Meta-Blogging: July 2005 Archives

The 81st Christian Carnival will be held at Dunmoose the Ageless this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Light posting from me

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Just a heads-up: Expect fairly light posting from me for a while as I'm currently at a scientific research conference through late next week, and the schedule is pretty packed. Then the following week I'll be backpacking the entire week. I do hope to post another Edwards post in the next few days, though.

But Jeremy has lots of good stuff he's posting lately, so it looks like there will be no shortage of good things to read.

The 80th Christian Carnival is at Daddypundit. I was going to submit my John 4 post, but last night ended up being too busy with taking care of the kids by myself for half the night and then finishing up my reading for today's class and the take-home exam that I gave to my students this morning, which went beyond midnight before I was done, so I completely forgot. Abednego did remember to submit his post on Edwards on making the most of time, so the carnival gets a link anyway.

doctors who give non-pregnant women abortions
So what is it that they're supposed to be aborting?

jeremy pierce midichlorian count
My Midichlorian count is zero. Midichlorians don't really exist. George Lucas made them up.

is john edwards of crossing over a christian?
I assume you mean John Edward. John Edwards is a senator from North Carolina who ran for vice-president in 2004. John Edward is a fraudulent psychic who claims to communicate with the dead. There is no one named John Edwards from the show Crossing Over. On the question you meant to ask, I wouldn't think it very likely that he's going to be all that positive about Christianity, given that the Christian scriptures repeatedly condemn the thing he's basing his career on as downright evil.

can intersexuals develop inside a surrogate
Why not? I don't think embryos that will develop as intersexuals have any special resistance to developing that an artificial implantation would make more difficult. The main cause behind intersexuality is genetic anyway, so it's not as if implantation in a surrogate would prevent those characteristics from developing through providing a different environment. Even if that were to happen, it could happen the other way too. Someone who might not have developed as an intersexual in the biological mother's uterus could in a surrogate's.

veggie tales sexist
I'm going to need to see an argument for that one.

Now on to the Googlanche (I'm trying out different spellings to see what looks best). When President Bush announced his pick for the next Supreme Court justice, I started to get loads of Google searches for words related to his choice, often with relevant keywords related to finding information about him, occasionally with really strange associated keywords. I normally get 300-500 visitors a day (you count as a new visitor if it's been more than an hour since your last page load). Occasionally it goes into the 600s, rarely if at all into the 700s. According to Sitemeter, the amount of traffic I was getting between 10pm and midnight that night would have been the equivalent of getting 1000 visitors a day. At that point, since I still had all my Sitemeter pages still open, I decided to catalog all the various hits I was getting from Google. It would have been insane to try to count how many I've gotten of each. For some of them it would probably be in the 30s or maybe even in the 40s. Most of them are in the single or double digits, a few only once. Oh, and if you got here looking for real information on John Roberts, go to the main page and do a search of that page, or if some time has gone on by the time you arrive here you might want to check the July 2005 archive. I imagine the August, September, and October archives will have posts on him too, but those haven't happened yet as I write this. On to the searches:

The 80th Christian Carnival will be held at Daddypundit this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

This Week's Carnivals

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ChristWeb stepped in at the last minute and hosted Christian Carnival LXXVIII this week. Three Parableman posts are there, one from me for this week, one from Abednego for this week, and one from me that was supposed to be in last week's. No wonder I've been getting more traffic from this carnival than I sometimes do!

Meanwhile, Carnival of the Vanities CXLVIII is at New World Man, guest hosted by the members of the Supreme Court. starts here. My post is under Justice Scalia's section, presumably because it's about what some call strict constructionism, though ironically Justice Scalia hates that term and prefers to call his view originalism, and besides, this post criticizes Justice Scalia and defends Justice Thomas on the issue of stare decisis.

Someone or other should be hosting the 79th Christian Carnival this week, but no one seems to know who, and the carnival-runner isn't responding, so we'll see if it happens. In case it does, the Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

I'm too busy (preparing for class, adjusting my readings schedule for class due to not having known how long certain topics would take to discuss, and writing an exam) to post anything of consequence, but here are some more searches of absolutely no consequence.

sabbath rules pharisees "pick your nose"
Ha! Somehow I don't think the Pharisees had any explicit rules about that.

bible in original klingon
OK, I'm fully aware that the Bible is being translated into Klingon, some of which is available online, but what does it mean to speak of the Bible in original Klingon?

