July 2005

31 Jul 2005 07:17 pm

Q.43. What introduces the ten commandments?

A. These words introduce the ten commandments: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of he land of slavery.

Before we begin our detailed walk through the ten commandments, the catechism calls us to consider the context of the ten commandments. In Exodus 20, God was stating the “ten words” to the people He had just redeemed from slavery in Egypt. He had already saved them from a situation in which they were powerless. God Himself acted to do for them that which they could not do for themselves: to free them from bondage to Pharaoh.

Now that God has redeemed them, what does He expect from them? Since He has just made them into a nation, into His own people. How does He expect them to conduct themselves based upon His work of saving them? He gives them the ten commandments to obey as an act of gratitude for what He has done for them in redeeming them from the slavery of Egypt.

This intro to the ten commandments speaks to all those whom God has saved from their sins. I was not one of the people whom God brought out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses. But I have been redeemed from the penalty of my sins and have been adopted into God’s family. He is the Lord my God, who brought me out of the slavery to sin.

Therefore, I am called to show my gratitude for what Christ has done by living according to His rules: the ten commandments.

1 Corinthians 5:14-15

14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Romans 6:1-14

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

&30 Jul 2005 11:12 pm

Headline BBC News: Ice lake found on the Red Planet

A giant patch of frozen water has been pictured nestled within an unnamed impact crater on Mars.

The photographs were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board Mars Express, the European Space Agency probe which is exploring the planet.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s because the hockey lockout has just ended and after a year of no hockey, I’m looking forward to its return. But something about this newly discovered frozen pond on Mars seems ideal for the game.

Mars Lake

&29 Jul 2005 07:51 pm

Ever since I was a young boy,
I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

The Who — Pinball Wizard from the 1969 album Tommy

Meet Brice Mellen.

Headline AP: Blind Teen Amazes With Video-Game Skills

LINCOLN, Neb. – Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as “Mortal Kombat.” In that regard, the 17-year-old isn’t much different from so many others his age. Except for one thing: He’s blind.

And as he easily dispatched foes who took him on recently at a Lincoln gaming center, the affable and smiling Mellen remained humble.

“I can’t say that I’m a superpro,” he said, working the controller like an extension of his body. “I can be beat.”

Those bold enough to challenge him weren’t so lucky. One by one, while playing “Soul Caliber 2,” their video characters were decapitated, eviscerated and gutted without mercy by Mellen’s on-screen alter ego.

“I’m getting bored,” Mellen said in jest as he won game after game.

How do you think he does it?

I don’t know.

28 Jul 2005 11:45 pm

“No bare feet.”

“What’s THAT sign say?”

Headline Washington Times: Virginia has no fighting chance

28 Jul 2005 11:40 pm

Way back in the previous century, I used to fly in B-52s. In my 5 years of flying in them, I never once flew in a plane that was younger than me.

I’m getting pretty old, but although I left the Air Force more than twelve years ago, the B-52 is still flying.

How has it managed to continue for so long? Well, the mission of the plane has changed dramatically over the years. As the world has changed, the B-52 adapted to its new role.

It started in design in the 1940s as a high altitude “special weapon” bomber. (We can neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons in a B-52.) Hence the name: Stratofortress. But as air defenses got better, flying straight and level at high altitude became a suicide mission. And so the B-52 became a low level bomber.

Then, as the Cold War ended, and we no longer needed the threat of dropping “special weapons” on the Soviet Union, the B-52s came off alert and started flying conventional bombing missions.

So now B-52s are flying high altitude or low altitude bombing based on the air superiority situation of the battlefield. They can carry conventional weapons, “special weapons”, smart bombs, and even Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles. The continue to do whatever is required at the time.

Clearly, the secret to its longevity has been the flexibility of the B-52.

But now there is an opportunity for the B-52 to ensure its continuing existence into the middle of the 21st century with just a small modification to its mission. It now has the opportunity to move into oncology.

Headline Telegraph: ‘Smart bombs’ to wipe out cancer cells

Scientists have developed anti-cancer “smart bombs” that can burrow into tumours and deliver drugs without harming healthy cells.

&28 Jul 2005 11:18 pm

In an IT Conversations podcast, Adam Bosworth, Vice President of Engineering at Google, said the following:

I was amused to hear about people using Microsoft Project. I always viewed it when I was at Microsoft as this secret weapon that was used to stop everyone else from being able to compete.

To hear the twelve second audio clip, click here.

I’ve used Microsoft Project, and I understand exactly what Mr. Bosworth means.

27 Jul 2005 10:01 pm

Headline Sport Fishing Magazine: Marlin Attacks Teen!

While on a fishing trip over the Fourth of July weekend in Panama, 18-year old Stephen Schultz was injured when a 600-pound Marlin he was reeling in leapt into the boat, striking him in the head and chest.

Via Drudge.

&27 Jul 2005 07:26 pm

I’ve had a Personal Digital Assistant (DA) for several years, and I really love mine. I use it for most of my reading, both of books and of the Internet. I take it most everywhere, and keep all my to-do lists, e-mails, and contact lists in it.

But now electronics makers are combining electronics. They make one device that acts as PDA, MP3 player, and mobile phone. Where I currently have to carry three devices, I could now replace them with one device.

Motorola has now revealed it’s latest smart phone:

Headline Computerworld: Motorola unveils a Razr for e-mail addicts

JULY 26, 2005 (REUTERS) – Motorola Inc., the world’s second-biggest mobile phone maker, yesterday unveiled an ultrathin mobile phone that includes a keyboard, taking aim at businesspeople who have become addicted to BlackBerry e-mail and messaging devices.

Having a smart phone that can replace a Blackberry is a great option right now, since there is a new threat just discovered for Blackberries. Whereas Windows PCs and Bluetooth enabled phones are vulnerable to viruses, there is something completely different to beware of with Blackberries:

Headline AP: Blackberry Fungus Enters United States

Perhaps Motorola will pick up some customers who want to avoid this new threat to their Blackberries.

26 Jul 2005 10:45 pm

In more sports news about people who took last year off, after abruptly quitting football a year ago under very strange circumstances, Ricky Williams has decided to return to the Miami Dolphins this year.

When asked why he was returning, Ricky had this to say:

“Why? Why? I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve been away doing my own thing, studying a lot of alternate theories about life. To go into that answer — it can’t be picked up in a sound byte or easily understood. So the best way I can think of to put it is that I’m back here to work.”

He’s back to work. That God given drive that causes us to want to do something with ourselves has caused him to stop his aimless wandering and return to the only job he’s even known: football.

Of course, there might have been some other motivation than just the desire to work. Ricky might need a little cash these days.

A court found the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner in breach of contract by retiring and ordered him to repay the team $8.6 million….

Because Williams sat out last season, he’s due only the NFL minimum $540,000 this year, compared with the $3.7 million he passed up in 2004.

That was an expensive year he took off.

&26 Jul 2005 10:45 pm

It was for maternity leave.

Headline Washington Times: NHL’s pregnant pause

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