Friday, April 15, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 38

The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.


Last week's 7 Quick Takes featured a picture of a house by a well-known architect who prided himself on matching a building to its environment.

On that score, I think this house in Wales outdoes that one:

If only the door were round...

If I lived here, I think I'd always be half-expecting Samwise, Merry and Pippin to show up asking for second breakfast. Or elevensies.

(Be sure to check out the designer/builder/owner's website, with lots more pictures and more of the story behind this incredible home.)


Blogstats news! This week, for no reason I know of, the pageviews of a post I wrote last year suddenly started spiking. I'm no expert on this, but in my (very limited) experience, when a post suddenly gets a lot of traffic, I can usually trace it back to a link on someone else's blog or a popular search.

Not this one. There was one search, and then the thing took off like a rocket.

Or, in this case, like a flying car.

If you're here because of that post, welcome! Please say hello in the comments.


Beginning this Sunday, Zondervan is launching a daily series for Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Easter, including audio clips from their The Bible Experience audio Bible:

Starting Sunday, April 17, Zondervan will launch a seven-part blog series that will let you hear the Easter story like never before.

Sign up for the series, and from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday you'll receive a new and exciting part of the Easter story told in dramatic audio. The audio clips, taken from The Bible Experience audio Bible, feature a full cast of actors, sound effects and a musical score. You will be immersed into the Easter events as if they're happening for the first time, in real time.

On Palm Sunday listen to the cheers at Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Later in the week hear Jesus kick the moneylenders out of the Temple. Then join the disciples at the Last Supper and in the Garden of Gethsemane. Be there for Christ's passion on Good Friday, the disciples' fear on Holy Saturday, and God's triumph on Resurrection Sunday.


Elizabeth showcased the work of artist Bernie Casey on her blog last week. His work is colorful, creative, and packed with meaning. Click over and check out Elizabeth's photos of Bernie Casey's work when it was on display at ArtPrize.

Susie Hewer, the knitting marathon runner

Need inspiration? Or just plain astonishment?

Check out this story of a 53-year-old British marathon runner who knits as she runs.

Just this week, she ran a marathon in 5:21.

And she runs to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

(If reading that made you fly right past "inspiration" and land on "shame," turn around.)


Last week Jennifer Fulwiler posted a link to an online version of the AP styleguide. And the journalism major that still lives within me rejoiced!

Yes, I am just that geeky.


Related to that, my final take this week is a great What You Ought to Know video by The Brothers Winn entitled Spelling Matters:

Happy Friday, everyone!



  1. Hmm, looks like that online AP Style guide is badly outdated by now.

    I really liked the Spelling Matters video. You should forward that to Prof. John Duff -- he used to have his CF2 classes read that "Cambridge University" paragraph every semester.

  2. Oh yes... 2002... that's too bad. :/

    What would such an assignment be meant for, I wonder?


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