Archive for April, 2006

1o Mayo

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I've been enjoying listening to Spanish radio out here in California, partly to practice my Spanish, partly because I'm about to live in a latino neighborhood, partly because I'm really grooving on the tuba sounds played during Piolín por la Mañana as I've been driving around. With the talk of new ...

Bunker busting nukes?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

See Union of Concerned Scientists' Simulation (flash animation).

Mid-week updates

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Here are some mid-week updates, in case you care: It looks like I have a place to stay until fall (at least): the Church of the Sojourners is planning to let me stay as a guest member. This makes me very happy. I had great fun singing at the 2nd Annual Golden ...


Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Tomorrow I leave for California--here's the plan: I have one more week to work at NASA, and then, on May 1, I start at Powerset, a new search company. Exciting, and a bit scary: the plan is for me to be in California (say) three weeks per month and (say) ...

Qual question: What is the worst poem?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Daughter Jane has an assignment to "savor [the] awfulness" of a very bad poem, so we got to read some one unto another. Seamus Cooney has a Bad Poetry page, but there isn't much that's truly awful there, except perhaps, Kalamazoo (bottom of page) by JB Smiley: Kalamazoo On the outskirts are ...

Real live preacher

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

The Christian Century has a series of articles by Gordon Atkinson, the "Real live preacher." The first one, How to find a church is quite good. His sermon from Cornell, The Richest Man in Town, a retelling of Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler, is wonderful.

Harmonia Sacra recording order form

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

John Lamb has posted an order form for his recording of the 2006 New Year's Harmonia Sacra singing at Goshen. I previously noted that John had put several lessons up on the Pilgrim Production website. As I said then, I'm really looking forward to this recording. John has several other ...

The most dangerous parish

Friday, April 14th, 2006

From Andrew White's homily for Easter:The ... Church has faced many questions. Will the church divide or split? Is there really hope that the Church will grow? What will happen about the issue of homosexuality? In Baghdad these questions are irrelevant. My congregation will, too, have questions: Will their children ...

Luke, soy tu madre

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Fun song, randomly discovered: Luke, soy tu madre by Ultraplayback. Quiero bailar.

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2006

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa 53:3

Boats against the current

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I used F. Scott (no relation) Fitzgerald's last line from the Great Gatsby, So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. in an email note today, basically as an excuse for why something I've been working on probably won't be finished on time, and why ...

Postmodern Evangelicalism

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I'm not a theologian, but I'm not alone in thinking that traditional evangelicalism (especially with its increased association with political conservatism) seems an inadequate response to a theology that fits well with Christian "experience and doxology." In fact, I discovered what is almost a manifesto: Postconservative Evangelicals Greet the Postmodern ...

Pungent Garry Wills essay

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Garry Wills on Christ Among the Partisans - New York Times THERE is no such thing as a "Christian politics." If it is a politics, it cannot be Christian. Jesus told Pilate: "My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would ...

Following the Stations of the Cross with the Sacred Harp

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

I've created a web page, Following the Stations of the Cross with the Sacred Harp. It is also linked from my Sacred Harp page. Some may find this a useful spiritual practice. Medieval Catholic devotional practice mashed up with early New England Protestant music sung by 21st century anythings. Who'da thought? ...

Christian Harmony recordings online

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Along with Thomas B. Malone, of, I've made available on my website recordings from Tom's 2005 "performance edition" of The Christian Harmony. Tom hosts an annual convention of singers of Ingalls's music, originally published in 1805. The page is Christian Harmony Recordings, and contains all of the MP3 files ...


Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Don't pay attention to those americocentrics who think today is interesting because it contains 1:02:03 4-5-6. Wait till the 4th of May, when at the tone, the time will ISO-ficially be: 06-05-04T03:02:01+00