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New Scholarship for PhD in Biblical Studies…Or not?

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on March 13, 2011

As you know this site provides, from time to time, unusual ideas for raising funds for PhD in Biblical Studies.

I would call this a Delaware Mystery Scholarship…

On Monday, a motorist called police after spotting what appeared to be money blowing in the breeze along U.S. Route 23 in Delaware, OH.  The officer who promptly arrived to the scene reprted that it looked like the field was growing money.  The bills were spread out all over the median and in between the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 23.  There was so much cash floating aorund that it took several hours for police to collect it all.  The total ammount could be around $100,000.  Police checked with FBI, local businesses and banks.  Nobody is missing this money.

According to 10TV News, “Police did not release any addition details about the money, including the exact location where it was found.  They are hopeful that the rightful owner of the cash can help provide those details.”  So if you could stop by the police station and guess the exact location and the amount of cash, you might score a hefty scholarship for your PhD in Biblical studies.  Keep in mind, if you guess wrong you might delay your research for a decade or so…

FREE Cash for your PhD in Biblical Studies…Only in Scotland

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on January 24, 2011

If you have been following this blog, once in a while ideas for funding your PhD in Biblical studies are suggested.  Some are crazier than others.

O.K. This will only work in Scotland.

If you are getting your PhD at Aberdeen, St Andrews or Edinburgh follow these steps:

1.Get into your car

2.Drive over to Dundee

3.Find a Scotmid branch on Fintry Road

4.Locate an ATM machine

It might still be spitting out FREE CASH.  It did that for sure yesterday.

According to BBC, “There were 50 or 60 people queuing outside the shop and people were running around with smiles on their faces, saying it was paying out double the amount people were asking for.”

Chinese Idea for Raising Funds for PhD in Biblical Studies

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on December 23, 2010

Wei Xinpeng, 55, a fisherman in a village near industrial Lanzhou, China, collects bodies from the Yellow River (the murdered, the suicides, the accidentally drowned), offering them back to grieving relatives for a price. Grieving visitors pay a small browsing fee to check his inventory and then, if they identify a loved one, up to the equivalent of $500 to take the corpse home.

Wei claims that he does not solely do this because of money, but for more personal reasons .  According to this article, Wei’s work stems from his efforts to seek his own son, who drowned in the Yellow River.
“My son was drowned in this river and I can not find her body. Very painful. That’s why I do this job, “said Wei.

Well, this is a very sad story.  Yet something eager PhD students in Biblical studies can learn from.  Can you see paying for your PhD this way?  While most might not go to this extreme to raise funds for their PhD, it demands a answer, “How badly do you want to have those three letters behind your name?”

Idea for PhD funding that is also enviromentally friendly

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on December 6, 2010

As everyone engaged in PhD in Biblical studies in Europe knows, funding for students with the overseas status can be a challnege.  You have to think long and hard about cutting costs.  So what do you do when you are down to eating raman noodles and generate electricity for your apartment by using trained gerbils?  We can all learn from Iowa’s state prison system.

According to this article, in order for the Iowa state prison system to cut costs, inmates will be making their own toilet paper starting next year.  Prisoners at Fort Dodge prison will begin processing the paper as soon as January. Inmates at Anamosa and Mitchellville prisons are testing out a single-ply paper produced at the Cross Roads Correctional Center at Cameron, Mo.

Is this a completely zanny idea?  Well, Iowa has 8,900 inmates.  Add to that 2,800 prison staff.  These two groups combined use about 900,000 rolls of toilet paper each year. If the inmates were to start processing their own paper, it would save the state $100,000.

Any suggestions on how to make relatively soft TP at home inexpensively?

Out of this world idea for funding your PhD in Biblical Studies

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas, Uncategorized by Bacho on December 1, 2010

Angeles Duran, 49-year-old Spanish lady has claimed to be the owner of the Sun. Duran said she registered the star at a local notary public as her property after learning about the Nevada entrepreneur Dennis Hope, who registered the Moon and most planets in our solar system as his property.

