The Thin Man (1934) [YouTube]

Play in new window...

Play here:

Great movie. Still very watchable. I love the exchanges between Nick and Nora.

In one scene - to protect her - Nick shoves Nora in a taxi, slips money into the cabbie's hand and shouts "Grant's tomb!"...a scene later Nick is speaking with her over the phone, "...how was Grant's tomb?". Nora: Fine, I'm having a copy made for you!"

Meet me in St. Louis (1944) [YouTube]

Play in new window... Play here:

...if you're just looking for the song here's link: 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

A Christmas Story: The Bird's Christmas Carol

The Birds’ Christmas Carol

by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Carol Bird was born on Christmas Day. She has spent all of her 11 years putting others above herself, always finding ways to make their lives a little more special. Even when faced with her own illness, the pure goodness of her heart shines through. She vows to find a way to spread Christmas cheer and decides to give a grand Christmas Party for a poor neighbourhood family. (summary by Laura Caldwell and Sarah Jennings)


Our Daily Bread ~ 12/27/2008 ~ MS-Reader format

Our Daily Bread ~ 12/27/2008 ~ MS-Reader format

H. Rider Haggard

H. Rider Haggard wrote "She" and "King Solomon's Mines".
I've been experimenting with MS-Agent and MS-Reader. I've found a public domain Project Gutenberg etext of one of his books which I've been wanting to read. I've created a few HTML Applications using this text and these technologies. If you'd like to try them:

-right-click/save these links to your desktop or my documents folder
-rename from "file.exe_" to "file.exe"
-double-click and follow directions to extract to the folder specified
-double-click the resultant '.HTA' application in that folder


If you'd like something for your children - this might be nice. It's the images from the 'Classics Illustrated' comic form of the novel:

I think I concur with the author. Start at book 2. First six-seven chapters seem to have little action.


Backup/BackupEncrypt using AutoIt & 7Zip

Sometimes, there are 'miscellaneous' files I'd like backed up that normally don't go into source control. To do that I drag/drop files on the Backup.exe/BackupEncrypt.exe (compiled AutoIt scripts) -- they use & 7Zip to create .zip files in a '_zArchive' folder where those files are found.
There is a 'one-for-one' relationship of drag-dropped files and resultant '.zips'.

Scripts are dependent on this script(place at C:\!WF\_INC\filename.au3):
Place in a folder above the one used as target for other scripts("..\inc\UtilityFunc.au3")

If you'd like to see the .au3 files(place at C:\!WF\myWidgets\filename.au3):

Note:  All link~downloads are self-extracting files.  I've tested with WinZip 12.1 and 7Zip 4.65


Drop Scripts...

I use Crystal Reports, EditPlus, SciTE, and WinSQL ... a lot. I've created AutoIt drop scripts that facilitate a sorted, drag-drop from Windows Explorer. To use these executables just right-click/save as/extract - to recompile/edit for your purposes - you'll need AutoIt.


[Crystal Reports XI].au3/exe

FB.exe 'generic' toolbar

I've created a 'generic' toolbar that works with many applications I use. Your welcome to try it. You'd want to right-click/save AU3 & EXE zips to a "ToolBox" folder and and 16x16 zip to an "_ICO" folder placed on same level as "ToolBox" folder. Extract all files & 'ToolBox\fb.exe' should be runnable. If you need to modify - you'll have to install AutoIt.



EXAMPLE (see icons on titlebar of WinSQL Trial application):

myShowDeskTop (AutoIt script)

For this you'll need AutoIt

;- ; myShowDeskTop - minimize non-toolwindows ;- ; Description ;- ; 'Show Desktop' & MinimizeAll ; minimize EVERYTHING including ; Google Desktop and floating ; toolbars...this excludes ; those not in 'my' list ;- $var = WinList() For $i = 1 to $var[0][0] If $var[$i][0] <> "" _ And IsVisible($var[$i][1]) _ And NOT IsMinimized($var[$i][1]) _ And $var[$i][0]<>'EnvSW' _ And $var[$i][0]<>'FB © 2008' _ And $var[$i][0]<>'Program Manager' _ Then WinSetState($var[$i][0],"",@SW_MINIMIZE ) EndIf Next Func IsVisible($handle) If BitAnd( WinGetState($handle), 2 ) Then Return 1 Else Return 0 EndIf EndFunc Func IsMinimized($handle) If BitAnd( WinGetState($handle), 16 ) Then Return 1 Else Return 0 EndIf EndFunc


ABC December 06, 2008

Joh 15.18-27;Rev 3.14-22;Job 29;Joe 1
John:We'll be whitenesses because of the Spirit
Revelaton:Be hot. Be zealous and repent. Seek God's fellowship.
Job:He recalls his faithfulness & fortune in the past.
Joel:Hard times are from the Lord. Repent & seek Him.
Best Verse(s):
John:15.27 And you also will bear witness,
Revelaton:3.19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Job:29.2 “Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me
Joel:1.19 To you, O Lord, I call...
Spirit, help us bear witness. God, please help us repent/stay close.


ABC December 05, 2008

Joh 15.9-17;Rev 3.1-13;Job 28;Hos 13-14
John: God's appointed us to bear fruit, again, this can't be in ourselves - because we can't bear fruit without abiding in Christ.
Revelation: God's promise for enduring/keeping His name - he'll keep us from the trial coming on the world. What does it mean to be a pillar in God's temple? Pillar is a support and place of prominence.
Job: The end of all man's searching & finding out: 28.29‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Hosea: 14. Return & be healed.
Best Verse(s):
Job 28.29‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom...
Hosea 14.4-7 I will heal their apostasy;I will love them freely,for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel;he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive,and his fragrance like Lebanon. They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;they shall flourish like the grain;they shall blossom like the vine;their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
God help me abide. Help me fear only you.



If you download a Project Gutenberg text & drag onto this script, it should break it into chapters for you and wrap in an .HTA file. Use the .HTA to read / speak back the text.

