Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Return

After a long hiatus I've decided to return to blogging. Whether anyone reads this or not isn't the issue for me any longer. I'm doing this for myself. Why? Why not?! I have opinions and ideas. Like what is the deal with a freighter that goes missing with a load of lumber on board. Lumber? You really believe that? I'm not sure that do.

Or am I the only one on the planet that doesn't care who the judges are on AI? Seems like there ought to be more pressing issues to occupy my mind with lately. But what could possibly supplant AI? Typhoons? The price of gas? Healthcare run by the government? Can I "win" NaNoWriMo again this year? What's for dinner?

Speaking of dinner...been looking at recipes that use a bunch of squash. Butternut squash. In August. Why are they called winter squash? The AC is running as I type this. It ain't winter, yet. Anyway I have found a couple that sound interesting so far and will give them a go after a trip to the grocery. Yes, I could do the recipes that look like candied yams but I want something more interesting. Recipes without sugar and cinnamon. Ones with some unusual rice or red cabbage or pickled pigs' feet. You get the picture.

I mentioned that I like to read on my profile. Currently I've got some heavy stuff in progress. One of which I'm in over my head trying to "get". Eco's Kant and the Platypus. I was warned in a review on Amazon about it not being a book for laymen but did not I heed the warning. Of course not. I need a glossary to keep the terms sorted out but otherwise it's doable. Mostly doable anyway. I just keep reading and little by little some of what he's saying makes sense. So to lighten the load there's some short stories by Grass. Recommend Grass. Eco is making it more difficult to decide.

One of my favorite authors lately has been NT Wright. Want to get some of his work on Paul. His scholarship seems more rounded to me than others I've read. Apparently he and Piper have a thing going about justification. Haven't seen anything in what I've read that seemed off base but apparently others have. Guess I'll have to see what that's about after I finish the NT and the People of God. Believe it or not, I have enjoyed reading this and the others in the series. Even some of the footnotes are interesting. Most aren't though since they're mostly to satisfy the requirement to cite the work used. I guess if had written one of them I'd feel differently.

Just as a closing side bit here, went for a drive up north of where I live and kept seeing some historical markers commemorating a particular individual and his march through the area. Hadn't heard of it before, not being a history buff, so I looked it up when I had a chance. I had no idea the Revolutionary War involved removing the Native American threat to the cause. That means this individual and others burned, killed, pillaged and whatever else the villages along the way. And whoever was left from that eventually were resettled elsewhere later on. Probably at the same time as the Trail of Tears episode. Interesting how skewed the information taught in high school was. It was like discovering the Easter Bunny doesn't exist.

So much for today.

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