Saturday, December 29, 2012

Second Month Geo-Thermal Energy Savings

I've been monitoring our energy usage since our geo-thermal HVAC was installed.

I got the bill for the second full month this week. We used 1124 KWH for the month of December 2012. Between 2002 and 2011 our average energy usage for the month of December was 3626 KWH. The highest month was December 2004 when we used 4680 KWH and the lowest month was in 2010 when we used 2900 KWH.

Translated into dollars, we saved about $284.00 on our electric bill this month.

Here's the formula I am using for my calculations: (3626-1124=2502) X 0.113452 per KWH this month = 283.86

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Norman's First Christian Does Handel's Messiah

Norman's First Christian Does Handel's Messiah from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Handel's Messiah as performed by the choir and orchestra at First Christian Church in Norman, Oklahoma on December 16, 2012. Dr. Steven C. Curtis conducts.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What Does it Profit?

News reports indicate that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of assault rifles like the one used in the massacre of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Why didn't somebody at Dick's consider the ramifications these weapons could have on corporate reputation and profit before this incident?

Many years ago, while I was a seminary student, I worked as a Security Manager for JCPenney's. At that time they sold sporting goods, including firearms. At one time, Penney's sold a pistol grip shotgun with an 18 inch barrel. The manufacturer called it a "Snake Charmer." It didn't look like a snake charmer to me. I had worked for a Police Department for five years. To me, it looked like a sawed-off shotgun.

I wrote a letter to the District Manager and asked him why Penney's sold an easily concealable shotgun that appeared perfectly designed to be attractive to the criminal element of society. I suggested that a sensational crime using such a weapon could seriously damage the company's reputation.

Within a week, the weapons were pulled from the stores and the District Manager called to thank me for calling his attention to this item.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent 2012

Third Sunday of Advent 2012 from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

The worship service at NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma on December 16, 2012 -- the Third Sunday of Advent.

Dr. Mitch Randall speaks about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The NorthHaven Choir under the direction of Music Minister Cheryl Tartar sings Lloyd Larson's "Shout the Good News."

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dr. Wade Smith on the Good News of Peace

Dr. Wade Smith on the Good News of Peace from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

First Baptist Church of Norman, Oklahoma's advent service on December 9, 2012. Dr. Wade Smith, Senior Pastor, preaches on the Good News of Peace.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Judge Jones on Intelligent Design

Judge John E. Jones' lecture on "The U.S. Constitution's Intelligent Design."

The lecture concluded an interdisciplinary dream course at the University of Oklahoma. It was delivered on December 6, 2012.

Judge Jones was the presiding jurist in the Kitzmiller vs. the Dover Pennsylvania School District case that ruled on whether "Intelligent Design" could be taught in public schools.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Brown University Students Crack Roger Williams' Shorthand Code

U.S. and World News Report has published a story about Brown University students cracking the shorthand code that Roger Williams, founder of the First Baptist Church in America and founder of Rhode Island Colony, used to make notes for himself. Here's what they discovered:

Williams' system consisted of 28 symbols that stand for a combination of English letters or sounds. How they're arranged is key to their meaning; arrange them one way and you get one word, arrange them another, you get something different. One major complication, according to Mason-Brown: Williams often improvised.

From there, Mason-Brown was able to translate scattered fragments, and the students determined there were three separate sections of notes. Two are Williams' writings on other books, a 17th century historical geography and a medical text. The third — and most intriguing — is 20 pages of Williams' original thoughts on one of the major theological issues of the day: infant baptism.