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Friday, March 24th, 2017
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Monday, March 20th, 2017
10:08 pm
Remembrance of Posts Past

You know, it's kind of frustrating when I think I have a good idea for a post, then I find out I've made most of the same points before. I found this CNN article through Twitter and thought it might be interesting to respond to it, but I addressed the topic back in 2009. I've also reviewed the Timothy Freke book mentioned in the article. My general conclusion about the idea of Jesus simply being an adaptation of a pagan myth is that it's really not all that close to any pagan myths I know of. Yes, there were gods and heroes who died and came back to life, but not in the same manner. Osiris was cut into pieces and reassembled, not hung on a tree. And who's to say that third-century amulet Freke mentions wasn't influenced by Christianity? These things can work both ways, after all. And speaking of the criterion of embarrassment that's frequently used in research on Jesus, it's interesting that Robert Price mentions Hercules. He's said to have murdered his own children, and that's totally embarrassing for a hero to have done, so it must have actually happened, right? Yeah, I know it's not really that simple, but I do sometimes come across arguments that Jesus and other Biblical figures must have existed because the records on them by believers say some bad things about them. But then, every hero has a tragic flaw, right? But then, if you think Yahweh is perfect, something nobody could claim about Hercules' father Zeus, then it makes more sense that his son would be the one hero without flaws. I am interested in seeing the show about Jesus mentioned on the page. It apparently started two years ago, but the older episodes are On Demand.


In more personal news, Beth and I met David, whom we've known online as long as we've known each other, and from the same place. Amongst ourselves, we still usually call him "Davey-Bob," the name he went by on the e-mail list. It's weird how there are people whose real names we know, but we still call them by their Internet names, and sometimes even ones they don't use anymore. And the list itself was one made for They Might Be Giants fans to talk about subjects other than the band, partially as a response to people whining about off-topic conversations on the mailing list run by tmbg.org. That's pretty confusing, isn't it? I think the list officially still exists, but like most Yahoo groups, it's nothing but spam now. Anyway, we met at Heartland Brewery at the Empire State Building, a restaurant Beth and I both enjoy. Is it weird that I don't like beer, but think brewery restaurants tend to have good food? We saw the live-action Beauty and the Beast with Tavie and Erin on Friday at the Alamo Draft House. Seems like there's kind of a theme here. They have one of those movie theaters where you can order dinner, but Beth and I just got soda, milkshakes, and little baked pretzels. They also have a collection of death masks near the bar. I feel like I should make a "remember the Alamo" reference, but why bother when conservatives forgot Pearl Harbor?

Current Mood: stressed
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Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
12:15 pm
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  • Mon, 12:24: I don't know that ANYBODY'S babies are qualified to restore society. At least let them master the toilet first.
  • Mon, 12:50: Seems to me Steve King and his supporters are the ones who haven't assimilated. We can't restore civilization with 19th-century thinking.
  • Mon, 12:56: She was going to say "Inspector Clouseau," but was advised to use a more up-to-date reference. https://t.co/1LrB0u5ct8
  • Mon, 13:46: RT @rainnwilson: Surely, @WangChung, there's no way EVERYBODY can Wang Chung tonight!
  • Mon, 16:33: I remember back when the government had to spy on people through toaster ovens.
  • Mon, 16:50: When people talk about the Deep State, is that North or South Dakota?
  • Mon, 17:04: Steve King thinks we need more white people to restore civilization. I thought we were the ones who messed it up in the first place.
  • Mon, 17:06: RT @DaddyJew: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie about how beauty is only skin deep. What's important is that you're rich & you have…
  • Mon, 17:28: Does anyone know if Fred Otto's story about how Aquareine came to give the magic pearls to Pingaree still exists?
  • Mon, 17:42: RT @TeaPainUSA: Trump still wants us to believe 3 million illegals voted for Hillary but not a single microwave oven managed to snap a pict…
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Monday, March 13th, 2017
10:34 pm
Monsters and More
This past weekend was the thirty-sixth semi-annual Monster-Mania Convention in Cherry Hill. Okay, I think that number also counts the ones in Maryland, but still, it's been around for a while. Two of the main draws advertised on the program are John Cusack and Louise Fletcher, but neither of them did question-and-answer panels. While Beth did once get an autographed picture of Sid Haig some years ago, the lines and the cost are a bit of turn-off for meeting the guests. In retrospect, though, I do kind of wish I'd gotten something from Captain Lou Albano, what with my fascination for the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Anyway, the first actor whose panel we did see was Kristy Swanson, who was in a whole bunch of stuff in the eighties, including Flowers in the Attic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Wes Craven's story of human-robot friendship Deadly Friend.

She was also in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, which I did see, although I can't say I remember it very well. My sister rented it once. I never got into the Buffy television show, which was apparently not much like the movie, although I know a lot of people who loved it. After her came Ted White, who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 4; and Kane Hodder, who played the role in the seventh through tenth films.

C.J. Graham, Jason from Part 6, was supposed to be there but was stuck at an in-costume autograph session. White is ninety-one years old, and used to double for John Wayne. The twins from The Shining made a return appearance, along with the guy who played Danny, who is now a college professor.

