World AIDS Day has come around again. On All Saints' this year MCC Portland let us fill the bulletin with memorials and I remembered once again David Wells, Evan McCall, and Barry Sullivan. They were handsome and loving and creative and you never got a chance to know them or their work.
Friends of mine have released MovieGoer, an app for social moviegoing (initally iPhone only) and I've tweeted about it. Here's Liz Gannes' announcement. The name makes me remember Walker Percy's The Moviegoer, a terrific Christian existentialist novel. (And moviegoing had a social aspect in the novel too.) So then I thought of:
- Eric Weiner's blog post (at Powells) about why it's hard to write about God
- Robert Fay (at The Millions) is looking for the next generation of good Catholic writers
He means "Catholics who are good writers"; they may or may not be "good Catholics" as well. Includes the provocative suggestion that DFW might have become more Catholic if he'd decided to live longer. Thank to The Rumpus for the pointer.
Meanwhile, what about us female Protestants...maybe we're protesting too much? Check out Pat Schweibert's notes on Occupy Portland (reprinted from the MCCP bulletin, going up soon). I haven't had time to read this Gawker posting in full but the three founders who are being pilloried are all female. This doesn't fix racism or classism but it does show some women following Tara Sophia Mohr's Rule 5, "Be an arrogant idiot."
I am a fan of the Fitness subreddit. Elsewhere on reddit, two OSU redditors who found they had the same physics class have had dinner. (Not linking to the karma-prank theorists. But I do appreciate how skeptical redditors are generally. It's like mental fitness, to go with the physical fitness.)
Since the shopping season is upon us:
- Does living frugally hurt the economy?
- The two biggest mistakes people make when starting to live frugally
- Rules for cleaning cashmere
- How to lose $2400 in 24 seconds by Kurtis Hough
- A map of the potential future of science (where humans should be investing more)
I've received my first comment spam in Norsk (Bokmål)! Unpublished it anyway, but still, it's a milestone.
I'm about to update my web presence (thank you Vicki Lind and Jessica Taylor in advance for your advice) and this blog's long burden serving as my "best web presence at the moment" may be lifted from its shoulders. It can't wait!