Monday, October 27, 2008

Nerdy T-Shirts

So, to relax sometimes, I look up nerdy science and math T-shirts. Here are some of my favorites. They run from what the average person will get, to what only people in calculus will get, with a few non-science ones :-D

^o^ The ether bunny

Got mole problems? Call Avogadro!

Hiesenberg may have been here.

[Front of shirt]: Shrodinger's Cat is Dead. [Back of shirt]: Shrodinger's Cat is Not Dead.

Curse your Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal!

(1+2i)(1-2i) Get Real!

Does the name "Pavlov" ring a bell?

May the m*a be with you.

Biology: The only science where division and multiplication are the same thing.

Resistance is Futile! (if <1ohm)>
And, my favorite:




+C, of course :)

Jehovah's Witnesses

My friends and family have been writing a lot of good blog posts/notes lately! Here's one from my friend Daniel about some points of differences between the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses and Christians.

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=41087356982&ref=nf

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Marriage

I've been thinking a lot about marriage lately, and reread this post on my dad's blog:

http://bibchr.blogspot.com/2005/03/marriage-is-not-really-about-happiness.html

I think there's a lot of truth in it, and enjoyed rereading it, so I thought I'd share it!

P.S.

If you follow my blog closely (and I'm sure there's tons of you out there, haha!), you'll notice that I say things that conflict about "my dad." That's because I have a biological father and a stepfather who adopted me, and they are both "dad" to me in different ways, and so unless clarification is required to differentiate which one I'm talking about, I'm just going to say, "my dad."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You Win Some, You Lose Some

As I was telling my dad the other day (who lives in California and is paying around $3.60/gal), I just filled up at $2.52 a gallon!!

It was also 42* walking to class this morning. Brrrrrrrr.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sir Rattigans


So, I bought some mice for my pet savannah monitor lizard, Al. (I named him Al Gore because I made him a cage with two heat lamps, and he looked at me with beady lizard eyes saying, "You're contributing to global warming." :D) Anyway, I got him 4, but he only ate 2 right off, so I just let the other two run around the cage until he felt like chasing after them. The problem came when my wife looked at the cage. And named one of them Sir Rattigans. Rats (pun intended).


Anyway, she and one of our roommates took them out, made a little cage for them, and named the other one (I had laughed, rolled my eyes and walked away at this point, so I don't know what the other one is named).


That's all. I figured since this is the test week of my LAST anatomy exam (the entire human body in 10 weeks...whew!!) that I would do a light post :) I won't be getting Al live mice anymore.

Friday, October 17, 2008

End Times!

I must confess that I don't know nearly as much of the global political scene as I'd like. Of course, that's true of a lot of things. Also, I used to delve quite a bit into Biblical end times prophecy, but havne't done so very much in the last five years or so.

Recently, however, I have been crash-coursing in both, and the things I have learned have astonished, enthralled, and even scared me. The fulfillment of Biblical prophecy is all around us. I hadn't realized how much Vladimir Putin had been doing to militarize Russia again (although the invasion of Georgia should have tipped me off). I didn't know about the astounding ties between Russia and Iran, let alone Russia's unlikely alliances with the countries prophesied in Ezekiel 38.

The slow rebuilding of the Iraqi infrastructure, combined with the attempted resurrection of the ancient city of Babylon, as was foretold in the book of Revelation. Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, explaining why Egypt is mysteriously missing among the nations invading Israel in Ezekiel 38. The gathering and manufacture of the items necessary for use in the Third Temple when it gets rebuilt, as foreold in Revelation, including the pursuit of the pure red heifer required for purification. The financial disaster occuring here in the United States, perhaps explaining why the US doesn't stand up for Israel when it gets invaded. Catastrophic natural disasters. So many things.

I've been reading lots of books, including trying to delve deeply into the Scriptures myself, and reading lots of newspaper headlines. I finished "Epicenter" by Joel Rosenberg, and I'm rereading LaHaye and Jenkins' "Are We Living in the End Times?" I found "Epicenter" absolutely fantastic; Rosenberg definitely did his research. I've added his blog http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com to my list of websites to check daily.

