September 28, 2006

CoolStuffBeingMade.com Video Archives. A collection of movies showing how various things are made.

September 27, 2006

Duckie got the girl!
In the theatrical release, you may remember, Andie (Molly Ringwald), the working-class heroine in antique boutique duds, reconciles with Blane (Andrew McCarthy), her 'richie' boyfriend who had jilted her due to the peer pressure of Steff (James Spader, in white linen and full-tilt cretin mode). At the time, the final scene of Andie and Blane kissing in the prom parking lot was widely interpreted as a cop-out amounting to 'yuppie scum have feelings, too.' This was slightly unfair to Hughes since his first draft had Andie dump Blane for Duckie (Jon Cryer), her best friend with a limp Morrissey pompadour and like-minded fashion sense.

Fans who have been waiting since glasnost to see these two tragically hip hearts beat as one will still feel cheated, however. All we get on the new DVD are some rough dailies of Duckie asking Andie for a 'moonlight dance,' accompanied by a voiceover explaining how test audiences and an insistent Ringwald loathed any resolution that had the preppie failing to rescue his damsel in distressed jeans.

September 24, 2006

When the story of the pactum salutis (the pre-creation covenant of redemption between the Father and the Son) is recounted, the import generally falls on the willingness of the Son to save, and the willingness of the Father to offer the Son to save.

But when we tell the story of Gethsemane, in Luke 22, we emphasize that the willingness of the Son to save is only great and wonderful because it is a submission of human will to the divine will. Is this the same story, or a different story?

If the divine will of the Son is the same will as the will of the Father (it is the one 'will of God', not three united wills [?]) what's going on in a pactum salutis anyway?

September 22, 2006

Information on the AT-43 Starter box has been posted.

AT-43 (is that a unevocative name or what?) is a sci-fi miniature wargame in the vein of Warhammer 40,000 or Starship Troopers. The makers are Rackham, a French compnay that has previously been known for very intricately detailed metal fantasy wargame figures (and well-painted examples of what their minis can be painted to resemble given a lot of time and effort). AT-43 includes pre-painted plastic minatures, and the production examples they've displayed look fairly competent (you can see samples at the link).

The theme seems to be human/UN/American troops and (un-anime) mecha vs. a cross between Geiger Aliens, terminators and Saberhagen's berzerkers. I like the looks of the Therian crab/spider thingy myself.

If you scroll in the discussion thread at the link, you can see an animated gif that cycles through the box packaging. Very nice packaging, since the set box also holds all the components very neatly. I wonder if this will be the case for other boxed sets.

I also wonder how rumors that the USPS will start charging by package volume rather than weight will factor into online purchacing, etc.

Looks nice. I'm in no rush to aquire such a thing.

"He who does not hate father and mother is not worthy of me"

You mean I have to hate my mother? What's up with that!?

no, no, hate means "loves less".


"Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated"

So you mean God just loved Esau less, right?

No, no, God hated Esau thoroughly. Reprobated him and sent him to hell.


September 21, 2006

The explosion downtown was apparently idiot-related, not terrorist-related


September 19, 2006

When I was a wee sprog, I read in a book this quote [ok, not direct] from Cap'n W. D. Smith. Says he:
In a gang o' pirates we may find many things that be good in they's self. Tho they be in wicked rebellion against th' laws o' th' government, they be havin' the'r own laws an' regulations, which they obey strictly. We find among them courage an' fidelity, wi' many other things that will recommend them as hearties. They may do many things, too, which th' laws o' th' government require, but they be nay done on accoun' o' th' government has so required, but in obedience t' the'r own regulations. Fer instance th' government requires honesty an' they may be strictly honest, one wi' another, In the'r transactions, an' th' division o' all the'r booty. Yet, as respects th' government, an' th' general principle, the'r whole life be one o' th' most wicked dishonesty. Now, 'tis plain, that while they continue in the'r rebellion they can do nothin' t' recommend them t' th' government as citizens. The'r first step must be t' give up the'r rebellion, acknowledge the'r allegiance t' th' government, an' sue fer mercy. So all men, in the'r natural state, be rebels against God, an' tho they may do many things which th' law o' God requires, an' which will recommend them as men, yet nothin' be done wi' reference t' God an' His law. Instead, th' regulations o' society, respect fer public opinion, self-interest, the'r own character in th' sight o' th' world, or some other worldly or wicked motive, reigns supremely; an' God, t' whom they owe the'r heart an' lives, be forgotten; or, if thought o' at all, His claims be wickedly rejected, His counsels spurned, an' th' heart, in obstinate rebellion, refuses obedience. Now 'tis plain that while th' heart continues in this state th' man be a rebel against God, an' can do nothin' t' recommend th' lad's t' His favor. Th' first step be t' give up his rebellion, repent o' his sins, turn t' God, an' sue fer pardon an' reconciliation through th' Savior. This he be unwillin' t' do, until he be made willin'. He loves his sins, an' will continue t' love them, until his heart be changed

Aarrh. This First Mate Leithart of the Horizon been doing a yeoman's work in the field of hermenautics.

He's got a map to unearth treasure listed right there in the log book.

I be setting me mind today o' the question o' angels an the Covenant o' works.

If merit Adam be seeking through the covenant o' works, through his obedience, scurvy dog though he be, and it only be for the fact that his maker made a pact with him for his obedience to get him the booty o' eternal life that the merit accrue, then what o' the angels?

No covenant was made with them, yet obedience they owe. When they come afore God do they have merit o' their own to stand in? If we be needin' a covenant made with us for us to have the possibility o' merit, how be it that the angels can get booty from God with no covenant? The Captain o' the Marrow be sayin' that Adam had a covenant made with him for the fact that he be a reasonable creature, but the angels be reasonable creatures too, shiver me timbers!

