I didn’t know they could plan for that… (a bonus post)

This is not my planned post for today, therefore a bonus post. Keep watching for the previously announced “the problem with sermons.” 

I read on MSNBC.com today that a new plan by the International Astronomical Union would add 3 planets to our Solar System (or 4, if you are one of the doubters who has already cast Pluto aside).  But why stop at 12? Why don’t they plan for more while they are at it?  Of course, the IAU would probably take offense at the characterization of their proposal as a “plan;” that’s MSNBC.com’s word.   

Rather, this international organization (who has authority from whom? I’m always amazed by these groups who claim to control the “sciences”) is apparently engaging in one of the favorite of post-modern activities, redefining things. The new definition of “planet” would be:

“A planet is a celestial body that (a) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (b) is in orbit around a star, and is neither a star nor a satellite of a planet.”

Technically, they are not redefining the term; their complaint apparently was that it was never really formally defined to begin with.  Funny, I always knew what a planet was, since elementary school. I knew their names, and what color they were. We even made models out of styrofoam balls. 

I’m just glad that they didn’t devise a definition that failed to include Earth. That would have been a bummer.  As someone (perhaps Steven Wright) once said, “save the Earth; it’s where I keep all my stuff.”

Science is an amazing thing, it probably deserves a lot more study. I’m thinking that there should be an international agency for the study of science itself (rather than the scientific study of other stuff), the agency being made up of people from outside of the hard sciences (you can’t objectively study yourself).  Maybe they could even come up with a new definition for “science.”

So, keep your eyes opened; the solar system could be changing before our very eyes.

Ask a prophet dot com

I had a brainstorm the other day, with thunder and lightning and even a bit of hail; synapses were firing all over the place! I had been thinking of how much fun it would be to do an advice column, especially if you could just make stuff up, and have people believe you anyway.

At some point during the brainstorm (maybe it was when the tornado hit), I began thinking of the web and its possibilities, seeing as how the Ask a Ninja thing is so popular.

Then, it hit me; the best of both worlds, with a spiritual twist: askaprophet.com! I checked, and was shocked to find out that this is one of the 5 dot-com domain names that haven’t been registered yet. It’s still available! I certainly can’t be the first guy to think of this.

This is how it would work: someone in very desperate need of having someone tell them which end is up would contact you via the website with a typical advice-column pseudonym, like “Messed up in Memphis,” and you could respond either through text or video (“ninja” style) with a word from God, especially for them. What better way for people to hear from God?

This isn’t really a new concept; I’ve heard of church groups setting up “prophetic” fortune-telling booths at carnivals and shopping malls, so it’s obviously acceptable to the “personal prophetic” crowd. It’s just a new slant.

I’ve also come up with a new prophetic gimmick you could use for “in person” appearances: the Ezekiel Wheel! It’s a typical “wheel of fortune” only the slots contain prophetic passages from the Old Testament. The visitor spins the wheel, and gets the Scripture that was obviously meant for them. (You could even do it for “suggested donations” to fund youth trips, and so on.)

This is such a great idea, I really don’t know why someone hasn’t thought of this before. In fact, I’d better go and register the name before someone reads this and beats me to it …