Warfield

My Dog Is Hearing Things

Our cairn terrier, Warfield, has always had a tenuous relationship with garbage trucks and school buses. It took a few years, but I believe I finally isolated the problem. It has something to do with the sound frequencies produced by diesel engines. It’s not all large trucks with their rushing engines or squeaky brakes; it’s only those running diesel. Craig Leland shared a similar story of his bichon frise, Clark, who starts howling whenever he hears a Luna carpeting ad, Bill Joel’s “Piano Man,” or Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

I read somewhere that dogs don’t have a wider range of hearing than humans. It’s just that they can hear the higher and lower frequencies at much lower decibel levels than we can. I have no idea how that fits with the way a dog whistle works. Whatever the case may be, Warfield and Clark are hearing something they don’t like, and they’re set on letting us know.

Mike Piazza

I Hate the Number 31

Camden speaks with his friends Aaron and Katy about his hangups with certain numbers, which leads them into a discussion of psychological phenomena. Dr. Katy Hisrich is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Governor State University. Aaron and Camden are unqualified to speak about such matters.

2016-03-03 Republican Delegate Count

Delegate Mayhem

Most of the media reports I’ve been seeing after Super Tuesday have the air of inevitability regarding Trump as the Republican nominee for president. But just because somebody keeps saying the same thing over and over, doesn’t make it true… So I decided to read up on delegate mechanics and found that Trump is far from locking up the nomination.

A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the necessary simple majority and thereby receive the party’s nomination. Trump currently has 319 delegates. Cruz has 226 and Rubio has 110. If a candidate drops out of the race, those delegates are typically up for grabs. Some may head to the convention as superdelegates, uncommitted and waiting for an enticing deal. However, a candidate may also pledge his delegates to a rival.

While Trump has won ten states, he has yet to win a simple majority of delegates. If Trump, Cruz, and Rubio stay in the race, I doubt anyone will win 1,237 delegates. But that probably won’t happen either. After the Florida primary, Rubio may decide to drop out at which point deals will be offered. Regardless, I’d bank on a contested RNC.

Colossians 1:28–29

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Books

No Uncertain Sound
Lamentations, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: A 12-Week Study