Friday, January 19, 2018

Act your age, not your shoe size

Triple J is moving its Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day to January 27. The radio station said it moved the countdown in recognition of “increasing debate” surrounding and the day’s meaning for indigenous people. In response, Senator Cory Bernardi, leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, decided to compile his own alternative list of 100 Australian songs on Spotify. The created controversy, when many of the artists on the list demanded they be removed from it.

To paraphrase, "You and your party are against everything I stand for. I refuse to let you use my music for your political purposes," they said.

Bernardi also invited suggestions from Twitter users. Leftist keyboard warriors couldn't resist the opportunity to smear and mock him by suggesting songs like Mummy Doesn't Know You're a Nazi, by Frenzal Rhomb, and Christian songs with titles such as Jesus Use Me, He Touched Me, and Hallelujah, The Lord's Coming Again. Well, tee hee, and chortle. What shining wits these people are. 

Two can play at that game. Here's some of my song suggestions for the other side, some of whom stubbornly cling to socialist ideology, despite ample historical evidence that it doesn't work. 

Dahp Prampi Mesa Moha Chokchey (National anthem of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge)
The East is Red by Li Youyan
The Internationale (Traditional)
Haste Siempre, Comandante by Carlos Puebla
Onwards Toward the Final Victory by Kim Moon Hyuk and Yoon De Geun
Solidarity Forever (Traditional)
The Stalin Album by the Red Army Choir
State Anthem of the Soviet Union (1944 version) by Alexander Alexandrov 

Here ends today's history lesson. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hail Ceasar

Aelius Denarius.jpgIf you were born today, you share your birthday with Lucius Aelius. He was the adopted son of Hadrian, Roman Emperor. The extent of my knowledge of Hadrian is that Hadrian's Wall was built during his reign. I saw part of the wall, not far from the border of England and Scotland, when I visited Britain a few years ago. I had a picture taken, with me standing on it. I hope I wasn't being disrespectful.

By Rasiel Suarez - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Social conscience

Where did the years go? In January 1990, Phil Collins had a top twenty hit with Another Day in Paradise. It was the lead single from his But Seriously album. It was about homelessness, and it is still impactful, even now. I still have this song on cassingle.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Holy is his name

I picked up this postcard at a church over the weekend. As you can see, it is a painting of Mary holding the baby Jesus. Mary looks uncannily like actress, Natalie Portman, in costume as Padme from the Star Wars prequels. Unfortunately, both mother and child look Caucasian in appearance, and not even slightly Jewish. Presumably, the artist wasn't going for historical accuracy. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

Eight channel stereo sound

This is a nice piece of nostalgia. Using 16 bit animated pixel art, a creative person has created an animated video of the battle scene between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. It reminds me of the Super Star Wars games that were released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System between 1992 and 1994.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

All American prophet

Poster illustrates a man mid-jump, clad in a uniform common to Mormon missionaries.I went to see The Book of Mormon on Tuesday night. Mormons may be offended, but I thought it was a funny and clever satire of Mormon beliefs and practices. It was gentle without being malicious. I wish more satirists would take that approach towards religion, especially Christianity.

I don't know how many Christians were in the audience. I'm guessing that most of the audience were secular; either atheist or agnostic. If so, I pray that they will come to faith in the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent.