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Rich Man and Lazarus – Hades and Abraham's Bosom

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In the Old Testament, a place called Sheol is described as the common receptacle of both the righteous and the wicked when they die1:

  • wicked: Numbers 16:30-33, Psalm 9:17
  • righteous: Genesis 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31, 1 Kings 2:6, 9, Job 14:13; 17 …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Adventist Interpretation and Critique

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You can find summaries of the mainstream Adventist interpretation in various places:

Most of these commentaries follow this general outline …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Traditional Reading

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Before we can tackle some of the nuances in this parable, let's first read through this passage with a caricature of the traditional reading. I'm elaborating slightly to bring out some subtle nuances that you may not have noticed in the original reading.

There was a certain rich man, which …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Introduction

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches in its 28 fundamental beliefs:

The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous …

Making Beautiful Schematics with TikZ

Posted in College Productivity
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I have always been a fan of using LaTeX for all of my writeups. LaTeX has a fantastic graphical library called TikZ that I use to generate nearly all of my graphics. It has quite a steep learning curve, but once you get going, you can define all of your …

How to Write Beautiful Code Documentation

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Writing code documentation is really important. More than anything else, documenting your code pushes you to use best practices, and organize your code in a logical way.

After a year of writing Python code for a living [1], I'm writing to share the documentation process that works best for me …

Submitting Jobs to the Stanford Cluster via SLURM

Posted in College Productivity
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I do a lot of coding at Stanford on my laptop. It's a wonderful machine, but it simply cannot handle huge amounts of number-crunching. Most research organizations provide computing clusters fully equipped with state-of-the-art software in order to help out folks like me.

Clusters are helpful not only when you …

Setting Up Anaconda for Scientific Python

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Python is great. Not only is it relatively easy to learn, but it is extremely robust when it comes to gathering, processing, and plotting data, thanks to free open-source libraries like numpy, matplotlib, and pandas. The power that you get from using Python is comparable to other software solutions, such …

Basketball and Urgency

Posted in Reflections
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This morning, I received a marketing email from Asian Efficiency. In it, the author wrote three harrowing facts:

  1. Half of all heart attacks have no symptoms.
  2. Some tumors don't cause symptoms until it's too late.
  3. Some cancers kill within weeks of their discovery.

With these morbid health facts in mind …

Piwik and Discourse and Pelican, Oh My!

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Up until yesterday, this blog was hosted on Github pages, and was built using Jekyll. There were no comments, and I had no analytics.

Way back in 2015, I read an article by Joe Buhlig where he migrated from WordPress and Google Analytics to Jekyll and Piwik. Jekyll is a …

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