Monday, June 20, 2005

Whither the Muse?

After a quiet weekend, there isn't too much inspiration to write on any topic in depth, so, once again, some not-necessarily-connected talking points will be given.
Perhaps "rants" is a more appropriate term....you decide.

(1) It makes me chuckle to see these "Books I'm Reading" lists full of heavy theological works, especially when the people putting them on the lists seem to have a mentality more suited towards Great Bible Stories for Children. I thought about giving a phony "Books I'm Reading" list containing such items as Jughead & Archie Comic Digest #124, How to Pick up Chicks [4th Edition], and the latest Harlequin Romance Novel, but that would have its own risks.

(2) You know it is a boring weekend when you hope that some Watchtower or Mormon people drop by.

(3) When you call certain businesses and ask some basic questions, do you ever have the person on the other end act as if you're inconveniencing him? This has been happening a lot, lately.

(4) Episode III of the entire Star Wars franchise is, in my opinion, the best of the six.

(5) Are others out there noticing that quite often the main topic of conversation between adults has to do with their house, improvements being made to their house, the value of their house, or anything their-house related? Perhaps this is a sign of adulthood, but, having been an adult for a reasonable length of time, it seems as if houses are the main topic of conversation now. Yawn.

(6) Relative to the housing bubble, either I'll be very happy I didn't get into it, or, if the bubble continues, I'll be very sad that I didn't buy years back. I simply don't see how the bubble can keep sustaining itself, even with mortgage companies and banks giving crazy loans to anything that ambulates and has a semi-consistent pulse.

(7) Ecclesiastes is a very interesting book that is quite astute on human nature. The part that resonates the most with this blogger is 2:4-2:11. Basically, the author of Ecclesiastes had all of "the toys" of life: gold, silver, livestock, houses, vineyards, and a harem of lovely concubines. He had the ability to obtain whatever his heart might desire, but, upon having done this, he could only state:
Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished, and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, I conluded: "All these achievements and possessions are ultimately profitless --- like chasing the wind! There is nothing gained from them on earth."

While there is nothing wrong with pursuing wealth or an improvement of one's financial status, especially when freedom is the goal in mind, it will still be the case in the end that one's heart is filled or empty independently of how much wealth or good sex one has experienced.

(8) One thing that makes being irresponsible and sinful much easier today is the fact that the opportunities for being as such come to you or penetrate into your personal sphere. Two major examples:

(a) With junk mail, one is besieged with credit card offers offering ever-larger lines of credit with ever-lower interest rates, the desired and unstated goal being to get you to spend yourself into debt.

(b) Electronic mail spam filters block out most obnoxious material, but they don't block out every pornographic invitation. At my workplace, the email domain was invaded by porn spammers, and even on more private email servers one gets a few porn spammers sneaking by. It used to be the case that one would have to go out and seek out such material, but now it comes to you unsolicited, for you to enjoy without any stigma or resistance.

(9) It rankles me when Republicans make anti-income-tax arguments based on the fact that lower taxes helps out the economy, which in turn helps increase government revenues. I'd much rather prefer them to merely say that a man should keep the fruits of his labors instead of having it confiscated by the threat of force and redistributed. It is hard to get excited for a party that still defends the right of a group of people to decide how much of your money to take, all while still promoting itself as conservative or smaller-government.

9 Comments:

Blogger centuri0n said...

(1) always shows me how little someone is thinking. And I did list comics in my "books I am reading" list -- though not as particularly as you would have, because in MY house, we have a LOT of comics.

(2) means you need to get married and/or have kids. If you're spending your weekend dreaming of apologetic instercourse, you need help

(3) is a fact of life: most people in service industries do not have a service mentality. They have a task mentality.

(4) in not correct. After seeing EIII, the next day I watched EIV on VHS, and it is better. However, it is better because EIII does a lot of sucking up to the premises of EIV -- EIV is rocher after you have seen EIII (e.g. -- "This is your father's light saber. He wanted you to have it.")

(5): welcome to the middle class.

(6): When Greenspan retires and they put someone who thinks he is as smart as Greenspan is takes over the Fed, the land bubble will burst. Buy then.

(7): you can't have good sex without a full heart. The only way to prove that, btw, is to live it.

(8a+b) are true.

(9) demonstrates that all politicians are essentially the same -- which is to say, they believe in government and not so much in people. I am not sure they are wrong, but I am sure that the government which I would trust more than I trust capitalism & republican democracy is the government which overtly put God's law first. We don't have a governemnt like that.

I'm going on vacation next weekend (Fri-Mon). Can you fill in on my blog to keep it from going stale while I'm gone?

Monday, June 20, 2005 6:26:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Frank:

(1) DC or Marvel? That's like Rome vs Protestants.

(2) Using the M-word may result in a temporary suspension from PP posting privileges! =D

(3) I've gotten to the point where I'll tell a rude person [to whom I'm hardly being unreasonable] that I'm happy to take my business elsewhere. Given my conflict-averse nature, that is quite hard for me to do, which shows the level of irritation caused by the really rude people!

