Vocabulary Word of the Day: Probability

Vocabulary Word of the Day: Probability

I know headline writers need their splashy headlines, but as the media is filled with word of a stunning upset, we should remember the number of times that one candidate or the other was “destroyed” or “finished,” or the election was declared “over.” A poll takes a snapshot of part of the electorate which is extrapolated to the whole. It will have a margin of error, generally something like 2.5% to 3.5%. (Why that is can be a project for…

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I Blame Us

I Blame Us

It’s election day here in the United States, and though I will shortly head to my polling place and cast my vote, I’m not going to say who it is in any of the races. What I would like to call for is moderation, in the sense I define it when talking about religion. I know it’s odd to take such a common word and then define it in perhaps eccentric ways, but I believe both that my definition falls…

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Tech Fun: Old and New Meet

Tech Fun: Old and New Meet

Some of you may not be aware that I blog a few tech subjects, sometimes related to my IT work and sometimes not, on hneufeld.com. I thought I recent post would be of broader interest. It shows old technology meeting new –┬áPast Meets Present: Command Line Twitter Clients on Linux. How many of you remember using a computer that was managed by typed commands at the command line? I’m guessing the number is not large, because people I help with…

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The Cubs!

The Cubs!

In 1999 the Chicago Cubs drafted my stepson John Webb. He would go on to a lot of AA and AAA ball, and would spend some time in the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays. Now he teaches youngsters how to play and parents how not to behave as fans of their young players. So despite not having a history as a Cubs fan, I do have a special place in my heart for them. I also hate all the…

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Dating Biblical Books

Dating Biblical Books

I will be dealing frequently with issues of date and authorship while discussing Paul. The reason for this is that there is a considerable variation in what books scholars believe that Paul wrote, so while giving perspectives, I need to deal with the differences in the books attributed to Paul and what picture emerges of the apostle. As some background, let me embed two videos I’ve done on dating and authorship. One major problem with this discussion is that for…

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I’d Like to See an End to Christian Politics

I’d Like to See an End to Christian Politics

When I first set out to join a United Methodist congregation, I asked the pastor for definitive information on United Methodist beliefs. With much trepidation, he provided me with a United Methodist Discipline. I read the first hundred or so pages, not being too interested in the details of the church’s committee structures, including the statements of belief and the social principles. On returning the book I asked him whether I was expected to affirm the social principles. He said,…

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Replace Strategic Voting with Strategic Living

Replace Strategic Voting with Strategic Living

I’m not a fan of strategic voting. It seems to me that various arguments, such as voting in the other party’s primary, splitting one’s vote for president and for down-ballot candidates (an effort to guarantee divided government), or the ubiquitous “lesser of two evils” arguments generally amount to one thing: An attempt to persuade someone to vote their way. In this election, I’ve been told that a vote for a third party candidate, usually Gary Johnson is a vote for…

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