Monday, May 23, 2011


I have been fighting my judgmental spirit since I was a teenager in my own fundamentalist youth group, and it's amazing how those attitudes keep trying to sneak into my daily life.

However this whole business about Harold Camping just makes me really sad.  It seems the organized churches should have had a strategy to help those hurting, confused or "flabbergasted" Sunday and today - like a potluck with an invite to a simple information session to explain why Camping is a heretic and a false prophet.

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  1. If you claim to be a prophet of God - your margin of error has to be at worst zero. Hello? All knowing?  If He was giving you a message you wouldn't be wrong.  If you got it wrong, you're not a prophet of God.
  2. See number 1.  
The thing is, there is really no room for judgement here.  This guy has been trying to peel people away from the church for decades - with his made up stories about the end of the church age - something I've never seen in scripture.

His general tactic is to berate and abuse anybody who points out his errors, which are legion.
  1.  "You shall not know the day nor the hour" - Matthew 24:36
  2. "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." - Acts 20:28 to 30
  3. "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." - Deu 18:22
That last part is particularly telling - because this man has been wrong before and yet, people still follow him. Do you know who else was/is a false prophet? ... try Jim Jones, Warren Jeffs, and Fred W. Phelps.

I hope and pray that people can recover from following false prophets - and there are many and they are influential in today's world.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Electric Keyboard

When I worked with/for interns at the Baltimore Examiner we made them bring a laptop to work.  There were few spare desktop computers, most of which worked, but periodically someone on staff would desecrate a keyboard with an unholy combination of crumbs and diet Coke and swap it with one of the "intern desks."

So I learned to have them run a keyboard test on their first day (especially as there were usually two or three weeks between classes of interns) to verify that every key, shift and normal, worked.

God bless Hassan from IT - he got so irate about the number of keyboard's I requisitioned, and I know he didn't blame me, but it bugged him something fierce the way people would let food and drink kludge up their keyboards.

Now I'm the green recruit, getting to know what it's like working up from the interns' perspective in a huge and opaque organization made of smaller sub-groupings.

I particularly enjoy the part about not knowing how or why people can get pissed off when you try to help. I have this vision of typing at a keyboard with hundreds of keys, most of which you never use, but nevertheless have to brush past to get to the useful keys.  Only in this twisted qwerty-verse, all the keys are topped with copper wire linked to circuits, some of which are live, and never in the same combination.

I'm finding it better to test the keyboard at the beginning of a project to see which ones carry current, before the project amps up and the current is enough burn.  There may be more discomfort initially, however in the long run it should cause less scarring.

Now if only I had a keyboard map.

The Tick

"Gravity is a harsh mistress!"