Monthly Archives: September 2008

Standup Desk at Church

I got rid of the behemoth.

stand-up desk at church

When I moved my day off from Friday to Monday, I still wrote my sermons on Friday, but no longer on my day off. As a result, I no longer wrote them at home. Which in turn meant I came home with all kinds of bursitis and odd aches and pains from trying to type a few thousand words in a couple of hours at a non-ergonomic workstation. Ergo, the stand-up desk (“bar table”) I use at home must be more ergonomic than the gigantic desk at church.

So for my birthday, more or less, Mrs. Mess of Pottage bought me a new desk. My arms feel better, but my feet are sore. (The blue shock-absorbing mat at the bottom of the desk is a late-afternoon addition.)

Great Voices

Five years ago, during the fall of my first term in Seminary, I took a class called “Speech Communications in Ministry 101.” In it I found out just how terribly awful I am at the use of my voice as an instrument.

Not so with these guys. (Warning: there is one crude phrase about halfway in. Interestingly, it isn’t a laugh line itself, but is there only to set up the next two lines.)

Obama activates female surrogates

According to this NY Times piece:

Senator Barack Obama will increasingly lean on prominent Democratic women to undercut Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain, dispatching Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Florida on Monday and bolstering his plan to deploy female surrogates to battleground states, Obama advisers said Thursday.

Which raises the question: why? (i.e., why would Hillary do this?)

Is Sen. Obama going to help her retire some of that campaign debt?

Or is Sen. Clinton worried that thisRasmussen poll on a 2012 Hillary-Palin match might represent her high-water mark?

And what’s with this:

Advisers to Mrs. Clinton said that she stood ready to help the Obama-Biden ticket, but they urged the campaign not to overestimate the impact Mrs. Clinton could have, noting that she had other commitments this fall, like campaigning and raising money for Senate candidates.

(Emphasis mine.)

(Clarified my wording of the question this news item raises.)

Palin Speech

I really liked it. Even better was the way the family was highlighted. The best defense is not to be distracted by side issues.

Note. We don’t have cable, and since we’re in the middle of nowhere, that means we don’t have TV. But because of the rise in multimedia delivered over the internet, I was able tonight to see a political convention speech live for the first time since 1996 (when we got rid of cable).

Updates: transcript here.

I liked this article about Palin’s experience. (Note from my previous article, however, my real interest isn’t experience so much as career path.)

Rush in Rio

I just got done watching Rush’s live concert DVD Rush in Rio. Whoa! What a great concert. It was performed as part of their Vapor Trails tour — not my favorite of their albums, but honestly, there was only one song I didn’t like: “Secret Touch.” (Of the other Vapor Trails songs in this concert, I halfway like “Earthshine” and am indifferent to “Vapor Trails,” “One Little Victory,” and “Ghost Rider.”)

But the things I liked! Wow! If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be “Spirit of Radio” followed by “YYZ” or “The Big Money.” (I know, I’m a fan of 80’s Rush. Sue me.) But even the really-oldies were excellent: long excerpts from “2112” and “Cygnus X-1,” plus “Bytor” and — I figured this had to be the encore when they played “Spirit of Radio” in the main part of the show — “Working Man.”

The crowd was excellent. I was surprised how many of the songs the crowd knew. I don’t know how popular Rush is in Brazil, or whether they get lots of airplay, or what. Maybe both: the chief language in Brazil is Portuguese, and Rush songs are in English, but they were singing along with everything.