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Yeah… No it Doesn’t

Posted by Clark Bunch on August 17, 2012

I’ve been seeing this image on Facebook.

The poster is cute and the message is inspiring.  It’s not true, but did I mention the poster is cute?

Now, it’s not as bad as “Money is the root of all evil” or “God helps those who help themselves.”  Those quotations are often attributed to the Bible and are simply not what the Bible says.  What 1 Timothy 6:10 actually says is that the love (or lust) of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  The evil comes as a result of people’s attitude toward money.  The Bible does say Do Not Be Afraid.  But the most occurrences I can find, of that exact quote, is 70 times in the NIV.  The image does more than claim we should not be afraid, or that we are commanded to not fear.  The whole purpose of the image is to claim that exact quote appears exactly 365 times, one for each day of the year.  And that claim is bogus.

I’m not scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed correcting each person that shares this pic.  I do growl (just a little, under my breath) each time I see it though.  This pic demonstrates that 1) people will copy/share/repost anything and 2) Christians don’t know what their Bible says.

*steps away from soapbox

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How to Draw a Shark

Posted by Clark Bunch on August 14, 2012

 

 

No one should ever stop learning.  Today’s lesson: how to draw a shark.

 

So ends the lesson :-D

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See the Big Picture

Posted by Clark Bunch on June 25, 2012

Do you recognize that picture?  Chances are you’ve seen it before.

The above picture was taken at Tienanmen Square during the protests in 1989.  This is an uncropped image of the entire scene.  Take a look in the bottom left-hand corner.  That individual, better known as Tank Man, is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.  The image below is perhaps more recognizable.

See more examples of The Bigger Picture here.  (Includes mystery woman with the Million Dollar Quartet, and an unused cutout of Hitler at the Sargent Pepper shoot.)

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The Future of Cookbooks

Posted by Clark Bunch on June 18, 2012

This article (by L.V. Anderson for Slate) argues that cookbooks will go extinct.  Cookbook sales are up and there are more cooking shows (and channels) than ever before.  Don’t confuse Anderson with the facts.

I was working in retail in 1996 when some writer or magazine predicted the end of coupons.  They were expected to disappear by the year 2000, and all the reasoning made perfect sense at the time.  Guess what.  Enter extreme couponing.

At the end of 1899 a popular magazine of the time made predictions for the 20th century.  A few of them were dead on; most were not.  One notable failure was the notion that by the end of the 20th century the alphabet would consist of fewer letters, X and Q being done away with.

I put about as much stock in the demise of cookbooks as I do in the misguided notion the Myans predicted the end of the world.  Check back with me in 10 years (if myself/ this blog/ the internet all still exist).

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Red Means Stop

Posted by Clark Bunch on June 15, 2012

Our daughter Johannah, not yet 3 years old, knows that red means stop and green means go.  She can spot a stop sign from over a hundred yards.  But… why do red and green mean stop and go?

The very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use. The device was pretty crude, and less than a month after it went operational, it exploded and killed the unfortunate traffic cop who was operating it.

Continue reading this post at Mental Floss.  In short, red and green were borrowed from the railroad industry which used several colors to indicate different conditions.  Red and green were used by other heavy industries of the time, green usually indicating machinery was operating, red that it had or was stopped.  Why were those colors used on machinery control panels?  Now that is the right question.

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What You Need to Succeed

Posted by Clark Bunch on May 5, 2012

Forbes Magazine (and by extension their website) is focused on business.  Intelligence is Overrated: What You Really Need to Succeed  is an article about success in business, but the principles apply to other walks of life as well.  Success is less about IQ and more about EQ, MQ and BQ; Emotional Intelligence, Moral Intelligence and Body Intelligence.

Some of the tips for improvement should be second nature for Christians and just plain common sense for all of us.

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History Myths

Posted by Clark Bunch on May 5, 2012

One of the blogs I follow is called History Myths Debunked.  The latest myth, #87 in the series, involves brick vs. loose leaf tea.  The posts deal largely with American History in particular.

I happen to enjoy history, but I realize it’s not everyone’s… cup of tea.

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Steve Brown etc.

Posted by Clark Bunch on May 5, 2012

<– That guy is Steve Brown.  He is a seminary professor, radio host, blogger and all around good guy.  I think he looks like Tim Allen’s boss on Last Man Standing, but that’s not important right now.

The SBE icon under Clicky Links redircts to Steve Brown etc. where Steve and friends write, blog and podcast.  I first heard of his radio broadcast/podcast when he interviewed Michael Spencer a few years ago.  I have recommended him before on The Master’s Table but can’t believe he was not on the blogroll all this time.  Well he is now.  There are actually two listings at Mast Tab, one for Steve Brown etc. and another specifically for the podcast.  I do something else here on My Other Blog, by associating an icon with each blog or website.  That takes the place of the traditional blogroll.

I’ve often thought about podcasting, or even vlogging (vlog = video blog), but until I do you can listen Steve Brown right now.

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Makes Me Smile :-D

Posted by Clark Bunch on March 26, 2012

On the left-hand side bar is a list of images under the heading Quotables.  Click any one of these to view full size, then return with your back button.  On the right-hand of the this screen I plan to start a collection of pictures that make me smile.  This may be my favorite picture of Jesus ever, and Easter happens to be in a couple of weeks.

*This image was produced by Simon Dewey, a contemporary Christian artist.  Many of his prints are available for sale here.

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Tweeking the Blogroll

Posted by Clark Bunch on March 26, 2012

When My Other Blog became SMILE God Loves You, I dropped some of the old links from the blogroll.  I’ve been looking for sites that are inspirational, quirky, funny, and share my appreciation for every good and perfect gift.  FYI, the blogroll is on the left-hand side bar under the heading “Clicky Links.”  Each entry has an image associated with it.

Luisa Doraz (Believe in Yourself) dropped off the map there for a while, I’m glad to see she has return to the blogosphere.  The newest add to Clicky Links is Donkey Whisperer Farm.  That sounds quirky enough, right?  Melody combines a love of God and Jesus with farming, donkeys, horses, mules, cats, dogs and all living things.

Each time a reader leaves a comment or likes a post, I usually give their site a look. Sometimes I follow their blog a while before recommending them to my readers.  That’s how it works folks :-D

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