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The Computer, Iowa State University and Jane Smiley   2 comments

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Dreams from the LORD 2011
22 February 2011
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Yesterday I hitchhiked from Jackson to Riverton, Wyoming. I was watching TV at my friend’s place yesterday afternoon and I saw an interview on C-SPAN. This editor from The Washington Post was talking with Jane Smiley. Dr. Smiley was my professor for three days during the fall semester of 1989 at Iowa State University. Dr. Susan Carlson was pregnant, so several professors from the English Department filled in for her just before and after she gave birth.
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Jane Smiley used to teach creative writing at Iowa State from 1981 to 1996. She has had a number of books published. In 1992, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel A Thousand Acres. This book was later made into a film; the film was released in 1997.
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In the C-SPAN interview, the Post editor and Jane Smiley were discussing her most recent book, THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE COMPUTER: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer. Dr. Atanasoff was a physics professor at Iowa State in the 1930s and 40s. He helped invent the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. This was the first automatic electronic digital computer.
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If I remember right, Jane Smiley’s favorite short story was “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka.
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John Vincent Atanasoff
Department of Computer Science: Iowa State University
Jane Smiley
1992 Pulitzer Prize
Iowa Corn–Golden Treasure
Author
Days Without Writing

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Egypt is Burning   Leave a comment

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[4 February 2011]
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Yesterday I hitchhiked from Jackson, Wyoming to Bozeman to Columbus, Montana. I got some fast rides; the Presence of God was very strong all day. Last night I slept on a stack of lumber at the Timberweld place in Columbus. While I was laying in my sleeping bag, I began to compose “Egypt is Burning” in my mind. This morning I finished composing the poem at the McDonald’s here in Columbus.
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Egypt is Burning
By Tim Shey
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Sons of Ishmael,
The Scriptures have come full circle.
The angel of the Lord said
He would be a wild man.
Abraham’s firstborn was Isaac.
Mount Moriah pointed towards Calvary.
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Malachi said:
Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?
The Lord said:
Jacob I loved, Esau I hated.
Cain murdered Abel;
Joseph was hated by his brothers.
Jesus was killed
In the house of his friends.
Hagar’s offspring mocks
The Messiah to this day.
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Egypt is burning.
Isaiah walks naked among you.
Your sin and rebellion is
Broadcast twenty-four seven
On FOX and CNN.
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Israel is no longer Jacob:
He has power
With God and men.
Who can resist God’s will?
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The Lord is transforming
The bloody Middle East.
Shiloh is here in power:
He couches as an old lion.
The Tribe of Judah
Rules in Zion.
The City of David
Is a state of rest:
The Book of Hebrews, Chapter Four.
Those who abide in Him
Are already in New Jeru-Salem.
All you have to do
Is meditate on Genesis 49: 10.
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Who is this
That cometh from Edom?
His Cross is splattered in red.
Egypt is burning.
I will tread them
In mine anger.
Egypt is burning.
The handmaid despised Sarai.
Egypt is burning.
Do not reject
His Precious Blood.
Egypt is burning.
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Genesis 49: 10
Islam is Slavery
Bereshith
Egypt is Burning
A Sign in Paris
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