Archives for July 2008

New iPhone Feature Needed

The current iPhone enables one to make and receive phone calls, e-mails, and text messages, view pdf files, photos, and videos, not use turn signals, and drive at 15 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. Rumor has it the next generation of iPhone will include an additional safety feature: an airbag, for those instances where [Read More…]

The Mandaean Calendar and the Egyptian Calendar

The Mandaeans use a solar calendar which consists of 12 months, each consisting of exactly 30 days, with an additional 5 days added at the end of the year which do not belong to any month. Apparently, this same calendar was used in ancient Egypt throughout most of its history. An additional day once every [Read More…]

Cartoons Around the Blogosphere

John Pieret has a “cracker” of a post. Ann Fontaine highlights some bloggers who are blogging the Qur’an. Ken Schenck continues working through James D. G. Dunn’s The Partings of the Ways. The Evolution of the Mystery talks about miracles. Scot McKnight has a little exercise for young theobloggers. Jim West shares Joe Zias’ thoughts [Read More…]

What’s $1.5 Million Between “Friends”?

Here’s another scam e-mail I received. As usual, when they make it through the spam filter, I post a warning, since I get lots of gullible people finding their way to my blog searching for key words and names from the e-mail, since somehow they think the e-mail might be real and worth checking. Here’s [Read More…]

Lived Long and Prospered

The news is just breaking in the blogosphere that Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Foundation, has passed away. He was 95. He is best known for his financial success, and for his work in promoting a free market approach to religion and constructive dialogue between religion and science. [Read more…]

More Wildlife From Our Yard

Here are some better video clips of our hummingbirds: And now for a couple of clips of a deer that visits our garden regularly. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Journey’s End, Creation’s End, God’s End?

I just watched “Journey’s End”, the season finale of Doctor Who. This post contains spoilers. It also explores the Bible and theology in light of this episode of Doctor Who that you may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. Loren Rosson is of course right that there were ad hoc resolutions to issues, unconvincing waves [Read More…]


Here’s the first of several short videos of hummingbirds at our feeder that I’m in the process of uploading to YouTube. [Read more…]

Ancient Texts Online: Rising Messiahs and Reproduced Mandaean Sources

A 2,000 year old stone tablet has (once again) been making news headlines because of its possible reference to a Messiah who rises after 3 days. Of course, the truth of the matter is that there are numerous difficulties involved in reading and then interpreting the text. Help for those trying to make an informed [Read More…]

You Don’t Know The Language Until You Can Say “Fireman”

I’m always on the lookout for resources related to the Mandaic language, primarily its ancient classical form, but also the modern spoken version. (If anyone ever comes across a copy of the Drower and Macuch Mandaic Dictionary, please let me know!) Today I came across “Mandaean school lessons in English“, in fact a single lesson [Read More…]