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Another Nice Background Fractal
07/30/2005 - James WhiteI "buttonized" this one. If you have WindowBlinds and use any of the very popular, high-quality skins that are at the top of the ratings list (like GT3 for example) this background, combining purple and blue elements, works wonderfully. Makes for a great looking desktop. Here's the 1280x1024 version.
Quick Note: On Issues Etc. Today at 2pm PDT
07/18/2005 - James WhiteI will be on Issues Etc. today to discuss my current CRI article on Bible Translations. You can listen live at www.kfuo.org, assuming we are actually doing this live and not taping it.
Odds and Ends
07/16/2005 - James WhiteIt sure has been hot in Phoenix lately, and now the humidity is starting to inch upward, indicating the beginning of the monsoon flow. The humidity has increased four-fold this week. I know, in comparison with places like New Orleans, we are still as dry as a bone, but 115 feels a lot worse with four times the humidity, believe me.
The increase in the "icky factor" will be curtailing the miles I will be able to continue to rack up...on my bike. Yes, for those who know my history and know that from May of 1993 to September of 1998 I was a hard-core "roadie" (yes, I have continued following Le Tour), racking up 29,500 miles during that time, you also know I got off the bike in late 1998 and hit the weights. Well, I'm back on the bike, and am headed back down the weight scale--not as fast as I'd like, but I've already seen major aerobic improvement (decreased resting heart rate, body fat percentage, increased aerobic capacity, etc.), and with the ride I hope to get in this morning (planning on 31 to 33 miles), will rack up a second week above 100 miles ridden. Lord willing, I will pass the 30,000 miles mark late this coming week. It feels great to be back on the road. They have improved a lot of cycling gear over the past seven years, that's for sure, and with mp3 technology I can also help to redeem the time on the bike by studying for upcoming duties/teaching/debating/writing.
I mentioned a really exciting book project a few weeks ago, and all I can say right now is that it is a "go," I just can't really go into any details. As soon as I can say more, I will.
For those in the Chicago area: I have been invited to speak in the chapel at Moody Bible Institute September 21 and 22 of this year. I may get to speak in a few other venues there at MBI as well. I am really looking forward to meeting the fine folks there. I've never been to MBI, but I've always felt a connection, since my father graduated from MBI in 1953, and my parents met while he was a student there (married shortly after his graduation). I have arranged for my father to come with me, as he has not had the opportunity of returning to his alma mater since his graduation fifty two years ago! So, it will be quite a trip for both of us, Lord willing.
Finally, I am putting together an article for the blog in response to a brief discussion of Romans 9 by Catholic apologist Art Sippo. It is so rare to get these folks onto proper ground for real examination, but here we are given a chance to test the exegetical capacities of a faithful servant of Rome. There is even a point where Dr. Sippo ventures into Greek grammar. I hope to get the series up next week.
OK, I Confess, I'm Caught Up in the Frenzy
07/05/2005 - James WhiteI'm bummed he has chosen to leave his wife and bum around with Cheryl Crow, and oh I wish he would come to see Who it is who has blessed him with such talent...and I confess, I had hoped he'd retire after #6 and go out on top. I was uncertain he would have the "eye of the tiger" so as to win #7. But I confess, despite all that, as Le Tour has begun, I can't keep myself from rooting for Team Discovery and Lance Armstrong. He sure put the whole field on notice, at age 33, that he's still the man to beat, coming in second in record time in the first individual time trial, and even lapping Jan Ulrich and beating him by 1:06! Just amazing. There is simply no athletic challenge like Le Tour. If you've ever ridden a hard century ride, you know what those men are doing for three weeks. The intensity is simply beyond imagination.
I just happened to notice, however, on the Oakley website, that when he came down with cancer, Oakley stuck with him, hiring him and putting him on their insurance policy when his other sponsors dumped him. I thought that was awesome. Way to go Oakley. Makes me like my Oakleys all the more.
So, go Lance go. It's hammertime.
Quick Update: Lance has the yellow jersey! Discovery Team won the team time trial today! I don't know if Lance has ever taken the yellow jersey this early in the race before (4th stage), but I know they specifically designed Le Tour this year to be as anti-Lance as possible, so this may all be according to plan.
Still A Kid at Heart
07/02/2005 - James WhiteAs a kid I loved to build and fly model rockets...and still do. Hardly ever get a chance to do it anymore, and many years go by without a single launch, but I went out today to try out a gift given to me, an Estes Oracle video rocket. I may link to some video it took when I get permission from the web geek to do so, as I was able to save it in mpeg4 format (Apple Quick Time), and it is only 175k in size. Anyway, here's a neat shot, small, of course (this is a blog after all), of one of RocketMan's launches (appropriate channel nick I'd say) of a 2-stage beauty he built. All my launches were successful, no damage, not even a popped fin today. RocketMan lost the body on one (rip chord failure), and another did the "lets not deploy our shute or even pop the nose cone" dive that makes the really neat "swoosh" sound as it accelerates ever faster right before going THUD. Very minor damage, amazingly. It was 96 by the time we wrapped up at 9:30 in the morning. That is so much more enjoyable in November. :-)