Owl Post 4-12-2012
Democrat Hilary Rosen Sparks Twitter Uproar With Ann Romney Comments:
The strategist sparks an uproar — and has Dems on the defensive — after suggesting Romney, a mother of five, never worked. Link
Survey finds e-readers are spurring consumers of books in all formats:
It is good to see technology helping ignite a love of reading.”A fifth of American adults have read an electronic version of a book in the last year, a trend that is fueling a renewed love of reading, according to a new survey.” Link
Two different links on Titanic’s impact 100 years later:
A couple of weeks ago, two other engineers and I were given a tour of a late-1920s mansion outside Detroit. To reach the second floor, we decided to take the vintage elevator. As it descended toward us, it sounded like a cage being rattled by a large animal. Our guide cheerfully told us not to worry; the suspect elevator had been well-maintained and was “absolutely safe.”
BELFAST, Northern Ireland—Here, where Titanic, the massive White Star Line luxury liner, was built—the joke for years has been, “It was fine when it left here.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship “Not even God himself could sink. …” And the centenary is being observed in diverse ways.
Should God be obeyed? Should the government?
This post is not something I completely agree with, but it was though-provoking. “Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly doubts humanity’s worth. We see these misgivings in the book of Genesis, when God decides to kill nearly all of humanity in a great flood because of our evil proclivities. Or when He destroys Sodom and Gomorrah because of their residents’ sinfulness. Or in Exodus, when God resolves to kill the Israelites, whom He has rescued from slavery in Egypt because of their idolatry of a golden calf, until Moses persuades Him otherwise.” Link
The Staggering Demand for Pornography:
Though many people want to argue that technology is neutral and what matters is how people choose to use it, I have always thought this viewpoint naive. A simple overview of the history of pornography in my lifetime shows that the development of new technologies which enable people to access sexually explicit material has completely overwhelmed our human ability to say “no” to such temptations. Link
The Monarch, the Mirror: Why Root for the Evil Queen?
Say what you will about Mirror, Mirror, the newest rendition of the Brothers Grimm’s 1812 tale of Little Snow White, the first of two Snow White films to come to theaters this season (the other is the Charlize-crowned Snow White and the Huntsman). There’s plenty of bad writing in the trailer, as well as an odd tonal choice, and yet there’s also some of the most beautiful designwork imaginable. Take all that with a grain of salt, The Atlantic’s Snow White piece by Elizabeth Greenwood is an exceptional write-up, less about the movie and more about the psychological lore, and this treatment’s success at bringing to the fore the audience’s exceptional relatability of the Evil Queen rather than to the heroine Snow. Greenwood’s review isn’t necessarily shining, but more so an honest take on what elements of the Grimm tale we’re able to swallow today, and what we’re not, particularly our passivity before the force of death and aging. We quickly settle for the story we spin for ourselves–the glory of “You go girl!” and not the fleshy depravity “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…” Link
Mission From God: The Upstart Christian Sect Driving Invisible Children and Changing Africa:
For Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, stumbling into Uganda’s one-time civil war wasn’t an accident; it was a divine calling.
While the rest of the world laughs at or ponders the psych ward-ridden creator of Kony 2012, the unlikely Internet video sensation that brought both himself and a vicious Ugandan rebel instant and overwhelming fame, the mystery of his inspiration and success only grows more curious. Link