Saturday, April 30, 2011

Plains Pops: Mini-Posts and Links for Saturday Morning Coffee

*Cursive writing became a topic du jour for the New York Times; Slate responded.  All I know is that every teacher who assigns in-class essays or essay tests wishes that students had legible handwriting.

*Starbucks is the third largest fast food chain in the United States.  The New York Times adds that Starbucks is a great place to steal laptops.  Before reading these articles, I thought the only coffee crime was brewing a weak cup.

*The Internet is going to the dogs.  (HT Big Boy Blogger Andrew Sullivan)

*Superman has renounced his American citizenship. People are exhibiting a good degree of sociological angst about this issue.
Now, however, Superman won't be claiming any nationality as his own. And we have to realize what a profound change that will be for one of our country's most iconic figures: Superman has always represented immigrant culture, the ability to literally "make it in America." In a key panel of #900, Superman states his reason for leaving, saying, "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." As the Comics Alliance mentioned in their post about the issue:
What it means to stand for the "American way" is an increasingly complicated thing, however, both in the real world and in superhero comics, whose storylines have increasingly seemed to mirror current events and deal with moral and political complexities rather than simple black and white morality.
*The King James Bible still warrants New York Times coverage.  The conclusion
Not everyone prefers a God who talks like a pal or a guidance counselor. Even some of us who are nonbelievers want a God who speaketh like — well, God. The great achievement of the King James translators is to have arrived at a language that is both ordinary and heightened, that rings in the ear and lingers in the mind. And that all 54 of them were able to agree on every phrase, every comma, without sounding as gassy and evasive as the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, is little short of amazing, in itself proof of something like divine inspiration.
My brother and I think the first two sentences should apply to pastors as well.

* Pirates Every Man Should Know, because no one can know too much about pirates,.

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