Happy 3rd Anniversay, WHATEVER! (and Happy Thanksgiving, too)

November 25, 2010

Today marks the third anniversary of this blog.  The editorial board would like to thank the readers of this site, whoever and where ever you may be.  Given the reach of the (appropriately named) World Wide Web, it is likely that some of the visitors to this site over the last three years are indeed from other parts of the world, set quite apart from where this blog originates, which remains at an undisclosed location. 

As was the case one year ago, the editors of this site are pleased to share some of the statistics from the site, which are certainly of little if any interest to anyone.  But they make the author feel good that someone is reading, even if not appreciating, what has been published here.  And as is the case with the VAST majority of blogs, they stand in service less to inform the public, than servicing the narcissistic proclivities of our age, as is clearly represented by the pervasiveness of social media in general.

That said, the narcissism of the author is being well served by the fact that by the time this is read, there will have been just under 30,000 visitors to the site in the three years of its existence.  That is an increase of almost 12,000 visitors over this same time a year ago.  The busiest day was February 3, 2010, when 761 visitors came to WHATEVER!  Now, I will grant you that these figures stands in stark comparison to the site visits to other blogs who probably receive this number of hits in the course of several days or perhaps even less.  It should be noted that the author does not feel that he has anything less important to say than those others bloggers, they just have more friends.  Oh, wait, that is the measurement in facebook.  But, given their consistent self-promotion of their blogs on facebook, and my infrequent use of it for the same purpose, perhaps there is a direct correlation.

The statistical tools that are made available by WordPress to authors are a bit clunky.  But given that I use the free service, I am getting considerably more than I am paying for, so in spite of some obviously confusing data in the records, I can provide a few statistics about the site above and beyond the total site visits.   The two articles that received the most visits since the inception of WHATEVER! are the same as last year, but they have switched position.  By far and away the most visited article over the last three years has been the article focusing on the satirical rendering of an Obama Triple Self Portrait titled Even Norman might get a laugh out of this.”  The Obama Triple Self Portrait speaks volumes on its own.  In second place this year is the author’s reflection on everyone’s favorite holiday titled “An Earth Day Confession“.    

The third most visited article was the piece written in April, 2008 about the plus-sized beauty queen from England named Chloe Marshall.    The visitors to this site come from far and wide, and the popularity of this article, to a large degree, stems from hits that originated from a link embedded in an online version of a Russian newspaper.  How they found this blog in the first place is a mystery.

The editorial board is clueless as to where this blog will head as year four begins.  The author’s interest in blogging has waned considerably.  Documenting and reviewing material the author has been reading seems to be where the site has drifted of late.  And perhaps that is a good thing in the sense that the author is more interested in what others have to say, than what he can say.  That said, we are guessing that as year four begins, the content of WHATEVER! will be as varied as it has been during its first three, with articles ranging from fairly serious theological discussion to cynical commentary on contemporary culture and politics as there is plenty to be cynical about with respect to these.

Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all of our regular readers.  And if you have stumbled in here only for the first time today, thanks for visiting.  We hope that you will check in from time to time to discover WHATEVER thoughts are on my mind.  To which you might say…”WHATEVER!”


Glad that I am driving for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010

But in mid-December I WILL be taking a flying trip.  Hope by then the insanity represented by this infographic will have ended.  But that seems doubtful with a lame-duck congress.  Nevertheless with the public outcry and the mob scene that is likely on Wednesday this week, supposedly the busiest air travel day of the year, perhaps there is hope.

And HERE is an article by Charles Krauthammer who nails it.

HT:  Challies for the infographic

By Grace Alone

November 16, 2010

By Grace Alone – How the Grace of God Amazes Me, by Sinclair Ferguson is one of those books that really did not get “good” (for me, at least) until the last chapter.  I am not entirely sure why that is.  Even though a small book, it seemed to drag on a bit in certain places.  And in fairness to Ferguson, that may have just been ME!  Perhaps I need to read the entire book again, which will be no great burden as it is only 118 pages in length. 

As I looked back through the book, I find lots of content that I had underlined, indicating that the thoughts on the page were either new, or if already known and understood, written in a particularly meaningful way.  And there was plenty of that.  

I mentioned that last chapter is where it “got good.”  I think what made the last chapter remarkable for me is that while Ferguson seemed to simply be adding a seventh chapter, it really struck me that it served not so much as a conclusion to the book, but rather as somewhat of a summary of the doctrines of grace.  Others may see it quite differently but that is the way it struck me.

No regrets in reading this book, and I would happily recommend it to anyone.  I have included the video below which was produced by the publisher, which allows the author to describe “why the book” and how it came about.  It will also serve to illustrate why, when I read the book, the words on the page had a Scottish brogue.  

A definition of antinomianism

An intellectual smack-down.

November 9, 2010

This article provides a brief look at an insidious attempt to undermine evangelical convictions opposing the theory of evolution, while at the same time offering a wonderful example of an intellectual smack-down of some of the folks at BioLogos.