Saturday, March 29, 2008

The World's Oldest Sound Recordings

The world's oldest sound recording has been found. So technically, it's not a recording, but a French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville invented the phonautograph, which creates a visual representation of soundwaves by using a device that used a needle that moved in response to sound, etching sound waves into paper coated with soot from an oil lamp.

The fascinating thing is that the vocal recording was made in 1860, 17 years before Edison invented the phonograph, but because we now have the technology, they have taken high resolution scans of the recordings, converted the soundwaves into audio files, and now, almost 150 years later, we can listen to what originally was never meant to be listened to. The audio is kinda creepy sounding, but it's almost 150 years old, so give the lady singing some slack. They have more that are even a few years older that they are working on turning into audio.

Read about it

Hear the audio

Monday, March 17, 2008

Chuck Norris The Only WMD In Iraq

For fun I was going to post one of the funniest websites in the world.

Chuck Norris Facts

I then came across this article that says that though American troops look up to Chuck Norris, so even do Iraqi troops.

Chuck Norris A Hero Even In Iraq

Enjoy and remember: There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Only One Source Of Hope

I usually choose not to get on many political topics on my blog. After seeing this poster on the television I just can't help myself. I have had many people ask me who I am voting for, and have heard many people get into political discussions. I usually use this as a chance to escape the conversation and avoid the topic completely, not for my own sake, but for what I feel is a chance not to offend. On my blog, however, I can choose my words more carefully and use as a place to edify and teach (myself included). Back on topic, I have had people ask me who I am voting for. While my wife has the wise explanation of not having the time to inform herself of the candidates and the issues, I have other explanations of why I am not voting this year, if ever again.

I have heard that it is our civic duty, our chance to implement change (Obama for change!), and our Christian opportunity to influence the world. Let me give a few reasons why I feel this may not be as important as we think it is. First, if we are Christians, our faithfulness should never be toward anything or anyone before God. Our duty to our family still comes second to God, though our faithfulness to God means being faithful to our family.

Too many of us rely on others to change the world, such as politicians, government agencies, Christian leaders and "official" ministers. As a disciple of the Christ and a servant of the living God, my ability to change anything has nothing to do with my power, but the power of the God I serve. Influencing the world does not happen with me checking a box. It comes when I serve the least of the people (Read Matt. 25). It is when I allow myself to be used by God to serve others when true change happens in myself and the rest of the world.

I have seen too many people become obsessed with these elections, putting their hope in a candidate, as the poster above shows, and this isn't me against one candidate. In fact Obama might be the change we need to realize that one man can't change the world, unless that man is Jesus Christ. Too many people buy into one person's promises to create change, when change comes from our own actions by the power of the Lord our God. This is why I am choosing not to vote, and I've got some other reasons, but since I can't post without doing some sort of Photoshop work, I thought this might bring home the point. I know I just opened a can of worms by talking politics, but Jesus took on politics every now and then, and I can argue that this easily becomes a worship issue when we rally behind a candidate more than we put forth the effort to rally behind Jesus Christ.