Monday, June 21, 2004

Solstice
Send me light, send me dreaming
Send me the changing of the seasons


- Julia Macklin

Back and better
Taking lemons and making lemonade (or lemon squash if you like that better): when somebody (let's call him 'Cox-sucker' after his ISP) attacked my four-year-old Angelfire pages by using up their bandwidth to try to shut them down, not only did I take away his target, the admittedly bandwidth-heavy The Orthodox Tradition, but I improved it. Now page navigation's a snap. Enjoy!

Fr Seraphim (Rose)'s books on those pages sell like hotcakes, for which thanks, but do buy G.K. Chesterton's on Amazon as well and give them a read. Many of the same good points but funnier and much, much shorter.

On the box
‘Star Trek: Voyager’
I know that talking about this cash-cow kiddie-show franchise brings with it a shower of demerits in the form of taking away coolness points, but as some on the Ship of Fools forum assure me that in fact I'm not cool, there's no worry about letting the side down so here goes.

It was dangerously hot outside the other day so, a captive audience as it were, I sat down, watched about 90 minutes of repeats and was impressed: perfectly good entertainment in the 'Flash Gordon'/Buster Crabbe as 'Buck Rogers' serial sci-fi genre with serviceable acting and 1990s CGI effects. There was more to this than spotty teenage boys staring at Jeri Ryan's chest. The story arc had to do with Ryan's character, introduced as a cyborg (half-human, half-machine) who was part of a hive-like collective, becoming part of the Voyager crew. (The basic plot of 'Voyager' was half-'Battlestar Galactica', half-'Gilligan's Island' - castaways aboard a lost spaceship trying to find their way back to mother Earth.)

While this was momentous for spotty teenage boys of all ages, the more interesting story line here, especially for Catholics, was the death/apotheosis of the more attractive woman (IMO in the end), the sweet Kes. (Made even more adorable when in the end she let her hair grow out.) This was explained with plausible pseudo-science: discovering a reality beyond sub-atomic particles. Sanctification/deification/theosis, anyone? This wasn't the Protestant snow on a dunghill but transformation. 'God became man that man might become God.' Nice lesson too for the kids on being Christlike - self-sacrifice to save one's friends.

The shows got better when creator Gene Roddenberry's vicious anti-religious bias died with him.

The Borg were the 'Star Trek' shows' best all-round aliens and bad guys - menacing-looking, not too suspiciously human-looking and their past meetings with humans (and scary 'assimilation' of people) explained away their ability to speak English.

The exterior of the horrible new RC cathedral in Los Angeles (the 'Taj Mahony') looks like a Borg cube ship (like the Death Star from Star Wars, only a big cube) made of concrete.

The Maquis were cool - the libertarians of this make-believe universe. Capt. Kirk's outfit weren't really the good guys: they were totalitarian!

The brother from another planet: while this wouldn't be a problem for people who'd never seen the show before with Mr Spock (one of the best TV characters ever), the black Vulcan (Tuvok Shakur: 'yo, I'm from sowf Vulcan') was problematic for anybody who'd admit to seeing the original show with Leonard Nimoy knows that the cool, Zen-like Vulcans are like the Japanese except they're tall. (Their cousins the Romulans are equally smart samurai Japanese.)

Kate Mulgrew sounded like she was impersonating Katharine Hepburn.

Moving right along...

Like St Dunstan, giving the devil his due...

From blogforlovers
+ Cantuar’s a ‘Simpsons’ fan
As is this blog. Archbishop Rowan Williams is considering joining PM Tony Blair, three of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who in lending his voice to an episode, being Groeningized, that is, rendered with bright yellow skin, four digits per hand and an overbite.

From Virtuosity
Another network that’s much ado about nothing
Working under the banner of the Anglican Communion Network the half
dozen groups representing some 200,000 Anglican made "common cause" for
a united, missionary and orthodox Anglicanism in North America.

The groups, all based in the U.S. have come under the chairmanship of
the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, ACN Moderator. In a letter to the Archbishop
of Canterbury, leaders of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC), the
Anglican Mission in America (AMIA), Forward in Faith North American
(FiFNA), the Anglican Province in America (APA) and the American
Anglican Council (AAC) pledged "to make common cause for the gospel of
Jesus Christ and common cause for a united, missionary and orthodox
Anglicanism in North America."


Or 'anybody's who's remotely Anglican who's still Christian' or 'let's re-create the Elizabethan settlement (compromise between Catholic and Protestant) and have fun watching it fall apart all over again'. Got to give acquaintance Archimandrite Serge (Keleher) credit for that last one.

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