The prompts are for the "title" for the hta & the "breaktext",that is, the string that consistently starts a new chapter / section of the reading.

For this to work - you'll have to download / install MSAgent (see that post).

Here's the script:


ABC November-12-2008

Eze 31-32;Job 11;Joh 10.11-21;1Jo 2.24-29




Best Verse(s):







ABC November-11-2008

Eze 29-30;Job 10;Joh 10.1-10;1Jo 2.18-23 Analysis:

Ezekiel: It's God who is doing the judging, 30.25 "...I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon". The result of Egypt's failure to acknowledge God (& as a means of bringing them to their senses?). 30.8 "...Then they will know that I am the Lord..."

Job: Lament's his lot, yet, acknowledgs he is in the hands of God.

John: How do you take time to hear the voice of Jesus? There's a lot of other noise.

1 John: Jesus is the central them of being a Christian. The further away from Him the further move towards error. That's not to say it's a fruitless journet - but it's the _wrong fruit_.

Best Verse(s):

Joh 10.9 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture...

1Jo 2.20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.


God, thank you for your Providence. The things I have (and the things you keep me from having). Help me take time to listen and pray. Help me promote truth.


Saving code snippets

I usually save snippets to my Desktop, or to "My Documents" folder, to try, then to a created folder called "C:\_CMD". This one is for long term use. I've added "C:\_CMD" to the path variable so it can be searched.

The saved file icon should display as fancy-scroll "S". If not -- the editor may be "helping" by automatically adding(& hiding) the ".txt" extention. To get around save in double-quotes: "Chrome_Incognito.js" -- and the name with this extention should "stick". If double-clicking the file opens it in the editor -- script "open" is interpreting as "open with editor" -- to get around: ctrl+shift+click to obtain a context menu that will have an "Open with..." option. Choose this - then choose: "Microsoft (R) Windows Based Script" (and check "always use..." -- if you prefer it).

WScript & external libraries

For those interested in trying some google code

1) go here: http://code.google.com/p/datejs/
    ...to download date.js

2) Save this snippet in same folder as #1 as date_sample.wsf:
      <script src='date.js'></script>
      var ws=5;var dt=4096+0+64;var sn=WScript.ScriptName;
      var oSh=WScript.CreateObject('WScript.Shell');
      var disp_var;
      sn='Return day start';disp_var=Date.today();
      sn='Return next Friday';disp_var=Date.today().next().friday();
      sn='Return previous Monday';disp_var=Date.today().last().monday();
3) Double-click date_sample.wsf

If you have trouble saving code snippits see notes here.



If you haven't updated to this script may still be of use. But, with that version you can now append: ...chrome.exe" --incognito to your Google Chrome shortcut and it will start in Incognito mode by default.

The original script is much "thinner". The differences between them:

-checks to see if chrome is already started - if it has script simply quits.
-sets first URL to use google as a proxy

If you have trouble saving code snippits see notes here.
//Chrome_Incognito(2).js - start chrome incognito
var SN=WScript.ScriptName;
var oSh=new ActiveXObject('WScript.Shell');
var liWait=1500;//wait ms (double on older pc)
var sURL='http://translate.google.com/'+
//The above is a "google proxy" - translates a page from spanish to english
//this by default re-renders the same english trans - but allows you to
//escape beyond a firewall via google servers(if you need to) --
//anonymouse.org then hides your ip...
var Chrome_HKLM='HKLM\\'+'SOFTWARE\\' + 
  'Classes\\'+'ChromeHTML\\' + 
  'shell\\'+'open\\'+ 'command\\';
Chrome=Chrome.replace(' "%1"','');
//Check to see if Chrome is already running...
var oFS=new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject');
var sComspec=oSh.ExpandEnvironmentStrings('%COMSPEC%') 
var sSystemRoot=oSh.ExpandEnvironmentStrings('%SYSTEMROOT%') 
var sUserprofile=oSh.ExpandEnvironmentStrings('%USERPROFILE%');
var sRun='"'+
  '" /c TaskList/v>"'+
  '\\My Documents\\TaskList.txt"';
var oTaskList;
var oTaskList_FN=sUserprofile+
  '\\My Documents\\TaskList.txt';
var oTaskList=oFS.OpenTextFile(oTaskList_FN,1);
var sTaskList_text=oTaskList.ReadAll();
var nFound=sTaskList_text.indexOf("chrome.exe");
  '" /c '+
  'if exist "'+sUserprofile+'\\My Documents\\TaskList.txt" '+
  'del "'+sUserprofile+'\\My Documents\\TaskList.txt"';
if (nFound!='-1')
 { oSh.popup('Google Chrome already appears to have been started...',3,SN);
//Run Chrome
var pid=false;
var sWTitle='New Tab - Google Chrome';
while (pid==false)
{ WScript.Sleep(250); 
oSh.Sendkeys('^+N');   //start new incognito window
oSh.Sendkeys('%{Tab}');   //go previous(first) browser window
oSh.Sendkeys('%{F4}');   //close first browser window
oSh.Sendkeys('{F6}');   //go addressbar
oSh.SendKeys(sURL+'{Enter}'); //supply 'google proxy'


MS Sql Dev Studio & EditPlus...

I've configured external tools to include my favorite editors -- when I want to look at a 'collapsible' version of the script I launch EditPlus. Then I can expand all/collapse all (or portions) of the script for easier review/managment. For really long SQL scripts -- I've found this invaluable. If there is a 'code folding' option within MS SQL Server Mgmt Studio -- I have yet to find it.


ABC October-27-2008



The promise of God is to look after you. Best Verse(s):

Psa27.14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psa57.2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.


God hears... But, I must call.





If you haven't updated to this script may still be of use. But, with that version you can now append: ...chrome.exe" --incognito to your Google Chrome shortcut and it will start in Incognito mode by default.

