Wednesday, January 31, 2001

I think this guy is brilliant!! I've been hooked since I heard Fly's Eyes. If after listening you're hooked too, you might also try Fishin' Worms & The Cat Got Dead. No matter what you think of Mr. Banks, I dare say, you couldn't go anywhere else on the web and have your mouse chased around by a toaster and several slices of bouncing toast!

With a name like hotdogblog how could I not include this poem by Mike Topp (whom I know nothing about except that he's got some other pretty funny poems on the page linked above):


How about Them Hot Dogs,
Ain't they neat?
Little piece of bread,
Little piece of meat.

BTW, I shamelessly ripped this off from here.

Monday, January 29, 2001

Exactly 502 years ago today, Katherine von Bora was born. Katherine was a german nun, who left the convent in order to marry Martin Luther in 1525. Luther affectionately referred to his wife as "my Katie" and "my rib." If you know anything at all about Luther, who was quite a character, then you know that Katie must have been an incredibly patient woman. Luther who was not married until age 41, and was therefore accustomed to solitude for study, said, "I have to be patient with my family." Apparently Luther once locked himself in his study for three days until Katie took the door off the hinges!

Here are some delightful quotes from the great German Reformer regarding marriage:

Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say, "You ate the apple," and Adam would retort, "You gave it to me."


There's a lot to get used to in the first year of marriage. One wakes up in the morning and finds a pair of pig tails on the pillow that were not there before.


Some marriages were motivated by mere lust, but mere lust is felt even by fleas and lice. Love begins when we wish to serve others.


It is impossible to keep peace between man and woman in family life if they do not condone and overlook each other's faults but watch everything to the smallest point. For who does not at times offend?


The devil cannot bear to see married people agree well with each other.


To have peace and love in a marriage is a gift that is next to the knowledge of the gospel.


If I should ever marry again, I would hew myself an obedient wife out of stone.


Of course, the Christian should love his wife. He is supposed to love his neighbor, and since his wife is his nearest neighbor, she should be his deepest love.

And finally two personal comments on his Katie:

I have been very happy in my marriage, thank God. I have a faithful wife, according to Solomon: "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her" (Proverbs 31:11). She spoils nothing for me.


In domestic affairs I defer to Katie. Otherwise, I am led by the Holy Ghost.

Friday, January 26, 2001

This is why you shouldn't yell, "Fore!" when you hit your drive longer than usual.

The Lion, the witch, and...the kids from the 'hood. That's right, some kids from the 'hood here in St. Louis have ventured into the wardrobe and have had their imaginations captivated by C.S. Lewis' grand tale. I work with urban kids and teens in St. Louis and recently tried out a BBC audiobook production of The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe when driving to and from a tutoring session (about a 30 minute drive each way). Though I wondered if the British accents and the sprinkling of unfamiliar vocabulary would be a hindrance. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the kids enjoyed the first hour of the story.

In the beginning I was stopping the tape every 10 minutes or so, just to do a quick plot & character review to make sure everyone was keeping track of where we were in the story. After I stopped the tape the second time and started to review, a girl from the backseat yelled, "Chris, would you shut up and turn the tape back on!!" And I knew they were hooked ;-) I've never been so thrilled to be told to shut up (especially by a sixth grade girl) in my life.

A friend of mine, Russ Mohr, has his band, the lpoutsiders, reviewed in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. You can read the review for yourself, but for my part I'll tell you that if you like jazzy, funky music that you can dance to, you ought to give them a listen. And if you're in the St. Louis area, you can catch them for free on Friday Jan. 26th at Vintage Vinyl, details in the review mentioned above.

Well, I feel like I'm on the cutting edge!! I'm the first user of a new weblog feature, similar to blog voices (but without the heavy traffic and congestion), that allows discussion of posts on my blog. The feature is called Sensus Plenior and it was written by my good friend and next door neighbor Jon Barlow. If you're interested in adding a discussion feature to your blog this an option you should check out. You can reach Jon by visiting his blog.

Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Here's a prayer that my 4 year old daughter prayed last night:

Dear Lord I thank you that you are bigger than my Daddy, and I thank you that he is such a good tickle monster. We thank you that you are gracious and powerful. And we thank you that you came to Earth as a baby.

Remember to always bring your camcorder to the game. You can bet that the next time these two teams meet, the Kalamazoo stands will be filled with camcorder-toting fans.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Speaking of genetic and biotech ethics, this George Will column urges that we put the brakes on what he calls "positive eugenics." Will fears that if we do not limit ourselves we will find ourselves on a slippery slope that will destroy humanity. Will envisions a time when our children will be the victims of a horrible genetic design tyranny in which we "create" children who fit our utilitarian purposes and desires. We would cease to rejoice in the novelty and uniqueness of "normal" children. Surely Will has seen the movie Gattaca, if not he should, for this issue is at the heart of the movie. By the way for an excellent discussion of these issues pick up a copy of Ken Myers' interview with Jeremy Rifkin on Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 34 (September/October 1998). The interview is entitled Jeremy Rifkin, on The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World. There's even a discussion of the movie Gattaca included! And if you're to cheap/poor to buy a copy, then request your free sample tape from Mars Hill, which just happens to includes this very do you think I heard it;-)

Sunday, January 21, 2001

This piece from All Things Considered underscores among other things, how much weight is placed on the exams that Japanese students take before heading off to a university. The exams determine not only what university they'll be eligible or ineligible for, but for all practical purposes the students' performances on these exams will determine the kind of career that will or will not available to them, and let them know what kind of life will be open or closed to them. As I listened to the report I was reminded of the movie Gattaca in which individuals are assigned to various tiers (vocational and otherwise) in society based solely on their genetic pedigree. Happily it sounds as if educational reforms are on the way in Japan, just hope the Japanese don't take cues from the American public education system. Gattaca, by the way, is an excellent movie. I highly recommend it.

