Tag Archives: Reviews

Who the fuck moved my cheese?

 “Buddha, who moved my cheese?” “What is cheese but part of the (w)hole?” In another Journal flashback (from January 2000), here was my reaction to the book my brother’s employer bought for him, pop psychologist Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese? When we visited my brother’s family in Maryland last Thanksgiving, he showed me a […]

Evolution for Fundies.

A new book by Daniel Loxton is drawing critical acclaim and multiple prize nominations. Yet when he tried to find publisher support in the United States, it was considered “so outrageous, so outlandish, so controversial no American publisher dared touch it.” The problem, of course, was not that American publishers shy away from controversy; after […]

Made Out of Meat

“It’s made out of meat.”  Most of the science fiction geeks out there are familiar with Terry Bisson’s classic short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat.” Nominated for a 1991 Nebula Award, the story was in every early Internet sci-fi nook and cranny. I think I stumbled on it the first month I had Internet […]

Selling God

It seems like it didn’t take long to get from slogging on the treadmill in the basement because it’s too cold outside to slogging on the treadmill in the basement because it’s too hot outside. I tried running once in this 98 degree shit, but the resulting air movement kind of feels like a blow-drier […]

Secrecy

Secrecy (Netflix streamable) is another fascinating documentary on a controversial issue. It takes a close look at State Secrets Privilege and how it has been used and abused. I highly recommend this one as it is a balanced investigation into a topic which demonstrates that although secrecy is important, unchecked it becomes a mechanism for […]

Some critical End-Times reads.

You may not have enough time to get through these as there are only 9 days left. But a few of these will be useful if you end up not getting raptured on the 21st and have to endure the tribulation period. Title: How to Survive the Apocalypse Author: Stephen T. Asma Price: $2.99 Description: […]

Casino Jack – Politics, Power, Greed, Corruption

Alex Gibney (who you may know from Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) illustrates the destructive power of political lobbies by giving us a look at the case of Jack Abromoff and his cronies in Casino Jack and the United States of Money (you can stream it on Netflix or you can watch it here on YouTube where […]

iConfess

Big news in the “You’ve got to be kidding me!” world last week was the release of a new app for the iPad and iPhone entitled “Confession: A Roman Catholic App.” The app description reads: Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination […]

Made that way or held that way (Part 2)

  The second argument discussed in the previous post is sometimes considered the default consideration when the Argument from Morality is used.  Those without religious belief will often immediately jump to this defend against this perspective when they hear it. This position holds that without God to mete out final justice, individuals would not be compelled to […]

Defiance

This one is a couple years old; however, it finally made its way to the top of my Netflix watch instantly list. I mention it because it is the perfect movie to consider for looking a bit deeper at the notion of “turning your cheek” that has been the topic of the past several posts. While action-packed, […]