Monday, October 30, 2006

Ipod shuffle 9:00 CST

Here's is my latest installment in the Ipod shuffle game (we need a better name for it).

  1. Beethoven Symphony No. 3 2nd Movement, Herbert von Karajan conducting.
  2. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier Book 1: Prelude in C-moll
  3. Second Line Medley, Irma Thomas from A Celebration of New Orleans
  4. Good To Be Home, Harry Connick, Jr. from A Celebration of New Orleans
  5. Impromtu, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, Diz and Getz
  6. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier Book 1: Fugue in C-Moll
  7. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier Book 1: Fugue in Fis-Moll
  8. Parranda, Gloria Estefan
  9. Pro Defunctus By Chet Baker
  10. Bubblehouse by Medeski, Martin and Wood

Ipod game rules Via:
Fr. Jim Tucker of Dappled Things:

The rules, for bloggers who want to play:

Get your ipod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

College Football Rant


I've never been a big fan of the BCS, but as usual I've been giving it the benefit of the doubt over the years. However, Tennessee is not in the top ten of the BCS standings at the moment even though they should be!!!! Therefore benefit rescinded, the BCS is horrible.

Of course if Tennessee winds up in the national championship game by some quark of BCS math, I will amend my opinion.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cheers to a Friend


My friend Bob, or Bob G+ as he signs his blog posts, is a brave soul. He is a much more avid blogger than I, and he has of recent days been involved in a lengthy debate with opposition forces on the conservative blog .

I give him "much props" for his consistent call to a higher moral standard of debate. I was talking recently with a group of priests about conflict and we all agreed that as a group people in the U.S. generally aren't good at conflict. We witness so much name calling and denouncement in our public debates--be they from political candidates, news casters, or sports commentators--that we just don't know how to have a respectful, engaging, productive debate.

I give credit to my friend Bob because the tenor of the posts on that thread change after he begins to post. There was less attacking and more disagreement. The thread turned from a pep rally of a few people in agreement with each other to a discussion of opposing views. Now, there is still room for growth evidenced by a tendency to reduce peoples arguments to a few phrases and applying mountains of supposition to those phrases to derive at the most negative interpretation of those arguments. BUT, I take hope in the small changes that did occur.

Keep it up Bob G+

God's Peace,

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ipod Shuffle 3:00 o.m. cdt

My friend Bob at turned me on to this game, and he got it from someone else. Set your Ipod to shuffle and then list first ten songs it pulls up.

Here's mine from 3:00 p.m. cdt today:

  1. Bach's Das Wohltempierte Klavier, Book 1:Prelude in Fis Dur, Daniel Barenboim Piano.
  2. U2 -- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
  3. Do Watcha Wanna, Pt. 3, Rebirth Brass Band from A Celebration for New Orleans.
  4. Bach's Das Wohltempierte Klavier, Book 1:Prelude in B Dur, Daniel Barenboim Piano.
  5. Bartok Piano Concerto No. 1 Movt. III
  6. Bach's Das Wohltempierte Klavier, Book 1:Prelude in A Dur, Daniel Barenboim Piano.
  7. B's Paris Blues, Branford Marsalis Quintet, A Celebration of New Orleans.
  8. Bach's Das Wohltempierte Klavier, Book 1:Prelude in Es Moll, Daniel Barenboim Piano.
  9. Alone Together, Miles Davis, Blue Moods.
  10. Whoopin' Blues, Nicholas Payton, Gumbo Nouveau.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Walter Wink Quote

I have been thinking a lot about how faith should be lived out in politics. Here is an interesting quote from biblical scholar Walter Wink.

"The simultaneity of creation, fall, and redemption means that God at one and the same time upholds a given political or economic system, since some such system is required to support human life; condemns that system insofar as it is destructive of full human actualization; and presses for its transformation into a more humane order. Conservatives stress the first, revolutionaries the second, reformers the third. The Christian is expected to hold together all three.
Engaging the Powers p. 67, Walter Wink

To 'hold together all three' may seem impossible. But we somehow manage to hold the trinity together; so, we have had some practice.