Wednesday, March 31, 2004
I KNOW, I KNOW, I STINK.
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything of substance in a long time. (It's been a long time even by my standards.) I have a nasty case of blog writer's block along with a severe case of badass life business. But I'm gonna come back with a vengeance soon, I promise.
In the meantime, read this, and take careful note that the Dallas City Zoo apparently found it necessary to hire a "Emergency Weapons Team Leader."
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
HUH, PT. II
Correction on historical criticism of the Bible, and the necessity of living with ambiguity. I don't necessarily buy everything he has to say here, but he's got a lot of good stuff to say.
Daniel Pearl's widow, Mariane, is asking for money from the Federal Victim's Compensation fund, claiming that her husband died as a result of 9/11. I don't really have a comment here, except to say that a) obviously, I feel for Mrs. Pearl and b) I think her lawsuit just shows off the many limitations of the Fund.
Monday, March 22, 2004
Q&A WITH JEFFREY ROSEN ABOUT JOHN ASHCROFT
Regarding a currently-unavailable-on-the-net article from the Atlantic Monthly about everyone's favorite Assemblies of God politician. Very interesting stuff; without having read the article, it seems like Rosen's put together a picture of Ashcroft that's a little more nuanced then the usual oh-God-what-a-bastard stuff. Furthermore, his criticisms of Ashcroft (and, naturally, the Patriot Act) come across as more measured and thought-out than is normal. Interesting. (Via Get Religion.)
DUDE, THIS IS SO META!
Sursum Corda posts reflections on Christianity, St. Joseph, and the family. I email him a copy of "The Temptation of St. Joseph," by W.H. Auden, one of my favorite poets. He graciously posts it on his site. I link to his posting the poem (partly because it's funny, but partly because I want all my friends to read it who haven't read it already). The wonders of the Internet.
I WILL NOT ARGUE ABOUT THIS
There's nothing more annoying than agreeing to play fantasy baseball with some of your friends, and coming up with a fantastic name for your fantasy baseball team ("Commander Fang and his Robot Army!"), and then discovering that STUPID Yahoo fantasy baseball won't accept team names longer than 20 characters. I think we can all agree that a plain-vanilla "Robot Ninja Army" is definitely not as cool as a robot army led by Commander Fang.
Friday, March 19, 2004
Thursday, March 18, 2004
PRAYER BY THOMAS MERTON
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
(Via Sursum Corda, who has been really terrific lately.)
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
METHODIST MINISTER, CAPTAIN INERTIA, SHARE IDENTICAL INTERNAL MONOLOGUE
Well, not *exactly* identical. Just read it; it's cool. (Via Correction.)
Monday, March 01, 2004
NOW ALL HE'S GOT TO DO IS START READING THE BAFFLER AND HE'S SET
My friend Jon has debuted an extremely witty and cool website called the Technology. I urge you to check it out and consume its contents, or if you're really down, Google "the technology" and click on it to drive up his Google rating. He's determined to get past onto the first page. (EDITED TO ADD: Err, better yet, Google "Jon Bruner" and click onto his website from there. Apparently the first page of Google responses to "the technology" is occupied by pesky institutions of higher learning like CalTech and Georgia Tech. Whatever.)
Apparently, in the past two years, Jon has learned how to take really cool photographs, which is extremely cool and also somewhat alarming, in that he's acquiring new and impressive talents very quickly. I'm worried that in, say, another nine months I'll email him and he'll be like, "So yeah, did I mention I am now a chess grandmaster? Yeah. Just a little something I've been working on. Yeah, people talk about Bobby Fischer, but he's overrated."
YODA + YOGI = DUSTY
(via my sister.)
A reporter asked Dusty Baker how he'd decide to stack the Cubs' line-up, given that we have a ton of right-handed hitters. His response?: "It's just like fishing. You're going striped bass fishing. You've got birds on top and you follow the birds. Where the birds are, the bait fish are below that. Below the bait fish are the striped bass. That's what you want to do. That's how you want to do your lineup. That way (opponents) can't escape."