Quick Takes – 5/3/2008

Tyndale Tech has a great round-up of links for using maps and geography in Biblical studies.

Bob Hyatt recommends the Cornell System for taking notes. “The Cornell System is a simple but powerful system for increasing your recall and the usefulness of your notes.”

John Mark Reynolds explains why he will not play Grand Theft Auto. “Much as I love gaming, I personally cannot justify playing Grand Theft Auto. This post is an attempt to get people who will thoughtlessly pick up this game to at least consider whether it is a good idea to play.”

Dawud Miracle shares the best advice on giving advice. “The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.” (Hannah Whitall Smith – 19th century Christian writer)

Ray Pritchard encourages you to write out a prayer for a friend. “Write a prayer for a friend. Don’t just say, ‘I’ll be praying for you.’ Write out your prayer and send it to them. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy. A sentence or two is fine. Just write from your heart what you are praying to the Lord. Write it and send it. A written prayer is a wonderful gift to those you love.”

Andrew Jackson explains the Federal Budget Crisis. (Really!) “With all the tantalizing sound-bite spending and new program promises being thrown around like red meat to hungry lions by the present presidential candidates, it is crucial that all voters become informed voters concerning the real facts about the federal budget crisis, and how realistic and honest these dime-a-dozen promises really are.”

Joel Heck introduces readers to C. S. Lewis’ thoughts about life on other planets. “In his essay ‘The Seeing Eye’ (1963) … Lewis challenged the conclusion of the Russian cosmonauts, who concluded that there was no God, since they did not find Him in outer space … Lewis thought it unlikely that life existed anywhere else in our solar system, but that it was at least possible elsewhere in the galaxy. He argued that ‘those who do not find Him on earth are unlikely to find Him in space.'”

Journal Science publishes a paper by a trio of music professors on how geometry shapes the sound of music. “Geometrical music theory represents a culminating moment in the longstanding marriage of music and math. That marriage began when Pythagoras described pleasing musical intervals with simple mathematical ratios more than 2,600 years ago and further evolved during the Middle Ages when deep thinkers used those same ratios to model the ‘music of the spheres’ — what many at that time believed to be the literally harmonious movements of the sun, moon and planets.”

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