Saturday, October 30, 2010

Surviving a Zombie Attack (Happy Halloween!!)

I've read several zombie books (Feed, World War Z) recently and am a lover of zombie films (Almost all George's Romero's zombie flicks, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later).  So in honor of Halloween, here is some advice for when the zombie apocalypse finally hits:

 Zombie Survival Tips
  • Be prepared.
  • Know the route to the nearest superstore, school or shopping mall.
  • Learn how to use a firearm.
  • Find a place to hide.
  • Connect with other survivors.
  • Take out anyone who has been bitten before they turn.
  • Defend yourself to the best of your ability.
  • Always aim for the head
  • Stay away from the windows
Click on these links on through to and to learn more about preparations for the immanent Zombie Apocalypse.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Recommended film viewing - bad poetic version

Junior has issues
Mom has issues
Korea has good movies

Leo and Ellen
Kid from 3rd Rock
Mind bending

Mix Braveheart
With Kill Bill
Add 300 and simmer

Low-fi Sci-fi
Countdown to love
Worth every second

Vampire priest
Love and blood
Perfect pair

11 Minutes Ago
Low budget time travel
Low on money
Big on heart

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Artsitic Double Standards?

I watched a documentary last night on Danielson, one of the most unique musicians/ groups ever.  It made me think again about double standards in the artistic community.

In the film, Daniel was being interviewed and said something like  this:
'I don't like it when critics say things like "I don't agree with this but..." ' (then the interviewer asks what he means and Daniel explains). 'Its like they have to let people know they don't believe in Jesus, but they're still going to review my music.  You don't hear them say things like "I don't agree with Rastafarian beliefs, but here's my review of this reggae album." '

In the artistic community it seems you can be Buddhist (Beastie Boys), Jewish (Matisyahu), or Muslim (Jurassic 5 and lots of other rappers), yet not be judged solely by one of those labels.   But if you are a Christian who makes music, films, paintings, whatever, people want to always attach the label of 'Christian' to you.  That in itself is fine.  But it seems that 'Christian' can't be reconciled with 'artistic' in many people's minds.

This stems from several sources.  One source is a hard one for Christians to accept: a lot of current 'Christian' art (books, visual arts, music, films, etc.) are substandard and low quality.  I don't mean production quality or anything like that.  The art itself often isn't very good and doesn't stand up against art made by non-Christians.  Christian films for example are notoriously bad.  And Christian music has tended to be cheesy and overly preachy.

Why have Christians accepted substandard artistic creations?  Possibly due to lack of funding.  Or maybe due to a lack of support by the Christian community.  But I think those are lame excuses.  In general it seems that Christians in the modern era have not been challenged to think of music, books and films in regards to their artistic quality.  To most Christians, if the Good News is shared (which I am all in favor of), that makes it 'good' regardless of quality.  So whether the actors are robotic or the songs repeat the same three chords or the books read like pulp fiction novels seems to not matter.  I actually shy away from most 'Christian' media for this reason.

Seeing this attitude among many Christians and knowing that they may not expect high quality artistic output from other Christians, is it any surprise then that all Christian artists get lumped in with all the other substandard art made by well meaning Christians?

Music reviewers are surprised when a Christian makes something interesting, thoughtful or good.  So Christians have a double hurdle to jump - first making their art and making it good, and secondly having their work judged more harshly because they are Christians. But of all people in the world, shouldn't we, professed children of the Creator, be creative people?  And shouldn't we strive for creative excellence that we might have people look at our creations and say, "It is good!"

Thankfully there are Christian artists that have gained respect for their art and for the realistic portrayal of their beliefs.  Danielson, Sufjan Stevens, Scott Derrickson, Stephen R. Lawhhead and others.  And thankfully, many critics have realized that 'Christian' need not always be synonymous with 'substandard artistic expression.'

And since we're talking about Danielson, here's the video for "Did I Step on Your Trumpet"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Song Lyric of the Day

This song was going through my head last night:

"the devoted were wearing bracelets
to remind them why they came
some concrete motivation
when the abstract could not do the same
but if all that's left is duty
I'm falling on my sword
at least then I would not serve
an unseen distant Lord"

Secret of the Easy Yoke by Pedro the Lion

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ozomatli - videos from the show

Here's  a song from the OZO show.  Rodger and I were sitting down in the left side of the stage, 3 rows back from the folks you see dancing on the front row. 

La Gallina 

And here's Ozo in the lobby at the end of the show.  They are very much a 'band of the people'.  They ended the show by marching out into the lobby and playing a bit more:

Friday, October 1, 2010


Rodger and I went to see Ozomatli tonight.  Saying the the show was awesome is an understatement.  They are an extremely great band.  This was my first time ever seeing them live and they are better in person than in their recordings.  They rock.  They swing.  They do great things with musical instruments.  Lots of fun.