April 30, 2004

I quote:
To make this clear, we'll go through the steps taken by the stylesheet processor to create the HTML document we want.
XSLT Doug Tidwell, O'Rielly 2001

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

April 29, 2004

My three days of travel have left me really wiped, even after a good nights rest last night. I was going to blog on my observations on Manhattan, more about Toomey, ridges on my fingertips, and how good China Mieville's fantasy novel is.

This constitutes my reminder to myself to do so.

xsl:for-each select="title/node()" gave me all the XML nodes in order, and then I could output the copy-of for it.

April 28, 2004

Well Toomey lost. But it was close.

Based on my wife's experience with the women in her bible study, its because so many people were even unaware that tuesday was the primary.

And there was the idea that Toomey was more conservative than some liked.

I'm planning to vote for the dem in November, because I want Specter gone that much

April 27, 2004

Interesting article reporting on honor killings in Pakistan. These stories have made me wonder about how much continuity in this kind of behavior there has been in the middle east. Obviously, Vashti got off easy, in one sense. (what was her later life like though?)

The OT had the inspection of jealousy to deal with these things. Jordan has noted the analogies between the supper and the inspection. Should we declare to a jealous husband that since his wife has not dropped over dead in communion, that he should lay off?

And what of dropping dead in communion? Sunday School on 1 Corinthians touched on cessationism of miraculous gifts. If the gifts haven't ceased, should we expect that dropping dead would not cease too? Anybody know any contemporary dropping dead stories? Should we get 100 Reformed Baptists to lie and say they confess Lutheranism, and commune in a WELS church, and see what happens? Can I get a Templeton prize for the results?

April 26, 2004

Go Toomey!

No more Einhorn enabling, Bork borking, single bulleting, scottish lawyering, abortion rights-or-busting, snarlin' Arlen Specter!

April 25, 2004

The sound of a kangaroo is here. This is important

3 days of travel up to NYC for Cold Fusion training. Just when my mind was starting to get XSLT. Oh well. I'll keep my eyes open for XML relevant CF stuff.

Anybody know any good commentaries on Proverbs?

April 23, 2004

I have some XML with MathML in it. I'm trying to write an XSLT file that outputs XHTML + MAthML, but none of the math is coming over.

Wish I could figure out why

Of course, I learned of XSLT 2 days ago

UPDATE: it was the difference between xsl:value-of and xsl:copy-of, but it still isn't doing what I want. When I use value-of, all the mathml inside an element is stripped when it becomes a string, and if I use copy-of, the element tags pass through, which I don't want.

Sullivan quotes JFK: "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president - should he be Catholic - how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote."

I'm sorry, but this is crap.

Can we at least admit that it would be a good idea if a minister warned his parishoners that a particular candidate thought racism was great and that voting for him was inconsistent with Christian moral principles? Can't anyone conceive of candidate for whom a vote would be immoral, and then the minster has a duty to delcare that the vote is immoral?

How did JFK expect this America to come about? If congress passed law establishing religion, the Supremes would declare it invalid. Shall the Supreme Court declare the speech acts of minsters invalid? Shall polling places issue "Attorney General's warning: Voting under the influence of religious figures may be hazardous to democracy"? With no enforcement, JFK's belief is in an America of his imagination.

April 15, 2004

These are some really great stories of technological innovation in Africa.

Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons, has recently suffered from a stroke. I was intrigued by Gygax's construction of his message concering this event, however
Dear Family, Friends & Fellow Gamers,

Thank you all for your emails and prayers! The Spirit of Jehovah God and Hand of Our Lord Jesus Christ have been active on my behalf. The gift of creative writing comes from Heaven, and it seems that there is still some work I can do here. Please keep on remembering me when you pray, as I can use all the help I can get.
the complexity of the construction is pure Gygax syntax, but I'm wondering if it indicates affiliation with JWs or something.

In other news, Gene Edward Veith of World Magazine reccomends the movie Hellboy

Having recently concluded a Bible study on the Book of Acts, I found Peter Leithart's summary of Victor M Wilson's Divine symmetries to be interesting and helpful. Paul has gone through trials before three different groups: Jews, Romans, and a Herod. The next expected even would be a death and a resurrection, which the shipwreck pictures. I'm unaware of the details that Wilson notes on the parallel, but these were my thoughts:

1. The shipwreck is already a "Jonah story", were the issue is whether the sailors will heed the prophet with the true knowledge of the fate of the ship in the storm. So the Jonah theme already puts us in mind of death and resurrection, and one that specifically recalls the death and resurrection of Jesus.

2. The story is also a "Passover" story, in that there is travel over dangerous water, there is a 14 day period before the deliverance, there is dangerous darkness, and there is a "pharaoh" who wants to kill the prisoners, and a pharaoh who needs to heed God's true prophet. This also puts us in mind of the death of Jesus as a Passover sacrifice.

3. Paul escapes death three times in the story: by avoiding death in the water, avoiding death by the soldiers, and avoiding death by the serpent.

