and so it is, just like you said it would be.


I’m thinking about shutting this down for a while. This, and Twitter, and Facebook.

Don’t know if I’ll actually do it, or if my social networking addiction will get the best of me. But friends, I’m growing a little tired of trying to keep up, of always having to be connected, of having to always feed information into my head. Granted, they’re good ways of airing my thoughts, and of getting in touch with people easily, but…really. It’s a little nuts. There are more interesting things I could and should be doing with my life right now. There’s such a thing as e-mail and, heaven forbid, the telephone that I can use.

We’re such an overstimulated, over-consuming culture. I feel like I need to take a break from it for a while. I need to go out and live life for a while. I have a lot to say, but nothing that I feel is really appropriate for the whole freaking Internet to say. Don’t worry, all you folks that’ve commented on the last post, I’ll get stuff to you. And it’ll be awesome, maybe more so from my not having let the Internet eat my life.

This isn’t for everyone. But it’s something I feel like I need to do. I love all you guys. I’ll see you around.

it’s a meme, but a good one.

The first 10 people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully before responding:

– I don’t guarantee you’ll like it, if you don’t, feel free to regift it or otherwise get rid of it
– You have no clue what it’s going to be
– You will receive it via the mail or hand delivery (or possibly email).
– I reserve the right to do something extremely random
– You will need to provide me with a postal address or something like that if you do not receive it before the end of the year OR I will not be seeing you over the course of the year.
– It might be a drawing, a list, a book, jewelry, baked goods, an original photograph, a mix CD, a found item (that is changed somehow), etc.
– You don’t have to repost this, but I think it’d be fun if you did.

music check!

Haven’t done one in a good while. Put your music player on shuffle, give us the first twenty songs, etc.

1. Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson, “With A Little Help From My Friends”
2. Shane Nicholson, “Safe and Sound”
3. Dean Gray, “Boulevard of Broken Songs”
4. Mandy Patinkin, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”
5. John Reuben, “Doin'”
6. Maroon 5, “Wake Up Call”
7. Counting Crows, “Good Time”
8. The Weepies, “Antarctica”
9. Radiohead, “Karma Police”
10. Denison Witmer, “Life Before Aesthetics”
11. Radiohead, “No Surprises”
12. Matthew Smith, “Arise O God and Shine”
13. John Vanderslice, “My Old Flame”
14. Counting Crows, “Mr. Jones”
15. Adam Pascal, “Beautiful Song”
16. Elizabeth Stanley, Angel Desai, and Kelly Jeanne Grant, “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”
17. Passion Worship Band, “Break Our Hearts”
18. Eden’s Bridge, “Christmas Is With Us Again”
19. Eliseo Roman, “Piragua (Reprise)” (heehee)
20. Chris Rice, “One of Those Days”

thursday 13

This week: Thirteen roles in plays or musicals that are for the opposite sex, but that you wish you could play somehow.

1. Hamlet.
2. Mark Cohen in Rent.
3. Angel in Rent too, actually. I guess I could do it, but it’d end up being some crazy Victor/Victoria kind of thing and be all awkward.
4. Jean Valjean. Remember my crazy idea to do a gender-reversal of Les Mis? It was mostly born of my desire to hear a woman do “Bring Him Home”.
5. Oh my word, Bobby in Company.
6. Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
7. The stage manager in Our Town (and actually, who’s to tell me I can’t?)
8. Rosencrantz or Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
9. Usnavi in In the Heights.
10. Horatio in Hamlet, if only because he gets to deliver the “Good night, sweet prince” line.
11. John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell.
12. Motel the tailor in Fiddler on the Roof.
13. The balladeer in Assassins.

mix tape monday

This week: Well, the spring equinox was on Saturday, so in honor of that, a playlist for spring:

