Monthly Archives: January 2006

Augustine

Yesterday was the first day of classes, and I only had one. (Senior year.)

Augustine. Looks good. (New Year’s Resolution: no verbs. No articles too.)

The professor wants us to read the Confessions. I did that. Sort of. Five or six years ago I read books 1-9, but I never finished 10f. So this year I’ll work up some momentum and plow through the hard parts.

Or not. (“Not” build up momentum, not “not” plow through.) The prof. doesn’t want us to read it the usual way. Most of what we do here is “informational” reading. He wants us to read the Confessions using “formational” reading. There’s no downside to this. If nothing else, this gives us more time for all the in-formational reading we have in other classes. But (it is to be hoped) our reading will be “transformational.” So we aren’t supposed to just work up to seminary-reading-speed and zip through it in half a day the way we handle lightweight fare like Calvin’s Institutes or Barth’s Dogmatics.

This morning I read Book One Chapter One. The best thing about those old books is how the authors would put their most quotable quotes in the first paragraph. Everyone who’s ever heard of Augustine knows the quote thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee but who remembers it’s the fourth sentence of the book?

A cynic would say people remember the early quotes because nobody reads any further into the book. So the only quotes they remember are the ones in the front. But the cynics are wrong, simply wrong.) Look at Book 8, chapter 7 (para. 17) for, perhaps, the most famous Augustine quote of all.

Dixie Dregs bassist interview

This guy probably “doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene / he’s got a daytime job, he’s doin’ alright.”

Disclaimer: I don’t have the faintest clue what all that music-dude mumbo jumbo means:

Also, the A/D converter has a huge effect on the quality. I use the top-of-the-line Digidesign 192 I/O, which sounds great in conjunction with my preamp. There are now some converters out there that cost a lot less money and might work just as well. If you just plug your bass into some crappy DI and use cheap converters, you will really have to work to get that sound where you want it.

I just think it’s cool that O’Reilly is interviewing musicians I’ve actually heard of. Well, I never heard of him, but I heard of his band.) A pity that my Dregs albums all perished in the great basement flood of ’93 (or was it ’94?). (Not that I have a turntable to play them on anyway, but still.)

My Old SAAB…

A friend of mine is looking to unload his wife’s SAAB 9-5. He asked me if I’d be interested, because I bought his old SAAB 9000 back in about 1993. He was upgrading to Vipers and Corvettes and Monster Trucks. (He had some kind of Larry Ellison thing going on, I think, but he didn’t have enough money for a MiG.)
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