- The NPR Fifty Top Recordings of the Aughties series covers a great deal of excellent music, calls to my attention some items I had neglected, and (of course) omits plenty that I’d have included. As is always the case, the point of a Top X list is to get readers arguing among themselves, so have at it.
- I tend to dislike discussion forums, but Dooce’s newly-instituted forums include two recent topics to which I wanted to link. The first is the question about memorable matches between movie scenes and soundtrack music; the second is the topic “How do you react to a public toddler tantrum?”, to which I respond by linking to this ad from UK television.
Not that I approve, of course, but (a) the mom’s appearance reminds me of a student I once had (don’t remember which); (b) the reaction shot of the formerly-tantrumming kid is terrific; (c) the mom’s expression and gesture to the kid after her tantrum are spot-on. Been there, haven’t done that.
- I mislaid my calendar. I do that every time I try to keep a calendar responsibly. I hate it when that happens.
- Rocker/theologian/designer Michael Iafrate has a sister Janet who published an article on Harry Potter and peaceable resistance. Well done, Janet!
- The Bishop’s Office has contacted me; I have a “Permission To Officiate” license, so if you’ve been biding your time, waiting for me to perform some sacramental action, now’s your opportunity.