My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 9: A Hymn and a Secret

Towards the beginning of the story, Dmitri and Alyosha meet at the summerhouse as Alyosha is passing by on his way to Katerina’s. There Dmitri confesses his heart to Alyosha concerning Katerina and Grushenka. He begins by quoting Schiller’s “Hymn to Joy”. This poem describes how the goddess Ceres came down from heaven in search of her daughter Proserpine, but all she found was man sunk into vilest degradation. The poem concludes as follows:

Would he purge his soul from vileness
And attain to light and worth,
He must turn and cling forever
To his ancient Mother Earth.
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Music Review: The Cure, Staring At The Sea: The Singles

This was one of my favorite albums from when I was in high school, so I was pleased when I found it on sale about a year ago.

Staring At The Sea is the CD version of the 1986 greatest hits compilation Standing On A Beach. It includes four songs not available on Standing On A Beach: “10:15 Saturday Night”, “Play For Today”, “Other Voices”, and “A Night Like This”. Continue reading “Music Review: The Cure, Staring At The Sea: The Singles”

IT’S SPRINGTIME IN THE ATL!!!!!

That’s right. And for the sake of those of you who do not live here, here is a small sampling of what we have been looking at the last few weeks. (Technically, this is not a travel post since I did not have to travel anywhere to take these pictures. But I am placing it under travel because the purpose is to make those of you who do not live here in Atlanta jealous enough that you will want to come down here and see it for yourself.) Continue reading “IT’S SPRINGTIME IN THE ATL!!!!!”

“Congratulations Passion”?

Regristration for Passion 07 opened on March 1. Passion had a special deal where the first 1000 registrants would be able to register at a discounted rate. Within eight minutes, 1000 people had signed up and the discount was no longer available.

Shortly after this, a comment appeared on the 268 Blog which went something like this: “How interesting. In eight minutes, Passion made a hundred thousand dollars. Congratulations Passion.”

(I tried to find this comment on the blog site, but to no avail. However, I found a couple of open spots where comments had been deleted at the appropriate date range, so I am guessing that it was deleted.)

This comment is a strongly sarcastic remark which betrays a sentiment that is very prevalent in postmodern Christianity: that anything big is not to be trusted. Anything that is big or that makes a lot of money can’t possibly be of God. Continue reading ““Congratulations Passion”?”

Book Review: Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio

Phi (pronounced fee) is perhaps the most astonishing and fascinating number in the world. This number (whose value is 1.6180339887…) was first defined by Euclid over two thousand years ago. It is the ratio which results from dividing a line segment in such a way that the two resulting segments are in the same proportion to each other as the entire original segment is to the longer of the two resulting segments. In other words, start with one line segment AB. Place a point C somewhere along AB such that AC (the longer segment) is to CB (the shorter segment) as AB (the whole original segment) is to AC (the longer segment). If the length of AC is 1, then the length of AB is 1.6180339887…, or phi.

(There. Are you confused yet? Get the book, and it will clear everything up for you.) Continue reading “Book Review: Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio”

Dear God: Do You Have Any Future for Me?

Sorry folks, but these posts are now gone.  These were extremely unfiltered rants that were written at a time when I was having serious doubts and frustrations with life.  Writing them was a very therapeutic exercise at the time, but now that my blog is starting to get some public attention, it is my professional judgment that these posts should no longer remain up.  The blogosphere is a funny place; many a public blogger has been bitten for less than what I said in these posts, and I don’t need that.

Dear God: Did You Ever Love Me?

Sorry folks, but these posts are now gone.  These were extremely unfiltered rants that were written at a time when I was having serious doubts and frustrations with life.  Writing them was a very therapeutic exercise at the time, but now that my blog is starting to get some public attention, it is my professional judgment that these posts should no longer remain up.  The blogosphere is a funny place; many a public blogger has been bitten for less than what I said in these posts, and I don’t need that.