Save snippet below to a file (call it something like Chrome_Incognito.js) in 'My Documents' folder or the desktop. Double-click this file, & it opens a chrome browser window, then, an incognito window, then, shuts first window...leaving you "incognito".

If you have trouble saving code snippits see notes here.

//Chrome_Incognito.js - start chrome incognito
var oSh=new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
var liWait=1500;  //wait ms (double on older pc)
var Chrome_HKLM="HKLM\\"+
var Chrome=oSh.RegRead(Chrome_HKLM);
oSh.Run(Chrome); //start chrome
oSh.Sendkeys("^+N"); //start new incognito window
oSh.Sendkeys("%{Tab}"); //go previous(first) browser window
oSh.Sendkeys("%{F4}"); //close first browser window

...here it is in .vbs (VBScript):
'Chrome_Incognito.vbs - start chrome incognito
Set oSh=CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Dim Chrome_HKLM
Chrome_HKLM="HKLM\" & _
  "SOFTWARE\" & _
  "Classes\" & _
  "ChromeHTML\" & _
  "shell\" & _
  "open\" & _
Dim Chrome
oSh.Run Chrome
ccSleep 1
oSh.Sendkeys "^+N"
ccSleep 1
oSh.Sendkeys "%{Tab}"
ccSleep 1
oSh.Sendkeys "%{F4}"
Sub ccSleep(seconds)
  set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
  cmd = "%COMSPEC% /c ping -n " & 1 + seconds & ">nul"
  oShell.Run cmd,0,1
End Sub
'-this ccSleep I got from : http://www.mvps.org/scripting/rube/index.htm

The saved file icon should display as fancy-scroll "S". If not -- the editor may be "helping" by automatically adding(& hiding) the ".txt" extention. To get around save in double-quotes: "Chrome_Incognito.js" -- and the name with this extention should "stick".

If double-clicking the file opens it in the editor -- script "open" is interpreting as "open with editor" -- to get around: ctrl+shift+click to obtain a context menu that will have an "Open with..." option. Choose this - then choose: "Microsoft (R) Windows Based Script" (and check "always use..." -- if you prefer it).

In these scripts I'd originally specified Run("Chrome.exe") - didn't always work. I tried adding instructions to check properties/copy settings from Google Chrome launch short-cut, but, again, found this didn't work for some users.

These scripts read system registry to determine Chrome location, and, hopefully, remove implementation differences and need for manual edit.

P.s. I've seen notes on the internet of starting chrome with '--incognito' startup parm -- but, that doesn't appear to work (at least with Google Chrome version - does starting with

P.s.s. If brave - try putting the snippet below at bottom of the first .js script from above.

This combines "Incognito" and using Google servers as a proxy to hide IP address. Having IP address logged I find an annoyance. Some software programs assume things and take unwanted actions based on returning IP address.

P.s.s.s.  These scripts and techniques work for me. If you have concerns about other "research" going on - the PC can be placed in in a public area to encourage safe (vs. anonymous) browsing habits.
var sURL=
oSh.Sendkeys("{F6}");//go addressbar
oSh.SendKeys(sURL+"{Enter}");//supply "google proxy"

Some have asked if there's a way to check if Chrome is already running. To do so --is more complicated see version #2




This works well - but, I think Google's closed "english-to-english" --works though, if you do "Spanish-to-English".

Here's link to the original hack. There's a crucial note there -- this doesn't hide your IP address.

Chances are -- if you have a linksys or other box between your computer and the internet your real IP address is hidden anyway, helping to prevent hackers from directly attacking your computer. It does this be creating a bank of IP addresses that are one hop away from your computer. I've changed the translated link so that it will hide that IP address. This, hopefully, prevents a site from tracking your pseudo-unique-IP's return and using it against you.


rem -
rem Place in StartUp folder - it will check to see if you're
rem onsite or remote if remote it will start the  VPN dialer
rem with your fob-prefix...
rem -
rem requires AutoIt
rem -
@echo off
echo .>remote.txt
ping yourserver>>remote.txt
rem  ^-a server on your systems...
for /f %%i in ('find "timed out"^>remote.txt /c') do if not '0'=='%%i' goto offsite
goto xit
echo Dim $fobpfx=RegRead('HKCU\Software\check_remote','^$fobpfx')>>VPN.au3
echo If $fobpfx='' Then >>VPN.au3
echo   $fobpfx=InputBox(@scriptname,'^$fobpfx','9999','*')>>VPN.au3
echo   RegWrite('HKCU\Software\check_remote','$fobpfx','REG_SZ',$fobpfx)>>VPN.au3
echo EndIf>>VPN.au3
echo Run('"C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\ipsecdialer.exe"')>>VPN.au3
echo WinWaitActive('status:')>>VPN.au3
echo Send('{ctrlDown}o{ctrlUp}')>>VPN.au3
echo WinWaitActive('VPN Client')>>VPN.au3
echo Send($fobpfx)>>VPN.au3
call VPN.au3
goto xit
if exist remote.txt del remote.txt
if exist vpn.au3 del vpn.au3


ABC October-20-2008

Joh 6.25-40;1Pe 3.8-12;Son 4.8-16;Jer 51
Jesus offers real satisfaction.
The Lord hears when we call.
Best Verse(s):
Joh6.35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
1Pe3.12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Lord, let me be happy in you today.
I need your help today. Thank you for looking on/loving me.

New modes for new browsers...

Both the Chrome and IE8 browser's (both "beta") have new "private" mode. Chrome's is called "Incognito" - IE's is called "InPrivate". I have been using them a lot and wanted a quicker way to invoke each browser in those modes. Created AutoIt scripts for that purpose:


Bible Readings

If you use the Bethlehem Baptist Church Bible Reading Plan - here are the readings in a perpetual calendar: http://myspiritualgrowthplan.blogspot.com/search/label/Scripture%20Reading

This is the same link as a 'tiny' url:


Browser - AutoFill

Save snippet as AutoFill.HTA - then fill out your own specifics in the javascript.

