Vampire Weekend

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Question of the Week

What is your craziest July 4th firework story?

As we all come together and celebrate the July 4th weekend with cookouts, pool parties and fireworks, we want to hear your craziest firework story or mishap.

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Trent

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Trent commented…

At the age of 10, I was enjoying a warm July 4th with my cousins at my grandpa's veterinary practice, which was just outside of town so we could blow things up without getting in trouble. On this particular day we launched two small rockets. They weren't fireworks, just launched straight into the air, or were supposed to.

I took shelter on the porch of the building, my cousin lit the rocket (50 feet away from me) and ran. The rocket tipped and launched sideways, curving around into the porch where I was. I ran from one side of the porch to the other as I watched the rocket follow me from behind. When I ran out of porch, I fell to my knees and braced myself for impact. Luckily, the rocket zoomed over me.

Heat seeking rocket? I think so. Terrifying as a child.

Keke

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Keke commented…

What's fascinating to me is reading the responses here approaching medical research from a religious perspective.

From a scientific approach, embryos are just single cells, and scientists have been able to manipulate the genetics of single cells for decades. Bacteria, yeast, cancer cells, even normal tissue cells can be manipulated to express or not express genes. The bacteria they "engineered" from scratch was remarkable, but at the same time, not. I use bacteria to express and mutate genes all the time. Life is life, but genes are genes, and are INCREDIBLY easy to manipulate and use as tools. I think from a scientific perspective, "soul" is really difficult to pin down. You use cells as tools, but how many cells does it take to have a "soul". I personally don't think a single cell has a soul. I tend to think of a Radiolab episode talking about how ants form colonies. Lots of seemingly random movements work to form large, complex colonies that act as an organism. How does this work with my idea of God or the concept of a "soul".... it doesn't. The more I learn, the more I realize I will never figure it out. Which makes sense, God's kind of omnipotent and I'm kind of a punk.

I do think Cameron has a really good point when he says the church needs to hurry up and talk about this. The idea of "clones" as "life" has been discussed and explored in science fiction for decades. Generally it ends with "the clones are people and rise up and do something about it". It's time for the church to talk about this, not leave it to the Wachowski brothers (err... siblings). Last month someone actually successfully cloned a stem cell (Tachibana et al. 2013: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031). This is happening. Science is going to continue to progress (not because it is full of evil atheists, but because it is fully of curious people doing things that interest them). The church needs to confront it instead of trying to hide behind "science is bad".

Keke

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Keke commented…

To redeem that comment:

I used to read those books about kids surviving in the wilderness (think The Hatchet) and wanted to do all the stuff they did, so I spent an entire summer at my grandmother's house trying to learn how to "make fire". rubbing sticks together, using a magnifying glass, etc.

Eventually I figured out that matches work best, but then I set half my grandmother's yard on fire. The hose didn't reach to the front yard, and it was too big, I couldn't stomp it out. Eventually I got in front of the kitchen window (running around trying to stamp parts of it out) and she saw me and came running out with some damp blankets.

That saint of a woman never told my parents.

Daryl Howard

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Daryl Howard commented…

When I lived in Alaska we had the perfect way to celebrate the 4th. Since fireworks start forest fires, it is illegal to launch fireworks in many places in Alaska... Stop drop and roll doesn't fix that kind of fire. So we have to be creative.

A local guy near where I lived came up with the perfect way to celebrate the US of A. First, we launch a vehicle off a cliff. Yes... a vehicle. After surveying our damage, we move onto firing bowling balls out of a homemade canon/mortar.

In the past they aimed the canon straight up, then tilted it a little so the wind wouldn't blow it back at us. The idea is to get as much hang time as possible. In 2011, a second cross wind above the valley we were in blew the bowling ball back toward us (even after we had it tilted the canon away from us).
Here is the video of it: https://vimeo.com/70083714
You can hear the eery sound the bowling ball creates as it comes down at the 32 second mark.
Luckily no one was hurt. It was too close for comfort for those that it landed near. The next shot was tilted further down and across the river.

Also for your viewing pleasure, two car launches:
2007 it was a Volvo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&gl=US&client=mv-google&v=_ymBCwMXEBw&...

2011 was a Ford Van.
https://vimeo.com/70083713

Sadly I have missed the last two years, and have resorted back to the old fashion Pennsylvanian fire work display. Can't wait to return back for another celebration of the 4th, Alaskan style.

David Michael Moore

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David Michael Moore commented…

I don't understand why we (Christians) have issue with transplants. Specifically, what passage of the Bible is being interpreted to say we should not do such things?

So far all of the discussion has revolved around preexisting genetic material—I personally don't count that as "creating" life similar to how God created life.

What I think is a interesting hypothetical question: If some scientist somewhere were to cross a line where he/she became god-like (making decisions reserved only for God), wouldn't God simply intervene at that point?

Otherwise is God putting the responsibility on Christians to 1) determine what science is off-limits, even though many of us are not scientists and this is a very gray issue theologically; and 2) compel this scientist (who has free will, mind you) not to commit this act?

Ultimately I feel that we may be uncomfortable with scientific progress, but that doesn't mean God is.

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