Friday, December 02, 2011

Pop Culture Roundup

I started reading This Odd and Wondrous Calling this past week, where Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver share stories and experiences from their time in pastoral ministry. I resisted picking up this book for a long time, both because I've read so many books on ministry but also because I've taken issue with things that Daniel has written in the past. But there was something about my looming anniversary with my church and the questions and issues it has raised that inspired me to take up and read. Daniel and Copenhaver tag team on the chapters, balancing each chapter with story and reflection. In the first few, Daniel tells of discovering that three years of graduate school had really just prepared her for council arguments about chili mac, while Copenhaver reflects on learning to pray in seminary after a lifetime spent in the church. The book has a light tone and is easy reading. Not sure how much it's helping me, but it's fine for what it is.

It's been nearly three months since the second season of Boardwalk Empire started, and I just sat down this week to watch the first episode. Of course, most of it was just revisiting where the characters are, reminding us that some of Nucky's closest allies are actually plotting against him. They also seem to be developing bigger storylines for characters who weren't as prominent in the first season, such as Chalky and Richard. Of course, it's only the first episode and readers who've been watching know whether this is really the case. Anyway, it was nice to finally start catching up.

On Monday Night RAW the past few weeks, there have been URLs to Youtube videos appearing on the bottom of the screen that tell of something scheduled to happen on January 2nd. Here's the latest:

The content suggests The Undertaker, but the viral/code stuff suggests Chris Jericho. Either way is a win.

As mentioned last week, Five Iron Frenzy has reunited and they've already released a new song called "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night:"

Finally, this porcupine ain't sharing his corn: