Spiritual Trends

I was listening today to the August 26 podcast from the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “He That Hath Ears” (it’s available on itunes).  He comments that in the 1930s, a spiritualist medium came to one of his services and was converted.  She said that she recognized in his service that there was spiritual power.  But unlike the powers she used or recognized as a medium, it was a clean power.  As our society moves away from Christianity, it will become increasingly irrational (see the transgender lunacy), conformist and intolerant.


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Say, Doncha Know me?

I just watched another Trump rally tonight.   The great thing about tnis week, our President out there, tirelessly rallying, is seeing our fellow Americans.   Hello Kansas, Arizona, Nevada!    I’ve never been in any of those states, but– these are our countrymen, from sea  to shining sea.

And Trump?  “Good morning, America! How are ya? Say, doncha know me? I’m your native son! ”   Yes I know Willie’s politics may not be in line with ours, but–he got it right with this line!

Trump IS our “native son”.  I’m grateful to him for introducing me to my countrymen.

Come what may: GOD SAVE THE DON!!


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The Medium Is The Message

It is great seeing a message that works.

To blend fact, visuals and emotions into a stark, binary choice is not easy, but this does it very well.

All we can do is send money and make sure our folks actually vote. Volunteer to knock doors, make calls if you can.


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As Requested: An Autumn Poem

This is Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Spring and Fall: To a Young Child.  The child herself is “Spring”; the poem is  about the season of  dying all must endure again and again.

“Margaret, are you grieving

Over Goldengrove unleaving?

Leaves like the things of man, you

With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

Ah! As the heart grows older

It will come to sights much colder

By and by, nor spare a sigh

Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

And yet you will weep and know why.

Now no matter, child, the name:

Sorrow’s springs are the same.

Nor mouth had no nor mind expressed

What heart heard of , ghost guessed:

It is the blight man was born for,

It is Margaret you mourn for. “


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Between a Sleep and a Sleep

“{Man} weaves, and is clothed in derision,

Sows, but he shall not reap.

His life is a watch  or a vision

Between a sleep and a sleep”.

–Swinburne  (from memory)

I have spent my life learning, trying to get the Big Picture, at least.  A handle on history.    But every day, I encounter some new tapestry, pull a thread , and an uncover entire ream of events of which I was ignorant.

(GOD, I hate to think of me as “ignorant”! )

Today, it was the events surrounding the Great Schism between Western and Eastern Christianity, 1054.  Did I know it had to do with the Norman invasion? Did I know about the Massacre of the Latins?

…not so much.

i will never be able to learn it all in the time I have left.

And if I did, what would be the point, storing it in my slimy, soon-to-deliquesce  brain?

Who the…, uh okay, just who (or Who) set things up this way?!?!


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Yeah, Too Bad He’s Dead, but, uh….

The Left has universally  hated  and reviked Ayaan Hirsi  Ali, a Muslim woman who says, in general, it’s better  not to live in a society that inisits in theocracy and encourages honor killings.

Why are they so hot about Kashoggi? ONE Muslim killed by other Muslims, when  the sectarian warfare within Islam results in a myriad of  Muslim-on-Muslim deaths  every week?

This is news?

The media only care about this because they think they can turn it against Trump.  Suddenly,  he of the universally reviled “Muslim Ban”  is complicit with the evil Islamic Royalty of The Kingdom!

Are we all supposed to be, like, senile, or juvenile, with no memory of recent historical events?

I want to shake or slap somebody!!


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What did you think of The Great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby (1974) is based on the book by the same name (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book is set in Long Island, in 1922, and is considered a masterpiece: beautiful use of the English language; strong characterizations; evocative creation of the place and times of the Roaring Twenties; strong messages full of symbolism. The story is around obsession with an image of the “good life”, the “American Dream”, and how that image is so flawed, and in the end so destructive. Gatsby is obsessed by his image of Daisy, who tells him that rich girls don’t marry poor boys. His obsession drives him to become materially rich, although emotionally so poor, and in the end his obsession leads to his death.

This film recreation of the book can be said to look beautiful. The direction by Jack Clayton is professional ; the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola is true to the voice of Fitzgerald; the cinematography conveys the mood of those times; the costumes are perfect; the music is lovely: altogether a gripping experience. My Film Group and I sat through the almost two and a half hours enthralled.

