Back at the end of June, Rod Dreher talked to a couple of anonymous professionals about working inside a “woke” corporation. Some interesting observations here. (Gotta admit, some of this feels very familiar.)
This post, reflecting on one of the stories of 9/11 twenty years later, is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s a worthwhile read.
And now, because I know you love it (I do, too!): The video round-up!
(Minor note: Some of these may have some inappropriate language; I honestly don’t remember. I don’t typically like to share clips with a lot of profanity, so I doubt I would have saved these links if there were a lot here. But I can’t recall for sure, so use your judgment and your headphones, just in case.)
I found out about “blaseball” a few weeks ago, and I’m intrigued and bewildered–in a really good way.
This video blew my mind a bit: how Jon Favreau’s indie gem Chef is really about…Iron Man?
I am become a fan of the channel “Full-Fat Videos.” I think they do great work there, and this video about Doctor Who and the introduction of the Eleventh Doctor is bang-on.
And finally, a clip from France’s version of The Voice.
A bit of explanation: I’ve become a fan of watching clips from all versions of The Voice, including all the international versions. I’m a sucker for it. I really tear up when the friends and family members of the performers start crying when their loved one gets a chair to turn during the audition. Ugh. Kills me. Anyway, this song popped up on a few different playlists, and I was mesmerized. It’s a beautiful track that carries a lot of emotion. In the clip, you see that the bald judge (Pascal Obispo) is moved to tears. As it happens, it’s *his* song, a song that became an unexpected hit in France and one that carries a lot of importance for him. The lyrics of the song talk about the passage of time and ephemeral nature of love, and the name “Lucie” happens to be the name of his beloved grandmother (though, from what I read, the original version of the song had a different name before he was presented with it). Anyway, you don’t need to know all that to get the vibe. This is a beautiful track, and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.
Hope your weekend is starting off great. My week has been a wild one (including one of my kids needing an emergency visit at the pediatric dentist–YIKES), but I’m excited for the weekend.
Here to help you get the fun started is another round of video recommendations from yours truly–the weird, wild, and goofy things I’ve collected from Youtube over the last couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy!
Analyzing a lesser-known Twilight Zone episode set at Christmastime:
The story behind Radiohead’s original version of the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre, and why it’s better than Sam Smith’s song.
Here’s the full track by Radiohead:
Another “Inside A Mind” video–this time about awild ARG connected to a TV show (and Jason Segel).
I shared a video last time about Meow Wolf’s latest art experience, “Omega Mart.” Here’s a full walk-through, for those of us who will never make it out to Las Vegas to see it for ourselves.
If you haven’t seen In the Heights yet, this is spoilery, but it’s a neat examination of how the movie and stage show differ. I haven’t see the movie yet, but couldn’t help myself and had to dig in, and I think this is pretty cool, if true.
Okay, guilty pleasure admission: I *love* all the international versions of the music competition show The Voice. You can find the coolest performances and covers on these other versions. Here’s a neat cover of “Seven Nation Army” on The Voice of Ukraine that I was not expecting AT ALL. (You can click this link here if you don’t want to watch the 2-minute pre-roll package that’s entirely in Ukrainian.)
(Yes, the guy is a total goob. But the arrangement is dope–and sounds like it could be a stadium anthem for a World Cup match.)
And finally, one more tune: Let me leave you with the Power of Love. Have a good weekend, everybody!
Hi friends! Wow, it’s been a crazy month–but crazy in a rather mundane way, to be honest. The busyness of life is the business of living, yeah? (I think I just made that up; feel free to quote me.)
I actually have a handful of half-written posts that I just haven’t been able to get back to and finish (and frankly, some of them may now be too irrelevant to follow to completion). But starting next week, I’m hoping to put up at least 1 non-#FridayFeed post per week, for at least the rest of the summer. Hold me to that.
In the meantime, how about a slew of entertaining and/or informative videos? I’ve collected a bunch that I think you might enjoy. (And because it’s late at night as I’m typing this, my headings are all a bit goofy. Oh, well.)
