Juniper Berries

Figs from thistles, and all that...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


I've been listening to Pandora a bit over the past week. Not too bad. You add 'Stations' in a small Flash console, by song or artist, and Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to play music suggested by your preferences.

You can skip quite a few songs per hour, but there is a cap. You can also indicate thumbs up/thumbs down on any given song. It'll never play a song you don't like again.

It's been fun to hear new music that is similar to things I already know and love.

Why not try it? It's free. Let me know what you think.Link

Monday, January 02, 2006

How Low is Too Low?

It's too cold in the North to be truly fashionable, when fashion for men is wearing the belt below the buttocks.

On page 3 of this article,
Capitalism, like the flu virus, mutates to win. Its goal is to make us spend, and it has now found a way to make young people rebel by spending more. For anyone brought up when rebellion meant questioning the commercial and overtly capitalistic, this pseudorebellion seems tawdry and tragic.

My parents rebelled against the rebellion. Skirts and dresses on women instead of pants; clean-shaven men when beards were rebellious.

Having been steeped in rebellion, is it any wonder that I and my peers would do the same? We're still rebelling against the rebellion of the rebellion, I suppose, but not at the cost of letting our hind ends hang out for the passing breezes.


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Winnie-the-Pooh, Prophet of Islam

I love this.

In short, it seems clear that Winnie-the-Pooh was more than just a good Muslim, he was also a Warner, a Rebuilder of the Sacred House and a Messenger. His name can stand proudly in the list of Islamic prophets. If some wish to protest that Winnie the Pooh was a bear, we reply, what is wrong with a bear among the prophets? After all, Muslims already believe that Muhammad was the seal.

It's all good up to about section 8.