Friday, September 18, 2009

Ayia Iluvatar: My Indispensable iPhone Apps

Ayia Iluvatar: My Indispensable iPhone Apps

Wanted to save this nice list of apps, many of which I've never heard of, but which sound loverly. Maybe you'll find 'em useful, too. Thanks to David Simmons.

Monday, July 27, 2009

First test of mobile blogging!

Reflective countdown to U2 show in the ATL, 6 Oct. 2009

New blog project. Something to do with the ol' noggin. Output rather than input. You get the picture.

The fam and I have tickets for U2's 360 tour show at the Georgia Dome in the ATL on Tuesday, 6 October. Sweet. I'll get to see the band for the first time in 8 years (twice in 2001 at Philip's Arena), and *finally* the boys will make their first U2 show, after the sad fall of 2005 when we had to sell our 4 tickets to the Cleveland show (Vertigo tour) after changing seminary venues at the last possible moment. Austin was simply too far away to make the trip. Sold the tix on eBay, and making a killing on them was not that much consolation, believe me.

So, the plan: grab a set list from the tour as it has gone down thusfar, and over the coming days, post the lyrics to each song and a short reflection on each. As simple and as hard (for me, allergic to projects) as that.

So to start us off, here's tonight's setlist from the tour's third and final show at Croke Park in Dublin. It's a damn good one, and what an incredible thing it must've been to be there in a Dublin audience for a U2 show, whether tonight or Friday or Saturday.

Main Set: Breathe, No Line On The Horizon, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Beautiful Day - My Hometown, New Year's Day, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Stay (Faraway, So Close), Unknown Caller, The Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride, MLK, Walk On - You'll Never Walk Alone, Where the Streets Have No Name, One, Bad

Encore(s): Ultraviolet, With or Without You, Moment of Surrender

For now it's enough just to try and take in this amazing list of songs from the 30+ year career of four guys from Dublin, guys that wrote much of the soundtrack to my formative years and continue to do powerful things musically and otherwise. The beauty and spiritual and experiential depth behind this list boggles the mind. More soon...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Watching Blades of Glory with the fam. Next: unpack car. Then: finish sermon. Long week!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Moving, Day Whatever. To bed, in new house for 1st time. Beautiful March weather for move day. Thankful & content.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Moving, Day 5: Looonnnggg day, but huge amt. painting & carpet-cleaning done. House looking bigger & brighter by the hour. Thanks, Grammie & Pop!

New search engines aspire to supplement Google -

This CNN article indicates that all sorts of new search sites are out there, with all sorts of neato-keen features, and I hadn't a clue. As an "early adopter" of Google as the search engine of choice, I find that these probably damn cool developments mainly just make me feel, well . . . old.

New search engines aspire to supplement Google -

Friday, May 15, 2009

Moving, Day 4: 1st coat of paint down & 2nd on 1/3 of space. Fed pot roast to the hard workers.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Moving, Day 3: All spackling done & sanded. Paint & brushes bought. Taping begun. Grammie & Pop set to arrive tomorrow morning to lend a hand.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Moving, Day 2: All utilities transferred, save the Evil Empire - Charter cable. Nail holes spackled & mostly sanded. Walls ready for painting.
Moving, Day 1: What went in first? Why, three boxes of books . . . of course.

Monday, May 11, 2009

ponders packing. Will (his) people personally pack their particular possessions? Or will he have to hack it himself?

Thursday, May 07, 2009

drinks champagne with Laura & the cast of Grey's Anatomy. Here's to home ownership again, after an almost 4-yr lapse!
enjoyed a few minutes of gloaming while strolling around North Campus. Takes me back...17 yrs to be exact.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

has really enjoyed penning his reminiscences of a long weekend in Berlin, Nov. 1989, two weeks after the Wall came down. "Achtung, Baby" was the perfect accompaniment.
MAN that pink lemonade was sweet. Who needs crocodile-shaped cake when you get 6 teaspoons of sugar in 10 oz. of beverage.

Monday, May 04, 2009

listened to the frogs (in/by the community pool?) celebrate the moonlit night sky: "Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping..." they croaked.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

back to office to take advantage of the quiet; then EYC; then a margarita.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

felt like a seasoned movie critic while watching Jaws tonight with Simon & Grandmom. Will it take me 34 years with every movie to see all the subtleties? Probably.

Friday, May 01, 2009

sez Outback was yummy & can the concert goers pick up Eliot from OCHS on the way home?
is looking forward to Simon's "little Broadway" production this evening and possible a little Mozart, too.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

sleeps under a beautiful crescent moon, dreaming of lunar calendars and the ancient Near East.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

to bed, with prayers for all those touched by today's senseless violence. God help us.

Monday, April 20, 2009

is reading von Balthasar in the mosh pit whilst waiting for Wilco to start. Love alone is credible!
Good ol' American roots rock tonite: Wilco @ the Classic Center with Eliot.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

hopes the burnt popcorn smell won't still be around the church hall come Sunday. Ooops...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

wants YOU to serve as an acolyte at the Great Vigil of Easter. Darkness, fire, smoke = fun!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trinity Church - Hard Times, Good Ideas

A thorough list of some creative things Episcopal parishes are doing to respond pastorally, theologically & materially to the economic crisis:

Trinity Church - Hard Times, Good Ideas

Thanks to Episcopal Café for pointing us to this.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: Den of Thieves - On Faith at

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: Den of Thieves - On Faith at

Seems worth a read given that the Gospel lesson for this Sunday, 15 March 2009, is John's account of the Cleansing of the Temple. A shout-out to Fr. Dann Brown's blog for the link.