1. U2, “Beautiful Day”
2. Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
3. Derek Webb, “I Wanna Marry You All Over Again”
4. The Beatles, “She Loves You”
5. Paul Simon, “Graceland”
6. Patty Griffin, “Chief”
7. Gene Kelly, “Singing In the Rain”
8. Hazel Kaneswaran, “A Sort of Homecoming”
9. The Duhks, “Magalenha”
10. Bon Iver, “Lump Sum”
11. Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch, “Didn’t Need Nobody But the Baby”
12. Ceili Rain, “Bliss That I’m Swimmin’ In”
13. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Dig Lazarus Dig”
14. Marvin Gaye, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”
15. Feist, “Mushaboom”
16. Scissor Sisters, “Laura”
17. Coldplay, “Strawberry Swing”
18. Nickel Creek, “The Fox”
19. Eva Cassidy, “Way Beyond the Blue”

probably shouldn’t be awake this late, but:

I have a question for you guys to help me ponder, because y’all are pretty smart folk: What might the American Revolution look like if shifted to the mid-21st century (2030-2040 or so)? A few things that might be a factor:

1) In the year 2035, I will turn 50. People born in this decade (the ’00s) will be in their 20s and 30s. Baby boomers will be in their 80s, and there’ll probably be a LOT of them, given the trends.

2) Technology’s totally different than it was 200+ years ago. Information that took months to deliver in 1776 can get around the world in minutes, if not seconds, now. Something like Common Sense would be blogged and tweeted about by thousands of people now; what might happen in 26 years?

3) There’s not the whole colonial factor to deal with. People would be overthrowing a government that’s on this side of the Atlantic, on this continent, in this nation-state. The situation might be more analogous to the French Revolution or the Civil War.

4) Definitely more urban warfare involved.

Now, help me hash this out: What kinds of factions might there be–would there be a violent revolution and a non-violent one? What would make people rebel against the American government now? Where would fighting take place, and what would it look like? Where do people get involved, and how?

I do realize that there are a lot of factors that would determine this that we can’t foresee now–the economic state, future White House administrations, what becomes of the Iraq and Afghanistan situation, etc.–but any thoughts you guys have on this would help. Also, if you have any helpful resources you can point me to, that’d be swell. Thanks.

a jumble of thoughts while i wait for some CDs to burn

*I think the only thing that could be more dangerous is if your dad is a philosopher: A three-year-old asks her chemistry professor dad “why”.

*A brief illustration of how bizarre being a SXSW cashier is: Last night, my fellow cashier, who works with endangered bird species, walks out of the bathroom, slightly freaked out, because she has a tick on her back. (Her friend just got diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, further increasing her freaked-out-ness.) I get called upon to remove it with a bobby pin, seeing as I’m the only sober one not offering to get it out with a pocketknife the size of my hand. Inside, there’s a band from California playing really great Latin music. It wasn’t so absurd at the moment, but I’m getting weirded out by this the more I think about it.

I got most of it out, by the way. Pocketknife guy got the antennae out (not with his knife, I don’t think).

* The really funny part of this involves a swear word, so you’ve been warned:

*The bluebonnets are all out here in central Texas. I took a drive down Loop 360 yesterday afternoon, windows down, music turned up, looking out at the fields (well. the medians) of blue, accented with the red of the Indian paintbrushes. Perfect March afternoon. Lovely.

*Okay. CD’s done. I have some thoughts brewing that I’ll get up soon. Later, boys and girls.

mix tape monday.

(The “it’s spring break so I didn’t think of this until about 8:30” edition)

This week: Hymns.

1. Matthew Smith, “Father Long Before Creation”
Father, long before creation, Thou hadst chosen us in love/And that love so deep, so moving, draws us close to Christ above

2. Laura Taylor, “To Christ the Lord”
To Christ the Lord let every tongue its noblest tribute bring/When He’s the subject of the song, who can refuse to sing?

