The Acts of the Apostles - Chapter 1

September 16, 2018

I'm writing a book, a commentary on the bible book The Acts of the Apostles and will be putting the content here first so that I can ask for feedback on it. The content will also be gathered together into an e-book, which will eventually be made available for free and after that as a printed book which will be available for a reasonable price.

This follows on from the previously published Introduction.

Chapter 1

1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

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Geese at Echo Veterans Memorial Park in Burlington

September 15, 2018

Geese at Echo Veterans Memorial Park in Burlington

Taken with a 4MP Olympus C4040Z.

During the same visit to the park that produced the previous picture, I saw this scene and liked it, so I captured it.

This is perhaps not a classical photographic composition. That said, it's close to abiding by the rule of thirds, there's at least one subtle diagonal line in the picture, the shadows of the trees make interesting patterns and there are baby geese in the center of the frame, but beyond that it's just a picture at the park. But I like it because it represents one of my favorite types of fun. It brings together in one super representation all of the happy memories from my childhood visits to parks: trees, grass, sunshine, aquatic birds (although we generally have more ducks than geese at British parks) and people relaxing or playing off in the distance.

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The International Standard Cup of Tea

September 11, 2018

I must admit that I was previously unaware that there was such a thing as an international cup of tea. I should have suspected that one would exist, after all, how do you measure the nutritional components of tea if you don't have a standardized serving size and repeatable procedure for making it?

Many thanks to Tom Scott, who I first came across on the Numberphile YouTube channel. He has researched the process, purchased the equipment and bravely set out to make said cup of internationally standard tea.

I am more of a teabag in a mug kind of guy, while The Queen of All She Surveys, has a strong preference for making tea in a Wedgewood teapot and drinking it all fancy. Either way, while I appreciate that there is a standard for tea making for comparative purposes, I think we'll stick to making it the way we've always done.

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Tree at Echo Veterans Memorial Park in Burlington

September 4, 2018

Tree at Echo Veterans Memorial Park in Burlington

Taken with a 4MP Olympus C4040Z.

A fun shot of a tree at Echo Veterans Memorial Park in Burlington, WI. I was at the park with my family and in-laws. We were at the park getting some fresh air and taking some family pictures, hence I had my camera with me.

I liked this angle of the interesting tree in the background viewed through the interesting tree in the foreground. If I have learned anything in my time of taking pictures it's that I have to like the pictures I take. It is my experience that people were never as delighted with pictures that I took because I thought they would like them. Yet when I showed people pictures that I took because I liked them, they often loved them as much as I did. Lesson learned. I have to love a picture before anyone else can.

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The 80's Have A Lot To Answer For

August 27, 2018

For some reason, daughter #1 was humming The Birdie Song this evening. I have no idea where she got it from, but she ran screaming when I found the original version and played it for her.

After listening to it again, my verdict is that the 80's have quite a lot to answer for in the bad music department. But, misery loves company, so I'll share it with anyone reading this. Enjoy!

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