January 13, 2006

Friday the 13th Linkfest

Unlike most, I don't consider 13 an unlucky number, as I was born on the 13th (of April). Here are 13 items that have caught my eye recently:

Mixolydian Don has an Anime SF Babe poll up at his site. I voted for Priss. More from Don about the poll here.

Ted has posted the first two chapters of his [unfinished] NaNoWriMo story and is soliciting input on a title for the novel. His excerpt has one of the best opening lines I've read in a long time. Until you get to the big surprise in the second chapter, it reads like a perfectly normal coming-of-age young adult novel. I don't know where he's taking the story from here, but I can't wait to read the rest.

Here's an interesting analysis of some recent Mozart recordings (hat tip: Bart at The Well-Tempered Blog).

Allah returns to the blogosphere today with a link-blog entitled Link Mecca (At Least 5 Times A Day).

The Commissar lampoons the Hajj and radical leftists in this hilarious illustrated parody.

Michael Crichton (whose novels I'm not too snobbish to enjoy) gave a speech in November 2005 on environmental alarmism. Here's the text, with nice graphs, quotes, and statistics. He admits that he used to be a run-of-the-mill environmentalist until he had a kind of Bjorn Lomberg moment when researching a new novel and realized that his suppositions about environmental disasters were not supported by the evidence.

Virginia Postrel blogged on the theme of the dumbing-down of American Protestantism (and graciously linked to my related thoughts in this matter). This led to my discovery of the new-to-me blog Impacted Wisdom Truth, who commented on both Ms. Postrel's and my posts on the subject.

Zoe Brain wonders where the feminists are with regard to Iran and its fundamentalist justice system.

Geekpress points us to some hopeful news that Serenity may have a sequel.

The Officers' Club linked to this great collection of color photos from the 1930s and 1940s in America.

NasaWatch asks what your standard little GPS transmitter would look like if NASA designed it.

Fred found a Hooters calendar that even my gay friend Owlish would like.

Jonathan Rowe at Positive Liberty points to some [excessively] academic writings on the quasi-libertarian and -Randian rock group Rush.

Posted by JohnL at January 13, 2006 09:15 PM | TrackBack

Thats a lot of stuff. Loved the Link Mecca thing.
I sure hope there is a Serenity sequel, that was one of the best movies of last year.

Posted by: Kyle N at January 17, 2006 08:26 PM

I hope there's a Serenity sequel too, even though they killed off one of my favorite characters from the series (the first one to die, not the second).

Posted by: JohnL at January 17, 2006 08:57 PM

I don't think that a rejection of the King James version amounts to a dumbing down of Christianity-it's not an especially good translation, aside from its archaic (even for 1611) text. Never having been to a megachurch (I didn't get the sense Postrel had ever been to one, either), and being a Catholic, I can't comment on what's taught in them.

But I think this is an exciting time of real ecumenical fervor, a time in which Protestants and Catholics are finally starting to see that they have far more in common than not. That ecumenical fervor is a tendency to more serious thought about what Christians believe, not less.

BTW I emailed you about the Carnival-I hope you got it.

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