29 August 2006


Posted in children hug his neck unaware of their inheritance, people you've been before... at 1:43 am by indecisive79

So I thought this was really bad.  But then I saw this.  Judging from the site, the latter might be a bit self-critical, but still!


27 August 2006

I suppose I can make it a Blue Christmas

Posted in we are drinking beer at noon on tuesday at 6:18 pm by indecisive79

Take two for last evening, based on a recipe found here. My favorite fruit and my favorite spice, with cloves thrown in for good measure.

Blueberry Cordial

1 cup water

1.5 cups sugar

~14 oz. blueberries

~3/4 tsp whole cloves

~3/4 tsp whole coriander seed

2 cups unfiltered McCormick vodka

Heat sugar and water to boiling, then cool. Put blueberries through food processor. Combine all ingredients in a bottle and then shake (the bottle). Put bottle in a cool dark corner for several months.

26 August 2006

I just made Christmas

Posted in we are drinking beer at noon on tuesday at 9:45 pm by indecisive79

I’ve been meaning to do it for awhile, since the season is fast approaching, so I decided to make Christmas today. The recipe is below. Christmas is best if it is aged for about four months, so apparently a mature Christmas will actually arrive one day late this year (unless I’m impatient, which I likely will be). After I had begun, I realized I needed an orange and that I had only half the necessary vodka. I went to the local drug store for vodka, and while I was there, I realized I was part of the Saturday night liquor rush. However, I’m fairly certain that I’m the only person buying liquor there tonight who wasn’t actually planning to drink it for four months. You’ll notice that the new vodka in the recipe is unfiltered. My Brita is on the fritz, so I wasn’t able to filter the new vodka; I’m hoping that it doesn’t hurt the final product too much.

In other news, I talked to a guy from an apiary today, so I may be able to start a mead soon.


Christmas #5

1 cup water

1.5 cups sugar

12 oz bag of cranberries

4 cinnamon sticks

allspice berries


7 cardamom pods

grated ginger and nutmeg

peel of organic valencia orange, 2/3 microplaned, 1/3 peeled

~1.2 cups filtered Bunett’s vodka

~1 cup non-filtered McCormick Vodka

Make syrup with sugar and water, bringing to a boil and then cooling. Run cranberries through a food processor. Put all ingredients in a bottle, shake, and let sit in a dark corner for several months.

16 August 2006

hit and run communication #1

Posted in words of wisdom I've picked up along the way at 6:27 pm by indecisive79

Written on a desk in the local engineering library: “I hate this Game, but I can’t push the reset button”

Sounds like this person is in grad school…

10 August 2006

Fun with Calvinism and other oxymorons

Posted in God's music should be divine at 5:57 pm by indecisive79

I found a post on badchristian.com that got me to thinking about how we can educate the young of our church in vital aspects of theology that have heretofore been quite ignored: let’s name our concerts after key ideas from the history of theology.  Here’s the main idea that I started in the comments at Brandon’s page, in response to a youtube clip of very excited Christian Rock concert-goers:

Not knowing the band in the video, I first thought they were named Limited (from the lights in the back of the stage). But there are two bands, so I assume that it’s the name of the concert. Regardless, I was hoping that this was a reference to the middle (and most unfortunate (largely b/c it was heavily indebted to nascent capitalism instead of, you know, the Bible)) consonant of TULIP. Wouldn’t it be great to do a separate festival/concert based on all of TULIP. Perseverance would, of course, last forever (or at least feel like it). Irresistable would feature only hot young artists which nevertheless the young lads and lasses will avoid lusting over. Unconditional lets any band who wants to take the stage, talent completely optional. Limited, I presume, refers to the very limited audiences who might find such a festival enjoyable (only certifiably saved and very committed youth group officers need apply). Oh wait! These all refer to the same concet/festival! I guess if people want an alternative, they can go to Total Depravity, also known as MTV Spring Break, or maybe even Cornerstone.  Who knew that you could actually have so much fun with Calvinism!

But imagine the possibilities for even non-Reformed based concerts.  You could have the Free Will concert (everyone dressing up like Shakespeare or a large whale or a 70s San Diegan news caster gets in for no charge).  Or how about the rival shows, Mid- or Post-Trib? You Make the Call vs. the Lahaye and Jenkins formally sanctioned Left Behind (TM): the Concert.  The former would be a new band showcase in which the audience gets to choose, based on opinion of the music and theological views, whether a band gets to play three and a half or seven songs; the latter features the artists’ backup tracks blaring at 100 dB to a mostly empty auditorium, with the only people in the room being a pair of friends of an outgoing youth group member and a couple CCM executives standing just offstage.  Or how about the Extreme Literalism tour, where they throw out Iraqi children to get their brains smashed out on rocks and thrown back onto stage before the concert can begin (Psalm 137), or when they go to certain not-friendly-to-open-theology institutions of higher education in the upper Midwest, complete debachery (you know, like card playing, watching PG-13 movies, and girls wearing skirts that rise above mid-shin) breaks out for the entire concert (Amos 4.4) (needless to say, nearly all the male attendees of these concerts have only one hand and no eyes…).  Finally, the CBWM show features the nicest performers and audiences in the world; there’s not a whole lot of music going on because all of the color-coordinated and fashion-conscious individuals in the building spend all their time saying really nice things about each other, just as the Bible requires.

What’s that you say?  Such a naming scheme is completely vacuous and devoid of any actual theological content despite the claim of the label?  Umm, how’s that different from what “C””C””M” now offers?  (Talk among yourselves.  Here’s a topic: “Contemporary” “Christian” “Music” is neither…)