I hate music, what’s it worth?

Trying hard and failing hard to get back into a regular routine with this blog. Anyway, here’s what I’ve found interesting over the last few weeks:

The EduPunks’ Atlas of Lifelong Learning sorts a wide variety of online, offline, and hybrid learning opportunities. A couple I’d recommend include Codeacademy and Academic Earth.

42 Amazingly Free Things That Will Make You Smile

The Smiths lyrics + Peanuts cartoons = This Charming Charlie (via AV Club)

The Beloit Mindset List for the class of 2017 (this year’s college freshmen) has been released. Among the highlights:

  • GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
  • Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
  • Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.
  • Captain Janeway has always taken the USS Voyager where no woman or man has ever gone before.
  • As they slept safely in their cribs, the Oklahoma City bomber and the Unabomber were doing their deadly work.
  • Their parents’ car CD player is soooooo ancient and embarrassing.
  • They have always been able to plug into USB ports.

Not only does that list make me feel old, it also reminds me that whether I realize it or not, I do have to face a significant generation gap as I go back to school for another master’s degree. (At least my professors will hopefully get my references to Gary Coleman, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, and using Pine to access e-mail).

ESPN has a fascinating story on Dan Gable.

What You Never Realized While Reading a Postcard. I’ve had this fantasy of turning a bunch of my photos into postcards, and then developing a weekly discipline of sending a card with a personal note on it to a different friend every week. Maybe this will help push me to make that happen.

Jason Micheli is looking at some of the “top” heresies on his blog, I especially liked his thoughts on fundamentalism.

Friend and colleague in ministry, Bri, offers a powerful reflection on Luke 13:10-17 in her post Why not here? Why not now?

Jeremy Smith: Preacher or Performer? The Crying Baby Test.

Borrowed Light:

This isn’t my “official” music selection of the week, but it’s something you’ve got to see (as it blows up all over the internet). Ylvis – “The Fox”:

And just so you don’t have “what does the fox say” stuck in your head the rest of the day, here’s a new song from Superchunk, off their album, I Hate Music, called “Me and You and Jackie Mittoo”:



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