Friday, March 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Amanda

For Amanda's birthday, we went over to her sister's house on Lake Washington, ate some food, hung out for a bit, and played some games. Then we headed over to Century for some swing dancing. There are photos of the party, as well as the birthday dance.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Caleb's Birthday

Happy birthday, Caleb! For his birthday, we went to Jimmy Mac's (a Texas-style restaurant), and then to ACME Bowl. Here are my pictures from the evening. Also, this morning I saw "The Barber of Seville" at the Met. Okay, so I saw it at the theater at the Auburn Supermall, but it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and broadcast live via satellite in HD. It was excellent. It was also my first Italian opera.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


"Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger--according to the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way." ~C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) Some friends from BSF and I are doing a book study on Mere Christianity. In addition to generally discussing the ideas that the book brings up, we are attempting to compare what Lewis says with what the Bible says, and make a note of where in the Bible the scriptural principles that he mentions and utilizes are.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Barbarian Feast

On Saturday, I went to a barbarian feast. The basic idea of a barbarian feast is as follows: you get a bunch of people and a bunch of food (mostly meat: "Ungh!"), sit them at tables, dump food on the tables, and they eat. No plates. No utinsils. There are pictures. Fun was had by all.

Friday, March 09, 2007

INTP Profile

I don't usually like to post links to non-original content, but I found this to be a very good, very accurate, description of myself as an INTP. I must warn you other types, however, not to get wrapped up in the details. The article mentions several specific areas of interest which, in principle, an INTP would enjoy should they chose to enter that domain. Some of them I enjoy, others are "irrelevant." In any case, please remember that I don't consider the details of the article to effect the over-arching correctness of it. I do not wish to present a representation as "myself" and have concrete ("S") types assume that they can apply the details to me. A diagram of the human face does not dictate the appearance of facial features: we cannot from that diagram assume that the nose of the particular man we are considering looks exactly like the nose on the diagram. To do so would be a misuse of the diagram. The best use of this information is for someone who wishes to relate to me to get a better idea of how we are different. Not "how" in the quantitative, concrete sense, but "how" in the qualitative sense: not "this much" difference, but different in "this way." If you ever believe my actions are inappropriate, please talk to me about them--I would never want to point to a personality profile as an excuse to be limited by the dynamics it describes. Part of the purpose of understanding one's self is to grow. Maturity, I believe, occurs when a person is able to balance their innate tendencies in favor of alternate methods/attitudes/behaviors/motivations when an occasion arises that makes this more appropriate. "Knowing there's a trap is the first step in evading it." ~Leto Atredes, Dune (Frank Herbert)