Earworm Wednesday: Ikea by Jonathan Coulton


I know your thinking who?  We’ll here’s the thing Jonathan Coulton covered “Baby got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot only he did his own melody for it.  This version of the song was picked up by GLEE and used on the show.  Only they didn’t pay Coulton or credit him for it.  Here it is in his own words:

Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down.

Jonathan Coulton Baby Got Back

So Go check out Jonathan Coulton maybe buy some of his music and don’t watch GLEE not that I do.

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Movie Review: Total Recall 2012


Douglas Quaid a factory worker isn’t satisfied with his life he dreams of something different then the dystopian future that he lives in and so he goes to Rekall to live another life.  But is it another life or is it his real life?
Total Recall is based upon Phiip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.  The story and the movie both are concerned with what is reality.  Is it what we remember and if those memories are changed can we really trust those memories to reflect truth.  The themes of what reality truly is and what we know reality is flow through this movie.  Anyone who has seen the 1990 film know this is true and the 2012
movie also plays on what is reality and what can we trust.
The 2012 movie’s special effect has been upgraded from the first version as is expected and there has been tweaks to the story also.  There are subtle nods toward the original movie too.  Colin Farrell and Kate Beckensale was a good choice for this remake.  I can take or leave Jessica Biel.  There is some nudity and a lot of fantasy violence so this is a sixteen or older movie.
I give this movie three stars out of five.

Catechism


Q. 25  Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?

A.  The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was and continues to be God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever.

Galatians 3:13

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree

1Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the manChrist Jesus

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Timothy 3:16

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

Romans 9:5

To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

Colossians 2:9

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily

Frenetic Friday


irony:

the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.

If you don’t see the irony here look harder.
Speaking of the President I’m sure you’ll be relieved to hear that the pastor has been found to give the blessing at the inauguration.  Luis Leon pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church will take the place pf Louie Giglio. Since the Episcopal denomination has both gay clergy and blesses gay unions it is considered more in line with the “vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”  There you go folks the Gospel needs not apply.
Speaking of the Gospel just a reminder:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
And now going from the divine to the ridiculous: taking a hop across the pond to Great Britain which has open it’s first Atheist Church .  Needless to say this is causing consternation not only amongst the believers but amongst the atheists who protest that Sanderson Jones and Pipa Evans (the founders of the Atheist Church)  are turning atheism into just another religion.  No my tongue isn’t in my cheek why do you ask?
Here is Alton Brown discussing the five essential pieces of kitchen equipment:
Speaking of food:
cute food
sweet peas
And lastly from our Robotic Overlords we have high fashion:
That’s just creepy.

Earworm Wednesday


And today’s ear worm comes from a podcast I listen to they were playing this and I couldn’t get it out of my head all day.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27

 

 

 

Movie Review: Jack Reacher


Tom Cruise stars as Lee Child’s wandering hero Jack Reacher.  The story opens on a shooting, five people shot by sniper fire, the sniper is found and taken into custody.  He writes one sentence:  Get Jack Reacher.  When you next see the suspect he lies in a coma having been beaten to an inch of his life by inmates in the van that he was being transported in.  Next the district attorney and the sniper’s attorney are arguing about how to reach Jack Reacher since he has no permanent address but just roams from one place to the next with no driver’s license or bank account.  Just living off the grid collecting his military retirement money via wire transfers.  And of course at that moment Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) walks in.
I’ve read Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel.  Child has crafted an interesting character, a former military police office that after thirty years has decided to wander the United States living off his pension.  Never owning much more than the clothes on his back he either walks or buys a bus ticket to get where he is going.  Lee Child describes his character of Jack Reacher as 6’5″ with a fifty inch chest weighing between 210 and 250 pounds.  Tom Cruise is 5’7″ and weighs 170 pounds.  There is no physical comparison.  However, Cruise manages to get into the spirit of the character as he stoically faces the problems of finding out who actually did the shooting.
Jack Reacher is full of intense action and violence, the story moves along at a quick pace but I found the scene of the sniper shooting to be a little intense since one of the victims is carrying a child (which lives) as she runs from the sniper fire.  This is a movie for sixteen and up at the least and there is one brief flash of nudity that could have been left out.
I’m giving Jack Reacher 3 out of 5

Frenetic Friday


It’s Friday and you know what that means! Well in nine days from now President Obama will have his inauguration he’ll be using two bibles one will be Martin Luther King’s bible the other will be the Lincoln bible. (And for those of you in Seattle that isn’t a new translation.) But that isn’t really that big of news multiple presidents have used more than one bible no what is the big news is what Al Mohler has termed the new moral McCarthyism. Seems Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio has withdrew from giving the inaugural benediction. It seems twenty years ago he preached a sermon that stated homosexuality was a sin. Liberal watch dogs not to mention gay activists geared up they didn’t want a repeat of the Rick Warren incident. So now any pastors that may desire to say any words in the presidential presence must pass the question: Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (bisexuality, or transexualism, etc.) Is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration ? Effectively this has banned everything that is anything like traditional Christian teachings.

Speaking of Louie Giglio he’s not really free from controversy himself:

Switching to astronomy Nasa has postponed the end of the world once again. Seems with better math now the potential asteroid collision has been reduced to 1 in 250,000. Math is our friend except when I’m trying to balance my checkbook.

Have you seen this:

Stuff like this always blows me away.

Speaking of our Robotic Overlords:

That’s it for today have a good weekend and see you in church.

Catechism


Q. 24. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?

A. God, out of His mere good pleasure, from all eternity, having chosen a people to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation, by a Redeemer.

Ephesians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
2 Thessalonians 2:13  But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jeremiah 31:33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.