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    Archive for July, 2006

    “Hey, Those Guys Are Pretty Good.”

    Monday, July 31st, 2006

    “A Berlin opera house is encouraging audience members to smoke cannabis joints during its latest production.” You know, in case, like, the show isn’t very good. About the title of this post: In his act, . . . Martin makes a passing reference to [his drug using] period. “I’m not into drugs,” he confides. “I [...]

    The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame

    Monday, July 31st, 2006

    I went Saturday. It was very cool. A few notes, in no particular order: Remember that the subject matter is cool, but it’s still a museum. If you don’t like museums (looking at things through glass, then trying to read the little descriptions below), you might not like this. They have quite a few audio [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, July 30th, 2006

    When a man is always occupied with the cravings of desire and ambition, and is eagerly striving to satisfy them, all his thoughts must be mortal, and, as far as is possible altogether to become such, he must be mortal every whit, because he has cherished his mortal part. But he who has been earnest [...]

    The Weekend Eudemon

    Saturday, July 29th, 2006

    The House that Rock Built. The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. That’s my destination this morning. My wife is the godmother of a newborn little girl. The family is in Cleveland, so we’re going to make a day trip out of it and check out a few sites. I’ll try to post some pictures [...]

    Brews You Can Use II

    Friday, July 28th, 2006

    Imported beers are gaining market share in the Midwest, the heartland of American brewing. Link. The homeland brewers are nervous. Maybe if they weren’t cranking out the likes of Budweiser, the better beers from Europe would make inroads. All right, that’s a low blow against Budweiser, but I thoroughly dislike that phenom of mass marketing.

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, July 28th, 2006

    The First Baptist Church of Hampton Falls, NH, has a beer bottle on top of the steeple. According to the locals: A brewery owner donated $50,000 to build the church with the condition that everyone was to know he donated it. The church, worrying about the morality of accepting money from such a sinful source, [...]

    Of Course It’s Boring

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    Interesting piece by Helen Kirwan-Taylor, a mother/writer who says her children bore her. The later article makes a few decent points (I, too, don’t know why “good” parents have to attend every blasted sporting, band, or artistic event; moreover, I detest it when parents try to bring their children to adult functions), but her points [...]

    Gay Clinton

    Thursday, July 27th, 2006

    I’m not an Ann Coulter fan. I don’t dislike her, but I don’t watch her on TV, read her articles or books, or follow her career moves. She’s just a non-entity for me, kinda like Unitarianism. I found these remarks about Bill Clinton interesting, though. She thinks he might have some level of latent homosexuality. [...]

    Light Day

    Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

    Sorry for the light blogging. I’ve been busy at the office, trying to keep my baby in furs.

    The Wednesday Eudemon

    Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

    A packed midweek. It started last night, when I took three of my older kids to Pirates of the Caribbean 2. It wasn’t good. The plot didn’t hold together nearly as well as the first one (which had an excellent plot and story lines that hung together tightly). Very few things in 2 made sense. [...]

    God, Fun, and Money

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

    Blasphemy would be no fun, if there was no God. Chesterton said something to that effect, and there’s a lot of fun and God going around today, not to mention some tidy profits: An American who began her career as a journalist in Belfast, claims she is a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene [...]

    The Theocrats Don’t Cometh

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

    Ross Douthat of The Atlantic Monthly reviews four books by hysterical authors who think America is becoming a theocracy. It’s hopeless to argue with people who actually believe theocracy is a risk, and Douthat doesn’t. He mocks them well, though. Excerpt: Whenever politicians invoke religion, Kevin Phillips suggests in a characteristic passage, the people perish: [...]

     


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