Randall McRoberts

Al Franken's Brett Kavanaugh Questions: Pathetic | National Review

Al, is it appropriate for a disgraced former U.S. senator to use the Twitter cognomen “U.S. Senator Al Franken”? Are you aware that being a senator is simply a temporary public-service job, not a permanent title of nobility, the usage of which this country discourages?

Link: Al Franken’s Brett Kavanaugh Questions: Pathetic | National Review

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Edinburg, Indiana, USA

Enjoyed The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel


One of these days JD Martinez is going to foul off a pitch for a Pesky Pole home run.

I’m getting more and more excited about micro.blog and the whole indie web concept. My wife is even going to start a micro.blog soon. If a few of my friends around the world will do the same, I can leave Twitter in the dust.

I don’t think that the Toronto Blue Jays will win much unless John Gibbons stops wearing his hat like a farmer.

John Stackhouse - Why Is Social Media So…Disappointing?

Our suffering is so evident and so intense that it seems that it must be glaringly obvious to anyone with a heart. So why don’t other people get it? Why don’t they say the right things and do the right things? Why don’t they care—or care much, much more than they apparently do?

I’ve been audio-reading Ludlum’s Bourne novels. The books have little contact with the movies.

The twosome, with Secret Service agent Steve in tow, head off on a twisty adventure through the mean streets of Wilmington, Delaware, encountering greasy diners, biker bars, dangerous life-insurance investigators, an ambitious and dogged cop tired of their shenanigans (she’s a Republican, naturally), and one awkward night in a cheap, rat-infested hotel room.

Link: Book review Hope Never Dies Barack Obama Joe Biden mystery

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Not Ashamed

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16–17, NLT)

“Christians” are often held in disrepute in today’s culture. It is easy to imagine being ashamed of being a follower of Christ today, as it would have been in Paul’s day.

I myself am quite ashamed of the behavior of many of my co-religionists. Sometimes I am ashamed of my own behavior.

But I am not ashamed of Jesus. Nor of his story. God is at work in that story. Deeper magic.

Ian Paul reviews Welby :


A visitor to your town stops by the local restaurant for lunch and casually asks the waitress to tell him about the church in town. How would the waitress describe the church you presently attend? When people talk about your congregation or your denomination, what do they say? Are their comments accurate? What features would you want them to notice? What is the best way to get the public to recognize your faith? How often does your church seriously evaluate its impact on the community?

Bruce B. Barton, David Veerman, and Neil S. Wilson, Romans, Life Application Bible Commentary (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), 13.

POST The Biblical Story, part 1

Today’s Trendiness Might Just Be Tomorrow’s Foolishness

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Rick’s Boatyard Café, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

The National Institutes of Health just shut down a $100 million clinical trial on the medical evidence for the pop-science recommendation that moderate alcohol use is part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only did it turn out that liquor companies funded the research, but documents obtained by the New York Times showcase collusion with researchers. They demonstrate that, in violation of NIH rules, the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism spent money to send scientists to meet liquor executives, pitch to them the targeted result (that drinking is healthy), and solicit donations accordingly. Perhaps most telling was an early email between staffers stating that the trial would be named “Cardiovascular Health Effects of Ethanol Research Study.” Check the acronym.

The National Review, The Week, 09 July 2018

Abortion as a justice issue | Bible Background

My platforms


Inbox - Todoist, Agenda

Ebooks - always go with Logos first because of notes, Kindle; avoid iBooks

Kindle notes and highlights - Bookcision bookmarklet in Chrome browser

Music - iTunes Music

Making music - Reason. I’ve tried Pro Tools. Not worth the expense of a subscription. Still have Logic Pro if needed. Reason should be good for most stuff.

Todo - Todoist

Read later - Reading list

Light Word processing - Microsoft Office

Academic word processing - Mellel, Mellel iPad synced via iCloud

Reading Notes - Agenda→Devonthink

Shared lists - Reminders

DAM - Lightroom; I am on a path of obviating Lightroom for Photos. Just about there. I have until October to prove the concept.

Photo printing - MPix

Cloud storage - iCloud, OneDrive

Reading list - Sente stopped syncing. Using Bookends.

PDF management - Devonthink (icloud sync); Bookends

Photo backup - Backblaze and internal backups for full sized; Offsite system backup - Backblaze; Photos; Dropped Google Photos. keeping Dropbox and OneDrive; Photos backed up in iCloud.

Info database - Devonthink

Papers - Bookends

Text notes — Agenda

Keep ipad minimal; load iPhone with anything you want

Text expansion - Keyboard Maestro (went away from Text Expander because of subscription model); works fine, but not as easy to set up new shortcuts; going with atext.

Ultimate is great at removing DRM from Kindle books and making them PDFs. I have not yet been very successful at turning them into DOCX and then into Logos Personal Books. That’s the grail.

Randall McRoberts