Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas! Day Four

Been away from blogging for a while – the buildup to Christmas was pretty work intense, and by the time Christmas day rolled around I found myself stuck with a nasty head cold. But aside from becoming a minor biohazard … Continue reading

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The Way to Sanity

(This is a rewrite of what was originally posted yesterday as, “For The Fourth Sunday of Advent”; I wasn’t happy with the way that post turned out, but still thought it had potential and thus decided to give it a … Continue reading

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“let not God speak to us, lest we die.”

Now God speaks intimately, as one man to another. Now he descends into the depth of their human sufferings. Yet that very act prompts, and will continually prompt, his hearers – the hearers who nonetheless think of themselves as disciples … Continue reading

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Young Adults, Marriage and Cohabitation

From Eve Tushnet’s review of Extravagant Expectations and Premarital Sex in America: The authors report their surprise at the high percentages of women reporting actual and attempted sexual assault; they note that, contrary to stereotype, college sexual relationships aren’t unusually … Continue reading

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So I watched Summer Wars

I wonder how many times they spun the “quirky genre mash” wheel before hitting, “it’s WarGames/Neuromancer as a whimsical romcom/dramedy about family!” Novelty aside, the actual story just dusts off a large collection of hoary tropes, so most of the … Continue reading

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Books of Interest

For all you philosophy of mind nerds out there: Action in Perception by Alva Noe. I recently read this for a seminar. The basic argument is that perception can only be understood as an action, as a way we interact … Continue reading

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For the third Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to … Continue reading

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Lava, and the people who fall into it

The essential information. Via Zoopraxiscope.

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Liturgy Wars II

In the old translation, the lead in to the Lord’s Prayer goes: “Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Saviour gave us: Our Father…” In the new: “At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine … Continue reading

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A very special episode of Res Studiorum et Ludorum

As part of my ongoing efforts to make this blog as uncomfortable to read as possible, I have decided to broach one of those obligatory touchy moral/social topics that people love to get shrill about when the discussion turns to … Continue reading

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