If you create a short-cut one with startup '...AutoFill.HTA" Work' and
one with startup '...AutoFill.HTA" Home' -- it will then start the app with
those preferences.
 style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 8pt;"
 I come here and drag/drop into the browser <br>
 preference/setup pages.
  style="font-family: verdana; font-size: 8pt;"
    style='font-family: verdana;font-size: 8pt;'
    style='font-family: verdana;font-size: 8pt;'
    ><u>H</u>ome page
   <td colspan=3>
   <u>P</u>ostal Code 
function lstType_Change()
var lChoice=frmFill.lstType.value;
switch (lChoice)
case '...':
case 'Home':
case 'Work':
window.document.title='AutoFill '+'['+frmFill.lstType.value+']';
function AutoFill_OnLoad()
 window.resizeTo(465, 311);
 window.moveTo(305, 133);
 var tra_st=oAutoFill.commandLine.indexOf('.HTA"');
 var tra_end=tra_st+4;
 var tra_chars=oAutoFill.commandLine.slice(tra_st,tra_end);
 switch (tra_chars)
 case 'Home':

 case 'Work':


ABC October-08-2008

Joh 3.1-15;Jam 4.1-10;Ecc 6;Jer 16-18 Analysis: John ~ A new way of life. A new life. James ~ cause of disputes, selfishness, self-interest. Draw near to God - He will draw near to you. Ecclesiastes ~ The world's promises are empty. Goods, fame, family - they'll all go. God alone is worth making your treasure. Jeremiah ~ God judges Judah Best Verse(s): John 3.13-15 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. James 4.6-8 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Ecclesiastes 6.9 Better is the sight of hte eyes than th ewandering of the appetite: this also is a vanity and a striving after the wind. Jeremiah 17.9 The hear is deceitful above all thins, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Contract/Prayer: Please help me to look to you, Jesus; help me to make you my treasure. I cannot find the way without you. Turn the eyes of my heart to your word & Yourself.


YouTube - North by Northwest

Play Notes: -Hitchcock cameo: he's the one that doesn't quite make it on the bus in one scene. -Last segment (of course, the most exciting) did not play well for me (hope it does for you).

YouTube - An American InParis

Play this has to be one of the best "feel good" movies ever.

ABC October-07-2008

Joh 2.12-25;Jam 3.13-18;Ecc 5;Jer 14-15 Analysis: John~Jesus spoke in riddles / parables because he knew the pharsisees _wouldn't_ understand - and the disciples (only) later(?). James~Working for right vs. working for ourselves. Do do the right thing rather than getting your slice of the pie. Ecclesiastes~find satisfaction in the work itself. Honor God. Keep your vows. Jeremiah~...if you wander GO BACK. If you have something to say let it be WORTHWHILE. Best Verse(s): John~2.21 Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. James~meekness of wisdom. ... 3.17 pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Ecclesiastes~5.18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Jeremiah~15.19 Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. Contract/Prayer: God your judgement comes from authority and sacrifice. Help me remember that in troubles. God help me to be honest and have integrity today. Help me enjoy this day. God you have me rub shoulders with others every day. Let me not be a misanthrope but a lover of others.


ABC October-06-2009

Joh 2.1-11;Jam 3.1-12;Ecc 4;Jer 12-13 Analysis: John~Jesus 1st miracle was to bring happiness at a wedding. Interesting/noteworthy that John says "on the third day" - joy in the resurrection to come? James~the tongue is to be tamed. Caution to teacher's and would-be-teachers is a prelude. It makes sense from this to be prepared in what you teach (if you do teach). Ecclesiastes~two are better than one. Jeremiah~God promises to Judge and to have mercy. Best Verse(s): Ecclesiastes~ Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Jeremiah~I will again have compassion on them, and I will bring them again each to his heritage and each to his land. And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people. But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the Lord.” Contract/Prayer: Thank you, and praise You, Lord. You overcome sin and death. Help me, Lord. Let me speak only after listening. Help me to study and mature in your Word. Thank you for family and Christian friends. Thank you for your promise of Mercy. Help us as a nation to seek you.


ABC October-02-2008

Joh 1.19-28;Jam 1.12-18;Ecc 2.1-16;Jer 3-4; Analysis: John 1.26~Jesus not known by those among whome He walked James 1.17~God's gifts are _good_ Ecclesiastes 2.11~human accomplishment is worthless(_without eternal context_) Jeremiah~God longs for fidelity and honesty Best verse: James 1.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Contract/prayer: Thank you for finding us. Walk with us today.


ABC September-23-2008

Luk 24.28-35;Heb 12.14-29;Pro 29.15-27;Isa 59-61 Analysis: Jesus chose to reveal himself in the breaking of the bread. Best Verse(s): Isa 60.19-20 The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. Contract/Prayer: You are Bread and Light. Feed me, Lord, help me walk in the light.

YouTube - KingKong



ABC September-22-2008

Luk 24.13-27;Heb 12.1-13;Pro 29.1-14;Isa 56-58 Analysis: Jesus chose to reveal himself individually. To just a few of his followers. I wonder why? Perhaps to get at the heart response more quickly? Best Verse(s): Heb 12.10b ... he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness Contract/Prayer: Help me remember discipline is not always a wall - but, that, perahps, it's a road to you.


ABC September-08-2008

Luk 22.24-30;Heb 5;Pro 22.1-16;Isa 21-23 Analysis: Luk:I'm amazed at the ease & manner with which Jesus corrects His disciples, vs. 22.27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. Best Verse(s): Luk 22.27 Contract/Prayer: Help me serve.

ABC September-09-2009

Luk 22.31-38;Heb 6.1-12;Pro 22.17-29;Isa 24-26 Analysis: Luk:Jesus foretold Peter's denial. Why? To take his pride in himself & turn him to true strenth? vs 22.32 "...but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail." Best Verse(s): Luk 22.32 Contract/Prayer: Please help me, Lord.

