Monthly Archives: October 2014


In the light of the scandal at the U of North Carolina, and the continuing dog-wagging from the tail of college athletics, it’s tempting sometimes simply to say to hell with it. But then there’s this story from my old … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Film Screening

(And yeah, I know the song isn’t in the movie, but I like it, too.)

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“Guess I Found Another Lost Weekend…”

I spent the second half of last week visiting Nashville over Fall Break. It was a good trip — I stayed at my aunt’s house and got to spend some time with very dear friends. All those folks are well, and … Continue reading

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I Don’t Remember This on Happy Days…

Anyone who spends much time in the weirder areas of popular music and comedy will be aware of the phenomenon of the “party record”. Back in the 40s and 50s, artists like Ruth Wallis and Rusty Warren cut albums filled with … Continue reading

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Putting the “Meta” in the Metaphysical

In the wake of yesterday’s post about bad Christian rock, reader and friend David D. pointed this one out to me. As he notes: “The realism of this video is the reason I’m ‘nosebleed’ high church these days.” I’ve never … Continue reading

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In the Words of Hank Hill…

“You ain’t makin’ Christianity better; you’re makin’ rock and roll worse.” There are very good rock bands that address Christian themes and ideas — one of them is finishing up a new album as I type. And then… there are … Continue reading

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Death Metal at 8:20 A.M.

I just received an e-mail from our HR department intended to present the facts and some reassurance about Ebola. It mentioned that one possible disease vector was contact with or consumption of “infected meat.” Is it wrong that I immediately … Continue reading

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A Conversation with the Spawn

Yesterday afternoon, I came home from work to find the Spawn sitting in the living room, and we got to talking about writing — a subject in which she has a considerable interest (and in which I think she punches … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

Walking back to my office with a friend after lunch yesterday, I noticed a banner urging members of the campus community to get DNA swabbed for a bone marrow registry, which I thought was pretty cool. Then I noticed a … Continue reading

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The Hills Are Alive with The Sound of Mucus…

Since Withywindle dropped the gauntlet, and as a long-time fan of MAD Magazine’s musical parodies, here we go… How do you solve a problem like Ebo-laaaa? How do you keep the virus from your door? There’s not much you can … Continue reading

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