Sunday, February 06, 2011

Regular Programming Interrupted

Everyone needs a chuckle now and then. I'd like to momentarily interrupt our regularly programming for the following:



I had my first taste of Beef Bourguignon last night. Wonderful!

...And for those of you who love complaining about church, see the following thread from a Lutheran discussion forum "I can't stand it when..."

Here's one I found over on Patrick Madrid's blog: “What is the Internet, anyway?” a clueless Bryant Gumbel asks his equally clueless co-hosts on the “Today” show, way back in 1994-



...And for those of you who enjoy Roman Catholic mud wrestling, the Catholic Champion offers, More from the Jerk Mark Shea. The Champion also recently lovingly called my fellow beggar John a "venomous ex-Catholic." Meanwhile, the love-fest toward John over on the Catholic Answers forum is under constant moderator scrutiny. Are they watching for all the "venomous" words uttered by John? No they're deleting a lot of venomous comments from their own team.

And here's a tip that isn't funny (unless of course you're a technology geek and enjoy mocking those who aren't). Those of us who are typically five years behind the latest technology craze won't be getting a Kindle (or similar device) till they're sold at Walmart for around twenty-five bucks. In the meantime, you can still read Kindle books on your PC with this free program from Amazon. I purchased my first Kindle book yesterday.

17 comments:

John Bugay said...

James, my wife loves her Kindle. She's a person who has always carried heavy books around. But she just tosses this in her purse, and she's done.

We have a bank account that has a "points" component, if you use a certain card. In that way, we were able to compile enough points to get a $100 Amazon.com gift card. So realistically, I paid about $50.00 for the thing. So you're not too far off.

As for my little trip over to Catholic Answers, I wish I had been able to spend a little bit more time over there responding to them. (Thanks to some new technology policies at work, I have a hard time responding to comments during the day here).

But I do think such exchanges are helpful, especially given that not everyone over there is convinced as some people seem to be.

James Swan said...

I've been lugging around my laptop, which is cool, because so many places are Wifi now.

As to the CA forums, I've been there for quite a few years, and in fairness to them, I've not been banned- even when posting links to either this site or aomin. Perhaps I've simply slipped under their radar since I don't post often.

Carrie said...

In the meantime, you can still read Kindle books on your PC with this free program from Amazon

Did you write this a year ago and schedule it to post just now?

Welcome to 2010!

Constantine said...

Careful, Carrie. You're gonna start a row between John and James that will be attractive to his eminence, Bishop Bellisario and we wouldn't want that now, would we?

I love my kindle for the reasons John said his wife does. I travel fairly often and it alleviates the need to carry several heavy books. Which I probably wouldn't need to carry if I didn't have to stay up with such a group of erudite scholars!

I suspect, James, that your seminary texts will soon be offered in Kindle format. Carrie can then welcome you to 2011!

I hope you all have a great week!

Peace.

James Swan said...

Did you write this a year ago and schedule it to post just now?

Welcome to 2010!


Listen, I live in my own little reality. Very little gets in past my personal firewall.

James Swan said...

I suspect, James, that your seminary texts will soon be offered in Kindle format. Carrie can then welcome you to 2011!

Quite frankly, I love a book I can throw against a wall if it so moves me.

The Kindle presents a problem for me with such reactions to a text.

Matthew D. Schultz said...

Plus writing in a book is highly effective for any deep reading of a text. It also allows for faster recollection of major points and ideas, and your original reactions to them.

Constantine said...

Plus writing in a book is highly effective for any deep reading of a text. It also allows for faster recollection of major points and ideas, and your original reactions to them.

I understand, Matthew. But you can annotate in the Kindle very easily - just start typing. And the fact that you can bookmark sections by simply underlining them makes retrieving information very, very handy. It's not perfect but some things it does very well.

As far as James throwing it against the wall....we'll have to wait for the rubberized Kindle, I s'pose.

Peace.

Matthew D. Schultz said...

If you find it efficient, I am glad for you; I sometimes wish I could discover an electronic device compatible with my reading habits. I tried to give the Kindle's highlighting and annotation scheme a run through with Plantinga's Warranted Christian Belief, but I was not terribly impressed.

James Swan said...

Yeah, I noticed even my wanna-be Kindle PC software does highlighting.

I'm sure the gizmo is wonderful, but I still prefer a book. Perhaps I'll change one day.

John Bugay said...

I definitely prefer books. I wish they came with a "search" feature, but indexing is adequate most of the time. (Unless you are reading a Joseph Ratzinger book; most of them have no index.) But there's not yet a technological substitute for bookmarks and sticky notes and index cards and fingers.

Until you have to copy and paste, that is ...

James Swan said...

As far as James throwing it against the wall....we'll have to wait for the rubberized Kindle, I s'pose.

I was trying to recall the last book I tossed. It was probably a Reformed tome written in deep theological jargon.

I haven't tossed Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology Vol. 1, though I was tempted. I took some advil instead.

John Bugay said...

I haven't tossed Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology Vol. 1, though I was tempted. I took some advil instead.

I don't know how Turretinfan does it. (Or did it).

James Swan said...

Let's put it this way, I don't mind spending about $80-100 on books I can at least sort of understand.

Turretin will take some time.

I did suggest an mp3 of Turretinfan reading Turretin. Funny, how we hear different voices when we read text.

John Bugay said...

I try to let the guys with pseudonyms have their privacy, but that drawing of him from AOMin is not what I expect when I read his stuff or hear his voice. Do you know him? I've posited that he is a retired college or seminary professor or something.

James Swan said...

Sorry John, if we told you, we'd have to have you silenced.

John Bugay said...

I understand that. That's why I let the guys with pseudonyms have their privacy :-)