Archive for February, 2011

Socrates and Paul

” Let us reflect in another way, and we shall see that there is great reason to hope that death is a good; for one of two things-either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration from this world to another. Now if you suppose that there is no consciousness, but a sleep like the sleep of him who is undisturbed even by dreams, death will be an unspeakable gain. For if a person were to select the night in which his sleep was undisturbed even by dreams, and were to compare with this the other days and nights of his life, and then were to tell us how many days and nights he had passed in the course of his life better and more pleasantly than this one, I think that any man, I will not say a private man, but even the great king will not find many such days or nights, when compared with the others. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is gain; for eternity is then only a single night.”

-Socrates (found in Plato’s “Apology”)

“It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.”

-Paul (in his letter to the Philippians)


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A few shots I have taken on the Iphone while biking.

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January Records

I try to listen to music with a good amount of intentionality. I love to explore different eras of music, as well as particular artists’ entire catalogues. I’m going to try and document the records I listen to this year. Here are most of the albums that I listened to in January, several of which I had heard before. Sorry I could not get the formatting right on the artists’ names to have them line up, but alas.

  • 1964          Another Side of Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan
  • 1965          Bringing it all Back Home: Bob Dylan
  • 1967          Songs of Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen
  • 1969          Songs from a Room: Leonard Cohen
  • 1971          Songs of Love and Hate: Leonard Cohen
  • 1977          Low: David Bowie
  • 1977          Television: Marquee Moon
  • 1983          Murmur: R.E.M.
  • 1995         …And Out Come the Wolved: Rancid
  • 1995          The Bends: Radiohead
  • 1997          OK Computer: Radiohead
  • 2000         Kid A: Radiohead
  • 2001         Amnesiac: Radiohead
  • 2001         Forbidden Meat: Sloppy Meateaters
  • 2001         Is This It: The Strokes
  • 2007         Soundtrack: There Will be Blood: Jonny Greenwood
  • 2008        The Sparrow and the Crow: William Fitzsimmons
  • 2010         Palomino: Trampled by Turtles
  • 2010       Soundtrack: The Social Network: Trent Reznor & Atticus Rose
  • 2010         Soundtrack: True Grit: Carter Burwell
  • 2010         Klavierwerk EP: James Blake
  • 2010          Captured: Flame
  • 2011          Federal Funding: Cake
  • 2011         Bach: A Strange Beauty: Simone Dinnerstein
  • 2011          Ritual: White Lies
  • 2011          Kiss Each Other Clean: Iron & Wine
  • 2011          Mission Bell: Amos Lee
  • 2011          In the Cool of the Day: Daniel Martin Moore
  • 2011          Peace: Love: Ukulele: Jake Shimabukuro
  • 2011          Kaputt: Destroyer
  • 2011          The King is Dead: The Decemberists
  • 2011          The Party Ain’t Over: Wanda Jackson
  • 2011          City of Refuge: Abigail Washburn

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