Divers and Sundry at Blogger

November 26, 2012

I never did figure out how to easily move posts from blogger to wordpress so the formatting made sense. I’m still updating the blog at blogger. Click on this link: Divers and Sundry at Blogger to see the posts.

Videos don’t import

September 23, 2008

or at least I don’t see how to get videos to import.

I guess I’m just going to leave wordpress alone and quit importing the blogger posts (sans videos) until I decide whether or not it’s worth looking into further.

A Boy and His Dog

September 23, 2008

A Boy and His Dog is a 1975 post apocalyptic film based on a Harlan Ellison short story by the same name.

Roger Ebert calls it, “a weird, offbeat sci-fi movie about one of the genre’s favorite subjects: the survivors of a nuclear holocaust.”

The movie is in the public domain and is available at the Internet Archive:

Marcel Marceau

September 23, 2008

Today is the anniversary of the death in 2007 of Marcel Marceau. I actually got to see him in concert once when I was in college.

This Salon article is from 1999. There is a Marcel Marceau Foundation. He did a lot of live performances over many years, and GoogleVideo is a treasure trove of his work.

The picture is from HeyValera‘s Flickr set.

One Web Day

September 23, 2008

Today is One Web Day,

a day when users of the World Wide Web are encouraged to show how the Internet affects their lives…. The purpose of the event is to globally celebrate online life.

There is a Facebook event page.

I enjoy the internet. I love my newsreader and the RSS feeds that help keep me informed. I appreciate the folks I’ve met online and everything I’ve learned from them. I’m amazed at how much easier I find keeping in touch with people since I got online -I’m a failure at keeping in touch by phone and snail mail. And I find blogging to be great fun. It’s odd, because I’ve never been good at keeping a diary or a journal, but the ability to put together a bit with links and photos from other people, to collate information from diverse sources, works for me.

Celebrate Online Life!

St. Matthew

September 22, 2008

Today is the feast day of St. Matthew the Apostle. Appropriately for the times we find ourselves in, St. Matthew is the only patron saint of accountants, stockbrokers, tax collectors, money managers and financial officers and is one of the patron saints of bankers. Here’s a suitable request:

Dear publican become a Saint, after once gathering taxes and tolls how wonderful was your conversion by grace when discarding your earthly possessions you followed the Poor Man of Nazareth. The Mammon of Money is still worshiped. Inspire bankers with kindness and with the desire to help where they can; for what is done to the least, to the poor, is done to Jesus, the Son of Man. Amen.

St. Matthew is traditionally held to be the author of the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, which can be read online in numerous English translations.

The story of the calling of Matthew by Christ is in the book of Matthew, chapter 9, verses 9-13:

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (NIV)

The Golden Legend includes the story of St. Matthew, including an episode with dragons. There is a biographical sketch at this Anglican site.

The picture at the top of the post is Rembrandt‘s Matthew and the Angel, sometimes called The Evangelist Matthew Inspired by an Angel. There are three works depicting St. Matthew by Caravaggio in the San Luigi dei Francesi church in Rome: The Calling of St. Matthew, The Inspiration of St. Matthew, and The Martyrdom of St. Matthew.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion sets part of Matthew’s gospel to music:
part 1

more here

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is an award-winning 1964 Italian film directed by Pasolini. It is #4 on the Arts and Faith list of Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films. Here is a 3-minute clip:

There is another, more recent and less artistic, film based on Matthew’s Gospel:
part 1 of 29

The other segments are linked from here.

International Day of Peace

September 22, 2008

Today is the International Day of Peace, an observance begun in 1981 by the United Nations to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace.

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries has resources here. The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship has a page of resources including, oddly enough, a link to “military hymns”. I’ve noticed that often, when asked to pray for peace, church folks pray instead for protection for our military. Understandable, but not quite the same thing. The United Methodist Women provide links to helpful resources at other sites and a litany for the occasion:

A Litany for Peace:

One: From words and deeds that provoke discord, prejudice and hatred,
All: O God, deliver us.

One: From suspicions and fears that stand in the way of reconciliation,
All: O God, deliver us.

One: From believing and speaking lies about other peoples or nations,
All: O God, deliver us.

