Sunday, October 19, 2014

God doesn't need you

I found this article - The Key to Radical Generosity - a great encouragement last week.
I didn’t have “more” I needed to give; I actually had nothing God needed to begin with.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Time travel and the gift of perspective

A beautiful bit of Dr Who...

Thanks to the Concert Pianist for sending me the clip.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blogger and embedding videos

Well, Alison, I didn't totally solve it.  Let's say, I improved the situation.  Videos still won't show up in emails.  However, they now appear and play in Bloglovin on my ipad.  And they now show up as an image in other feeds (but won't play) and then you can click through and play.  So at least it's not just a big blank space anymore.

I have to admit I'm not entirely sure how I did it.  A friend was helping me with a whole host of suggestions.  Something worked.  I think the most likely candidate was this:

Inside the blog design screen, click into Settings and then click into Other.

Scroll down till you get to the heading "Site Feed".  Check that the final option 'Enable Title Links and Enclosure Links' is set to "yes".  I think that's what worked for me.  Then you need to find some good videos to post so we can all check for you. :)

Site feed

Drawdle - an app review

iPhone Screenshot 1

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Drawdle is a fun app that creates a series of simple challenges based on physics.  Don't let the word physics put you off - it's very entertaining.

The basic script is that you draw a shape and flick it towards a balloon filled with paint.  The idea balloon should then bang into, and burst on, a picture that is then filled with colour.  As you go through the levels, you are faced with obstacles that require some creative problem solving in order to keep pushing the balloon on to the target.

My 6-year old loves it but it is even amusing for an adult.  So if you are looking for a game you are happy for the kids to fiddle around with that also involves problem-solving and creative thinking, this just might be the ticket.

Available for both iOS and android, it's currently free with the option to buy the full game for around $1.29.

The last week

Ugh.  We have had a nasty virus going through the family one-by-one over the last week.  It started with one child last Saturday.  Every two days or so, someone else in the family would come down with it despite our frantic cleaning and germ-prevention-techniques.  On Thursday, it culminated in my husband aborting his commute to work in preference to coming home and taking to his sick bed, followed by my surrender in the late afternoon.  We kept everyone - even the now seemingly-well children - home the next day in the hope of quarantining ourselves for the greater good of the community.  I'll spare you the nasty details, but it was a truly revolting bug.

Today, we are on the mend.  The children are bright and bouncy.  My husband is okay.  I am still feeling tired but improving.  I am thankful for so many things - good healthcare, jobs that allow for leave, a nice bed to feel sorry for myself in and that everyone is well again.  But I haven't felt that ill in a long time - since I was last in hospital, I think.  So it was a humbling reminder of how fragile we can be so easily and what a blessing it is when we are well.  While I was awake in the middle of the night, I was praying for those I know who at the moment feel ill all the time.  May God grant them grace, endurance and a speedy recovery.

I did have a bit of fun when I went to the GP for my medical certificate.  My appointment was with one of the new (very young - I must be getting old) doctors that I hadn't seen before.  Whoever had entered my occupation on the practice's database had been rather specific.  When he checked my file he looked up and said, "Oh, a Year 12 Philosophy teacher!"  What followed was a rather amusing conversation that leapt through philosophy, altruism, youtube, Crash Course History, John Green, The Fault in Our Stars and Grey's Anatomy. He's not an introvert, this new GP.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Put your foot down

The Drowned Vault: Ashtown Burials #2
'Cyrus looked around.  "Yeah, but what do we do now?"
Rupert smiled. "A philosopher stood on one leg in the middle of a road, unsure of what to do. 'What is the best and wisest step? Where shall I put my foot?' he asked.  A farmer passing with an ox gave him his answer. 'Put it down,' he said. And so the philosopher did, but his other leg rose up. 'Terrible advice!' he yelled. 'My predicament hasn't improved. Where shall I put this foot?' And again, the farmer told him, 'Put it down'."

 "And...," said Cyrus.
"And this time when the philosopher put his foot down, he put it squarely in a pile of the ox's dung.  Concluding that the farmer was either a trickster or a fool, he left his foot there and never moved again.  As for the farmer, he walked on to Rome."
Rupert met Cyrus's eyes and laughed. "Your father loved that one."
Cyrus groaned. "So the joke is that philosophers are stupid and farmers aren't?"  He blinked and shook his head, looking around at the rooftop. "Why are we even talking about this right now?"
Rupert grinned.  "Two reason, Cyrus Smith.  First, the next step is always right in front of you.  Pick your feet up and put your feet down.  Second, we are most definitely standing in the dung right now.  Your first trek starts now, and it's madness.  Are you ready?"
Wilson, N.D. (2012) The Drowned Vault, Random House, New York.