Teletubbies Updated

It’s been a while since I saw any of the Teletubbies, so I assume the same is true for many of you. For those of you who do remember watching Teletubbies (regardless of if it was your choice), this may be of interest.

First of all, the still photo:

image of Teletubbies opening shot

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Missing Links

Our younger students still bring home flyers for stuff, but our older students don’t. It’s not that they forget the flyers, rather the non-elementary schools don’t hand out papers. We get emails and such. The day before picture day, I asked the boys about picture ordering information since I hadn’t received an email. “I think it’s on the website or something.” was the answer I got.

So I went to the school website. Here’s a snippet of that page.

image of school picture day announcement

If you notice the top part of the announcement, it has a link to Order Information. I clicked that link, expecting it to take me to the studio’s website or something.

It took me to a PDF of the flyer.

That PDF, naturally, had the studio’s website address printed on it. But it wasn’t clickable.

So I had to type in the URL that was on the PDF. First-world problems, I know. I just found it amusing that in this day and age, people aren’t thinking of providing links directly to active content. Links have been around for over 20 years now. It should be the first thought of the website person. I don’t know who runs the school website – maybe it’s a teacher or administrative person who got saddled with that task and is doing the best he can. That’s why I didn’t complain to the school. I simply provided it here for the entire internet to see.

I suppose that since it was originally on the school website, the whole internet could have already seen it. In that case, I provide it here to serve as a lesson for all you web developers: if you create a link to a static document or image, and that document or image has a website or other such link printed on it, you can make everyone else’s day a little easier and brighter by providing a clickable link to that content. Allow people to bypass the middleman.

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

Proverbs 14:6

Chicken or Egg

I never really understood the apparently age-old question of “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?”

It never made much sense to me. The chicken would have to come first, because otherwise nothing would sit on the egg to incubate it and thus it would never hatch.

Also, the Bible describes creation as God’s making the animals, so I always pictured full-grown animals being created, not eggs or infants. Can’t be infants, because they would have similar problem as the egg: not being able to survive without a parent.

Then I realized the dilemma was probably proposed by an evolutionist or someone who didn’t subscribe to the idea of creation. Because to him, it would be a problem. Okay, not really, but there are other items that are more of a puzzle if you deny creation.

Which was first: the flower or the bee?

Same dilemma – how could the flowers survive without bees (or other such pollinating insects)? And how could the bees survive without their food source of the flower? If the flower evolved first, then why would it bother having to need pollination? Or flower petals to attract bees? If the bee arrived first, then how did it survive without pollen and nectar?

Now that I think about it, the old-earth creationists might have the same problem. Because all vegetation was created on the second day, but living creatures weren’t created until the fourth and fifth days. If one interprets the word “day” as “age” or “epoch”, then none of the flowers would have survived without pollinators. You may notice I used the word “might” at the beginning of this paragraph. That’s because the Bible doesn’t describe insects specifically. Fish, yes; birds; yes; cattle, yes. I’m lumping the insects in with the living creatures, not vegetation. But one could argue – would have to argue to hold the old earth view – that insects were created with vegetation.

Which was first: the male or the female?

Same dilemma – if only one evolves, then that line is not going to survive. They would have to both evolve at the same time, and in the same place.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.

Genesis 1:24

Planet B

I saw someone the other day who was wearing a shirt that said “There is no planet B.” Something like this:

image of there is no planet B shirt

or this:

image of there is no planet B shirt

And I thought to myself, “But there is!”

That poor soul must not know the Bible well enough. There will be a new earth, likely resembling how things were before the fall of Adam and Eve. So it should be better than this current earth, which is apparently planet A.

To be correct, we should expect there is no planet C.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

Revelation 21:1

Construction Sign Improvement

My problem with the normal variety of portable electronic construction signs is that they are too slow. There are usually two screens of information, but when traffic is moving I get to see only one screen, leaving me to wonder what the other half of the information is. Like this:

image of electronic road construction sign

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Family Conversations, Part 28

Gamma : If you love something, let it go. Unless it’s chocolate.
Me : Where did you get that?
Gamma : From the cereal box.

Gamma, after reading a Peanuts collection : It was a dark and stormy night… and there were butterflies!

Delta : Last night, when I said I brushed my teeth, I was joking.

Gamma : How do you spell ‘cigar’?
Me : C-I-G-A-R
Gamma : Well, what does S-U-G-A-R spell then?
Me : Sugar
Gamma : Why doesn’t S-U-G-A-R sound like ‘cigar’?
Me : Good question

So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “Was I not joking?”

Proverbs 26:19

Cheeseburger Pizza

Our family likes Pizza Ranch. Lots of everything, and different things. The last time I went was the first time I had seen their cheeseburger pizza.

image of cheeseburger pizza with fries

What makes their cheeseburger pizza better than other people’s cheeseburger pizzas is that theirs has the french fries on it. So it’s really a burger-and-fries pizza. One-stop shopping.

For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

Job 34:3