Archive for December, 2006

So This Is Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

“So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over,
A new one just begun.”
(From “War Is Over” lyrics)

 

So this is Christmas. All over the world, people are setting up Christmas trees, buying Christmas presents, planning parties and vacations, covering their houses and yards with Christmas lights. It’s “everyone’s favorite time of year.” Christmas is my favorite time of year, too. It’s true that there’s something beautiful about this holiday. So here’s the challenging question I am asking myself this year: I know that it’s all about Jesus, but do I really realize what that means? Someone sent me a forwarded e-mail last week that set me thinking about this. It was titled, “A Letter From Jesus Christ, Concerning His Birthday Celebration,” and it contained what someone envisioned as Jesus’ Christmas Wish List. Of course, none of us can know exactly what Jesus would write on such a list but I think that if we sat down and thought about Him for a while, we could come up with an idea of what He would ask of us for His birthday. Here are just a couple things I think He would like from us for Christmas this year:

 

1. I think He would like us take the time to remember the hundreds of people all around the world that don’t know what Christmas is about and to pray for them- not once or twice but every day, whenever we think of it.

 

2. I think He would like us to remember that hundreds of people kill themselves every day because they feel deserted or alone and try to smile at the people we meet or lift a helping hand to someone in need. It could change someone’s life. I have found that a little act of kindness goes a long way, sometimes. I will never forget that one Christmas while I was Christmas-shopping and I had all my items bagged when I realized that I was a couple dollars short. Embarrassed, I hastily tried to calculate which item I could put back but before I had even collected my wits, the man behind me nodded at me and said, “Oh, it’s ok, I’ll pay it. It’s no big deal.” It was only a dollar or two but I never forgot the relief and gratefulness I felt. I still think of that unknown old man sometimes because he made a great impact on my Christmas with those two little dollars. It makes me think that there are a lot of ways to show God’s Love.

 

3. I think He would like us to set aside some of our money- maybe set aside some extra tithe- and use it to buy Christmas presents for someone with no home or friends. My sister and I did this one year and it really helped us to realize what an encouragement we can be to ourselves by blessing other people.

 

4. I really think He would like us to try to get along with our own family this Christmas; to do our best to avoid arguments with one another and try to let His light shine through us.

 

5. Last of all, I think He would like us to remember Him in everything we do this Christmas. It will make all of the other things much easier to do.

 

I am going to take a half-an-hour out of my day today and use it to ask myself what He would ask of me for Christmas if He were talking face-to-face with me.

 

-Frodo

 

Theory of Relativity in a Nutshell

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

In one of my recent posts I talked about the life and character of Albert Einstein and promised to discuss his theories later. Here is an attempt to explain part of his famous theory of relativity. 

 

In Stephanie S. McPherson’s book on Einstein, she talked a lot about his life, but didn’t give any notable information on his theories.  So I skimmed Cwiklik’s book on Einstein.  It gave a little bit more information but not much.  However, it mentioned one important aspect of his theory, the belief that motion is relative.  (This is an aspect of the Special Theory of Relativity.)  It was very, very hard to grasp.  This can get really complex, so I am going to use an everyday example to explain what that means and why it is correct. 

Let us pretend we are traveling over a bridge on a train.  If I drop a stone out of the window, I see it fall down to earth in a straight line.  If a pedestrian below watches the stone, he will see it fall in a (parabolic) curve.  How did the stone really fall?  In a straight line or curved?  The idea that motion is relative says that question does not exist.  Actually it does exist, because I just asked it, so let’s put it this way.  There is no correct answer to that question.  Think about it. 

          I thought that the stone fell in a curve.  It only looked like it fell in a straight line to the person(s) in the railway carriage because they were moving.  That made sense to me, at first.  After a week or two, however, I found an article on a website that explained the theory and then I realized I was incorrect in my assumption.  It is written in somewhat technical language, so I will try to simplify it here.

So, how did the stone really fall?  It depends entirely upon the frame of reference of the observer.  The question here really is, ‘Where do you measure the stone’s movement from?’  We tend to say that it looks to the people on the carriage like the stone fell in a straight line because they are moving.  But maybe it looks like the stone moves in a curve to the pedestrian because he is not moving.  If you measure the stone’s movement from the ground it is curved.  If you measure from the train it is straight.  It all depends upon the frame of reference, and therefore the stone’s motion is relative. 

 

– Legolas 

 

Are You Left-Brained Or Right-Brained?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2006 by legolasandfrodo
You Are 60% Left Brained, 40% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Are You Right or Left Brained?

 

 

-Frodo

 

Axis and Allies Tournament

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

We have been playing this board game for several weeks now.  We even woke up one morning a 6:30 am to play a round with our dad before he went to work.  My mom thinks we have all gone off the deep end.  But we know better.  The World is at stake!

 

A narrative of the latest war…

 

After the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, the American forces have sunk the attacking fleet and built a great navy in the Pacific Ocean to attack and destroy Tokyo.  After having the seen the mistake they have made in attempting to destroy the Japanese fleet, they have retreated to Eastern America, seeking to aid Britain in the destruction of Berlin.  Here they landed a company of men in western Germany and seized it, also sending a number of planes to Britain to aid in defense.  The German navy attacked the invincible American fleet and, we grieve to say, destroyed it.  Not without a price.  The vengeful British air forces utterly defeated the German armada and wiped from the face of the seas.  Shortly following these grievous events, Germany occupied India, the location of Britain’s industrial unit.  Germany captured Karelia and Japan invaded Moscow.  Western Europe was retaken and Japan began continually bombing the indestructible British-American navy as fast as it was rebuilt.  Most of Africa had been occupied by Germany at an early stage in the game and this did not greatly assist Britain’s economic distress.  At the climax of the evil situation, Japan invaded Alaska and Western America.  The Allied forces did not dream of the invasion of indomitable Washington, but the need for forces protecting it took from America’s capability to support Britain.  It is believed in some faithless parts of the planet, that the Axis forces will control the world.  It is far from America and Britain’s inclinations to admit this impractical fact but the war grew somewhat tedious, and they graciously surrendered to the Axis the success that they disdained to take part of and would have retired to their refined dwellings and mourned for the loss of Russia, had not the Russian government turned against them after its defeat and informed them repeatedly how the Axis would destroy them in the following duplication of World War II. 

 

-Legolas