Friday, May 8, 2009

Speaking of Elizabethan poets

here's the 1917 Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.

You're welcome.

What's a poetical line like you...

...doing in a Bible like this? "The witchery of paltry things obscures what is right." -- Wisdom 4:12. A welcome spot of "dark speech" in the soggy cardboard of the New American Bible.

For the last few days I've been avoiding what's called "news" - the witchery of trivia, political propaganda and other paltry things. To follow the news nowadays is to be a misinformed citizen. Instead, I'm spending more time with Elizabethan poets, Constitutional history, the worthwhile blogs, etc. It's refreshing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I prefer to call it the Holy Flu

...if it causes changes like this:

Jenky also suggested that the Sign of Peace should temporarily take on a new expression. Instead of a handshake or an embrace, parishioners are advised to interact with a “nod of the head or a smile.”


Monday, May 4, 2009

Don't wet my pallet!

This guy unleashes a magnificent eggcorn - he wants to get my pallet all wet (see the end of the article). No, thank you. If I had pallets, I'd like to keep them dry and build a compost heap container with them. You may whet my palate, though, especially for things concerning Wolfram Alpha.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Paul Anka is the king of something

I would have bet cold hard cash that Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit couldn't be turned into a horn-heavy lounge tune straight outta 1965 Vegas with the swingin' Rat Pack. I would have lost. It's a quintessential Rat Pack tune.

The mystery of the dropped 'g'

"Keeping the faith" involves theology, dogma, orthopraxis; "Keepin' the Faith" involves sentimental liberal do-goodery.