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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sunspots 108


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:





Science:
Astronomers have discovered a very hot planet. They have examined weather patterns on it.

Some enormous crystals have been found in a mine in Mexico. They are up to 50 feet long. The web page includes photos.

Politics:
Why $4 gas (per gallon) is good for the US.

Music:
The title says it: "Music at the Theological Roundtable: What it teaches us about God and the universe," a "classic" article from Christianity Today .


Literature:
There are probably a lot of these, but this is the first one I've seen, and it's pretty good -- a Christian's view of the Harry Potter series, in advance of the publication of the last book.

Mirtika, quoting someone who quoted Ray Bradbury on the dichotomy between science fiction and fantasy.

Great post on the notion that reading fantasy may harm a weaker Christian brother (or sister).

Susan Palwick, Christian, fantasy writer, hospital volunteer, etc., turns out to be a poet, too, and a very good one, writing about her experiences in the hospital. There are links from her post to previous poetry on the same subjects. (A review of Palwick's The Fate of Mice, a short story collection, in Sci Fi weekly, is here.)


Christianity:
In Christianity Today, what holiness really is.

Bonnie on sex, yet again. She considers the question of whether sexual activity should be fun or not, quite seriously.



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5 comments:

Susan Palwick said...

Thanks so much for the kind words, Martin! I'd just started to feel discouraged because I wasn't getting many comments on the sonnets -- so this is a shot in the arm exactly when I needed it!

Funny how that works, ennit? ;-)

Martin LaBar said...

I don't think "funny" is the right word . . . I'd say "providential."

Susan Palwick said...

Yes, I would too! Hence the wink! ;-)

Mirtika said...

Nice round-up, Martin.

I get really nasty looks (and emails) when I suggest it's GOOD for gasoline to go up. I suggest we just make it 4 or 5 bucks a gallon right now, and use the surcharge to find alternate forms of fuel or to fund research on better forms of transportation and energy-use. Anything so we can tell teh Saudis and Chavez to stuff it up their respective rectums. Oh, sorry. My jingoistic bit is showing.

Plus, it would discourage folks from buying gas-guzzlers. :)

Later,
Mir

Martin LaBar said...

That's why I posted that link, but some people don't seem to get this. Thanks.