November 10th, 2004

you think you know...

I am weirded out.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/11/09/charlie_to_begin_new_ride_with_modern_fare_system/

'Charlie' to begin new ride with modern fare system
By Anthony Flint and Mac Daniel, Globe Staff | November 9, 2004


T riders will soon be carrying the CharlieCard instead of tokens or monthly passes, an automated fare card with a back-to-the-future theme.

Instead of ''Charlie" being stuck on Hub trains, as in the song popularized by the Kingston Trio in 1959, he is portrayed on the cards as triumphantly returning to modern-day Boston to ride the transit system with ease.

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hermione by oatmilk

This post lacks a witty Subject line.

Reading more Brueggemann is bad for my blood pressure. We're starting prophecy on Monday in Joel's class, so i'm really tempted to ask him what his take on Brueggemann is, because my impression thus far from Brueggemann's book is that he and Joel have very different interpretations of, oh, everything.

In one of her e-mails during our correspondence re: the Brueggemann lecture, e.carr mentioned "Brueggemann's focus on mystery and the immensity of God" and wrote:
What I did like about Brueggemann's talk was his focus on the "thick text or narrative," as well as on the words of the liturgy; and urging us to truly enter into them, take them seriously, and let them transform and embolden us and our world. What I also like about his book PROPHETIC IMAGINATION is his focusing on suffering and his belief that God weeps (I agree) and his lamenting the fact that we as a culture do far too little weeping over suffering and injustice. Perhaps we can't even weep. Along that line, I like the essay "The Courage to Pray" by German theologian Johannes Metz. In it, Metz talks about the need for us to bring our honest feelings to prayer, be they feelings of anger, rage, sorrow, or whatever passion. This essay is found in a little book with the same name, and contains two essays: this one and one by Karl Rahner, entitled I believe, "Why Pray to the Saints?"
I like those ideas (and given my issues with intercessors, i'm interested to read the Rahner essay) but i'm not seeing them in the book so far, and what i am seeing is a lot of reading stuff out of context and also some bad Marxism. But maybe that's just me.

Work today was even slower than work on Monday. I got much praise, nonetheless.

Illinois' most recent e-mail was still less than helpful, but i filled out the forms anyway so i could finally drop off packets with my recommenders. Skarda was actually in her office, so i ended up there for 45 minutes. I had forgotten how defensive/inferior she can make me feel. But she's writing me letters of recommendation and they will be solid ones.

Bugger UCSD. "E-mails requesting online letters of recommendation will be sent to your recommenders when you submit the application." That makes me wanna finish their application first, though it actually has the latest of the deadlines -- February 18. UC-Davis and U-Iowa are due Dec. 1, so i really should do those first. UPenn and Rochester are Dec. 15, so given the hell that will be my life after Thanksgiving what with final papers and all, i would really like to get those apps done before Thanksgiving as well.

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crazy [lavellebelle]

I don't actually have a terrified icon.

Pictures of Depp-as-Wonka wherein one can see his face scare me. A commenter on the original board (where the pics have actually been taken down, per WB orders) said, "He kinda looks like something evil trying to be nice" which is not necessarily an inaccurate description of the original character (yes i will reread the book) and is certainly an accurate description of the photos. But yeah, it is now official that i am not seeing that movie, because i do not need that kind of fear in my life.

[I've also been seeing talk on LJ about how the upcoming Polar Express movie looks creepy. Regardless, i loathe the fact that that wonderful book got made into a movie. I'm looking forward to seeing the exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, though.]