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Beautiful Quote from Thomas Brooks

// November 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Interesting

I’m yet to read this book but this was one sweet quote:

“…it is not hasty reading—but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”

—Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Eight grams of new energy source Thorium can power this car for 1 century. What does that mean for Medicine?

// November 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Information Technology, Interesting, IT Innovation

Thorium Concept Car

Thorium Concept Car – Image Courtesy www.greenpacks.com

This sleek-looking (or ugly-looking, depending on how you look at it) concept car was designed by Loren Kulesus to be the “Cadillac World Thorium Fuel Concept Car” as an idea for a car that would run off of Thorium. “According to CEO Charles Stevens, just one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) [that’s 300,000 miles] of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century.” [This, of course, does not actually run off of Thorium and is just a concept-design to illustrate the idea. Nuclear powered cars, even powered by energy sources as safe as Thorium, are not presently a good idea and even still are still a long way off in terms of advancement.]

“The principle is fairly simple. The thorium would be lased to generate heat, which would then produce steam in a closed-loop system. That steam would then power a generator to produce electricity. Since it only takes a thin sheet of aluminum foil to shield the world from the weak thorium radiation and the element can’t be weaponized, it’s thought to be perfect for mobile power generation.” (Source: Autoblog)

“Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.”

“Current models of the engine weigh 500 pounds, easily fitting into the engine area of a conventionally-designed vehicle.”

Source: http://www.industrytap.com/thorium-fueled-automobile-engine-needs-refueling-once-a-century/15649

What does this mean for medicine?  [Of course it’s not yet possible, and even seems silly, to power a device from nuclear energy.] It could mean that one pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implant surgery would be necessary for the rest of a person’s life without need for subsequent surgeries to replace the batteries. This would provide a more permanent solution in patients that are in danger for ventricular fibrillation or other heart complications. It could mean the possibilities for backup energy for ventilators or life-sustaining medical devices, or it could mean new backup generators for intensive car units and hospitals that would provide 100% capacity for continued operations if electrical energy failed (or it could mean replacing electrical energy altogether).

Probably more important to people is how it can fuel their iPhone or Android smartphone. [Again, of course it’s not yet possible, and even seems silly, to power a device from nuclear energy.] But, it’s nice to dream of how this can be used for medicine.

Try to Solve this Equation

// September 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Interesting, Interesting Websites

This is a quite clever cartoon by the guy behind Adam4D. As a math lover, and lover of the Gospel message, here’s my attempt at solving the following equation:

don't skip ahead. i know you're skipping ahead.

My solution

Mathematical Solution

Altogether, if x = 0, it means “Jesus + Nothing = Everything”

 

But I suppose the real solution to this problem is to turn from sin and put your trust in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation. ^_^

5 Interesting compositions to listen to while studying (many you may not have come across)

// August 4th, 2013 // 1 Comment » // Interesting, Random Thoughts

I listen to very strange music sometimes. I have an old as dirt playlist called “Classical Music to Listen to While Studying.” I created it yeeaarrs ago. There were some interesting finds in this playlist that I’d like to share. These songs and pieces are very interesting compositions or arrangements. I put this list together here on IsaacDodd.com over a period of a few weeks, just pasting interesting pieces here and there as time permitted while studying, of songs I found were interesting.

 

 

 

1. Dale Kavanagh’s Tales of Greiffenberg, The Forest, Wind Dance 

This is a 57-minute concert by Dale Kavanagh but Wind Dance is at the following times:  14:18 – 17:14. This is one of the most well-composed short compositions I’ve heard from the classical guitar. It’s too bad I haven’t found it anywhere else on the internet other than in this concert. Maybe she never recorded it for an album distribution. As I understand it so far from research, Dale Kavanagh is a very gifted interpreter who has a very great knowledge and command of the pieces she plays.

Joaquin Rodrigo’s Invocation et Danse
Here’s another piece that she plays in the same concert in the video above, Invocation et Danse, at times 18:18 – 25:38, played by Dale Kavanagh in a video by itself.

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Guitar Concerto, 2nd Movement

In the 57-minute concert Dale Kavanagh decides on this piece to play after playing some of Lobos’s Etudes. The version above was an orchestral version of that. It’s beautiful when accompanied by an orchestra.

