Harmonization, LOST and the Bible: It’s Time To Let Go

This is from the latest New Yorker: Although I think LOST did an amazing job considering the complexity of what its writers and producers tried to accomplish, perhaps, as they themselves advised us, it is time to let go. I’m going to post what I think is an “unsolvable LOST problem” for fans to try [Read More…]

Return of the Pewee

One of my favorite birds is back in our vicinity: the Eastern Wood-Pewee. I’ve seen them from time to time, but hear them far more often. Its distinctive song (from which its name derives) is entertaining. If you’ve never heard it (or aren’t sure if you have), have a listen! [Read more…]

Coining New Words

A friend forwarded me a list some creative new words created by modifying existing words and coming up with a new definition. Some of my favorites included: Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. Beelzebug (n.): [Read More…]

The Vulcan Way

IO9 has a religion and science fiction piece worth sharing, on living like a Vulcan. Actually, you could have many of the debates people sometimes do about real-life traditions, now that I think about it. Is being Vulcan a matter of religion or ethnicity? Is it a religion, or a philosophy? The painting seemed reminiscent of paintings [Read More…]

Five Hebrew Love Songs

I don’t need any excuse to share Eric Whitacre’s music, but when he sets Hebrew lyrics to music, it seems especially appropriate to mention here. Here is a version of his Five Hebrew Love Songs for solo vocalist with violin and piano: And here is the more familiar choral arrangement: You can also find the [Read More…]

Keith Ward on God, Consciousness, Materialism and Reason

It seems that I lean more towards a religious-scientific materialism than Keith Ward does, and am willing to view consciousness as an emergent property. Be that as it may, this is still a stimulating and at times humorous lecture by Ward. I’m posting it to encourage discussion, and would be very interested to hear why you find [Read More…]

Can Gay Bonobos Be Saved?

Jim Naughton at The Lead links to a Psychology Today blog which shares an e-mail from a pastor uncomfortable with bonobo behavior. Although the pastor in question seems to believe that after Adam and Eve ate a literal fruit from a literal tree of knowledge, God intervened in the world to force tectonic plates to [Read More…]

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 performed by Tina Guo

Tom Verenna and I may disagree about lots of things. But here’s something we agree on. This is wonderful: Tina Guo performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op. 107: II. Moderato– Watch more Videos at Vodpod. [Read more…]

Defending Glenn Beck on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Many bloggers (including some with expertise precisely in the area where Beck seems to lack it) have pointed out how much Glenn Beck got wrong in his statement about Constantine and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Finally, a courageous blogger has stepped forward to treat Beck fairly and defend what he got right. And since someone [Read More…]

LOST: Flash Upwards

There is a post about LOST at Doc Artz, which takes seriously the revelation that the show is at its heart profoundly theological. I particularly liked the artice’s way of putting things: in “The End” what we had thought were “flash sideways” were revealed to be “flash upwards.” [Read more…]