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If I’m going to turn this into a food blog, I’m going to have to learn to take better food pictures.  Also I’ll have to post an actual recipe.

I have no real desire to do an exclusively food-based blog, but my supper tonight looked so delicious I had to post it and brag a little bit.  Of course it may just be that I was starving by the time it was done.  I was late getting supper on the table because I was stuck at Knight’s for an hour, but that’s a whole big story involving my wife mowing the yard, a neighbor’s visit, and my doing something stupid so I’ll save it for some other day.  Here’s my chicken alfredo!

The best part may have been the strawberries in the salad.  They were out of the backyard strawberry patch you may remember from this post.

I don’t know how good it looks to you, but it tasted delightful.

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Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins (Photo credit: Ephemeral Scraps) - This is not the same Tom Higgins

I’m going to bed.  The subject of this week’s random Wikipedia article is:

Tom Higgins.

Tom Higgins?  Never heard of him.  Tom Wiggins, on the other hand, I know quite well.

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Here’s another passage from David Bentley Hart’s Atheist Delusions.  His language can be inflammatory at times, although, like a joke that has to be explained, it loses some impact when I have to look up every third word in the dictionary.  Despite that he does build a strong case for Christianity being the major driving force for the goodness, charity, mercy, and compassion in the Western world as opposed to the war, violence, and death that it generally gets credited with by its opponents.  The passage is a little long, but I didn’t feel like I could cut it off anywhere and retain the impact.

In the light of Christianity’s absolute law of charity, we came to see what formerly we could not: the autistic or Down syndrome or otherwise disabled child, for instance, for whom the world can remain a perpetual perplexity, which can too often cause pain but perhaps only vaguely and fleetingly charm or delight; the derelict or wretched or broken man or woman who has wasted his or her life away; the homeless, the utterly impoverished, the diseased, the mentally ill, the physically disabled; exiles, refugees, fugitives; even criminals and reprobates.  To reject, turn away from, or kill any or all of them would be, in a very real sense, the most purely practical of impulses.  To be able, however, to see in them not only something of worth but indeed something potentially godlike, to be cherished and adored, is the rarest and most ennoblingly unrealistic capacity ever bred within human souls.  To look on the child whom our ancient ancestors would have seen as somehow unwholesome or as a worthless burden, and would have abandoned to fate, and to see in him or her instead a person worthy of all affection – resplendent with divine glory, ominous with and absolute demand upon our consciences, evoking our love and our reverence – is to be set free from mere elemental existence, and from those natural limitations that pre-Christian persons took to be the very definition of reality.  And only someone profoundly ignorant of history and of native human inclinations could doubt that it is only as a consequence of the revolutionary force of Christianity within our history, within the very heart of our shared nature, that any of us can experience this freedom.  We deceive ourselves also, however, if we doubt how very fragile this vision of things truly is:  how elusive this truth that only charity can know, how easily forgotten this mystery that only charity can penetrate.

 

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What do you get when you take a baked chimichanga recipe, and replace the filling with the same stuff in Chili’s Southwest Eggrolls?

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A delicious supper.

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Dunn's hognosed pitviper (Porthidium dunni)

Dunn's hognosed pitviper (Porthidium dunni) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) - Not a Crotalus totonacus

Look, let’s just be honest with one another.  I know you need a good blog post, but sometimes I’m tired and can’t think of anything to talk about.  Just click on the link and forgive me.  The subject of this week’s random Wikipedia article is:

Crotalus totonacus.

No subspecies are currently recognized.

This sounds like a great opportunity for an ambitious young scientist to get to name something after him/herself.   Also, Viperidae may be the coolest family name in biology.

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An IBM System 360/20 computer on display at th...

An IBM System 360/20 computer on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich Germany. Front panels are removed. An IBM 2560 MFCM ( multi-function Card Machine) is shown on the right and the corner of a 2203 printer is visible on the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier tonight my computer decided it didn’t want to turn on anymore.  It gets to the loading screen for the motherboard and just freezes completely.  I can’t get into the boot screen, BIOS, nothing.  I’m turning it off and leaving it for the morning in case it just needs rest.  I need to do that because it gives me hope.

I’m having to fight the urge to turn it on again just to see if it’s suddenly working.  I’m a little bit attached to my computer.  Besides being the first one I built, it’s also where I keep all of my stuff.

Now I’m having to make due with my school MacBook.  It’s fine, but I’m starting to have right click withdrawal.  Ctrl+click is for suckers and hipsters.   And where’s the ‘end’ button on this thing?  I go back to fix a typo, and then what?  Arrow all the way to the end of the sentence?  Point and click with the cursor?

If I can’t figure out what’s wrong, the blog may go dark for a couple of days for a time of mourning.

Update:  The computer is currently working.  The ‘ignore the problem’ method never fails, right?  Or is this just a last gasp before a massive system failure?

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Thomas Dougherty, U.S. diplomat. As of 2010, U...

Thomas Dougherty, U.S. diplomat. As of 2010, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I noticed on my stats page that WordPress has included a little map with all the countries highlighted from which people have discovered my blog.  The number one country by far is, of course, the United States, but that’s only because Mac lives here and he checks my blog five times a day from five different computers.   Also today I’ve had 2 views from Spain and 1 from Mexico.  I hope I haven’t accidentally said anything offensive in Spanish.   The second highest of all time is the United Kingdom, but I’ve also received views from 68 other countries including Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Pakistan, Romania, and Burkina Faso.

I wonder what these people are looking for when they find my blog?  I wonder if they’re pleased or disappointed?  I wonder if my blog confirms for them every terrible thing that foreign people tend to think about the U.S.?  I wonder if they’re drawn here by my random Wikipedia articles?

Whatever they think, one thing is for certain.  Blogjammin’ has gone worldwide!  There’s no stopping us now!

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