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10 Favorite Weird Al Yankovic Songs

I was very tickled by "Bob", the lyrics of which consist entirely of palindromes. It sends up Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues". You can watch the videos of both on YouTube.

10/10/2007 View
1000 Things to Do Before I Die

Hi lukeprog, congratulations on your conversion. I hope you will be happy with it. How are your studies going?

I'm doing okay; busy with a couple of demanding jobs in the offline world. I do plan to get back to Listology eventually and continue some of my projects here, in particular my philosophy articles.

9/16/2007 View
False Alarm

Jim, I'm very happy about your 'return'. But you know it means our grip on you is tighter than ever now. Bwahahaha! You'll never escape the green and gold (Australia's sporting colors, btw). The fact that you couldn't bear to hand your creation over to another shows that you love it best of all and are thus the one best suited to maintain the genius of this locus.

8/16/2007 View
Looking for a Successor

All things must pass. You created this site for a purpose, not because you were obsessive-compulsive about lists, so nobody should be surprised at your eventual change of heart. Still, I'm sure we all held the unreasonable hope that this day would never come. Heartfelt thanks for heroic creation, administration and contribution. We trust, I'm sure, that our hope for a new administrator even half as good as you is not unreasonable.

6/20/2007 View
Kurt Vonnegut

Here's four informative pages from the International Herald Tribune.

4/13/2007 View
Some Classical essentials and what to know about them.

buddy, I have left an apology to you here

9/8/2006 View
"1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

I bought this book recently and in my opinion the editors have made a huge mistake. This is too much a list of great novelists and too little a list of great novels. What I mean is that they have included too many second-rated works by authors of great novels and omitted a lot of great novels by unmentioned novelists. Some authors are grossly over-represented - J.G. Ballard, for example, has seven novels listed.

9/4/2006 View
1000 Things to Do Before I Die

Sincerely, this is a very interesting post to me (and not merely because you've agreed with part of my characterization of religion). It is strangely moving to an agnostic (lapsed atheist) like me to read of your faith in Jesus rather than Christianity. And on that note: are you familiar with the writings of Karl Barth - "Letter to the Romans", Church Dogmatics? I might be mistaken but I think you would find his attitude to religion interesting. Read up on him, at least.

I should add that I don't want to mislead you about my own beliefs - I am decidedly *not* a conversion prospect - not that I've noticed you being evangelical (something I'm thankful for).

As for this list - a product of youthful lust for life - perhaps you are maturing somewhat - not *entirely* a good thing, maturity, by the way. Your youthful power was taken for granted in the list, but now you find the need to 'psych up' that power with the charging rhino metaphor. Such is life, such is change. The youth is the father of the man.

8/22/2006 View
Read and To Read: By Year

Sure have. Carrion Comfort (not sf, but engrossing), Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion. Those four are amazingly imaginative and engrossing sf and I recommend them very highly.

The only book on your reading list here that I have read is (big surprise) the Heinlein - I've read all of his that was published while he was alive. Double Star was an award winner, I recall, but I wouldn't place it among his best. Are you familiar with the old movie The Prisoner of Zenda? - or the more recent Dave - about an actor who is roped in to impersonate the President when he dies and they want to keep his death secret? Well, both Dave and the Double Star are based on the old Zenda plot. Being non-late-period Heinlein, it is, of course, well worth reading, but, as I said, not really among his best.

7/30/2006 View
A History of Christianity Told in Movies

I've read the novel. It's an interesting read - on the face of it it's a 'follow the string of clues' story - reminded me a lot of the third Indiana Jones movie, about the Holy Grail, although it's a much more sophisticated interpretation of the whole Grail legend. The recent Nicholas Cage movie National Treasure does something similar with U.S. history (though, again, in a less sophisticated way). As for the religious aspect of TDC, it's interesting, but very thin as historical evidence I would think. But that's not surprising. I mean, if what it claims were true then the evidence would be thin. But that doesn't really count much as evidence either.

7/30/2006 View
Why Christians Fail

"HARRY: That's right. Yeah, I've had a team working on (The meaning of life) over the past few weeks, and, uh, what we've come up with can be reduced into two fundamental concepts:

1. People are not wearing enough hats.

2. Matter is energy. In the universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person's soul. However, this soul does not exist ab initio, as orthodox Christianity teaches. It has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However this is rarely achieved owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia.

BERT: What was all that about hats again?"

- Monty Python and the Meaning of Life

7/29/2006 View
A History of Christianity Told in Movies

This list looks pretty respectable now. Good job.

Not that it's history, but I was wondering if you've read The Da Vinci Code or seen the movie, and/or have any comments.

7/29/2006 View
Books: To Read: By Title: Non-Fiction

The Bryson is pretty good - for a book on science by a travel writer.

7/29/2006 View
Read and To Read: By Year

I don't read much any more, and one of the last authors that grabed me was Dan Simmons. Almost bought ILIUM. When you read it, I'd be interested to see a mini-review - any chance of that?

7/29/2006 View
Trailerology: Barnyard (Whoa, that CAN'T be Right)

I can't think of a plausible argument for the position that movies are not a girls' game - perhaps because I have trouble thinking of movies as a game. Wittgenstein challenged us to say what all games have in common - my answer is that all games have players. Movies have players (or some movies do, they say so in the credits), but...but that's argument-by-pun.

Cliche-but-true: nobody ever said the game of life was fair. The question perhaps is can it be made fair. That's what ethics is about. The interesting thing is that it isn't necessarily what 'female' ethics is about. If there's such a thing as a quintessentially female ethic it's not an impartial ethic. 'Male' ethics are impartial, female ethics are partial - they exclude the unrelated. That's why the cop's wife divorces him - her ethic is that the family is what's most important, and, if he can't see that, if he insists on pursuing his impartial enforcement of the law, she'll get herself a new family. It's tragic - inherently.

7/3/2006 View