2. Leo Brouwer’s Etudes

Leo Brouwer’s Etude 6

Leo Brouwer’s Etude 11

These pieces are short and beautiful, a study on guitar by Leo Brouwer. They are very interesting to listen to. There’s an entire playlist by this guitarist on YouTube of these etudes, 1 through 12. Here are the most interesting ones.

 

3. Dale Kavanagh’s “Contemplation – A la Fueco”


This is a rendition of Dale Kavanagh’s piece, played by someone else (very nicely played). The full rendition can be seen played by Dale Kavanagh herself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP6xpIqtmG4

 

4.Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Rio”

Ryuichi Sakamoto is the composer behind an interesting award-winning movie from the 80’s, The Last Emperor. He’s also a bridge between Western and Eastern Classical music, a genre called Neogeo.

 

5. Leonard Bernstein’s “Maria” from the classic movie, West Side Story

Beautiful Composition with a particularly unique arrangement from a classical guitarist I’m not familiar with. Leonard Bernstein is a marvelous composer. It’s misfortunate that he had an all-roads philosophy of life so I can’t recommend his life as a composer.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

// September 2nd, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Apologetics, Interesting Videos, Popular Issues

Here’s one of my favorite movies. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, by Ben Stein, is pure genius. Mr. Stein interviews several prominent scientists and authorities on each side of the Intelligent Design and Creationism versus Darwinian Evolution debate. I stumbled upon the full movie on YouTube. I’m not sure why the full movie is there, or why it’s allowed by YouTube, who is very strict on copyright infringement always, so I’m assuming somehow it is legitimate. (Maybe because it has foreign subtitles?) I figure if it wasn’t, the production company or publishers would have had it taken down a long time ago. So, enjoy! From the comments: “What amazes me is how these intelligent design folks are so educated. Dembski has two doctorates in philosophy and mathematics from University of Chicago and University of Illinois. John Wells has double doctorates in religion and biology from Yale and Berkeley. Stephen Myer has a doctorate from Cambridge University in the philosophy of science. Michael Behe has a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. I mean, their ideas may be loony, but how did they get this education?” My answer:  It’s because their ideas are true and scientifically accurate. Intelligent Design and, namely, CREATIONISM, should be valid and community-wide accepted viewpoints and origins of scientific ideas.

Order & Complexity – Another Proof of God’s Existence

// May 4th, 2012 // No Comments » // Apologetics, Interesting

“The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” – Charles Spurgeon

There’s an awesome video of a debate at UGA that just exemplified this quote. It’s so interesting to reason with the atheists of our day with issues of morality, the existence of God, and philosophical ideas that have their resolution in the Bible. Just look at the reaction of this group towards the end of the video after reasoning through their conclusions.

Todd: “My position is that an eternally existing Being created everything out of nothing.”
Atheist: “Is that somehow better than the Universe creating itself out of nothing?”
Todd: “Nothing can’t create anything out of anything.”
Atheist: “But God can create something out of nothing.”
Todd: “That’s because he has the power to do it.”
Atheist: “Why can’t the Universe be the initial cause?”
Todd: “Because there is no universe. It’s nothing.”
Atheist: [Pause]
Todd: “Nothing is nothing.”
Atheist: [Pause]

Then, for the rest of the video, the guy turns into an Agonistic and says, ‘fair enough, but we can’t understand it…’

Finger Dislocation – Video

// January 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Interesting Videos

You have to see how ugly this dislocated finger looks and how easy it looks to get it put back into place. Man…

Expositional vs. Entertaining Preaching

// January 16th, 2012 // No Comments » // Interesting, Interesting Videos, Random Thoughts

There’s a huge difference between expositional preaching and just entertaining preaching. It’s okay to use an illustration from one’s life every now and then in a sermon. A preacher or pastor is supposed to be an example to the flock. But, it’s the Word that sanctifies (John 17:17), and the most effective sermons are those that reveal Biblical truth to the people.

Take Home Message: 40 years from now what kind of sermon illustrations are you going to remember — the faithfulness of Moses being applied to how faithful we should be and the holiness of God OR that one time you and your wife went shopping down at Costcos and bumped over a shelf of cans? Clearly, 40 years from now what will minister best to the congregation most is clearly taught expositional Bible teaching as their foundation. Wouldn’t you agree?

Entertainment vs. Exposition – John MacArthur