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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 25. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:05am

I said test instead of text.  Is that just one of my random brain-farts, or because I've been reading  about you guys' teaching problems?  "I do not have the answer at this time."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:01am

Ruth, yes, I often enlarge the test with control-plus, but sometimes the next page I go to is way too large.  Sometimes, the next page will have to be enlarged, and the next, and...

Plus, there are some things that will not enlarge.  Small information boxes, and the icons on the tool bar will not enlarge.

I've found one or two things that I like better, but overall....well, enough complaining for now.

Nightmares still?  How long have you been retired?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2016 at 10:53pm

Idaho Spud, you said, "everything is much smaller." You can't just enlarge the text with control-plus? Yeah, I have similar learning curve problems every time there's a change.

Randall, I get "my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school." Same for me when I retired from teaching high school, excepting that I continue to have nightmares about teaching from time to time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 4:53pm

Thanks Carl.  I've been meaning to say I'm glad to see your positive attitude

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 4:39pm

Randy, I see the radar and have heard some bad weather is passing through your area.....tornadoes.  I hope you and your family fares well.  BTW, I just read that Illinois is having a bumper crop of corn this year.  The biggest ever.  Apparently the weather has been good for the growing season.  How are things going on your family's farm?  You're not far away!

Spud, I have to second Randy's comment.  It's really nice to see you back here on a regular basis.  Good luck with your computer.  I imagine most of the learning curve will be just getting used to new equipment and programs.  You'll probably be quite sufficient and adept soon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 3:35pm

It's amazing how things have changed.  Smart phones now have thousands of times more computing power than the computers that took a whole room.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 24, 2016 at 3:20pm
Good luck with the new computer Spud. I'm not tech savvy and it's difficult for me to make changes in computers or cell phones.

The first computer I ever saw was in 75 and had to be housed in a room that was probably 14x14. And all it did was collect data on toll collected and the change machines that collected it. That was on what, was then, named the Green River toll road. Things certainly have changed. Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 12:06pm

I purchased a $449 new Mac Mini computer a month ago to replace my 9-year-old iMac.  It's not as wonderful as I thought it would be.

A large number of things have changed in those 9 years, so I'm on a steep learning curve.  A lot of things are more inconvinient than my old one, and I haven't figured-out how to reconfigure them yet.  For one thing, everything is much smaller, which is not pleasant for my eyes.  Hoping I can change enough to feel comfortable with it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:58am

Thanks Randy.  I'm spending a lot more time online now, probably too much.  My garden is suffering.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2016 at 11:56am

Thanks Carl! I knew she was coming, the Natural History Museum in Leiden gave her a lot of publicity in the last few years. We'll have to wait some time until she's put together again, but I'll be in Leiden when the show opens!

 

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