Month: October 2006

The Tuesday Eudemon

My first issue of Rolling Stone arrived yesterday. Yup, I’m now a subscriber to the gray haired hippie rag. I received a subscription when I signed up as a member of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame during my visit last summer. The cost of getting my large family in the door was cheaper with a membership, so it was free.

I’m a bit stunned by its leftist partisanship. I always knew it was a liberal rag, but I didn’t realize it was relentlessly so. It makes Mother Jones look middle-of-the-road. Here’s the cover story: “Time to Go! Inside the Worst Congress Ever. Plus: Meet the 10 Worst Congressmen.” Nine of them are Republicans. I think the one Democrat is a mere token (“We’re objective!”). Maybe they’re right, of course, but when one of the most-publicized scandals is a homosexual email exchange, it makes me wonder.

Still, I’m kinda enjoying it. It’s good browsing, and I learn all sorts of tidbits that are probably common knowledge to People Magazine people: Tony Bennett has a top-selling album right now (number 4), as does Fergie (13, and it was 9). Jann Wenner is still alive (I know that b/c he’s still on the masthead). Tower Records is gone (bankrupted and liquidated). Katherine McPhee (American Idol star) is doing well with advertising endorsements. Weird Al Yankovic’s favorite song of all time is “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen. I wouldn’t rank it first, but it’s a pretty cool song.

I learned all that in seven minutes. That’s not bad. Granted, it’s not useful information (I doubt St. Peter will ask me the Weird Al question), but it’s nice to keep abreast. And this magazine shows lots of breasts.

I see Nicaragua has opted for coat hangers: It has banned almost all abortions. … Read the rest

The Monday Moanin’ Eudemon

What better way to perk up on Monday morning than to read this: testosterone levels are falling across the United State. Researchers don’t know why. I’ll hazard a guess: Men are so over-sexed, they get tired of it and don’t want It as much, so their bodies decrease production of testosterone. There are all sorts of reasons why my theory is probably bunk (Caligula and other notorious over-sexed freaks didn’t want less sex). Still, it’s not too bad. I think I’ll try it out this week. Blogging might be light.

A teenager who decided to get her breasts pierced for her 18th birthday faces reconstructive surgery after a flesh-destroying infection forced doctors to remove her left breast. You’d think self-loathing body mutilation would be a lot safer.

Related: When will they bring back female circumcision? The feminists tell us that the barbaric practice is the height of patriarchy. Based on the popularity of breast and underneath piercing, I’m thinking women incline to it naturally and it’ll make a come back. Bring on the foot binding, too!

And perhaps the feel-good story of the day: Possibly the largest “Jesus loves you” sign in the world: each letter is about 31 feet long. When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was carved into the landscape, kinda like crop circles, and was wondering whether English-speaking Christian aliens had arrived from Galaxy 9.

Looking for healthy treats to give away this Halloween. Go here. Later, I’ll try to post a list of hints to get soap, wax, and egg off your house. If you use healthy treats, you’re gonna need the hints.

And finally: I hit a goldmine Saturday night at my local bookstore (all used):

Samuel Johnson: Rasselas, Poems and Selected Prose: 600 … Read the rest

The Weekend Eudemon

An abbreviated WE today. I have to leave at 6:15 for my son’s last junior football game. I’d like to sleep on the way, but I’m driving, so that makes it tough. I might take a snooze when I get there, but I’ll probably end up reading a bit and taking an exercise walk or two. After I get back in late morning, football is done for the year. I’m looking forward to it, though I’ve also greatly enjoyed seeing my second oldest son eat up a number running backs and plowing over defensive linemen. Next year, he moves up a weight class, so I’m guessing he’ll be back to riding the bench and playing offensive lineman. We’ll see.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve changed my posting approach. I’ve opted for one or two long posts that are loosely meshed together. I’m curious to know what you think. Please email me and let me know (email link on the left).

Most of you know that I like Wikipedia, but I have serious reservations. I’m not the only one. Many are watching, seeing if this odd thing can ever become a fully reliable research source. Here’s the latest.

And finally: I’m reeling from the Tigers’ 4-1 loss in the World Series. It’s bitter medicine, but no Tigers fan can complain. We were the second worst team in the history of the game just three years ago. Now, we’re atop the American League with a bevy of young arms, dedicated players, a great manager, and a sharp general manager. I think the next five to ten years are going to be very good to the Tigers. Congratulations to the Cardinals. From what I can tell, they’re a classy organization in a great baseball town. … Read the rest

Brews You Can Use

I missed this little gem last summer: Zen Beer.

Wisconsin micro brewer BluCreek is coming out with a new beer called Zen. The idea is to give a brewski the supposed health benefits of green tea.

The brewery said the English-style India Pale Ale could be the first of its kind and has a subtle green tea flavor.

The beer will combine the flavors of fresh Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops combined with all-natural green tea, BluCreek said.

Very fitting. I once wrote about Zen’s sister religion, Taoism, and beer: “[B]eer [is] a Taoist-like drink that enables the drinker to obtain a small amount of inebriation that shrinks the self and enables the objective goodness of things to shine through the soul.” I’d be inclined to say the same thing about Zen and beer.

Essay about Zen. … Read the rest