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I’m convinced that Lil Wayne is party to some kind of dark sorcery occurring in the suburban sound systems of America’s mini vans, rendering Lollipop not only listenable but actually enjoyable.

Lil Wayne

From what I understand, his popularity comes from allegedly delicious punning, but I’m sorry if confusing “rapper” and “wrapper” with salacious results doesn’t strike me as a particularly high minded lyrical achievement.

And let’s not even get started on the whole Prom Queen debacle.

This being said, here are three current hip hop artists putting out wicked material — all of them more worthy of accolade than Lil Wayne and his vocoder riddled trash.

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I don’t watch a lot of television, but whenever I catch the beginning of Law & Order, even if I’m in the other room, I can’t help but finish the episode.

The one I caught today, Episode 406 from Season 18 (“Angelgrove”) reminded me an awful lot of Jesus Camp. Read the rest of this entry »

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One of the most common theist arguments is the Argument from Design (or the Teleological Argument). I’ve discussed it before, but here’s a quick recap:

The world exhibits elements of design, therefore it must be designed, therefore it must have a designer.

The most basic refutation to this is that if there was a designer, he/she/it would also exhibit elements of design and would, by the same logic, be in dire need of a designer.

John Varley’s 1981 book Wizard takes an interesting approach to the issue.

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I’m not the kind of guy who falls for those super-obvious identity theft scams. I live online, I work in IT and I don’t really like sports. I’m pretty careful when it comes plugging my credit card into the internet.

But last month, when I was stuck for rail tickets in Europe, I thought I’d slipped up. Turns out, it was just a “security feature.” Read the rest of this entry »

This Sunday’s post is late, and short.  But if you missed my post earlier this week, A Response to College Christian, you should check it out and join in on the ongoing commentary.

Mario Kart Wii dropped rather quietly a few weeks ago, in the shadow of GTA 4.  I hadn’t been hearing much about it, positive or negative, so I wasn’t clamoring to grab a copy.  When I finally got around to giving it a go this weekend, the experience was underwhelming.  Really?  It’s been 5 years since Double Dash and this is all you’ve got for me?

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Unfortunately, I’m studying for a Jewish-Christians relations exam tomorrow, which means that I don’t have much time to dedicate to my regular Sunday blog update.

But just so I don’t break my Sunday post promise, here is an excellent picture I found while reading the news this morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Green lightbulbs.  Lots of them.

So The Bay in downtown Vancouver has an interesting advertising campaign right now. At first I thought they just hadn’t noticed the implications of placing about 90 constantly running low-energy lightbulbs in a window display urging us to be “more green.” Read the rest of this entry »

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