Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Playoff Beard: Day 16

The Last Shave: April 12, 2010.
Modifications: Trimmed sparse upper-cheek hairs, as per Playoff Beard Rules.
Moral Support: Gino Reda.
Reasons for Hope: A decisive 6-1 victory over Pheonix in game 7; Abdelkader's hits and Helm's speed; Memories of Vladimir Konstantinov.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Post-It Note Book Reviews

The following is a list of books I've read, or am still reading, from the past year. Rather than writing full reviews of each one, I've posted Post-It Notes with random thoughts on each book.


The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Beatrice & Virgil - Yann Martel

The Complete Stories - Flannery O'Connor

Dubliners - James Joyce

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1-5 - Bryan Lee O'Malley


Surprised by Hope - N.T. Wright

Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John - Jean Vanier

The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education - Norman Klassen & Jens Zimmerman

Colossians Remixed - Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia C. Keesmaat

Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership - Ruth Haley Barton

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Playoff Beard: Day 1

The Last Shave: April 12, 2010.
Moral Support: Gino Reda.
Reason For Hope: 16-3-2 since the Olympic break. Jimmy Howard.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Best Track: Tornado

I'm really not sure I'm sold on the visual aesthetic of this release, but this may be from my phobia of make up on anyone's face, let alone jónsi's. However, luckily enough for me, enjoying the sonic appeal of an LP does not require the visual faculty.

I hesitantly started listening to jónsi's "Go" last week; I wasn't sure I was willing to accept the another solo-offshoot of sigur rós, though riceboy sleeps' 'happiness' was pretty transcendent. I had heard 'boy lilikoi' and wasn't sold. I heard 'go do' and wasn't sold. Then I gave the full album stream a chance, and now I'm sold.

The only downside to the album is this: english. I am still convinced that the weakest sigur rós track of the past decade is 'all alright'. It's not that jónsi is terrible at english. It's that the made up hopelandic went further in creating a mood and atmosphere that could steal me away to one of my frequent daydreams. Now that I know what he's saying, it throws an extra obstacle in there.

I read a blog recently about music, memory, and response. The author mentioned the ability of music to soundtrack the different stories, moments, and events in our lives. And yet again, something jónsi-related has taken that place (what sigur rós album isn't soundtrack-of-our-lives-worthy, honestly?). For someone who is trying hard not to buy new music, but rather replace his digital music library with a vinyl one, it will be hard to not pick this album up, and soon.

This is some of the most beautiful music out there folks.

Go. Do.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

can we all take a collected sigh?

Life, my friends, is deserving of a collected sigh, followed by some reflection. Repeat once, maybe twice. Some close friends of mine have an axiom for the over-the-top moments of life that would never present themselves unless you were earnestly pursuing the Kingdom of God, mistakes and all: Life sure isn't dull.

And it surely is not. Especially not of late. If you ever have the chance to track me down for coffee, ask me to share some crazy stories of my life of late.

In other news, my latest story has characters with interesting names, and isn't melancholic:
Georgy-porgy. Michael. Damiel. Flannery. Orri (though I haven't written him in yet).