Finished Jeremiah, Lamentations and half of Ezekiel. Jeremiah was mostly warnings about the problems of praying to other gods. Lamentations was a lot of complaining about Jerusalem and bad people. Ezekiel had an interesting passage; 4:12-13. Dude is to make barley cakes and cook it over human feces. Dude complains and gets to use cow feces instead. Many people translate the passage differently then the New International Version--they take it to mean dude makes the cakes out of human feces.. A hot air balloon.
Today Ashley, Elizabeth and I took a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I was all prepared for a day of taking pictures--or I thought I was. I had loaded all my camera equipment except compact flash. Luck for me, Elizabeth let me shoot with her camera--a Canon Powershot. I don't have all the pictures from the day, but I do have this one shot. Not being use to this camera, I'm sure I didn't get all of the shots like I wanted. This shot suffers from overexposure and should have been shot with a -1 F-stop bias. In all it was a fun trip.
In 2005, I used the website audible.com to buy the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. The recording quality was absolutely horrible--the bit rate was so poor it was hardly audible (pun intended). Little did I know, I was being billed $22 a month ever since. Apparently the fine print stated I not only bought the book, but also a "membership". I received nothing: no e-mail, no letters, not a single thing that told me I was being billed monthly. They quietly billed my account for almost 2 years before I happened to notice their name on my bank statement. I canceled promptly and saw their name on my bank statement again. So I called to find out what was going on. This is when I was told I bought my one really poor quality audio book with a membership. The guy tried to argue with me they weren't a shady company. Well, they are. Poor quality books, shady buying policies and no option to completely remove your credit card information from their system. Pictured is the roof of the Garage steaming right after heavy rain.
Finished up Proverbs today. I still can't say much for the writing quality of what I've read of the Bible in general, but I can say Proverbs was a welcome change over Psalms. Most of the verses are little tips on how to live life, most are common sense and many are repeated several times (like "don't listen to foolish people"). One item rather apparent was the advocation for the use of corporal punishment on children such as with Proverbs 29:15, "The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother." Another verse that stood out to be was Proverbs 31:6-7, "Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more." Oddly, I've never herd anyone quote this verse to promote the use of medical marijuana, although it seems it would be applicable. Pictured is Amber.