Monday, April 18, 2016

Door Knobs in Coal

I saw this photo pop up on my Facebook feed a couple days ago.  It came with the responding conclusion by the original poster that this proves that coal forms faster than millions of years and therefore is evidence against evolution and in favor of the 6,000 year model of earth.

I checked on the comments and the article/post to look for some sort of back store or context.  Predictably enough, none could be found.

In the related feed below, you could find a few more copies of the same image along with other similar apparently man made items imbedded in all sorts of rock and minerals.  Further searching images brings more images along with several wildly different theories as to their origins and the implications.

Without getting into the creation v. evolution nonsense, let's just talk about what we know:  There is a photo(s) of what appears to be man made items in what appears to be solid rock/coal/minerals.  There also seems to be a lot of anecdotal conversation around them.

Let's be clear that without the item in the hands of a qualified specialist, we cannot know for sure two things: 1) if the items in the picture were man made, and 2) the type of material they are imbedded in.

Nowhere am I seeing a specialist citing any official claim that these are as cut and dry as door knobs in coal.

But, let's assume they are man made and in some rock or coal formation.  How did they get there?  How were they removed?  How deep were they?  I have question after question about them and any scientist would too!

In fact, a scientist/geologist presented with compelling, solid evidence of such a find would likely be very interested in this because of the implication for their field of study.  I would even venture that there are many geologists and archeologists that have studied these very finds closely trying to answer the questions above and then some.

So, a final question comes to mind: If this were genuine, then why have we not seen geologists and archeologists coming forward to change the relative theories in existence?

Two likelihoods on the actual origin come to my mind:  1) this is a hoax (as so many to-good-to-be-true things seem to be), or 2) the material around the items is far less impressive than coal (more likely coral or another faster forming mineral).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Christian Victims

I started thinking about this today, and I have to ask:  Am I the only one who is sick of the Christian victim card being played?

Seriously... It seems like anytime someone challenges Christian beliefs or misrepresents those beliefs and it gets some amount of media or internet attention there are a ton of people who instantly jump on the I'm a Christian victim band wagon.

Why can't I just accept that there are those who do not love Christ like I do and let them make martyrs of themselves?  Is it somehow un-Christian to simply not drag myself into this crap?

Why don't we all give up that "card" and move on to just rejoicing in God and Christ.  God gave us a life to live and a Savior to worship (not to mourn).

~Danny

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Daddy: Day Two

Much more tired today.  Jenny only got a little touch of sleep last night.

Diapers don't bother me near as much as I had expected.  Smell or sight.  They always used to, but not now.  I'm guessing there is some sort of off switch in us for when it is our baby.  Cecily was the first child I ever changed and it wasn't hard even at first.  The toughest thing is keeping her legs under control when I'm working.  She's still a kicker. (Soccer player?)

We had our first pediatrician visit today.  All went well.  She's already gaining a little from when we brought her home. She went' from about 6 lbs 15 oz to 7 lbs 1 oz.  We were told that they can loose as much as 10% of their birth weight (she was 7 lbs 11 oz brand new).  At two weeks, she should be passing her birth weight.

Sleep is a luxury, but I can't seem to find myself partaking a lot when it's daylight.  I've been a stay-at-home-husband for almost four months now and I have this need to work when it's daylight.  So, I do dishes, laundry, cooking, and cleaning all day long like I did before.  Only, it isn't near as efficient.  One, because I'm so tired, and two, because every time Cecily makes a noise I run to investigate.

Cecily seems to be doing great.  She's awake when she should be and sleeps most of the day.  Feeding is regular at about 3 hour intervals and she's going through diapers just about how she should.  I don't want to jinx it, but I think we got a calm(er) one.

~DB

Friday, December 9, 2011

Daddy: Day One

I say day one, but Cecily was born almost four days ago now.  Today is the first full day at home, no nurses, just me and mommy.  So, officially, this is my first day to be daddy.

Tired doesn't really describe it.  Not because it's more or less than tired, but it's different.  I could sleep or rest if I really went at it, but with her in the house I feel a little more motivated to be awake to hear her cry if she needs us.

Coffee is good.  It helps.

Two things that I didn't expect in parenthood:

1) How easy it was to change diapers.  Of course, we are not to the point where she is doing the really nasty cottage cheese ones yet, but the chocolate syrup ones new borns produce are still pretty bad.  But, I'd never changed one before and it was surprisingly easy to do (and to stomach).

2) How automatic the protection urge is.  That's a bad description: "protection urge".  It's more like this need to make her happy.  She's not only old enough to really smile yet, but I still work really hard at it in such an automatic way.

Overall, it's going well.  Jenny is fine.  Cecily is fine.  Our dog, Fibber, is confused.  Life is good.

~DB

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Trophy Husband

Now that my wife is the bread winner for the family, I really like kidding her with this term.  It isn't entirely accurate if you consider I'm just more of a "house husband" than a trophy.

In the month or so that I've been unemployed I've made a lot of strides coming into my new role at home.  I'm still on the job hunt, but with the economy as it is, I'm not putting a lot of stock into being able to land a job that would either reverse the role or make it easier to be working when baby comes.

I do keep busy.  Running a home is a full time job as I am finding out.  I can't imagine how some people (my wife and I included) can pull it off without being home all the time.  No wonder cleaning services are still in high demand. 

Aside from just cleaning and laundry, I also have been devoting time to developing my music skills and working in my woodshop.  Both of these are passions of mine and I'm blessed that I can put myself into them.  The good thing is that I can offer lessons on guitar and ukulele and build things to sell online.  So, income, albeit small and infrequent, is still there.  Who knows; with time and effort these may turn into full time jobs themselves and get me and my wife closer to getting ourselves out of the suburban rut.

~DB