Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I think 17% is very respectable

17 % nerdy that is:

I am nerdier than 17% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

Not nerdy, but then again maybe not all that cool either.

Now go ahead and take the test. You know you want to. And then report back which question make you laugh the most. Actually I recommend it to all of you. Really. It's fun. Try it :) And I might not be "all that cool" but my level of coolness must mean my recommendations are worth something :)

(HT: She Lives, where there is also a funny cartoon about a computer problems that Beverly should check out. As well as a Jack Bauer meets Puppy Poo cartoon that the Ranger would enjoy.)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Monday Quick Hits

What do you do when you find a bunch of little interesting things, about which there isn't much to say? Well, I guess you make a quick hits post. It's not the most creative thing in the world, but if I were you, I'd want to know about this stuff :)

* There's an equation for which day of the year is the most depressing. Apparently it's today. I think doing math to find out if I could be legitimately depressed on a certain day, would only make me more depressed!

* Amazingly, the Niger-Wilson-Plame-CIA story is still alive and well and...extremely misunderstood. But The Corner (itself a giant quick-hits blog I suppose) is keeping on top of all the misinformation. Here's the latest helpful post.

* Looking for new and interesting kids books? least looking for someone to tell you about them? Well, there is a blog for everything as there is the BooksforKidsblog. If you haven't tried to buy a kids book's a lot more difficult then you may think.

*Lastly, also on about snowflakes...which is interesting to me because we just did a kids club lesson on the uniqueness of snowflakes...and then we made snowflakes out of coffee filters:)

(And just a sidenote...I want to comment on how strange it is that Blogger's own spell check gets hung up on the word "blog." What's the deal?)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Ever Amusing Pet Door

How could I not link a photo news story about a cat whose "girth" got him stuck in a pet door while trying to "plunder" some dog food? It's irresistible. He's like a kitty pirate.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Divine Pondering by the Periodic Table

Someone built a wooden table, in the shape of the Periodic Table of Elements, and within that table, put samples of all the elements. It's quite the thing. He also sells posters, has video of sodium explosions and writes cool articles for popular science.

The Periodic Table has always appealed to me, even before I was a Christian, it just seemed so neat and orderly. But now looking at it, I really do marvel at how God created all the elements in the world in such a way that a majority of them fit into rows that are 18 columns long, and that their locations in the table, correspond to ways in which the elements react to each other, or whether or not they form covalent or ionic bonds...

As a scientist, I could describe this much more in depth, but that would be digressing. The point is, we all know that God makes beautiful things: check out the freshly fallen snow throughout much of the country, or the beautiful spring flowers, or the constellations of twinkling stars on a cool crisp night. God is a fan of artistry, beauty and majesty. But He understands the importance of order, and He wows us with that as well.

Our God - an Awesome God.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Are you here looking for Dangerous Pandas?

Seriously. Are you? If so, please tell me why.

I'm asking this question because looking at my sitemeter recently shows that a lot of people are coming here after doing a search for some variation on the dangerous panda concept. See for yourself.

This is very odd to me. I mean, I understand I'm probably a search result because I wrote this post about the guy who tried to hug a panda and got injured. But I don't think pandas are generally dangerous creatures...though I certainly wouldn't be trying to hug one. And so I think that the guy's injuries are more a function of his stupidity than of the fierceness of the panda bear.

Anyway, I just wanted to say for the record that I do like pandas and remark on what an odd search result this is...and how much odder it is that so many people run such a search.

So, if you are here because you were doing a search on "panda dangerous" or "dangerous pandas" or anything like that, please share. My inquiring minds wants to know :)

Thank you (in advance).

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I live in Ohio, so I can't avoid it

Although, I am over it. The Game that is. You know, the one where OSU lost really, really badly. Unfortunately I stayed up to watch the whole thing, in hope of a last minute

I was discussing this with the Ranger earlier today (who, by the way, jokingly predicted a Florida blow out!) and expressed my frustration for the Bucks inability to adjust their defense away from the super-failure-zone to a more plausible man-to-man coverage.
That's right, I may be a girl (and sometimes inadvertently throw like one) but I also know a little football - I even spotted a few fouls last night and called out yardage gain and loss! Go me. But still...what was up with the Zone?? I have a special place in my heart for ol'Jim Tressel since his previous coaching position was right here at Youngstown State University...but Jimmy what happened? Well, there's always next year. And Florida does get credit for the 98 man rush. That made a big difference. (Seriously, didn't it seem like they had extra guys out there on the line? At least during the blitz). Tressel is still a good coach and Ohio State still had a 12-0 record.
And...most importantly...
They did, in fact -



Meanwhile, James Think expresses his own football frustration in the form of a resolution:
Inquire as to why the Bengals defense believed OT rules included a change from tackling to two-hand touch.

Football. Sigh.

Stars, God & Romania

I just made a new blog discovery:
The Earth is Not Flat!

As I scanned down through the most recent posts, I found a post linking to an online planetarium - Stellarium. Now, true, back in college some of us mocked the planetarium and those who ran it (but we did the same to the observatory "Cancelled due to Apathy" anyone?)But I love stars just the same. Just the other night I was pointing out Orion to my mom. So give it a try. Enjoy the pretty Jupiter, with it's pretty big red spot and many moons, and if you didn't to know something else about that planet, I know a little boy that couple probably give you more than enough information.

The very next post was about Romania entering the EU. When I investigated why this was important to the blog author, I found out he is a missionary teacher in Romania. Of all places.

A short while later there's a post including images of science fiction space ships! So a blog covering Christianity, Physics, Astronomy, Romania and Star Trek? What a find :)


As someone who has had extremely light posting for quite a few months, I can certainly appreciate one's reasons for needing a break. Drew, from Darn Floor, has quite a few good reasons...some of which I'm sure are quite adorable. And so, I noticed today that he is back, and so I'm un-commented him out and he's back in the, sadly, still-skeletal blog roll over there.

Welcome Back Darn Floor :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Welcome 2007

Happy New Year!

Somehow December went by without a post, so I wanted to start the new year off right. It's almost 2am though, so please don't expect anything prolific. I just wanted it to be known that I haven't forgotten about this blog and that family obligations have limited my online time. I'm looking forward to getting back to my old life in the new year... and let me just say, that there's nothing like giant changes of pace to make one realize how good that "old life" can really be :) Praise the Lord for perspective and humility, but also of course for His grace and mercy.

May God start blessing you all early in 2007!!