Duran has used the same loophole as Hope by getting around the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, adopted in 1967, that stipulates “outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” According to Duran this international treaty, while prohibiting nations from ownership of a planet or star, says nothing about individuals.

“There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first,” she told the online edition of Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo.

The document issued by the notary public declares Duran to be the “owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the center of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers,” Barcelona News reports.

Duran said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government and 20 percent to the nation’s pension fund. She would dedicate another 10 percent to research, another 10 percent to ending world hunger — and would keep the remaining 10 percent herself.

OK…I am on my way to the title agency to register the ownership of UFOs.  Every time anyone wants to refer to them or claim to have detected them will have to pay a fee, preferably in British currency. 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards my PhD research.

PhD in Biblical Studies: What to do when your tuition keeps going up?

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on November 24, 2010

According to this article, “A crowd of students marched through central London on Wednesday, disrupting traffic and shouting slogans in a protest against an increase in university tuition.  Students also protested in other cities across Britain, including Leeds, Cambridge and Birmingham. Police said there had been 59 arrests in London and one each in Oxford and Glasgow, Scotland.”

The students are outraged by the government plans to allow universities to charge as much as 9,000 pounds (about $14,500) a year in tuition fees, a substantial rise from the current cap of 3,000 pounds (about $4,800).  The government wants to raise the fees and scrap some subsidies for university students as it tries to cut a massive budget deficit.

Well, what do you do when you are a student with an Overseas’ status and your tuition gets a hefty hike every year?  Where do you protest?  What do you do?

Here are few ideas in case you are getting desperate:

1.Spray paint a Cambridge Press display at SBL

2.Interrupt John Sawyer’s SOTS presidential address titled ‘The Divine Hinneni in the Book of Isaiah’ by running around and yelling “Here I am!”

3.Hire Ukrainian computer savvy kids to spam the Oxford University Faculty of Theology website.

I doubt any of these ideas would work, so you might want to consider turning to your grandma yet one more time for help.  Make sure to promise that she will get a special mention in the preface if your dissertation ever gets published.  Good luck.

Power Naps, Siesta, and Further thoughtst on funding for PhD in Biblical studies

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on October 25, 2010

National Association of Friends of the Siesta recently sponsored a nine-day long contest of mid-day napping at a shopping mall in Madrid’s working class Carabanchel district.  The goal of the contest is to revitalize the traditional Spanish custom of the siesta.

Each of the 360 contestants that took part in the contest got just one shot.  Contestants in groups of five were given 20 minutes to lie down on blue couches and attempt to fall asleep to the sounds of loud, thumping pop music pounded continuously from the numerous stores all around.   A doctor with a pulse-measuring device determined how long they spent snoozing. A judge perched on an umpire’s seat awarded points for position, snoring ability and apparel.  One fun aspect: there were individual prizes for snoring, odd sleeping positions and wearing striking pajamas.  All in all less than 30 percent of contestants managed to nod off under pressure.

The winner: unemployed security worker Pedro Soria Lopez the champion for sleeping 17 minutes.

According to this article, “He not only slept soundly but his snoring on Tuesday also registered 70 decibels – roughly the equivalent of the noise of someone talking loudly. That earned him extra points and enough to defeat the runner-up who had slept for 18 minutes.”

Mr. Lopez got a solid power nap and collected the 1,000 euro ($1,400) winning check.

O.K. I would argue that any PhD student in Biblical studies could easily beat Mr. Lopez’ record after a day spent with ATLA religion database tracing down obscure articles in their field.  This is a win-win combination: to take a nap and make money for my PhD tuition…  Where do i sign up?

