Category: "culture/news"

UK teacher wins US ultra-marathon

BBC | UK teacher wins US ultra-marathon - Marathon runners are now sissies (yes, I mean you, P. Diddy). I just learned that there is a race called the ultra-marathon that spans the 3,100 mile distance from California to New York. Some bloke named Bob Brown just won the race with a time of . . . two months. That's 50 miles a day for two months. He went through seven pairs of sneakers.

(via Linkfilter)

I wish I knew how my mind worked

Somehow, writing that last post (a few seconds ago) reminded me of a life-long goal I am one step closer to reaching: memorizing Lloyd Dobler's response to a "What-do-you-want-to-do-with-your-life?" type question.

I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

Well said, my man.

A string of incoherent thoughts about fish

I was working on an ad for our church's upcoming fall series when a disturbing thought occurred to me: I have no idea where the phrase 'what's the catch' originated. Our senior minister and I came up with several theories; most involved fish. When we consulted others, the results were just as, if not more, dismal--most were confused with our question and assumed we meant that we didn't understand the phrase "what's the catch". (I mean, really, give us some credit here.) So, the ball is in your court--PLEASE tell me where this phrase originated. I would appreciate an actual answer, but your personal theories will be accepted as well.

In an unrelated incident, Danny and I saw Napoleon Dynamite last night, recommended to us by our good friend Brendan. I loved it! I don't think I ever stopped laughing, and Danny and I have been repeating lines from it all day. (Example: we took Emma to the zoo and saw the Bald Eagle exhibit. Danny said, "Do you think those birds have large talons?" To which I replied, "I have no idea what that boy just said." Now you have to see the movie to figure out what I am talking about. Ha!)

Jumbo shrimp

If you were sitting around waiting for me to post a link to a list of oxymorons, then your wait is over.

Oxymoronica

We the Media

You can now read We the Media online for free. There are some remixes out. I'd like to get an audio version or one I can read on my Pocket PC. Let me know if you find either.

I can make it on my own

This is out of date now that there is a new one, but I love this picture:

Janky

It's time to settle a debate than ran for most of last week. I was using the word janky, and everyone else on the trip insisted that I made up the word. So, here is the definition, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary:

Janky (adjective) inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and dilapidated; refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to people

I'm not the type who takes relish in being right and proving someone else wrong . . . oh wait, yes I am. That's the point of this whole post. Bufe, Sara, Brendan: I expect to see your written apologies as comments. And make them good apologies, not janky ones. Bam!

Know your geek history

Thanks to Sears for sending me this link.

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in months. It's the staff of Microsoft from 1978. Gates is on the lower left. (Oddly, the guy in the middle of the top row is named Bob Wallace.) Every one of these people ranges from a multimillionaire to a multibillionaire, all because of the free market, and not politics. It might confirm what I've been saying for years--ultimately we are going to be ruled by Homo Computergeekizoid Nerdus. This might not be such a bad idea, considering what the State and politicians have done. All hail the new masters!

Welcome to the technocracy. Join us or face the pain. Once we've completed our takeove there's going to be some serious revenge on jocks and bullies.

By the way, since Matt finds all these good links, I think he should start his own blog. Drop a comment if you agree.

Foundation Finished

This morning I finished reading Forward the Foundation. It's the last book in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Here are the seven books, in the order they were written (and the order I read them in):

Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Earth
Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation

The last two books are set before the first one. Amazon.com's listing of the series puts them first, but I think it's better to start with Foundation and read them how Asimov wrote them. I thought this was a good series. Thanks to my friend Josh Shive who told be about the books. The Foundation series is a part of the same sci-fi universe as Asimov's Empire series and Robot series, which begins with I, Robot. I'd like to see the Will Smith movie and then read the book and eventually read all 17 books in the three part mega-series.

Passion movie had limited impact

New Survey Examines the Impact of Gibson’s “Passion” Movie - This new study by the Barna Group basically concludes that The Passion of the Christ may not have been 'the greatest outreach opportunity in 2000 years.'

Among the most startling outcomes drawn from the research is the apparent absence of a direct evangelistic impact by the movie. Despite marketing campaigns labeling the movie the “greatest evangelistic tool” of our era, less than one-tenth of one percent of those who saw the film stated that they made a profession of faith or accepted Jesus Christ as their savior in reaction to the film’s content.

Equally surprising was the lack of impact on people’s determination to engage in evangelism. Less than one-half of one percent of the audience said they were motivated to be more active in sharing their faith in Christ with others as a result of having seen the movie.

. . . One of the lessons from this situation, according to Barna, is that major transformation is not likely to result from one-time exposure to a specific media product.

(via Religion News Blog)

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