Sunday, July 23, 2006

Blog of the Month

Okay, I'll admit. I linked to this blog without really spending time reading it. Until now. I've read it.

You might have to be a Christendomite to get all the jokes, but Dittert's blog is officially the funniest, most entertaining, clever humor on the CC blog list so far. It's great. Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Chorus: The Movie

Go here to see information on a great new independent film being released in August...starring some close friends.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Admin stuffs...

I just did like a major retread job on the sidebar, folks. I had no idea just how many Christendom blogs there were. Wowie. And I didn't get everyone on there, either. I got tired of messing with the template before I was done.

Hit-and-run Evangelization

Today's discoveries:

1. Zuchinni, when sliced in large quantities and subsequently handled by the same ten fingers for a period of longer than fifteen minutes, creates the same skin-surface effect as superglue.

2. Protestant Churches in town, with enough money, have begun engaging in a sort of evangelization during which church members approach the door of a house, slip a bag (containing, candy, brochures, service schedules, and tracts) onto the doorknob, ring the doorbell, and leave.

3. The indoor lights of the Jeep will stay on until turned off. This kills the battery. What should be "off" is really "on." The battery is dead again.

4. My dentist is the debil. No, not true. He's nice. The dental profession is the debil. That's better.

5. It's harder to make julian fries than it looks.

6. What is labeled as a size 4 might not, in fact, be a size 4 when you try it on. It is guaranteed not to be a size 4 once it enters your home and you try it on again.

7. Hallmark is the debil.

8. My scanner is the debil.

9. Knowing that you will be unemployed in three days gives one a simultaneously liberated and ill feeling.

10. Squirrels really do make that icky thump sound when you run over them.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Update on das boyz...

This is what Ambrose and Andy are up to. I found the website this morning, and felt it was a fairly accurate description of the whole PLC adventure. (We'll see what they say when they come back.) Granted, this young man was writing last year, but I'm told the experience doesn't change much from decade to decade. Our guys have just reached Wednesday of week one....

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Teen's Name Changed After Years of Mockery

This totally cracked me up when I read it...and it seems to be quite true. I can think of worse things to be named, though...


HANOI, Vietnam (July 7) - After nearly two decades of ridicule, a father has agreed to change his son's name from "Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred" - the amount he was forced to pay in local currency for ignoring Vietnam's two-child policy.

Angry he was being fined for having a fifth child, Mai Xuan Can named his son Mai Phat Sau Nghin Ruoi after the amount he was forced to pay - 6,500 dong, or 50 cents, said Dai Cuong village chief Nguyen Huy Thuong.

In 1999, local government officials tried to persuade Can to change the name because the boy was constantly being teased by classmates at school. But Can, a former People's Committee official, refused to back down, Thuong said. They appealed to him again recently, and this time it worked.

"I told him that as his son is growing up, he should have another name - not that weird name - and he finally agreed," Thuong said.

The son, now 19, finally got a new name: Mai Hoang Long, which means golden dragon.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Oh, the agony this gives me...

WASHINGTON - When "say," "they" and "weigh" rhyme, but "bomb," "comb" and "tomb" don't, wuudn't it maek mor sens to spel wurdz the wae thae sound?

Those in favor of simplified spelling say children would learn faster and illiteracy rates would drop. Opponents say a new system would make spelling even more confusing.
Eether wae, the consept has yet to capcher th publix imajinaeshun.

It's been 100 years since Andrew Carnegie helped create the Simplified Spelling Board to promote a retooling of written English and President Theodore Roosevelt tried to force the government to use simplified spelling in its publications. But advocates aren't giving up.
They even picket the national spelling bee finals, held every year in Washington, costumed as bumble bees and hoisting signs that say "Enuf is enuf but enough is too much" or "I'm thru with through."

Thae sae th bee selebraets th ability of a fue stoodents to master a dificult sistem that stumps meny utherz hoo cuud do just as wel if speling were simpler.

"It's a very difficult thing to get something accepted like this," says Alan Mole, president of the American Literacy Council, which favors an end to "illogical spelling." The group says English has 42 sounds spelled in a bewildering 400 ways.