4. All throughout his trials, Paul is being declared innocent. When he arrives on Malta and is bitten by the serpent, then the Maltese decide that while his escape from a shipwreck may have been an unjust avoidance of a just death, now Justice has caught up with Paul. When he suffers no harm from the deadly snake, the Maltese have to conclude that he is not a fugitive from justice, but some kind of 'god'.

5. I'm still not entirely sure about the significance of the determination of the Maltese here. Previously in Acts, the mistaken belief that Paul was divine was a criticism of the foolishness and ignorance of Greek idolatry. But among the barbaroi of Malta there is no rebuttal of the Maltese's belief, and it doesn't seem to be presented as a vast problem. Paul is later able to being healing to many on the island, and leaves on good terms. We can note the incident in Lystra follows on a healing first, where here the healings are subsequent to the declaration of divinity.

6. What seems interesting and clear is that, to the Maltese, Paul's inability to be harmed by deathblows is seen in terms of his innocence. Resurrection is not just an interesting phenomenon for Paul, but related to Justification (as it was for Christ). Is their understanding of him as a "god" akin to the centurion's declaration (in John) that 'surely, this was the Son of God'? If I were EO, I could plug in a bunch of theosis stuff at this point, I suppose.

7. The big thematic issue that I think Luke raises in the story of the Shipwreck is what will the Oikumene say about Paul, and what will be the result of that declaration. The centurion, inclined to favor Paul, has the choice of believing that Paul is a prophet as he says he is, or will he listen to the "pilot and owner of the ship". This centurion does know he should protect Paul from a Roman judicial death, beating the centurion of Luke 23:47 to the punch in declaring the innocence of the one under condemnation.

8. Another thought: prior to his crucifixion, Jesus declares that judgment is coming to the symbol of the Jewish order: the temple. Paul declares that the symbol of Roman order (the ship) also faces a judgment leading to a loss of the vessel, while preserving the lives of those involved with the vessel if they will follow Paul's instructions.

9. The ship is from Alexandria (in Egypt), but is commissioned at the behest of Rome as a concession from the senate. The Egyptian connection adds to the Passover themes of the shipwreck story, but also may be in keeping with the prophetic picture in Daniel. The pre-Beast Roman Oikumene is a Greek society that takes over both the "king of the North" (Selucid) and the "king of the South" (Ptolomaic) kingdoms. So we are unsurprised to see the mixture of Egyptian and Roman thematic elements in the ship-as-symbol of the roman order.

10. When Paul arrives in Rome there are several interesting parallels with Christ's resurrection appearances. Jesus and Paul both explain about the Christ from the "Law of Moses and the Prophets". Jesus points to the future Gentile mission, and Paul declares that Gentile mission a sign of the rejection of the Jewish apostates who refuse the gospel. The disciples "stay" in Jerusalem, praising God and waiting, and we are left at the end with Paul "staying" for two years in Rome welcoming, and preaching and teaching the gospel of the kingdom.

11. David Pao's Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus has an excellent explanation of the use of the Isaiah quote in Luke/Acts. At the end of Acts, Paul quotes Isaiah 6, where God declares that the people who hear the message will be hardened to ignore it. In Isaiah, this comes at the beginning of the prophets ministry to the people, and points to their judgment. But after Isaiah 40 we have the declaration of return, that no longer will the people "have eyes that don't see" but that all "eyes will see the salvation" brought by the Lord. Isaiah 40 is read by Jesus at the beginning of Luke, giving Luke/Acts a form of 'reversal' of the pattern of Isaiah. Jesus proclaims and brings the fulfillment of the restoration of Israel at the start of his ministry, and towards the end of his, Paul declares to those who have rejected the message that they will face hardening and judgment.

April 09, 2004

Article on the use of Boardgames in Education

April 08, 2004


That was fun. A 2-3 minute power outage in our building today. We didn't have autoshutdown on our servers, so some went down hard.

We'll be off generator tomorrow.

Lileks really doesn't like "Dragon Tales, in which big-headed moppets consort with dragons who can fly despite the obvious insufficiency of their wingspans. It's all scored with oboe and bassoon and flute, and the music sounds like the bowels of some rich Roman who dined on goat brains and lark thyroid. Every day I hope the show will revolve around the death of the dragons due to some horrible intestinal parasite the moppets bring from their world; every morning I am disappointed."

April 07, 2004

John Kerry on the Death Penalty: "I oppose the death penalty other than in cases of real international and domestic terrorism"

John Kerry on the Death Penalty: "Are they the same legislators who vote for the death penalty, which is in contravention of Catholic teaching?"

John Kerry on public oaths: "My oath privately between me and God was defined in the Catholic Church"

April 06, 2004

Planning some vacation in June. We're going to drive through Ohio past Lake Erie on the way to minnesota. Anyone know any fun things to stop and see along the way? Particularly those that are good for squirrelly carbound kids ages 3-5?

April 01, 2004

George Lucas's Star Wars DVD commentary tracks have been released way ahead of schedule!

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