I say it has been "scary" to me because I have also begun to question the Biblical basis of the Rapture doctrine. I've always believed in it, but I'm definitely on the fence. I hope to write a good post on that once I've researched it more. The thought of having to live through the Tribulation, particularly with a family, is a sobering thought. Even if our Lord does take us up, though, living through the rest of the "birth pains" of the Earth is going to get increasingly difficult.

It is clear that we must do as our Lord said, and watch for His coming, for it could be any time!! We must be good servants and be found doing His work when He comes.

-Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Psalms

So, apparently I need to keep my postings short, or they either don't happen or they end up cut short. So, very quickly, I submit to you:

Lately, I've begun reading a praise Psalm at the beginning of dinner with my family. A while back, we committed to sitting down and eating dinner together at the table, which has been amazing. My wife and I tend to pray in very different ways, so our mealtime prayers weren't working for both of us. Then God gave me the idea to read a Psalm of praise at the beginning as our prayer. It has actually been an incredible experience: it's very powerful to passionately read aloud the enthusiastic, genuine praise that God's people have been speaking for thousands of years.

Ok, lecture is starting, so as I promised, I'm leaving now!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"The Final Category is 'Potpourri'"

Ah, gotta love Jeopardy. It's my favorite TV show, actually. 7pm every night, in Ohio at least :-D

Anyway, I haven't had time to post recently, and I have lots of half-baked thoughts stewing in my mind, and I haven't thought out what this post will entail, so here goes! I warned you earlier, you read this blog at your own risk!!

First, my moment of vanity: not only did I pass my insanely difficult exam, but I ended up getting 90.5% on it! Making a lot of statistical assumptions, I calculated that I am in the top 15% of the class, give or take quite a bit. In any case, I'm doing very well. Praise be to God! Two more weeks on head and neck, and anatomy will be over! I'm actually really excited. I love anatomy, but this has been a whirlwind, and my brain needs a change. The monotonous straight-up memorization only uses one portion of my brain, and it's getting tired!

I've been doing a lot of thinking this last week or two, and I have a LOT of ideas and desires and dreams. I have so many things I can do in this life! As so many people before me have lamented, there's not enough time, either in the day, or in my lifetime.

For instance, I have been having a lot of interaction with the homeless recently. Apparently I walk through homeless territory on the way to and from class, because I've been asked for money at least 5 times this month. In one particular example, on my way home from class, a sweet woman named Marleen asked me if she could have some money for food since she hadn't eaten in two days. I truthfully told her that I didn't have any cash on me, but I offered to treat her at the sandwich shop down the street. On the way there, she told me how she'd been asking for food money all day, and I was the first person who had so much as acknowledged her existence. She thanked me profusely, and I told her the same thing I told the cashier who told me it was really nice of me to do this for her: "I'm just trying to spread some of God's love around. If everyone who had the ability did this, there'd be no need for welfare." Well, after we got Marleen a roast beef sandwich and a Coke, I noticed that she only had a light windbreaker, and it had been getting cold. I asked her if she stayed warm enough at night, and she dug into her little knapsack and pulled out a KJV Bible, saying, "This is what keeps me warm." It was really touching. I really had to get going, so unfortunately I couldn't talk more with her, so I gave her my sweater, asked God's blessing for her, and went my way. One really awesome thing was, a week later I ran into her again, and she was wearing my sweater, and she stopped and gave me a hug.

Anyway, I'm running out of time, so I'll just say...I feel an urge to provide care for the homeless. I have visions of all sorts of things I could do, but, I'm only one man, and I need to focus my strength and energy in only a few places. It'll be interesting to see where those are!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

This and That

So, I passed my anatomy exam. I don't know how well I did compared to everyone else, but I was well above passing. I'll keep you posted when I know more. All I know right now is it's over! I can have sort of a life again!!

Quick thoughts on the VP debate: Biden is very charismatic, has a lot of charm. Palin doesn't play the media's game, but just speaks straight to the American people. She plays a dangerous game, with her responses and attitudes walking the line between ditzy naive hicktown girl and genuine rising above the pettiness of politics and keeping an optimistic attitude. I know she's the latter, but I thought once or twice in the debate she came across as the former. Also, I wish she could hit harder on some issues, but then again, she's running with McCain.

