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Harry Potter and the Magician's Migraine

30 October, 2003 10:01 PM

A Washington doctor warns that he's seeing a number of children with Hogwarts Headaches. This new ailment is caused from eye strain as kids wade through the 870 page 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'.

Patenting Shock and Awe

26 October, 2003 10:59 PM

The US patent office has had a run of trademark applications using "Shock and Awe" in their names. The list of 29 products includes condoms, coffee, golf clubs, pesticides, dietary supplements, fireworks, video games, salsa, energy drinks, yo-yos, lingerie, Bloody Mary mix and "infant action crib toys. Source

Worst album covers of all time

26 October, 2003 12:01 PM

Gianna has posted her worst album covers of all time. Very amusing.

Droolings over Apples

25 October, 2003 1:40 PM

I've avoided heading over to Apple since hearing about the release of the new G4 ibook. I had a feeling they'd release one soon and having bought a G3 ibook last year I wish they'd done it sooner. Oh well. It looks like a great little machine and pretty cheap too! Hmmm...I wonder how much I'd get for my G3 as a trade in.

I am also tossing up whether to fork out the money to buy the OS X Panther. Would be interested to hear how others are finding it if they go the upgrade.

The Matrix - Revolutions

23 October, 2003 10:41 PM

November 5th will see The Matrix - Revolutions released.

November 6th will see youth pastors across the globe trying to incorporate it into their Sunday night sermons. The Christian blog scene will be in a frenzy interpreting what it all means. Parallels between Neo and Christ will be drawn til the cows come home.

I remember last year when The Matrix - Reloaded was released reading two blog reviews of the movie that came from a similar yet different perspective to the typical Christian review. One was from a Muslim gentleman the other from a Jewish woman. Both interpreted it through their own faith perspectives.

Strange how the same thing can be interpreted through such different lenses.

Here are some links looking at the movies from different perspectives.

Buddhism, Christianity, and The Matrix

Matrix as Messiah Movie

Similarities between the Matrix and the Gospel

The Matrix is a Parable of old-fashion religious redemption

The New Gnostic Gospel

The Matrix and Nondual Spirituality

Is the movie "The Matrix" about the Christianity Meme?

Philosophy and the Matrix

The Matrix and Quantum Consciousness

The Matrix and Buddhism

The Matrix: Religion vs. Philosophy

The Matrix and Skepticism

Escaping the Matrix

The Matrix, or, the two sides of Perversion

Myth meets Internet in 'Matrix'

Moving into the Matrix: An examination of postmodernism, Cyberpunk, and technology's role in future societies

The Matrix Metaphor

Reexamining Reloaded: A Christian Perspective on the Matrix Trilogy

Matrix Reloaded Explained

Matrix Continues New Age Gospel of Christian, Egyptian & Greek Mythology Blend

Review of Matrix Revolutions from a Christian perspective - and another

The Matrix Revolutions: Back to a Messianic Allegory

There are loads more links out there. I have not read all of the above and cannot guarantee their quality, but offer it as a starting point for thinking about the different perspectives on this fascinating trilogy that people have taken. Enjoy. Feel free to leave your own links in comments.

update: My reflections on how the Matrix has made people think.

You may also be interested in a similar list on links about The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter

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Spencer Tunick Photos

21 October, 2003 9:36 PM

I logged onto my photolog this afternoon and there has been a flood of hits looking for Spencer Tunick photos. I only mentioned him in passing one day. He must have just had another photoshoot somewhere and everyone is looking for the shots. Sorry, I don't have any photos - but the Spencer Tunick site is here.

Get the 'Naked States' DVD - Featuring Spencer Tunick's work Also available on Video.

Check out his book 'Re-Entering the America Zone' here

Sauna World Championships

19 October, 2003 11:14 AM

Sauna World Championships. What is it? Basically its the person who remains sitting in a steaming sauna with temperatures between 100-110C for the longest time!

Source - Presurfer

Marrying Fido

19 October, 2003 10:50 AM

You and Fido have been living together for a few years now. He's been faithful. You know each others routines, likes and dislikes. You can put up with his hair on the couch, woopsies on the porch and his howling at the moon. Perhaps its time to take the relationship to the next level!? You need to contact Marry Your Pet.

Drink Mowing

18 October, 2003 3:52 PM

Man loses driving license for drink driving...on his lawn mower

'Hi' Spam

12 October, 2003 9:17 AM

Has anyone else been getting daily emails from assorted hotmail addresses that just contain the word,


Maybe the Nigerian Spammers are taking a different approach?

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Links

11 October, 2003 4:06 PM

Search Engine searches for Ethos, Logos and Pathos make up around 10% of all incoming engine referals. I wrote about it and how it might relate to blogging here and since then it gets daily hits.

I don't feel it is the best link around on the topic (although others seem to have linked to it) so I thought I'd post a collection of other online resources on it. Here is what I found:

Paul's Use of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in 2 Corinthians 10-13 (Book)

Simple Definitions

More detailed Definitions

Winning Arguments with Ethos, Pathos and Logos

Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Statistics

Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Public Speaking

Ethos, Pathos and Logos as applied in George W. Bush's speech at Ground Zero

The Three "Artistic Proofs."

