Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saddam is Hanged, Violence Wins

Arc of Power Ends In Utter Ignominy -

Surely, Saddam Hussein was a man in need of mercy. Surely, those whom he most wronged should have led the way in offering forgiveness. And those who suffered under Saddam will not find healing more readily now that he has been put to death. What's worse still perhaps, we have encouraged violence in a region where violence already abounds.

From the Post Article:
On the day he was convicted and sentenced to death, Hussein wrote a letter to the Iraqi people, according to his attorneys.

In the document, he asked Iraqis not to hate the foreign peoples who had invaded their country, just their leaders, because hatred "will blind your vision and close all doors of thinking."

"I say goodbye to you, but I will be with the merciful God who helps those who take refuge in Him, and God won't disappoint any honest believer."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

How LOTR should have ended

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!

God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendour. He comes as a baby – defenceless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child.

...from Pope Benedict's 2006 midnight Christmas mass homily.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Coffee House for Life!

The first Coffee House of the new year is coming. Mark your calendars. Go to our website download the flyer and send it to all your friends!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve

The other night one of my former roommates was watching The Two Towers while I was doing some research in the next room over. I ignored it for a while but eventually gave up on that endeavor and joined in on the viewing. Afterwards he and I got to talking about various 'historical' questions regarding the world of Tolkien and soon we were pouring over appendices and family trees and such things.

That, in turn, reminded me of an interesting idea that came to me some days before. Do you ever wonder what the world would have been like had death not entered the Garden? Many of the Church fathers argue that Adam was established by God as king over the whole world and I see no reason to disagree. After all, he would always be the oldest man living, with the most experience caring for God's creation. But think about it: as time progressed, not only would Adam's sons come along, but also his grandsons and great grandsons and so on, for countless generation. And each new generation would have known all of the preceding generations. (You might contend that this would soon get to be an awful lot of relatives to know, and that is true, but when your life has no end, you've got a lot of time to get to know them too.) I can just imagine wise old Adam traveling about the world, visiting his sons, his vassals, who might rule whole continents, and their sons and meeting the latest members of the 1,000th generation. Wild, eh?

(A brief aside here: some might contend that this whole vision is based on a literal reading of the first few chapters of Genesis, which might in fact only be a myth, meant metaphorically. I am willing to consider that possibility, but if that is the case, I think we first need to plumb the depths of the myth before we try to decide what it means. We are far too quick to jump to interpreting the myth, before we even think of its full implications.)

So I had this whole notion in my head of how countless generations would have lived side by side had death not come to the Garden, when I realized that this will actually happen in the life to come. Many pious traditions contend that Adam and Eve, after being the last to leave Purgatory, will take their rightful places of glory in heaven. Not only shall we be there, but also (God willing) shall our fathers and grandfathers and all the generations between us and our first parents. Isn't that wild? There are a few Civil War veterans among my ancestors and I often forget that they were actually real people and (perhaps even more amazing) I am of their own flesh and blood. But then to think that I will actually meet them, and spend eternity with them, and with all generations to the dawn of time... Wow! (Yes, it is possible that there will be a few gaps in that line, that not everyone will be in heaven, though that hardly makes the idea less stunning. Besides, de Lubac, I think it is, holds out hope that no men will go to hell. I don't know his line of reasoning and I doubt I could understand it, but I'm willing to hope and trust in God's saving power.)

So now, when I read in the Chronicles of Narnia that we are Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, I sit up and take note.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

For Nathan: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

Sufjan Ticket Giveaway Details Announced

Kennedy Center: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage: Performing Arts for Everyone Initiative

Friday, December 15, 2006

This made me think of a certain housemate...

Busted Tees - The Notebook

Gwammi Mufasta

Warning: contains violence and profanity
Gwammi Mufasta - CollegeHumor video

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I might soon qualify as disabled?

Slashdot | Is Internet Addiction a Medical Condition?

From the Fake Steve blog.
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Confession: Vinyl still sounds better

"Can I help it if frigtards want to carry a zillion songs in their pocket? And if they're too stupid to know that it sounds like crap? Damn, people, I'm a businessman. Mea culpa, as they say in Farsi. And lo siento."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A first look at Firefox 3.0

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Pitchfork: Colbert Accepts Decemberists' Counter-Challenge!

Todays Audiences Just Dont Get Me

The Onion

Today's Audiences Just Don't Get Me

What has happened to the comedy crowds these days? Can you tell me that? I don't know what it is, but I just can't seem to connect at all with the...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

a blast from the past

YouTube - Steve Jobs 1984 Macintosh

Monday, December 04, 2006

Bill Gates getting into the power game.

An interesting take from the FSJ:

"the real plan over at Google ain't about selling advertising or letting frigtards search for porn more efficiently. The real plan is to build a global data center, or rather a string of data centers all connected to form one giant supercomputer that circles the globe. Guess what that friggin thing runs on? Ain't diesel fuel, bub. It's electricity. That's why they're building all their new data centers next to power plants. But guess what the money dudes have figured out? If you project out a few years and look at how much power these humongous data centers are gonna need, well, there isn't enough in all the world. Not nearly enough. So guess who's gonna really be in the driver's seat a decade from now? Right. The dudes who own the electricity."

Read the post:
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: The real gating factor: Power

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Place to be February 5th

Sufjan is playing...
10th Anniversary of the Millennium Stage