Book recommendation – Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings

I’ve just had this book recommended by a friend. I’ve ordered it online straight away.


What influenced me? This quote from Hilary of Poitiers, a French bishop of the fourth century, and a great defender of Trinitarian orthodoxy:

‘If the soul has not breathed in the gift of the Spirit through faith, even though it will continue to possess the faculty for understanding, it will not have the light of knowledge. The one gift, which is in Christ, is available to everyone in its entirety. What is present in every place is given insofar as we desire to become worthy of it. This gift is with us even to the consummation of the world. This is the consolation of our expectation. This, through the efficacy of the gifts, is the pledge of our future hope. This is the light of the mind, the splendour of the soul. For this reason we must pray for this Holy Spirit.’

If I am going to get more of that, I want the book!


I have switched from typing on a Qwerty keyboard layout to a #Colemak one

Today marks the completion of my first week in Colemak!

I needed a new keyboard and it was when I looked at what was available that I also ended up reading about alternative layouts such as Dvorak and Colemak. The advantages for speed and ergonomics were clear.

As it is such a simple matter on Ubuntu Linux to switch layouts, I had a few minutes play with Colemak thinking I might try it some day. I considered, before deciding definitely to switch, doing a speed test to see how fast I was (after over 30 years of touch typing). I forgot! Now I will never know.


After three days at a conference and not typing, I returned to the office. I printed the layout of Colemak and propped it against the monitor and slowly started to type. I intended doing it for about 15 minutes but ended up staying in Colemak all day. It was not fast but still faster than handwriting speed. And I am not a typist so did not have loads to type, just some documents and a few emails.

On day two I did some of the exercises from the Colemak in 9 Days site. I concentrated on getting a grasp of the home row layout. An advantage with Colemak is that the most used keys are on the home row. Cracking the home row moved me forward quicker than I had expected. It was then that I realised that I had done it, I had switched. There was no going back.

How to do the £ sign in Colemak? Hold down Alt Gr and Shift with the right hand and click the number 4 key.

First few minutes felt like things were sparking in my brain it was so weird. Then it was great. Next day it was like a sigh of satisfaction.

This was me describing to a friend that, because it was going at a reduced price, on a whim, I bought an ergonomic keyboard.

His reply was that my description almost sounded like I was describing my first experience of LSD or Ecstasy something!

I it just a computer keyboard. It is good though. I now wonder, after about 35 years of typing daily, why I never invested on one before. Mine is about the cheapest one currently on the market (£29) and is the Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000.



Big and ugly it may be, but it is a dream to type on. I had expected comfort but it is even more comfortable than I had anticipated. What I had not expected was that my touch typing would be so much more accurate, and therefore quicker.

Now of course I am trying not to covet the other even more appealing ones out there such as the TEK  Kinesis or the ErgoDox. All of which are considerable more expensive.

The TEK “Truly Ergonomic Keyboard”



The Kinesis



I know the Kinesis looks weird but having watched people using one on YouTube it looks very comfortable. I particularly like the idea of the keys that are worked by the thumbs.

Which brings me to the ErgoDox with is only available in kit form and consists of two separate keyboards, one for each hand.



Perhaps I should set my sights on something not as expensive as one of these exotic variants. The updated Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard looks nice but I have not had an opportunity to try one to see how it feels.



hope you get this fast..trip to Ukraine..stolen cash, credit cards and phone..wire funds to me.

So you get an email, supposedly from someone you know like this one that I got today:

I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform everyone about my trip to Ukraine for a program because it was impromptu. The program was successful, but my journey has turned sour I was mugged at gun point and all my valuables were stolen (cash, credit cards and phone, where I went for sightseeing before leaving to the airport since my return flight is in few hours. Luckily I had my passport in my hotel room to get me home.

Its was a terrible experience. all i need more is €1,850 EURO to settle some outstanding hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport. I have contacted my bank, but the best they can do is to mail a new card which will take 2 to 3 days to get here.

Western Union Transfer is the fastest option to wire the funds to me. Please let me know if you can help me out? I promise to make the immediate refund when i get home.

Best regards

How to reply to these odious fraudsters?

I sent this reply today:

Mary is a woman of God and God will not hold as guiltless those hackers trying to defraud her or those she knows. The Bible teaches: “Touch not God’s anointed.”

Who knows, it may give them something to think about?