1 The whole world had a single language and

               A common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they

               Came to a Shinar plain and settled there.

3 They told each other, “Come, let’s make some bricks

              And bake them thoroughly.” They used some brick  

               Instead of stone, and tar for mortar, 4 then

They said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city

               Which has a tower reaching to the heavens,

               So that we may make a name for ourselves

“Tower of Babel” by Flemish Renaissance painter
Marten van Valckenborch (1535–1612)

And not be scattered over the whole earth.”

               5 But God came down to see the city and

               The tower that the men were building, and

6 God said, “If as one people who all can

               Speak the same language they have started this,

               Then nothing that they plan to do will be

Impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go

               Down and confuse their language so they will

               Not understand each other,” 8 so the LORD

Dispersed them from that place and over all

               The earth, and they no longer built the city.

               9 That’s why it was called Babel –for there God

Confused the language of the whole world, and

From there God scattered them throughout the earth.

               10 Now this is Shem’s account. Two years post-flood,

When Shem became one hundred years old, he

               Became the father of Arphaxad, 11 and

               After becoming father of Arphaxad,

Shem lived five hundred years and had more sons

               And daughters. 12 When Arphaxad had lived thir-

Ty-five years, he became the father of

Shelah, 13 and after he became the father

               Of Shelah, Arphaxad lived for four hundred

               And three years and had other sons and daughters.

14 When Shelah reached the age of thirty, he

               Became Eber’s father, 15 and after he

               Became Eber’s father, Shelah lived for

Four hundred three years and had other sons

               And daughters. 16 Eber lived for thirty-four

Years, and then fathered Peleg; 17 after that

He lived four hundred thirty years and had

               Some other sons and daughters. 18 When he was

Thirty, he fathered Reu, 19 and after he

Became Reu’s father, then Peleg lived for

Two hundred nine years and had other sons

And daughters, 20 and when Reu was thirty-two,

He fathered Serug, 21 and after becoming

               Father of Serug, Reu lived for two hundred

               And seven years and had some other sons

And daughters, 22 and when Serug had lived thirty

Years, he became Nahor’s father, 23 and after

               He became Nahor’s father, Serug lived

Two hundred years, had other sons and daughters,

24 And Nahor at the age of twenty-nine

Years, fathered Terah, 25 and after he became

Father of Terah, Nahor lived one hundred

And nineteen years and he had other sons

And daughters. 26 After Terah had lived for

Seventy years, he fathered Abram, Nahor

And Haran. 27 The account of Terah is

This one: He fathered Abram, Nahor and

Haran, who was Lot’s father. 28 While his father

               Terah was living, Haran died in Ur

               Of the Chaldeans, in his birth land. 29 Abram

And Nahor both got married. Abram’s wife

               Was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife

               Was Milcah; she was Haran’s daughter, and

Haran was father of both Milcah             

               And Iscah. 30 Sarai was unable to

               Conceive; she had no children. 31 Terah took

His own son Abram, Lot his grandson, son

               Of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai,  

               The wife of his son Abram, and together

They left from Ur of the Chaldeans to

               Relocate in the land of Canaan, but

When they reached Haran, there they settled. 32 Terah

Lived two hundred five years, and died in Haran.

Feb. 28: Generosity


Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.


February 28

We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules.
~Buzzie Bavasi (1914–2008), an American executive in Major League Baseball who played a major role in the operation of three franchises from the late 1940s through the mid-1980s

Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
~Romans 13:7



February 28: Generosity

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

February 28



We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules.

~Buzzie Bavasi (1914–2008), an American executive in Major League Baseball who played a major role in the operation of three franchises from the late 1940s through the mid-1980s.


Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

~Romans 13:7


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February 28: Computers and Software

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

February 28
Computers and Software



Anyone who slaps a “this page is best viewed with Browser X” label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network.

~Tim Berners-Lee (in Technology Review, July 1996)



Einstein argued that there must be simplified explanations of nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary. No such faith comforts the software engineer.

~Fred Brooks, essay “No Silver Bullet,” 1987


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February 28: Law and Lawyers: Legal Beagles and Eagles

February 28
Legal Beagles and Eagles  


I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man — public opinion.

~Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life, Ch. 27, “The Loeb-Leopold Tragedy,” p. 232


163.              It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment,—Independence now and Independence forever.

~Daniel Webster, Discourse in Commemoration of Adams and Jefferson, Faneuil Hall, Boston (August 2, 1826)




1 The following are the descendants of

               Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who did

               Have sons themselves post-flood. 2 Now Japheth’s sons

Were: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal,

               Meshech and Tiras. 3 Gomer’s sons were these:

               Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah. 4 Javan’s

Progeny were Elishah, Tarshish, and

              People of Rhodes and Cyprus. 5 (Out of these

               The mariners spread out in areas

By clans within their nations, each with its

               Own language.) 6 Ham’s sons were: Mizraim, Put,

               Cush and Canaan, 7 and Cush’s sons were Seba,

Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, Sabteca.

               Raamah’s sons were: Sheba, Dedan. 8 Cush

               Was Nimrod’s father: Nimrod grew to be

A mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was

               A mighty hunter in the LORD’s eyes; that’s

               Why it is said, “Like Nimrod, mighty hunter

In the LORD’s eyes.” 10 His kingdom had its first

               Centers at Babylon and Erech, Akkad

               And Calneh, out in Shinar. 11 From that land

He journeyed to Assyria, where he

               Built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir and Calah

               12 As well as Resen that’s between the towns

Of Nineveh and Calah; the great city.

               13 Mizraim was the father of the Ludites,

               Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 14 Path-

Rusites, Casluhites (from whom Philistines

               Came) and Caphtorites. 15 Canaan was the father

               Of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,

16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 17 Hivites,

               Arkites, Sinites, 18 Arvadites, Zemarites

And Hamathites; the Canaanite clans scattered

Later 19 and Canaan’s borders reached from Sidon

               Toward Gerar and as far as Gaza, then

               Toward Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and

Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These  

               Are Ham’s sons by their clans and languages,

               Inside their territories and their nations.

21 Some sons were also born to Shem, whose older

               Brother was Japheth; therefore Shem became

               The ancestor of all of Eber’s sons.

22 The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Ar-

               Phaxad and Lud and Aram. 23 Aram’s sons

               Were Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshech. 24 Now Shelah’s

Father was Arphaxad, and Shelah was

               Eber’s father. 25 Two sons were born to Eber:

               One was named Peleg, for in his time was

The earth divided; and his brother was

               Named Joktan. 26 Joktan was the father of

               Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,  

27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, A-

               Bimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah

               And Jobab. All of these were Joktan’s sons.

30 The region where they lived stretched out from Mesha

               Toward Sephar, in the eastern hill land. 31 These

               Are Shem’s sons by their clans and languages,

Inside their territories and their nations.

               32 These are the clans of Noah’s sons, within

               Their nations, by their lines, and from these spread

The nations spread abroad on earth, post-flood.