RaMbLeS

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.

Ready!

June 23rd, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Ready!

The departure of journalists from this life is not often a loss for the nation, but it is, when the journalist in question is Pulitzer-Prize-winning commentator, Charles Krauthammer.

Noted one obituary:

He was a jewel in American conservatism, unfailingly elegant and civil, and stubbornly independent-minded.”

Sometime in 2008, I grew tired of watching CNN and decided to flip channels for a better source of news. I landed upon Fox, and was especially taken by its 5:00 pm…   Read more →

Cussing!

June 16th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Cussing!

10:54 am.

Apparently, that’s when the average American puts forth their first cuss word of the day. At 10:54 am.

At least, that’s what a new study says.

FWIW, the survey was sponsored by 9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness.

We love taking clients who have never worked out, or haven’t exercised in a long time, and getting them in the best shape of their life. Our trainers will customize your workout to your fitness level. Some new club members start with just a few rounds until…   Read more →

Disgust!

June 9th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Disgust!

There are apparently six kinds of things in the world that disgust us, reports a study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: “The Structure and Function of Pathogen Disgust,” by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Brunel University in London.

Previous studies noted that many of the things that elicit disgust in humans have some relation to infectious diseases. Perhaps disgust originated as an emotion to…   Read more →

Thanks!

June 2nd, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Thanks!

“Universals and Cultural Diversity in the Expression of Gratitude,” published recently in Royal Society Open Science, had some interesting things to say about thankfulness.

Here, we ask to what extent people express gratitude in different societies by focusing on episodes of everyday life where someone seeks and obtains a good, service or support from another, comparing these episodes across eight languages from five continents.”

They studied the following languages:…   Read more →

Evil?

May 26th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Evil?

Google LLC, belonging to parent company Alphabet Inc., is a multinational American enterprise specializing in internet-related services—advertising, searches, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

From the outset, Google’s unofficial slogan was …

Don’t be evil!”

Here is the full version in Google’s Code of Conduct (Wayback Machine, April 21).

“Don’t be evil.” Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users.…   Read more →

Blood!

May 19th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Blood!

Hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) is a condition when a woman with Rh– blood becomes pregnant with a baby with Rh+ blood. This incompatibility, though not dangerous for the first pregnancy, can be lethal for the next Rh+ baby she might have.

To prevent this, if the mother is given specific antibodies (anti-D), these would prevent her from being primed to create destructive antibodies that would be deadly for the next Rh+ baby.

But for this you need to isolate anti-D…   Read more →

Sweet

May 12th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Sweet

The other day drivers heading to Warsaw or Poznan (Poland) had an unusual (but yummy) surprise.

Both directions of the A2 autostrada (motorway), running east-west through central Poland between Warsaw and Poznan, were shut down … by 12 tons of liquid chocolate!

Not a traffic jam, but a chocolate jam!

Apparently, a tanker carrying that delicious load hit a highway barrier and overturned, spewing a vast pool of quickly-hardening chocolate all over the A2. (The driver only…   Read more →

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