New Look

I'm trying out a new look here at the Cabin. If you like it, leave a comment and let me know. If you hate it, leave me a comment with your address and I'll send you an envelope full of toxic spiders.love,Danny

Halloween

Emma's Halloween

This Halloween Emma dressed up as Mothra, the giant evil moth who battles Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mothra (released in Japan as Mosura tai Gojira). In the picture Emma is acting out a scene where Mothra takes a tiger from a cage at the zoo and bites its head off. Ok, actually Emma was a butterfly, but she really did bite the head off of a chocolate bat. Well, no, not really, but she did bite a Tootsie Roll in half. No, wait. Sara and I ate all of her candy. Happy Halloween!

R.I.P.

Sony Clie S320

Sony Clie S320 was born in the spring of 2002 in a factory outside of Tokyo, Japan. It was united with Danny Ferguson through www.pricewatch.com as a graduation present and it served him faithfully for almost two years. Its interests included keeping dates and addresses, reading e-books, and playing lo-res remakes of old arcade games. It passed away on October 31, 2003, in a freak accident that is still under investigation.

Clie is survived by its leather case, hotsync cable, A/C adapter and extra syli. It will always be remembered for the way it kept its owner from missing important meetings and helped pass the time if those meeting were boring.

Worldviews: Recomendations for further study, part 2

I wanted to include this in my post about worldview resources, but I wasn't able to access the website for a couple of weeks and I didn't want to recommend something that might not work for you. Here it isRavi Zacharias International MinistriesZacharias is a world renowned apologist and evangelist. The site has articles, bibliographies and, best of all, loads of mp3s from lectures he's given. These are free and legal, so you can download them, listen to them on your computer, burn them to cds, or put them on a portable audio device. I've learned a lot from those mp3s. If you have problems downloading them, I can always put some on a cd for you, just let me know.

random things

Here are a few things that have been going on here:I'm still waiting for my accordion. It should be here any day now. I did get my method book in the mail this morning.I've set up a new aquarium. I'm about to get my first one (29 gallons) under control and I think I'll do better with this second one (10 g). I'm still learning some JavaScript. Click here to see some of what I've been learning.

Learning

I've been trying to recover from the last three weeks of sermon preps by taking this week a little easy. Sara, Emma and I went to the library yesterday. I looked at the stack of books that I picked out and there were two books on woodworking (we want some new bookshelves), one book on learning to read music for the guitar, and one book on designing web pages. I realized at this point that I was going through learning withdrawl. After cramming so much new stuff into my brain over the last month I've become addicted. This is bad. I've tried to curb it by watching television, but I just keep turning the channel to NASA, A & E, or the History Channel. Oh well. Click here to see a mad-lib I made using JavaScript.

Wordviews: Recommendations for further study

I just finished a sermon series on worldviews. I talked about Christianity and how it compares to naturalism and pantheism. Here are three books that might help you if you're interested in learning more about this. Leave a comment if you find this helpful and if people are interested I'll post some more ideas.How Now Shall We Live by Chuck Colson and Nancy PearcyThis is a good introduction to thinking in terms of worldviews. It's long book, but it's a pretty easy read. This is where I first learned about the three worldview questions: (Where did we come from? What's wrong with the world? and What can be done to fix it?) They talk about several different worldviews and they use lots of stories to illustrate their points.The Universe Next Door by James W. SireThe subtitle of this book is "A Basic Worldview Catalog." It has chapters on Theism, Deism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Eastern Pantheistic Monism, the New Age and Postmodernism. As you might suspect from all these 'isms,' this book is a little more academic. Check it out if you're feeling brave or if you need some in-depth information on a specific worldview.The God Who is There by Fancis A. SchaefferThis was one of the first books I read when I was starting to get some of the intellectual underpinnings of my faith. It starts out with a bunch of history, which is hard at first, but by the middle of the book it starts to pay off as he ties things together. This book, along with Escape from Reason, and He isThere and He is Not Silent make up Schaeffer's trilogy on Christianity in western civilization. He's got several other books, too. I found his complete works (five volumes, about 20 books) for $40 on Half.com.

New toy

Last night I bid on an accordion at E-bay. I ended up winning the bid for $46, which is pretty good for a working accordion. I haven't heard from the seller yet, but it should be fun once I get it. Now I can try to be like my favorite band.This was my first purchase from E-bay. I'm a long-time internet shopper, but I've just never bothered with the auction scene. It was actually pretty fun.

Take this, telemarketers.

Hello?Last night Emma (1 year, 9 months, 17 days old) was out of bed about an hour after she was supposed to be asleep. While we were all standing in the kitchen, we had this conversation.Danny: What are you doing?Emma: I'm pooping.Danny: Do you want to poop in the potty?Emma: Nooooooo.Sara: Do you want to poop in the big potty (toilet)?Emma: Noooooo.Danny: Do you want to poop in your pants?Emma: Noooooo.Danny: Where do you want to poop?Emma: Poop in the . . . phone.

Prince goes door-knocking

Minneapolis, MI - Proselytizing for Jehovah's Witnesses during last Sunday's Vikings game wasn't the smoothest call Prince has ever made. An Eden Prairie woman, who prefers to be identified only as Rochelle, said, "Door bell rings. My husband runs upstairs and says, 'Prince is at the door!' I said, 'No way.' " [more]

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