Archive for November, 2005

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 22, 2005 by Budd Black

This is a book about the beliefs of Mister Rogers.  The Author had correspondence with Fred Rogers over the last several years of his life.  She interviewed him on more than one occasion .  This book takes a look at the faith that inspired a man to dedicate his life to making children feel special. 

The book is decent and it gives the reader a look into the life and times of Fred Rogers.  The author incorporates different episodes of the show into the message that Fred was trying to reveal.  The most important message from the book was that Mister Rogers taught faith by not shoving it down your throat.  He was the model christian that emulated how everyone should act to each other. 

The writing was ok.  It needed a bit more editing.  Parts of it were redundant.  The author tells some of the same stories over in different parts of the book, will foreshadow a story that would be relevant were it is foreshadowed and references stories from the beginning that would have been more relevant where she referenced them. 

Overall, this book was a good 3 star book for those whom are not interested in Mister Rogers.  Those with interest in him would probably take it up to 4.   The book is full of Christian themes and might be a little harder for a non-christian to get into.  Not that you shouldn't try. 

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Evolution VS Creationism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 17, 2005 by Budd Black

It doesn't matter what you look like, or what you're made of, or where you
come from. As long as you live in this universe, and have a modest talent
for mathematics, sooner or later you'll find it. It's already here. It's
inside everything. You don't have to leave your planet to find it. In the
fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art,
there is, written small, the artist's signature. Standing over humans, gods,
and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an
intelligence that antedates the universe.
Carl Sagan-Contact

Carl Sagan, atheist, was able to entertain the thought, however fleeting,
that creationism/intelligent design is a valid theory. Sure you can't prove
it, but you can't disprove it either. It is not unheard of that theories in
science be unproved. In fact the definition of theory states that it is
unproven. Dark matter is "proven" by the fact that it has to exist for the
universe to operate the way we think it should. Science has a history of
making theory and then finding evidence to prove/explain said theory.
Ptolemy's modeled the Solar system based on the theory that Earth was at the
center. He was able to come up with a model that accurately predicted the
planets routes through the Earth sky.

Science works on faith a little as well.

Should children in schools study evolution as a theory? Yes. Should they
study creationism/intelligent design as a theory? Yes. Are the two mutually
exclusive? No. Most science classes explain that theories are ideas that are unproved long
before it gets to this point in studies, but it should be reiterated at this
point so neither side is offended.

Who gets offended by theories anyway?

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Weather Scare

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2005 by Budd Black

Last night we had bad thunderstorms and tornado watches. The networks,
however, were not content with running the little bar at the bottom of the
screen telling where the watches and warnings were. Instead, they disrupted
programming and had people with weather maps showing the progress of the
storm. Every time the storm front hit another county (which it would
obviously do), they stated it as an emergency update.

I am not sure, but I think an alert every half hour giving a timeline of
when it was going to hit certain places and a scroll at the bottom of the
screen would be more efficient. Watching the storm front move north east is
not going to help me survive a tornado. It's not like I can go seek shelter
somewhere for tornado warnings. If my house gets blown down, then there is
nothing watching the weather can do about it. If I have to die during a
storm, at least let me be watching My Name is Earl and not some stupid map,
with a stupid forecaster surprised that the storm is moving in the same
direction and affecting new areas.

I hate the News and their effort to sensationalize every story. At least
they didn't tease the storm: "Deadly storm moving through the area, find out
if you were in the path tonight at 10."

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