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There are numerous scriptural instructions to honor our parents, but here are two that are lesser known than many of the others:

The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures. (Proverbs 30:17)

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9)

Be sure to check out the Smarter Every Day YouTube channel, hosted by Destin Sandlin, and engineer, father and Christian. 


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Corinthians 12:20-25)

We mention Hawkeye’s famous (infamous?) distillery from the TV series M*A*S*H. Though that still actually saw multiple incarnations during the course of the show, the one that closed out the series was donated to the Smithsonian where it was put on display from July 1983 to January 1985. It is presumably still in the Smithsonian’s collection, gathering dust somewhere—perhaps right next to Stephen Spielberg’s Ark of the Covenant?

NASA has provided some outstanding resources to take a deeper look at the story, fact and fiction, behind the Martian. Be sure to check out NASA’s MarsTrek and look at the Martian Path under the program’s bookmarks! It has some really interesting additional information.

Never heard of “Debbie Downer”? You must have been living under the same rock as me…one without Saturday Night Live.

The method of hiding information in pictures that I was thinking of, steganography , is more commonly in use than many may think, and is even used by mainstream printer manufacturers to encode the make, model and serial number of their printer directly into each and everything thing that is printed.

If you haven’t been listening to Are You Just Watching? for long, back in episode 53 we discussed the movie, “The 33”, which is the remarkably close to the true-life story of the 33 miners caught in the Chilean Copiapó mine accident on August 5th, 2010. The two movies share many parallels, not the least of which is that both are incredible stories of rescue and dedication.

We discussed the martyrs’ death of the apostles.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Fox’s Book of Martyrs; one of the best accounts of early Christian persecution out there.  Also, while there are no hard records for the location of many of their deaths, tradition speaks to many of them. Here is a map showing how far the Apostles had traveled when they died.

Here is the original Quora question and answer that is the basis for article that Eve posted covering the rescue costs for Matt Damon’s many incarnations.

I mentioned the desire to “put a pebble in peoples shoes”; the source for that phrase (in my case, at least, is Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason.

The “Project Elrond” scene of the movie picks up some irony points: the entire scene was in the book (though slightly modified for the silver screen) long before Sean Bean was cast in the role of Mitch. Sean Bean’s character from the movie, Boromir, is the source of one of the most enduring memes to ever grace the Internet:

Bean Meme

In case you are wondering, the line itself did not appear in the The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. (There is a line like it, later on, at Amon Hen, but at that point Borimir was in the depths of the One Ring’s spell of covetousness.)

As with so many movies that come out these days, the prevalence of foul language can be, for those sensitive to it,  a distraction at best and a negatively deciding factor at worst. When writing these show notes I looked up the number of times that the f-bomb was dropped in the movie version of the Martian to compare to the book (the book drops that bomb 59 times) and came across this interesting—and similarly foul language gifted—article on Slate. There first sentence of the closing paragraph really speaks to the heart of what Eve and I are seeking to do with AYJW. The author says, “That The Martian thumbs its nose at the MPAA’s weirdly retrograde moralism should come as no surprise.” Interesting how wanting to avoid cursing is considered, “weirdly retrograde moralism.”

I thought I might be able to answer Eve’s question about exactly where Watney cleaned up before launching in the MAV, but it turns out that part wasn’t in the book—as a matter of fact, the books specifically says that the rover had no toilet. So no idea where he cleaned up, but it sure felt natural! If there is anyone out there that can speak to this with some authority, please let us know!

That’s it for our viewing of Ridley Scott’s The Martian by Andy Weir. While the language and content definitely makes it unsuitable for younger viewers or those sensitive to those things, it is a triumph of storytelling and is a great example of what the movie industry can do right. Better yet, it does so without really pushing a philosophy or agenda down the audience’s throat the way so many movies do these days. It’s not free from all concerns, and does assume a pluralistic idea of divinity, but even that is more subtle that you’d expect. Of course, it is subtlety like this that really can challenge you to think critically!

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Disciple of the Christ, husband of one, father of four, veteran of the United States Army and geek to the very core, Tim remembers some of the 1970s and and still tries to forget much of the 1980s. He spends his days working as a Cisco technician in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and too many nights in the clutches of a good story, regardless of the delivery method.

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