Business Writing and Persuasion

Martin Luther King's
Letter from Birmingham Jail--a rhetorical analysis

Martin Luther King and his usage of Ethos, Pathos, Mythos and Logos


Logos: Logical Proofs
Ethos: Ethical Proofs
Pathos: Pathetic Emotional Proofs

The University of Iowa: The Rhetorical Triangle

Preaching Rhetorically

Hypertext vs. Papertext: Establishing Online Credibility

Ethos, Pathos and Logos as they relate to Press Releases

Learning how to use the 3 Rhetorical Styles

Mythos: The forth proof?

Using evidence to prove your point in Business Writing

I can't guarantee all of the above are high quality, although I have weeded out some of the lesser quality links already. If you have or find other good links leave a comment below and I'll add them to the resource. I hope some of that is helpful!

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11 October, 2003 11:48 AM

Check out this amazing site that attempts to bring a little perspective on the $87billion George W. Bush is asking Congress for for the next fiscal year to continue to fight the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its hard to visualize this type of money...until now. now.

Introducing the Offering Machine

10 October, 2003 3:16 PM

offerning.jpg I guess an offering machine like this had to show up some time. I sort of surprised its taken so long. However it doesn't really sit too comfortably with me - Like Michael I'm still trying to work out why I am reacting against it. I mean I'm all for churches changing with the times but....hmmm.....I don't think LivingRoom will be signing up for one.

What do others think?

Bored Men Kindergarten

9 October, 2003 4:25 PM

On our recent trip I discovered that bored men standing outside of change rooms in women's fashion shops is a world wide phenomenon. Thank goodness the Germans are doing something about it!

German women fed up with their partners' grumbling on weekend shopping trips can now dump them at a special kindergarten for men offering beer and entertainment.... The men are given a name tag on arrival and for 10 euros ($11.80) they get two beers, a hot meal, televised football and games.'

Men everywhere will be hoping the next one is in their city!

Clowning Around In Church

9 October, 2003 9:11 AM

When I was 6 I found Church very boring. My mates Simon, Ben, Scott and I would always try to sit together so that we could entertain ourselves til it was time for the kids to go out for Sunday School. We'd talk, make paper planes, tell jokes and giggle. Of course it always ended with one of our mums telling us to 'stop clowning around!' I never had a come back or way of justifying our fun. now I do.

Jesus Hits Winning Home Run for BoSox

6 October, 2003 12:25 PM

"It wasn't me swinging that bat. It was the Lord Jesus Christ." That according to BoSox game winner Trot Nixon after his 11th-inning smack into the stands that brought Doub Mirabelli in for the winning run. Source

If only I could get Jesus swinging my tennis racquet for me next time I play.

Scanning the News

5 October, 2003 5:10 PM

What a crazy world we live in. Here's a few of the headlines in the news this week.

Dieting Dollars 'There are no official statistics for spending on diet products, but estimates vary from $40bn to $100bn in the US alone - more than the combined value of the government's budget for health, education and welfare.' Source

M&M; eating with chopsticks world record broken Source

Boob Aerobics London gym offers boob aerobics Source

Man steals back his stolen truck When Joe Francis' truck was stolen, he didn't get mad. He just stole it back. Source

Nigeria and Mexico: Happiest Nations in the World says study "New Zealand ranked 15 for overall satisfaction, the U.S. 16th, Australia 20th and Britain 24th -- though Australia beats the other three for day-to-day happiness. Source

Vegetables for OneOne of Japan's leading supermarkets is to start stocking quarter-size cauliflowers and cabbages as part of a new dwarf vegetable range for single people.Source

Time tells

2 October, 2003 7:15 PM

"Ecuador began a national punctuality campaign on Wednesday to wipe out the socially acceptable but costly practice of running late.

Hundreds of officials gathered in the heart of Quito's colonial-style downtown to mark a ceremonious start to the drive, which is led by a local civic group that estimates the poor nation may lose up to $724 million a year due to lateness." source

Its an amusing story, but I can't help but feel a little sad. I've travelled to and lived in a number of countries that are renowned for being late - or who operate with a 'slightly more relaxed sense of time'. Whilst it can be very frustrating as a visitor to such countries I have found it really challenging to the way we often live in the West - trapped and constrained by the clock. Maybe if we all relaxed a little when it came to running on schedule we'd find that maybe the Ecuadorians actually have it something that we don't.

Increase Your Traffic

1 October, 2003 1:27 PM

Texan Survey: The average rush-hour driver wasted more than a full day -- about 26 hours -- sitting in traffic in 2001. Hmmm, that doesn't seem that much over a full year.

The average Australian wastes more than 8 years of their life (10%) watching TV! Now that is a statistic that makes me think.

Bishop: I'll pay white people to attend my church

2 August, 2003 5:42 PM

Just saw this article about a Bishop Caldwell who is paying white people to go to church!

This month, Caldwell is going to pay white people to attend his sermons. It's five bucks for a Sunday service, 10 for a Thursday service. And the idea is already stirring up controversy.

Hmmm....bizarre....but maybe this is how I could attract a few more males to Living Room!

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