Thursday, October 31, 2002

Canon Press is preparing to publish a new hymnal/psalter, Cantus Christi which contains "approximately116 Psalms and variations of Psalms, 135 Hymns, and 25 pieces of Service Music." You can find out how to preview a sample copy of Cantus Christi here. I for one, am disappointed that they didn't name the collection Amberbach Hymns: Pancakes!.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Today's Totally Pointless Blog Activity

Visit amberbach.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

I can take a joke. Doonesbury started a storyline about weblogs two days ago that continues at least as far as today. It's right on target.

Link via Dawn

...the way we played, I don't blame them for not wanting to watch us. We would make a monkey puke.

That's Purdue Men's Basketball Coach Gene Keady commenting on the Boilermakers' awful performance last season. Though I dont' think I'd have ever come up with monkey puking as a description of how bad they played, I will agree it was pretty bad. Of course the way football season is going, I might be up for some puking monkey basketball, just for a change of pace.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Roberto Rivera has posted a new article at Breakpoint on homosexuality. He laments the triumph of the therapeutic in our culture as well as the presumption that we all deserve sexual fulfillment no matter what...period:

First of all, intimacy and genital relations are so linked in the contemporary mind that it almost impossible to imagine intimacy and closeness without sex, at least when dealing with a person to whom you could potentially be attracted. Perversely, we can imagine having sex with a person without even liking them.

Additionally he chides the church for her failures, saying:

In addition, we have almost systematically undercut our best public arguments against homosexuality. For instance, we agree with people like Bill Bennett that legitimizing same-sex unions threatens an already fragile institution, heterosexual marriage. Yet we tolerate a practice within our own midst far more injurious to the institution: divorce.

As usual an insightful and well written article from Rivera.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Nice article on Drew Brees and teammate Ladanian Tomlinson over at ESPN. Brees is a winner, plain and simple. Too bad we can't get him back in the gold and black.

Purdue REALLY needs a road win!! This article points out that the Purdue Men's Basketball and Football teams have a combined 15 game losing streak away from West Lafayette dating back all the way to December 20, 2001, when the Men's Hoops team won on a buzzer-beater in Las Vegas. The Men's Basketball & Football teams have a winning percentage of .087 over the last 23 away games...atrocious. Don't get me wrong, I'm very interested in beating Michigan AT HOME this week, but we are going to have to win on the road sometime.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

As soon as I hit puberty I'm going to grow a goatee.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Telford Work blogs about seeing Jonah.

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Several years ago my wife and I went to see a movie that we'd never heard anything about, but that came highly recommended. That movie was Lorenzo's Oil. The first thing I remember thinking as I watched the first five minutes was, "I can't sit through this whole movie with Nick Nolte's awful foreign accent (it was Italian, I think)." About 15-20 minutes into the movie, however, either he'd become somewhat believable or I'd become absorbed enough in the story not to be distracted by it. The main thing I remember about the film was the jarring depiction of a young boy suffering from the rare degenerative nerve disease, adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), and his parents' struggle do anything they could to lessen their son's suffering and hopefully find a treatment for his disease. In the movie the boy's parents, Augusto (Nolte) and Michaela Odone (Susan Sarandon - she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance), find that ALD is so rare that there's not enough money or interest in the medical community to bring together significant minds and resources to seek a cure or an effective treatment. Augusto & Michaela devote all of their resources, financial and mental to finding a cure for their son Lorenzo. They devour medical textbooks and become conversant in biochemistry and neurology so that they can dialogue with top medical personnel about ALD, and come alongside any who are willing to work for a cure. In the end, Augusto develops a hypothesis about how to treat ALD, and concocts a medicine, Lorenzo's oil, that he believes will block enzymes that contribute to the loss of myelin which insulates nerve fibers and allows them to process nerve impulses properly. Throughout the movie, the Odone's are considered to be quacks and mainly dismissed by the research community. Towards the end, though, they begin to see some results from Lorenzo's Oil and I think that's about where the movie ends.

Well, guess what I saw in the news this week? Lorenzo's Oil works and the medical community is finally ready to get behind it and recommend it for those suffering with ALD.

With all of the talk (Jon, Russ, CT, CT again, etc.) about Jonah, the new feature length film from the Veggie Tales folks, you might wish to consider a scholarly perspective on talking vegetables. Well, if that's what you desire, you're in luck, for that's exactly what you'll find in Telford Work's article, Veggie Ethics: What "America's Favorite Vegetables" Say About Evangelicalism.

Sunday, October 06, 2002

A psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire conducted a year long study on humor, attempting, among other things, to find the world's funniest joke. Here's "the world's funniest joke"...

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

Not bad, but I didn't find it that funny. I could have saved this guy a lot of time and money and just sent him to Duane's blog for a true "knee-slapper" like:

To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. The time for drop-kicking poodles hasn't quite arrived yet, but when it does, I'm ready.


I saw a PBS special where they talked about how good baboons are at grooming. Personally, I find them to be way overrated -- they totally messed up my sideburns, gave me this huge cow-lick and didn't wash all the soap out of my hair.


I am the gift horse's dentist.

I vote for Duane, world's funniest, make that world's funniest human. Who's with me?!

Friday, October 04, 2002

Though I've never lived in or near Wisconsin, I have been a Packers fan from the time I became aware of professional football in or around the mid-70's. By the way, that was the wrong time to become a Packers fan. The glory of the Lombardi dynasty had by then faded and Green Bay teams led by players like David Whitehurst, Lynn Dickey, Terdell Middleton, John Jefferson, & James Lofton were barely able to muster .500 records. But I was no fair weather fan, I stuck with them...even through the bad years. It's only been in the last few years that I've been able to enjoy the Favre era, including a Super Bowl championship. Though this would never have happened in the mid-70's, the Packers were just found to be America's Team according to a survey done by The Harris Poll.

Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Can anyone confirm or deny whether or not Augustine said the following:

Man is tinder, Woman is fire, and the Devil is a mighty wind.

This line appears in a song called Devil is a Mighty Wind on Robin & Linda Williams' CD Rhythm of Love. I heard them perform it live on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion a few years ago and they claimed that the line was from Augustine. In 5 minutes of digging around on the web, I couldn't come up with anything. If anyone can verify this please let me know--with a bibliographic reference if possible. BTW, I was looking around for links on someone's blog, but couldn't find it...what is that literary search engine?

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