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Finished reading: Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:05:36 +0000

Another random library selection, and a nice change of pace from history and theology. In Now, Cal Berkeley professor Richard Muller sets out to provide a layman’s-level discussion of the nature of time and how the domain of physics interacts with and helps explain it. Muller provides an engaging discussion about relativistic time dilation, the […]

Finished reading: Instrumental: A memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:07:19 +0000

I’ll confess I’d never heard of James Rhodes prior to picking this book up at the library. Turns out he’s about my age, and a British classical pianist who has had some amount of popular culture impact in Britain trying to make classical music less culturally stuffy and more accessible to the masses. Instrumental isn’t […]

Finished reading: A Wretched and Precarious Situation by David Welky

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:31:17 +0000

Found this one on the New Books shelf at the library and figured hey, why not? Welky tells here the story of a handful of Arctic explorers who followed up on Robert Peary’s claim to have seen an Arctic continent he called “Crocker Land” (named after one of his financial sponsors). Want to trek for […]

Bullet points for a Wednesday afternoon

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:50:09 +0000

I’m glad I signed up for the 0530 kickboxing class, but it’d really help if I’d go to bed earlier at night. Short sleep + workouts = ouch. Also = zzzzzz. The folks at the coffee stand know my order (large Americano) now and have it going when I walk up. Not so great: realizing […]

Finished reading: The Whistler by John Grisham

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:59:35 +0000

Because sometimes you need some thoughtless entertainment. Even at that, Grisham is just coasting on his reputation at this point. Meh. — The Whistler

Finished Reading: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:03:32 +0000

The buzz on this one had been going around Twitter for a while, so I was glad to pick up a copy and read. Michael Wear is a young guy who, not even out of college, worked as the White House lead for evangelical outreach during President Obama’s first term. Reclaiming Hope is part memoir […]

Finished reading: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:20:04 +0000

History, it is often said, is written by the winners. Zinn, though, undertakes to tell a history of America from the perspective of the losers, the poor, the oppressed. Think the arrival of the explorers from the perspective of the Native Americans. The colonial and early US history from the perspective of the slaves. The […]

Where you get your news matters

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:23:13 +0000

As I sit and write today we are in day two of Donald Trump’s presidency. Across the United States and around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are marching in protest of Trump’s disregard for women and minorities. It’s likely that the number of attendees at the marches in Washington, DC, will far outnumber […]

Finished reading: Introduction to the Old Testament by J. Alberto Soggin

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:47 +0000

John Halton’s review set me on this one, and I had much the same response to it that he did. Soggin’s work looks at the Old Testament from a historical perspective and dives heavily into textual criticism. It is eye-opening for this conservative evangelical to see how far the academically-accepted historical background of the OT […]

The most moving video I’ve seen in quite a while…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:26:48 +0000

President Obama awards VP Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his 40 years of public service. Biden has no idea the award is coming. Agree with their politics or not, these are respectable men who have each served their country well. The friendship and love they have for each other is […]