Archive for March, 2009


We all know the story told in the Gospel of Luke about Jesus’ visit to the Mary and Martha:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

It’s obvious who’s the role model. Mary is the positive example, Martha is the negative one, and we are to avoid getting caught up in the business of life and missing out on that special communion with the Master. Plain and simple. Even kids know that.

But I’d like to think it’s not that simple. The bare, straight-forward narrative of the story allows us to fill in their inner mental states, and I’d like to think that deep down inside, Martha envied Mary. (more…)


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PW pwnd

Not really.

But students, teachers, or corporate staff, imagine how much nicer your project, presentation, report or personal notes would look like if it included a couple of the charts from the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.

(ironically, I can’t find “Periodic Table” as one of the methods…”Table” doesn’t count…) (more…)

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A couple months back, I had a series of posts with quotes from T.S. Eliot and G.K. Chesterton, the essence of which can be expressed in the following lines:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Little Gidding, Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot

It turns out that Robert Downey Jr. and the people at Volvo share the same sentiment! Watch:

(it’s in two parts)

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Happy “mm * dd = yy” day!

Oh, and a belated “mm ^ dd = yy” day, too!

Edit: Thanks GGY for the poem! Happened to learn LaTeX today, so here’s the equation for the poem:


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wikipedia suggestion

Just a thought:

It’d be useful if Wikipedia could include in each of it’s articles the Library of Congress Classification (and/or other library classification systems) number of the topic in question.

For that matter, the classification tree of the topic in question would also be useful. Seems like this is done for some articles (or rather, some classes of articles), but not others.

(Of course, one could just search for the number (through LCC or Google or at your friendly neighbourhood library), but that would be true of everything else on Wikipedia…)

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