Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Here's a good and brief piece that some of you might be interested in reading:
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According to a recent women’s magazine article, 70 per cent of some women’s conversation is about dieting. When a women says she’s going on a diet, nobody will ask ‘why?’ It is automatically assumed to be a good thing.
96 per cent of dieters regain all weight lost within 2 years. And failed diets lower self-esteem further, leading to yet more body dissatisfaction.Read more...
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The topic that has caused the most tension (and the least light) on this blog has been that of homosexuality. Not hell, not the Bible, not anything else but 'the gay plague'. It's possible that I haven't helped the discussion because I have so far refused to nail any colours I might have to the masts that otherpeople have erected for me. To some people, that sounds evasive and I suppose they suspect that I am hiding some dark and dirty heresy up my sleeve. The truth is, I don't like the way that the question is usally framed - or the direction that conversations are often hijacked to - so I have little to say, on those terms. However, not everyone is an inept as I am at expressing their views. And Kim certainly isn't.Read more...
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iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.(You'll soon be able to view Steve Jobs keynote address that kicked off the Macworld Conference & Expo 2007 from San Francisco's Moscone West.) My birthday, as I'm sure you're all now wondering, is July 16th. :-)
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Spencer Burke has received a fair deal of flack for his recent book, written with Barry Taylor, A Heretic's Guide to Eternity. Given its title, I guess that's no surprise! However, there is more to the book - and thus perhaps more cause for concern - than the eye-catching title.
I should state up front that I have mixed feelings about this book. The title doesn't bother me, neither do those areas that I've seen a number of reviewers complaining about (the parts that might earn Spencer the title of 'heretic'). I think I'm actually most bothered about how the book is written. It seems to me that if an author is going to move beyond the bounds of accepted positions - and explicitly so - then the readers deserve a thorough and well-stated argument. However, perhaps to guard the book's easy and conversational style, there is an alarming lack of footnotes, or extended evidence to back up the author's position.
To be completely honest, I was a little surprised by the reaction that this book received. There have been some good and lengthy reviews, but they have often centred around the same couple of issues:Read more...