FBI, Grammar, & F1rst
January 19, 2010
The FBI did something hilarious today. They released a photo of what an “aged” Bin Laden might look like, but the photoshop guy used a picture he found on the internet as the base of his drawing. The picture he happened to grab was a Spanish politician’s campaign photo.
This is what the FBI said about it:
“When producing age-progressed photographs, forensic artists typically select features from a database of stock reference photographs to create the new image…it appears that in this instance the forensic artist was unable to find suitable features among the reference photographs and obtained those features, in part, from a photograph he found on the Internet.
The forensic artist was not aware of the identity of the individual depicted in the photograph. The similarities between the photos were unintentional and inadvertent.”
That’s got to be embarrassing for the FBI techy. And for the politician whose face was used in a Bin Laden caracature. Follow Mashable and you’ll get all sorts of funny stories like this.
I have a bone to pick with all of the business world. Until I began working full-time with a company and interacting with people constantly, I had no idea how terrible the grammar is out there. Does no one remember anything from English? Not even elementary school English? It drives me absolutely crazy. I almost can’t eat at a restaurant if they misspell things on their menu because it is so tacky. I also can’t do business with a company that has spelling mistakes all over their website. I got an email the other day that said, “Please fill free to contact us.” I’ll pass. Thank goodness for spelling freaks like my mother…and now me. Maybe that will be my gift back to society – spell check.
We started a new lesson at church called F1rst that has been fantastic. This is a quote from this past sermon:
People living in darkness aren’t going to read our tracks. They aren’t going to watch our TV shows but they do notice people that live and love like the Christians in Acts 2. That’s why they will see who we love when they love what they see. That’s why I want you to let me go on a rant for just a moment… I am tired of whining Christians saying, “They won’t let us put up our 10 commandments on the wall.” “They won’t let us have our nativity scene.” “They won’t let us put Christ on display.”
There’s nothing they can do to keep us from putting Christ on display. Every time we walk out the door, we have the choice to put Christ on display. They can kill us but they can’t stop us from giving testimony that the light has come into the world. Christians today need to stop cursing the darkness. We need to start turning on the lights.
I just realized when I typed that out that it wasn’t near as good in writing. Download the podcast here. It’s worth it.
Last, but certainly not least, is a delicious recipe for chocolate chip walnut cookies. I don’t typically like chocolate chip cookies because most of them taste boring. These, however, are revolutionary. Enjoy.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are nicely browned.