3. David Crowder Band, “All Creatures”
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son/And praise the Spirit, three in one/Oh, praise Him/Oh, praise Him/Alleluia

4. Jason Feller, “Begone Unbelief”
Though cisterns be broken and creatures all fail/The word He has spoken shall surely prevail

5. Jars of Clay, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand”
O’er all those wide extended plains shines one eternal day/Where God the Son forever reigns and scatters night away/I am bound, I am bound/I am bound for the Promised Land

6. Keith and Kristyn Getty, “In Christ Alone”
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me/For I am His and He is mine/Bought with the precious blood of Christ

7. Jeff Berry Band, “Before the Throne of God Above”
My name is graven on His hands/My name is written on His heart/I know that while in heaven He stands/No tongue can bid me thence depart

8. Sandra McCracken, “Jesus The Lord My Savior Is”
Whatever I need in Jesus dwells/And there it dwells for me/’Tis Christ my earthen vessel fills/With treasures rich and free

9. Benj Pocta & Brian T. Murphy, “Why Should I Fear?”
Had I the guilt of all the world, He’s able to forgive/Why should I fear, the debt is paid/If only I believe

10. Andrew Osenga, “Jesus I My Cross Have Taken”
Soon shall close thy earthly mission/Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days/Hope shall change to glad fruition/Faith to sight and prayer to praise

11. Sovereign Grace Music, “I Will Glory In My Redeemer”
I will glory in my Redeemer/Who crushed the power of sin and death/My only Savior before the holy Judge/The Lamb who is my righteousness

12. Caedmon’s Call, “I Boast No More”
The best obedience of my hands/Dares not appear before Thy throne/Yet faith can answer Thy demands/By pleading what my Lord has done

13. Shane & Shane, “It Is Well”
My sin–oh the bliss of this glorious thought/My sin not in part but the whole/Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more/Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul

14. Andrew Peterson, “The Ninety and Nine”
There rose a glad cry at the gates of heaven/”Rejoice, I have found My sheep”/The angels echoed around the throne/Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own

15. Henegar-Union Street Sacred Harp Convention, “Antioch”
I know that my Redeemer lives/Glory, hallelujah/What comfort this great sentence gives/Glory, hallelujah

and he woke me up again…

(opening music: Sufjan Stevens, “Seven Swans”)

1. Hello, readers. Been busy. Editing stuff and reading articles and making coffee and listening to the new U2 album (which is pretty stellar, by the way). Been mulling over some things. And, well, surfing the Internet and procrastinating way too much. I’m trying to remedy that part.

2. It’s Lent, and so I’ve been considering my sin, one of the foremost of which is a great deal of fear. I think I’ve accumulated it over my (admittedly short) lifetime, partially because of things that have happened to me, I think, but also because fear, in a weird way, gives me the illusion of control. If I can find something to worry about, I can also find a way to guard myself from it. Trusting God means it’s out of my hands, and that freaks me out, truth be told. So I’m trying to learn to give up my need to be the one in charge, which isn’t easy, but it’s good. His love casts out my fear. And He takes away my guilt and shame. And that in turn gives me the boldness to love as I’ve been loved. That still kind of boggles my mind. It’s such basic Christianity, but the simplest things are always the hardest to do.

3. I’ve also been mulling some more over this whole idea of Christianity as story, what it means for the gospel to spark our imaginations, and what that looks like practically, what I can do to be part of engaging people in their own stories with the Great Story. (That was such a strangely constructed sentence. I apologize.) Anyway, I started reading Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places, and there’s a great quote there about this:

Story is the most natural way of enlarging and deepening our sense of reality, and then enlisting us as participants in it. Stories open doors to areas or aspects of life that we didn’t know were there, or had quit noticing out of over-familiarity or supposed were out-of-bounds to us. They then welcome us in. Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.

I like that.

4. Spring break’s coming up soon. I’ll be in H-town Friday through Tuesday, and then I have to be back here in Austin because…

I’m working as a cashier at South By Southwest.

How crazy is that? I’ll be working at the music venues selling tickets, and for this I will get two t-shirts, dinner for four nights, and pay. Seriously. My life does not suck.

5. I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a few questions for you good people:

a) What was the last album you bought, and what’d you think?
b) What are you currently reading?
c) What’d you give up for Lent, you that give things up for Lent?
d) What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color? :p
e) A question my oral history prof made us ask one another our first day of class: What is the most important thing in your life right now?

(closing music: Caedmon’s Call, “Mother India”)