Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things Worthy Of Cogitation



Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
--Aldous Huxley

When I was a child, I spake as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child:
but when I became a man,
I put away childish things.
--King James Bible
1 Corinthians 13:11

One of the most childish things I can think of is harboring belief in The Bible as being the absolute and unquestionable Holy Word of God. Even more childish is my effort to convince Christians that they are childish.

Will I never learn?



An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.



On this day, September 26 in 1996, U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid returned to Earth in the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis following six months in orbit aboard the Russian space station Mir.

On March 23, 1996, Lucid transferred to Mir from the same space shuttle for a planned five-month stay. A biochemist, Lucid shared Mir with Russian cosmonauts Yuri Onufriyenko and Yuri Usachev and conducted scientific experiments during her stay.

Beginning in August, her scheduled return to Earth was delayed by more than six weeks because of last-minute repairs to the booster rockets of Atlantis and then by a hurricane.

She was the first American woman to live in a space station.



factotum  [fak-to'-tuhm]
A factotum is a general servant or a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.



(born 26 September 1948)
Olivia Newton-John is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. Her music has been successful in multiple genres including pop, country and adult contemporary and has sold an estimated over 100 million records worldwide. She co-starred with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which featured one of the most successful film soundtracks in Hollywood history.

(born September 26, 1956)
Linda Hamilton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Catherine Chandler in the 1987-1990 television series Beauty and the Beast, for which she was nominated for two Golden Globes and an Emmy. Hamilton had a recurring role as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski on NBC's Chuck.

(born September 26, 1933)
Donna Douglas is an American actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett in the CBS television series, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971).

(born September 26, 1981)
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA's history. She is the only female player to have won over $50 million in prize money. Williams is the reigning French Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion.


America faces a fundamental choice: either the blessings of liberty or the servitude of liberalism.
--Nancy Pearcey



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