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This link should take you directly to the great deal on the Kindle Fire! If I had some more time and money, I’d get two of these, a Roomba Create, some odds and ends I’ve mostly already got, and make a really great robot for under $400! Of course, if someone wanted to buy it from me, I’d sell it for $800…

Can’t think of what to get someone? How about a bookmark that is also a GIFT CARD?

I recently read this book and highly recommend it. Of course, I didn’t agree with everything, but it was so close I won’t bother mentioning the few little doubts I had. The main message is that Christianity isn’t something you can lock up in your home and church, not if you honestly believe the Bible is God’s Word and have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. This book looks back at the historical changes that have lead to many Christians living “their secular lives” as if they were no different from unbelievers. It also explains why that is wrong and how we should live differently.

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous… here’s something for fun that’s inexpensive and downloads right to your computer! These were some of my favorite funny songs when I was young. Remember the letter from Camp Grenada that began “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”? A jazzy song about going the wrong way to St. Louis becomes a goofy tribute to the French Revolution, the French song “C’est Si Bon” (It’s so good) becomes a tale of a doctor seeing strange things “among your lovely bones,” a love song becomes a song about machines putting people out of work (with a surprise twist at the end!), and “One Hippopotami” makes a silly mess of singulars and plurals. It helps to know that Ben Casey and Kildare were fictional doctors on TV. Oh yes, and there’s a recitation about how some of us got fat in a youthfully-mistaken attempt to save the world.

And these silly songs and comedy bits lightened the days at college when we were working to be ready for white glove inspection. Along with a couple others, there’s a spoof of the old Lawrence Welk show that includes a bubble machine that goes totally berserk! The Yellow Rose of Texas is beleaguered by a show-off snare drummer, a lovely rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” goes haywire when the leader has trouble remembering the words and the choir follows his lead, two fairy tales get turned into wacky versions of the old crime show “Dragnet,” The Banana Boat song (Day-O) is broken up by a bongo player who has sensitive ears and arachnophobia, and the ever-cheerful “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” cranks up into total hysteria and CRASHES!

Here is an amazing book that looks at possible solutions for the problems Noah faced on the Ark. Even if you don’t believe the Bible, if you are interested in the logistics of keeping large numbers of animals in a confined space under emergency conditions, you will find this fascinating. If you are a believer, it should also be exciting and perhaps give you a better visualization of what the animals and the 8 human survivors might have experienced.

HEY! You can buy iRobot’s Roomba robotic floor cleaners on Amazon! The first really practical robot anybody made. I’ve been using one for years. These newer models (this link goes to their top-of-the-line model for 2015) have improved a lot. More expensive, too, and so maybe not for everyone. But if you want to maintain your floors with very little effort (between deeper cleanings with a steam cleaner, mopping, etc.), you like futuristic technology and have the money to spare, it’s a handy little gizmo. Some people have named theirs, knitted covers, etc.

Copter drones are cool, “hoverboards” look like fun (if they don’t blow up), but this might be the most popular tech toy this year! Not just a cosmetic rip-off of a popular movie character, its features include:

  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice
  • Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars galaxy together
  • Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
  • I wonder if someday we’ll build a robot smart enough to wonder if it actually evolved from a watch?

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