Draw Something 2

So where did Draw Something 2 go?  My family is going through a Draw Something phase right now.  So I can scrape together a mediocre Draw Something picture, I guess, yeah, but… It dawned on my that I was much better with Draw Something 2 (DS2).  It has more colors, better tools, more things to unlock… It was all around a far better piece of software than DS.

And there is literally, like, no information about it on the web.  Google searches for stuff like, “What happened to Draw Something 2” really don’t yield any useful information.  Just mostly very positive reviews of the product, proving that I am not crazy–at one time it did exist.

So I emailed the company.  Unfortunately, DS2 is no longer.

Art with Friends 2 game has been closed since 2015. It’s data are no longer available. Over the past few years, we have had a great time working on Art with Friends 2, and we thank you for joining us on that journey.  As the Zynga family of games continues to grow, we have had to make hard choices as to where we can best strike a balance between supporting Art with Friends 2, and creating new games for you and others to play.  As a result of this, we’ve shut down the Art with Friends 2, to make room for future game offerings. I recommend you to play on Speed Guess Something, Draw Something 1 or Draw Something Messenger.

Atari BASIC, My First Programming Experience

drawingAs I try to mine the depths of my mind, I can recall many early experiences with programming.  Borrowing the 3.5″ floppies for a C compiler from school…  Writing “DoubleComm”, a small C application that married the input/output from two modems for a simultaneous “browsing” experience with your friends…  My first HTML…  But those are from later.

Atari BASIC was my first programming language.  Of course I probably typed in the standard 10 PRINT “HELLO” / 20 GOTO 10 / RUN and other random snippets on my own.  Those would have been the absolute first programs–my very beginnings as a software developer. But my best programs were copied directly out of books.

Memories of three main books from my Atari days stand out here. One was just the Atari BASIC manual (I think).  It was spiral bound with a plastic binding that sometimes let the pages slip out of it.  I think it had some program in it the played music, or showed a bird flying, or something like that.  The next book definitely calls for a more in-depth blog post than just this off-hand mention, but they were adventure books that had you type in a BASIC program that did something that went along with the story.

BASIC Computer GamesThe one I want to focus on here was probably my first programming book.  Filled with goofy illustrations and lines and lines of BASIC program code, I have a feeling I spent a lot of time with this.  I think I can almost remember being driven home from the bookstore in the mall, book on my lap.  Probably Waldenbooks at Alderwood Mall.  Thumbing through the pages… Trying to decide which program to invest all of that typing time into first (could I touch-type at that age?  I really doubt it).

Some of these programs I definitely remember inputting.  Hamurabi, for instance, I know I did.  Probably Blackjack (much to the chagrin of my then church if they had known).  I’m almost sure that I probably did the Star Trek one, and was almost certainly incredibly frustrated with typos and all of the almost unreadable gibberish of that lengthy program code.

The kids of today will never know the joys of typing in a BASIC computer program from a book like this.  The feeling of accomplishment at finishing the last line and typing RUN.  I probably never will, either.  I tried to type one of these small programs in to an emulator emulating an Atari 130XE in BASIC and couldn’t even do the first line without getting an error message.  Maybe I’ll try again later…

So what’s the issue with alcohol?

Can you show from the Bible that alcohol is prohobited?

The Bible seems to be pretty clear that drunkenness and alcoholism are not part of God’s plan for our lives. But what does the Bible say about having a glass of wine over dinner? Many Christians point to verses in the Bible that they say prove that a person should never touch or even look at alcohol. Although this certainly is true for people who struggle with alcoholism from a practical (as opposed to theological) standpoint, it can’t be shown from the Bible that this is true for every person.

If alcohol causes so many deaths and can be such a stumbling block, isn’t it better to try to use the Bible to say it’s prohibited?

There’s no doubt that man’s weakness concerning the abuse of alcohol has caused much suffering and sin. If you want to argue that someone should never touch alcohol on these grounds, you could make a good case. You could also make a case that drinking alcohol in front of Christians who believe it is a sin, and thereby causing them to experiment with it in violation of their own conscience, is wrong. That is reason enough for many to never touch alcohol. The problem is when people want the Bible to condemn alcohol so badly that they systematically abuse the word of God by redefining language and misinterpreting Bible text to suit their doctrine.

Verses that are used to support prohibition of all alcohol

Lev 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations:

Unfortunately when a command is given to a group of people, the usual interpretation is that the command is given to that group for a reason and does not extend to the people outside that group. Why would God tell Aaron and his sons not to drink wine if the command were for everybody? Even worse, it doesn’t tell them to never drink wine or strong drink, only when they were going to go into the tabernacle. Similar verses that are given as a command to a specific group of people are:

Pro 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Pro 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

What about this:

Pro 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Pro 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Although this verse, at first glance, seems to present an airtight case that one should never drink wine, it seems clear after reading the context that it is talking about drunkenness. Read further:

Pro 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Pro 23:34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
Pro 23:35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

These don’t seem to describe the state of a person who has had a glass or two of wine or a can or two of beer.

