Friday, February 23, 2007

Happy Hour

It has been a long week. Here are a few of my favorite pictures. Enjoy!

The Cl. himself.

And my comrade Estaban…doing whatever it is he does….

Unmade Bed

A great Sonic Youth jam.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Abdel Kareem Nabil

While I am sure you have heard about Abdel Kareem Nabil's sentence in Egypt for blogging and criticizing the government there, I feel his case could use as much attention as possible. From the BBC:

“Abdel Kareem Soliman's trial was the first time that a blogger had been prosecuted in Egypt.

He had used his web log to criticise the country's top Islamic institution, al-Azhar university and President Hosni Mubarak, whom he called a dictator.

A human rights group called the verdict "very tough" and a "strong message" to Egypt's thousands of bloggers."

You would think Indymedia sites around the globe would be all over this case. Indybay has a slew of stories about the group of Black Panthers who have been arrested for murdering a police officer; one would think they would extend their definition of “political prisoner” to individuals who truly deserve the title. Hopefully they wise up, and throw support behind this man and free speech around the globe.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Great Lent

Today is the beginning of the Great Lent within the Orthodox Christian faith. It is the greatest fasting period in the church year in Eastern Christianity, which prepares Christians for the greatest feast of the church year, Easter. Observance of Great Lent is characterized by abstention from many foods, intensified private and public prayer, personal improvement and almsgiving. The foods traditionally abstained from are meat and dairy products, fish, wine and oil. (According to some traditions, only olive oil is abstained from; in others, all vegetable oils.) Since strict fasting is canonically forbidden on the Sabbath and the Lord's Day, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays.

Living near and around many Catholics, I am often asked how Orthodox Lent differs from Lent in the Roman Church. While I am no Biblical scholar, and am in no position to really go into depth about the theological differences, Wikipedia gives a basic explanation.

Although it is in many ways similar to Lent in Western Christianity, there are important differences in the timing of Lent (besides calculating the date of Easter), the underlying theology, and how it is practiced, both liturgically in the church and personally. Like Western Lent, Great Lent itself lasts for forty days, but unlike the West, Sundays are included in the count.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Porn Stars, Memes, and Awards

A few wise words for all you bloggers out there: including popular porn stars in your blog entries drastically increases traffic to your site. The piece I did last week on Sasha Grey and the Tyra Banks show pulled in a good 100 hits-a-day through Google. Hot dog! Of course, none of them left comments, but I can cope with that.

I was also tagged by the Pour Mouth concerning this Meme. This is how it works.

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Like Jams said in his blog entry, all of the blogs in my blog-roll make me think, but a few that I frequent daily (if not more often) are:

Drink-Soaked Trotskyite Popinjays for War
, The Poor Mouth, Simply Jews, Likelihood of Confusion, and Indy Media Watch (which I happen to contribute to every now and then).

And on the Meme proceeds…