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Apr. 13th, 2008 08:31 pm
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Huh. I never realized that the resistance fighters in the Nazi episode of TOS were named Isaac and Abram.

And, as B points out, they are part of the "zaion" race. Huh.


Apr. 9th, 2008 08:16 pm
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So, B and I went to see Kimya Dawson (Juno soundtrack) at the somerville last night.

sort of a surprising show for a tuesday. Two opening acts. The first one was far too long, and not terribly good. I sort of thought I was in spinal tap.

But the second act was a bunch of crazy french dudes, L'Orchidee D'Hawai. They were pretty awesome. Inspired by Japanese surfer-inspired rock and the Doors, they put out some zany good music. And their bassist looks like a sock monkey. So go see them if you get a chance.

Kimya didn't actually go on stage until about 10pm (on a tuesday), and her show was a lot of what you'd expect from Kimya Dawson in her third or fourth week of tour. Pretty fun, though she was clearly on the verge of exhaustive collapse a few times. She is really pear-shaped. And maybe slightly too cool for me.
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Argh! Look, everyone, bloggers, reporters, wonks, press releases:
Country: Colombia
University: Columbia

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So, Ryan on Top Chef.

Is he hot? Actually? Because he's so stupid that it's hard to watch him. Like, really...all annoyed because he's paired with MARK? Really? I just want him to go, but I don't want to put out those watching for beefacake.

Top Chef

Mar. 12th, 2008 10:39 pm
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All, right, possums. You should all be watching Top Chef. Especially you Chicago people, who have it right in your fair city.

I must say, after the quickfire: Seriously, who does a white pizza with deep-dish. Seriously? No WAY does that work, even if you have a clue about how much dough to add. Also, TOO MUCH with the flowbee mohawks!


Mar. 12th, 2008 10:01 am
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Hey, B is going to be in London from Friday (14th), doing some research. I'll be flying over on Maundy Thursday (20th), and we'll be going down to Belgium for Easter Weekend (21-24), and then back to England for a week (24-31).

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Wow. James Cone's voice is a lot higher than I expected it to be.


Mar. 1st, 2008 11:16 am
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Okay. I've finally been won over to the concept reading news via an RSS aggregator. What finally won me, I think, was the BBC Snooker feed. That's the sort of specificity that is annoying to get when using the traditional news browsing methods. There aren't events every week, and so you can go days or weeks at a time with no news, causing you to stop looking for information and missing out when Ronnie O'Sullivan does something crazy. Now, it comes to me.

Yeah, yeah, I know that this is SO 2005, but, hey, NetNewsWire is free now, so maybe I'm adopting at the right time. :)


Feb. 21st, 2008 08:15 am
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B just observed that she thought the Obama supports completely overlapped with West Wing viewers.

Because, really, out of all the candidates, who can you see saying, "This is the time for heroes and we reach for the stars"?

Yeah, that's right. We're supporting a black, UCC-going Jed Bartlett. :)


Feb. 6th, 2008 06:05 pm
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Spring Semester is shaping up well.

MW I have New Testament with Karen King, who is fabulous. The course has three hours of lecture, rather than two, and we were all going to complain, but then realized that it was no more work, and another hour of a great lecturer. awesome.

TTh I've got Dynamics of Black Preaching with the Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams ( see examples here note the rosa parks prayer, as well ), a seminar with FIVE people. Awesome.

T I've got Harvey Cox's class on modern fundamentalisms (protestant, catholic, jewish, muslim)

T I've got the Kimberly Patton and Davíd Carrasco theories and methods required MDiv course, but I've got Carrasco's discussion section on Wednesdays. I cannot wait for that discussion section, given that it's full of great people from the program, and led by Carrasco

So, four classes by great profs, two of whom (adams and cox) are veritable legends and two of whom are great and may be legendary by the end, and intense time with Profe Carrasco and Reverend Adams.

This could be a great, great term. Which is nice, after last term's adjustment funk and Hebrew stress (I passed hebrew. Yay for being done with the language requirement!)
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"I wish we still had more marsupial predators."


