Archive for May, 2015

A Rabbit Story

Here’s a story that Gamma wrote for kindergarten.

image of a kindergartener's story about rabbits, table of contents

There are 5 pages in the story All About Rabbits.

For each page, I’ll type out what he wrote then I’ll translate it.


Various and Sundry Thoughts

Here are some thoughts I jotted down that aren’t quite sufficient for their own individual blog posts. If you’re the type of person who likes Twitter, pretend each of these are tweets.

  • It’s amusing to watch people when someone tells “heads up!” at a ball game – everyone looks up. That is the worst thing to do. If the ball were aimed right at you, it would smash into your face. Instead, you should cover your head with something.
  • I ran past a turtle in the road during my morning jog the other day. He was about the size of a dinner plate. In both diameter and height. Poor guy had been run over.
  • If you make your own bread, you know there’s sourdough starter. But no one ever has sourdough stopper. I bet there’ll be a big demand for that if someone invents it.
  • Sometimes there’s wisdom in crowds. Other times there are stampedes or riots. You need your own wisdom too.
  • When I see the names of the new soccer teams here in the USA, I have to remind myself that FC doesn’t stand for “fight club”.
  • When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace.

    Deuteronomy 20:10

Walkway Lights

image of comparison of how your walkway lights should work versus how they actually work

Anyone else disappointed at how solar walkway lights perform?

I don’t want to see the lights – I want to see the path, the area around the lights to be illuminated.

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105

Commissioner Dredd

They were the police, the jury, and the executioner all in one.

They were The Commissioners.

image of Roger Goodell as Judge Dredd

So maybe he’s not the executioner. But he will approve your sentence and then hear your appeal and decide if he agrees with himself or with you.

image of Roger Goodell as Judge Dredd

Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, “Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and judge righteously between a man and his fellow countryman, or the alien who is with him.”

Deuteronomy 1:16

Promotional VHS

I found some promotional material for Cedarville University.

image of VHS tapes that promote Cedarville College and University

These VHS tapes are still wrapped in their original plastic. I’m sure they’re in good shape.

image of VHS tapes that promote Cedarville College and University

I have one from while it was still called Cedarville College and one from after the name change to Cedarville University.

I recognize some of these people from when I was there:

image of VHS tapes that promote Cedarville College and University

I also recognize that computer from the mid 1990s.

If you know anyone who might be interested in Cedarville but is stuck somewhere with only a VCR, let me know and I’ll see about having these tapes shipped to him.

For I give you sound teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction.

Proverbs 4:2

Baby Names 2014

Subtitle: in which I improve the government’s records

Allow me to introduce to you the 2014 SFS List of Baby Names that Combine Similar Pronunciations. That baby name list is the place to go in case you are wondering what are the most popular baby names in 2014 regardless of how they are spelled. The Social Security baby name list does not adjust the rankings based on alternate spellings (like Catherine/Katherine), but SFS does.

It was just Mother’s Day, so the SSA released the name rankings for 2014. Coming out of nowhere, Jackson is the most popular boy’s name in the US. The reigning champion for the last 8 years, Aiden, has been defeated. No controversy for the girls – it’s Sophia again.

Some Stats

  • There was a lot of change at the top for the boys. Not only did the top name change, but 2 names left the top 5 and were replaced with different names.
  • The top 9 names for the girls are the same as 2013, it’s just Emma and Olivia swapped spots
  • Noah is once again the highest-ranked boy’s name that has no spelling variations.
  • Girl names still have more spelling variations than boy names (291/1000 vs. 207/1000 alternates)
  • The boys still have the name with the highest number of alternate spellings (Aiden with 9 vs. Madelyn/Liliana/Layla/Kaitlyn with 6 each)
  • Sophia is still the runaway favorite for the girls, but the gap is closing. Sophia is on the decline

2014 Improved Baby Name List

Click on the link above and peruse to your heart’s content!

Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

Genesis 5:29

Gluten and Marketing

My wife does a fair bit of baking. So we have bags of flour sitting around. I happened to read the back of one of them, and this is what it says:

image of a bag of flour that claims to be high in gluten

Did you see the fifth item on the list: “high gluten”? I was somewhat surprised to see that on there.

Maybe they didn’t get the memo that nobody is supposed to like gluten anymore.

Or maybe they figured that if they put gluten in the middle of a list of good things, people might skip over it.

Or maybe they figured that people who know how to make bread know that gluten helps it.

On a related note: any ideas where all the gluten goes that they take out of food to make it gluten-free?

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.”

Genesis 18:6