Welcome to RaMbLeS, a collection of weekly musings on life and Scripture. It all began in 2005 on Google’s blogspot as the aBeLOG (a name now recycled), a semi-autobiographical devotional that attempted to keep well-wishers abreast of my activities as I relocated to Scotland for a few years. Since my return, I’ve continued my RaMbLeS, and here’s its most recent incarnation on HOMILETIX.


December 22nd, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


If you fly Cityhopper, the regional carrier subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that ferries folks between European cities, you might in for a pleasant surprise.

Your pilot might be Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand (1967–), “by the Grace of God, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Marquis of Veere and Flushing, Count of Katzenelnbogen, Vianden, Diez, Spiegelberg, Buren, Leerdam and Culemborg, Burgrave of Antwerp, Baron…   Read more →


December 15th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


I left my heart in San Francisco!

Well … it wasn’t San Francisco. It was Sacramento. Close.

And it wasn’t a metaphorical heart of romance and passion. It was, literally, a heart, as in the four-chambered organ.

And the one who left the actual heart in Sacramento? Nope, not me. It was Southwest. As in the airline, based in Love [Field, Dallas, TX], and whose stock ticker symbol on the NYSE is LUV. Appropriate.

The heart in question wasn’t mine either.

It belonged…   Read more →


December 8th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


All kinds of celebrations happen at Disney theme parks: engagements, birthdays, weddings, etc., etc.

But these “Happiest Places on Earth” are also venues for “celebrations” of a different kind.

The custodians of said parks in Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney World) and Anaheim, California (Disneyland) report that these famous locations are preferred places for guests to scatter their loved ones’ ashes!

In fact, such disbursements of remains are so popular that custodians…   Read more →


December 1st, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


If you’ve been to the fabulous island of Santorini, in the Aegean Sea, in Greece, you know that steep hills and walkways (to access the picturesque sights of the ocean from on high) make going on foot not very easy. Even for the relatively young and healthy. Needless to say, it’s a tough proposition for those might be carrying extra poundage.

So, many tourists who fall into the last mentioned category—and they are numerous!—take donkeys to get around those steep…   Read more →


November 24th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


They named her T-1, a fearsome predator roaming the jungles near Pandharkawada (pop. 26, 567) in India. There have been a string of deaths creating panic in all those neighborhoods. Bodies have been found with missing limbs and big scratch marks.

Wildlife officials claim the tigress has developed a taste for human flesh. They say she has killed five. Locals claim the loss of at least fourteen.

India’s tiger count is at a high of 2,500, the world’s largest tiger population.…   Read more →


November 17th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Superheroes wield special powers to protect us from villainous knaves. And these characters idolized by young viewers send a strong message about good and evil.

But there’s a downside to this protection racket.

In “Violence Depicted in Superhero-Based Films Stratified by Protagonist/Antagonist and Gender,” a paper presented at this year’s American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in Orlando, researchers find that, on average, the “good guys” are engaging…   Read more →


November 10th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A new development in China. Another surveillance tool.

Gait recognition!

Yep, now software can identify you by your body shape and how you walk. Even when your face is hidden!

Police in Beijing and Shanghai have already deployed gait recognition as part of a larger drive to develop artificial-intelligence-driven surveillance and superintendence of the population.

Said Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, a China-based artificial intelligence company:

Our system can identify people…   Read more →

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