05 Nov

“God started it”

What do you think these quotes (by first graders) are discussing?

“‘God started (it). He made it with his powers.'”

“‘What (it) means is you can tell God you really are liking him and you like him better than other people and you would like love him forever and be in his hands and you know he can take care of you.'”

“‘God started it,’ (Kaia) said, ‘ ’cause he wanted everybody to kinda like pray to him.'”

“‘What it’s all about,’ said Darian Rielly, ‘is about you believe in God, that he’s alive, and that he’s not dead.'”

OK, here’s your answer. They are talking about the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, that pledge. Bet you didn’t know it was all about loving God and believing in God, hmm? Thought it was just pledging your loyalty to the United States, didn’t you? This article in the Seattle P-I might have been intended to be a silly list of the different ways kids misunderstand and mispronounce “indivisible,” but the interesting part, I think, is how many children think the Pledge is an overt statement of religious belief. Where are they getting this? Is it just because it’s similar in its ritual use to some of the prayers they learn in church or at home, or because of the phrase “Under God,” or what? It strikes me as odd that their responses indicate that they don’t understand even a little bit that the Pledge is about patriotism. Sure, they’re only six, but if they are saying the Pledge in school every day, doesn’t the teacher ever mention why?

As well, there’s another issue here. I suspect the author was trying to be light-hearted in the way she discussed the topic of removing “Under God,” but it comes across as kind of condescending to those who care about whether it should be removed. I bet she gets flamed to high heaven, so to speak, for this.

05 Nov

An iBlog introduction

More for the iBloggers (sorry for the rest of you; the frequency of iBlog-related posts here ought to slow down eventually): Murray Todd Williams, who discovered the iBlog security problem I discussed in a post a few weeks ago, has written an article/tutorial on using iBlog. It doesn’t cover absolutely everything that an iBlog newbie might want to know, but it’s a pretty good start. iBlog is sort of lacking good tutorials and guides for getting started, so this is going to be very useful to make up for that.

04 Nov

Edgar returns!

I guess most Mariner fans have already heard the news, but Edgar Martinez will be back next year! He’s gotta retire sometime, but I’m certainly not ready for it to happen yet. When he does retire I think I will feel very old. (Look at the old baseball cards on this page to relive younger Edgar days. A lot younger.) Come on, M’s, win the Series this year for Edgar.

(Edited to add more Edgar stuff I found on the net:
Edgar’s rookie card, and some guy’s gouache portrait of Edgar.)

03 Nov

Making iBlog behave

Alex Hung has discovered a way to make iBlog stop putting FONT tags in blog posts (iBlog supposedly writes XHTML, but FONT is deprecated in XHTML so it shouldn’t be used). If this works, iBlog will be one step closer to “the blog program I want” instead of “the blog program I use because it’s ok.”

Now, if I could just get it to use proper paragraph tags and emphasis tags. I don’t suppose there is another poorly-labeled preference that would affect that, is there?

03 Nov

Duplicate posts in RSS feed

Just a quick note to apologize to those who are subscribing to the RSS feed of this blog and were inundated with a ton of posts today (especially those of you reading this on LiveJournal). I made a change to the blog settings (see the previous post) and regenerated the entire blog to apply the settings universally, so apparently the RSS feed listed all the regenerated posts as new, or something of that nature. (It’s done this on a smaller scale before, whenever I save any changes to an existing post.) I am pretty sure it’s an iBlog problem, so I am looking into it further. Anyway, it shouldn’t be a common occurrence and I really hope it won’t happen again. Sorry.

03 Nov

Another reason to avoid Tacoma

There appears to be a fault zone in the Tacoma area that “may have caused a shallow earthquake of 7 to 7.5 magnitude 1,100 years ago,” causing areas of uplift of about 12 feet. 12 feet! Yikes. Of course, I live directly on a major fault line myself, the Seattle Fault. And I don’t just mean near the Fault, but as far as I can tell, I live directly on one of the fault lines. I won’t lie and say that this doesn’t scare the hell out of me some days. I guess I could move to the Midwest. What’s more scary: tornados, or earthquakes? At least you can hide from tornados.

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