ABC September-10-2008

Luk 22.39-46;Heb 6.13-20;Pro 23.1-18;Isa 27-28
Luk: Jesus prayer Father if you are willing...not my will but yours.
Best Verse(s):
Luk 22.46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.
...not my will but yours.


Lord, Liar, Lunatic...

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Mere Christianity
By C.S. Lewis

ABC September-08-2008

Luk 22.24-30;Heb 5;Pro 22.1-16;Isa 21-23
Luk: Jesus: what a wonder. He resolves the desire for supremacy amongst His followers by giving His example. He was a s servant.
The high priest was: appointed - one of the people so that he could relate. So Jesus.
Re: the Scripture. We have to keep in practice, that is, read it, learn it, pray over it, apply it. Then, we can use it as the Lord intends.
If we don't move on and mature we won't have the spiritual strength/wisdom to do what God intends.
Pro: Interesting. Saying of the world is "the rich get richer-the poor poorer." (which by the way may have made a circuitous journey from the new testament though not intended in an economic sense there). But, we're told here generosity to the rich ends in poverty and that "whoever is bountiful will be blessed"
Isa: 22.11...But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.  This is probably key to my understanding of the passage.  The Lord is judging and wanting to bring people to their senses, that is, back to Himself.
Best Verse(s):
Luk22.27(b)[ESV] But I am among you as the one who serves
God keep me close. Help me imitate you in service & generosity.


Invitation to the Classics - "Canon" vs. "Classic"

I've begun reading. Worthwhile insights even in the forward / front matter.
  • Distinguishing characteristic of a "Classic" vs. an individual entry in a "Canon": a classic is perennial.
Reminded of Throeau's observation: "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all..."(citation needed)

ABC September-07-2008

Luk 22.14-23;Heb 4.12-16;Pro 21.17-31;Isa 17-20 Analysis: Luk 23: Jesus earnest desire was fellowship(vs. 14-15). To strengthen His disciples and spend time with them before His ordeal. This seems prescient of our need / focus as a church. Heb 4: God/Jesus is not only an omniscient Judge - but, an incarnated priest. He's seen our live from our perspective. Is able to relate and offer help. Pro 21: Kindness produces live(vs. 21), spend time considering your life. Don't be too proud to think you don't need to change(vs. 29), in the end it's God who decides winners/losers (vs. 31). Best Verse(s): Heb 4.13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account... Heb 4.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Pro 21.21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. Pro 21.29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways. Pro 21.31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. Contract/Prayer: Help me remember your desire is to meet with me and to speak to my needs.


ABC September-06-2008

Luk 22.1-13;Heb 4.1-11;Pro 21.1-16;Isa 14-16 Analysis: Luk : Jesus declares his Omniscience here? He predicts beforehand that the disciples will meet a man carrying a water jar. Heb : teaches that we're to look to enter God's rest. That is, his mercy and grace in Christ, and life in the Spirit? Pro 20: Actions are louder than words(vs 3), God observes our ways & will judge (vs 12), strive to be wise consequences of foolishness are deadly(vs. 16) Isa 14-16: God judges pride. Best Verse(s): Heb 4.11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Pro 21.3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Isa 14.13,15 13 You said in your heart,‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. Contract/Prayer: God help me remember my place and purpose.


ABC September-04-2008

Luk 21.20-28;Heb 2.10-18;Pro 20.1-16;Isa 9-10 Analysis: Luk tells us to be watchful. Not to be weighed down. If we live by His example - he spent the days teaching. Heb tells us to not be hardened (fighter verse for the week contained in passage!). Pro tells us the "spirit" of a man is the lamp of the Lord. Our conscience/emotions? Isa tells us of the Glorious One. Who judges with righteousness. He is the forgiving Savior and Lord. We should witness/share this while we can. Isa also says He'll make a final end the wicked and the tyrannies of this world. Best Verse(s): Luk21.34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. Heb3.12-13 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Pro20.27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Isa 12.1-4... Contract/Prayer: God, thank you for being merciful to me. Help me today to share your goodness with others.

ABC September-05-2008

Luk 21.29-38;Heb 3;Pro 20.16-30;Isa 11-13 Analysis: Luk tells us to be watchful. Not to be weighed down. If we live by His example - he spent the days teaching. Heb tells us to not be hardened (fighter verse for the week contained in passage!). Pro tells us the "spirit" of a man is the lamp of the Lord. Our conscience/emotions? Isa tells us of the Glorious One. Who judges with righteousness. He is the forgiving Savior and Lord. We should witness/share this while we can. Isa also says He'll make a final end the wicked and the tyrannies of this world. Best Verse(s): Luk21.34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. Heb3.12-13 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Pro20.27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Isa 12.1-4... Contract/Prayer: God, thank you for being merciful to me. Help me today to share your goodness with others.


ABC September-03-2008

Luk 21.1-19;Heb 2.1-9;Pro 19.15-29;Isa 6-8 Analysis: Luk . God/Jesus measures our heart when we give. He's given us the word ahead of time. Don't go after fals messiahs. Heb . We're to pay close attention. Pro . Best Verse(s): Contract/Prayer:


ABC September-02-2008

Luk 20.41-47;Heb 1.10-14;Pro 19.1-14;Isa 3-5 Analysis: Luk 20 Jesus the Son and the Lord. The scribe & the pharisee receive greater condemnation since they ascribe righteousness but are actually hypocrites. Heb 1 Again, Jesus the nonpareil. He's the creator, yes? The attributes of being eternal are given him. Again, greater than the Angels. Pro 19 Isa 3-5 God is angry at the mistreatment of the poor - and judges Israel for it. Their riches are removed, there freedom replaced by oppression. God promises the Branch. God promises to care for the remnant and to watch over it and be with it. Best Verse(s): Heb 1.10-12 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” pro 19.1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. 2 Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Isa 5.4 What more was there to do for my vineyard,that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? Contract/Prayer: God, when I think on you I'm overwhelmed. At the thought of eternity, at the depth of your wisdom, at the promises of refreshing & renewal. Please, Lord, let me see your way today.


