Sunday, November 01, 2009

Loose Thread

The Endless Thread, part II. Please sign our geistbook.

And don't forget to nominate One Cosmos for Best Religious Blog starting November 3. We need to extend our streak to three years for not Best Religious Blog. Keep the joke alive!

The 2009 Weblog Awards


Blogger Gecko said...

FL, growing into his hat with glee. What a lad!

11/01/2009 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous slackosopher said...

In lieu of new OC blogs I've been listening to Miles Davis' second great quintet play on "Nefertiti". Incredible stuff. I'll get my raccoon fix one way or another...

11/01/2009 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger Northern Bandit said...

Let's see... about 35 years minimum until FL has gained the necessary wisdom and experience to take over the helm. Why, I'll only be... um forget it. I think FL will be rockin' the message to my kid instead of me.

In the mean time, hangin' out waiting for the posts to flow again. No rush. Still plenty of arkive material and reading list selections (at least the selections that I can digest -- no raw Bolton for moi) to revisit/discover.

11/01/2009 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Northern Bandit said...

And that was SO not a bunting situation last night!

11/01/2009 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger walt said...

Nice little quote at the tail end of VDH's most recent Works and Days:

"All we can do in these times when up is down, down up, is to stay constant, forget polls, and remember the ancient ways. I keep Horace 1.22 close to me at all times these days, a long poem about the need to ignore the depressing world about; the first line:

Integer vitae scelerisque purus
non eget Mauris iaculis neque arcu
nec venenatis gravida sagittis…

He who is upright in his way of life and
unstained by guilt, needs not Moorish darts nor bow nor quiver loaded with poisoned
arrows …"

11/01/2009 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Went to vote for One Cosmos, but the nominations have been moved up a day to Monday, Nov. 2

11/01/2009 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Day-Veee! Davy Crockett,
King Of thee wild Frontier!


11/01/2009 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Walt's quote of VDH "...I keep Horace 1.22 close to me at all times these days, a long poem about the need to ignore the depressing world about; the first line:
He who is upright in his way of life and
unstained by guilt, needs not Moorish darts nor bow nor quiver loaded with poisoned
arrows ..."

Or, from another like Horace, who learned how to tell Times from good times or bad, Boetheius, the last line of the poem that opens his Consolation of Philosophy,

"'Why, O my friends, did ye so often puff me up, telling me that I was fortunate? For he that is fallen low did never firmly stand.' "

I bought a new translation of that today, I like comparing translations, especially across centuries, the above was from approx 1902. The 'current' one has that line as

"My fair weather friends admired me, paid me compliments, and envied me my luck,
but now they see how my foothold was always uncertain.

Which seems to me to lack a certain... something... and a fine illustration all it's own.

It's not always the source, but how you read it, that counts.

11/01/2009 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Hey, that cap's the real thing!

11/01/2009 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Yes, and it tasted even better.

11/01/2009 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger PSGInfinity said...


Just checking in to wish you well as you rest and re-goof-innate. Thanks for the laughs, jaw-dropping insights, and the chance to meet Joan, Van, Walt, Robin, ...

WV: trolo, which is often how I feel amongst your incredible community.

11/01/2009 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Magnus Itland said...

The Light of Heaven differs from the light of the world also in this, that it can grow. When it shines on a compatible soul, that soul becomes brilliantly lit from within, so that it emits more light than it took in. Where two or more such souls partake in this heavenly Light, it bounces back and forth between them, growing all the while, so that they shine all the more brightly. This is a secret of true religion, but the Light has many other projects too that the casual observer would not think of as "religious".

11/02/2009 03:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Bobby Richardson said...


You still here, Spanky??

11/02/2009 04:06:00 AM  
Blogger sehoy said...

"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, RAINIEST state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree, kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!"

I like the coonskin hat. It's ironic that the ones you find here in Tennessee these days are made of fake fur with a real coon tail attached. Pretty sad.

I may have to visit my local taxidermist for a real one.

Boy was I happy to see this post.

11/02/2009 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Checking in. I think the Best Religion Blog counts are done on one of ACORN's servers. It never seems like our votes rack up very fast. Meanwhile, vote early, vote often.

On another subject, did anybody see POTUS and FLOTUS dressed up for Halloween? I guess someone stole Michelle's wookie costume. But was Obama supposed to be -- a priest or Eddie Munster?

11/02/2009 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Obama was dressed as his white half, the community college sociology teacher, Barry Dunham.

11/02/2009 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

I thought he was dressed as World Leader Pretend.

But he does that daily, so never mind.

11/02/2009 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger robinstarfish said...

Wooh, that came from a seriously bigass raccoon.

The hat, that is. The blog too, come to think of it.

11/02/2009 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Hubby's one aspiration in life right now is to make a real coonskin cap. He managed to snag the fox that was stealing our chickens--maybe he'll make a cap out of that.

11/02/2009 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous spirit of fergus the cat said...

I need a break from being a seeing-eye cat for whatshisface. This in answer to your question, what's that fur creature doing here?

Anyway, yes, I'm going to vote for One Cosmos, early and often. So is that most minoriest of minor gods, Yottle.

And so will YOU.

11/02/2009 05:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to know whatshisface will be voting. Me too.

11/02/2009 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous spanky said...

Hey, how bout' them Phils?

11/02/2009 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger Northern Bandit said...

Has anyone come across Frank J. Tripler's The Physics of Christianity? Coon-worthy or flatland twaddle?

11/03/2009 04:15:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Hey Fergus, I hope you & Yottle gave whathisface a big Boo! the other night!

11/03/2009 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger David R. Graham said...

Best religion blog:


11/03/2009 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York Times advocates traditional families, recommends improving the way fathers are treated in both public and private settings as a public health goal.

Sky may fall tomorrow.

11/03/2009 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger baldilocks said...

That smile says "I am loved."

11/03/2009 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3rd check of the day.....not as satisfying as when bOb, PeTeY and crew was dominant but....the fans still pick up the slak.

righteous dude

11/03/2009 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Joan of Argghh! said...

There has been a joyful disturbance in the eternal Cosmos, and a sound like the voices of thousands and thousands of Raccoons chattering in welcome and wild joy as Ximeze gets promoted into their happy company.

We are left to wonder and hope-- and lift a mug of Holy Ale in her memory.

Godspeed, Ximeze.

11/04/2009 04:38:00 AM  
Blogger Joan of Argghh! said...

Van has two lovely pics of Ximeze on his blog post today, btw.

11/04/2009 04:38:00 AM  
Blogger Northern Bandit said...

RIP Ximeze

11/04/2009 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Job said...

I would offer to buy another book, but I don't think that is what this is about. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for you and your blog (your real "work", not the book).
I don't know how, why, or when God works, but we know He does. Maybe your ministry will change (teaching, maybe screen writing) but this labor of love will continue to bear fruit. Faith will keep you.
Thanks for the learning...

11/04/2009 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Dougman said...

Something Ximeze wrote about Truth, I think it was last year, sent my mind in a million different directions at ounce.

Thanks for the "Big Bang" Ximeze.
You Rocked!

11/04/2009 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger James Redford said...

Northern Bandit, for more on physicist and mathematician Prof. Frank J. Tipler's book The Physics of Christianity (New York: Doubleday, 2007), see the below resources:

"God Proven to Exist According to Mainline Physics," TetrahedronOmega, December 26, 2008

Theophysics: God Is the Ultimate Physicist ,

12/03/2009 04:20:00 AM  

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