Saturday, September 08, 2007

Random 20

Is this the way you feel about church? Ed Brenegar links to this this video. What a good job it does of describing the problem that many churches have in communicating, both with those who are part of the family and even more so with those who are not yet part of the family.

Thanks to John Battelle for the link to the video: Internet People. A summary of what's on the 'net.

IKEA hacker Dozens of ways of modifying IKEA stuff... come on admit it... you have IKEA stuff... everyone does.

via Jesus Dynasty
A comprehensive new paper titled “Probability, Statistics, and the Talpiot Tomb,” authored by Profs. Kevin Kilty and Mark Elliot, has just been posted on the Web. It is exceptionally clear in argument, thoroughly academic in approach and method, and in my view advances the discussion of the Talpiot tomb to a new level. I believe that this paper clears the air on any number of convoluted issues, but particularly the matter of whether or not the cluster of names found in the tomb are common and statistically insignificant, or rare and unique. The most common response to the possibility that the Jesus in the Talpiot tomb might be Jesus of Nazareth has been “the names in the tomb are common.” As Kilty and Elliot demonstrate, statistic probability can often be counter intuitive. I highly recommend a close reading of this challenging and ground-breaking paper.

Canadian diamond mine photos.

The Sea Organ (morske orgulje) is located on the shores of Zadar, Croatia, and is the world’s first pipe organ that is played by the sea. Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside. Underneath, there are 35 pipes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds. sea organ music

engadget has a post about drum pants.
Imagine a pair of slacks, now picture those slacks being laced with Piezo transducer triggers which receive audio that becomes MIDI data (similar to how traditional drum triggers function). Now, imagine those triggers being hooked into a brain of some type, say... a drum machine. Are you getting the picture yet? DrumPants! Yes, now tapping on your legs will produce more than just the dull "thwack" of struck flesh -- it will create a symphony of percussion rivaled only by Neil Peart (and maybe Jon Theodore).
Kind of neat... except the guy can't play.

Stephen talks about his appearance on the Simpsons.

From Ian's Messy Desk: If you subscribe to enough e-mail jokes lists, you will soon learn everything there is to know. Here are some of the personal affirmations I have picked up along the way. Enjoy!
  • Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
  • It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbour’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
  • Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
  • Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, sky diving is not for you.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our butt… then things get worse.
  • No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
  • Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

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