Saturday, August 11, 2007

Email: Remember the good [EH]

The Dangerous Book for Boys sounds like a family man's answer to The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road (also red).

Forget what every jerk has ever done to you. When you go on vacation, you don't remember (and relive) every bug or ant that bit you -- you just draw your lessons: Don't sleep on an anthill and wear bug repellent when in the wild. Remember (and celebrate) the good experiences -- and if you still lack good experiences, then change to Plan B: Go to a different park or make better preparations for the next outing.

Email: Netflix Support

Title request: If I Didn't Care (2007)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Email: Anti-Catholic blather [EH]

Bob Jones [University] is ultraconservative fundamentalist and they hate Catholics and Jews [and blacks and foreigners]. Just look them up on

There will always be diehard Republicans, Democrats, fundies or Muslims who think everyone else is wrong and should believe as they do. It really is all about their need to feel they are right about everything and to feel superior; they have an inbuilt need to "have all the answers" so they cannot feel free to pray or think or discern their way through situations as Christ would have them do. She is only repeating what she has been told; she has in no way researched the facts for herself. You can tell a person is in a cult because they repeat exactly what the leaders say -- and that is exactly what she is doing.

Catholic Church teaching by definition goes deeper than Protestant teaching because it doesn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Peeves: Kia Rondo commercial

Not only does this TV commercial rip off the flower child melody The Age of Aquarius for base commercial gain but it commits linguistic anathema with the jingoist terms cabinocity, giddyupidiness and Rondoism.

Email: Pediatric pedantry [EH]

There have been many online social sites in the past decade for adults [(Six Degrees and LinkedIn to name two)] but adults as a rule do not make the time to be organized socially. It's like some people write letters and others never do -- you will never get more than a certain percentage of cooperation from post-24-year-olds [on the social sites] because once you have a responsible job you stop clubbing and wrapping your life around socializing with your friends. So the new sites (MySpace and Facebook) have mostly young people but there is nothing keeping older folks from using them too. In fact, the only way a venue becomes a ghetto for young people is when older people think they are "too old" for it and exclude themselves -- which is a pedantry up with which I will not put (to repurpose Churchill).