Archive for October, 2006

Delilha requests – 6° (1986 songs)

October 6th, 2006 2 comments

What if based on last night episode, the characters of Six Degrees called in love song requests to Delilah:

  • Laura to the world:  On My Own, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
  • Mae to Carlos: Mad About You, Belinda Carisle
  • Steven to Anya: Sweetest Taboo, Sade
  • Whitney to Roy (before the party):  Typical Male, Tina Turner
  • Whitney to Roy (after second phone call): What Have You Done for me Lately, Janet Jackson
  • Whitney to Roy (after the party): Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
  • Roy to Laura (before knowing who she is): Secret Lovers, Atlantic Stars
  • Laura to Roy (while he was hitting on her): Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine or You Give Love, a Bad Name, Bon Jovi
  • Carlos to Mae: Crush on You, The Jets
  • Damian to his girl passengers: Party All the Time, Eddie Murphy or West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
  • Damian to his client: That’s Just the Way it Is, Bruce Hornsby
  • Mae to her mother: There’ll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean

What?!?? You didn’t watch 6°?  C’mon, staaaay with it past Grey’s and watch it…

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Survivor – Ruling the Roost

October 5th, 2006 Comments off

Previously on Survivor… Each team of five represented a distinct racial class, and then we got rid of two, to get down the traditional 18 player Survivor goodnees. Yul and Jonathan spent time on Exile Island, and Yul found the indimuinty idol. We’ve had a mini-merge, and one team now has eight.

Live blog (time shift) Spoilers below the fold.

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Forgiveness v. Justice… the point is Grace.

October 5th, 2006 2 comments

Allahpundit over at HotAir has a good link to an article about one of the Amish girls being asked to be shot first, to give more time to her companions. Then as he is wont, goes on to post an excerpt to a post by John Podhoretz that cracks open the question of Forgiveness versus Justice. Two admirable qualities to uphold in a civilized society. The discussion proceeds in the comments, after Allah says:

Serious question: if it’s okay to turn the other cheek when it comes to child killers, why isn’t it okay when it comes to, say, Al Qaeda or Saddam Hussein? That inconsistency among hawkish Christians has always troubled me.

Or is it perfectly consistent, and I’m just missing something?

Which is a wonderful question, and the level at which that is posed comes down to Individuals versus Governments. Individuals can choose foregiveness, or go the extra mile and head towards Grace, when faced with harsh actions towards them by individuals. It seems that is the case with these small precious children that chose personal sacrifice over retaliation. The coments follows my thoughts, and Allah’s pushes back admirably. But I think he is overstressing a well missed aspect of what a Christian is, and how one bases their theology. He is stressing Jesus’ point of ‘turning the other cheek’ and basically boils Christianity into ‘following the words of Jesus,’ which might be a popular belief about Christianity, but in practice is hardly ever followed to that letter. In fact, Scriptures became codifed to ‘include’ the gospels (or Jesus’ sayings) because some hair-brained fellow decided to strip the scriptures down to ‘what Paul said, and a bit of Luke for context’.

But Christianity, is based on much of Pauline theology (and I’d argue, as I think Paul would, that is also Jesus’ theology) and so we can come to Romans 13 and here what Paul had to say as the purpose of governments. Their role in dealing out God’s justice upon those that are misbehaving. That point is brought up tagentially in the comments, as is Aquinas’ Just War thoughts, but Allah keeps pressing on with the, that doesn’t mesh with the Sermon on the Mount stuff. Which I gather is the point. Not all things can be boiled down to the key phrases of the SotM. If anything the sermon on the mount is a commentary on Moses’ law, and pointing out that for every fence built by the ‘teachers of the law’ the law can be extended to fence those people right back into the ‘sinner’ category. The Sermon on the Mount is an exercise in telling us that we ALL fall short, we ALL need foregiveness, and most importantly, we all NEED grace. For the key to the kingdom of heaven isn’t some moral olympics, but the acceptance of a confessed and penitent sinner, that realizes they’ll never jump high enough to reach God.

So while the ‘consistency’ of ‘turn-the-other-cheek’ vs. ‘just-war’ is lacking, that is the point. We are lacking. That is why Christ paid our price, hung on a tree, and died, so God could redeem us all to himself.


ADDED: And if AP reads this: How does a brother get the right to post to comments at HotAir?

Lost – A Tale of Two Cities

October 5th, 2006 3 comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

For an excellent blow-by-bloy live blog, go see Angie’s excellent recounting. She did a great job, and posted that at 9:03. Good job babalah!

Others commenting:

The rest of my comments below the fold, Beware matey, there may be spoilers!

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Ooohhh.. SNAP!

October 4th, 2006 1 comment

That is who she is…

Went over and read about Big Orange Michael’s latest crush, and then read the interview with Sprague Grayden, and then read her profile.

