It’s Saturday the 13th, iMonks. I have no idea if that is good luck, bad luck, or just a day. I tend to think it is just a day, but not just any day. It’s Saturday, the day we do some light housecleaning at the iMonastery. I suppose that is bad luck for those who have to do the sweeping. But you, my fellow iMonks, can relax. We’ll do the cleaning, while you do the rambling.
The mark of the beast is upon us. An epidermal electronic system––a hair-thin device that is applied like a temporary tattoo—can be used for medical purposes, spy operations, and—most importantly—online gaming. No word on how many will be made at first, but rumor has it that it will be somewhere between 665 and 667.
Breaking news from riot-torn England: Christianity in America is a self-help, feel-good religion on the verge of collapse. Next they will tell us that water is wet and Oklahoma is slightly warm in the summer time.
What makes an activity a religion? Could a computer game be considered a religion? That’s the question surrounding Chain World, a game that is played by one person at a time. Interestingly, the second player tried to use the game for personal financial gain. Yep, sounds like a religion to me.
(“Gee, Jeff. Why are you so snarky today?” Right living, I guess…)
A new version of the Old Testament is being prepared by a group of scholars in Jerusalem. But don’t go to your local bookstore—or even Amazon—to order a copy just yet. In more than 50 years of scholarly effort, these scholars have released only three of the OT books. At this pace the entire OT will not be available for another 200 years.
Skye Jethani nails it again. Take Chaplain Mike’s excellent series on the Bible and this can be the icing on that cake. I so appreciate these men who are helping me to gain a proper perspective of Scripture.
Ruh-roh. A pastor in northwestern Mississippi has gotten in trouble for banning a certain food item from his church’s fellowship hall. See if you can guess what it is before you click on the link. (Did you guess right?)
I am writing this late on Friday night. Once it is posted I will want to make my way to the backyard to watch the Perseids meteor shower. If you missed it, you can read about it and see some pictures on NASA’s site. Meanwhile, the blackest planet ever has recently been discovered. It is 750 light years from earth, and is blacker than coal. This exoplanet reflects only 1 percent of the light that falls on it. I have been thinking of how this illustrates a spiritual principle, but haven’t come up with one yet. Can you?
Back to video games. You can now help shape Catholic thought and even elect the next Pope when playing Vatican Wars. Ok, I have nothing else to say about this. Why should I when I know Martha of Ireland will have something great to say. Take it away, Martha.
And finally, fellow rambler Adam Palmer sent me a story about Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie. Seems a group wants them to get married. Children’s Workshop said that they are best friends, not gay lovers. They said that they are just puppets and have no sexual orientation. I love it! But tell me–don’t you think there is something strange about Grover?
Birthday cheers go out this last week to Robert Mitchum; Lucille Ball; Andy Warhol; Stan Freberg; Garrison Keillor; B.J. Thomas; Dustin Hoffman; Connie Stevens; Betty Boop; Deion Sanders; Herbert Hoover; Leo Fender; Joe “Is She Really Going Out With Him” Jackson; Jim Kale (bassist for the Guess Who); Buck Owens; and Skip Caray.
I know of very, very few who are as funny and as clever as Stan Freberg. Oh, he wouldn’t play well today, because 1) he doesn’t use profanity to get a laugh, and 2) you have to actually think when listening to him. This is one of my favorite routines of his. Enjoy.