right.  Here’s a screenshot which I hope will illustrate what I mean.

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It’s very slick, very easy to use, and somehow or other, without even being prompted, imports all bookmarks on your default browser.  I’ll be trying it out and making use of various features.  For example, one thing I like very much is the fact that if you click on the Facebook icon on the right, up pops your news feed.

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I’m presuming the same is true for users of Twitter.  And if one clicks on one of the friends on the left side of the browser, up they pop in the same fashion.

So rather than ‘going’ to Facebook or Twitter, they are always at hand while one is browsing or researching or whatever.  I find it, so far, quite, quite useful.

I have 3 invitations to send to others for Beta testers (and have used two of them).  If any of my Facebook friends would like the one beta slot invite I’ve got left, drop me a note.  First come, first blessed, etc.

I’ll keep fiddling and pass along any useful tidbits.  So far though, I’m pleased.

I Saw This Loon on The Daily Show (or Colbert- I Don’t Remember)… and He Deserves to be Fired

An assistant state attorney general accused of harassing the gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan was fired Monday. Andrew Shirvell, 30, went on leave about a month ago after national criticism erupted over a blog he wrote characterizing student leader Chris Armstrong as a “racist” and a “liar” who promoted a “radical homosexual agenda.”

His interview on Comedy Central proves the guy is just a raving loon and the people of Michigan deserve better in their State employees.

Cox said the firing came after a state investigation revealed that Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources.” “To be clear, I refuse to fire anyone for exercising their First Amendment rights, regardless of how popular or unpopular their positions might be,” Cox said in a statement. But he said Shirvell’s conduct went beyond free speech when he showed up three separate times outside Armstrong’s Ann Arbor home, including once at 1:30 a.m. “That incident is especially telling because it clearly was about harassing Mr. Armstrong, not engaging in free speech,” Cox said.

Believe me, someone showing up at your house uninvited and unexpected- especially when they’ve done their best to ruin you, is the sure sign of mental instability.

(And I’ve experienced more than a bit of that myself. Homeschoolers have on occasion shown up at my door with bags of material they think I should read and words of warning if I don’t… not so veiled either).

Yeah, stalkers are creepy. And creeps. Shirvell should have been fired weeks ago and he should probably be committed.

He Deserves to Die

The incredibly inhuman cruelty exhibited by this person merits nothing less than capital punishment.  Murderers of children deserve much worse than mere death.

A Connecticut man was condemned to death Monday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds and left to die in a gasoline-fueled fire. Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over four days. Judge Jon Blue will impose the sentence on Dec. 2. “You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see,” Blue said in thanking the jurors for their service.

Yes mere death is hardly sufficient for such depravity.

Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching

Adrianna Wright has sent along this volume for review.  I have to say, it’s spectacular.  Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching

… offers guidance for expository preaching and practical suggestions for understanding the message of its diverse literature.  The chapters cover narrative, plot, characters, genre and preaching from difficult texts. The book concludes with a vital chapter on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, which offers a theological account of biblical interpretation without unnaturally forcing the texts.

Here’s my review-

I’m Ashamed to Admit it, But My Preaching Really Does Do That to People…

Scott’s got me pegged. I don’t know how he got secret footage (I require people to turn off all video equipment when they enter just because of the risk of this kind of thing getting out…) but he did. Rats. Well, now it’s out in the open anyway.

I was sent this video this morning from a lay person at Petros Baptist Church. Apparently, after being subjected to one of Pastor West’s ‘sermons’ the youth are so overcome with lamentations and regret for allowing themselves to sit through forty-five minutes of their life that they will never get back they almost always respond like this.

And then Scott describes the full horror!

I’m also told some of the older congregants can be found face down at the altar weeping and gnashing their teeth and through their tears be heard wailing, “Why God? Why?!?”

We can’t hide from the truth, can we…. I love my friends like Scott and their unswerving willingness to describe the real me.

It’s Incredible

Rachel showed me this last night- it’s astonishing!

At first I thought it was a scam. Some sort of silly advert. But no, it’s true!

No, It Isn’t A Thing of the Past: The Blogger Dinner 2011- in San Francisco

James laments the apparent lack of a blogger dinner for the Atlanta SBL.  Take heart, James, things may look grim this year but next in San Francisco there’ll be a dinner.  Plans are already in motion.  And it’s going to be fantastic.

More on Mexico: The Somalia of North America

Yahoo News reports

At least 20 people were killed this weekend in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, The Los Angeles Times reported.  Seven victims were gunned down while attending a family party on Saturday night. Five were found dead inside a car and two were shot to death at the entrance of the home.  Drug-gang violence killed 11 other people in Ciudad Juarez that day, including two whose bodies were found dismembered, The Associated Press reported. Yesterday, two police officers were found shot to death inside a patrol car.

Avoid Mexico.  I’ll say it again, avoid Mexico like you would avoid Somalia.  Drugs (thanks to America’s drug culture) have made the land totally unsafe.  And that’s sad- because the majority of Mexicans (just like the majority of Somalians) are decent and wonderful people.  Behold, what drug and money lust has wrought…  Every time you smoke a joint, you buy a bullet.  And you’re just as guilty of murder as the killers themselves, because without you, they wouldn’t exist.

Celebrating Lester Grabbe’s 65th Birthday in Sheffield

Lester Grabbe celebrated his 65th birthday on Saturday, Nov 6th (though his actual date of birth is November 5th) with friends in Sheffield and was given a copy of the Festschrift (and you can see the contents here) assembled in his honor.  Below are some photos of the happy evening!  Happy birthday indeed to Professor Grabbe and congratulations on the Festschrift!

With thanks to Philip Davies for sharing the photos with me so I could share them, and the news of the happy event, with you.

Heinrich Bullinger’s First Correspondence with Huldrych Zwingli

Bullinger, who was at the time the Priest at Kappel-am-Albis, wrote Zwingli, who was of course in Zurich, on the 8th of November, 1528, for the first time.

The Reformation had taken root in Kappel where the brilliant Bullinger was serving the Parish.  But questions had arisen concerning the ‘descent of Christ into hell’ and Bullinger sought – in his very brief note – his colleague’s advice.

Unfortunately no reply has been preserved.  But fortunately, Bullinger went on to later include a discussion of the ‘descent’ in his ‘Decades’ – in the Sermon on the Apostle’s Creed (First Decade, Sermon 7).

Keith Olbermann is Back on Air

I suppose MSNBC felt the sting of disdain.

Well that was fast! MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Sunday night that “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann will return to the air on Tuesday. The announcement comes just two days after he was suspended “indefinitely” for contributing to three 2010 candidates without prior consent from the network. “After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” Griffin said in a statement. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

No, suspension was silly in the first place. Idiotic. But at least MSNBC has the sense to do the right think after a foul blunder. It’s a shame the same couldn’t be said of NPR.

She Knew He Was Married and She Slept With Him Anyway…

So Ms. Hunter shouldn’t be confused with a Saint anyway. That she apparently hunts famous men is not a surprise either, since that’s where the money is.

Rielle Hunter, the blonde film producer whose affair with John Edwards rocked the political world, is allegedly still on the prowl. According to the National Enquirer, the same publication that blew the Edwards sex scandal wide open, Hunter recently visited Los Angeles — and tried to get in touch with at least a couple of famous men. The Enquirer reports that Hunter sought out “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc. According to the article, Hunter told a friend that “if she can’t marry John Edwards, then marrying a famous actor is high up in those dreams of hers.”

Isn’t that precious. A song comes to mind…