Monthly Archives: May 2014

In which I am nominated for a Liebster award

Fellow blogger Amyclae has nominated me for a Liebster Award! As this is the first time my blog has been nominated for anything, I am quite excited! It turns out that this award requires a somewhat convoluted blog post from … Continue reading

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99 ways to wipe out humanity

I’ve been reading a fair amount of James Tiptree Jr, lately, whom I am starting to think is perhaps a great SF author. She certainly warms my inner Schopenhauer, as the outlook of human existence that emerges from her stories … Continue reading

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Where do *they* go from here?

So, with season 5 of this show slated for 2015, I’m not quite sure about where things are going to go from here. There are two aspects to Friendship is Magic, which, although they have for the most part dovetailed … Continue reading

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Where do we go from here?

I’ve been trying to get a handle on exactly what shape I’d like my burgeoning theological career* to take. And I feel like I’ll have to get a tentative idea soon, as I can see no option that won’t require … Continue reading

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A modern paradox

Albert Camus’ essay, The Myth of Sisyphus wrestles with a kind of schizophrenia that emerged out of the Enlightenment. On the one hand, there is the human world of meaning, morality, etc. On the other hand,  the meaningless, mechanical world … Continue reading

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Work in progress

I’ll admit it: I’ve been writing fan-fiction. Two My Little Pony fanfics, to be precise. I began the first one – tentatively titled Dying Equestria in a nod to the Jack Vance novels – last summer. It’s set some millennia … Continue reading

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Discord’s bedstand

  This is a screengrab taken from the MLP season 4 finale which aired earlier today. I’m sorry, but I just find that photo of Fluttershy and her eldritch god friend too adorable. And funny, for some reason.

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Quare fremuerunt gentes

St. Francis de Sales is growing on me. I was reading a bit of his Introduction to the Devout Life today, and was struck by his discussion about abasement, which is, “that littleness, meanness, and imperfection which is in us”, … Continue reading

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This culture war is killing us

Rod Dreher linked to a very good blog post expressing exasperation over how kids know Christianity only in terms of culture war issues: About five years ago, I taught a course called Christian Beliefs at a Catholic university. During each … Continue reading

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How to be horribly repressed

(This is a followup to my previous post on Melinda Selmys’ book Sexual Authenticity, as I have now finished it) I really like this book, and it is a lot more weird, funny and geeky than I expected it to … Continue reading

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