Work today

I’ve spent quite a productive day in the Divinity Faculty library with about 20 books trying to finalize what I’m going to be doing my dissertation on. I met up with my supervisor earlier and we decided to do it about the word group based on “righteous” in a set of Psalms written about 80-40BC and how the usage in that compares to that of Paul in the New Testament. I’ve got lots and lots of books out of the library to allow me to start work, including the latest critical edition of the text of the Psalms of Solomon which was published in 1895… Not much work has been done on this book of late!

Tonight, myself and Patrick will be going to grad hall at Jesus College which should be good fun. We met up with some people from Holy Trinity and Toby and studies 1 Peter today at lunch time in Greek which was quite scary because it reminded me how little Greek I know. Oh well! I should be coming home on Thursday but I’m not sure at what time.

Sausages and pseudepigraphical works

χα?ις π?ος τον βλογον Μα?κου

Decided to change my blog title to something a little more Biblical and Greek after Patrick’s influence of the last few days. We spent a while this evening looking at the league of reformed bloggers which is rather strange and in some places disturbing. One of the sites had a list of “‘Pelagian’ links” down the side including YWAM for example.

Last night we had Yumi over for some dinner which was really good fun. I made a stir-fry with anything we could find in sainsbury’s on special offer. Today we had sausages with some weird curry source and some weird brown rice. By lunchtime tomorrow myself and Patrick will have eaten 15 slices of ham and 8 large sausages each in the space of 24 hours.

I spent today in the library looking at various Jewish writings from between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New to decide what to do my dissertation on. Probably something to do with some Psalms attributed to Solomon but written about 50bc, but hopefully I’ll work out what tomorrow or in the next few days. ttfn!

Back to Cambridge

Sorry for the general slowness of updates the past few days but I’ve not really been doing much of note. I’ve read a few Terry Pratchett books and I read a wonderful book by Tony Anthony called “Taming the Tiger”. Basically; he was a kung fu world champion but did some bad things and got put into a Turkish prison. While he was there, he came to know about Jesus and became a Christian and helped many other people in the prison become Christians too. After he got out he returned to England, but was put in prison again for accidentally killing a lady in a car crash. It’s good to see that he is honest about the things he still struggles with and about how life is not all roses when you’re a Christian. Not that other books hide that but they don’t tend to show it quite as well as he does.

On Saturday I went up to London to Ellie’s party. It was really good fun; the main party finished about 1am but we stayed up watching some films after that. I went to bed about 3:30am but some people stayed up until 5 or 6 I think. I went to her church in the morning which was the local Anglican church. It was really good to see the work it’s doing out there in London and it was a really nice service about how God will be challenging people who claim to be “religious” but aren’t following him (reading from John 3:1-16). After that, we had a BBQ in her garden with a few people who remained from the party and also her parents, and then I headed up to Cambridge to stay with Patrick. I went to Eden in the evening and it was another really good service.

Today I’ve started work on my dissertation reading. I’m still not too sure what I’ll be doing it on, however I think it might be something to do with looking at righteousness and justification in Paul and comparing it with its use in some literature written a bit before that in Greek. I’ll be staying up in Cambridge until Wednesday or Thursday, so if you’re in Cambridge at the moment and would like to see me just give me a ring or an email and we’ll see if we can meet up.

Cycling

Had a wonderful time yesterday afternoon cycling around Greenham Common with Jim. It’s such a large place – used to be a US airforce base until the troops left in the early 90’s and since then it’s been demolished and they’ve put in nature reserves and gravel footpaths. We had a nice long cycle around the place on our mountain bikes just playing around on the piles of gravel and things like that and stopping every few minutes to have a chat or change bikes.

Anyway, I was riding Jim’s bike on the way back to the car and I’m not too sure what happened, but I must have touched one of the breaks (on his bike they bite a lot more than on mine) and this caused the bike to stop with me carrying on going forwards. I flew over the handlebars, and fortunately put my hands out as I skidded a few meters along the gravel (last time Jim did this he didn’t put his hands out and ended up with gashes all down his chin). I cut my right elbow quite deeply, bashed my left wrist so I can’t really use it at the moment and have minor cuts on all my other limbs but other than that I’m fine. I managed to cycle the mile back to the car and drive the few miles back to the house. When my mother saw my right elbow she fainted and wanted to take me to the hospital/doctors but I just picked the bits of gravel out and we bandaged it ourselves. Oh well it was good fun biking while it lasted.

Reading, hacking, sleeping

Again a rather boring few days although I’ve been doing some interesting stuff. Read “Chasing the Dragon” which is a really awesome book about a Christian working with druggies in Hong Kong – a really recommended read. I’ve also just started re-reading “The fifth elephant” by Pratchett as I’ve not read anything by him in a while and I just love his books.

I also started writing a program to keep a list of friends I really ought to write a letter or email to – it stores a list of them and the last time I sent them something and the last time I received something from them and tells me who I should write to. Development with KDE is really easy and because of kabc I can integrate it with the photos and so on stored in the address book so the infomation retrieval is very simple… I’m actually starting to like C++ which is a very scary thought.

I spent yesterday fixing problems with the cluster at home. I built this last year and it worked reasonably throughout the year but broke recently. I’ve got dhcp with failover and dynamic dns updating running, and also failover samba, ldap syncing across the network and fixed a problem with zope that I couldn’t figure out last summer. Also been trying to fix some problems with drbd clustered disks. I found a really great tool for syncing my laptop to my computer called unison which seems to work very well. I’m always impressed by how easy it is to do such powerful things for free with linux. Now to start work on the office cluster I suppose.