Stuff I’ve been playing with lately

I have been playing with 3D printing, and variations on the classic dog tag. Here is a model of a “daisy dog tag” that I made for my SweetWife.

I do not have a 3D printer, nor am I planning on buying one in the near future. I am using Shapeways.com, which allows me to have prints made in a variety of materials and colors without having to pay for the “care and feeding” of printers and gives me lots of options. I should be receiving a print of this model in the next couple of weeks.

Quote: How guns are viewed in Chicago

“There is a common assumption in Chicago that guns are the equivalent of free-roaming cobras, being lethal and unmanageable by any means except elimination.”
– Steve Chapman, Reason.com

“Demolishing Guns and Common Sense” http://feedly.com/k/1g6xfet

Strobist: Your REALTOR® Would Like Some Free Photography, Please

I always find it fascinating that people value what they do, but often do not value what other people do. I see this kind of thing too often.

Please pardon the detour today. I need to rant. I’d like to share with you the ballsiest request for free picture use that I have ever gotten…

Ever feel like you are being taken advantage of as a photographer? Or that people in other professions think so little of us that they assume we would gladly work for free?

Read the whole thing. It’s pretty funny: Strobist: Your REALTOR® Would Like Some Free Photography, Please.

Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’ « Parchment and Pen

Another day, another claim. Weigh it, measure it, test it.

It looks like Joseph Atwill is building his whole argument off of a new way to interpret the writings of Josephus. A way that might even be hard for people to understand. He even admits in the article that he thinks he has seen something in Josephus that all other scholars have missed. He writes, ” Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren’t all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played.”

Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’ « Parchment and Pen

Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians | Fox News

At least many are dropping their pretense about not having an agenda.

“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”

Branson tells me at least 80 airmen attended a private meeting at the church where he heard them voice their concerns about religious hostilities at the Air Force base. It was a standing-room only crowd.

“The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”

Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians | Fox News