Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Some "new" Tolkein is due to be published soon. The story, "The Children of Hurin," set in the early days of Middle Earth (in the time of The Silmarillion), has been carefully edited by JRRT's son, Christopher. Keep an eye out - this should be good.

(HT: Mark at the BHT)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Heavy Metal - The Cure for Your Mental Ills

It seems that heavy metal is used as a tension reliever for bright and talented teens who function outside the social mainstream. This isn't surprising to me, but I'm glad to see the mainstream pick up on the observation. Whether they'll do anything good with the knowledge is another question...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Finding the Bloggin Sweet Spot

This blog serves primarily as a placeholder for non-theological stuff I find interesting, so I don't worry about "good blogging" rules too much with this site. But for others, this is good food for thought:

34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe From Your Blog

(HT: Jollyblogger)

Our Education System is Made of Suck

Jordan Cooper posted a video from TED that is not only funny, but shows much of what's wrong with modern education systems.

The essential idea is that since most education systems are designed to
train half your brain for productivity in modern economies, they are
not truly educating you, and are in fact harming many otherwise
talented people who don't fit the mold. (i.e., the creative people get
the shaft, or Paxil...)

The video goes after public ed, but I'll lump home school in there as
well, since a good number of home school parents are using some kind of
pre-packaged education plan that has the same result as what's

Friday, March 02, 2007

For the Electronics Junkies

There's a good thread at Slashdot today for electronics project kits.