Geeks of Christ Presents…January 25 edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

Stupid Snake

by Aviv Itzcovitz

Here’s a cool wordless web-comic I read sometime last week. If you like light fantasy, give this a go.

Lord of the Rings Timeline

By Emil Johansson

The Gallifreyan Perpetual Calendar

by Russell Walks

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Geeks of Christ Presents … January 18, 2013 Edition

Simulacra and Simile: This Post is Really, Like, Super Important

I’m going to focus on two characteristics about the German language that distinguish it from American slang, and reveal a particularity about American culture.

First, you have to listen to the entire German sentence to know what is happening! (Because the verb comes at the end. For instance, in the last sentence, the word “listen” wouldn’t come until the end).

The changing face of “nerds” (and autism) in popular culture

by Noel Murray

No, what bothers me is the hoariness of jokes about bespectacled weirdoes who know the details of every Doctor Who episode but will never know the touch of a woman. First of all, they’re about as cutting-edge as jokes about airline food. Second of all: Did you know that many autists find it uncomfortable to look other people in the eye, or to be hugged? So what’s the joke here exactly? That two recognized traits of people with autistic spectrum disorders—obsessive interests and difficulties with social interactions—are a thing that exists?

Perspectives: Regret And Hope ~ Press On

by Mickey Haist Sr

I don’t count regret to be in itself and bad thing, and I don’t count hope in itself to be a good thing – both regret and hope can be profitable, useful, and healthy when they are informed by reality.

Born of Hope

The above is a fan movie, based on some material from The Lord of the Rings books (the appendices of Return of the King, and various details revealed throughout the text of the books). The visual landscape that Peter Jackson established is revisited here, and faithfully. It’s a fan flick, so it looks shaky here and there, but the production quality is surprisingly high. Likewise is the story compelling and well-told.

My wife and I watched this last weekend and decided, un-popularly, that this prequel is superior to the Hobbit movie.

Geeks of Christ Presents…January 11, 2013 Edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

Why C.S. Lewis Didn’t Write for Christianity Today

by Dan DeWitt

“But supposing that by casting all these things into an imaginary world,” Lewis later said of the power of fiction to present truth, “could one not thus steal past those watchful dragons?”

Rabbit Room Radio

This is great! I love listening to music while I work and I’m an idiot about listening to music online, so I end up just finding YouTube playlists. So anyway, The Rabbit Room is comprised of some of my favorite musicians and writers and they have an online radio stream now.

Adam4d.com 

This is a funny website. Someone linked this in the talkback for a story about unfunny Christians that Relevant put out earlier this week. And I read the entire archive.

And this, This is what the Internet is for

Geeks of Christ Presents… January 4, 2012 Edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

Star Trek : The Next Generation, Season One Reviews

by Darren Mooney

This is a great website. His reviews of movies and TV shows are always thoughtful. The author clearly engages with the arts in a way that I think we would all do well to emulate.

Anyway. The first season of TNG is reviewed in fresh and vivid terms on this site. Linked here is an article that overviews the entire season, having links for each individual episode’s review. It’s worth a look!

The Folly of Scientism

by Austin L. Hughes

Both in the work of professional philosophers and in popular writings by natural scientists, it is frequently claimed that natural science does or soon will constitute the entire domain of truth.

Along the same lines,

Peter Higgs criticises Richard Dawkins over anti-religious ‘fundamentalism’

by Alok Jha

“What Dawkins does too often is to concentrate his attack on fundamentalists. But there are many believers who are just not fundamentalists,” Higgs said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. “Fundamentalism is another problem. I mean, Dawkins in a way is almost a fundamentalist himself, of another kind.”

Here’s a fun Quiz

Can you name the most frequently occurring words, by category, in the King James Bible?

And here’s a fun Twitter account, based on the mysterious villain in the upcoming Star Trek movie

John Harrison’s Twitter

John Harrison

Things I like that should become Christmas presents. For me, or your friend. MUSIC

Andrew Peterson

Behold the Lamb of God

This is the album of the season. Andrew Peterson is fast becoming my favorite songwriter. His words are true. It was truth that first attracted me to music. I wasn’t interested in any music until I heard The Who. The truth in Townshend’s words hit me in a deep way. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me,” echoed through the hollow parts of myself, like a radar finding the emptiness that needed filling.

The empty parts revealed, thanks to the words of Pete Townshend, I looked for something to fill them. “I tried to find the key to fifty million fables.” And I found that “key to fifty million fables” in Jesus Christ, physically filled by His Spirit at the moment I surrendered my life to Him.

Although the music of Townshend and The Who still resonates with me, I have a desire for a musical truth with more breadth. The spiritual nature of myself seeks nourishing from Christ in all forms. I can catch glimpses of Him musically in Townshend’s music, but I never engage with Christ directly in those songs. Andrew Peterson is a Christian, and he sings songs explicitly for and about Christ. In his music, I can find nourishment from Christ. As Scripture is sung, pondered over, wrestled with, and rejoiced over in the songs of Andrew Peterson, I get a chance to engage with Christ through music.

True music.

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The Who complete Vinyl collection

I’m going to need everybody to pitch in to get me this.
I want it I want it I want it
I love The Who. I’m going to see them in December. I just read Pete’s autobiography. I have a gorgeous old radio cabinet that plays vinyl like a pro. It sounds like the musicians are right there with you! I have a couple of Who and Pete solo vinyls already. But the boxed set is just. too. cool.

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That’s it really. I have a wide-ish range of musical interests. New stuff just doesn’t appeal to me. So here’s one new box-set from The Who and the classic Christmas album from Peterson. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!