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Monthly Archives: June 2005

2004 Sacred Harp Frequency of Choices

I’ve done an analysis of how frequently hymns from the Denson book were chosen during annual singings in 2004 (as recorded by the Sacred Harp Minutes book).

rank by frequency chart

I tried to be careful to count only selections from Denson. I didn’t look at choices from singings specifically listed as Cooper Book or ‘mixed’ singings. I used a semi-automated process to do the counting.

Perhaps the most interesting difference between the 2002 frequencies is the apparent strong effect of Cold Mountain — 282, I’m Going Home, is was the most chosen tune in 2004. In 2002, it was tied for 54th place–along with Idumea (47b), which moved up to 19th place in 2004.

Thanks to Chris Thorman for help with the data.


Döner vs Gyros vs Schwarma vs Donair

Döner kebab – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A variation on the döner kebab known as a Donair was introduced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the early 1970s. A restaurant called The King Of Donairs claims to have been the first to serve this version in 1973. The meat in this version is sliced from a loaf made from a combination of ground beef, flour or bread crumbs, and various spices, while the sauce is made from evaporated milk, sugar, vinegar, and sometimes garlic. The meat and sauce are served rolled in pita bread with condiments such as tomato and onion. This version of the donair is very popular in the Eastern provinces of Canada, with many fast food pizza restaurants also featuring donairs on the menu. Many of them also offer a donair pizza featuring all of the donair ingredients served on a pizza crust.

Dean originally suspected Felt, but recanted …

According to this Salon article:

On a tape recording made on Feb. 28, 1973, Dean can be heard telling Nixon that Felt was “the only person that knows” details that had been leaked to the Post. Dean later rejected the notion; in an electronic book published by Salon in 2002, he said he didn’t think there was “any way Felt could have been Deep Throat.”


Felt had say in The Final Days

Amusing suggestion that Mark Felt was Deep Throat (from 1999) based on rearranging the letters in “The Final Days” at Salon.

Edmund Clowney

When I was a student at Michigan State University, I was involved in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. I went to IV programs at Cedar Campus in northern Michigan several times, once for an entire month for a summer leadership training program, at which both John R. Stott and Edmund Clowney were speakers. Dr. Stott was first–droll, academic, serious teaching from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Then Dr. Clowney spoke–on the Sovereignty of God. In the popular conception, nothing could be more off-putting. But Dr. Clowney’s evident joy–like Moses’s shining face–in the presence of the God he loved is something I still remember after 30 years. It was a privilege to spend time under his teaching.

Edmund P. Clowney died on March 20–I’ve just read of his death. The above is what I posted at his memorial website, edmondclowney.com.