The last time the twins were there, they only gave very brief answers, but it seems like they stepped up their game a bit. They're still about as English as it's possible to be, though. The next panel had Kane Hodder return with Adam Green, not the guy from the Moldy Peaches, but the creator of the Hatchet films that star Kane as serial killer Victor Crowley.

That's not Kane, just some Victor Crowley cosplay.
He had also made a movie called Frozen some time before the much more famous film of that name came out.

The reunion for The Karate Kid had Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Martin Kove.

That wasn't a horror movie, of course, but sometimes stars of other films manage to sneak in (not literally), and I generally don't mind. I'm still not sure what the big deal was about Boondock Saints, though. Oh, well. The most crowded panel we attended had three of the stars of Stranger Things, and while Beth watched the first season of that, I only saw the first episode.

I feel kind of bad that the room cleared out quite a bit after that session when there was another one after it for John Carpenter's The Thing.

Wilford Brimley was there, but I'm actually not sure where he was sitting; he wasn't behind the table with the others. It's weird how people of later generations often know actors for things other than their acting; I've seen The Thing, but Brimley is probably always going to be the Quaker Oats guy in my mind, sort of like how I knew Jane Fonda had exercise tapes before I'd heard anything about her having acted. The last panel ended an hour earlier than usual, so we had more time to get to Friendly's for dinner, as we pretty much always do. They have the all-you-can-eat shrimp again, and while it wasn't as good that night as it sometimes is, I still enjoyed it.

So what else? There's supposed to be a snowstorm tomorrow, even though it was warm several days last week. From what I've heard, work is still going to be open, but it sounds like the subways won't be running, so I might have to take the day off anyway. I guess I'll see for sure in the morning. I'm never quite sure how I'm supposed to prepare for snow, but we have enough toilet paper and don't drink milk. Well, okay, Beth takes Half and Half in her coffee, and that's similar. And we watched Star Trek VI tonight, so a review should be forthcoming. Also in the works are somewhat new looks at aging in Oz, Toad from the Super Mario Bros. games, and the newest Magnetic Fields album. I wonder if anyone will read them.

Current Mood: pessimistic
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
1:00 pm
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Saturday, March 11th, 2017
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Friday, March 10th, 2017
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  • Thu, 13:09: RT @QwertyJones3: *Grabs thug by the neck* "I want you to tell your skeep-beep de boo-boo skeetle beep bop friends about me." "WHO ARE YO…
  • Thu, 13:15: RT @SkepticNikki: Please retweet if this statement makes sense to you: Lack of belief is not belief. #Atheist #Atheism
  • Thu, 13:16: RT @ACreativeMuggle: #RussianTVShows Who Wants to Buy An American Billionaire
  • Thu, 13:18: RT @RPGSite: Super Mario RPG was out today in 1996. An unconventional and popular collaboration game from Squaresoft and Nintendo. https://…
  • Thu, 13:21: At this point, I suspect Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador are roommates.
  • Thu, 13:32: RT @robotmouthfarts: Icebergs: We sunk the Titanic, LOL! Humanity: We'll get you for this, assholes. Your whole race. [starts anthropoge…
  • Thu, 14:12: RT @CulturedRuffian: 🎶When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are🎶 -Rich people who can afford tickets to Disney World
  • Thu, 14:21: Just saw a tweet by someone with the handle "Surfers 4 Trump." Guess they appreciate how much he says "radical" and "extreme."
  • Thu, 14:28: RT @dafloydsta: [commercial for salad] Do you want to feel sad when you eat?
  • Thu, 14:29: RT @drhappyknuckles: Your Buddhist password must contain nothing.
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Thursday, March 9th, 2017
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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 14:51: First draft of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire": "JFK blown away, it was a very windy day!"
  • Tue, 15:03: RT @ahrabik: GOING TO THE DOCTOR, 2015: that will be $4000 GOING TO THE DOCTOR, 2019: that will be $17000, and im racist
  • Tue, 15:07: RT @JoyAnnReid: In other words, a much more onerous, much bigger individual mandate collected by insurance companies rather than the IRS. h…
  • Tue, 15:09: RT @TeaPainUSA: Chaffetz says we gotta choose between an iPhone and Healthcare? Why can't we choose between Healthcare and Trump playin' g…
  • Tue, 15:11: RT @NoThoughtsHere: If you don't have an iPhone, can you keep your ACA insurance?
  • Tue, 15:13: RT @DannyZuker: Chaffetz's iPhone comment shows what the GOP believes. The poor are irresponsible. The rich work harder. All policy flows…
  • Tue, 19:23: Bat-Bee is gonna tempt your tummy with the taste of justice and the night. https://t.co/swfyIdzV0d
  • Tue, 21:10: Super-Duper Superficial https://t.co/Hu0x49p53X https://t.co/9i6giLyDra
  • Wed, 07:29: RT @TeaPartyCat: Why do news shows call him "Withoutanyevidence Trump"? Isn't his first name Donald? Every story starts "Withoutanyevidence…
  • Wed, 07:34: What happens if you give up Catholicism for Lent?
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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
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Monday, March 6th, 2017
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