Thursday, August 31, 2006

Food For Thought

"The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine."

-Bill Vaughan
Long-Awaited Candor

Seen on The Daily Show (clip from a press briefing by President Bush on 8/21/06; skip to about 3 minutes in):

Bush: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens
before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were...

Reporter: What did Iraq have to do with that?

Bush: What did Iraq have to do with what?

Reporter: The attack on the World Trade Center.

Bush: Nothing!

Monday, August 28, 2006

My First Day of School

Now I know what a voiced obstruent is. I think. [at N&A]
Stone Phillips vs. Stephen Colbert: A 'Gravitas-off' on YouTube

Mary told me about this. Hilarious!

Also: One dedicated citizen put the pilot of Colbert's show on YT.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Toothless Tigers

Pictures and somber reflections on a blowout Tigers loss, at N&A.
Andrea and I Have a Blog

Bookmark/blogroll it, and check out our niece and nephew's abstract art.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Pluto Plucked from Planetary Parade

diagram of planets

Friday, August 18, 2006

Biblical Commentaries: Food for the Soul, on the Screen

Theology nerds like me (and most of my blogroll! Bless you all) can now use my roundup of Google Books links for Eerdmans' biblical commentaries series. The OT is up; NT will follow.

3 x -3

Woods, Ogilvy, and Mickelson

Paired ("trio-ed"?) together in the first round of the PGA Championship, the 3 2006 major champions all finished 3 under, and 3 behind the leaders.

Countdown to Crisis

Follow our planet's slow roast at sites such as, the Global Change Google Group, or, of course, the 2000 election victor's My friend Jared is also keeping a close eye on the crisis.

Earlier: How air conditioning cooks the planet

Friday, August 11, 2006

Stuff I Done Writed Lately

The Celebrity Factor (The Banner)

Worshipful Service (Perspectives)

Homecoming at LaSalle Street Church (Reformed Worship)

Ode to a Typewriter (Minds in the Making)
Read All About It

Calvin College has just issued a press release about my book (the tuition I paid them yields dividends).
Creativity Within A Rut

Studio 60

We NetFlixed the pilot of Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip, which premieres on NBC in September. Like anything written by Aaron Sorkin, it's superb--smart, snappy, substantive. It lacks the charm and dignity of West Wing, but sizzles with the same wit of Sports Night, in more or less the same setting. Which leads me to ask: can't a guy as bright as Sorkin write about anything else? In the last 10 years he's worked on a movie and show that go behind the scenes at the White House (American President and West Wing) and 2 shows that go behind the scenes of TV shows (Sports Night and Studio 60). Is that all there is to write about? Goodness knows we don't need a bazillionth hospital drama, but imagine what this guy could do with life in an airport, a home, a church, a foreign country--heck, even an insurance company. But we can only guess that Sorkin is dreaming up a future project with more White House and more TV -- let me guess, the life and times of a White House correspondent?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Happy Birthday Lisa! May next year find you in your adopted homeland. And so, in lieu of singing "Happy Birthday":

Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux
My stance? Pro-brain

Moping this morning over the millimeter-margin defeat of former Paul Henry aide Chris Meyer (whom many describe as Henry-esque) in his state legislature primary, I'm newly distraught at the misuse of power by the local Right to Life, which cynically shafted Chris for being insufficiently extreme in his pro-life stance, presumably costing him the election (see "Pro-life endorsement inequity" 7/31 here), and by the lemming-like voters here in West Michigan who do whatever RTL says.

(A friend of mine noted that the first bullet item on a campaign pamphlet for a local drain commissioner candidate said that he was pro-life. It's important to have a pro-life drain commissioner!) (More here)

I'm reminded of a line Adlai Stevenson supposedly said during one of his campaigns in the 50s, when a supporter told him, "Mr. Stevenson, you have the support of every thinking American."

"That will not do," Stevenson said. "I need a majority."

Monday, August 07, 2006

'We're cooking our planet to refrigerate the diminishing part that's still habitable'

A/C D.C.
The deluded world of air conditioning

By William Saletan
Site to See:

Whether they're half-baked, insightful, vulgar, ridiculous, or all four, these explanations of what the heck a song is talking about are worth checking out, especially when you find yourself singing heartily along to a song without a clue about what you're singing. For example, I learned that Dave Matthews' "Don't Drink the Water" is about white settlement of North America and the (ahem) displacement of Native Americans. (and even if it's not, you could totally get away with that on a history test...) (One caveat: don't buy anything they say about U2 without checking it with Dr. Bob K. first...)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

From the Onion:

"Area Beehive Not Ready For Democracy"
A.O. Scott in the NY Times:

The case requires elaborate cover, buckets of money and the finest, fastest air and sea vessels the taxpayers of Miami can afford. Not really, of course. The actual operating budget for the Miami police department in fiscal year 2005 was around $100 million, a good $50 million less than the reported production costs of “Miami Vice.”