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Happy Palm Sunday


I found this video of a sweet little four year old girl named Aliana sharing the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jereusalm, humbly riding on a donkey. Check it out:


Now the story, directly from Scripture:


The Triumphal Entry John 12:12-19

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
"Hosanna!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the King of Israel!"Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
"Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey's colt."

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they...

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This Is No Small Wonder

 

Workers putting together the robo-baby boy.
Definitely the strangest news I've read in a while. Although the story of robo-children is familiar (remember the 1980's sitcom "Small Wonder"?), this is totally real. From FoxNews:

"The automated doll developed at the University of Tsukuba, called Yotara, giggles and "wakes up" when a rattle is shaken.

He sulks and dozes off like a real baby and smiles when his stomach is rubbed. The robot can also sneeze and have a runny nose, thanks to a heated water pump system...


"We wanted to create a new type of robot that is soft, cuddly and cute," said project leader Hiroki Kunimura. "We'd like people to experience the innocent, joyful expressions typical of small babies."

"Through this...

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Forgetting Haiti

 

Since people have attention spans that last, oh, about 5 seconds longer than a fruitfly, its time to remind everyone that the suffering continues in force for the wrecked Caribbean nation. From today's New York Times' Editorial:

"The emergency in Haiti isn't over. It's getting worse, as the outside world's attention fades away.

Misery rages like a fever in the hundreds of camps sheltering hundreds of thousands of the 1.3 million people left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake. The dreaded rains have already swamped tents and ragged stick-and-tarp huts. They have turned walkways into mud lakes and made difficult or impossible the simple acts of collecting and cooking food, washing clothes, staying clean and avoiding disease. The...

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My increasing irrelevancy.

Don’t trust anyone over thirty. -Jerry Rubin

If that quote above is to be believed, I've got only a few more months left of trustworthiness. At least to those who are under thirty.

The young. The ones who rock the vote. Or just rock. The ones who watch the MTV Music Video Awards. The ones who only know Ice T and Ice Cube as actors. Ditto, Will Smith, who they watched as the Fresh Prince... in syndicated reruns.

It's strange to be thirty. Not old. Not even middle aged quite yet. I can see some fine lines forming at the corners of my eyes when I smile. My biggest skin problem, though, is still acne. Does Oil of Olay make zit cream? Or Oxy, wrinkle remover?

To Boomers and quite a few X'ers, I'm still a kid. Not to be trusted. I'm a...

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Mimicking the mainstream. Music as background patina

 
Continuing with the responses I received from "Christian Music Suckage," I'd like to welcome Ben H. Rome (@bhrome), a Washington, D.C. based writer, blogger and game designer (and in my opinion, also a talented photographer, but he gives props to his wife for her photo-taking skills). Here's his take:
 
AD: How long have you listened to Christian music?

BHR: Almost 20 years. The first Christian music album I purchased after I was saved was PFR's self-titled project and Newsboys' "Take Me To Your Leader." If we're counting mainstream music performed by Christian artists, though, it was U2's "Joshua Tree."
 
AD: CCM is a broad term. Which particular type of Christian music do you listen to most? Rock? Rap...
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