Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Goodness

is Chinese food from your favorite buffet.  Nothing makes me feel better.

is the turning of the leaves.  I love their almost fluorescent reds, oranges and yellows.  As they start to spread over the landscape, they bring me joy in my favorite time of year: autumn.

The teeming autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.
-- William Shakespeare

My day started out not so well, but doing these things and enjoying the color helped bring my mood up.

Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Random Tuesday: I have smart phone envy

Just because I married a Dutch guy, doesn't make me Dutch.  But, maybe I am cheap.  I cannot, for the life of me, see my way to trying to get a Blackberry, Samsung Acclaim, iPhone or any of the other myriad of smartphones out there.  They are cool.  I would like to be able to whip one out and look up information on the web right there and then, maybe post an update or two to Facebook, but at $100-$150/month just to own one of these things does not appeal to me.  I still cringe that we pay $70/mo just for two of us to use a service, though when you break it down, it's $35 each, which in the grand scheme of things, is not bad.  I will have to wait until I am an old lady and my fat fingers cannot maneuver the little keys.  Sigh.

No surprise.  Many Americans know little about religion, its origins for it tenants and about other religions.
In a perhaps counterintuitive finding, the researchers discovered that atheists and agnostics generally know more about religion than people who profess a belief. Atheists and agnostics, on average, answered 20.9 questions correctly. Dave Silverman, president of the advocacy group American Atheists, told The New York Times that he was not surprised by that.

"I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people," he said. "Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That's how you make atheists."

Atheists and agnostics were closely followed in religious knowledge by Jews, who answered 20.5 questions correctly on average, and Mormons, who averaged 20.3. Protestants averaged 16 correct answers; Catholics averaged 14.7.
There were also some differences due to amount of education, which stands to reason.  In addition, though they knew more about their own faith, what they knew was still relatively low.
Respondents were generally more knowledgeable about their own religion than about other religions, but still had significant gaps even there. More than half of Protestants (53 percent) could not identify Martin Luther as the man whose teachings inspired the Protestant reformation. And 45 percent of Catholics did not know that that the Catholic Church teaches that the communion bread and wine actually become -- not just symbolize -- the body and blood of Christ.
I took the quiz.  I got 14 out of 15 right.  I guess nirvana is part of Buddism.  I thought Hinduism.  Still, not bad.  But I am an historian and we do study a lot of the backgrounds to cultures.  It depends on how broad your undergrad is, but mine was pretty broad.  In addition I was raised in a church that studied books of the Bible carefully and intellectually.  I wish I could find a church that studied the Bible for my children, rather than making them memorize verses.  Really?  Doesn't anybody do Sunday school classes where the kids hear the Bible story and then learn about what it is supposed to teach us about our own lives?  Memorization teaches you nothing but a bunch of archaic verses.

Not so random today.  Go random up.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Get it in at the last minute

So, I found this little scifi tidbit (seriously hate the Scyfy.  One question: Why?)

Disney princesses reimagined as superheros.

That is pretty awesome.

I want to like the "new" Doctor Who.  This article makes it look as if the stories might continue to be campy and interesting.  But really, can anyone live up to David Tennant?

Courtesy of
Do I seem a little geeky?  Well, live with it!  I do.  Someone had to marry my husband and all his geeky likes.  It might as well have been me.

So, thanks for waiting out all of Tuesday with me until I got my act together.  Writing has been harder of late.

Random up:


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Track your change in age with Jane Austen

A blog I follow occasionally has an article about how one's tastes change as one reads different Austen novels again and again over the course of a lifetime.  I am hoping I will get to reading Persuasion soon.  I would like to see if I enjoy it as much as I did P&P when I first read that.

The Jane Austen Signs of Middle Age

Thursday, September 2, 2010