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Once more into the breach…

No, I’m not announcing my candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.  Someone needs to be left in the stands to actually vote!

But, we are coming up to another watershed presidential election and there is much hanging in the balance.  I find, looking back at what I’ve previously posted over the years, and particularly those posts listed in my Best Of… series over on the sidebar, that many of the topics I’ve analyzed and otherwise covered are still running rampant through our collective culture and in many cases appear to have metastasized into even more virulent forms.  Common sense has become nearly extinct in the public venues where it is needed most.

I have not been very active on this blog in recent years, largely as explained earlier, because I’ve been in a job where I work directly with the next generation as an educator where I can dispense what I’ve learned in a multiplicity of ways and more directly than a blog visited by only a few (Hello?  Anyone out there?  Hello?).

That said, many of my, IMHO, more insightful analyses were posted on my Townhall blog where I started this whole adventure and are, alas, no longer available.  One of the reasons I moved to WordPress was because it let me retain ownership of my postings, complete with copyright rights thereunto.  The Townhall blog was run by the Salem Web Network and they claimed the copyright ownership of all content.  Thus, they were perfectly in their rights to shut down the entire Townhall blog platform, which they did, most likely because it was not worth their time and effort to provide the clunky service they were providing when so many other sites such as WordPress were beating the pants off them in terms of the ease of use and service they could provide (i.e., the Townhall blog platform was a dud and a headache to maintain).

What this all means is that I am proposing to repost my Best Of… posts while updating my sidebar list to include the Best Of… more recent years.  I also hope to repost the two series I started so I can finish them, and then the series that I did complete on Neil Postman’s book.  All these items I believe will be helpful to readers seeking to engage the culture in an intelligent fashion while trying to maintain their own personal sanity particularly in this election cycle.  There are some additional links in the other pages that I probably need to check and update as appropriate.  And I might even be able to post a few new analyses on current events.  I don’t know how fast I will be able to do all this, but this is my goal for the upcoming months.  I will appreciate any feedback any readers out there will be willing to give in the comments section of these posts.  And we shall see how good a prophet I turn out to be (please, do not stone me if I fail; I am not claiming infallibility with this prophecy).

Come, let reason together…

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I’m Back…sorta…kinda…maybe…

Things are calming down a little (translation:  we’ve unpacked and gotten rid of most of the boxes from moving) and I am settling in to my new job.  But there is still soooo much to do!

When I first started this blog several years ago, my goal was to contribute to the general dialog most often with unique analysis and commentary on some issues while just pointing to others who were doing a better job on most other issues.  In short, I desired to communicate with my fellow humans some of what God had shown me that I wasn’t seeing elsewhere.  (See the …Why Blog page under About)  Thus, for example, my series on Neil Postman’s book that started my first efforts.  I now find my full time job fulfills this function:  I am teaching and mentoring students at a major Christian liberal arts university, and the demands on my time will make my contributions here increasingly hard to accomplish.  I am not throwing in the towel or closing this blog, merely forewarning any readers still there that my return will be accompanied with an even slower publication of content than previously and, while you’re welcome to simply stop by, you might be better served by subscribing to the blog so when I do post, you’ll get a little email and can come over.

As one additional reminder, as I stated here, the content of future post will be changing:  less political and more “spiritual” in the Christian sense.  You are welcome to unsubscribe should this kind of content not be that for which you are looking in your reading.  No problem.  I understand.  For those looking for more political commentary and analysis, I would point you to Townhall.com.  Their blog platform stinks, but the content otherwise is very well done.  And that is where I’ve gotten my political cartoons in the past (and probably will in the future).

So, I have returned…sorta…kinda…maybe…?

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House has sold, Sabbatical in progress, Insanity in the works…

Ladies and Gentlemen, if anyone is there, the situation described here has now come to pass.  A miracle has happened and our house in Chicagoland has sold, initiating a sequence of events that will make it a miraculous if any of my little grey cells survive intact.  The logistic nightmare of selling a house, looking for a house half way across the country, buying a house, moving the contents of the house, retiring from a job of 25+ years, and starting up a new one is definitely crossing my eyes and introducing a level of stress in my life not previously encountered.

I realize others have done it, and after all is said and done, we will be in a better position than we are now (or I wouldn’t be crazy enough to do all this), but for now, blogging and surfing the ‘net will have to wait until life calms down.

