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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The word of the day

Good communication skills are very important. After all, we all want to express our ideas to others as clearly as possible. You can be the most clever person in the world, with the most fantastic ideas, but unless you can express these ideas successfully, your ideas are wasted.

An important part of good communication is the accurate use of vocabulary. Nothing makes you look dumber than misusing words. If you have trouble with correct meanings, or if you frequently come across words that you don't know, let me suggest that you try to learn a new word each day.

Let me get you started with my choice for today's word of the day: fascism. Go ahead, look it up!

I already have a candidate or two for tomorrow's word of the day.

Posted at: 11:14 PM
Categories: Diary

Monday, August 28, 2006

Yes, some politicians say these things

Remember those hanging chads? Then you probably remember Katherine Harris, now a US representative for Florida. You may not know she is running for Senate. Fortunately for the country, her campaign is doing rather poorly. Even so, she did manage to make the news today at CNN, in a story in which she is quoted as saying:

Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."

Well, if God does make the choices, hopefully He is smart enough to reject Republican lackeys.

Posted at: 9:23 PM
Categories: Diary

Sunday, August 27, 2006

More on lost iPod

Apparently slashdot has picked up on this story. Fortunately, the WoW forums can probably handle the load.

Posted at: 7:43 PM
Categories: Diary, Gaming

Friday, August 25, 2006

Man loses iPod on plane, becomes terrorist suspect

Well, you can't believe everything (or most of anything) on the web, but this story sounds quite real. I suppose it is comforting in a way knowing that Canada's security is as messed up as ours.

Posted at: 11:56 PM
Categories: Diary, Gaming

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hilarious reading

I came across a really funny web site today, www.christiananswers.net. In this charming site you can learn:

The funniest pages are those in which the authors tried hardest to explain away scientific finding. Take for example this page trying to explain away the speed of light and the age of the universe. On the bottom of this page are real golden passages:

The authority of the Bible should never be compromised as mankind's "scientific" proposals. One little previously unknown fact, or one change in a starting assumption, can drastically alter the whole picture so that what was "fact" is no longer so.

This is worth remembering when dealing with those other areas of difficulty which, despite the substantial evidence for Genesis creation, still remain. Only God possesses infinite knowledge. By basing our scientific research on the assumption that His Word is true (instead of the assumption that it is wrong or irrelevant) our scientific theories are much more likely, in the long run, to come to accurately represent reality.

So, there we go. Rather than spending all of those years on bothersome, "scientific" research based on "facts", I should have just read the bible. Now they tell me!

Posted at: 10:35 PM
Categories: Diary, Physics in the news