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    Religion and Science Fiction

    First Things has an article on their website [and in the April issue] regarding religious themes in science fiction, that mention a number of my favorite authors and books. These include Jerry Pournelle's and Larry Niven's Inferno and Escape from Hell, James Blish's A Case of Conscience [although not Black Easter!], Michael Flynn's Eifelheim, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Liebowitz.

    Shocking to me is the absence of Tim Powers, but he is often neglected in such lists despite having personally known Philip Dick, who is mentioned here.

    I like the bit about the Singularity, especially the bit about how it is hard to tell the difference between an exponential growth curve and sigmoidal one when you are in the middle of it. The Singularity really is the Rapture for nerds, and good luck with that one boys.

    I think I may have to check out some of the books mentioned in this article.

    h/t Michael Flynn


    CrossFit 2010-03-22

    5k run or 10k row for time. I selected rowing, because I hate running. I think that I spent most of my time trying to figure out what was an efficient way to row, so my last 2500m or so was actually the fastest. Might be interesting to try again later, or do the 5k run for comparison.

    Time 54:48


    Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Review

    Ayinger Celebrator Bock

    Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockDoppelbock 6.7% ABV
    Type 26 Beeriodic Table

    My wife bought me this as a present during a low time. This is appropriate, since the function of a bock beer was to sustain monks during Lenten fasts. This beer is hearty enough to sustain you, and dark enough to help you imbibe in moderation. Very malty and smoky, it pours with a short head and is intensely dark. As a lager type beer, it is clear, but its nonetheless nearly impossible to see through. The finish is a bit spicy with the high alcohol content.


    Chewy and thick, this is a fine beer for Lententide. You only get four in a retail pack, but each one is a miniature feast of beer. Enjoy this beer, and prepare for the coming of spring.

    My other beer reviews


    CrossFit 2010-03-20

    Eccentric Pullups

    Pullup as normal, then lower slowly to a count of 5. Long rests between sets.


    Count is number of seconds on the last rep you can hold your elbows and shoulders at 90 degree angles.

    Dessert was 30 wallballs, 10#.

    Count 15 seconds.


    No More Christian Nice Girl Book Review

    No More Christian Nice Girl

    by Paul Coughlin & Jennifer D. Degler, Ph.D.
    $14.99 ; 177 pages

    I received this book for free as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

    I was a little nonplussed to receive No More Christian Nice Girl in the mail. I had not really expected to receive a self-help book directed primarily at women, but there you go. I did actually put it on the list however, because the premise did resonate with me: being nice and being good are not the same thing.

    The general idea of this book and its predecessor, No More Christian Nice Guy, is that being nice, meaning trying to accommodate everyone, suppressing unpleasant thoughts, and avoiding conflict, is destructive of our selves and our families. Superficially, being nice seems to be the calling of a Christian, especially in this age. This trend was brilliantly parodied by Dogma's Buddy Christ.

    Buddy Christ

    However, when you get down to it, Our Lord really wasn't nice, in the sense most people mean it. One of the best features of this book is its Appendix A, which documents instances in the Gospels where Jesus had something sharp to say to someone.

    Christ had a rather sharp sense of humor indeed, one that was on display when something needed to be said to more than one purpose: one immediate, one eternal.

    However, this is not to say that we ought to tear out all the existing art and replace it. G. K. Chesterton noted that even though Christian art is rather one-sided in its depiction of Christ, the instinct nonetheless sound, because there is just something wrong about decorating your church with a statue of Christ in wrath.

    This book was not really intended for me, but I think it is basically sound. Charity in truth is really the best for everyone, even if it is easier to be nice.

    My other book reviews


    I always hated those damn button sequences

    h/t Tom

    Eat some meat in honor of St. Joseph

    Since the Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on a Friday this year, you are free from the law of abstinence from meat tomorrow.

    Get the story from Ed Peters.


    CrossFit 2010-03-15

    Statue of Liberty March, which is pretty much what it sounds like. You huck the weight up and hold it over your head with one arm

    3 rounds

    • 15 kettlebell swings [16 kg]
    • Statue of Liberty March right arm 70 m [16kg]
    • Statue of Liberty March left arm 70 m [16kg]
    • 15 kettlebell swings [16 kg]
    • 15 overhead squats [20 kg]
    • 15 jumping pullups

    Time 19:43


    CrossFit 2010-03-13

    I did Thursday's workout today, I had a school board meeting that night.

    Deadlifts 20-15-10-5-1

    30 second static knees to elbows in between sets

    Max weight 75 kg


    DSM-5 to include the Big 5

    The Five Factor Model in the DSM-5

    The current Axis II disorders will be replaced by a mixture of continuously-rated personality disorder types (carrying forward psychopathy, avoidant, borderline, obsessive-compulsive, and schizotypal) and 6 personality traits. According to the rationale, four of the traits are pathological versions of 4 of the Big Five (Openness/Intellect apparently doesn’t have a pathological extreme).

    h/t John D Cook