Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Liars Go To Hell

Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell - 2 Nephi 9:34

If you haven't guessed, I hate liars. When I was three years old and got in trouble for lying to my parents about jumping on the neighbors' trampoline, I made a commitment to never lie. I even feel guilt when I'm wrong about something, because I feel like I perpetuated an untruth! (I really should separate the whole "wrong" concept from "lie" concept.) Anyway, since I try to live a truthful life it frustrates me to no end when I talk to people who don't. I can be too trusting, and when I am lied to I get hurt and upset. What's the point of lying anyway? Impress someone? Hide a problem or fault? Revenge? Come on. The truth always gets out and you look like an idiot. And if you were wondering, yes, I never win at B.S. or poker.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Literary Extravaganza

A haiku:
I can't rest in here
Old tombs are far too crowded
Zombies don't shut up!

A very short story(142 characters):
I pulled on my goggles and pushed the frankochicken lever. "Am I a mad scientist?" I thought, "No, mad scientists don't have pizza for lunch."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Genomic Information and Privacy

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Priorities and Snowballs

The Lord is pouring out his Spirit on the Earth.  Knowledge and technology are ever increasing, along with the gospel. The gospel will roll on like a growing snowball, until it fills the whole Earth, but it will be helped by other growing snowballs that push it along. Computers can now manage records easily; temple work can be done once and not repeatedly; digital cameras quickly take pictures for ward directories; and the internet can spread the gospel. People don't have to drive an hour to their nearest family history center, now they can just use their home computers and printer to take names to the temple. The direction of technological development is to make gospel work easier and more personal.When more individuals are involved, more gets done and more are blessed.When work is easier, service missionaries who used to type records now can proselyte. The more important work of sharing the gospel can be emphasized when the other stuff is done by a computer. Technology is about the Lord emphasizing priorities.

*Image is from NASA discussing a state called "Snowball Earth", caused by the passage of the solar system through dense cool clouds of dust and gas, which is kind of cool. It's discussed further here:  http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/mar/HQ_05066_giant_clouds.html