Awesome Christian Artists

Awesome Christian Artists

Jon Del Arroz is posting in support of John Wright’s crusade, and decided to highlight nine christian artists he thought worth supporting in the fields of writing, comics, and music. Looking at the list, I realize that I only recognize three of the names. Now, three I don’t recognize are in comics, which I’m not as familiar with, but not only had I not heard of Nadine Brandes under writers, but the only musician I had heard of, in passing, was Dashboard Confessional. I can wholeheartedly recommend anything and everything I’ve read by John C Wright, and having read Nethereal and just Read more »

Drupal, I Can’t Even Say I’ll Miss It When It’s Gone….

Drupal, I Can’t Even Say I’ll Miss It When It’s Gone….

I actually tried using Drupal for several projects a few years back and my final thought on it was to walk away and never look back. Sure, it was insanely powerful and customizable at it’s ground floor, but even before WordPress figured out how to better handle contributions from multiple users and became as much a website management system as a blogging platform, getting Drupal to do some very simple stuff that was effectively baked in for WordPress was… onerous. It’s not the power – it’s everything you had to set up just to get the most basic things done Read more »

How To Act as if You’re Actually Intelligent

How To Act as if You’re Actually Intelligent

…and not a caricature of what normally think a smart person is (sortof like Colbert used to play a caricature of what liberals thought conservative commentators believed, when parodying what they actually did would have been both more honest and funnier). Eric Raymond was encouraged to view a clip of the Big Bang Theory, and wasn’t impressed: Bleagh. This is supposed to be a show about geniuses? It’s not. It’s a show about a dimwit’s idea of what bright people are like. The slowest person in my peer group could out-think and out-create any of these sad-sack imitations of “smart” Read more »

Victim Blaming

Victim Blaming

QuQu does another (as usual excellent) video on Internet Harassment. I’ve personally been banned from sites/conversations, the first time of which was because I pointed out (early in Gaga’s fame, after someone had gushed about a recent single) that yeah, that one was OK, but I really had a problem with the song “just dance” because the behavior of the viewpoint character was horribly irresponsible. Think about it – drunk off her gourd, lost her phone, purse, wallet, etc., separated from her friends. Yes, I was driven out for “victim blaming” – especially after I pointed out that, yes, a Read more »

Another take on Roland

Another take on Roland

Covers can be awesome, most are crap. This one I’m torn on. Her voice and style are perfectly suited to the song in a completely different, yet still haunting way, but I really miss the instrumentals, especially the pianos, of the original. Most of the covers were crap, actually, but there are a couple other competent covers, though none I stumbled across had the impact that either the original vocals did, or hers.

Hey, Now Now, Sing This Corrosion

Hey, Now Now, Sing This Corrosion

Sisters of Mercy is a band I fell in love with as soon as I head the short version of this song at a club. Bought the album, and learned that the album cut was even more epic and awesome at 10 minutes. I sometimes joke that every Sisters of Mercy album or Song is but a piece of the same damn song. That said, there really is some variety there, some incredible atmospherics, and some truly haunting work in their music. My eventual favorite on Floodland was “Lucretia”, and my next favorite became “More.” In honor of a certain Read more »

Lifting Technique

Lifting Technique

I’m far from the world’s greatest lifter, but over the last few years have come across a few things that seem to make sense. While “Art of Manliness” is a hit or miss site for me, they certainly have provided a few useful insights in the past. Here’s a series of vids they did with lifter and coach Mark Rippetoe.          

Repeat After Me: “It Wasn’t the Nationalism”

Repeat After Me: “It Wasn’t the Nationalism”

Kate Paulk writes at Sarah’s place on “the ease of evil” and makes a familiar point: The various Communist regimes can be dismissed as “not counting” because to the minds of those who do the dismissing, Russia, China, North Korea, and Eastern Europe “weren’t civilized”, and so Communism/Socialism would work just fine implemented by civilized people (they usually point to one of the Nordic nations when they do this). These same people are a big part of why the wrong lesson keeps being drawn from Nazi Germany. The problem was not nationalism. It was not even the disgusting racial laws. Read more »