Our youngest daughter has recently decided that cats are no longer her favorite animal, they’ve been demoted to #2 (fine with me). Horses are now her most favorite animal. She asked me before school the other day, “Is it true you have to be 18 to have a horse?” I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet, which is my only defense for not seeing what was coming when I said no. Eldest daughter asked her where she would keep the horse since we don’t have a barn. Our youngest is a bit cheeky — “He could stay in my room!” she replied. Eldest daughter: “What would you feed him?” Younger daughter replies, “He could eat horseradish!” Oldest daughter is gaining a wry wit… she turns to me and say, “Put that on your blog!”
Keeping on topic, the joke of the week in our house: what’s brown and white and pulls cart-wheels? A brown and white horse.
Alright, if that’s not enough groaning, Ben Witherington can help. Otherwise, on to the link-fest.
- More on Larry Norman’s exit, from The Wittenburg Door: The Original Jesus Rocker Goes to Jesus; 1976 interview: The Door Interview: Larry Norman Dan Sheffield conveys notes from Paul Hughes on larry’s funeral, and Dennis Laing’s post includes many links and a copy of the funeral program. NYT has a story as well.
- With a mention from Scoble, the Obsolete Skills Wiki was born to document skills which just don’t get used anymore. I thought I might add an entry for threading a reel-to-reel tape recorder, but it was already there. Neat.
- The Encyclopedia of Television
- Yet another study Bible: The Poverty and Justice Bible. Hmmm, a study Bible that by its title seems to take its content seriously. On the other hand, some people have concerns.
- Moses & narcotics: Israeli researcher “Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the ‘burning bush,’ suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.” Uhm, yeah. (via)
- Postpostmodernism? Is postmodernity dead already? “Alan Kirby says postmodernism is dead and buried. In its place comes a new paradigm of authority and knowledge formed under the pressure of new technologies and contemporary social forces.” He refers to pseudo-modernism in its place, which is largely based on ephemera. “A culture based on these things can have no memory – certainly not the burdensome sense of a preceding cultural inheritance which informed modernism and postmodernism. Non-reproducible and evanescent, pseudo-modernism is thus also amnesiac: these are cultural actions in the present moment with no sense of either past or future.” (via)
- Launched: Encyclopedia of Life
- Unbelievable what you can do by folding a single sheet of paper.
- Clever epitaphs (more in the comments).
- This is worth a click: The Back-of-the-Envelope Design Contest — reader-submitted sketches of ideas for the George W. Bush Library. But will it be filled with comic books, paper airplanes, and YouTube videos?
- The other side of the Bush coin: Bob Geldof has written an article in Time about his trip to Africa with George W. I loved the opening lines: “I gave the President my book. He raised an eyebrow. ‘Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?’ he said without looking up from the cover. Very dry. ‘Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?’ I replied. No response.” Geldof goes out of his way to be fair and speak well of Bush’s record in Africa despite sharp disagreement with Iraq, which taint his accomplishments. “Action may very well be his wish, but because of the U.S.’s intervention elsewhere and his own preemptive philosophy, it is now unacceptable for the U.S. to engage unilaterally. By his own deeds, he has rendered U.S. action in Darfur impossible.” Fairly bold for Time, but it’s got Geldof’s name on it. Good article. (HT: Mike Todd)
- Launched: EverythingMustChange.org
- A nice piece of Paul Soupiset’s artwork
- Paul Viera: is Hell really eternal?
- David Fitch: effects of the bridge illustration
- Mark Van SteenwykTony Jones to Leave Emergent Village — the ‘Smurfiest’ post of the week, bar none.
- Guy Kawasaki toured the Guinness brewery in Dublin and posted pictures.
- Best response to the latest Driscoll response to the emerging church.
- Coffee Art
- Body and mind in the spiritual disciplines.
- Missional Life #001: brilliant, that point no. 4 ;^)
This week I’m not a “Lost” character at all, I’m apparently just scary, damaged, dark and twisty Still sounds “Lost” to me.