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A La Carte (6/8)

Advice for Writers - “I have always been annoyed by the tendency some writers have to make writing a book sound like hard labor in Siberia.” Me too, even though I’ve probably been one (I’ll ask my wife).

Go to Sleep! - Jay Younts writes a review of a book that is currently selling like crazy. “This book is a best seller because it touches on several universal themes of parenting: the impossibility of controlling the behavior of toddlers; more specifically, dealing with toddlers who will not go to sleep; and, of course, the behavior of parents who can’t control their children. It has something with which every parent can connect. And, oh yes, it has one more modern universal – it is boldly and unashamedly profane.”

Drunk Ladies, Sober Players - Stephen Altrogge: “Philly fans have a hard earned reputation as being the most obnoxious fans in sports, and there were definitely some annoying Philly fans at this game. But the ladies in front of me weren’t obnoxious. At least not at first. However, as the game wore on and the alcohol kicked in, the ladies started to do something that I found very humorous: They started judging the performance of the Pirate players.”

All Sins Are Not Equal - This is a good quote from R.C. Sproul.

1 Timothy 2:15 - Mary Kassian offers up an interesting take on 1 Timothy 2:15 (which I wrote about yesterday).

Amazon and Sales Tax - These laws are bound to change soon. “California visitors to Wal-Mart Stores’ (WMT) website must pay $214 to buy a Philips Electronics (PHG) 22-inch LCD HDTV, one of the hottest-selling flat-panel televisions on the Web. Customers of Amazon.com (AMZN) in that state see a price of $194 for the same product. The discrepancy stems largely from something that dates back to Julius Caesar: sales tax. Wal-Mart, with about 100 stores in California, has to collect it. Amazon, with no stores in California—or anywhere else, for that matter—does not.”

The Reality of the Resurrection - I enjoyed this spoken word piece from Odd Thomas (HT:IC):

A man may have the tongue of an angel and the heart of a devil. —John Flavel