Dec. 21st, 2007 10:42 am
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So, for those playing along at home (which is very few, based on responses :), I did the simple thing, and got them Zelda and Diddy Kong Racing. Those seemed safest.
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Hey, everyone. Does anyone know what the hot-shit Nintendo DS RPGs are? My sister's getting my nephews a DS for Christmas, and I want to be the cool uncle and get them a game or two. The older one's pretty intense, and would enjoy a complicated RPG, I think.

But I'm 20 years out of the mainstream on this stuff. I still play Final Fantasy. ;)


Dec. 18th, 2007 06:51 pm
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I Am A: Neutral Good Human Cleric (5th Level)

Ability Scores:







Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron's vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity's domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric's Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (18)
Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXX (5)

Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaos --- XXX (3)

Good & Evil:
Neutral - XXXXXXXXX (9)
Evil ---- XX (2)

Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Gnome ---- XXXXXX (6)
Halfling - XXXXXXXX (8)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXX (9)
Half-Orc - XXXX (4)

Barbarian - (-4)
Bard ------ (-2)
Cleric ---- XXXX (4)
Druid ----- (-2)
Fighter --- (-2)
Monk ------ (-17)
Paladin --- (-17)
Ranger ---- XX (2)
Rogue ----- (-6)
Sorcerer -- XX (2)
Wizard ---- (0)


Dec. 4th, 2007 08:47 pm
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My ReplayTV hosed itself just in time for the BATG finale. missed the first 45 minutes. *grr*


Nov. 27th, 2007 10:23 pm
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Also, cribbing from [ profile] orichalcum,

So, as already revealed, "America" gets to vote for the winners of BATG this year.

Here are the relevant details:
1. Go to and vote (they demand address info and so forth.)
2. You can vote a maximum of 10 times.
3. Voting ends on 11/30 at 12 PM EST.



Nov. 21st, 2007 01:26 pm
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So, we went down to Kalona today to get our turkey from an amish farmer.
We pulled up at his farm, and his daughter was standing outside the turkey shed, manning a table on which sat two turkeys. 26.5 pounds each.

We marvel at the size, and she assures us that she can get a smaller one out of the enormous water-filled cooler behind us. She opens the cooler, shows us about 20 floating turkey carcasses, and says, "these two are nice and cold, from yesterday. Those are from this morning and are not as cold."

As we didn't want a 27-pound turkey, we asked for a smaller bird. She hoisted one by its neck and disappears into the attached shed. a minute later, we have a newly-bagged turkey (sans neck).

Meanwhile, B has gotten out of my sister's minivan (in which are my two nephews) and decided to go look at the living turkeys. As she's standing there, the farmer comes out of the shed, causing the turkeys to flee in terror and make a valiant but futile effort to escape. He grabs one by the legs, and, nodding at Beth, picks it up and brings it back to the killing zone.

Mmm...fresh turkey. Even fresher than last year, [ profile] havenstone!
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I just finished a paper on Gilead by Marilyn Robinson.

As I reached my conclusion paragraph, it occurred to me that the book ended in 1957 (John Ames is 76 when we start the book, born in 1880, and has a birthday about halfway through). John Ames is a Congregational minister. For those congregationalists out there, you will immediately recognize 1957 as significant for the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches with the Evangelical and Reformed Church in America to form the United Church of Christ. This cannot be coincidental timing. Interesting that a story of renewal ends with the renewal of the protagonist's denomination.

And, this has been your "duh" moment of the day, courtesy Introduction to Ministry Studies. I may have to ask Marilyn about this when I'm home over Thanksgiving.
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So, I'm burned out reading at home (though I might still get some mileage out of my porch). Somerville people, where are your favorite places to get work done?
I can't read in the Diesel (too loud), and bought $70 of tea at Mark T. Wendell yesterday, so I'm not sure I want to hang out in a coffee house, but am open to the idea.

Currently considering going to campus and reading in Lamont, so that I can drop by the Div school happy hour, also pondering True Grounds, but I'm not sure. Thoughts?

Also, Spatch, dude, this world is too small.


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