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I just realized that this site is still live. I had forgotten all about it!! Well, if you are seeing this then you might be one of a dozen or so people who have visited this blog in the past couple of years.

Maybe I’ll start posting here again. Maybe not. I am getting pretty tired of Facebook World.


Dronestagram – A different kind of Instagram

Dronestagram. Images of the sites of drone attacks. Your video-game military at work.

Here is an awesome tip for those who use Chrome’s developer tools.

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When presenting on JavaScript or jQuery I’ll typically spend a lot of time in the Chrome Developer Tools window at the console. The problem is that, depending on the projection facilities and the resolution the fonts can be too small to read.

The Chrome devtools themselves are built out of HTML and CSS so I started digging for how I could edit the stylesheet. You can view the default devtool stylesheet by navigating to chrome-devtools://devtools/devTools.css. You can’t easily edit this though (it’s probably buried as a resource within Chrome), but you can override its styles using the standard custom user stylesheet Custom.css!

Custom.css lives at:

  • Windows: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User StyleSheets
  • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/User Stylesheets/

The style(s) to add and override in Custom.css are:

A nice touch is that the styles update automatically as you save Custom.css so you can tweak it on the fly to get the right font-size for your audience.

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Did Jesus just call that woman a dog??

New Testament scholar Dr. Larry Hurtado (author of the excellent tome Lord Jesus Christ) has a great article on the meaning of a frequently misunderstood passage in the Gospel of Mark:

picture of a dog at the table

Who gets fed first? The kids or the pets?

“Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  (Mark 7:26-28 ESV)

A lot of people think Jesus is being harsh to this woman, in effect calling her a “gentile dog” – a very pejorative term, for sure.

Dr. Hurtado does a great job of explaining how Jesus is doing nothing of the sort. He is speaking in word pictures, like He almost always does – He was a first-century Jewish teacher, after all 🙂

The “dogs” in this little mini-parable refer to house pets. Just as it wouldn’t be right for the master of the house to feed his pets before he feeds his children, so it wouldn’t be right for Jesus to shift the focus of his ministry to the gentile world. His mission, first and foremost, was to the lost sheep of Israel. The gentiles would be “fed,” but only after the “children” had their chance first.

Read the whole article here:


Quickly create a list of integers

To quickly create a list of integers to use in an Asp.Net MVC view , use the Enumerable.Range function.

The following example creates a list of integers from 1 to 20, then converts the list to something that can be used in an HTML dropdown list:

var list = Enumerable.Range(1, 20).ToList();
var myOptions = list
    .ConvertAll(x => new SelectListItem
       Text = x.ToString(), Value = x.ToString()

To use the list:

@Html.DropDownListFor(m => m.SomeIntProperty, myOptions)

Which generates the following HTML:

<select id="SomeIntProperty" name="SomeIntProperty">
  <option selected="selected" value="1">1</option>
  <option value="2">2</option>
  <option value="3">3</option>
  <option value="4">4</option>
  <option value="5">5</option>
  <option value="6">6</option>
  <option value="7">7</option>
  <option value="8">8</option>
  <option value="9">9</option>
  <option value="10">10</option>
  <option value="11">11</option>
  <option value="12">12</option>
  <option value="13">13</option>
  <option value="14">14</option>
  <option value="15">15</option>
  <option value="16">16</option>
  <option value="17">17</option>
  <option value="18">18</option>
  <option value="19">19</option>
  <option value="20">20</option>

Author of controversial ‘gold standard’ study on gay parenting being investigated by university |

“Damn the evidence, full speed ahead!” – LGBTQ activists

via Author of controversial ‘gold standard’ study on gay parenting being investigated by university |

BBC News – Boy Scouts of America keeps gay ban

The Boy Scouts of America will not change its policy of excluding gay scouts and scout leaders, following a secret two-year review, the group says.”

Thank God for this decision by the Boy Scouts. The scouts were established as a Christian organization, and homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Christian (as well as the Jewish) scriptures.

If homosexuals want to join a group of like-minded people, that is their right, but they need to stop trying to force others to accept and accommodate their perverse sexuality. Maybe the homosexuals should start their own scouting organization, and stop trying to infiltrate the Boy Scouts of America.

By the way, this is not an “equality” issue, comparable to the Civil Rights issues of the 1960’s. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and thus “equality” and “rights” have nothing to do with  this situation.

via BBC News – Boy Scouts of America keeps gay ban.

I thank God for the SBC.

Juicy Ecumenism - The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Blog


The nearly 16 million member Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant church, has elected its first ever black president, Fred Luter. Justifiably the media have highlighted the historical irony of a church founded amid schism before the Civil War in defense of slavery that has now come full circle in its racial attitudes. But the larger context of Southern Baptist history and influence should also be appreciated.

What if Southern Baptists had become another liberal Mainline Protestant denomination? It perhaps almost happened. Many Southern Baptist seminaries liberalized in the 20th century, and Southern Baptist elites in the 1970’s were not always too different from Mainline elites. In 1971 the Southern Baptist Convention backed abortion rights, just a year after the United Methodists did. In 1973, Southern Baptist officials joined with United Methodists and other Mainliners to found the notorious Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights.

Unlike the Mainline denominations at…

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The Gay Divorcees

The Gay Divorcees

"The debate over marriage does not necessarily hinge on its popularity among the eligible, and advocates of gay unions would no doubt assert that "equality" is not a numerical proposition as quickly as their opponents would aver that the very idea is a hopeless category mistake.  But it is nonetheless worth noting that there is no particular groundswell — even in states and cities that have both legal gay marriage and significant numbers of homosexuals — and that, when gay couples do decide to get married, they are more likely than their straight equivalents to change their minds later."

Don’t Know Much About Nothing

Edward Feser smacks down another New Atheist Know-Nothing: 

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