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There is need in human life for levity. So, enjoy your time here in leisurely frivolity, where no Puritan can condem you.
Thursday, September 29, A.D. 2011
Up House

As we are both fans of Pixar’s Up, my brother Aaron notified me of a house that was built in Utah that replicates the film’s balloon carried home. Gizmodo features the curiosity: “Video Tour Inside the Up! House Looks Exactly Like the Real Thing.” We are a quirky people, indeed.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, September 29, Anno Domini 2011
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Monday, September 26, A.D. 2011
God’s Blog

In The New Yorker, Paul Simms published an amusing glimpse of the Almighty’s blog following the creation of the world. The humor lies in the comments. My favorite one:

Why are the creatures more or less symmetrical on a vertical axis but completely asymmetrical on a horizontal axis? It’s almost like You had a great idea but You didn’t have the balls to go all the way with it.

Bravo, Simms.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, September 26, Anno Domini 2011
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Thursday, September 22, A.D. 2011
Thomas Aquinas’ Childhood Journal

If you have ever summoned a Summa, you will enjoy the following gem from The Big Jewel: “Thomas Aquinas’s Childhood Journal (Excerpts).”

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, September 22, Anno Domini 2011
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Friday, September 16, A.D. 2011
Awesomely Bad

To end this week of scholarly chagrin, I suggest that you look over “Awesomely Bad (and Funny) Student Responses to Test Questions.” I can sadly assure you, though, that there are much worse answers in the annals of grading hell—much worse.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, September 16, Anno Domini 2011
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Thursday, September 15, A.D. 2011
The Humanities

Given this week’s theme, I thought that this deserved to be reposted:

“. . . and death.”

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, September 15, Anno Domini 2011
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Tuesday, September 13, A.D. 2011
Simpsons on Graduate School

Continuing the theme from yesterday’s post, 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School, here is a Simpsons video suggested by that site:

Smile, even though it might hurt.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, September 13, Anno Domini 2011
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Wednesday, September 7, A.D. 2011
Conservative Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson performs leftist mockery of the Right so well, it delights even my reactionary soul. From Not the Nine O’Clock News:

This skit might be one of those creative pieces that pleases different sets of people for different reasons. If only the Conservatives really supported “realism and responsibility.”

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, September 7, Anno Domini 2011
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Monday, September 5, A.D. 2011
Restaurant Sketch

On our cultural calendar, summer comes to a close. Enjoy your Labor Day, and be happy that we Americans have distanced our celebration of honest toil from those feverish Commie demonstrations of foreigners. If you are unemployed, I wish you luck in finding a job. If you are earning a wage, count your blessings.

Relevant for the day, here is one last Monty Python video to cap last week’s theme:

Happy Labor Day, especially to those in the restaurant business. Please don’t spit in our food, and we’ll try not to complain about the dirty flatware.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, September 5, Anno Domini 2011
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Friday, September 2, A.D. 2011
Michelangelo and the Pope

For Friday of Monty Python week, here are Cleese and Idle in “The Last Supper” live at Hollywood Bowl:

Superb. Wikipedia states that the sketch was based on Paolo Veronese’s Last Supper. After a hearing before the Inquisition, Vernonese renamed the painting The Feast in the House of Levi. Fiction cannot trump history for comic fodder.

As for Michelangelo and the pope, it seems that they had good relations when it came to art. Clement VII commissioned Michelangelo to paint The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, though the work’s execution occurred during the papacy of Paul III. Michelangelo decorated the chapel with nudes, which annoyed several clerics in the Vatican. When the Master of Ceremonies Biagio da Cesena complained about the nudity, the artist painted him in hell with the ears of an ass, having his genitalia bitten by a serpent. Incensed, the official protested to the pope. The pontiff said that he could have done something if Biagio had been consigned to purgatory, but the successor to Peter has no authority in hell.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, September 2, Anno Domini 2011
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Thursday, September 1, A.D. 2011
The Mouse Problem

One of my favorite Monty Python sketches is “The Mouse Problem”:

Clever.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, September 1, Anno Domini 2011
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