And what o' the works that the angels be doin'? Are they works accounted as worthy of a share of the booty for reason of bein' hired by the Cap'n? Or do they trust their Cap'n to give them shares out o' their loyalty to him, receivin' shares by faith, as it were. Even the best 'n' brightest o' the angles hide their faces afore their benefactor.

Some others have said that the covenant be of great and vast importance for it put man into legal relation to God. But again, if no covenant be for the angels, they be free from the law o' God, at least in 'legal' terms.

Which means they be sailin' on the high seas under no flag, and be buccaneers!


September 18, 2006

Boardgames come in a wide variety of themes. Phalanx, publishers of the complex yet excellent Revolution, the Dutch Revolt uses more abstract mechanics to fit a theme of religious, political, and social conflict during the Reformation in the Netherlands.

Different themes can be modeled with a variety of abstract game mechanics. One game can even be re-themed taking it from being a game 'about' auto-racing to a game 'about' fantasy monster fighting.

Phalanx is apparently coming out with a game that draws on the cultures of the middle east, as many popular games before it, such as Through the Desert or Alhambra.

Emira is a game with the theme of, um... harem building.

Edward Said, eat your heart out.

Phil Ryken reminds us that Charles Spurgeon invented WWJD: (quoting)
In all that you do, ask yourselves this question, 'What would Christ have done under these circumstances?' And then act according to the answer which God's Word and your own conscience give you.'

September 15, 2006

Happy Tank day!

A very informative BBC article on ninety years of the tank. I wasn't aware that the term 'tank' was from the codename for the "mobile machine-gun destroyer," which were instead called "mobile water tanks for Mesopotamia"

Here's my geeklist on the topic of tank oriented wargames, focusing on those with little plastic tanks in 'em

September 13, 2006

If you're interested in fantasy wargames, Days Of Wonder, publisher of Richard Borg's very fun WWII game Memoir '44 will be coming out with a fantasy wargame using similar mechanics, called BattleLore. I'm sure they will release many expansion sets for the game.

Wives of husbands who are interested in fantasy wargames might like to know that you can preorder the game from on-line stores like ThoughtHammer.

September 12, 2006

September 11, 2006

Auburn Avenue has put out a response to the charges that they are heterodox.

I'm sure there are grounds to criticize it, but the conviction that there is a problem in 'vanilla' Presbyterianism grows when opponents of FV resort to things that don't make sense in opposing FV.
The question is this, Is a person regarded as regenerate because he has been baptised? The standards teach sacramental union between the sign and thing signified, and so the answer is, No.
funny, I thought because the standards teach sacramental union between the thing sign and the signified you DID regard a person baptized as regenerated.
According to the Westminster Standards, the ministry and ordinances are given to the visible church for the sake of the invisible church. Hence the invisible church is an operative entity within the present economy.

The first explanation of the visible church in the Standards is that it is the"kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ" (WCF 25:2); hence it is the visible expression of the invisible church. Subsequently, those who do not belong to the invisible church in reality do not belong to the visible church either.

They are not all the visible church which are of the visible church.
This seems like reading of the standards that excludes a great deal of detail in the standards. It may be part of a 'system of doctrine' that reflects a strand of the standard's teaching, but it does not subscribe to the standards in their fullness.

In fullness, the standards speak of baptism as solemnly admitting parties, whether elect or not, to the visible church. They are admitted, yet do not 'belong'?

In fullness, the standards speak of the ordinances of the church for the benefit of the 'saints', NOT 'the invisible church', and speaks of 'saints by profession'.

I kinda like this thought from Tim Wilder on the FV
But the FV (and this is one thing it has in common with the New Perspectives) rejects the theological method of careful definition and distinction, and ties the terms to redemptive narrative. When we talk about our individual experience and commitment we may want to use the word 'faith'. When we talk about this life and experience in wider historical and creational terms we may want to talk about 'regeneration', that is, of life as part of the new creation, the new order.

The FV people claim that the traditional Reformed scheme does not apply to the way that they are using these terms. They further claim that the way that they are using these terms is the way the Bible employs them.

So the FV claim is that the criticisms that come from the perspective of Reformed dogmatics all miss the point. To this we can reply that Reformed dogmatics answers necessary questions. Unless and until the FV gives clear answers to these questions, they do not have a theology. If they ever do try to answer these questions they will have to employ a precise theological vocabulary and give answers that either are hererodox or orthodox. They cannot dance away from the issues forever.
Emphasis mine. In addition to it being insightful, it also supports the view that FV is not a movement, but a conversation.

I'd add that in general, the FV answers the 'theological' questions by affirming the confessional standards when called to do so (generally).

September 08, 2006

September 05, 2006

The Carnival of Homeschooling Week 36: Labor Day has been posted, with a labor day theme.

We started up this week.

I noted that ebay has made teacher's manuals forbidden items to sell. I'm not sure I'm perturbed about it from a homeschooling angle, although from an 'information wants to be free' angle it seems like a pointless waste of effort. Can't the kids all get those warez on Kazaa anyway?

Technically, Monday's Proverb A Day was posted on Monday.

In the baptism wars, we hear someone say "baptism washes your sins away".

Someone else says "No, no. The blood of Christ really washes your sins away, the water is just an external sign and seal of that internal washing"

Does anyone want to fill out what is actually meant by Jesus blood washing sins away?

Does it mean anything OTHER than: The father knows Jesus shed his blood so considers the guilt of sin nulluified.

If it does mean only that, then why are we talking about blood washing anything?

Do we have sins in our souls? How does Jesus physical blood get into our souls?

Does Jesus blood participate in the ressurection life of Jesus? Was it shed, only to go back inside his risen body? What are we talking about?

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