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Random Acts of Linkage #100

centurion-pity-comic.jpg Here’s a different kind of humour for you this week — a comic panel that struck me as amusing, yet one which could be culturally exegeted with regard to the church in the Western world. But you can draw your own conclusions on that. (comic source)

Alright, a couple more:

A man walks into a pub with a salmon under his arm, and asks the barman, “Do you do fishcakes?” The barman shakes his head no. “Pity,” says the man, “It’s his birthday”.

I once met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing “Dancing Queen” on it. I thought, “That’s Aboriginal.”

So this lorry full of tortoises collided with a van full of terrapins. It was a turtle disaster.

Amazing what weird and bad jokes you can turn up with a bit of Googling.

  1. Obama visits Canada, resulting in a mild crisis: How Canadians are dealing with an American president they actually like. He should have stuck around a bit longer though, as he didn’t have time to address Parliament. Here’s a tidbit: U.S. Presidents who have addressed the Canadian Parliament have won a second term: those who did not address Parliament were defeated after their first term.
  2. Church gets helipad. Yeah, that’s a necessity. (HT: Jordon Cooper)
  3. Anyone looking for a reason to ditch Logos software?
  4. Scot McKnight begins a series on the book of James. He just completed writing his commentary on James for the NICNT series (due out next year), so this should be a good series.
  5. A Lent Prayer Guide from Bob Hyatt — and of course, another one from Christine Sine
  6. Bill Kinnon & friends on The Power of Twitter
  7. Seven Ways that GNU/Linux Tops Vista
  8. Would you believe it? From National Geographic: Bikinis Make Men See Women as Objects, Scans Confirm
  9. Judging a book by its cover: 30 Novels Worth Buying For the Cover Alone
  10. I must have missed this before: LIFE photo archive hosted by Google — cool pics from LIFE magazine going back to the 1860s.
  11. Inspired by Slate Diagramming Sarah Pailin’s sentences, someone took to Diagramming the Obama Sentence. Uh, what a difference. And an inspiration for people like me who have a habit of composing long sentences which, though properly structured, nonetheless can lose people who aren’t following the flow of thought very well. Sometimes people may complain, but I point out that it’s grammatically correct… and the long sentence is like a kind of art form as well. Anybody with me?
  12. Speaking of language, we have more proof that Britain is a post-Christian society, going by the list of words that were dumped by Oxford University Press in their Junior Dictionary. I know Christendom is gone, but this surprised me.
  13. If you still haven’t figured out the financial meltdown yet, try grasping The Two Cows Version. It’s simpler. Really.
  14. Just in time for spring, if you’re in the Seattle area, that is.

That’s a wrap for this week… gotta move on to other things-to-do-today, the list that never ends. Remember, this Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, when we all wish one another Peace, Love, and Pancakes and celebrate the coming of The Pancake Turtle with heaping stacks of hot steaming delicious pancakes for all the good little boys and girls around the world. I wonder if the pancakes are turtle-shaped?

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