Although I can imagine the Christian literalist taking it to its full extent and averting his eyes as a couple at an adjoining table in a restaurant enjoy a glass of wine together, you should consider that not everything in Proverbs is meant to be taken literally. Not too many chapters later:

Pro 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs are meant to be a small dose of wisdom to be applied to different situations as they warrant. If you are likely to become an alcoholic, you would do well to consider never drinking alcohol. Similarly, if you have a history of overstaying your welcome at your friend’s house, you should pay attention to this:

Pro 25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Proverbs is a book of common sense. Not all of us were born with a healthy dose, but taking the wisdom in Proverbs and applying it as necessary will set you well on the path to wisdom. Taking everything in Proverbs literally without trying to use some common sense will send you in the "other direction".

Other verses of interest in the Alcohol debate

Isa 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

Maybe I’m just stupid, but if we’re never supposed to drink alcohol, can someone explain this to me? "A feast of wines on the lees"? According to Chick publications, this means "fermented wine". Modern Bibles translate this as "aged wine".

Was the Drink of the First Communion Wine or Grape Juice?

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

The drink Jesus refers to in the cup is "fruit of the vine". Many will say this is without a doubt grape juice. To say that "fruit of the vine" must refer to grape juice is an anachronism; a fairly convincing one at first glance, but a bit of research on the term reveals that this was a common way of referring to alcoholic wine. "Fruit of the vine" was how Jews commonly referred to the Paschal wine1. Since this was taking place at the time of Passover, it is no surprise that Jesus uses this terminology to refer to the drink now in question in the cup before Him. Herodotus also uses the same phrase in a narrative of dialog between Tomyris and Cyrus to refer to intoxicating drink2.

Footnotes

1. http://books.google.com/books?id=2dyEAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA49&dq=%22fruit+of+the+vine%22&lr=&ei=egaLSJibO4LKigHA3-zVBQ

2. http://books.google.com/books?id=yIDC97iYraUC&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=herodotus+%22fruit+of+the+vine%22&source=web&ots=qlkx_f6a83&sig=HG8Mq-rm8_sseCmMZcgTarEqazQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result

Things About My Wife

I was thinking about Monica today and I thought it would be a cool thing to have a place to remember all of the things that I love about my wife.

  • I love laughing with her. She has a similar sense of humor, and sometimes I can tell her something so funny she can hardly breathe.
  • I love the way she smiles appreciatively at me when I open and close the car door for her.
  • Whenever she see’s that I am under stress or going on trips or whatever, she always prays for me.
  • I love the way she thinks I’m "cute".
  • I love when she compliments and looks appreciatively at my "muscles".
  • I love when she reminisces with me about stuff from our past.
  • I love her cooking.
  • I love her strength and persistence.
  • I love her faith; in me and in God.
  • I love the way she cares about and provides for my needs.
  • I love the way she gets excited about little things like shows we watch, puzzles we do, etc.
  • I love how she can see spirituality in people that others can’t.
  • I love how she thinks for herself and doesn’t allow people to tell her what to think.
  • I love how she likes "snooping" around peoples’ MySpace pages.
  • I love how she looks in the morning when she’s still asleep.
  • I love how she makes cute little faces and voices.
  • I love playing Carcassonne with her.
  • I love drinking coffee with her in the morning.
  • I love how she gets excited about when I spend time with the kids.
  • I love the way she squeaks when she yawns.
  • I love the way she looks in a bathrobe. And a nightgown.
  • I love when she has me put my head in her lap and she rubs it.
  • I love how she does her hair.
  • I love all of the creative little cards and scrapbook pages she does.
  • I love mixing and matching deserts from Geddes bakery with her.
  • I love the way she bounces back quickly after something happens.
  • I love the way she misses me when I’m not there.
  • I love the way she loves our kids.
  • I love taking peeks at her in the shower.
  • I love how she supports me when I change my mind about beliefs and things.
  • I love how she likes to get into football because I’m into it.
  • I love the way she sounds on the phone.
  • I love how she misses the kids when she’s only been away from them for a couple of hours.
  • I love how when I try to lead she follows.
  • I love how she appreciates every little thing I do for her.
  • I love how she is so in love with me after almost 9 years.
  • I love how she does nice things for me and tells me I "deserve them".
  • I love how she admires me for being good at what I do.
  • I love how she respects how I try to learn how to do things around the home.
  • I love the way she is willing to go geocaching with me, and gets into it.

I love the way she looks at me.