Americans doen't aulwaez go for whut's eezy — witnes th faeluer of th metric sistem to cach on. But propoenents of simpler speling noet that a smatering of aulterd spelingz hav maed th leep into evrydae ues.

Doughnut also is donut; colour, honour and labour long ago lost the British "u" and the similarly derived theatre and centre have been replaced by the easier-to-sound-out theater and center.
"The kinds of progress that we're seeing are that someone will spell night 'nite' and someone will spell through 'thru,'" Mole said. "We try to show where these spellings are used and to show dictionary makers that they are used so they will include them as alternate spellings."
"Great changes have been made in the past. Systems can change," a hopeful Mole said.

Lurning English reqierz roet memory rather than lojic, he sed.

In languages with phonetically spelled words, like German or Spanish, children learn to spell in weeks instead of months or years as is sometimes the case with English, Mole said.

But education professor Donald Bear said to simplify spelling would probably make it more difficult because words get meaning from their prefixes, suffixes and roots. "Students come to understand how meaning is preserved in the way words are spelled," said Bear, director of the E.L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Th cuntry's larjest teecherz uennyon, wuns a suporter, aulso objects.

Michael Marks, a member of the National Education Association's executive committee, said learning would be disrupted if children had to switch to a different spelling system. "It may be more trouble than it's worth," said Marks, a debate and theater teacher at Hattiesburg High School in Mississippi.

E-mail and text messages are exerting a similar tug on the language, sharing some elements with the simplified spelling movement while differing in other ways. Electronic communications stress shortcuts like "u" more than phonetics. Simplified spelling is not always shorter than regular spelling — sistem instead of system, hoep instead of hope.

Carnegie tried to moov thingz along in 1906 when he helpt establish and fund th speling bord. He aulso uezd simplified speling in his correspondens, and askt enywun hoo reported to him to do the saem.

A filanthropist, he becaem pashunet about th ishoo after speeking with Melvil Dewey, a speling reform activist and Dewey Desimal sistem inventor hoo simplified his furst naem bi droping "le" frum Melville.

Roosevelt tried to get the government to adopt simpler spellings for 300 words but Congress blocked him. He used simple spellings in all White House memos, pressing forward his effort to "make our spelling a little less foolish and fantastic."

The Chicago Tribune aulso got into th act, uezing simpler spelingz in th nuezpaeper for about 40 years, ending in 1975. Plae-riet George Bernard Shaw, hoo roet moest of his mateerial in shorthand, left muny in his wil for th development of a nue English alfabet.

Carnegie, Dewey, Roosevelt and Shaw's work followed attempts by Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Mark Twain to advance simpler spelling. Twain lobbied The Associated Press at its 1906 annual meeting to "adopt and use our simplified forms and spread them to the ends of the earth." AP declined.

But for aul th hi-proefiel and skolarly eforts, the iedeea of funy-luuking but simpler spelingz didn't captivaet the masez then — or now.

"I think that the average person simply did not see this as a needed change or a necessary change or something that was ... going to change their lives for the better," said Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, manager of the Pennsylvania department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie, hoo embraest teknolojy, died in 1919, wel befor sel foenz. Had he livd, he probably wuud hav bin pleezd to no that milyonz of peepl send text and instant mesejez evry dae uezing thair oen formz of simplified speling: "Hav a gr8 day!"

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


It seems to have been a year since Ambrose emailed me, informing me that he had either an annuerism or some other kind of potentially fatal brain condition. Those were not pleasant days, I assure you. It turned out, at the end, that he had a small (almost inoperable) tumour in the center of his brain. It would either have to shrink by August 2005, or be removed by way of very risky surgery.

It went away.


God is really very cool. It's a great testament to the power of intercessory prayer--there were certainly enough of us praying for miraculous recovery. By the stated August deadline, the tumor (which he had the audacity to name Athena) has shrunk considerably. By December, it had disappeared. So we kept Ambrose, the doctors have a case which just didn't quite fit the medical plausibility criteria, and he's headed out to start learning to be a Marine this very weekend. Such is the way of grace.