September 29, 2005
Links of the day
- Holy Squid! Nifty pictures of giant squid. First time a giant squid has ever been caught on film. That in itself is amazing.
- Troubling article from the Journal of Religion and Society that suggests a correlation between religious belief and societal dysfunction. Read the conclusion.
- The 100 most challenged books between 1900-2000. Everytime I see this list I am surprised. A Wrinkle in Time?
- Funny list of new office slang.
- BitComet.com. Extremely easy to use BitTorrent client that makes it way too easy to "borrow" music. I just borrowed two albums last night...
- This is just a fantastic idea. This site, SorryGottaGo.com, includes a ton of WAV files to help you get off the phone during a never-ending conversation. Like a door knock, a baby crying, a horn honking, etc. I'm going to have to use this ...
- Nifty little form that takes an iTunes album URL and gives you some very nice hi-res pictures of the album art. Could be handy.
- 70% of British taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers -- often seen as barometers of popular trends -- have no idea what "blogging" is. Idiots! [Thanks COD!]
- Wow. This is kind of neat. Type an author in the form and get a "literature map" of other authors in the same vein.
- $10 billion worth of treasure found on an island off the coast of Chile. Cool.
- Hilarious! Rock-Paper-Scissors with 15 possible attacks and 105 possible outcomes.
That's all I got for now...
Posted by snackeru at September 29, 2005 8:05 AM | Links of the day
Is Rock-Paper-Scissors now added to the Backyard Border Battle?
Posted by: Cheesehead Craig at September 29, 2005 4:51 PM
OK let's take a good look at the challenged list (which I assume is PC for banned books). Howard Stern's "Private Parts" and "sex" by Madonna SHOULD be used for firewood. Can we all agree on that?
Posted by: Cheesehead's wife at October 1, 2005 1:17 PM
A study that "suggests a correlation" (which is all this "study" admits to doing) is not science. It is cherry-picking at random variables to raise "troubling" questions about something that will raise hackles and get attention from people with agendas. Correlation does not imply causation. One might as well publish an article suggesting a "troubling" relationship between countries with high rates of ice-cream eating and high rates of crime. That cheese-eating countries fail to do well in wars. That countries with guns have more traffic accidents.
Rather than U.S. religiosity driving high crime-rates, it is far more likely that European unitary, cradle-to-grave welfare states with strong state-operated communications mechanisms tend to depress both religiosity and high crime rates.
But who would link to an article pointing that out?
Posted by: ss at October 5, 2005 1:44 AM
SS, don't assume because I link to this article I agree with it. I don't. I think it is a weak correlation at best.
The "Links of the Day" include web sites that people are talking about on the blogosphere at that given time. This article was being discussed heavily so I provided a link to it.
It obviously got you thinking and that is good. My "trouble" with this article comes from the fact that people were so willing to agree with it.
But more importantly, how can we as Christians change this perception? I've written about this before, but it all comes down to "Love your neighbor" for me. There is a feeling in the world that we are failing the least among us. What can we do to change this perception?
So, I must admit that I don't quite understand the anger (?) that underlies your comment. But I am glad that you chose to send it to me. It is a thought provoking article and worthy of discussion.
Posted by: Shane at October 5, 2005 11:00 AM