Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Opus 2016-203: DEFCON: Long Lines before It Starts

It is time for DEFCON again.  DEFCON is a convention for computer hackers and computer security people.  It meets every year in Las Vegas.  This year it is taking up the convention space in two hotels, Paris and Bally’s.  The sessions run from the extremely technical, which I avoid, and the political landscape, which I try to get to.

The adventure began with the trip this year.  The voice of Google told me the traffic was light and I could make the trip in under four hours.  Even when I was sitting in the middle of a 2 ½-hours-to-go-10-miles traffic jam Google kept telling me the same thing.  I have never been so locked in before.  There is only one route to follow and a couple of huge trucks had spread themselves all around the landscape.  It looked like a war zone and it makes you wonder how they were able to totally destroy the cab of an 18 wheeler.  My bladder held out but I was starting to worry about my radiator.  Engines are not designed to idle for that long in 95̊ heat.

I was still 45 minutes away from the single lane being allowed through and I could see the cars stretched behind me as far as the eye could see.  Eyes can see far on a clear desert day.

I hope this is not an indication of the lines at DEFCON.

homo unius libri

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