Accidentally hitting the scrolly thingy for my mouse made the original draft of this post disappear, due to sending me to my main blog page, so I’m going to write it in a text editor and then post it. I probably should have done that in the first place.
Welcome to the beginning of another week. The one that just passed was very long. I got notice that I have two tests coming up, one this week and the other early in the week after that, so I’ve tried to spend time trying to get ready for them both. I had a meeting with DSS and the professor for my Office class on Thursday, which was a complete waste of time. We pretty much rehashed everything we went over the week before, but I did find out that the Excel assignment I did is going to be part of an exam and that the exam will finish once he comes up with a Word assignment. Oh well, at least it’ll be easy. Last night I attended the new rabbi’s installation service, which I had been curious about since I had never attended, or even heard of, an installation service in a Jewish context. It didn’t seem that different from regular services, with the exception of a long sermon by a visiting rabbi, lots more in attendance, and lots of food afterwords. I skipped on the Torah study this morning though because I had more school work to get done and knew I needed to get up and chip away at that. I’m planning to do more of that tomorrow. I purchased a second battery for my netbook yesterday. It was very expensive but I need it because the laptop that I’ve been carrying around is heavy, and I have no love for Vista. The netbook has XP home and is much lighter, although the new battery weighs almost as much as the netbook does. It’ll all still be lighter than the laptop though. So that should be in early next week. Well, it’s almost 2200 here and I still haven’t grabbed dinner. More later on. Everyone have a good and full week.

Well, it’s very nearly bedtime for students, so I figured I’d jot down some thoughts before sleep. I spent a good deal of today getting some reading done, so I never got to the Excel assignment I need to get done before Tuesday. consequently, this will be tomorrow’s task. This week is promising to be long. I have classes till the usual 12:15 time on Tuesday, will possibly attend the second part of the Linux seminar I attended last week, and then there’s a meeting at Disability Support Services to finish hashing the accessibility issues with the Office class. I’m pretty certain I have a test this week and I think that’s Thursday so that’ll make Thursday long too. Hopefully next week will be at least relatively less stressful. I hope everyone has a good week.

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George Gilder’s essay over at City Journal is well worth the time it will take to read it. It chronicles Israel’s rise from a technological and economic backwater to a center of innovation,
second in absolute achievement only to the United States, and on a per-capita basis dwarfing the contributions of all other nations, America included. What I loke most about it though is the hope it expresses for this technological development to serve as a bridge between Arabs and Jews, and that if both sides concentrate on the technological development possible in the region, the entire Middle East could be raised up out of the situation it currently finds itself in. Go read the whole thing. Hat-tip: Michael J. Totten.

I’m going to have to remember to take this to my business law class on Thursday so we can discuss this in the portion of the class the professor leaves open for us to talk about legal issues that either effect us or that we’re interested in. This definitely gets filed under ridiculous, to say the least. The Fifth Circuit court in New Orleans has ruled that victims of Hurricane Katrina have legal standing to sue over global warming-related damages; the case in question was brought by Mississippi landowners against oil and coal companies they say contributed to global warming—and thus, exacerbated the hurricane’s damages. This seems like an attempted money-grab on the part of the landowners to me. I would have thought that their insurance, (assuming they are insured), covers acts of God, which is what a hurricane would be classified as. I’d ask myself what’snext on the lawsuit horion, but I can’t think of anything more ridiculous than this, except for maybe that lawsuit for a ton of money over the pants or whatever it was that got lost by the dry cleaners, but that one’s already taken. The WSJ Law Blog has more on this. See there for a full discussion of the ruling.

This one definitely raises eyebrows. In a dramatic about-face for a movement that a generation ago embraced a Cold War nuclear shield against the Soviets, evangelical Christians are now
spreading the gospel of nuclear disarmament. Once again, politics is the new religion. Christianity is just the outer garment, so to speak. I suppose I could give these Christian leaders the benefit of the doubt, and assume that they’ve seen the error of their ways and so they now realize that it might not be such a good idea to pray for the world to be on the brink of man-induced destruction, but somehow I doubt that such a sign of good faith is warranted. After all, according to some of these people, Jesus likes to micro-manage, and wouldn’t take too kindly to the Iranians stealing his thunder by laying waste to Jerusalem and the Jews who haven’t converted to their flavor of Christianity before Armageddon gets started.