REGISTER TO VOTE!! This could be the most important election of our lives. I've voted in every single election since I turned 18, no matter how small or "inconsequential." At least in Ohio, the deadline is the 6th, so go do it!

Big shoutout to my little brother. Happy Birthday Josiah!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Briefly

I was happily watching the VP debate tonight until Palin said the dreaded "N" word.

Nuc-yoo-lar.

And then she said it again.

And I thought my head had exploded.

Not again!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Answers (or, "Because I need a break from studying")

So, this last week I've had to come to terms with the fact that I'm not going to know all the answers for my huge anatomy test on Friday. I took the practice practical, and one of the structures was a sagittal section through the pelvic region, with a pin stabbed into something and a label saying, "ID organ." So, I checked it out, and there was a hole in the center of it, which led to the outside, more towards the front of the body, so I promptly wrote "vagina" on my paper. I go back and check it later, and the word "prostate" glares at me. Yikes. So I go back to that body to check it out, and sure enough, if I'd looked over on the side of the table, I would have spotted a testicle. I'm definitely writing "Check The Sex!!" on the top of my exam sheet first thing on Friday.

Anyway, like I said, I've had to realize that I'm not going to have all the answers. In fact, even when I'm living forever with God, I'm not going to have all the answers. (To be honest, I think that's part of the draw of heaven...being able to learn and learn and learn in heaven forever. Ahh, sounds so amazing! But maybe that's just cuz I'm a nerd ;) The problem I have with this fact is that it makes it nearly impossible for me to make decisions. I am definitely a perfectionist, and that plays out in my decisions as well. In order to make a decision, I have to know absolutely every piece of information that might be even slightly pertinent to it. I agonize, for minutes, hours or days, if possible.

That's definitely been a big problem for me. It's amusing because my adoptive dad is the same way, so we are at least able to empathize with each other. But it's gotten me in a lot of trouble, because what I forget (and the key concept of this post) is that NOT making a decision, IS a decision. A lot of times in the past, because I haven't made a definitive decision, the choice has been made for me, either by default or by someone else. The crazy and annoying thing, is that almost always, any conscious decision I would have made, even if not the perfect decision, would have been better than what ended up happening.

Case in point: I was looking at this crazy structure on the practice practical. It was a huge mess, and the entire mass was tagged. Even though I had never actually seen this structure before, based on its location, size and shape, I wrote down the only thing I thought it could be: inferior hypogastric plexus. I ran over to check it and sure enough! I had identified it correctly. Now, had I left it blank, because I wasn't sure that I was right (had it been a real exam), I would have gotten no points. My making no decision on the structure would have ended up as a default blank.
Relatedly, and perhaps more harmfully, often if you don't make a decision yourself, someone ELSE will make the decision for you. That's something that happens with me a lot. My nature (as my biological dad's) contains a strong disposition to just go along with the strongest current, regardless of where it's going. I don't like to make waves, I hate confrontation, and I like to make people happy. What I forget (either with or without quotation marks) is that God often calls His people to make waves, and that often the strongest current will lead you to a whirlpool of destruction. Broad is the path, so Christ says.

I could go off on a thousand tangents at this point, but "you" my non-readers don't want me to, and I have to get back to the hypogastric plexus. So I'll try to wrap my thoughts up. 1) Often you really just need to make a decision, even if you're not absolutely positive that it's the perfect choice. There often isn't one. 2) Don't misread me to say that you should follow your first whim. When taking a test, I'll often jump to an answer in my mind before I even finish reading the problem, and it's about 50/50 whether it's right on the money or utterly wrong. I need to finish reading the problem and give it some thought to make sure I'm on the right track. On the other hand, once I come up with an answer after some thought, SO often I'll go back and overthink and second-guess and change my answer, and about 90% of the time I change it FROM the right answer to something else. It's a balance.

I'm definitely working on employing this in my life. I have lots of things going on that, to be honest, I'm really not sure what the perfect course is. But I'm not just letting my boat sit on the water, floating where the tide takes me. I'm unfurling my sails, pointing my rudder in what I think is the right general direction, and trusting God to help me figure out the details as I continue my course.

And now, back to studying.