One: From cruel indifference to the cries of the hungry and homeless,
All: O God, deliver us.

One: From all that prevents us from fulfilling your promise of peace,
All: O God, deliver us.

One: Deliver us from our brokenness, we pray, O God,
All: and by your grace and healing presence deliver us to You…

One: To still waters and green pastures,
All: O Creating God, deliver us.

One: To the freedom and forgiveness we find in you,
All: O Risen Christ, deliver us.

One: To the tough task of loving our enemies,
All: O Jesus, deliver us.

One: To joyful service in your name,
All: O Servant of All, deliver us.

One: To the promise of a new heaven and a new earth, To the wholeness of justice,
To the power of your peace,
All: O Holy Spirit, deliver us now and in the days to come.

Closing Prayer Charge our lives and our churches with the power of your peace, O God. Overcome our fears and self-deceptions with the promise of your presence. Make us signs of your generosity and justice. Light us each day with hope, we pray, so that we may walk in your truth and be love in your Name. Amen.

The International Day of Peace site has information and ideas on how to participate. They offer a list of useful quotes and several downloads, from pictures (like the one above) and posters to brochures to samples of proclamations for use in group settings. They describe peacebuilding as more than the absence of conflict and different from peacemaking and peacekeeping:

it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving existing conflicts or preventing old ones from re-occurring. Peacebuilding activities aim at building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies and establishing new structures of cooperation. Peacebuilding activities range in scale from personal acts of kindness toward others to global inter-governmental programs.

The Pinwheels for Peace group has an event listed there that’s described this way:

Participants will create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – on one side, they will write their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others”. The writing can be poetry, prose, haiku, or essay-style. On the other side, participants will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. On International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2008, everyone will “plant” their pinwheels outside (at the schools, museum, public places, etc.) as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. The spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country, the world!

Here are good instructions, including a video, on how to make origami cranes. There is a Facebook event page. There is a TXT 4 PEACE campaign.

Sunday Psalm

September 22, 2008
Psalm 119
verses 1-40

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.

30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.

32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.


20 Essential Science Fiction Books of the Past 20 Years

September 21, 2008

Cheryl Morgan’s list from 2008 Worldcon in Denver:

* The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson (1995)
* The Flower Cities series (Queen City Jazz; Mississippi Blues; Crescent City Rhapsody; Light Music) Kathleen Ann Goonan (1994 – 2002)
* Perdido Street Station, China Mièville (2000)
* The Holdfast Chronicles (The Furies; Conqueror’s Child; the earlier two volumes are out of period) – Suzy McKee Charnas (1994 – 1999)
* Revelation Space, Al Reynolds (2000)
* The Fall Revolution Series (The Star Fraction; The Stone Canal; The Cassini Division; The Sky Road), Ken MacLeod (1995 – 1999)
* River of Gods, Ian McDonald (2004)
* Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
* Air or Have, Not Have, Geoff Ryman (2004)
* The Course of the Heart, M. John Harrison (1990)
* Soldier of Arete, Gene Wolfe (1989)
* The Aleutian Trilogy (White Queen; North Wind; Phoenix Café), Gwyneth Jones (1991 – 1997)
* Waking the Moon, Elizabeth Hand (1994)
* Synners, Pat Cadigan (1991)
* Rats & Gargoyles, Mary Gentle (1990)
* The Arabesk Trilogy (Pashazade; Effendi; Felaheen) Jon Courtenay Grimwood (2001 – 2003)
* Hyperion, Dan Simmons (1989)
* Sandman: Dream Country, Neil Gaiman with Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Malcolm Jones III (1991)
* Grass, Sheri Tepper (1989)
* The Fortune Fall, Raphael Carter (1996)

Ones I’ve read are in bold print. I didn’t do so well on this list. I’ll have to get better acquainted with these.

She gives lists from others who participated in the discussion.

I still miss Emerald City.

Star Trek Comics Online

September 21, 2008

WOWIO has Star Trek comics online. SFSignal has the individual links. #1: The Planet of No Return is here. There is a Memory Alpha article on this comic, which is where the picture above came from.

from the WOWIO site:


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