Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Children's christian books

Dear writers of children's Christian books,

Please stop writing stories where doing the right thing (or, even worse, becoming a Christian) results in material reward or circumstances suddenly changing for the better.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

A Sunday School teacher


A random thought I had (I have strange random thoughts):

You shouldn't get married unless you would be willing to get their name tattooed on you.

Now I realise there are all kinds of reasons why you might not want any tattoo at all (cultural, religious, aesthetic, pain...). But one reason - their permanency - does not apply here. If you're thinking, 'but what if we split up?' you shouldn't be getting married.

And then I thought - maybe you shouldn't get baptised unless you would (apart from all the above caveats) be willing to get Jesus' name tattooed on you. 

After all - he has my name engraved on the palms of his hands*. He is committed to me forever. Am I to him?

*I'm not sure if this is slightly out of context - the immediate context is about Zion (Jerusalem). However, it's part of a longer passage which is talking about the salvation of the Gentiles, and Christians are part of the heavenly Zion/Jerusalem. Anyway, if I've misused this passage, the point still stands :-)

Weather forecast

The weather app that came with my phone has never been particularly accurate. But today rather takes the biscuit: It says that it is snowing.

I have just downloaded a new weather app.


“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"

Thank you God

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


I was looking at a mackerel, and thought: Mackerel have zebra stripes.

Maquereaux etal.jpg
Mackerel picture from Wikipedia. My mackerel was smoked and peppered and didn't have a smiley face.

And then I thought: you could just as easily say zebras have mackerel stripes.

Herd of zebra with a baby suckling on it's mother

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Background noise

Recently I have been using Noisli to help me concentrate on work.

Usually when working I listen to the radio (mostly plays, comedy or documentaries), or podcasts. If I really need more concentration, I listen to music. But sometimes even that's too distracting - but silence can be distracting too.

So Noisli plays background noises for you.

I've been listening to the rain and a train. You can also have the sea, wind, thunder, leaves, fire, coffee shop background...

Oddly, it really does seem to help!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Blocked forever?

I use Leechblock on my computer to attempt to exercise some self control over my internet use. For example, to block it after bedtime. Some sites I only allow 5 mins per day. Some are blocked altogether. Very, very useful programme.

Tonight I got a rather odd message, though:
"The page you're attempting to access has been blocked by LeechBlock.
The page will be unblocked at: the end of time"
I assume this means 'at the end of the time you set', not 'at the last trumpet' :-o