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    I Know You Owned This

    I Know You Owned This

    So I stumbled across www.nintendo8.com at work the other day (I promise, only on my lunchbreak) and discovered the best cache of fully working java clones of 8-bit Nintendo game classics I’ve ever seen. And I can still say that Mega Man 2 may be the best video game of all time (seriously). There were […]

    Exploding Dog

    Exploding Dog

    I have no idea where Sam Johnson, creator of the Exploding Dog webcomic, is coming from theologically, but there seems to be a lot of gospel in his drawings, particularly in the identification of sin and our crushing inability to self-improve. If he doesn’t explicitly identify with the gospel, then his work is all-the-more an […]

    A True Mockingbird Moment

    A True Mockingbird Moment

    After over a year of being involved with this blog, I have started to see things that scream to be posted. I’m sure many of you can relate! Even so, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this book at a New Jersey Turnpike rest area: My favorite part is the back cover blurb: […]

    Puttin' People on the Moon

    Puttin' People on the Moon

    Over Thanksgiving my wife and I strayed from the NYC metropolitan area, which meant one thing as far as she was concerned: country radio. Song after song oozed sentimentality for a red state existence, an American car, family, and of course, Christianity, or at least “good Christian values,” and I have to admit it felt […]

    Carolina Liar Tells the Truth

    I downloaded “Show Me What I’m Looking For” (any U2 similarities are purely coincidental?) by Carolina Liar a few months ago for free on iTunes, but didn’t pay much attention to what it said until I heard it on a preview for the Time Traveler’s Wife yesterday. While the verdict is out on any intentional […]

    4.5 B-Side Albums for the Holiday Weekend

    4.5 B-Side Albums for the Holiday Weekend

    Filling in for DZ this weekend… Typically, b-sides are b-sides for a reason. An artist writes 15, 20, or even 70 songs, and keeps the 11 or 12 best. Because of this, it’s pretty rare to find a b-side album worth what you paid for it (IF you paid for it), particularly not one that […]

    Britain's Got...Grace?

    The video speaks for itself. Watch the faces as the judges and everyone in the crowd realize how judgmental their preconceived notions were. Even Simon couldn’t find anything wrong with it.

    Favorite Web Discovery of '08?

    It’s possible that this isn’t my favorite web discovery of the year (the “Who Has the Biggest Brain?” game on Facebook is in close contention) but it’s definitely up there. Drop anything you want into the box on www.wordle.net and see it come out in a diagram, emphasizing words used more often. This is Mockingbird’s frontpage today:


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    Along with the obvious ones, I love the prominence of “Spiderman”, “Bond”, and “Axl”.

    A Little Perspective...

    Cain Said To Abel - Bloc Party

    Cain Said To Abel - Bloc Party

    I am frequently amazed at how unpopular the popular, post-enlightenment idea that humans are basically good seems to be among rock musicians. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (flashback!) by the Smashing Pumpkins is a classic example of this — look no further than hit singles “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and “Zero” to hear Billy […]

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