Not Giving Up

Covering your torso is modesty; covering your bald spot is vanity.

I’ve settled into a routine of daily workouts that work more on my heart than any other muscle. I’ve been walking a few blocks lately — say, 10 minutes as a warm-up. Then I proceed on alternating days with either calisthenics to tone up the muscles (especially the legs) or an all over high-tension workout that improves circulation in all the muscles I manage to active. The latter includes a set of movements designed to hit the whole body; it tones, but it’s aim is circulatory.

I can sit longer without having the right leg elevated. The issue is not discomfort but circulation. If I sit too long in any seat with the knee slightly bent, the swelling behind the patella tends to reduce blood flow and the lower leg gets that faint swelling effect. Riding in the car on longer trips is particularly uncomfortable.

For awhile I’ve taken a halt on editing and reformatting the Bible study books. Someone made a request that got me thinking. I’m going to collect the more meaningful blog posts from the past three years into monthly booklets and re-publish them as HTML files. Then I’ll keep that rolling hereafter.

That’s because I’m still just a little uncertain about how economic troubles will affect our favorite Internet services. You can never tell when a currency exchange shift or banking collapse will shut down something you take for granted. The trend is to close without warning. By having a copy of the more pertinent teaching material, I won’t lose it to some black hole. By making the files into portable web pages, you can still use the search function in your browser to find key words if you are looking for something specific. Any standard desktop indexing will also serve a similar purpose.

I’m not trying to be alarmist because there is little we can do to prevent economic collapse. It won’t be an absolute stop of all trade and exchange, but a slow-down in relative terms to what we see now. Central banks will either rob depositors or close down, and quite a few will do both. Smaller banks will vary widely in their fortunes, but it’s not looking good for any country that belongs to the global banking exchange system (SWIFT). Countries that opt out or keep an alternate system working will do much better. It will hit Western countries the hardest.

But while specific operations will tend to shut down suddenly, the broader economic activity will tend to slow, but in ways hard to predict. All anyone can offer is generalizations. There is no central clearing house of detailed economic data; too much of what we do have is false. The Internet won’t go away, not by any means; TPTB depend on it too much.

Even our leased server space (soulkiln.org) is somewhat vulnerable, because our host (Tim Butler) is leasing the machine himself; it’s physically located in Washington, DC in a data center owned by some big IT corporation. I haven’t forgotten what it would take to turn the big workstation into an actual server, should it come to that.

Meanwhile, I’ll start posting the blog archives on the FTP server for those who are interested. It will be in a “blog” folder.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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