Robert Redford plays Jay Gatsby adequately, as does Mia Farrow the part of Daisy Buchanan. Beyond that it is difficult to go. The director could surely have used their talents better. We don’t feel any chemistry between them, and it is difficult to know why Gatsby is so obsessed by such a shallow, self-absorbed person as Daisy. Sam Waterston gives a good performance as Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, but seems objective in his telling. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan is the only character who seems to have some life about him. In the book, we felt for the characters; in the film we didn’t feel anything for them at all. They seemed like cardboard mannequins going through the motions. The audience is left feeling let down. The film is such a visual and musical feast, yet we are emotionally so untouched. What a pity!

The film did well at the box office. It took in $26.5 million USD for a budget of $7 million USD.


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Photo Friday: 18-10-19 Cartoon Characters

I remember seeing Mahha GoGoGo on TV when I was young. It fascinated me that the characters had round eyes. The stories were silly and innocuous.

The English title was Speed Racer. The Japanese title Mahha GoGoGo comes from Mach Vehicle 5 Go is my guess. The characters first name is Go so it might be part of the title too. The “M” on the helmet is for Mifune Motors. Speed Racer’s Japanese name is Mifune Go.


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QOTD 2018-10-18

On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy”   – Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) TRON

(Since I can’t link any original TRON content, here is a fan-made trailer)

Greetings, Programs!  Last week, I mentioned my favorite line from the movie TRON.  This week I figured I would do one of the more famous quotes from the movie – from three different angles!

The Philosophical Angle:  Flynn goes from being a programmer designing video games into a virtual world where programs have personalities, and there is an entire society within the confines of the computer system.  How do you look at the computer system that you work with in the same way after you have been inside of it?  Is deleting a file actually killing someone sentient?

It’s interesting how a change in perspective makes a difference.  I can tell you that I had no idea how far off I was on how moderation works around here.   There are a lot more Dilbert moments than X-Files scenes with the Cigarette-Smoking Man.  I’ll say that my opinion of academia has certainly changed after I got inside.  It is even more ruthless than the average corporate office, and much more hierarchical.  Older PIs often seem like ancient wizards or medieval nobles.  Have you had moments that completely shifted your perspective?

The Theological Angle: Flynn creates a world, then goes into it, becoming all but indistinguishable from the beings that inhabit it.  He is reduced to the lowest level, but his power is still evident.  He sacrifices his life to save the world, but in the process is restored to his proper place.  Sound familiar?  The Christian narrative is so powerful that Hollywood can’t resist incorporating into stories, even if it is in a distorted way.  Are there any other stories where the Christian imagery was present almost in spite of itself?

The Political Angle:  There is no way this movie could be made today.  Flynn is a relic from another era – the renegade programmer turned hacker, acting immature and flirtatious, brash and boastful.  He’s from an era of tech that wouldn’t be recognizable in this modern era of digital safe spaces and walled garden run by social justice scolds.  Even the age of the open Internet, where a techno-libertarian future seemed to open before us, is all but gone.  Tech companies seem to have gone from geeks to the villains of a cyberpunk novel, with a bizarre unreal twist where people identifying as buildings and animals are welcome, but people identifying as with beliefs similar to half of America are not.   Ironically, the sequel’s villain is not the supposed wickedly greedy CEO, but the system administration program out to create the perfect system.  Any who deviate are destroyed or “rectified” into identical drones.  It’s unintentionally a description of the modern vision of Big Tech.  What do your think happened to the technology industry such that it


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Superiority

Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story in 1953, titled Superiority. This is a wonderful read, and quite short.
The US Air Force just lost a tenth of its hyper-sophisticated F-22 fleet in a hurricane.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.” — Washington Times

Short Story – Superiority – by Arthur C. Clarke


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TOTD 2018-10-18: Amazing Apps

I was a late adapter to a cell phone. I thought I didn’t need it. I could use one of the ubiquitous pay phones that were everywhere in Japan. Well, the pay phones are now an endangered species and I would feel naked without my cell phone. I call it a cell phone but it really is a small computer with a phone function. What amazes me is the wonderful apps you can download to make your life easier.

I will share two apps with you. One app I have used for years and a new one that came with iOS 12 on the iPhone. The first one is 駅Locky (Eki-Locky). Eki means station and Locky is added so it sounds like “clock” in Japanese. What this app does is gives me a countdown timer for when my train leaves the station. This is far better than just giving me the time when the train leaves. Looking down at a timer that says I have 5 minutes left gives me the information that I need. I can either run to the station or relax and take the next train. If I swipe left the application shows a countdown timer for the next train so it is easy peasy.

The new app is Measure by Apple. This little app uses the camera in the phone to measure an object. Instead of a tape measure I can point the phone at a starting point then an ending point to see how long the object is. Pretty neat, right? It also has a level so one can see if the picture on the wall is crooked or not.

How about you? What app is amazing to you?


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