And It Don’t Even Got To Rhine

Cracked magazine and, in response, Rolling Stone have published lists of the worst rhymes in pop music history. This is one of the subjects on which I am culpably curmudeonly (if you throw in “violations of meter,” I’ll be sent up the river for a long stretch). In fact, Josiah and I were kvetching about…

Making a Comic

This fall, Scott McCloud published his thorough, theoretically-inflected Making Comics. As a simpler, more “popular”-level exposition of comics production, we can now refer to Lynn “For Better or For Worse” Johnston’s “The Making of a Comic Strip.” Yes, that does remind me to get back to Beautiful Theology.

Mashing, Crossing, and So On

Today I saw, and enjoyed, the paired interviews of Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert (thanks, David!). So I was in the frame of mind to contemplate such exercises when Pippa and Josiah and I were walking down the streets discussing the forthcoming Harry Potter book. Pippa proposed that Harry Potter might wash up on the…

In Lieu of Substance

* Margaret pointed me to the Chord Hat video * Micah pointed me to the “Le Grand Content” video as an example of visual communication of data. . . in a way. . . * I was reminiscing about the rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker the other day (OK, so I’m peculiar when it comes…

Definition

OK, this is what I have: Postmodern biblical criticism includes a disparate array of interpretive strategies that share few characteristics other than their deliberate departure from the presuppositions of modern biblical criticism. Where modern biblical criticism strives for objectivity, one school of postmodern critics exercises their distinctive subjectivity with flair. Where modern biblical criticism eschews…

Demotivation

I don’t have the time to search the Demotivators site to see whether they’ve already gotten there, but in a chat with a friend this morning I envisioned a new poster for them. Imagine a stirring nautical scene in the North Atlantic, with the blazon: INNOVATION Discovering new, different icebergs to steam into Ha!

Getting There

Most important, Pippa last night just got up and made a big tray of fudge brownies — no prompting, nothing, just a chocolate treat for herself and surprise for her dad. She amazes me every day. Now, I know professional writers will say that 500 words is not so much; I say the same when…

Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do

Dorothy Love Coates sang it about God’s expectation that we offer our whole selves, but Pippa expects that a discount outlet offer more than fifty percent off. She noticed that a local outlet was offering a special sale on men’s blazers — my black blazers have been looking pretty shabby lately, even the ones I…

Grrrrr

OK, I said I wasn’t going to devote more energy searching for the Ray Charles appearance on Saturday Night Live, since the relevant parties were energetically preventing me from showing it to Pippa. I was wrong, though; it occurred to me, in my preparations for tomorrow morning’s class, that the “Young Caucasians” sketch would get…