Today’s Shuffle 10

I haven’t done this in a while, so here are the first ten songs from the iPod’s shuffle mode today:
Remedy” – David Crowder Band
Already” – Rush of Fools
The Fist Fight/The Flying Wing” – Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Once Again” – Matt Redman
666 Degrees” – Ceili Rain
There’s No Way” – Alabama
There’s a Mother Always Waiting at Home” – Johnny Cash *
Go” – MercyMe
Dr. Feelgood” – Motley Crue
The Wall” – Johnny Cash
As usual, all links are to the song on the Amazon MP3 store, except those marked with an asterisk. Those links are to the physical CD, as the song isn’t sold in MP3 format.

links for 2009-04-23

  • You may have encountered the famous "The earth is out mother" speech attributed to Chief Seattle. Maybe you got it in an e-mail. Maybe you read it in the children's book, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle. Perhaps you heard or read it in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

    The inconvenient truth here is that while the words are real, Chief Seattle never spoke them. They were penned by a screeenwriter in 1971, over a hundred years after Seattle died, for an ecology film.

links for 2009-04-18

  • I know what you're going to say. Eighty-nine bucks for a pen?!?

    Yes, but not just any pen. The Mil-Tac Tactical Defense Pen is made from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, and has a pointed end, which can be used as a defensive (or under certain code red situations, an offensive) tool. Opposite that is a blunt end, usable as a control device, especially if one has that sort of training. Stash it pretty much anywhere with the integrated clip. Oh, and since it is a writing implement, after all, there's the refillable pen inside.

    I'll take mine in black or grey, please.

  • "From now until when this campaign ends (approximately one month from now), every post will be related to my campaign to raise as much money as possible for Soldier's Angels.

    "Soldier's Angels is a non-profit organization that does more for deployed troops than I can write here. The best way to find out everything they offer is to visit their website.


    "I plan to auction off, on eBay, a signed copy of Homefront. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier's Angels.

    "I realize I'm a 'nobody.' I'm not someone whose name will really mean anything scribbled inside of the book. However, I put over a year of my time, and every ounce of whatever writing talent I have, into this book. […]

    "It's the best, and most important, thing I've ever written. I'm giving it because it's all I have to give for this effort, and because it's not about the book, anyway. It's about where the money is going."

links for 2009-04-14

  • "The central conceit of the 'tweet' in this case is the idea that Ninjas, which are black-clad martial artists who employ tactics of stealth to both defeat their opponents and avoid waking people up at night when they go to the bathroom, could partake in some of the worldy pleasures of the non-Ninja world (e.g., crunchy snacks) if that non-Ninja world consisted entirely of people wearing noise-canceling headphones. Henceforth we refer to this world as Headphone-World.

    "But in a world like Headphone-World, with the rules of the game so casually muted, what of the Ninja? With no need for audible stealth have we not removed from him or her his or her very Ninjaness, reducing him or her to merely one-dimensional specialists with hearing that is, relative to the headphone world, extremely acute?"

    (tags: fun humor ninja)
  • "While many are called to be the front-line hero, the in-the-limelight pastor or the courageous leader, many more are called to be the armor-bearers to those leaders. They will never get the praise or glory, but their role is just as critical as the people leading the charge or taking the shots. Jonathan needed his armor-bearer and that young man had the courage to follow the man he served into what looked like certain death. In the battle, we read that Jonathan’s armor-bearer watched his back and protected him from those who tried to attack him."

  • "'We want fewer and better children … and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict on us.'

    "That ghastly message appeared in the introduction to Margaret Sanger’s 1922 book, The Pivot of Civilization."

  • Good stuff.

  • "To socialize the American economy, it is not necessary to nationalize every business in the United States. All it requires is to put the corporations that control the finances of all of the companies in the economy under government control. And that is what is happening now…


    "Apparently, members of Congress liked the special treatment that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd received in getting his mortgage through Countrywide. We’re going to see even more of that kind of thing — and outright corruption on a much bigger scale — when the government is in direct control of the financial institutions and making the credit decisions that businesses large and small depend on to survive."