April Rambling

As a friend noted, “If this occurred randomly and naturally, it’s amazing. If it was done with Photoshop, it was inspired.”

‘Cheap flights’ song (and dance)

Rivers of Babylon a capella by Amy Barlow, joined by Kathy Smith and Corrine Crook, at Amy’s gig in my hometown of Binghamton, NY, July 2009.

Star Wars, the complete musical?

Many people use the terms science fiction and fantasy as if they are interchangeable or identical, when they are actually related, not the same. Author David Brin illuminates the differences.

Superman: citizen of the world

Re: World Intellectual Property Day and Jack Kirby

As a Presbyterian minister, I believed it was a sin. Then I met people who really understood the stakes: Gay men.

Susan Braig, a 61-year-old Altadena cancer survivor, takes old pharmaceutical pills and tablets and mounts them on costume jewelry to create colorful necklaces, pendants, earrings and tiaras that she sells. It’s a way to help pay off her medical debt. By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times, March 29 2011

Jaquandor does a weekly burst of weird and awesome, but this particular collection was moreso than usual.

I wasn’t a huge Doctor Who fan, but I was touched by the outporing of emotion over the death from cancer of Elisabeth Sladen, among the most beloved of the Dr. Who companions and star of The Sarah Jane Adventures. A post by Chris Black.

SamuraiFrog on Weird Al and Lady Gaga.

I’m not a huge fan of Mike Peters’ comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm. But you should check out the episodes for April 12 through 16, when he deals with Sesame Street in the age of this Republican Congress. Also see your favorite arachnid in the April 18 strip.

I bought a new book this month, Write More Good, by a consortium of folks known as The Bureau Chiefs, despite never having followed their meteoric success with their Fake AP Stylebook Twitter feed. I bought it primarily because I was familiar with a number of the Chiefs, even following the blogs of Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin and Dorian Wright’s Postmodern Barney. Truth is that I purchased it mostly because I hate it when Mike Sterling cries. I haven’t read it, but I’ve gotten more than a few laughs when I’ve skimmed it.

Google alert finds: Separating science from attitude By Roger Green. Re: an airplane parts firm: The company folded in 2007 and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating company officers Roger Green and Victor Brown on a variety of potential charges, including grand theft and racketeering

Finally, from the royal wedding you weren’t invited to.

2 thoughts on “April Rambling

  1. Glad Mr. Brin (a good author) is trying to make people realize there is a BIG different between the two. What is best through is finding a novel that merges the two.

  2. Aw, Roger, thanks for the plug on my music! Those two ladies still sing in my former music ministry, the Good News Band at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Hooper Road in Endwell. Nice to have a post of lots of links, too, so thanks!

    The Murray Richmond post was the best link. He speaks firmly and fairly about his journey, and I respect that. I know many who were completely convinced about their position and that they were “backed” by the Bible, until they were taught those nuances, including the fact that Bibles containing the word “homosexual” are bad translations – the sin was pederasty, or sexually “using” young boys to exert power over them, a common practice in early Greek culture.

    Thanks, Roger. A most illuminating post! Apalachin Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/day-29-blast-of-poems/

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