7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 83)
Last week I asked you guys what you were reading (and, as usual, my Amazon wish list grew by quite a bit). Here’s my current book stack. Some I’m reading right now, others are up next:
- The atheist-to-Christian memoir Flirting With Faith by Joan Ball
- Awakening to Prayer by Buddhist-to-Christian convert Fr. Augustine Ichiro Okumura
- My theology nerd selection, The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper
- I’m going to give fiction a shot with The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel
I have decided that one day I am going to write an entire book just so that I can use this song for the book trailer. I don’t care what the plot, genre, setting or characters are, as long as they’re a good fit with the music.
I have a question for physics nerds (this is totally random, but it’s something I’ve been puzzling about all week and am dying for someone to explain to me): let’s say you dug a hole that went all the way through the center of the earth and came out the other side. I know, it’s logistically impossible, but let’s just say you could do it. My question is: if you threw something down the hole, at what point would it stop falling? Would it swing up toward the hole on the other side, then eventually just hang there in the middle? I need someone to explain this to me so that I can sleep at night.
While I’m at it, here’s another thing I’ve always wondered about: what’s up with dragons? I mean, how is it that so many cultures throughout history have described a reptilian creature that breathes fire? I’ve often wondered about that, i.e. did one tribe of people originate the concept and it spread to other places? Or was there once some animal that had some dragon-esque traits that existed in multiple parts of the world? (Yes, this is what I think about while I’m folding laundry.)
I was surprised that the main take to my post from Monday about the whole scorpion/toilet incident seemed to be that I had a really clean toilet. As I mentioned on Twitter, if you ever see pictures from my house that make any part of it look impressively clean, you should assume that Photoshop was probably involved. I actually didn’t doctor this picture (though it is a mystery as to why it looked so good — there must be some natural cleaning agent in the water around here) but believe me, I am not above it!
Speaking of which, Malia left an awesome comment to that post, a little rhyme to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies song. I just had to share:
Come and listen to a story about a girl named Jen
A strong Texas lass, stood more than five-feet ten,
But then one day she was walkin’ past the loo,
And saw something there, some strange lookin’ poo.
Scorpion, that is
Black and gold
Stop and scream.
Well the first thing you know ol Jen’s pullin’ her hair,
She yells, “Hey, Yaya! Did you put that thing in there??”
She says, “Down the sewer is the place it’s gonna be,
But first I’ll take a picture for posterity!”
Blog, that is
Well now it’s time to say goodbye to Jen’s arachnid friends.
They just like to freak her out so they keep droppin’ in.
But we’re all invited back again to Jen’s locality,
To have a heapin’ helpin’ of her blog hilarity!
Scorpions, that is. Set a spell. Take your shoes off.
(But ya’ll think twice about that, y’hear?)
I’m impressed: programmer and convert Eric Sammons wrote a program that took all the blogs from the Catholic Blog Directory, found their Google Reader subscriber numbers and then ranked them. You can see the results here. I think it’s probably best that I don’t know how he did that (I’m guessing Perl script?). I would spend waaaaaay too much time creating my own little programs like that.
I look forward to reading your posts!