Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Morally Hazardous Technology

Posted: 3rd September 2016 by LegoDoug in Books, Home Life, Humor

Voices were raised in protest. Bicycles were proclaimed morally hazardous. Until now, children and youth were unable to stray very far from home on foot. Now, one magazine warned, fifteen minutes could put them miles away. Because of bicycles, it was said, young people were not spending the time they should with books, and—more seriously—that […]

Imponderably Improbable

Posted: 5th March 2013 by LegoDoug in Books, Doug

This weekend’s This American Life program was entitled, “No Coincidence, No Story,” and featured a huge selection of fascinating short stories. Life is full of coincidences, but I’ve never experienced one that seems more improbable than this: In 1995, I was visiting the Rondon family in the Dominican Republic, and spent some time looking through […]

Periodically, I do a search for this poem we memorized in high school. Today, at last, I found a slightly flawed version of it online, and was able to use that to get a corrected version via Google Books. The poem was published in Baxter’s Explore the Book, in a lesson on Ecclesiastes, although there […]

There’s something fascinating about zombies, and a current cultural meme seems to have made them even more popular than the silly idea that the world will end in 2012. (One of the most popular video games around now is the second installment of Left 4 Dead, called Left 4 Dead 2, which is a teamwork-based […]

(Thanks to Christine J-B for the link.)

Our unnamed west Manchester Thursday evening small group study (a ministry of Heritage Baptist Church) will be starting up again tomorrow, after several weeks in hiatus, and we’ll be studying Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. Below is a brief YouTube introduction with the author. I suppose if we were to call […]

Once I spoke in the West and a Christian told me, “I’ve been praying for years that the Communist government in China will collapse, so Christians can live in freedom.” This is not what we pray! We never pray against our government or call down curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is […]

In a typical day, I come across many fascinating things that aren’t exactly well known. This is a list of things which interest me, and probably does not reflect interest in the general population. Of course, thinking about that alone is of interest to me, so … (Ah, recursion!) Cyborgs Are Real Way cool neuroscience. […]

Powered Suits, Now Even Closer

Posted: 18th April 2008 by LegoDoug in Books, Cool Sites/BLOGs, Geekdom, Technology

From the BBC, comes “US army develops robotic suits” a news report guaranteed to make all Heinlein fans and Wilcox children drool. And if you never have, you should go read Starship Troopers (but skip the movie).

“The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer.” In 2008, Mechanix Illustrated prognosticated on what life would be like 40 years later. Some of the predications are eerily accurate, some may be seen in another 40 years, and as for others, we can only hope. Take a look! (While I’m working on […]