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Sidekick accepted back on postrantrant

April 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm (poignant)

The Ranter has accepted my request to post on http://postrantrant.blogspot.com/ again! I think this maybe better because I don’t really post often enough to make my blog worth keeping up with…

If you do want to follow my posts specifically, they are all under the category Side Kick Post. This maybe appealing to those of you who can’t understand The Ranter, but hopefully you will appreciate the variety and banter from 2 people on one blog…

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Classic facebook anthem (best viewed on facebook of course)

March 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm (cultural comment, superficial)

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The gift – an intro

January 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm (cultural comment, poignant) ()

I’m still not feeling up to writing much, but this is an explanation of The Gift as simplified by John Caputo:

“What, then, is a gift? Why does Derrida associate it with justice? And what is so “aporetic” about a gift?
To put it very simply: suppose that A gives B to C. What could be more simple than that? If A gives B to C, then C is grateful to A and owes A a debt of gratitude, with the result that C, instead of being given something, is now in debt. On the other hand, A is more or less consciously and explicitly pleased with herself for generosity. This is all the more true if C is ungrateful and refuses to say “thank you,” or if A has remained an anonymous benefactor, so that C does not know whom to thank. For then A may congratulate herself for an even higher generosity which is so unselfish that it does not even require acknowledgment. This is no less true if everything happens unconsciously, for one may certainly contract unconscious debts or unconsciously congratulate oneself for one’s being very wonderful and generous. Thus, the aporetic result of A’s giving B to C is that A, instead of giving something, has received and C, instead of receiving something, is now in debt. The result, in short, is that as soon as a gift is given it begins to annul itself, or that the conditions which make the gift possible also make it impossible.”

Derrida, Jacques, and John Caputo. Deconstruction in a Nutshell. New York: Fordham University Press, 1997. pg. 141, as copied from http://ddthesis.wordpress.com/category/deconstruction/

This may not seem particularly simplified! My musings on this concept will follow soon.

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January 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm (alt_worship, cultural comment, poignant) (, , )

Having been given the book What Would Jesus Deconstruct? as a gift for Christmas, I want to blog about the concept of The Gift (as explored in this book). Unfortunately, I also got a nasty flu virus as a ‘gift’ for Christmas and still don’t feel well enough to blog thoughtfully. Instead I will copy a story about presents from another website, even though it makes quite a different point from the one I am intending to make!


A Buddhist Christmas Story
A Christmas Story from the Lotus Sutra
One time a young man inherited 4 farms from his father. He also married his childhood sweetheart. He celebrated his good fortune by building a great house with servants and many rooms.

As the children were born the man bought many toys. He filled the children’s rooms with toys of many colors and sizes. The children loved to play for hours in their nursery.

One day a fire broke our in the house. The father shout, “Run everybody.” Naturally he expected his children to run out of the house with them. But they didn’t follow the mother and father outside to safety. The parents called and called to the children, but they did not want to leave their wonderful toys.

A neighbor who had come to help out with the fire suggested that they lure the children outside with more new toys. “But we don’t have any,” said the father. “We’ll just make them up,” suggested the tear-faced mother as the flames grew hotter and hotter. “Come on out,” shouted the father and mother together. “We have horses, carts, jumping frogs, mechanical dolls, bows and even a monkey.”

The children left the burning house and their beloved toys to see the new ones and thus were saved. When the smoke cleared from their eyes they saw the house destroyed. They also noticed that there were really no new toys to be seen at all. For the first time in their lives they knew what it was to have nothing and be very grateful indeed.

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Obvious Research Studies

August 6, 2007 at 4:26 pm (cultural comment, superficial)

I studied Psychology at university which I still consider to be a useful and very varied subject. However, media reports of psychological studies have always bugged me because they always seem to pick the ‘common sense’ results studies. This reinforces the popular belief that studying psychology is a waste of time because it is all ‘obvious’. Although this video parody report from the Onion is not psychology related, it made me laugh because it is a good example of this ‘obvious research’ reported in the media.

Study: Multiple Stab Wounds May Be Harmful To Monkeys

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Facebook is

July 29, 2007 at 6:15 pm (cultural comment, poignant, superficial)

I have noticed a trend that Facebook seems to be replacing blogging as an online activity. I think this is a real shame as Facebook is much more superficial and less thoughtful than individual’s blogs. I expect the reason for Facebook’s rise in popularity is to do with this though – as you don’t need to spend hours musing over something to write, you just type a one sentence status update to let your friends know what you’re up to:

Sidekick is: sad that no-one is blogging as much

Sidekick is: short of something to blog about herself

Sidekick is: annoyed by facebook 

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The Chasers’ War on Everything – hilarious viewing from Youtube

June 9, 2007 at 3:20 pm (cultural comment)

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Evangelism meets QVC

June 4, 2007 at 5:39 pm (evangelical past gripe)

The Ranter and I have been watching youtube videos from the subculture of ‘let’s criticise Christian subculture’. There is surprisingly quite a lot in this sub-subculture! Lots of it seems to be criticising Hillsongs, but I’ll leave that for a Ranter post (she’s having trouble using Youtube on her Blogger account).  

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June 3, 2007 at 1:34 pm (cultural comment, evangelical past gripe)

This weekend the Ranter and I joined Facebook, the latest internet networking craze (under our real names for those of you who know these). Having explored it a bit I’m not too sure about it. The advantages are that it’s a fun and easy way to keep up-to-date with what all of your friends are up to. The downside is that it evoked the same mix of emotions in me that Reunion style events stir. I felt nervous about publishing my details and there was that ‘will they think I’m a failure?’ feeling that you get going back to school. I’m surprised really that I feel like this because although I’m not traditionally successful, I like my job (and it’s worthy enough that you get credit for that, to outweigh not having much money) and I’m married before 30 which is another female marker for success. I think that it’s a lot to do with the fact that I’ve married a woman which is what I’m nervous about, especially with past Christian friends who I’ve lost touch with. I’m increasingly surprised at how many small things are affected by this. I would like to be strong enough to think ‘sod them’ but I’m not this strong and don’t feel like I can cope with people from the past reacting by telling me my relationship is wrong, when most people would expect a ‘congratulations’ response. Perhaps I’m misjudging the people I used to know, after all they may mistakenly put me in this category. 

Anyway, I got around this issue by putting lots of obviously false information in with bits of truth. Hopefully this will amuse those who really know me and just confuse those who don’t!  Another use for facebook (which could be seen as positive or negative depending on your perspective) is that you can be nosy about people without having to communicate with them! Last night I looked up lots of old church contacts and could find out what they’re up to now. I haven’t found anyone who has done anything surprising yet though, or perhaps they’re all too scared to put surprises on facebook! 

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