Thursday, September 28, 2006


Or what's wrong with "Make Me A Blessing"

Verse 2: ...Others will trust Him if only you prove
true ev'ry moment you live.

That's a lot of weight.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

You might think that you don't like Perl, but you may like this: The State of the Onion 10 delivered by Perl's author/linguist Larry Wall as Perl leaves its teen years.

There is a lot of fun stuff related to his family. Check it out. But read fast.

Monday, September 25, 2006

How much less trouble would we have with The Left if the last line of the following were in our (yes, I'm USA-centric) Constitution?

American Minute with Bill Federer
September 25

"Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Thus began the Ten Amendments, or Bill of Rights, which were approved this day, September 25, 1789.

George Mason, known as "The Father of the Bill of Rights," wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights from which Jefferson drew to write the Declaration of Independence. Mason was one of fifty-five who wrote the U.S. Constitution, but was also one of sixteen who refused to sign it because it did not abolish slavery and did not limit the power of the Federal Government. He worked with Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams to prevent the Constitution from being ratified, as the abuses of King George's concentrated power were still fresh.

It was through Mason's insistence that in the first session of Congress ten limitations were put on the Federal Government.

George Mason had suggested the wording of the First Amendment be:
"All men have an equal, natural and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that no particular sect or society of Christians ought to be favored or established by law in preference to others."
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Then again, some black-robed wonder would probably just define "others" as: Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Mohammedans, whatever... Bah.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Does anyone know of a good PC laptop?

Apparently the Luddites at Northland Baptist Bible College can't work a MacBook into their student network. So my sister-in-law is not going to be purchasing a quicker, more flexible, more featureful MacBook and will be getting the aforementioned PC laptop.

The main "support" guy on campus states that, if given a Mac, he'd throw it in the trash. (Me? If given a PC laptop, I'd eBay it. ;^)

This is the type of open-mindedness of which conservative Christians often get accused, isn't it? It's a shame to see it.

I was looking forward to installing Parallels and Windows XP on it - to make it "compatible." But that probably won't be necessary.
Ah! Vicodin!

The cure for the common umbilical hernia(incarcerated) surgery.

Thursday evening: after working out, subject notices slight distension of right side of abdomen.

Friday afternoon: subject waits 1.5 hours for primary care doctor to acknowledge condition and recommend a guy with a knife.

Monday afternoon: the guy with knife discusses alternatives and discussion of time ensues, which leads to. . .

Thursday morning: the guy with the knife, during a time tesseract, seems to have attached some gauze and tape to my belly.

Now: why am I blogging at 5AM? This stuff was supposed to make me drowsy!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Smart jokes posted by (and re-used without direct acknowledgement) readers of Slashdot (/.):

An astronomer, a physicist and a mathematician are traveling on a train through Scotland. Through the window of the train they notice a black sheep.

"Aha!" shouts the astronomer. "In Scotland, all sheep are black."

"Nonono, " says the physicist. "We only know that there are black sheep in Scotland, not that all scottish sheep are black."

The mathematician looks furiously at the other two and almost screams. "In Scotland there is at least one sheep with at least on black side!"
A biologist, a physicist and a mathematician are sitting at a cafe patio sipping coffee and watching the people go by. They see two people enter a nearby building. A few minutes later three people come out of the building.

'Ah,' the biologist says, 'they must have reproduced'.

'Nah,' says the physicist, 'three is within statistical error of two'.

'Well,' says the mathematician, 'one thing is for certain: if someone walks into the building now, it will be empty'.

Inspired by "A Puffed-Up Extrasolar Planet"

Edit 9/19/6: minor spelling errors
The "Sinister Microscope": A microscope for Bike Bubba and other similarly sinister people.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bike Bubba! Your common sense might be putting you in danger!

In order to be safest whilst riding your bike, I conclude from reading an article on new research in the UK, you should have a long-haired wig over your helmet and ride, to a small degree, somewhat erratically.
In honor of 9/11, Pudge, one of the architects of the Perl code behind /., published a poem that he was sent. It's written in perl, which is not an uncommon thing.

At the top, he links to a song that he's written. It's about how his birthday has been OBE. :^(

It's not bad.

Update: Not really his birthday. (Maybe/probably not even his song?)

Update 2: It is his song.

Monday, September 11, 2006

It's been a while since I posted a link to the Evolutionary Evangelism forum that is sometimes found under the label of "Nobel Intent" at Ars Technica, but here's one that discusses a topic that should be hard: Altruism and Evolution.

Do they do enough handwaving to convince you?

Are they sufficiently openminded and tolerant in the ensuing debate?

Judge for yourself and let me know what you think. :^)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Here's an interesting commentary/historical article by a writer for Whiskey & Gunpowder. They're quite educational on various and multitudinal topics.

The Whiskey Rebellion

The introductory paragraph describes what might have happened to our Union if there had been no excise tax placed on the whiskey or if the rebels hadn't been challenged.
The New American has a new article on Global Warming. You may find it interesting.

There is also an excerpt of an article on a hot air mass and his movie.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Having trouble posting comments on your friends blogs? I am.

Not getting many comments recently? Same.

Here's the problem:

Account Moved to a Google Account

The account you've just logged in with, themarklark, has been merged with the Google Account

You will need to log in to the new version of Blogger in beta with your Google Account.

Log in to the Blogger beta

Unfortunately, you cannot post a comment on a non-beta blog
or claim a mobile blog using your Google Account. These features are coming soon.

Google's products are, almost all, semi-perpetually in Beta

So, get out there and upgrade. (you Luddites! (And I mean that in the nicest way possible, of course !^))
Q: What's more attractive than women?

A: Women with guns.

Q: What's more attractive than women with guns?

A: Swedish women with guns. (non-pictorial :^)