7QT: Fake Bears, Faker Weapons, and Austen

--- 1 --- I was pleased to get to interview Richard Beck for my article on unremittingly cheerful Christian pop music. I've always enjoyed his writing (and I have his latest book, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted, on my shelf to read). One recent post of his I particularly liked is "Edging Toward Enchantment: Recovering a Catholic Imagination" (he's not Catholic).  Here's an excerpt: [O]ne of the impulses of Protestantism was to shift the spiritual l … [Read more...]

7QT: Moms, Pacifist Pilots, and other superheroes

--- 1 --- I'm very blessed to have a friend who joined the Dominican Sisters at Hawthorne, and she reminded me to let you all know that they have some retreats coming up!  It's the kind of thing that is definitely worth looking at, even if you don't long to be a nun. I'm very glad I went on a (non-vocation) retreat with the Dominican Sisters at Nashville -- they had the kind of joy that hits you with a blast (like when you open an oven to check on what's inside). --- 2 --- In a less … [Read more...]

7QT: Remixes, Underwear, & Fake Fingers

--- 1 --- I'm not going to make you wait for it (wait for it).  The video of the Hamilton cast doing their relyricized opening number to tell the tale of Sweeney Todd is up! (Part of the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit)--- 2 --- And, in another interesting bit of Hamilton reworking, there's a nice article on the alternate posters they considered for the show.  (My favorite is below)--- 3 --- And one more charming reenvisioning: the Page F30 blog rewrote an article … [Read more...]

7QT: The Peculiar Virtues of Daredevil, Pool Table Mechanics, and Silly Names

--- 1 --- I didn't even know that there existed pay-to-play pool tables, but I was really happy to watch this short video on how the machinery inside manages to return the cue ball to you when you sink it, but divert all the other balls to a locked chamber, waiting for the next game.--- 2 --- Ngozi of Check, Please! (a hockey-and-friendship comic) has an explainer on how she learned to draw fingers that's a lot less complex than the magnetized pool table. --- 3 --- And when it comes to … [Read more...]

7QT: Making swords, long eggs, and “curatorially unsound” decisions

--- 1 --- I already loved A Capella Science's "Outbound Probe" and now I've been dancing around to "LIGO Feel That Space," a relyricization of "I Can't Feel My Face" that's about the discovery of gravitational waves.--- 2 --- I love nerdy fandoms, but I'm still snickering a little bit at the fact that the shirt that Colin Firth wore in Pride and Prejudice is coming to the Folger Shakespeare Library for an exhibit.  But it's worth it if only to read this suggestion for the proper way to d … [Read more...]

7QT: Horror, Lamentation, and Email Management

--- 1 --- I don't remember whether I've mentioned here that I like using Boomerang to manage my email.  I can write emails ahead of time and have boomerang send them later or schedule an email to turn up in my inbox right when I need it (say, a half hour before the meeting it pertains to).  It makes it a lot better to (try to) do Inbox Zero.And Boomerang just sent me a little year in review email, which included a nifty visualization of when I wrote emails vs when I asked Boomerang to de … [Read more...]

7QT: Good books, fake books, and the best job in the world

--- 1 --- I'm excited about the discovery of gravity waves, and here's the most delightful thing I learned in the process of reading about the discover (via The New Yorker) The LIGO team includes a small group of people whose job is to create blind injections—bogus evidence of a gravitational wave—as a way of keeping the scientists on their toes. Although everyone knew who the four people in that group were, “we didn’t know what, when, or whether,” Gabriela González, the collaboration’s spokesw … [Read more...]