Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bright Eyes + Clay Leverett + Jay Leno = something I'm going to watch

Guys, just to let you know.

Bright Eyes is performing on Jay Leno tonight, and my step-brother Clay is drumming. I'm pretty pumped!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle 1918 - 2007

Madeleine L'Engle
Nov. 29, 1918 - Sept. 6, 2007

"The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being."

"Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself."

"I look at Mother, and think that if I am to reflect on the eventual death of her body, of all bodies, in a way that is not destructive, I must never lose sight of those other deaths which precede the final, physical death, the deaths over which we have some freedom: the death of self-will, self-indulgence, self-deception, all those self-devices which, instead of making us more fully alive, make us less."

"We pin him [Jesus] down, far more painfully than he was nailed to the cross, so that he is rational and comprehensible and like us, and even more unreal. And that won't do. That won't get me through death and danger and pain, nor life and freedom and joy."

"When we make ourselves vulnerable, we do open ourselves to pain, sometimes excruciating pain. The more people we love, the more we are liable to be hurt, and not only by the people we love, but for the people we love."

"What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God's love, a love we don't even have to earn."

"If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation."

"The best way to help the world is to start by loving each other, not blandly, blindly, but realistically, with understanding and forebearance and forgiveness."

Two of My Favorite Podcasts

I'm not sure how many of you are into podcasts. For the past year I have here and there, and I was at a point where I was biting off more than I could chew. I still download many of them (and listen to/watch probably half of those), but I just wanted to recommend two incredible podcasts:

Radio Labs

This podcast (and radio show on NYC Public Radio), whether the topic is morality, the placebo effect, time, and so on, both grapples with the science of each topic and the art. It's a sort of amalgamation of what is real and logical, and how that makes you feel, what to think of that, etc.

It's fantastic.

This American Life

This is another NPR produced podcast, and this one just takes stories from our daily lives. Each show involves a main theme, but each individual story can be from anywhere about anything. And it's just been great.

I have others that I really enjoy, but I have to say that those two are my favorites out of the bunch.


On a complete side note, if you have been wondering "Man, what did Beth and Tim do for their Labor Day weekend," or what I might have done this past weekend, I'll be posting that soon--but hopefully with more picture and video than my commentary.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Is it just me....

Or does everyone else hate the retarded Nickelback song "Rockstar?" Or, EVERY Nickelback song, period.

this was going to be brief, but I just thought of another song I hate. "Hey There Delilah." Ridiculous.