Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hail Ceasar

Aelius Denarius.jpgIf you were born today, you share your birthday with Lucius Aelius. He was the adopted son of Hadrian, Roman Emperor. The extent of my knowledge of Hadrian is that Hadrian's Wall was built during his reign. I saw part of the wall, not far from the border of England and Scotland, when I visited Britain a few years ago. I had a picture taken, with me standing on it. I hope I wasn't being disrespectful.

By Rasiel Suarez - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Social conscience


Where did the years go? In January 1990, Phil Collins had a top twenty hit with Another Day in Paradise. It was the lead single from his But Seriously album. It was about homelessness, and it is still impactful, even now. I still have this song on cassingle.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/phil_collins/another_day_in_paradise___heat_on_the_street_f1/

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Holy is his name

I picked up this postcard at a church over the weekend. As you can see, it is a painting of Mary holding the baby Jesus. Mary looks uncannily like actress, Natalie Portman, in costume as Padme from the Star Wars prequels. Unfortunately, both mother and child look Caucasian in appearance, and not even slightly Jewish. Presumably, the artist wasn't going for historical accuracy. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

Eight channel stereo sound


This is a nice piece of nostalgia. Using 16 bit animated pixel art, a creative person has created an animated video of the battle scene between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. It reminds me of the Super Star Wars games that were released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System between 1992 and 1994.


Thursday, January 04, 2018

All American prophet

Poster illustrates a man mid-jump, clad in a uniform common to Mormon missionaries.I went to see The Book of Mormon on Tuesday night. Mormons may be offended, but I thought it was a funny and clever satire of Mormon beliefs and practices. It was gentle without being malicious. I wish more satirists would take that approach towards religion, especially Christianity.

I don't know how many Christians were in the audience. I'm guessing that most of the audience were secular; either atheist or agnostic. If so, I pray that they will come to faith in the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Social leprosy


At the end of another year, it is apt to reflect on the past. My naffest new year's eve ever was spent at home, watching this Star Trek 30th anniversary special, and eating Donald's. The worst parts were the with unfunny "comedy" skit with Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, with cast members from Frasier playing her crew, and a performance by Kenny G.

From memory, I only watched it out of boredom. I have never been much of a Star Trek fan. I liked The Next Generation, and some of the movies, but could never get into Deep Space Nine or Voyager. This is the first, and probably only time, I will write about Star Trek on this blog.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Words will hurt me

In a worrying development, leftist university students at some universities have drawn up a list of trigger words, and demanded that any books containing them be removed from their campus libraries. This offends me as both a librarian, and a university graduate. This sort of talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions was unheard of back in my day. Students came to university to learn, to train for a career, and to participate in the free exchange of ideas.

Librarians should reject the idea of removing books because they offend some people. The Australian Library and Information Association has a core values statement. One of these values is to promote the free flow of information and ideas. Similarly, the American Library Association's core values statement states that "we uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources."

Even if education ministers nip this in the bud, that doesn't mean that the problem will go away. The idea may well spread to other universities, and may well turn out to be a persistent problem. I hope that my peers in the library profession resist it. If you don't like a book, don't read it. Problem solved.

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/corevalues

https://www.alia.org.au/about-alia/policies-standards-and-guidelines/alia-core-values-statement

http://www.culturewarresource.com/leftist-students-are-demanding-books-containing-trigger-words-are-removed-from-university-libraries/