Archives: March 2008

Maintaining focus

The chapter is getting there – it’s March 30th, and I have the rest of today and tomorrow to finish the draft – but keeping focus has been difficult. I start thinking about other things – books, ideas I haven’t finished or looked into – and an hour slips by. 4C’s is also looming, though

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Early Christian dissertation getting clearer

Still hacking away at Chapter 2, but I had a discussion with my chair earlier this afternoon, to pitch an idea concerning Judas that has cleared things up. I thought I was going to have to write a very long Chapter 5 on the disciples – now, I think, it will center on Judas, with

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finished translating Mark

Today I finished going through all the words in the Gospel of Mark, 1:1 to 16:8. This is a important milestone in the development of my Koine. Next is Matthew.

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Richardson to endorse Obama

NM governor just endorsed Obama. Given that on “experience” Richardson was the ideal Democratic candidate, only to be completely overshadowed by Clinton’s celebrity at the beginning of the campaign, this is very interesting. Richardson has sat on the fence for weeks and weeks without endorsing Clinton. Seems the speech won him over.

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possible bump

There’s a premature argument out there that Obama took a serious hit in the polls from the Wright stuff, though it’s too soon to say if it will last. It’s a long time still until the next primary vote in PA. In any case, I think his speech will be remembered, at least in history

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Great speech

I hope Obama’s opponents manufacture a few more scandals, so we can get a few more speeches like the one he just gave.

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slightly discouraging

The article I submitted on prose rhythm was rejected. Discouraging, but there is still a month or two to revise it some and send it somewhere else. Plus, either one of the chapters that I wrote in Jan or Feb are article-worthy with light revision, so I still have a good shot at a single-author

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Wright

I was going to write a few things about Obama’s pastor, but Brad Hicks has neatly summarized my views for me. That is just handy. Also see this.

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Spitzer and Ferraro

Another politican, the Democratic governor of New York, has scandalized himself via patronizing an online brothel that desperately needed a proofreader. He has not resigned yet, or admitted guilt, putting him in Larry Craig territory; but Spitzer’s rep as an ethics reformer makes for an even bigger fall. I admit to being cheered that he

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Potter A to Z

Rowling sueing over a fan-made Potter encyclopedia. Looks like a serious misstep on her part. Rowling’s lawyers claim the Lexicon has no creative value and contributes nothing to the readers’ understanding of the Harry Potter series. Merely rearranging facts into an alphabetical order does not turn it into a secondary, scholarly reference work. Au contraire.

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