Rotate backup disks with SuperDuper

My network storage computer is an old Mac mini. Everything on it is replaceable via downloads, but I still prefer having a physical backup. Because it's an old machine, Time Machine on it doesn't support rotation of external drives (as Mountain Lion does). So I'm using SuperDuper instead. To get SuperDuper to support drive rotation, you need to follow these instructions: NSCoriolisBlog » Blog Archive » Rotate backup disks with SuperDuper.

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Why don't people use their Android devices?

Here's something which I've been curious about for a while now. Why don't people use their Android devices? Android has a huge market share advantage in terms of devices shipped. But Apple's iOS devices are what people actually use. I've only got iOS devices, so I have some idea why I use my iOS devices heaps. (They work, and they are beautifully designed so it's generally a pleasant experience.) But are Android devices really so rubbish?

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A few things I learnt

Here are a few of the things I learned about while studying theology. My wife I knew Mim was wonderful before studying theology, but now I know it even more. It has been great to spend more time at home than was possible in my old job, but she has still borne by far the greater part of the workload at home. Mim has consistently encouraged me in my study and Christian devotion all the way through the course.

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Misunderstanding infanticide

Recently, the British Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper which quickly achieved notoriety (via the Catholic Herald), but most commentators have misunderstood what the paper is proposing. It is not a new argument for infanticide. The argument for infanticide to relieve a child’s suffering has already been made, notably by Peter Singer in 1985. Indeed, infanticide is already practiced regularly in the Netherlands under the Groningen protocol. The authors argue that infanticide is justified to relieve parents or society of the burden of caring for a child, even in situations where the child’s suffering is not a consideration.

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Taming the internet

Facebook, Twitter, and news websites can be a dreadful drag on productivity. The temptation is always there to see if someone has posted something somewhere. Checking websites kills productivity because you interrupt what you are doing, and requires you to try and remember if the site has changed since you last looked five minutes ago. Most of the time there's nothing new, but it can still easily take a minute or two to check a few sites.

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In consequence, for Luther the way to the reform of society lies not in the reform of institutions but rather in the moral reform of man. If men followed their callings in a Christian manner, society would function properly.

—Cargill Thomson, The political thought of Martin Luther, p. 6.

Present Lord

Like all the Matthean discourses, the Sermon on the Mount is more than simply part of Matthew’s narrative thread; it is also a direct address to his readers. In this way it is in agreement with Matthean Christology, for the historical Jesus, whose story Matthew relates, is at the same time the present Lord, speaking to the community in its own present time. —Luz, Theology of the Gospel of Matthew, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) p.

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The authenticity of Jesus' teaching

The assumption that tradition was created to meet needs and answer questions faced by the early Christian communities is seen to be in need of major qualification. After all, there were many issues that vexed the early church, to which Jesus offered no word of clarification. These include spiritual gifts, church officers, various doctrines, and, more importantly, teaching that speaks to the Gentile problem. If dominical tradition was freely created, as many form and redaction critics once assumed, then why did not teachings attributed to Jesus arise that might have resolved some of these controversial issues?

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Long essay title

My long essay title question is, "Did the historical Jesus oppose the prosbul by enjoining deb-forgiveness in Mt 6.12//Lk 11.4?" Proposal The prosbul, ascribed to R. Hillel, permitted Jewish creditors to escape the obligation of Sabbatical debt-forgiveness (Deut 15.1-2). Goodman (1982) argues that widespread indebtedness was the trigger for the Jewish revolt. In that historical context, Jesus enjoined debt-forgiveness (Mt 6.12// Lk 11.4) using a distinctively Jewish metaphor for sin (so Anderson 2009), in what commentators regard as an authentic saying.

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Reading in Greek: Matthew 7.24

You might wonder how reading the New Testament in Greek could possibly be useful. You quite rightly recognise that you will never be better at Greek than the translators of a good English translation. Even if the translation isn't great, you have a selection of commentaries written by experts, not only in the language, but the book in question. What benefit can there possibly be to reading a passage in Greek?

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