Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
I want you to know that because I think that a friend who doesn't often communicate with me might look at The Dawn Patrol and think that my life is somewhat superficial, just flitting around to the next trivia night or newspaper shift or whatever. No, wait, come to think of it, that is my life. Emotionally, however, while I'm enjoying what I hope will be a brief period of dating freedom and wearing my "single girl haircut" (as a girl at Tuesday Night Trivia called it), I don't change so quickly—nor do I want to.
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Saturday, April 26, 2003
While Oliver's soaring vocals and Crewe's gorgeous production work make a very pleasant impression on my ears, I'm not really a passionate fan or collector of the singer's work. Thankfully, fellow rock historian Patrick Beckers is, and he helped me so much with my research that I gave him a co-writing credit on the notes. (That last link will take you to Patrick's "About Me" page, which includes links to his extensive Wondermints fan pages.)
Friday, April 25, 2003
Great article, but I can't agree that "Gnosticism may be, at the beginning of the third millennium, the most dangerous enemy to our Christian faith." Maybe I'm naive, but I think it's much easier to talk to a person who recognizes that there is a spritual dimension to life and point them towards Christ, than to convince people with hedonistic world views that a spritual dimension to life exists.It's a good point. I'm not sure myself if any one ideology can be considered "the most dangerous enemy"; I tend to go with George W. Bush and say that the greatest enemy is just plain evil. However, I think the article's author, Alfonso Aguilar, makes a good case that, within Western culture, Gnosticism in its modern form—defined by relativism and what James Taranto aptly calls "Cafeterianism"—is currently the most visible enemy to Christian faith.
It turns out that, from the point of view of the article's author, Stuart is right. After Rick sent his comments on the article to Alfonso Aguilar, the author wrote back to say that he indeed regretted calling Gnosticism "the most dangerous enemy to our Christian faith" without distinguishing it from hedonism and materialism. He noted that, compared to the latter, Gnosticism is only more dangerous in that it may make people think that they are following something compatible with Christianity when they are in fact losing their faith.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Best of All, It Won't Rot Your Teeth: Most of "The Candy," the nifty neo-bubblegum tune by Chris Butler that I raved about in The Dawn Patrol a short while back, is now available as a download on the site of Chris's notorious pseudo-European act Kilopop! Scroll down to the "Downloads" section and you'll find it. Easily the best "candy" song since Aqua's "Candyman," its gorgeous female harmonies evoke the B-52s' "Roam."
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Monday, April 14, 2003
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Friday, April 4, 2003
Perry: "I think you should come clean and acknowledge that the man sharing the stage and mike with you is not Mike Smith at all, but is of course Kirk Douglas."
Jay: [In an e-mail headed "Mike Smith? Or Kirk Douglas...":] "Separated by birth or LSD? The likeness is uncanny."
Roy: "What are you doing onstage with Kirk Douglas?"
So, let the truth be known. Mike Smith is Spartacus.