Posted by: Mark | April 22, 2014

More Jubilees

More thoughts on the book of Jubilees:

Ch. 5: Instead of God slaughtering all the pandas, kittens, hamsters, bunnies, and koala bears because He was mad at humans, in the Book of Jubilees, evryone is to blame.

“All flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth–all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth.”

So in this version of Noah’s flood, God drowns all the puppies because they were evil puppies. Okay, for the Bible that makes sense.

Ch. 6: Any advantage that Jubilees had over Genesis falls to pieces. God insists that a year has only 364 days. No, it’s not a divine typo, He says it repeatedly. Maybe later in the book God will slap on another day. Sure, we could teach the controversy and leave December 31 off of calendars but my faith in Jubilees is slipping.

Posted by: Mark | April 21, 2014

Deer Farms!

I guess I should I realized these things exist but if you’re rich and too lazy to hunt deer in the wild where your nice clothes could get dirty, all you need to do for a trophy is to drive to a deer farm and plug a deer in a pen.

I’m about as pro-deer-hunting as humanly possible. I have no intentions of actually doing it myself but the deer population in Ohio and much of the U.S. is almost as out of control than the human population.

A while back, fairly close to where I used to work, a 30-point buck was shot by an Amish hunter with a crossbow. It’s sad but the farm deer put this one out of the running.



Posted by: Mark | April 19, 2014

Final Final Exam Post

I guess waiting wasn’t a complete waste of time. One more student stopped by, meaning I’m only one short (not including the never-show).

As depressing as that might be, five out of seven is pretty good for a Saturday class.

This is probably the last Saturday class of my life as well as my last at the University of Cincinnati. I’ve had a few good memories but it’s probably time to move on.

Posted by: Mark | April 19, 2014

Final Exam

I’m sitting through an exam session, possibly my last ever at UC.

Three students were waiting at the classroom when the exam started. One showed up late a few minutes ago.

I’ve still got two students who seem to have dropped off the face of the Earth and one who has never been to class the entire semester.

I don’t have high hopes for her.

Posted by: Mark | April 15, 2014

Book of Jubilees

Just started The Book of Jubilees and already it’s getting crazy. Here’s a couple of highlights:

Chapter 2: In Jubilee’s version of creation, God didn’t start out with “‘Let there be life.” He didn’t create the sun until the fourth day which begs the question if He was seeing in the dark or has echolocation like a bat. When He began with living creatures, He made “sea monsters” first–”these were the first things of flesh that were created by his hands.” That makes sense to me–I’d definitely start with Godzilla.

Chapter 3: Before the serpent loused everything up, all animals, birds, and fish could talk. Afterwards God specifically took speech away from everything but humans–which makes me wonder what the ancients thought about parrots.

Chapter 4: Mankind gets heavy with incest. Abel is born a week after Cain and their sister Awan is born a week later. Cain marries Awan and Seth pairs up with little sister Azura. The next two generations marry brothers and sisters until they branch out to cousins. I wonder if this motif is an underlining reason for Creationist support.

Posted by: Mark | April 14, 2014

Old Testament Doubled Down

I wasn’t really planning to but I finished the Old Testament yesterday. I’d been reading on-line and it was somewhat of a jolt when I clicked on next chapter and Matthew came up.

There’s two books of the Ethiopian canon after Malachi that I still haven’t read as well as the Book of Jubilee that always looked to long and obscure to start. I’ll try to read those before moving to the New Testament.

The Old Testament has been even more depressing and uninspiring than I’d remembered. I don’t know why I’m stretching this out except out of grumpiness.

Posted by: Mark | April 12, 2014

Last Class

I was hoping for a better turnout for the last class of the semester but it ended up as being even more disappointing than last week. Before class, two students were waiting by the door which was twice the early numbers last week. However, unlike last week, nobody else trickled in.

Next week, I’m hoping I receive everyone’s final papers. If not, it will be an easy time grading.

Posted by: Mark | April 7, 2014

Iron Man and the Doctor


This weekend I helped work on a documentary about fandom and saw many great costumes. I wish I could have got a shot of female Nightcrawler but it should all come together when the results are finally edited.

Posted by: Mark | April 5, 2014

One Plus One Plus One

It’s the second to last of my Saturday class. I have to drag myself out of bed after grading a stack of papers. I rush to print out the reading assignments.

And there’s only one student who shows up.

After a few minutes, another appears. Then one more.

We’re supposed to have 14, and that’s down from the deadbeats who were dropped for not paying tuition.

I have to wonder if it was wise to schedule a 9:05 a.m. class on a Saturday for a course that is primarily attended by freshmen.

Posted by: Mark | April 3, 2014

Hamsters and Roaches in the Classroom


I brought Pikachu the hamster and two hissing cockroaches for my first class at Beckfield College to use in a compare and contrast exercise. It could have gone better but it still beat my old classwork. I’m not sure what to bring next week.

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