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Saturday, February 25, 2021

Am I the only one who listens to Madonna’s “Hung Up” and somehow envisions the song narrative as Madonna arguing with some customer service rep?

Yeah, I know. It’s just me. But I like my version.

Not many entertainment options fool me with their sales pitch/hype, but Madonna seems to do it every time. I actually believed the hot air about this new album being a re-energization of her sound. That’s a laugh — it’s nothing but her channeling ABBA over some weak-assed lyrics. Another sign that she needs to give it up already.

At least a couple of the club mixes I’ve heard lately have been decent (but only just so).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/25/2006 08:13 PM
Category: Pop Culture
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When the Catholic Church floated the idea of abolishing the doctrine of limbo, I didn’t realize that it weakens the ritualistic underpinnings of baptism.

Yet in the absence of limbo, some theologians have noticed, the rite of baptism may not seem as imperative to many Catholics as it once appeared. Despite its continued centrality as the sacramental entry to the body of Christ, some of its ASAP urgency will presumably fade. Indeed, the expected limbo ruling comes in addition to an older decision that appeared to downgrade baptism’s gatekeeping role. The Second Vatican Council of 1962-65 ruled that in the case of some adult seekers of God-even non-Christians-the desire for the divine could take the place of the rite. Or, as the author of the 2002 book God and the World noted, “men who are seeking for God and who are inwardly striving toward that which constitutes baptism will also receive salvation.” The writer was, again, [former Cardinal, and now Pope Benedict XVI,] Ratzinger.

In the scheme of this belief system, it makes sense. If an unbaptized innocent is going to heaven anyway, then there’s no “limbo-guarding” necessary.

Then again, there is original sin, which would consign an unbaptized newborn to hell. But it can’t be that simple, or else the concept of limbo would never have come about in the first place. I’m sure the notion of infant damnation was unsentimental enough to prod theologians into devising an alternative.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/25/2006 07:42 PM
Category: History, Society
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If you see the above sign while driving, you just know you’re in trouble.

Because, y’know, it means you’ve somehow wandered into that middle of nowhere known as Traverse City, Michigan. A town that has little upon which to hang its hat, except for first place in “TheCarConnection’s Wild, Weird, and Wacky Street Names Contest”.

I can only assume that Norman Bates’ motel lies somewhere down this Path.

The entire top ten list:

10. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon, Texas

9. The intersection of Count and Basie in Richmond, Va.

8. Shades of Death Road in Warren County, N.J.

7. Unexpected Road in Buena, N.J.

6. Bucket of Blood Street in Holbrook, Ariz.

5. The intersection of Clinton and Fidelity in Houston

4. The intersection of Lonesome and Hardup in Albany, Ga.

3. Farfrompoopen Road in Tennessee (the only road up to Constipation Ridge)

2. Divorce Court in Heather Highlands, Pa.

1. Psycho Path in Traverse City, Mich.

I wonder how many of these lanes are private roads, like the No. 1. I’d imagine the private ones are where you’d find the outlandish tags. And talk about the non-stop fun when ordering pizza delivery!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/25/2006 02:53 PM
Category: Comedy
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If you’re more comfortable blowing the brains out of a cartoony monster than a horrific one — and I know I am — then CutieQuake is the shoot-em-up outlet for you.

I wish they had done this to Doom. Not the videogame, but the movie. Maybe it would have been halfway watchable. And kept The Rock from inflicting himself on audiences yet again.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/25/2006 02:07 PM
Category: Movies, Videogames
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