Sunday, February 20, 2005

MY NEW BEST FRIEND

Google maps. Holy. Crap. So. Good. (EDITED TO ADD: Link now works. Sorry.)

Saturday, February 19, 2005

MUSIC QUIZ ANSWERS

Thanks to everybody who chimed in. The hands-down winner here is Seminarian Zach, who, despite stooping to GOOGLING a few of the answers (for shame!) still knew an astonishing 10+ of them off the top of his head, garnering him the winner's wreathe. More quizzes to come, easier next time.


1. I belong/in the service of a queen/i belong/anywhere but in-between.
ANSWER: "Rain King," Counting Crows

2. you are/18 year old girl/who live in small city in japan.
ANSWER: "Across the Sea," Weezer (from my new favorite album)

3. It was 20 years ago today...
ANSWER: "St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band," the Beatles

4. i can't find my way without following you/i can't find my way without following you
ANSWER: "Nation of Slaves," Joseph Arthur

5. we've always been out of our minds.
ANSWER: "Rain Dogs," Tom Waits

6. freedom looks like too many choices.
ANSWER: "New York, " U2

7. there are things we cannot know/invisible hands that guide the show/from up above.
ANSWER: "Invisible Hands," Joseph Arthur

8. you been taking it hard/i know it's hard/i'm not lying, sure, it seems like i'm trying to get back at you...
ANSWER: "Say You Miss Me," Wilco

9,. the body of venus, with arms!
ANSWER: "Touch Too Much," Best Rock Band Ever

10. i'm old enough to know that peopl waiting on some big sign/should quit their waiting on the divine/divine is what's in your mind.
ANSWER: "Walking To Do," Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

11. gonna drive down to atlanta/live out this fanta-sy....
ANSWER: "Look at Miss Ohio," Gillian Welch

12. the train came in/it had to leave again/and romeo pulled away.
ANSWER: "Romeo and the Lonely Girl," Thin Lizzy

13. i'd tell all my friends but they'd never believe me/they'd think that i'd finally lost it completely
ANSWER: "Subterranean Homesick Alien," Radiohead

14. i have cursed thy rod and staff/they no longer comfort me.
ANSWER: "Love Rescue Me," U2

15. i got a hunger and i can't seem to get full.
ANSWER: "Lover I Don't Have to Love," Bright Eyes

16. i saw judas iscariot carrying john wilkes booth.
ANSWER: "Down There By the Train," Johnny Cash (written by Tom Waits)

17. got slicked-back hair/skin-tight jeans/cadillac car and teenage dreams!
ANSWER: "Rocker," AC/DC

18. these are the days that i've been missing/give me the taste, give me the joy of summer wine.
ANSWER: "These Are the Days," Jamie Cullum

19. i gotta know tonight/are you alone tonight?
ANSWER: "Hysteria," Def Leppard (hey! it came up on iTunes!)

20. now some say he's doing the obituary mambo/now some say he's hanging on the wall/perhaps this yarn is the only thing that holds this man together/perhaps he was never here at all.
ANSWER: "Swordfishtrombone," Tom Waits

RECIPE FOR DISASTER (?)

Saturday night, the plan: 1. A trip for good (bad) Mexican food, with Andrea and Zach. 2. A Blockbuster run, with the aim of renting the worst (best) movie possible. Said movie to be screened accompanied by Sour Patch Kids and a libation or two.

Might not qualify as "BEST. NIGHT. EVER." But still a pretty fun way to pass an evening. Andrea, Zach, and I eventually narrowed down our choices for Worst Movie in Blockbuster to two: "Vampire vs. Zombie," (IMDB user comments: "deceitful garbage," "three thumbs down," and "pile of steaming feces") and the eventual winner, "Boa vs. Python." (IMDB user comments: "It's scary...that this movie got made," "I like to think that someone got fired over this movie.") We were a bit nervous about our selections; while they both looked genuinely terrible, and therefore potentially enjoyable, we were keenly aware that it's only one small step from "terrible but enjoyable to make fun of" to "just terrible." (My sister's comment: "Bad food + bad movies = recipe for disaster.") We eventually chose "Boa Vs. Python" after being unable to read the description on the back of the DVD box without breaking into hysterics.