ABC September-01-2008

Luk 20.27-40;Heb 1.1-9;Pro 18;Isa 1-2 Analysis: Luk 20: ...the wisdom of God. Jesus points them to the Scripture to answer the question about resurrection. And, declares that the resurrection will be a new thing in terms of relationships. Heb 1: ...Jesus is a nonpareil. Pro 18: Relationships: isolation breeds selfishness vs. 1? Being a bore cuts you off from what may be a growth opportunity - what are others opinions vs 2? Know when to be quiet/when to shut-up vs. 6-7. We're less than we think we are-are imagination may make us think we're rich when we're not vs. 11,12. Learn. Seek out answers and truth/knowledge vs. vs 15. God/Jesus are there for you vs. 10 & 24 Isa 1-2. By God's Spirit, Isaiah saw the spiritual state of his people. He saw the days to come. God seeks our penitence - a conversation about our failure and his mercy/grace. vs. 1.18-20 Best Verse(s): Isa 1.18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Contract/Prayer: God, please help me to not isolate. Please help me to know when to be quiet. Please guide me in your path/truth.


ABC August-21-thru-26-2008

Tit 2:11-15;Pro 15:18-33;Luk 19:11-27;Est 2 Tit 3:1-8;Pro 16:1-16;Luk 19:39-48;Est 3-4 Tit 3:9-15;Pro 16:17-33;Luk 20:1-8;Est 5-6 Philem 1:1-11;Pro 17:1-14;Luk 20:9-19;Est 7-8 Philem 1:12-25;Pro 17:15-28;Luk 20:20-26;Est 9-10 Analysis: Lu 19: Parable of the talents teaches to make use of what you have. There will be an accounting to life. Jesus drove people out of the temple - they should have been praying not selling. Parable of the vineyard. Again, are you a profitable servant? Es : teaches providence rules. Best Verse(s): Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Contract/Prayer: Help me know what time it is. To pray, to speak, to do.


ABC August-20-2008

Tit 2:1-10;Pro 15:1-17;Luk 19:1-10;Est 1 Analysis: Tit: teaches sobriety, industry, deference. Pro: teaches there's a difference between skepticism & a fool(the "ad hominem", mocking response) Luk: teaches a changed heart prompts a changed life. Zacchaeus was willing to right what he'd done in terms of anything dishonest. Est: teaches that if one is in high positioni humility isn't wasted - especially if it's due to others higher than yourself. Vashti might have remained queen if she'd thought through her response and humbled herself to come when King Ahasuerus summoned her. Best Verse(s): Tit 2.7-10 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Pro 15.14 A scoffer does not like to be reproved;he will not go to the wise. Luk 19.8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” Est 1.17a For the queen's behavior will be made known to all women, causing them to look at their husbands with contempt... Contract/Prayer: Help me know when to ask for help. Help me understand my situation & tasks. Help me keep a clear conscience.

ABC August-21-2008

Tit 2:11-15;Pro 15:18-33;Luk 19:11-27;Est 2 Analysis: Tit: declares the life Christians are to be living (described at chapter start sobriety, self-controlled, do-gooders submissime to authority, honest) is based on Grace. And the grace teaches (Holy Spirit?) us how to live (as Christ) & how to and in what to hope(Christ's return). Pro: teaches hardship/reproof may be God's "teaching moments." We should seek to know what God is trying to teach. Luk: teaches us to make use of what we are and what we have. God will surely judge. Est: teaches humility & deference may lead to great things. God sets the drama of our lives. Esther showed deference to Hegai. Also, by inference -- Esther was not proud / oppositional (cf. Est 1), the opposite of Vashti. Best Verse(s): Tit 2.11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Pro 15.29 The Lord is far from the wicked,but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Luk 19.26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Est 2.15 ...Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. Contract/Prayer: Help me remember 5 o'clock is coming. That is, the end of this life or your return. Holy Spirit help me respond with wisdom, discretion, deference, alacrity, to my lot/work/God's providence.


ABC August-19-2008

2Ch 20-21;Psa 145;Luk 11:37-54;2Th 2:1-5 Analysis: 2Ch (& interestingly Ps 145!) tells us the battle is the Lord's. We may be a part of it -- or -- the main part may be like Israel & Jehoshaphat -- to praise with a loud voice and be a witness. Luk tells us to pay attention on what's inside. 2Th Tells us to be secure in the Lord's coming/return. Dark times ahead - but, after comes the dawn. Best Verse(s): 2Ch 20.6 “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Psa 145 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. Lu 11.41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. 2Th 2.1-2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Contract/Prayer: God we look to you. You're our help for the present & hope for the future.

Fighter Verses 2009

If you are looking for Bethlehem Baptist Church Bible Fighter verses for 2009 - here are links to them in a calendar:


This is the same link as a 'tiny' url:


Very cool. This from Mauricio Tejada. This sets ctrl+f12 or quicklaunch item to change between right-left mouse buttons AND icons.


Link has died -- if anyone catches up with Mauricio let me know!

...found above link here: Anything Left Handed
Offers a huge range of Left Handed products, lots of information
and FREE newsletters, the original left-handed shop since 1968.


ABC August-18-2008

Tit 1:10-16;Pro 14:19-35;Luk 19:1-10;Neh 13 Analysis: Titus tells us we should be sound in the faith. Sometimes this means rebuking/or being rebuked. Proverbs tells us be kind to the poor. Don't neglect them. Luke tells us repentance means turning from evil to good. Zacchaeus was willing to make right the wrong he'd done. Nehemiah tells us don't neglect the mechanics of building the church. Salvation is a free gift but we're beholden to God and to His work. Best Verse(s)/Contract~Prayer: Pro 14.25(a) A truthful witness saves lives... God help me be a witness.


