Monthly Archives: December 2017

Iran So Far Away

Content note: Disorganized rambling ahead It looks like 2018 is going to be a pretty wild ride. The protests in Iran are continuing and all the signs are that this is more significant than the 2009 protests. Which makes mainstream … Continue reading

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The Teacher, Favors, Guilt and Persecution

After the collapse of communism in 1989, there have not been a whole lot of interesting movies made about the communist period in Eastern Europe (as opposed to the communist period itself when many brilliant movies were made about the … Continue reading

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Colony and Morality in Science Fiction

For me the most interesting science fiction series right now is probably Colony. One thing I like is that it’s the closest representation of Eastern European communism that I’ve seen (including western TV or movies explicitly set in Eastern Europe). … Continue reading

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A Carol for the End of the Century – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 5

The last contemporary Polish Christmas carol is again from the Preisner collection. It’s also probably the weirdest (definitely the weirdest) and probably my favorite. It has a kind of… scope and sweep that I find very moving. That said, I’m … Continue reading

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A Chasm of Meaning: Groups and Individuals

One of the real problems in the modern world is that almost no one really understands different value systems to any significant degree. As I’ve mentioned before for most of the world most of the time (the major exceptions are … Continue reading

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A Carol for those Absent – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 4

Today’s modern Christmas Carol is also from the Preisner collection. It is probably the best known song on the collection and is on the way toward becoming a new standard. There has even been a translation into English recorded by … Continue reading

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New Header – Away in a Manger

The new header, just for the holidays, is my manger scene, which is made up of Lladro porcelan figures, pricey but nice. The think that looks like a jackal is actually a different figure probably meant to be a deer … Continue reading

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