King James Onlyism

Factors in favor of Not-KJVO

  • While most literature written against KJVO has a sincere, level-headed attitude, most KJVO literature ABUSES PUNCTUATION and makes bold a lot of their ideas which is downright annoying. Trying to get through a KJVO book is an exercise in patience as it seems like they are yelling at you the whole time. Not to mention the fact that if you’ve been unlucky enough to doubt the position you are called a liberal, apostate, heretic, or worse.
  • KJVO authors believe that if you don’t believe the same thing they do, you are not worthy of honorary titles such as Dr. So-and-so, and may call you names. Example, I dare you to find the phrase "Dr. White" mentioned in One Book Stands Alone or on D.A. Waite’s website.
  • OBSA (mentioned above) has some arguments in it even a Bible College dropout like myself can see right through. If someone like me can take apart your arguments, what does that say about the case you’re trying to make?
  • KJVO authors get incredibly defensive. For example, Dr. White says that his aim is not to attack the King James Bible. The author of OBSA is incredulous at this and calls him a blatant liar. He is not able to take a step back from his position for a second to see that Dr. White is only attacking the idea of KJV-Onlyism. Pointing out translational errors in the KJV is not attacking it from the standpoint of someone coming from a textual critic position—it’s merely pointing out what he considers to be facts.
  • Whenever you hear an audio debate between the two sides, the KJVO advocate comes off sounding unprepared and ignorant.

Factors in favor of KJVO

  • I can not 100% relinquish this view (that has been part of my family for generations) until I have enough knowledge/evidence to be able to successfully answer anyone who may try to "win me back". My dad has a master’s degree in Theology, and I imagine he could mount quite a case. If I announce that I renounce KJV-Onlyism and am easily shut down in the sure to ensue debate, then that doesn’t look good from the position of those people in my family that are looking to me for leadership.

Notes

What is known of the school of Antioch’s founder, the martyr-presbyter Lucian (d. 312), is minimal, with the exception of his having been a keen Biblical student who revised the Greek texts of the Septuagint and the New Testament.

Jerome tells us that the Churches of Antioch and Constantinople preferred a text revised by the martyr Lucian, while at Alexandria the text approved of was that of a certain Hesychius.

Current Status Of Belief In Fundamentalism

I guess "Fundamentalism" is the wrong term for this page. It’s too broad. What I have a problem with is not so much fundamentalism, but the particular brand of fundamentalism we’ve been exposed to for so long.

A lot of the legalism that our church teaches is due to their understanding of "Holiness". Are they correct? Holiness is why we can’t wear shorts to church functions in summer. It’s why we can’t go to the movie theater. Why we can’t drink, smoke, have piercings or tattoos. Why we can’t listen to music with drums. How do you quantify holiness?

Some Anecdotal Evidence, For What it’s Worth

Here’s a collection of anecdotal evidence acquired over the years. The sum is worth more than the parts.

  • We brought an unsaved friend to a church picnic where we knew salvation would be presented. Her 3 year old son started babbling, and she was shot some bad looks from some of the members, so she took him well out of ear-shot to a playground, and completely missed the message.
  • Visitors were sitting behind us, guests of a couple that had been praying for years they would get in church. They had their daughter with them, who made a little noise, and one of the members turned around and said, "Hey, do you mind!" to the girl! Needless to say, we never saw that family again.
  • In a discussion with another member, it came up that he had sent a letter to one of our friends, telling her how she would "never amount to anything for God."
  • When a member of a church I used to go to told the pastor he would be going to a different church (which was also IFB!), the pastor said he was making a mistake and that God would not bless him. How would he know!
  • When church members heard "through the grapevine" that we were thinking about moving, more than one asked my wife "how she could do that to her mom" and expressed doubt that it was God’s will. How would they know! Pastor also devoted 20 or so minutes of a sermon to something we said about this to him privately. We said we felt God leading us this way, but that He would have to sell our house first (which would be a miracle) and that would clearly be confirmation. Pastor twisted this into an illustration about a guy going into a car dealership and saying "If God approves my financing, then it’s his will that I get that Mercedes!" Among other things.
  • When my wife and I had missed a few sunday school classes because we had just had a baby, pastor confronted my wife and wanted to know what was up. She told him, and he said that if the baby was keeping us from doing what God wanted, God might take the baby away.

Table of Beliefs

Just for fun, here’s a table contrasting traditional IFB stances with my stances that are developing as I pray and research.

Issue IFB Position My Position
Alcohol All Bad Moderate alcohol okay
"White lies for truth" The ends justify the means Not permissible in service for Christ
Saying "Amen" in church Mandatory Personal Preference
Bible verses posted in yard and on car optional, but desirable Cheapens word of God
Altar calls for prayer Necessary Prayer from your seat is fine
Altar calls for salvation Necessary Undecided
Being "Undecided" on an issue Bad Permissible, honest
Church Attendance Mandatory (kids may die if you don’t) Good idea, but we are not enslaved to services
Going to theater Never Free to enjoy
Gambling Gambling a sin Destructive gambling a sin
Bible Versions KJV Only Some modern versions OK
Doorknocking Mandatory Optional
Rules and laws The more, the better Freedom in Christ