Sunday, April 30, 2017

Earworm Music

AOW just posted about Peter and the Wolf, a childhood favorite of mine that I am still fascinated with.
I had recently watched that video after watching Scherezade, prompted by a post by Kid which I can't link because he deleted it.
He probably deleted it because in comments we refuted his notion that Russian music "sucked".
I offered in evidence this:

I like this version most because of the close-ups of the musicians faces as they perform, and often their relief at not squealing a reed or screwing up :)
I can relate.

For the story and explanation behind the piece, you should first watch this:

My dad explained it to me as a child.
That and many other works, modern and classical.

Thanks dad.

Speaking of not screwing up, I hosted the The Drift yesterday. You decide.

Friday, April 14, 2017

What's so Good about Good Friday?

When they take the Son of God and put Him to death, why is that considered good?
Because when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment due us for our rebellion against God.

When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they did not believe Him.
Until He did it.

The Bible says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 2:2).
So if Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was His net gain?
We were the joy set before Him.
We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among other examples).
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan, He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.
Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.

As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse of Psalm 22.

This is called a "Remez". It's a teaching tool Jesus had used for 3 years.

When they hear this verse, they remember the rest of the Psalm.
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
The ramifications are huge.

Do you get it?

Saturday, April 8, 2017


This is how I explained it to Scherie.
When someone launches one missile, not to mention 59 others, at your sovereign soil, you typically consider it an act of war.
It doesn't matter whether the aggressor intends to invade or occupy or attack again.
It is an act of war.

Now, strict Constitutionalists, this is what the document says,

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution

The Congress shall have Power .....
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

Something may make you feel proud to be an American, thrilled to see a decisive President and justified to punish a war criminal.

But it is still wrong as defined by the U.S. Constitution.


And regarding Syria...

Thursday, April 6, 2017


A new part number had to be run in a robotic weld cell, where I work (all too much), last weekend.
I had contracted a robotic and a plc programmer to come in to do the work.
The robot guy had a family emergency in Lebanon and had to bail.
The plc guy came in, saw the scope of the job and said it couldn’t be done.
I was in at 6am Saturday, started programming robots, left at noon to do the radio show, came back and worked till 7pm.
Came back Sunday at 5:30am and left at 7am Monday morning. 26 hours straight of programming robots, machine controllers (plc) and repairing inadvertent crashes.

I can't show you the result of my work, which was successful, but I can play the show for you.
We discussed April Ryan, Evelyn Farkas, and interviewed Rep. Tim Walberg about Trumpcare, among other topics.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

If TrumpCare Doesn't Pass

TrumpCare, American Health Care Act, RyanCare, Whatever.

If it doesn't pass, what precludes another try at a more conservative bill?

Is there some rule that forbids the introduction of another, better bill?

Why do I keep hearing it's this or nothing?

And once again, screw the three phase approach. (I work with three phase every day. It'll kill ya.)
Do it in one lump and nuke it through.