Saturday, 24 September 2016


I believe that fantastic literature has a unique ability to slide past our set opinions and prejudices, and encourage us to consider moral and spiritual truths in a new way. The classic fairy tales and fantasy stories are about the struggle between a simple, humble good and a powerful evil, and they constantly remind the reader that human effort is not enough — that supernatural intervention is required before good can triumph.What could be more Biblical?
~RJ Anderson in this interview

Friday, 23 September 2016

A thought on stories

It's nice in a story when things go well for your favourite characters.

But actually those aren't the most satisfying stories.
It's when the plot throws all kinds of bad stuff at the characters that you really get to see what they're made of. They can't show courage or integrity or perseverance or morality if they're not in situations that need them.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn Equinox

Really cute doodle on Google today.

Echoes the one they had in spring (for some reason you sometimes need to click this one to see the animation):

If you click on them to view them large, and then use the arrow keys to flick back and forward between the two, you can see clearly how it's the same picture, but different colours.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


If you hold down the Alt Gr key on your computer and press a vowel, you get the vowel with an acute accent over it.

Saturday, 17 September 2016


Exfoliation means to remove dry skin.
Defoliation means to remove leaves.
This is interesting.

Thursday, 15 September 2016


There ought to be a sign posted in every Christian bookstore that reads: "The views expressed in these books do not necessarily express the views of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
~Voddie Baucham Jr.


Does time spent putting off doing something count as time spent doing it?

Because the endless faffing seems to be a necessary preliminary to finally getting round to doing it.

Have done the thing. Greatly relieved.