Saw the old, original version of The Blob this weekend. Three notes:
1. It’s surprisingly mediocre–not bad, but not great.
2. There’s a Criterion Collection edition.
3. The best part is the opening theme song, a catchy ditty by young Burt Bacharach. It’s a perfect late 50′s tune. Seriously, try getting this thing out of your head for the rest of the day!
Posted in Arts | Tagged 1950s, Burt Bacharach, music, pop music, The Blob |
A “Baned” book would be in much worse shape than a banned book.
Last week I saw a student open a paperback in that painful way that so many people do; the pages he’d already read were folded all the way around so that the front cover touched the back cover.
As he started reading, I said, “Dude, that book’s Batman and you’re pulling a Bane on him!” The student immediately got the reference and let the book go from this contorted death grip.
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Posted in Humor | Tagged Bane, Batman, books, The Dark Knight Rises |
The word “art” is related to words like “artifice” and “artificial,” which reminds us that art refers to things people create to represent beauty and other ideas. All human art is, by definition, artificial.
But God’s art is natural. A great example is below. This is the photo used for the cover of the Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. It’s a shot of Yosemite, California. On our left is El Capitan, a vertical cliff well over half a mile high. In the central distance is Half Dome rock. On the left is Bridalveil fall, one of the most beautiful and popular falls in the U.S.
In this photo, mist covers the forest of the valley floor as the dawning sun first touches the highest points around it.
Posted in Arts | Tagged Bridalveil, El Capitan, Half Dome, Nature, photography, Yosemite |
Below are all ten times the Bible says that Jesus went alone into wilderness areas, like deserts and mountains, to commune with God. Even when the text says He took disciples with Him, there’s an implication that He often went alone.
I’ve arranged them in chronological order, and included three brief references at the end from the Book of Mormon:
Matt. 4:1-2, JST
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be with God.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
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Posted in Religion | Tagged Bible, communion, discipleship, Jesus Christ, meditation, mountains, solitude, wilderness |
- A National Review post called “Dear Hysterical Liberals: Hectoring Hurts Science” says this: “But conservatives (including Christian conservatives) aren’t anti-science as much as they’re anti-hectoring and unpersuaded by naked appeals to authority delivered with maximum condescension.” No joke. Early in college, my religious and political beliefs developed largely for the same reasons: because I saw solid, irrefutable results in one way of thought and not in the opposite way, and because the advocates of those opposite views typically relied more on belittling the character of others than on engaging in serious argument. I noticed that anti-Mormons (and anti-Christians in general) as well as secular leftists tended to ridicule others rather than refute their points, or even support their own. I saw so much bandwagon elitism from those allied corners that it just added a deep layer of comfortable relief to the more objective conclusions I had otherwise reached about politics and religion.
- If aliens from another planet came and observed America, they would determine that the purpose of our public school system is to make girls and minorities feel good about themselves. After all, where does the balance of our energy and resources go? What are our most sacred values there? What agendas permeate the system top to bottom more than any other? Based on the evidence, what else could those extraterrestrial visitors possibly conclude? Continue Reading »
Posted in Politics and Society | Tagged civil discourse, Cultural Literacy, education system, Heather MacDonald, humanities, minorities, public education, Republicans, voting |
I recently read two completely separate articles that make an intriguing contrast.
On one hand, “‘Preferred’ pronouns gain traction at US colleges:”
On high school and college campuses and in certain political and social media circles, the growing visibility of a small, but semantically committed cadre of young people who, like Crownover, self-identify as “genderqueer” — neither male nor female but an androgynous hybrid or rejection of both — is challenging anew the limits of Western comprehension and the English language.
Though still in search of mainstream acceptance, students and staff members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition.
Inviting students to state their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs for short, and encouraging classmates to use unfamiliar ones such as “ze,”’sie,” ”e,” ”ou” and “ve” has become an accepted back-to-school practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools.
Note the tell-tale theme words: “self-identify,” “describe themselves in terms,” “preferred gender pronouns.” I wonder why, when there’s a conflict between biological reality and psycho-emotional consciousness, we actually privilege the latter and disdain the former as some sort of obsolete relic.
I asked this of someone last summer and was immediately called a “transophobe.” Apparently that settled things.
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Posted in Politics and Society | Tagged gender, liberalism, men, progressives, sexuality, women |
I remember this being one of my favorite games from the early 90s. Watching these videos of it reminds me why. Time to find an emulator online?
Posted in Living well | Tagged Sega Genesis, The Immortal, video games |