The Littlest Soapbox

August 31, 2010

Taylor Swift’s New Album, “Speak Now”, Coming Out October 25, 2010

Filed under: Music — mikecgannon @ 4:50 PM

It’s now available for pre-ordering, including several gift packages at the Taylor Swift Online Store.

In case you missed it, here’s her new single from this album, “Mine”.

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New Releases Of Note 8/31/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,Film,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 4:37 PM

First and foremost:

HOUSE!

Also worth mentioning:

The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero, by Dan Abnett

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare

Enjoy!

August 30, 2010

End of Class = Catharsis

Filed under: General Interest,Music — mikecgannon @ 10:16 AM

Last day of my Economics class, which entails the need for some catharsis after a couple days of prepping for and stressing over my final.

Fortunately, Nickelback fills that need nicely.

Happy Monday!

August 29, 2010

I May Have Found A Temporary Replacement For My Jim Butcher Addiction

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 1:27 PM

Simon R. Green’s Nightside Series is so far filling the gap nicely. It’s just a shame his books are so darn short.

All in all, great pulpy noir fantasy. Mind you, the action moves along at an almost feverish pace, and his Nightside Series reads like Raymond Chandler on an acid trip.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m perfectly happy to have been temporarily hijacked from reading Mockingjay, which, at two-thirds of the way through, has managed to redefine the entire concept of “anti-climatic”.

Sunday Gospel Reading for August 29, 2010

Filed under: Religion — mikecgannon @ 8:19 AM

Luke 14:1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

USCCB

August 27, 2010

TGIF

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 10:27 AM

Volcano Day!

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 10:16 AM

Specifically, Krakatoa.

On the morning of 27 August 1883, after four months of intermittent volcanic activity, Krakatoa, or more correctly Krakatau, went into terminal meltdown.

In a sequence of rapidly unfolding events, the island – actually an amalgamation of three separate volcanoes – was ripped apart by huge explosions.

Fragmented gas-rich magma entered the sea, setting off a series of giant tsunamis.

The paroxysmal explosion, which happened at 1002 local time, was the loudest sound in recorded history.

By the end of that day, three-quarters of the island had vanished and 40,000 people, mostly inhabitants of coastal settlements along western Java and southern Sumatra, were dead.

Poor Susan Jacoby

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:03 AM

She’s upset that her fellow travelers in the left-wing cultural elite prefer racial bigotry to religious bigotry.

I find myself in a lonely place in relation to many liberals, political and religious, because I cannot accept a multiculturalism that tends to excuse, under the rubric of “tolerance,” religious and cultural practices that violate universal human rights.

See Susan, I know this going to be hard for you to accept, but the opinion leaders on your side of the aisle don’t consider folks outside of the West worth criticizing because, well, they don’t consider them worth criticizing. It’s what President Bush (remember him?) called “the soft bigotry of low expectations”. Your friends don’t expect any more from non-Westerners, aka non-whites, because they don’t believe them capable of more. When one is more concerned with self-flagellation over crimes real and imagined by one’s own culture than with working to make actual improvements in the lives of people around the world, that’s not multiculturalism, that’s cultural supremacism in as insidious a form as any.

Oh, and Susan? Let me clear one more thing up for you.

[Ayaan Hirsi Ali] is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and that alone is enough to make her a pariah to many liberals. Her thinking has clearly been influenced by the narrow prism of her colleagues — she is under the mistaken impression, for example, that most American feminists are indifferent to universal human rights — but liberals ought to be asking themselves why they never reached out to her.

Most American feminists are indifferent to universal human rights. It’s a distraction from blogging about their sex lives and rending their garments over the increasingly pro-life direction of the country (Hot Air via Lori Ziganto).

H/T RCP

August 24, 2010

New Releases of Note 8/24/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 2:52 PM

It’s been a good couple weeks for books!

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Legends of Shannara: Bearers Of The Black Staff, by Terry Brooks

Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama, by David Limbaugh

August 20, 2010

Treehouse Raising

Filed under: General Interest,Music — mikecgannon @ 7:45 AM

In a move inspired by pure genius, my friend is building a treehouse to give to his girlfriend as a present for when she comes to visit at his place. As such, my friend is having an Amish-style “treehouse raising” all day today, so I’ll be pitching in for a couple hours before work.

Here is some appropriately-themed music from The Saw Doctors.

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