Michelangelo, Weeping Mary and Creative Thoughts on Funding Your PhD in Biblical Studies

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on October 13, 2010

OK.  If you follow this blog, by now you are used to creative ideas coming your way on how to raise funds for your PhD in Biblical studies.  These are just pointers.  Starters for creative brainstorming.  Since it has been a while since I have made any suggestions, here is another idea:

1.Grab a flashlight

2.Walk over to your shed

3.Find an old, rusty object

4.Take it to an art expert

5.Apparaise its value

You never know.  You might be dealing with a real treasure.  Here is a story that is making the headlines today.  A piece of art that at some point was wrapped in cloth and kept behind a sofa is an object intense debate among the art scholars…

A painting lovingly referred to as “The Mike” hung for years in the family living room of a retired Air Force officer in upstate New York.  What is “The Mike”?  The family of Lt. Col Martin Kober believes that it is a lost painting of the Italian master Michelangelo.  For over 80 years “The Mike” has been a family treasure, though at times it was treated with little respect.  At one point it was even knocked down by a tennis ball.  According to the family they have known that this is an authentic Michelangelo.  Supposedly it was exhibited in two different museums back in 1885.  At least according to one expert, this painting that depicts Mary weeping over the crucified Jesus, seems authentic as the piece is “so well documented,” particularly citing letters referring to the painting by 16th century Italian noblewoman Vittoria Colonna, believed to be the original owner, and Italian Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga, who lived about the same time. Michelangelo died in 1564.  Others are not so sure.  According to this article, “Michelangelo expert and Washington University art history professor, William Wallace, who saw the painting before it was restored, does not share Forcellino’s certainty.  He concedes the work “is very nice and very impressive,” and “we’re certainly talking about an object from the 16th century.” But he doubts the authenticity of the piece, stating, “Michelangelo I don’t think actually painted this particular panel.”  He said, “In the Renaissance, anybody looking at this would call it a Michelangelo … and they wouldn’t have cared who painted it. We actually care who put a hand to the brush.”

Wallace is right, “We care who put a hand to the brush.”  The difference is worth tens of millions of dollars at least, according to art experts.

Well, its time to look in my shed.  My wife was an art major in college.  Who knows what kind of treasures we have tucked away…

Creative ways of raising funds for a PhD in Biblical Studies

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on October 9, 2010

If you happened to be anywhere near Indianapolis, IN and you did not have an ethical stance on stealing, you could have gotten first couple of years of your PhD paid…

Motorists and passersby took to an Indianapolis street to retrieve money that spilled onto the road from the back of an armored car, officials said. Indianapolis police said they do not know what caused the armored car to drop bundles of cash on the street at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the city’s downtown. There have been no official estimates on how much cash was originally in the vehicle and how much was lost, the Indianapolis Star reported. Police credited Timothy Wentworth, 53, and his wife, Viki, for calling 911 and helping to secure the money in their van until police arrived. “People were having a field day when I pulled up,” Timothy Wentworth said. ‘At first I didn’t know what it was but when I saw it was cash I  figured I better call police.” He said officers told him about $20,000 was lost during the incident.

How to fund your PhD in Biblical Studies?

Posted in Humor, PhD Funding Ideas by Bacho on October 2, 2010

In the face of struggling global economy PhD students in Biblical studies are trying to figure out how to pay for their education.  Creative ideas are very sparse.  This blog seeks to fill that need among many other things….Today’s tip: learn from the British police.

I just found out that cash strapped police in Britain raise money by selling off underwear.  Can this be true?  Well, yes it is.  Ken Dawes, who is in charge of ‘evidential property’ at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Clothing might seem strange but it is relatively run of the mill for us.  It is quite easy for shop lifters to grab so we get lots of small things like clothing, jewelry and perfume.”  According to Dawes police raised £60,000 last year selling of lost or stolen goods, but said it would never sell ‘counterfeit goods’ or alcohol seized by cops.

How does this work?  If the rightful owners cannot be found, or the items have not been claimed from police lost property within three months, many of the items end up on the auction site.  Some items on sale have even been seized as evidence in criminal cases and are put up for sale at the conclusion of court proceedings if they have not been re-claimed by the owners.

According to this article, “Among the items up for grabs this week include 10 pairs of knickers and bras from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.”

Supposedly the items are listed as ‘second-hand’ because they have been previously owned by someone else, but have never been worn.  Right.  How do we know?

O.K.  That is brilliant.  I am auctioning off my old white t-shirts.  Yellow arm-pit stains are a sign of deep love and care that they have received over the years.  Second hand, but cheap.