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Merry Christmas!

We had a fairly low-key Christmas, which makes me happy. Last night we went to "Midnight" Mass, which was at 10:30 p.m. I DISAPPROVE. But I'm a big fan of Midnight Mass, with the lights and the carols and the bells.

There is not much I like about the modern-day trappings of Christmas, but I love Christmas lights*. And so going to church in the middle of the night, near the longest night of the year, seems perfectly appropriate.

On a related note, I love Jo Walton's Christmas entries. There's a tale of Joseph and "The Hopes of Fears of All the Years are Met in Thee Tonight". "In Winter's Heart" feels more like the winter solstice to me, but it's not a coincidence that we celebrate Christmas around the time of the winter solstice.

I love Christmas, yet at the same time I hate so much about it. I think I'm getting better at balancing it, though.

* I mean, not crazy Christmas lights, like this. I'm not insane. I just like the way the lights on the tree get reflected in the window.
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I am quite delighted that my two beloved football teams -- Michigan and the Steelers -- both had come-from-behind victories this weekend!

We caught the end of the Steeler game at a bar, and near the end of regulation I was moaning about overtime, because I hate the NFL overtime system. A guy we'd been chatting with asked me what I thought about the college system, and I said that I liked it, but thought they should start at the 35-yard-line, instead of the 25. I could tell he was testing me, to see if I knew anything, and he seemed pretty surprised to find himself agreeing with me. (A few minutes later, him and a few others were really surprised to find out that I knew how many timeouts each time got at the beginning of OT. I was like, "Yeah, I've watched JUST A LITTLE BIT of football in my time.")

We missed the first half because we went to Rosh Hashanah services tonight. I'd never been, and I thought it was nice. Any sort of starting anew sounds good, right about now.

And finally, we watched Airplane! and Zero Hour! the other night, and I marveled at how the clothes in Airplane! look less ridiculous than the clothes in an old episode of 90210. I'm not sure if that says something about the cyclical nature of fashion, the difference between trendy clothes and basic clothes, or about my personal preferences. But there you have it.

And and, I'm over my cold! Lemon-ginger tea will cure anything, I think.
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For various reasons, I was reading up on the Christian-themed distribution of Ubuntu someone put together, and it is honest-to-God hosted at What Would Jesus Download?. Awesome.

I'm not going to knock the Christian Ubuntu, which has all sorts of Bible-related software (okay, I don't know why they can't just package the Christian-related software, instead of putting together the entire Ubuntu distribution, but whatever). And I give the site some props for having Catholic-related links, instead of using the word "Christian" to mean "evangelical Protestant".

But I can't make heads or tails of this cartoon:

WTF? The eeee! thinks they're supposed to be condoms. Are they gay condoms? Are they supposed to be a gay stereotype? I'm not entirely sure what's going on in that cartoon, but I don't like it.

March 2013



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