Daily Archives: 19 Nov 2010

I Have 4 RockMelt Invites to Share

If you want to test drive the Beta of RockMelt (it’s FANTASTIC) and are a Facebook friend (or want to be), just send me a note on FB and i’ll hook the first four up.

UPDATE:  Not any longer.

ASOR is Over…

And I’m heading home in the morning.  But tonight I ran into some folks and then had the chance to have dinner with some of them.  It was delightful (except for Scott who got not one but two badly undercooked (read raw) burgers at the Hard Rock Cafe).  Chris wanted to go to Hooters but sanity prevailed.

It has been a great week.  But now it’s done for me.  It’s a good thing too, I’m spent.

Eddie Long on the Cover of an Evangelical Magazine? Really????

Oh my, that’s definitely a lack of insight.

Some subscribers to a gospel magazine weren’t too happy when they recently got an issue with Bishop Eddie Long on the cover. The November/December Gospel Today cover featured a sharply tailored Long, smiling confidently, with the headline: “Bishop Eddie Long At The Center of The Scandal That Rocked The Church World.” Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in suburban Atlanta, was accused by four young men in September of using his spiritual authority to coerce them into sexual relationships.

Scandalous.  He doesn’t deserve to be on the cover of anything but a secular magazine titled ‘Totally Depraved Pastors and the Boys they Molest’.  (But maybe ‘Gospel Today’ wants to up sales…)

Around and About This Afternoon…

I had a meeting with Tom Thatcher about an upcoming colloquium on John and Jesus for the Biblical Studies list and while hanging out tried to score a copy of the SBL GNT but since I’m not attending SBL and hence not registered, they wouldn’t give me one.  Yeah, I was pretty shocked too!  Anyway, even better, I saw several old friends.  (And I’m especially glad Jim Linville isn’t dead yet).

The ASOR Media Committee

Met today at lunch.  It was a productive meeting and great strides are being made in efforts to provide media outlets with authentic and reliable archaeological information rather than the rubbish peddled by the Barfields and Collins’s and ark hunters of the world.

Before lunch I ran into Cargill and Rollston.  But the rest are from lunch.

Tell Kabri: A Report

Eric Cline excavated at Kabri and the site is the subject of this radio interview.  Give it a listen.  With thanks to Eric for telling me about it.

Some Session Stuff and Some Upcoming Stuff

First, in the pics, you’ll see Jim Barr of BibleWorks.  He and I chatted about a fascinating and exciting new project that will be of great interest to students of the New Testament.  And then there’s a forthcoming publication by Eerdmans that looks excellent.

Finally, some from the Death section.  Eliot Braun’s paper was particularly interesting as it calls into question the notion of homogeneity of burial practices  in the Late Chalcolithic.

Next, the ASOR Media committee lunch.

Around and About This Morning

It was great to run into Roland.  And it was nice to chat with Rick and Steve (who inform me that the Qumran Bible module is ‘very close’ to being out.  So I told them I would continue my gleeful prodding.  They were thrilled.

Next, to the ‘Death’ session at ASOR.  More anon…

Poor Tom Verenna…

We often hear that social networks can be good for emotional health by reconnecting us with old friends, helping us build professional contacts and countering isolation, but Italian New Jersey doctors have reported a case where logging onto Facebook made an 18-year-old man hyperventilate. The patient, whose asthma was well-controlled with steroid inhalers and Singulair pills, began having more asthma attacks when he logged onto Facebook and learned that his ex-girlfriend had un-friended him and friended “many new young men.”

The poor kid… Tough going there Tom… maybe next time she won’t rub your nose in it multiple times on Facebook and instead just take out an ad in the Times.

Ban in and They’ll Hoard It…

New Energy Drinks at the Big Lots!!!

Image by reynolds.james.e via Flickr

Because too many College kids are unable to make smart decisions, banning an alcohol/caffeine laced drink will just make them want it more.

While federal officials announced plans this week to outlaw alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko, five 20-somethings living in a Columbia Heights group house hatched a plan of their own: Anytime someone sees Four Loko for sale, buy as much as possible. The housemates have only a half-dozen cans so far, but they are hoping to stockpile several dozen. Then, once the caffeinated version of beverage is formally pulled from shelves and no longer sold legally, they will host a massive Four Loko party.

Precious imbeciles.

No, I Won’t Be Seeing Harry Potter Today

I’m just saying no to Potter-mania.  Nein Harry, NEIN!  You and your evil demonic cohorts shan’t grab hold of my soul and making me one of Satan’s toothpicks…

Catastrophe In New Zealand

An explosion ripped through one of New Zealand’s largest coal mines Friday while dozens of workers were underground. Five of them, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface hours later, and 27 were missing, officials said.  Police said that shortly before the blast the electricity went out in the mine, which may have caused ventilation problems. That may have contributed to a buildup of gas underground. Rescue teams were waiting for word that the mine was safe to enter.  The explosion was powerful enough to blow one driver off his machine deep in a tunnel, and a mine safety expert said gas was a possible cause of the blast, although police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn and the mine’s operator stressed it was too early to say why it occurred.

Pray for those folk.

Is Sarah Palin Off Her Rocker?

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Unhinged

She sure sounds like it when she says bizarre and idiotic things like this.

In passages leaked from her forthcoming book America by Heart, Sarah Palin — the erstwhile quitter governor of Alaska, who now, by all indications, fancies herself as President of the United States — has taken another cheap shot at First Lady Michelle Obama. In a passage on perceptions of racial inequality in the United States, Palin slams President Barack Obama, who, she asserts, “seems to believe” that “America — at least America as it currently exists — is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country.” And then she goes after Michelle Obama:

Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections. In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church listening to his rants against America and white people.

Everyone knows that Palin has taken that statement totally out of context and twisted it in the manner of Rush Limbaugh (the obese drug addict whom so many Christians worship as a god). She’s simply unhinged. If she runs for President in 2012 it would be the best thing for Obama, for only the 12 people in the country who wear aluminum foil on their heads to keep the aliens from reading their minds will vote for her. (And those are the only kind of people who would vote for her in the first place).