I shall return!

Until then, y’all behave yourselves, yah hear now?!

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Choices and Changes

Actually, this is not a political post despite what the title may have suggested in light of previous campaign slogans.  It is an information post regarding the future of this blog.  I’ve made no secret of the fact that blogging is merely a hobby and not an obsessive profession, or anything in between.  As life goes on, changes happen that force choices to be made in response.

Some of you may have noticed a decrease in the frequency in my visits to your blogs, and an even greater drop in the frequency of my own posts.  Moreover, the content of my posts has devolved to, in many cases, selected editorial cartoons with my commentary restricted to the title and perhaps a few choice words.  There is a reason.

I am approaching one of those significant life altering events with some twists and turns that are demanding more and more of my time and thought, as they should.  The situation may be briefly described in the following bullet points thus:

  • my adult daughters have moved out not only of our house but out of state and are happily ensconced in South Carolina teaching at a Christian liberal arts university;
  • my house is on the market here in Chicagoland (if you or anyone you know wants to move to the north suburbs of Chicago, they have my condolences, but by all means, put them in touch through my email);
  • once my house sells, I will be retiring from my job of 25+ years as a research biochemist here in the land of Lincoln to join my daughters;
  • where I actually already have a job awaiting me in the same university, if I can get there in a reasonable timeframe.

I trust y’all (practicing my Southern already) can see that this is introducing a modicum of stress into my life that squeezes out blogging at the quality level I try to achieve here at the Interface.  I hope to be able to continue as I have two series still to complete (one on Creation/Evolution and one on Christian apologetics, both of which are nearing their terminus), but my output at least for now must decrease.  And there are a few other considerations as well.  (Be forewarned, what follows is applied theology of a decidedly Christian nature.  Liberals are encouraged to inoculate themselves with whatever reality bender they normally use to ignore such information.)

Over on the top right of this blog, you will note that one of my goals for this blog is to be “like…the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).  Now I ask you, how did the sons of Issachar acquire this wisdom and insight, this understanding of the times?  They had no Internet, no TV, no radio, news was word of mouth and severely limited to what people could carry with them from point A to point B at the pace of how fast their donkey, camel, horse, or own two feet could travel.  The answer is actually not a great mystery if you are familiar with their primary textbook, the Old Testament of the Bible.  There we find:

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.  You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts.   (Psalm 119:97-100 [NKJV])

Or consider:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  (Josh 1:8 [NKJV])

What is the prerequisite for success? for wisdom and understanding?  Daily meditation on God’s Word.  And for those who think this implies Bibliolatry (making an idol out of a book), realize you must incorporate the totality of Scripture (a finite volume so not an impossibility) into your model of reality with which you are trying to rationalize your own intransigence, cover your ignorance, or otherwise disagree (see my page on how to truly disagree intelligently).  For example, how else does one explain:

I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.  (Ps 138:2 [NKJV])

or

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.  (Ps 19:7-11 [NKJV])

God gave us His Word as an owner’s manual for His creation.  We are fools indeed to ignore it and use it as He prescribes.  What I’m trying to say here is that I personally need to be spending more time doing the above and less time surfing the web.  The providential circumstances imminent in my life require this of me if I am to meet the challenges coming my way in a gracious and efficient manner.

So…this post is a forewarning of things to come, or not come as the case may be.  I will still post here, and visit your sites as time allows.  Perhaps the best way to be sure to catch new material is to subscribe.  And future posts will probably be taking a more theological tack (although the interface of theology with life has always been a part of this blog).  If you have subscribed with my more political posts in mind and don’t want the theology, I will not be offended if you unsubscribe.  That said, I truly hope you will stay as anything I post I hope will be of some benefit to any readers thereof.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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2010 in review…from WordPress

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 137 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 70 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 12th with 34 views. The most popular post that day was On Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, slashingtongue.com, theinterface.blogtownhall.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, and blogger.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hierarchy of life, argument pyramid, hierarchy pyramid, disagreement hierarchy, and military against dadt.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheep Dogs March 2010

2

Disagree? February 2010

3

Quotable Quotes February 2010

4

Quotable Quips February 2010

5

Dis about DADT June 2010
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