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"A curious mix of the relevant and reverential"


To borrow some words from Drake, "I'm more than just a number." But if I WERE a number, it would be 7. Since it's God's number, the 7th day is one to rest, and... well, I think it rocks. But if life were a scale of 1-10, then me being a 7 fits too, because I'm not perfect. But I'm not your average girl, either. :-) I'm 30, a Christ-follower, slightly off kilter (but aren't all "ar-teeests"?), and happily married to Keiron, my solid and strong rock. And Techie-extraordinaire. We are the proud parents of a baby girl, Zoe. Hope you enjoy my rantings, don't take my sarcasm too seriously and know that comments are welcome. Very welcome... ahem, HINT, HINT, HINT! But enough about me, time for this 7 to give it a rest. xoxox

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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Author Interview: Angelica Perez


One of the sweetest people I have yet to have had the pleasure of meeting, Angelica Perez, has experienced enough in her life to have left her bitter. She's a veteran of the Marines and is disabled. Due to her injury, she has had a number of surgeries and still battles chronic pain.

In spite of these trials, or maybe even because of them, she creates. She is the author of "Mentality Listens: In A World Where Art Screams," a blogger, artist, and photographer.

She is married, loves animals, and has a deep love for Christ. She was gracious enough to open up about her childhood, surviving boot camp and where she find inspiration.

AD: Tell me about your self... Where did you grow up? What was your family like? What did you want to do...

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