I’ve been trying to pin her since watching the first two episodes of Jericho, and at first I was thinking she’s Samantha Mathis (Christian Slater’s squeeze from Pump Up The Volume and Broken Arrow).  But it never really bugged me enough to IMDB her… but she was Judith on Joan of Arcadia ( I miss that show, and the cliffhanger that never got resolved…)  She was awesome in that role, and she is doing great as Heather Lisinski, the quiet and competent school teacher/love interest (not that one, the other one…) of Skeet/Jake. ( I’m still getting all the names for Jericho, so bear with me here…)

Anyways, in her interview, she says that each week, the viewers of Jericho get another peice of the puzzle.  The first episode gave us two explosions, then next a series of red pens showing other smoking holes in the ground.  This week, we are teased with:

Jake organizes a group to gather more information about the explosions after a satellite television in the local bar broadcasts an Asian news program showing the extent of the nuclear attacks.

Consider it a prelude to LOSTastic…  Mmmm… television puzzle dramas… (Speaking of which, Angie NAILED the Nip/Tuck kidney stealers last week… tsk tsk tsk…)

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Happy LOST Day!

October 4th, 2006 Comments off

Ahhhhhh YEAH!!!!

Today we start finding out all sorts of other stuff.  Like:

  • Did Desmond, Locke and Eco survive the magnetic ‘disturbance’?
  • What are ‘The Others’ gonna do with the big three hostages: Jack, Kate and Sawyer?
  • Can Hurley find his way back to the tailie camp?
  • Will Michael turn the boat around and kick Faux Henry Gale in the ….?
  • Will Desmond’s girlfriend find the Island and save the day?
  • what else.. help me people!!!?

I didn’t follow much of the off season ‘Lost Experience’ so I can’t comment much on that.  From what I’ve gleaned at other fan sites, it is mostly periphery stuff regarding the Hanso Foundation and its roots and programs.  Much of that we’ve already gleaned from watching, you know, the SHOW.  So I don’t expect the ‘experience’ will have much to do with the actual series of episodes that we all stay up late to watch and re-watch on Wednesday nights.  Bonus:  Tonight is fall-break night at church, so we get to watch LOST together as a fam.  Errr… wait, the kiddos!  They’ll make noise and ask questions, and… *sigh*  Well its getting DVR’d anyways, so I may re-watch it after bedtime.

Supposedly the first episode has a Jack centric flashback, much like season two’s first episode.  I went back, and was thinking that the pilot had a Jack centric flashback too, but reading the synopsis, I don’t think we got flashbacks until the second episode (which was Locke-centric, and then a Kate centric)  Jack didn’t get his flashback until the third regular episode.  Kinda makes sense since Jack was supposed to be killed at the end of the pilot.  Anyhoo my turn for speculation:  We will find out that Jack’s father was having an affair with Jack’s wife.  (I predicted it last year after The Hunting Party episode, but I can’t find where I blogged it… I can only point to a message board post does that count?)


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Solicitation for Feedback…

October 3rd, 2006 2 comments

Over lunch on Sunday, talking with Matt and Debbi, we discussed or television blogging obsession. (okay.. maybe it was just my obsession, whateva, it was like three days ago.. okay?)

Last year on Misplaced Keys, I tv-blogged quite a bit, and enjoy re-hashing what I observed on a show, and kibitzing a bit on strategy and such for reality shows like survivor. And Debbi, did a bang up job in the comments taking up my AI slack…

But anywhoo… I need to nail down what you, my 4.5 readers, would like to see. Do you more prefer the recap with little or no commentary? Commentary, and bringing on the teh snark! or a mixture of both, and leave it up to me. Or maybe I just need to get over myself. Anyways… vote!


Thanks to the Democracy 2.0 WordPress plugin and widget. The poll will remain active in the sidebar until … well I come up with another poll.

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Lost, Jericho and Heroes.

October 3rd, 2006 Comments off

Two seasons ago we were introduced on ABC to the Lost television phenomenon in a wild new two-hour premeire that changed some of the perceptions we have while we watch a television drama. Lost combined tragedy and a well developed mythology into a show that was more about an island, than the people that crashed in the spectacular tail-falling-off crash that became its tell tale signature moment.

This season the other networks are playing catch-up, two new series try their hand at a serial television drama that after their premeire’s have many questions that have left unanswered.

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Fascinating… a hole in the wall.

October 3rd, 2006 4 comments

One of Protein Wisdom’s guest bloggers, Dan Collins points to an interesting article on “minimally invasive education.” The introduction to the article explains the premise (a fascinating skinner box experiment).

An Indian physicist puts a PC with a high speed internet connection in a wall in the slums and watches what happens. Based on the results, he talks about issues of digital divide, computer education and kids, the dynamics of the third world getting online.

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None of the above…

October 2nd, 2006 Comments off

apologies to Monty Brewster if what Allahpundit is reporting is true, then I may follow the lead of Ace and deity at HotAir.  I’ll take a step further, any candidate with an ‘incumbent’ by their name, won’t earn my vote.  I’d love to see the faces of hapless pols as they realize that they can be run out of office with the mark on a ballot.  Replace the whole House of Representatives, and 1/3 the Senate in November.