Have a great weekend!
Dip it in the ranch!
Laid-back tunes from Tyler of TOP!
Space-rock, Melodicka style!
LMM’s Theatrical Genius!
More of Lin’s Genius on Display!
Wait for it…
Trippy Art Experience!
Your turn: Found anything unique or cool on the internet? Consider the com-box your opportunity for show and tell!
Hey gang! It’s been a while! How is everyone, good? Good.
Here’s a round-up of interesting links and insightful videos I’ve enjoyed over the last several weeks. Take a look and, if you could, let me know in the comments which (if any?) of these links you found interesting or helpful. I would appreciate the feedback so I can tailor these posts to be more beneficial to you!
Fun with timestamps! This is the type of thing I loved to share in my earliest days of blogging, so I can’t resist sharing it now.
Let’s close out with an extra-large slate of videos for your lunchtime viewing:
1. I read House of Leaves more than 15 years ago, and I can still remember the very real paranoia and unsettledness that the story and its writing style gave me. It’s not for everyone–there was definitely some “adult”/inappropriate content in there, so I don’t recommend it for everyone. But I agree with this video that it’s one of the most unique reading experiences I’ve ever had.
2. Is this a pretty accurate jab at Doctor Who? Yes. Yes it is.
3. The FEE folks make another good point about how much questionable behavior we gloss over in fictional entertainment because “it’s the good guy doing it.” This time, they focus on Batman’s rampant violations of Gothamites’ privacy:
4. Gen-X anthem? Let’s GOOOOOOOO!!!
5. Another great FEE video on how Avengers: Age of Ultron is a lot more important than most MCU fans realized, and how it has quite a bit to say about our current culture:
6. And finally, what may be my new favorite music video on YT–turning the soundtrack of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time into a 30-minute prog-rock experience. OUT. STANDING.
That’s all I’ve got, folks. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back next week. (No really, I mean it this time.)
Happy Friday, friends! I have a handful of pretty cool links for your weekend perusal. I’d love to know if you enjoyed any of these in particular, so feel free to drop me a comment and let me know what you think! Here we go!
Someone online recommended this YT creator called “Nando v Movies” in which Nando re-writes or reconsiders plotlines to films and TV and offers suggested endings. In his “Rewriting Wandavision’s Finale” episode (which raises a lot of good points, actually), one comment he made jumped out at me. As Wanda is walking out of Westview, Monica says “They’ll never know what you sacrificed for them.” Wanda replies, “It won’t change how they see me.” Nando quotes a Reddit meme suggesting that it should be changed to “It won’t change what I did,” and then goes on to talk about how Wanda never really takes responsibility for the Hex. I hadn’t thought about that before, but he’s right: she does release the people and tries to “fix” the damage, but she never seems to take actual responsibility for it. The whole show focuses on how much Wanda was hurting, but it never really acknowledges how much she hurt other people in the process. Kinda reframes the whole thing, to be honest. Anyway, check out the video and let me know what you think. (Oh! He’s got another good one about how “The Falcon and Winter Soldier” showrunners likely had to scrap and rewrite a whole plotline that was about a bioweapon and pandemic. Crazy!)
It’s been a wild week here at the 4thDave homestead, as wintery weather has knocked out power and weakened water supplies in my home state (where the stars at night are big and bright *clap clap clap clap*). My planned posts need to be bumped as other things take precedence.
In the meantime, here are a few links I’ve enjoyed recently. Have a great weekend and stay warm!