Weasels give birth through their mouths
No joke. Someone really searched for that and got my blog. Through better tactics with a search engine than the person who arrived at my blog had used, I managed to find this, which says, "The ancients believed that weasels gave birth their young through their mouths, probably because these animals are known to carry them with their teeth."

"guaranteed to happen" and other slang phrases
I didn't know that was a slang phrase to begin with. I guess that's why this search turned up only four sites, none of which treat this phrase as slang.

muslims say they believe in the same religion as Christians
No, they don't. They say there's only one God, and they say Christians believe in three. They say Muhammad is his prophet, and they know full well that Christians don't believe that. Their basic confession of faith consists of those two things, both of which they see as distinguishing them from Christians. It's liberal Christians who think the religions are the same. Muslims are under no such illusion.

Girls = Evil fallacy
Yes, someone actually wants some written support for the thesis that girls are not equivalent with evil. Of course, girls are evil. We all are, but that doesn't mean girls are equivalent with evil. 'Girls are evil' is only true if you're using the attributive sense of the verb 'to be'.

Carnivals

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Carnival of the Vanities CXLVII is at Wallo World. I accidentally sent my Christian Carnival post this week to Bill, so he's got two of my posts there. This is one problem with using the automated carnival submissions form at Conservative Cat. If you want to submit posts to two carnivals in succession, you have to change which carnival you're sending it to, or they'll both go to the same place.

Hosts have the right to exclude posts that they didn't receive on time, even if the post in question was submitted on time but to the wrong carnival, and I guess my explanation wasn't excusing enough to get my post into this week's Christian Carnival. That means you'll have to find the link the to current Christian Carnival at Matt Jones's list of Christian Carnivals. Linking to a carnival shows my appreciation that they included my post, so I have a policy of not linking to carnivals I'm not in, because that would defeat the purpose of linking to carnivals I am in. Since I'm in the CotV twice, I therefore ought to link to it again in the spirit of the original principle.

I did forget last week to link to Christian Carnival LXXVII: The Jedi Edition at the Bible Archive, which does have one of my posts. I not only forgot to thank Rey for including a post submitted more than 20 hours after the deadline due to my being out of town and preoccupied with anything but blogging, but I forgot even to link to the carnival!

Update: Philosophers' Carnival XVI is now up. It contains posts from all three blogs I contribute to, though only one of them is mine.

For lack of a better 1250th post, I'm posting this in that coveted spot. These are the most entertaining searches I've had in the last week or so, partly because they had no chance of finding what they were supposed to find. how to use 10% of my brain I know there are people who think we don't use any more than 10% of our brains, but if you really want to use only 10% of it I'm sure someone could arrange that. It would take a lobotomy and probably a good deal more brain damage than that, and maybe you wouldn't live very long afterward, but I suppose it's possible. On the other hand, you probably use 10% of your brain already. I suspect people in a persistent vegetative state are using far more than 10% of their brain. In fact, I'm quite sure we use a lot more than 10%, something like 99%. So the answer to your question is simply to go on living. former Antony Flew still athiest This one always amuses me (even aside from the misspelling that makes it sound as if someone is saying he's still the most athi, whatever that means). For those who are unfamiliar with the issue, Antony Flew is a famous philosopher among those who follow atheism/theism debates but not very highly regarded among philosophers for any real philosophical work. He spent most of his life defending atheism but now at the end of his life has accepted intelligent design arguments based on fine-tuning of cosmological constants and thus believes in some sort of higher being (though clearly not traditional theism). He's been such a hero of the Prometheus Books crowd (a publication house dedicated to opposing theism and anything like it) that some people from that mindset found some statement he made three years before he became a theist stating that he was not a theist, and they left comments on every blog mentioning his conversion (if you want to call it that) saying that the claims that he is now a theist are a hoax. This hoax about a hoax got passed around the blogosphere like wildfire. Every blogger I know of who posted about this got some commenter spreading the misinformation that he was still an atheist. For links, see the post that this search turned up. I presume this search was looking for confirmation of the claims that those hoaxsters were perpetrating. That's not exactly what the search led to. premarital foreplay mortal sin engaged I don't even know what to say about this one, but I thought it was strange enough to make fun of. Someone please do so.

