“The fundamental problem with Love Actually is that it presents romance as either absurdly easy—something that strikes you like a thunderclap and requires only a single grand gesture in order to be fulfilled—or all but impossible. Notably absent is the idea that love might ever be worth a little sustained effort: some mutual exploration and discovery, a bit of care and nurture, maybe even the overcoming of an obstacle or two. Indeed, it’s hard to shake the sense that what is “classic” about Love Actually is not that it shows us anything about how people fall in love, but that it so conspicuously declines even to try.”—Christopher Orr, “Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time”
“There seems to be something in our DNA that craves a sense of righteousness, that won’t allow juice just to be juice, that’s instead hellbent on subordinating anything and everything to our self-justification, even ostensibly good things like nutrition and fitness.”—David Zahl, When a Cleanse Is More Than Just a Cleanse
“We’re all braced to be ripped off, to be treated poorly, to be used, trampled on, and judged. That’s the way it often goes in this world. But sometimes my cynicism needs a good slap in the face in order to wake me up to what is good and right and true.”—Al Andrews, Storyline Blog
3 months ago I had a friend tell me to “hang in there, God is in control” while I was going through one of the toughest seasons of my life.
As Christians we pull this crap with people all the time.
Sure God is in control.
But He created us to be His hands and feet.
So before you are tempted to say “Hang in there”, walk over to your friend who is hanging and hold them up.
Cause pretty soon, you will be the one “hanging in there”.
Well. This is a HUGE surprise. Patrick Klepek at Giant Bomb had the scoop before Microsoft made it official. I would link out to Microsoft’s confirmation post, but their site seems to be down. Here are the details:
No more always online requirement
The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
Region locks have been dropped
Insane. I am completely shocked. I don’t know what exactly pushed Microsoft in this direction, but it was probably a little bit of everything.
We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.”—Bill Watterson (via mikekarnell)