Despite our anxiety, Boa Vs. Python produced a lot of unintentional comedy, featuring the titular CGI boa and python, *terrible* acting, lots of guys with flamethrowers, a guy who attempts to kill a giant snake with a crossbow, *completely* superfluous nudity (of course), and a ton of characters who, when introduced, prompted comments of "oh yeah, that guy's definitely going to die." Also, quality acting work from such leading lights as David Hewlett and Kirk B.R. Woller (he was 'Comanche Pilot' in Hulk!).

As you might be able to tell, my first homework-free Lenten sabbath passed relatively easily. I hope to do a little bit more with these Sabbaths than watch computer-generated super-snakes kill each other while my Grilled Stuffed Burrito gurgles in my stomach, but everything has to start somewhere.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

LENTEN DEVOTION (pt. II)

Inspired by Adam, who was inspired by Amy, my Lenten devotion will be this: taking a Sabbath from homework every Saturday. It might seem wussy to those of you not caught in the iron grip of 5.5 classes (oh, Langdon Gilkey! I hardly knew ye!), but I think it's significant enough to feel like a good observance. And, per many suggestions, I think it'll both draw me into community and be meaningful in light of Easter. (That's the connection between feast and fast that commenter DRM [a troublemaker if there ever was one] talked about.)

Anyway, thanks for ideas.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF ROCK MUSIC

And while I'm quizzing you, check out #10 in the music quiz: "I'm old enough to know that people waiting on some big sign/should quit their waiting on the divine./Divine is what's in your mind."

Great line, from an artist I greatly admire (whose identity will remain shrouded in mystery, until such time as my apparently woefully musically illiterate readership guesses his/her/its identity).

But here's my question: what do we think of that line as a theological or spiritual assertion? *Should* we quit waiting for some big sign? Without wanting to tip my own hand too much at this point, I think this line works as a work of poetry, and I think it's a provocative, thought-provoking assertion, but I'm not sure I totally agree with it 100%. But I want to hear what you think--hit me up.

LENTEN DEVOTION

Dear blog-readers:

Can anyone help me think of a suitable Lenten devotion? I'm hard-up, beyond the usual ideas relating to food (give up coffee, meat, sugar, etc.). Any other good ideas--either just general ideas which are good, or ideas that might be well-suited to me? (NOTE: 'giving up being a nerd' is not an option, nor is 'giving up being messy.' Sorry.)

Thanks.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

MUSIC QUIZ

Did one of these last year. Now that I have an iPod, I can actually do it, as opposed to just picking out random songs that I've been listening to.

The first 20 songs that randomly came up on my iPod (well, actually on iTunes, but same thing). Selected lyric from each song. Some of these are first lines of songs, others are not. Winner gets a prize. Prize probably = big hug. But play anyway.

1. I belong/in the service of a queen/i belong/anywhere but in-between.

2. you are/18 year old girl/who live in small city in japan.

3. It was 20 years ago today...

4. i can't find my way without following you/i can't find my way without following you

5. we've always been out of our minds.

6. freedom looks like too many choices.

7. there are things we cannot know/invisible hands that guide the show/from up above.

8. you been taking it hard/i know it's hard/i'm not lying, sure, it seems like i'm trying to get back at you...

9,. the body of venus, with arms!

10. i'm old enough to know that peopl waiting on some big sign/should quit their waiting on the divine/divine is what's in your mind.

11. gonna drive down to atlanta/live out this fanta-sy....

12. the train came in/it had to leave again/and romeo pulled away.

13. i'd tell all my friends but they'd never believe me/they'd think that i'd finally lost it completely

14. i have cursed thy rod and staff/they no longer comfort me.

15. i got a hunger and i can't seem to get full.

16. i saw judas iscariot carrying john wilkes booth.

17. got slicked-back hair/skin-tight jeans/cadillac car and teenage dreams!

18. these are the days that i've been missing/give me the taste, give me the joy of summer wine.

19. i gotta know tonight/are you alone tonight?

20. now some say he's doing the obituary mambo/now some say he's hanging on the wall/perhaps this yarn is the only thing that holds this man together/perhaps he was never here at all.

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