A Ticking Time Blog will be hosting the 78th Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Intro: Abednego

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First off, I want to thank Jeremy for inviting me to blog here. I've been an avid reader of this blog for quite some time and I'm honored that he's asked me to join in. I look forward to sharpening my wits by engaging in discussion with the regular readers here.

You'll be able to get a good idea of my interests as you see what I write about, so I won't go into that here. However, I will say that I'm a Christian, from a church that is generally Reformed, doctrinally. I didn't grow up as a Christian, however. In fact, I grew up thinking the Bible is basically baloney, and only later realized I'd been mistaken. Hopefully this helps me understand where people are coming from when they disagree with me, but I'll let you be the judge of that.

Some of my posts may stray into the philosophy of science to some extent, but I have to admit right off the bat that I'm not a philosopher, so if we get into any detailed philosophical discussions in the comments, I may have to plead ignorance occasionally to terminology and ask you to explain in plain English. I'll make an effort to do the same in my own posts.

New Blogger

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Wink and I will be joined by a third blogger very soon. He's called Abednego. I'll let him say whatever else he wants to say about himself, but this is someone I have full trust in to be a great addition to this blog.

Ecosystem Help

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I've got an Ecosystem problem, and I can't figure out what to do about it. My blog has been deleted from the Ecosystem for reasons unknown to me. My June archives and my old mt.ektopos.com archives that don't exist anymore are part of the Ecosystem, also for reasons unknown to me. I can't add my blog because the Ecosystem thinks it's a duplicate address due to the presence of the June archives. Since you can't delete blogs or even recommend blogs for deletion anymore, I don't know what to do. I've emailed N.Z. Bear, and he hasn't responded. It's been almost a week. Any ideas?

time signature carry on wayward son 4/4
Yes, it's 4/4, fairly boring for Kansas. There are lots of other Kansas songs to pick if you want 11/8, 13/8, 7/8, 9/8, 5/4, or whatever unusual time signature you need. You probably have all of those and more just in The Spider, and that's only like three minutes long.

must be a Christian Hedonist to be saved
This one amazed me. It led to some people taking Piper way out of context. He says that you need to find joy in what God has done in Christ before you can receive it, which is just astoundingly obvious. How could someone receive the gift of God while finding it horrific? These people think Piper is teaching that you need to have an explicit affirmation of the thesis of Christian hedonism to be saved, which isn't even close to what he says. Piper is making a very small point. He thinks Christian hedonism is true, and he thinks those who have accepted the Christian gospel and repented of their sin are living as Christian hedonists to some degree, even if they pretend they aren't. So when someone asks him if you need to fulfill your desires in God to be saved, of course he'll say yes. To paint him as if he's saying that someone can't be saved without affirming the words that he uses to describe Christian hedonism is simply bearing false witness against him.

The Searches Continue

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belief of unitarians 1600's
My initial thought was to say, "they have beliefs?", but then I saw the year. Oh, well.

phil ehart christian
phil ehart gay
I'm guessing some of this is from people deliberately trying to get a mention on my blog. I got three of the latter within ten hours. I guess it's a good thing that my posting this is happening days later, so as not to reward this kind of behavior too much if that's indeed the motive.

Michelle Malkin hates white people
Well, this is a new one. Usually it's Asians that she hates, or perhaps herself (which I also got just yesterday).

Richard Chappell tagged me with this one. Thanks for the kudos. So now I'm supposed to find three people I disagree with a lot and say something nice about them.

Update: Rey requests posts be submitted by 9pm EDT on Tuesday.

The Bible Archive will be hosting the 77th Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Requirement by Southern Baptist convention that wives be subservient to husbands
What do you mean by a requirement? If this is a requirement by the denomination, then so is the requirement not to gossip and the requirement not to long for your neighbor's car.

To the Virgins, make Much of Time
I won't comment on the content, but it sounds like the sort of thing you might find backward-masked on an E.L.O. song. I remember playing one of their songs backwards years ago, and it said "The music is reversible. Time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!" This was the beginning of the song, but it was the end of the backwards messages, which apparently went through the whole song. I didn't bother to listen to the whole thing. Of course, while I'm on backward masking I have to recommend that you listen to the instrumental solo in Weird Al Yankovic's "Nature Trail to Hell" backwards. It has an interesting comment about Satan ingesting cheese whiz.

The relationship between a person and the siblings he never had is what?
How do you have a relationship with someone who never existed?

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