Walking in Freedom

Miscellaneous musings along the way

Baby birds! June 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — songofjoy88 @ 10:49 pm

A few weeks ago, I noticed a bird’s nest on the windowsill just outside my bedroom window.  The past week or so, there has been a bird sitting on the nest- all day and all night.  When I open my blinds in the morning, there it is.  And then at night, it’s still sitting there.  Sometimes the wasps that live in the crack between the shutter and the brick would swarm around the bird and irritated, she would peck at the ever elusive wasps.

Today my assumption that there were eggs underneath the ever present bird was shown to be true, as two baby birds sat in the nest!  I watched as the dad sat on the nest until the mom got there.  Then the dad flew away and the mom proceeded to feed the baby birds.  At first I was perplexed by the way the mom pinched the baby’s beak in her own, bending the baby’s neck in what appeared to be an awkward position; but then I realized they were feeding.  A little later, both birds were feeding at the same time (seen in the photo).

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Earlier this evening, the two baby birds were left in the nest by themselves.  Later, as it started to get dark, one of the adult birds sat on the nest all puffed up to cover the two babies and keep them warm- you couldn’t even see the babies  (see photo).

The timing of all this is kind of cool because I was just studying Genesis 1-2. 🙂  God is still in the business of creating and making all things new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Math Brink June 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — songofjoy88 @ 8:31 pm

I’ve always liked math.  I can’t narrow it down to one reason, but I think a big part of it is that it makes sense to me.  Well, until I reached the math brink.  (From dictionary.com, brink means “a crucial or critical point, esp. of a situation or state beyond which success or catastrophe occurs”- in this case, catastrophe)  Everyone’s math brink is different, but everyone has one.

I remember starting at problems for my 400 level math classes having no idea what I was supposed to be proving, much less where to start.  Hours of staring at various textbooks strained my eyes but did little to increase my understanding.  And then in class- frantically writing down everything (not understanding any of it) and hoping that it might all of a sudden make sense later that day.  That pretty much never happened.

Tutoring has given me some insight about other people’s math brink.  Just when you start to get comfortable manipulating numbers and solving problems, these “x”s start creeping in.  No big deal, x means multiplication… no?  Now x is a number?  You must be mistaken, I’m positive x is the 24th letter of the alphabet?  Don’t even get me started on positive and negative- my first grade teacher said you can only subtract two numbers when a number is subtracted from a larger number!  So she lied to me?!

And what’s with that “b”?  That wasn’t there two steps ago.  Sometimes it seems like mathematicians are more like magicians- making things disappear and appear at will!  Where did that letter come from?  How did they know that was the next step in the proof?  Did they just decide it looked good?  And what happened to that 14; it just disappeared.  There it is in this step… and the line below, it’s gone.  Where did it go?!

(Emphatic sigh) I just don’t like math!  (more to come…)

 

Quit yo whinin’ June 4, 2010

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It bothers me when professional athletes whine about every single call (or lack of call).  Oh, and I’m not a fan when they flop, flailing their arms the whole way down… which can be pretty far for some NBA players (such as Pau Gasol- not that he would ever flop :-P).  If you’re talented, that’s great- entertain me with a display of your skill and athleticism.  Because even if you whine after every play, you’re never going to convince me that the ref is wrong every time; sorry, it’s just not gonna happen.  Granted, sometimes sports officials make mistakes, as Detroit Tigers’ Galarraga learned the hard way this week.  But that sour face after every play gets old really quickly.

But then again, a little bit of acting can make the game more exciting to watch.  I’m sure it’ll make for some humorous moments in the World Cup when players dramatically collide with the grass (whether someone touched them or not).  So, as long as they don’t draw fouls that weren’t even committed, I guess I’m ok with that.  But Pau, even if you are the best big man in the league, it’s ok to not get worked up after every call- just play.