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Archive for December 11th, 2006

The ‘Hey Fatty’ plate

Posted by Martin on December 11, 2006

Just read this brilliant story on Techopolis – a Ukranian scientist has invented a talking plate which tells you off if you overload it with food. Put one too many burger on there and it’ll shout phrases such as ‘stop right there!’ or ‘where’s your willpower?’ It’s called the Smart Plate, although the more gluttonous among us may not agree that it’s all that smart.

And even if you do try to get around the plate’s sensor by loading up on high-fat foods that don’t weigh much, such as those cardboard McDonald’s fries, the same inventor has invented a ‘Smart Belt’ which measures when you’re starting to put on weight. Bathroom scales are so last-century.

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Britney’s underpants

Posted by Martin on December 11, 2006

Alright, alright, I know I said I wouldn’t post any more – but I just HAD to reveal this: at least seven people have found this blog by typing ‘Britney Spears’ Underpants’ into search engines. Personally, I find that funny. Oh – and kind of ironic, considering the whole getting-out-of-the-car episode.

Right – honestly now – no more posts on Britney Spears, exposed rude bits or otherwise.

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U2 – Window in the skies

Posted by Martin on December 11, 2006

How I love this band. This song comes from the U2’s new greatest hits album 18 Songs – it is utterly wonderful, and the lyrics are so powerful it hurts. I love you Bono, and I don’t care who knows it.

Window in the skies 

The shackles are undone
The bullets quit the gun
The heat thats in the sun
Will keep us when there’s none

The rule has been disproved
The stone has been moved
The grain is now a groove
All debts are removed, ooh

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Love makes strange enemies
Makes love when love may please
Soul in a strip tease
Hate brought to its knees

Sky over our head
Can reach it from our bed
If you let me in your heart
And out of my head

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Oh oh oh hhhhhhhhhhh
Oh oh oh hhhhhhhhhhh
Please don’t ever let me out of here

I’ve got no shame
oh no oh no

Oh can’t you see what love has done
Oh can’t you see
Oh can’t you see what love has done
What it’s doing to me

Oh I know I hurt you and I made you cry
Did everything but murder but you and I
But love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize

Oh can’t you see what love has done to every broken heart
Oh can’t you see what love has done for every heart that cries
Love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize

Oh can’t you see?

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Gettin’ stoned

Posted by Martin on December 11, 2006

A 30-second reading from John 8: 1-7 (NIV):

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 

Now this is the Jesus that I’m talking about. He’s not only the Son of God – he’s also, in some strange way that we can’t fathom – actually God too. And in this story, right in the middle of his ministry on earth, we see his heart for people – and especially for a certain kind of person.

The religious leaders are about to stone this woman. That didn’t mean that they were going to toss pebbles in her general direction; they were going to lob great chunks of rock at her head at a terminal velocity. Her crime? Pretty serious in that culture – she’d been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. So it’s not as if she was innocent – certainly not in the eyes of these religious men.

So into the middle of this ultra-high-temperature moment, as the mob gets ready to inflict its judgement on the woman (who may have been standing there naked and humiliated, and certainly would have been utterly terrified), walks Jesus.

What does he do? He turns the situation back on its head. Fine, he says – stone her. So long as you’re not guilty of making mistakes in your own life too.

At which point the terrified woman puts her hands over her eyes and expects the worst. But of course, as v8-11 tell us, she doesn’t recieve a single blow. Jesus knows that every member of the crowd would have been guilty of some lesser or greater wrong, and they have no answer to him.

First of all, I think it’s significant that Jesus goes to the rescue of a woman who, to be honest, was probably a bit of a low-life. Nobody really likes a love-cheat, do they? Well, apparently Jesus does. He likes her so much, he steps in and saves her life. Time and again in fact, the types of people who Jesus spends his time with can be something of a surprise to us. Prostitutes, tax collectors (the crack dealers of their day), men and women of ill repute – he spent as much time with them as he did with the religious types. I’m not sure that’s the Jesus that we tell people about today.

Second, I think Jesus words to the religious people then are just as relevant for the church today. And as I look around, I can’t help thinking we’ve forgotten them. When I see Christians at gay pride marches holding banners that say ‘Got Aids Yet?’; when I see hordes of placard-waving God-people outside abortion clinics when on the same street homeless people starve; when I see all that, these words from Jesus stick in my throat. Even forgetting our Westen gluttony, materialism and disregard for the poor – surely when the church throws around hate like this, they’re guilty of just as much sin as any of their potential targets?

We need to remember that Jesus preached (and lived out) a message of love, and hope for everyone – not of comfort for some and damnation for all the rest.

And as Christians we need to realise that we don’t have a God-given right to throw stones.

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