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Power Man and Iron Fist #121, 1985

Power Man and Iron Fist #121, 1985

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Vision and the Scarlet Witch #11, 1986

Vision and the Scarlet Witch #11, 1986

brianmichaelbendis:

X-Men selfie by Kevin Maguire.

brianmichaelbendis:

X-Men selfie by Kevin Maguire.

(Source: patloika)

Regarding your recent Science v. Religion post--why does the bible have such status & not some other book?

That’s a complicated question to answer and not one I will be able to answer with scientific rigor — of course, that’s part of my point.  The short, unsatisfying answer is “because I find that I am compelled to view it as the Word of God.”  The long, also unsatisfying answer is a mixture of conviction based on study of its contents, emotional resonance from the same, the weight of history, the opinions of people I trust, and probably things I even more unsatisfyingly can’t easily put a name to.

It would be much easier to make some sort of argument along the lines of prophetic accuracy or literary consistency but to be honest those boil down to arguments about whether or not you believe in the first place the asserted origins (that is, if the Old Testament largely only dates back to a couple of hundred years BC, it’s hard to make appeals to its prophetic content about things that happened before that — note that I’m not saying I agree with dating it to that period, I’m saying that’s what the argument then becomes.)  Also, frankly, I find many such arguments a little facile.  I’m not really into apologetics for these reasons.

So my answer is: I believe the status of the Bible is due to its nature, and thus its status is part of what compels my believes concerning that nature.  (That may sound circular on a quick read, but it wasn’t.)  I have changed a few times throughout my life my thoughts on how it applies to me, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever thought it just another literary work.  Obviously, that’s not something everyone agrees with.

Chaos Reborn - From the Creator of the Original X-COM

Everything about this screams awesome. While I’ve backed way off on backing kickstarters, I made an exception here.

Shot for shot homemade version of the three-way fight from The Avengers. Enjoy!

Sometimes The Internet Makes Life Better

Try these equalizer settings, thank me (well, thank the author) later. I don’t use iTunes but one can adapt them to whatever.

Irish

Okay, let me get this out of the way once.

R. Francis Smith, born Norman, OK; son of Robyn Wallace, born Atlanta, GA; daughter of Frank Wallace, born ?GA?; son of Daisie Carlile, born Bartow County, GA; daughter of Samuel “SJY” Carlile, born GA; son of Francis Carlile, born Abbeville District, SC; son of James Carlile, born County Monaghan, Ireland.

So that’s how much Irish I know myself to be, anyway. (Thanks to cousin Sue who I believe did the actual work finding our link to the family.)

science v. religion?

Periodically my brain overflows with religion v. science argument on the Internet and I am obliged to write something brief like this:

If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I do not believe this proves science is wrong (much less deliberately misleading in an attempt to undermine my beliefs.)

If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I do not believe this proves my religious beliefs are wrong (much less anti-science or backwards or anti-intellectual.)

If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I believe my understanding of one or both is wrong, or at least incomplete, limited, imperfect. Which of course it is anyway.

Egos left at the door. Science and religion should be united in that, at least.

moviecode:

In Castle Season 4, Episode 16 “Linchpin”, the CIA’s computers have been infected by a virus. The CIA agent is looking for the virus “subroutine” (actual words) injected in their code, with a Matrix-like background, when suddenly, a JavaScript tutorial from Quackit.com that’s used to explain how to display  popups is identified as the so-called “virus subroutine”.

moviecode:

In Castle Season 4, Episode 16 “Linchpin”, the CIA’s computers have been infected by a virus. The CIA agent is looking for the virus “subroutine” (actual words) injected in their code, with a Matrix-like background, when suddenly, a JavaScript tutorial from Quackit.com that’s used to explain how to display  popups is identified as the so-called “virus subroutine”.