(4) Do you think Darth Vader got off with "cheap grace" relative to the Force? I think so, even moreso now with Episodes II and III under the belt.

(5) Blah, I may soon be leaving the middle class, and the direction isn't the one for which I was hoping.

(6) Greenspan was a Randian at one time, so I've heard.

(7) So many punchlines available here....none of them can appear on the public face of the PP, alas.

(8) Oh don't I know it.

(9) You might like The Law by Frederic Bastiat, a Frenchman of the 19th century.

As for filling in for you, I make it a rule not to post on blogs with a blue background. Blue backgrounds negatively affect doctrine. =D

PP

Monday, June 20, 2005 7:30:00 AM  
Blogger centuri0n said...

(1) Oh, I'm a total heretic. DC *AND* MARVEL. I follow the artists, dude. Mark Wade pwn's me; John Byrne was once a great man, and Alex Ross ... oh, Alex Ross ...

(2): Your mother called me and told me to say it.

(3): Where are you going to take your business? It's a WAL*MART world, bub.

(4): No. In their universe, there is no atonement for sin. If you love and are loved, you're just swell. Darth turn out just swell. Trying to read Christian standards into Star Wars is like trying to read Shakespeare in the original Klingon.

(5): again, your mom called. She says she has a room if you'll date the girls she sets you up with.

(6) "was"? More like "is".

(7): I wasn't kidding.

(9) That's the nicest thing anyone has said to me this week.

As for your aversion to blue, wearing black is soooo 80's. Blue is much more optimistic and cheeky.

Monday, June 20, 2005 8:03:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

(1) You probably like the Yankees and the Mets, as well as both the Cubs and the White Sox.


(4) "Shakespeare in the original Klingon" is a coffee-mug worthy line.

(2) and (5): having Mother clandestinely involved wouldn't surprise me.

A black background for this blog aptly describes the midnight soon to come to my life!

I thought pastels summarized the 80's colour scheme. When I think of black I think of old Country music or heavy metal.

PP

Monday, June 20, 2005 8:29:00 AM  
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Monday, June 20, 2005 9:00:00 AM  
Blogger centuri0n said...

Black is for people who think that they can scare others into taking them seriously. Look at the Jesuits, for example ...

... and "Shakespeare in the original Klingon" is a line from ST6:The Undiscovered Country, so while I accept your coffee mug, I also cite my sources.

Monday, June 20, 2005 9:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

2) All you thought about this weekend was apologetics?

3) Some service reps are better than others (usually because their supervisors keep reminding them that that they need to be more pleasant). Just remember that they may have talked to a raving lunatic right before you and that's why their are a little frazzled. If you are polite, they usually answer in kind.

4)I still prefer EIV as well, although EIII was good. However, I also agree that Star Wars does not have any Christian standards. You want Christian sci-fi (or fantasy), go for Lord of the Rings or Out of the Silent Planet.

By the way, watching EIV again was a little creepy once you know that Luke and Leia are twins.

5) Not everyone talks about their house/home improvement. Some people discuss their life as a repo man and others describe their work or religion.

However, house/home improvement is usually a good conversation starter when you don't know who you are dealing with at a party (ie, will they get upset if you talk religion).

6)I don't think there is a land bubble in all parts of the country. California and Florida, yes. Other areas may have scattered bubbles, but there are still some areas with good bargains. Land has always been one element of wealth (especially land that you can grow food on).

I would just make sure that whatever land you buy can always be used for growing crops (without having to constantly irrigate). In my mind, the California bubble may burst when Canada or one of the states that supply water to California decide that they won't sell (give?) their water anymore.

Monday, June 20, 2005 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger BlackCalvinist said...

Well, since everyone's answering in list order:

(1) Agreed.

(2) They'll get an empty house. I've made it my business to get out and get a life again :) So Friday, I went Bowling, Saturday I rested, Sunday I was mostly in church.

(3) Nowhere teaches customer service anymore. That's why. So now it's just an excuse for more of human nature's selfish side to come out.

(4) I dunno. III is great beyond great, but 6 still can take it out in a few areas. Some of the dialogue in III was absolutely horrid.

(5) My mother. I get tired of hearing about the house, honestly.

(6) I'm waiting for the bubble to pop.

(7) Timothy Brindle from Lampmode Records has a new single on his upcoming 'Killing Sin' CD called 'Vanity'. He's got it on the revised version of his 'The Great Awakening' CD (which I have), which is an exposition of Ecclesiastes.

(8) Yep. (to both A & B)

(9) Yep.

Monday, June 20, 2005 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Hello there Kerry, and thanks for dropping by!

About getting a life --- that should happen soon. My life is rather in boxes right now as I await a move cross-country.

As for the dialogue in Episode III vs VI, I don't see what you see.

And, finally, "yep" to your "yeps."

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 7:49:00 AM  

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