Logic by Isaac Watts ~ "Veritas in puteo"

Excerpt from the introduction by Watts to his book. "Veritas in puteo" - truth lies in a well. "...it's chief business is to relieve natural weaknesses of the mind by some better efforts of nature; it is to diffuse a light over the understanding in our inquiries after truth...True logic is not that noisy thing that deals all in dispute and wrangling...

Puritan reading/links

Google: A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson Checkout what www.iclnet.org has to has to offer. P.s. Any links to etexts to other Puritan works would be appreciated: Google: A Puritan's Mind

Logic by Isaac Watts

Google : logic isaac watts I've been looking for a library or other free option for this book for some time-thank you Google! P.s. Any links to etexts to other Puritan works would be appreciated: Google: A Puritan's Mind

Produce the body...

Interesting item from Scientific American : new Sasquatch claims from Georgia. Skeptics want to see the body. Believers in Christ have asked the same from skeptics for close to two millennia.

ABC August-17-2008

2Ti 4:9-22;Pro 13:13-25;Luk 18:18-30;Neh 11 Analysis/Best Verse:: 2Ti 4.17 The Lord Stood by me & strengthened me Pro 13.13 God's wisdom is lifesaving Luk 18.29 There's a reward here & in the kingdom. Context is important: in the world to which he'd come--these words were from a poor itinerant Carpenter; and, in the world to come, the same takes His place as King of Kings Lord of Lords. Maybe it's my interpretation -- but, I think the riches he'd spoke of here were of spirit. Contract/Prayer: Please help me remember my place as a follower & my purpose as a witness of your grace.

ABC August-16-2008

2Ti 4:1-8;Psa 13:1-12;Luk 18:9-17;Neh 10 Analysis/Best Verse(s): 2Ti: Paul tasks Timothy before God/Christ the judge. The effects of Timothy's obedience will be seen / made apparent on Christ's return. Psa 13.5-6 When troubled - remember how God has dealt with you. Luk 18.13 God, be merciful to me a sinner! Neh 10.39 We will not neglect the house of our God. Contract/Prayer: Please help me remember I don't represent myself alone. Please remind me of your mercy (Lam 3.12). Please help me by useful & resourceful.


ABC August-15-2008

2Ti 3:10-17;Pro 12:15-28;Luk 18:1-8;Neh 9 Analysis/Best Verse(s)/Contract/Prayer: 2Ti For a rule/way of life look to godly & Scripture. Be teachable. 2Ti 3.16 ...get some fresh air. Read your Bible. Pro 12.19 Right words endure Pro 12.28 ...the way forward, for the righteous, is life Luk 18.7-8 Be like the widow. Cry out. God's promise is to hear and answer. Neh 9.3 ...look to Scripture, then confess/worship

ABC August-14-2008

2Ti 3:1-9;Pro 12:1-14;Luk 17:20-37;Neh 8 Analysis/Best Verse(s): 2Ti 3.1-5: ...unless you're sent(like Moses) avoid the ungodly/fool. I don't think this means avoid entering in discussions - or that we shouldn't be in the world. I think it means don't answer a fool according to his folly. 2Ti 3.9b Their works & end are/will be evident. Pro 12.11: work with what you have -- don't chase fantasy. Luk 17.28-30 Jesus return is longed for by Christians -- but, it's an awful day for the lost. Neh 8.10 Faith should give strength not sap it. Contract/Prayer: Help me know the right from the wrong. Help me know what my strength & assets are and to use them well. When I look at others help me to ask the question: how is my relationship with them(or lack of it) readying us for Christ's return? And, is my faith springing from Grace and thankfulness or my own efforts & understanding? Lord Jesus be my joy.

ABC August-13-2008

2Ti 2:14-26;Pro 11:16-31;Luk 17:11-19;Neh 7 Analysis: I think 2 Timothy is saying mix words with people that are off the mark. Proverbs encourages right intentions & actions. "the desire of the righteous ends only in good" (it might be not be noticed presently or in the moment). "Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." I'm not sure what to make of the story of the 10 lepers in Luke. I know Leviticus charges the priest with the duty of inspecting lepers. They'd probably been to the priests before -- but, it was in the going that they were all healed. I think this was why Jesus may have said "your faith has healed you". But, only one was thankful. Perhaps this is an encouragement to fellowship/worship. Nehemiah: again, wise in carrying out the work. He appoints guards over what is built -- makes sure they're trustworthy. Best Verse(s): 2Ti 2.16-17 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Pro 11.25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Luk 17.18(a) Was no one found to return and give praise to God... Neh 7.2 I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. Contract/Prayer: God, help me have wisdom & discretion with whom & when I speak. Help me have it my heart to help & do good. Help me be thankful and show it with my life. Help me have faith & be God-fearing.


'View on Demand' vs. 'Full Control'

If you have the option -- use 'View on Demand' over 'Full Control'. The latter is exactly what it indicates. If specified - even 'InfoView' has all-powerful capabilities like delete reports and folders.

ABC August-12-2008

2Ti 2:1-13;Pro 11:1-15;Luk 17:1-10;Neh 6 Analysis: 2 Timothy 2 tells us to be a good soldier we must also suffer(vs. 3) and also as a soldier not to go AWOL(vs.4). We're also to be teachers-pass on what we've learned to someone else who will also teach(vs. 1). Proverbs 11 tells us to honest(vs.1), righteousness: worth more than riches, are a deliverance(vs. 4-8). When the righteous do good- it's good for society - they "rejoice" & are "exalted"(vs. 10-11). It's good to have lots of guidance(vs. 14). Best Verse(s): 2 Timothy 2.1-3; Pro 11.3 The integrity of the upright guides them. Contract/Prayer: How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. The Merchant of Venice. Act. v. Sc. 1. Let your truths illumine my way. God make me good for you & for my neighbor.

