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Archive for December, 2004

Wow

9.0 on the Richter. Twenty five thousand dead at the last count, that probably can only go up. How tragic. I have nothing of importance to add, but here’s some important round up posts.

Classical Values has a good post on the science surrounding Tsunami’s.

A Small Victory has a roundup of all organizations accepting donations for relief efforts.

Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine has links to Asian bloggers and some more science.

Also check out Drudge Report for continual updates from news.

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Red vs Blue no Longer

And as Americans, we must ask ourselves: Are we really so different? Must we stereotype those who disagree with us? Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying road-kill-eating tobacco-juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing Communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts?

Dave Barry has a solution to end the red-state blue-state rift.

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Randomnimity Vol. 1

Got Rushmore via Netflix today. Jerm wanted to pop it in, so as we sit here watching it, I was surfing other movie sites, checking out what’s coming out and what the latest news is.

I’ve always been a fan of Nicholas Cage. Like many stars, he’s had his flops and busts, but overall he’s chooses roles that are very funny and often times very positive. My favorite movie of his in recent times has to be The Family Man, it was such a good movie. Amazingly pro-family, and in looking at it after the most recent election, it was very pro-red state. A modern classic in my opinion.

So I was very excited to read on Coming Soon about The Weather Man, (the trailer is here), which in watching it, looks something like Spanglish (trailer), but yet not. I’m quite excited though, more and more it seems like Hollywood is getting the drift that there are as many American’s who appreciate “classic” values as there people who appreciate “progressive” values. I can appreciate that.

Wow, I love linking to things in my posts. Can you tell? I enjoy looking back over a post and seeing lots of hyperlinks. Knowing that you could find out tons more information that I feel like providing, if you so desire.

On a completely irrelated note, The Contest Guide is a very awesome site, listing all sorts of online contests. I dig it. Haven’t won anything yet though, but it’s still fun to hope.

4 days till Napoleon Dynamite… 11 to Garden State.

And I’m going to watch Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Yahoo! I should have made those 3 movie references links…. oh well. Nevermind.

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Pedro the Lion

I was googling my favorite band for a bit, and came across this interview from Decapolis Magazine I guess? Anyways, Dave Bazan, who is Pedro the Lion, summed up some of the thoughts i’ve been having over on my other blog here, and here.

Tom: Sort of along the same lines. What are your feelings on the current state of Christianity in American?

David: I could really go off on this. I don’t really know about a lot of people. It seems from what my understandings were growing up, that a lot of people are missing the gospel. And it’s having an effect on things in a negative way. The gospel not being: if you ask Jesus into your heart then you’re going to heaven, but God’s plan of redemption being what the whole Bible is about from cover to cover. When Adam and Eve sinned, He began putting the plan into motion, He knew what He was going to do, it was the longing of His heart from the beginning to send His son back for us and what that means after the Gospels themselves and Paul’s writings and in John’s writings and so on and so forth is. I mean that’s the gospel that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone. It’s real simple, I mean a lot of people would assent to it, but then they live their lives differently. That’s the only thing that I would really be able to say for sure…is that I think a lot of people are missing the Gospel. I grew up having missed the Gospel and it caused some, not any like permanent problems, but it took me a while of digging on my own. I didn’t hear about it in church the first time. I heard about it through God’s word, reading it, and through some books I found in a bookstore. It was funny I didn’t actually hear it in church after either, so I went to a different church. I have not been to very many churches around the US, but from what I see and what I read and what I hear the state of Christian culture at large, it seems like a lot of people are missing the Gospel.

The full interview is here.

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Cultural war, or “Why we’re better than you”

Let’s not discuss merits of arguments here.

Those damn red staters are stupid, and I know it. So I’m just going to talk about how stupid they are, and then blame all instances of conscience or morals or worries about indecency on them.

Curses. Our morals are still behind Europe. You stupid Christians, move on won’t you!

He seems to be saying that, do you agree?

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Good Article

Right after talking about my aversion to Instapundit style posts, I’m going to make one. But I found the link via Instapundit, so I guess it’s acceptable.

This is an extremely good article on current teaching methods and their ineffectiveness in teaching the students. I think the guy has an excellent point.

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Productive Procrastination

I’m putting off writing college app essays, so I’m going to surf blogs and news sites and find things interesting for you. Because I prefer longer posts for you to peruse rather than lots of Instapundit-y posts. So enjoy.

First of all, John at the Movie Blog has a glowing review of Finding Neverland. Sounds like a good movie. I love reading that blog because unlike true critics, they aren’t afraid to love a movie or like something because it’s dumb. They are just movie fans. And I can appreciate that.

And speaking of movies, just as I was gearing up for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, I was surfing IMDb and found out that Wes Anderson is directing a movie based on a Roald Dahl book! This is insanely brilliant! One of my favorite directors of modern times making a movie based on one of the classic and underappreciated children’s book authors. Yes, that’s Roald Dahl of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame. And that’s Wes Anderson of The Royal Tenenbaums fame. What a match.

And I really wonder about how smart we are when our Space Station is running out of food. (More here) You’d think they would plan ahead for this…

Captain’s Quarters blog has an interesting theory for should be the next Secretary General of the UN. I had an interesting discussion with a friend about it earlier… Much more thought is needed, but it’s still an good start.

If you’re all about pulling pranks and goofing off, check out what these Harvard Students did. That’s pretty impressive. Jeff over at Shape of Days weighs in on his vote for the best prank ever.

And Michelle at A Small Victory (one of my personal favorite blogs) has taken the time to make her personal Top 500 songs list. She explains it a little bit here, and she has a link to the actual list. I add the link because she was polling for suggestions for awhile, and Ben Folds Army is on the list because i reminded her she liked it. So I have some sort of personal investment in the list. Good blog too.

If you really like what you read, maybe you could vote for her in the Webbie Awards, she’s nominated for best Culture blog.

Ooh and another personal favorite blog is Professor Bainbridge. He’s very conservative and located out in California. He loves to link to Economist articles, which earns him major cool points with me (I’m spending some of my Christmas money on an Economist subscription), and this post links to an awesome Ben Stein article about being a Malibu Bush Voter.

Well that’s all for now I think. I’ll get to news links sometime in the future, right now I’m going to finish watching this movie and start writing those college app essays.

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