Posts tagged "New Years"

A Quick Calvin and Hobbes

This one somehow escaped our attention last year when we ran our epic look at all the Calvin and Hobbes’ New Years strips:

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From The New Yorker

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Calvin and Hobbes Ring in the New Year

This Will (Hopefully) Be Our Year: Top Four New Year’s Songs

This Will (Hopefully) Be Our Year: Top Four New Year’s Songs

Lest all the anti-New-Years-resolutions sentiment come across as pure party-poopery, I give you four songs in keeping with the holiday, two of which are downright joyful:

1. The best of all-time, without question – sorry, Bono – is The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year”, covered here by The Avett Brothers:

2. I didn’t think it was possible, but Slaid Cleaves’ prayerful (and considerably more Mbird-friendly) “One Good Year” gives The Zombies a run for their money, sort of the peccator to their justus:

3. Let’s face it though – the aforementioned “New Years Day” from U2 is pretty darn great. Great…

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Another Week Ends: Temptation, How To Read The Bible, Trekkies 2, The Invention Of Lying

Another Week Ends: Temptation, How To Read The Bible, Trekkies 2, The Invention Of Lying

1. The results of a recent study posted earlier this week on medicalnewstoday.com, “Research Shows Temptation More Powerful Than Individuals Realize” (ht Jeff Dean). Reads almost like some kind of Onion/Mockingbird hybrid, the key quote being:

“People are not good at anticipating the power of their urges, and those who are the most confident about their self-control are the most likely to give into temptation,” said [senior researcher Loren] Nordgren. “The key is simply to avoid any situations where vices and other weaknesses thrive and, most importantly, for individuals to keep a humble view of their willpower.”

2. A truly wonderful…

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How To Wreck Your Career

Earlier this month, the Japanese Finance Minister, Shoichi Nakagawa, appeared at a press conference during the G-7 summit in Rome. He was wasted. Hammered. Three sheets to the wind. Plastered. Drunk as a skunk. I mean, wasn’t even able to come close to acting even remotely sober. Worse than Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman. Watch the clip and be astounded:

Dave’s last post about self-serving Lenten disciplines made the point that few such disciplines actually introduce real suffering in our lives. Mostly, these “disciplines” are about personal self-improvement projects. If we really wanted to suffer, Dave pointed out (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) we would…

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The Theology of Suffering, Part I: Whoa, boy…

The Theology of Suffering, Part I: Whoa, boy…

I was sitting at home the other day, minding my own business, when I received an e-mail about a recent New Yorker article called “Holiday in Hellmouth: God May Be Dead, But The Question Of Why He Permits Suffering Lives On”. Catchy title. After clicking on the link, I was disheartened to discover a long, dense piece of writing about something called “theodicy.” But after reading it, I was glad that I pushed aside my normal reluctance to read long articles on my computer.

The article raises quite a few big issues (and implies several others), so I’ve decided to break…

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Year In Music

Year In Music

I have never been able to resist the pull of year-end lists. I look forward to them, well, all year.

Eight Favorite Albums That Came Out in 20071. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible. Apocalyptic rock gets me every time.2. Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis. For the Romans 7 moment of the year, see “I Will Kill Again”. We had the pleasure of seeing him play (twice!) earlier this year, and I’m pleased to report that he lived up to my ridiculously high expectations.3. Bishop Allen – And the Broken String.4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. My conversion to Spoon is…

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