March 19, 2008

The right time to die, and in the eye of the beholder

Posted in Humor?, Points of Interest at 4:30 am by Matt Porter

I’ve always been amused by, shall we say, ethnicity-specific Bibles. The ones complete with pictures of, um, non-Jewish-looking, melanin-enhanced Jesus and Moses and John the Baptist? Well, apparently there may be more basis in fact for those Bibles than I thought!

In other news, apparently this is a bad time to be old and French. Nice to see the mayor is over 70, himself. Wonder if he has a cemetery plot all picked out, or if he’ll have to move out of town. Severely punished……sheesh.

(HT for both to Brother Maynard)

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March 18, 2008

Now you can be really, really, really sure…

Posted in Humor?, Points of Interest at 7:30 am by Matt Porter

…that you know you’re saved. Because if you don’t remember the exact moment, you probably never were. I especially like the “twinkling of an eye” mode; it’s great for numerophiles like myself. Is that even a word?

March 12, 2008

From the “Finding my name in strange places” dept.

Posted in Humor?, Points of Interest at 12:53 pm by Matt Porter

Apparently I’ve been promoting March as White History Month. Who knew? And here I thought Presidents’ Day was enough for us pigment-impaired folk…

March 11, 2008

jeesnemPRAY

Posted in Humor?, Points of Interest at 12:47 pm by Matt Porter

Sometimes we pray things without even thinking about them. (Read the links first.)Two phrases, in particular, stick out for Angela and I:

“Dear God, Thank you for this day…”

We routinely started our prayers off with this, until one absolutely HORRIBLE day last month. We had just left the local Chick-Fil-A with a hastily-grabbed dinner, and neither of us felt like praying. In fact, neither of us could start praying, because we couldn’t get “thank you for this day” to come out of our mouths. I believe we ended up with a tag-team prayer that started with “God, this day really stinks!” More »

February 22, 2008

Who needs a music degree?

Posted in Humor?, Points of Interest at 5:14 pm by Matt Porter

…when you can just write great songs through random processes? Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert cartoon, posted a challenge on his blog (nearly a month ago—I seem to be a tad behind the times): contribute up to two lines of lyrics combining random words or ideas. A German band picked up on the post, combining the best of the submitted lyrics and some of their own and setting them to music. A Dilbert fan then took the song and made a music video for it, using pictures collected off the internet. Amazingly enough, the result—”She Amazed Me”—would be indistinguishable from the majority of current popular music if it were played in the background.

Here are the posts with the original recording and the followup music video. It, erm, amazed me. 😛

January 31, 2008

Links for the weekend (a day early)

Posted in Points of Interest at 7:30 am by Matt Porter

Here are a couple of reads you might find interesting. The first is an ongoing blog by David Plotz, deputy editor of Slate Magazine. He is a mostly non-practicing Jew (he describes himself at one point as “pork-loving”) who recorded his first read through the Scriptures (at least the Old Testament). As a newcomer to the Bible, his perspective is fresh; as a Jew, his national (and to a lesser extent, religious) pride is evident. Watching Plotz make connections between what he reads and traditions he practices is fascinating; one begins to understand just how ancient Jewish tradition is. The writing is transparent in the extreme; when he disagrees with a section or doesn’t get it, he says so. (For instance, many chapters were summarized along the lines of, “Nothing interesting happened in this chapter.”) On the other hand, Plotz’s wonder and enjoyment of the narrative and poetry comes through equally well; his journalist’s nature seems at times enthralled with the poetic language in various passages. Most books receive their own page, or even several pages for the longer books. Although the blog started in 2006 and ended in 2007, I discovered just it this month. Blogging the Bible is an interesting read well worth your time, if only for the unique perspective on Scripture that it brings. More »