After reading my last blog some may think I've got something against Minnesotans. I really don't, but this monologue was too funny to pass up. Enjoy!

Friday, January 19, 2001

A gopher passed over for a penguin!

Leadership, accuracy, mobility, intelligence, poise, and an all out will to win, will more than make up for his lack of height.

This looks to be a promising new biography of Solzhenitsyn, that would serve well as an introduction to his life and thought.

Thursday, January 18, 2001

Hats off to the Washington University women's basketball team. Their amazing streak came to an end on Tuesday night. And, of course, congrtulations to the women's basketball team at Fontbonne College who were the stoppers!

Thursday, January 11, 2001

There appears to be a growing number of studies that suggest that moderate consumption of alcohol is actually good for you.

A modest amount of alcohol a day is good for the brain cells, according to a Japanese study that found moderate drinking can improve intelligence...The scientists also concluded that drinking alcohol excessively impaired intellectual ability.

Additional research shows that antioxidants in beer can reduce the risk of cataracts and heart disease. Researchers in Canada and the United States presented results at the 2000 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies showing that beer, especially the darker ales and stouts, may reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis and cataracts by as much as 50%...At the University of Scranton, Vinson, a professor of chemistry, found that giving hamsters the human equivalent of two beers a day halved their rate of atherosclerosis. "This is a significant effect," he noted. "Beer has a fair amount of antioxidants compared to other beverages. There is a definite benefit from the antioxidants in the beer."

I have concluded from my own research that moderate consumption of Leinenkugel's produces a "significant effect" on the taste buds. (To get the full story on the studies quoted above check the Real Beer Page's News Section.)

Well, the Boilers beat the Badgers Wednesday night to avenge their loss to the Badgers in the Elite Eight in last year's NCAA tournament. An amazing statistic regarding their rivalry is that Wisconsin has not won a game at Purdue since 1972!! That amounts to 27 games. Too bad Purdue couldn't have played their NCAA tournament game against Wisconsin in West Lafayette ;-)

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Tuesday, January 09, 2001

Look for the Boilermakers to beat No. 17 Wisconsin on Wednesday night. In preparation for the game they have mimicked the warriors in the movie Braveheart by donning war paint. We'll have to see if they come dressed for Wednesday night's game in kilts and then moon the Badgers at the opening tipoff ;-)

Monday, January 08, 2001

There's much that can be said, both good and bad, about Dr. Tony Campolo. But you can't say he's boring. This "paraphrase" of John 15:16 from a message that he delivered at the most recent CCDA conference did make me chuckle:

You wouldn't even believe in Jesus if it weren't for the Holy Spirit. I mean what are you gonna do on Judgment Day? Say, 'Lord, I considered the intellectual options that were available in the marketplace of ideas and after careful reflection, I considered that Christianity was the best existential.' He's gonna say, 'Shut up!' He gonna say, 'You didn't choose me, I chose you, sucker! I chose you! And it was my Spirit working in you that drove you to me...'

I thought Campolo's paraphrase was a fitting barb at Clark Pinnock-like hubris (no doubt many Arminians are better than this) that would have the LORD God almighty on the sidelines until we beckon for Him. Don't worry, I won't be abandoning Calvin for Campolo anytime soon, but I still thought this was funny.

Get your VCR's ready this is gonna be good! Thanks, Mr. Will for the heads up.

I voted for tattoos, what do you think?

Sunday, January 07, 2001

An unbelievable story and remarkable instance of God's providence.

Saturday, January 06, 2001

My beloved Boilermakers couldn't get the job done on 01/01/01, but I'm still an enthusiastic and optimistic fan. Coach Joe Tiller'sreign has not only resulted in 4 straight bowl appearances for Purdue, but has also had a huge impact on recruiting. Purdue is now competing for the very best players in the country...and in some cases getting them to wear the black and gold. Despite the departure of all-everything quarterback Drew Brees I don't think Purdue will slip very much, in fact, the more glaring absence will be on the O-line. Look for Purdue to remain competitive over the next few seasons, and look for them to get over the New Year's Day bowl hump next season.

Friday, January 05, 2001

In an interesting audio commentary recently on All Things Considered, Jonathan Krantz says that our architecture gives us away. He argues that our values bear themselves out in how we build things. Specifically he laments the shrinking, in both raw size and grandeur, of our public spaces (churches, town halls, libraries, etc.), and observes that while our public spaces are shrinking, our private spaces, namely our homes, are growing. This signals the triumph of the individual over the corporate or communal interest...our priorities are displayed for all to see in brick and mortar as we build our private monuments to ourselves.

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