Pastor James Coates is the pastor of Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His church has been meeting without following the restrictions imposed by the local government, which the congregation argues is not consistent with the facts on the ground about C19 spread in their area and which, they argue, oversteps the government’s realm of authority. As a result, Coates has been fined, warned, and finally arrested. The Cripplegate has some good coverage of the arrest, as well as some of the response and online pushback. I have to admit, I’ve gone back and forth on this, primarily because each side of this discussion is framing their position as unassailable and their opponents as deceitful, when the reality is that both “sides” seem to be shading the truth to their advantage. (Example: I’ve seen many people say that Coates was jailed for “preaching the Gospel.” That’s just not true; he was jailed specifically for violating the local restrictions in order to gather as a church. He could preach the Gospel online, or to a handful of people, and not be arrested for the same reasons–IOW, it’s not the content of his preaching that got him arrested, or the fact that he was preaching. It’s because he and his congregation made the choice to meet. That’s their right to act in line with their convictions, but let’s be honest about the reasons.) All of this raises some good questions about the right limits of government authority and the necessity of gathering as the Church–questions that will continue to be discussed for months to come.
One of my favorite Sondheim musicals is Company, and this video from a few years back provides a nice analysis of what makes the musical work and how it’s been reimagined over the years.
I noted in an earlier Friday Feed that you can use people’s end-of-year book lists to figure out some solid picks by looking for repeat mentions. Well, Tim Challies does just that by giving you the consensus picks for best Christian books of 2020.
Last March, the folks at 9Marks listened to the most popular preachers in the country to find out what they had in common. The results were…not great. But it is instructive for those who have the ministry of preaching and teaching.
Happy Friday, friends! Here’s a quick round-up of things I’ve been reading and enjoying lately, for your weekend clicks.
As a father of small children who has the privilege of working from home, interruptions are a regular part of life. This reminder from Scott Hubbard to slow down is an important balance to my typical reading about being more productive.
Also from Art of Manliness: a very helpful post about how to choose a biography to read, which considers how the writing of biographies has changed over time. Good points to consider here.
It’s end-of-the-year book list season, so here are some lists from Tim Challies, Russell Moore, Trevin Wax, Darryl Dash, and Jared Wilson. While I don’t necessarily recommend all the books they do, one way to sift through these lists is to look for which books come up repeatedly. That’s usually a good indicator of a book that’s well worth your time.
I got a little backed up on my posting, so today, let’s just knock out some of my “Friday Feed” backlog, huh? Here are a bunch of links I’ve been compiling over the last few months that I’ve been meaning to serve up for your weekend edu-tainment and encouragement. I think they’re pretty neat. Hope you do, too!
Kevin DeYoung considers the question of preaching without notes. As a recently-converted “manuscript guy,” I can see both sides of the issue. Personally, I’m going to stick to manuscripting and just work on my delivery when I have the opportunity.
I found this Tim Challies article from August in my link folder, and my heart just ached for him anew. (For those who don’t know, the Challies’ son Nick, whom Tim mentions dropping off at school in the post, died suddenly a month ago of an undiagnosed heart condition [if memory serves].) If you haven’t read Tim Challies’ blog before, or haven’t read it lately, take some time to read through the posts related to Nick’s death. The reason I suggest this isn’t morbid curiosity or tacky onlooking, but to point you to Tim’s living example of how a rock-solid conviction of Biblical truth is an undeniable comfort and aid in even the darkest valleys of suffering. I can’t imagine what Tim and Aileen are going through–I shudder to even attempt such a mental exercise. But when I see them fighting tooth-and-claw to hold onto hope in the midst of such a tragedy, I can’t help but praise God for His mercy and comfort in our times of greatest need.
That’s all I have at the moment. Have a great weekend, my friends. See you back here next week!
Jordan Standridge gives a fitting tribute to John Powell, the Houston-area church planter who died suddenly last weekend, by examining how Powell’s last sermon provides unexpected comfort for those mourning his loss.
Finally, our old buddy Seth Godin has some good advice: stop doom-scrolling.
Happy weekend, friends. Do me a favor, if you will: take a moment over the next few days, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. They need to hear it more often, and it’s good for us to say it more often.
Also: remember that every day is a gift from God; remind yourself to receive it with thanksgiving and put it to good use.
I’ll be back next week with another Twilight Zone commentary (because I enjoy them, even if none of y’all read them!) and a few other fun things. See you then!