Monthly Archives: September 2011

13 posts

In photography less can be more.

This is true not just in composition. The plus/minus of digital photography is that one can take hundreds of photos with little thought about capacity. I remember shooting 24 exposure rolls of B&W at football games. You had to be very careful about which shots you took in order to ration your film. (Plus we developed it all ourselves as well.) As this columnist points out, we can be overwhelmed with how many images we […]

Learning to read: How late is too late?

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of Penn Staters from HP, one of whom has become a friend over the last few years. His son has just entered Kindergarten and he is already reading. This is becoming more and more common, that children should be reading earlier and earlier, and we have all seen the videos where kids are reading from the age of 6 months with a special system […]

It’s not easy being the Almighty

It can be tough to give up on our dreams, hopes, and aspiration. Even for God. To find out why God is wearing a sarong and to enjoy the well-drawn and overly pompous 9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney. (It’s not his fault, he was a church music director. That has to have some residual ramifications in one’s life.)  

Praying in Public Banned in Paris

This is cross posted from my PLA blog. This post is intended to spur on discussion. The blog posts that our students are required by assignment must be longer and contain their own argument and perspective.  The new law, reported by the Telegraph, is apparently being introduced because thousands of Muslims are praying in the streets, blocking traffic. A devout Muslim is required to pray five times a day. In the US where there is the […]

Oct 11th – College Radio Station Day

This article is behind the subscription wall, but there is not much to it. I note it because of the fact that my wife and I met in a college radio station. College Radio Stations Join Forces to Send Out a Strong Signal on October 11 By Don Troop Staff members at William Paterson University’s WPSC-FM are leading a movement to celebrate College Radio Day next month, with the goal of ensuring the medium’s future. […]

The drawback of digital images of manuscripts

I now have little excuse to travel and see the manuscripts in person. Of course once can still make the argument, especially if one’s area of research is primarily focused on manuscripts themselves it is absolutely necessary. But for those of us who simply need the text to see textual variances and so on, a high quality digital image is often better than looking at the real thing. Case in point: this gorgeous digital image […]

I am passionate about photography

Of course, if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know this. The following blog post is from my PSU blog for our Presidential Leadership Academy. I will periodically cross-post something I think might interest readers of Targuman who don’t want yet another RSS feed in their news reader. I hope you find it interesting.  Starting this year we are asking all PLA students to maintain a separate “blog” […]

How many languages does it take to get to the center?

Duane of Abnormal Interests offers This Isn’t Kindergarten in response to James’ “Essential Languages for New Testament Study” which was, in turn, a follow up to Larry’s discussion of what languages are essential to NT studies. Duane ups the ante quite a bit. Any serious student of the first two centuries CE needs to know not only Hellenistic Greek, but more than a smattering of Aramaic, Hebrew (including Rabbinic Hebrew), Syriac, Coptic and Latin. And if you are interested in Hebrew Bible, […]