Robb and I went over to Steven's to say our final goodbyes and because Robb had a present for him. We stayed long enough to meet his father and his nephew. His father is a truck driver who drives the big rigs, so I was pretty amazed to hear him say "girl", as in, "girl, you should have seen it". Also, he was very emotional; he cried when he thanked us for watching over his son. We didn't really but I guess that's just a technicality. His nephew is a thirteen year old cutie who is at least 6 feet tall. He kind of reminded me of one of my cousins in Illinois who was well over six feet and only fifteen.
At the library the other day, we ran into a 'girl' who is the Building Maintenance Manager. We've both known her a long time, of course, but I never realized she is a lesbian. It just never occurred to me. Robb apparently knew all along. Anyway, she was suddenly very friendly and we had quite a little chat. I always got along well with her, but we were never what one might call 'friends'. She was just someone to whom I spoke occasionally and saw in an official capacity once in a while. But if anyone had seen us the other day, they would have sworn we were all the very best of friends. She gave her email adddress to Robb and he sent an email. Evidently, we're all going to have dinner one night soon.
An Anonymous Person (AP) replied to my challenge to show me one place in the Bible in which it indicates the answer to prayer can be NO. AP presented three, but two of them weren't even in the ball park. However, the one AP did present that was kind of close, simply raised a couple more questions, because basically, it was taken out of context and really doesn't mention prayer as such. It was more or less about killing to get what you want and adultery. I'd hardly equate that with someone begging for the life of a child or world peace. But I refuse to get into an argument because I've learned over the years that you simply can't win an argument with a Christian. They always have their infallible comeback, "God works in mysterious ways and it's not for us to understand."
Here's a view I don't share, but find interesting, since religion has killed (and is killing) far more people than it ever saved. How our species owes its success to religion
The Youth Pill. "Then in 1988 a miracle happened -- the University of Colorado's Thomas Johnson reported that a gene mutation in nematodes could more than double their life spans. Five years later, Cynthia Kenyon at the University of California, San Francisco, nailed a similar worm "gerontogene" dubbed daf-2. These flabbergasting discoveries revealed that not everything about aging is intractable chaos -- worms, at least, apparently possessed gene-encoded modules poised to oppose the ravages of advancing age when activated by a single mutation. Optimists soon speculated that similar modules exist in mammals.
Blind mice see again. Researchers have restored sight to blind laboratory mice by using gene therapy. The new treatment, published online June 24 in Science, may one day allow some people with retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable genetic eye disease, to read, drive and navigate a room.
Brain origins of 'blindsight' revealed. Some blind people have the remarkable ability to navigate physical obstacles without consciously perceiving them (see video, above). It now looks like they have their lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) - part of the thalamus in the middle of the brain - to thank for this "blindsight".
Red Sea Oil Spill May Have Cairo Reduce Offshore Drills. As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, a leak into the Red Sea is causing the Egyptian government to reconsider the number of rigs it operates in sensitive waters.
June 23, 1912: Computer Pioneer Alan Turing Born. 1912: Alan Turing, who will go on to become one of the 20th century’s greatest mathematicians, computer scientists and philosophers, is born. Turing is probably best known to Wired readers as the inventor of the “Turing test,” a way of measuring a computer’s ability to simulate intelligent human conversation. But he’s more significant as one of the most influential computer-science pioneers of the 20th century, the man who invented and formally described the concept of a universal computing device, now known as a Turing machine.
Google Voice Now Available (provided you have a US phone number).
Memories made of light. Researchers have coaxed laboratory crystals to capture and release information carried within a light pulse at the highest efficiency yet. The work, reported in the June 24 issue of Nature, could one day lead to new types of secure communications that take advantage of the weird properties of the quantum world.
Vatican cardinal faces corruption inquiry over Rome property deals. A senior Vatican cardinal is under investigation for corruption, dragging the Catholic church into a public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through the Italian government.
Why is it so hard to find men who are caring, kind, and good looking? Because those men already have boyfriends.
What's the best form of birth control after 50? Nudity
Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar BEETS. Both of them are plants in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.
To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food.
Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
Remember: "STRESSED" spelled backward is "DESSERTS"
À la prochaine, mes amis