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April 6th, 2006

(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2006|10:59 am]
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The Gospel of Judas?

This is pretty exciting regardless of whether you're Christian. The early church had hundreds of different texts around the life of Jesus and Xian interpretation of the old testament, but at one point, the Roman Church decided on what stayed in the bible, and went on a determined campaign to destroy documents outside the orthodoxy. This is why documents like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospel of Judas are important. These documents are often closer in time to the life of Jesus, and while there's no knowing their historical veracity, they reflect the thinking of the early church. In many cases the early church was radically different than what we are told today.

I'm not a Christian, but not for the lack of trying on the part of my Mormon Relations, and my wife's Evangelical siblings. I am constitutionally incapable of accepting the supernatural, but it doesn't prevent me from trying to find templates for life in holy teaching. All that resurrection and the rapture & such is at best metaphor to me. But you can do a lot worse than to look to the new testament for a way to live a loving and ethical life.

Maybe not the best post to debut this User Icon with, but that's how I roll...
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Great Moments in Awful R&B [Apr. 6th, 2006|03:02 pm]
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I'm In Love With A Stripper (T-Pain)

I live a sheltered life when it comes to commercial radio, but this seems like a particularly silly example of bad Urban music. It isn't as patently stupid as "My Humps," but it has similarly vocabulary-impaired lyrics: "I need to get her over to my crib to do that night thing"

Night Thing? I think he's talking about sex. But that's brilliant! Eating a meal becoms "Doing That Food Thing," shooting somebondy becomes "Doing That BangBang Thing." And "Afternoon Delight" becomes "Doing That Night Thing During The Day Thing" and as your Alzheimer progresses, and you forget nouns, and verbs, everything can be "Doing That Thing Thing."

Double Plus Good!

This track also has a crappy backing track to take things to the next level. It sounds like it was done in fruity loops, using a few demo guitar loops downloaded off the Internet.

And I know about this track because it's it's on B96 Chicago Top Ten at #1!

It's amazing how much of the music on commercial radio seems to be targeted at people who don't actually like music as anything other than sonic wallpaper.
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