Dan’s Online Diary 

# 22.1.04 by Dan
This is an excellent site - John Simpson's work is ridiculously good.

Parachute tomorrow - yay!

matt pointed out that Jesus was appealing to Nicodemus' knowledge of scripture in the imagery He was using.
I was searching for a parallel with 'born again', but an Old Testament passage that Jesus may have had in mind is Ezekiel 36:24-27. Jesus is refering to the 'water and the Spirit'.
The footnotes of my NIV Study Bible use Jesus' dialogue with Nicodemus to indicate that a person can have an extensive and thorough knowledge of scripture, but still lack spiritual insight.

Oh yeah - and we watched Michael Almereyda's 'Hamlet' last night.
It required some effort to understand the olde english speakings, but was rather well done. Not sure how it compares to Shakespeare's 'original', but I liked it.

The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a bi-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a s**t.
- banksy