ABC August-11-2008

2Ti 1;Pro 10:17-32;Luk 16:19-31;Neh 4-5 Analysis: Paul encourages Timothy to "fan into flame" the gift of God. Proverbs teaches right words are a hall mark of Godliness. Luke teaches us to live for God now. Nehemiah teaches us to because of fear of God to serve faithfully. Best Verse(s): 1Ti1.7 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Pro10.19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,...but whoever restrains his lips is prudent...20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;... 21 The lips of the righteous feed many,... Luk16.20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Neh 15b...Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. 16 I also persevered in the work... Contract/prayer: Help me be faithful & fruitful.


Regarding: Non-scepticism, scepticism, & brain function

Michael Shermer writes in Scientific American this month in "Wheatgrass Juice and Folk Medicine/Why subjective anecdotes often trump objective data(italics mine): ...The reason for this cognitive disconnect is that we have evolved brains that pay attention to anecdotes because false positives (believing there is a connection between A and B when there is not) are usually harmless, whereas false negatives (believing there is no connection between A and B when there is) may take you out of the gene pool. ...Superstition and belief in magic are millions of years old, whereas science, with its methods of controlling for intervening variables to circumvent false positives, is only a few hundred years old. So it is that any medical huckster promising that A will cure B has only to advertise a handful of successful anecdotes in the form of testimonials. This was an interesting piece. I enjoyed his personal anecdote about wheatgrass and concur with the impression given by the photgraph about it's palatability. I did find a couple of things to question: Scientific Method a few hundred years old? Ok, I guess technically. But, critical thinking and the application of the principles of science have been around much longer. Perhaps, and, maybe I'm grasping, we'll find them in sacred Scripture("Test all things and hold fast to that which is good" 1 Thessalonians 5:21). On what evidence does he conclude brain "cognitive disconnect" is biologic? What evidence this has been around "millions of years"? And, more to the point, to what effect in his piece? Is this to dismiss superstition & magic, and, perhaps, by inference religious belief as "something in our genes"? To infer it no longer has relevance? I question lumping "belief" behaviors together. I'd definitely not attribute spiritual faith to biology. One might say, "But, it's anecdotal!" Well, are all anecdotes equal? Assuming they bear up to rules and tests for internal evidence, external evidence, and biographical textual agreement -- some anecdotes eventually are referred to as history. Examples worth pursuing: veracity of Scripture and accounts of Jesus Christ life, death, & resurrection(cf. Chapter 4 "More than a Carpenter", by Josh McDowell). Other helpful resources: 10 reasons to believe...

Goals for Latin

I'd like to become proficient enough to help my daughter in her studies, as well as help myself in understanding ancient texts, history, etc.

Google as proxy

Google hacks contained entry for using Google as proxy -- basically you translate a page from english to english -- and, viola. Google servers become the gobetween). Unfortunately, this no longer works -- but, fortunately, if you translate from es|en you get the same effect. Note: This does NOT hide your ip address. It simply allows you to go to another server to get out from behind a firewall (if you need to).

Chances are -- if you have a linksys or other box between your computer and the internet your real IP address is hidden anyway, helping to prevent hackers from directly attacking your computer. It does this be creating a bank of IP addresses that are one hop away from your computer. I've changed the translated link so that it will hide that IP address. This, hopefully, prevents a site from tracking your pseudo-unique-IP's return and using it against you.

This reference to Anonymouse.org should hide your ip. :) EXAMPLE: http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=es|en&u=www.anonymouse.org Try it & then try your real IP generated here... http://www.arin.net/whois/

ABC August-10-2008

1Ti6.11-21;Pro10.1-16;Luk16.10-18;Neh3; Analysis: Paul finishes the letter by telling Timothy to _finish well_ and that this charge _is before God_. Proverbs exhort us to pay attention to the time & the task. That is, we are here for a reason to share, to work, to witness. By fulfilling our tasks we earn: something. God's joy which then becomes ours. Luke teaches us to serve God not money. Nehemiah teaches us to work together & not be proud: the list of people/families that individually worked on the wall is missing names from the Tekoites. It says their nobles were too proud to stoop and server their Lord. Best Verse(s): 1Ti6.11-16;Pro10.1-2,5,11,14,16;Luk16.10-18;Neh3.5; Contract/Prayer -God, you are my judge. I want to bring you joy -It's harvest time. I must study & speak. -Be faithful in little things that I might be worth of greater things. -Be humble & willing to serve/stoop.



MSAgent is pretty cool. It uses animated characters and text-to-speech. The HTA app described took about an hour to create(including download / install times). It creates two iframe windows -- BibleGateway on top - sanitized text below. Change scripture reference in top window and click 'update' - the MSAgent character "speaks" the verse text.
EXAMPLE of working PlayVerse.HTA: Try It:
1) Install MSAGent & 'Genie'(for speech synthesis - SAPI 5 will / should work).
2) Save PlayVerse.exe_ to your desktop. double-click to extract the PlayVerse.HTA to a folder with that name
3) Double-click Playverse.hta to play.

AutoIt update...

There is a new version of AutoIt available. However, if you're upgrading -- you might want to be cautious in installing/recompiling. I found, for instance, the GUIConstants.au3 include file had changed. $ES_Password constant was no longer there. I had to lookup from help and add to my scripts. Const $ES_PASSWORD=0x0020

Still, AutoIt is a great help. I'd rather be current and tweak a script or two - than not have this tool.

ABC August-09-2008

1Ti 6:1-10;Pro 9;Luk 16:1-9;Neh 1-2; Analysis: We should be _Godly_ and content. Riches are not for the next world. In His light we see light. Be pragmatic. Pray. God hears and turns hearts. Best Verse(s): 1Ti 6:6-7;Pro9.9-10;Luk16.8-9;Neh1.11; Contract/Prayer: Help me keep my eyes on heaven and you.

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