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Loud breather Tue, Jul 05, 2005
Close talker.  Man hands.  Now there's a new one:  loud breather.  I've been noticing that there is often a person in a group of people who's a loud breather:  either they have allergies and their nose whistles, or they're just generally oblivious to the immensely loud sound exuding from their head.  I'm amazed that people like this can concentrate when they read and even get sleep at night.  I'm convinced that they have no idea what's going on because when I look at them, they don't notice anything except the fact that I'm looking at them.  They don't notice that they're distracting everyone else by making noises with their breathing patterns.  And it's not just a nose whistle.  We all get that.  I'm talking about a noise that sounds like breathing through a snorkel.  It's Darth Vader-ish.  And this becomes increasingly problematic in Christian groups when we spend time in prayer.  All you can hear is the quiet voice of a person praying, and the incessant wind from a loud breather. #psychology

Bible versions (5) Tue, Jul 05, 2005
A lot of Christians think that the only viable translation of the Bible is the King James Version, which was written in 1611 in "Olde English."  They reject all modern translations, such as the New International Version and the New American Standard Bible.  The problem with language is that it changes over time.  Twenty years ago, people said things like "radical" and "bodacious".  These words aren't used too much anymore.  And that was just 20 years ago.  What about 400 years ago?  They not only used thee and thou, they also had a squiggly letter s that looked like an f.  And here's my biggest complaint about the KJV:  1 Samuel 24:3 says, "And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave."  Ok so Saul went into a cave to cover his feet.  Big deal.  But here's what it really means:  "He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave." (NIV)  Whoa.  So covering one's feet is the same as relieving oneself.  That wasn't exactly clear to me.  How many other details in the Bible are obscured by an outdated language?  That's why I don't use the KJV. #religion