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Jim Janknegt

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  1. Thanks for the kind words about my work and sharing the link to your website. I enjoyed looking at your work. I can tell you love color as much as I do.

    I have seen some of your other posts and it sounds like you have had a bit of a hard time of late. I try to remember(although not always successfully)that all things in my life come from the hand of God and that God is good. Regards...

  2. We live about 25 miles east of Austin in the country and like to garden. Right now we are growing potatoes, onions, greenbeans, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash and hot peppers. We also raise chickens and goats. My wife is learning to make cheese. We try and preserve as much as we can. Last fall I began an experiment with aquaponics, like hydroponics, except instead of all the chemicals you cycle water from a large (300 gallon in my case) fish tank through grow beds. There is bacteria in the grow beds that converts the fish poop to fertilizer for the plants while it purifies the water for the fish. It is a closed system except for the fish food. You grow veggies and fish to eat using about 10% of the water used in a dirt garden. So far my experiment seems to be working, already eating tomatoes I started last fall as well as kale, broccoli, carrots and chard. So far my catfish aren't big enough to eat but some day...
  3. My favorite movie about artists is The Horse's Mouth staring Alec Guiness as a shifty, dishonest, obsessive artist. The movie is hilarious, not something you can say about most movies about artists. IMBD: The Horse's Mouth
  4. Perhaps reading Mr. Berry will inspire you to dig up your yard and plant a vegetable garden. But if you have a brown thumb, perhaps not. I have a vegetable garden. If we ate weeds and grasshoppers, we'd be set.
  5. This is the earliest known narrative crucifixion and depicts Jesus with a loincloth, from around 420.
  6. I think so too, and this is a point Darrel and I pursued in one of the previous threads. Man and woman in coital union form in a sense a teleological unity. The joining of individual reproductive systems forms a single reproductive super-system, a shared reproductive act in which the individual reproductive functions of each is completed by the other. Even if actual reproduction does not take place or is not possible, it is still an act with a shared reproductive teleology -- a shared act, biologically speaking, of attempted reproduction. The male system attempts to deliver seed into the female reproductive tract, which attempts to receive them so that they can attempt to flagellate around in a quest for an ovum that the vast majority of them will certainly not find, and that may not be there at all, but that it is nevertheless their purpose to seek, and which will be there if it is anywhere to be found. This is a radically different act than acts that merely juxtapose the reproductive system with, say, the digestive system (at either end), or which involve mutual, separate stimulation of reproductive organs (e.g., by means of toys). With such an act, the teleological unity of conjugal union is not merely possible but forbidden, it is not possible. If the act involves a man with another man (or one man by himself, or with anything or anyone other than a woman, in any other act than coitus), the male organ may still go through the motions of delivering seed, but there is no reception of seed into the reproductive tract in which lies their raison d'etre. What fellowship hath sperm with the digestive tract (male or female)? "No, but God knows we keep trying." This one-liner from Milk in response to a question about whether two men can reproduce, quoted by Darrel, applies just as aptly to the question "Can two men become one flesh?" Thanks for that very clear explanation. As always, you say things I wish I could say but can't. You have a gift of clear thinking and explanation.
  7. Be fruitful and multiply! What about the objection to homosex that it is not fruitful in the sense that it has nothing to do with procreation? The traditional notion of sex is that it has two parts, one unitive and one procreative. When the procreative part is removed then the unitive part gets distorted into sex as recreation. Then anything pretty much goes, divorce, adultery, masturbation, homosex, fornication, contraception, abortion, sex with animals, sex with children, sex with dead people. If it floats your boat, go for it. Ii seems to me the church needs to return to the idea that procreation is the main reason God created sex, to insure that children get the chance to grow up in a stable family. If we take this seriously, the first step for most Christians would be to stop contracepting and have a big family.
  8. This is pretty amazing. Sistine Chapel
  9. I am trying to become a Thomist :-) I have recently read: The Christian Philosophy Of St Thomas Aquinas by Etienne Gilson Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide by Edward Feser Reality and Painting by Etienne Gilson Art and Scholasticism by Jacques Maritain On the fiction side I have read several novels by Wendell Berry, one I am rereading for our book group: Hannah Coulter. Berry's novels have really struck a chord in me. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen For my devotional reading I am spending more time reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Spiritual Diary: Selected Sayings and Examples of Saints which is an amazing book. For each day of the year there is a quotation from a saint and then a commentary. Each month is devoted to a different virtue, like March is mortification. Very profound stuff.
  10. I like the cowboys, too. They have a great sense of humor and don't seem to be taking things too seriously. You definitely have to give the guy credit for doing the bungee jump with his hat ON. I was sure it was going to come off. But it stayed put. My cowboy hat will come flying off when I am just walking across the field. I was also glad to see the detectives step up a bit.
  11. My point is that both human creativity and human reasoning are equally reflections of divine activity. If anything, reason more so than creativity, since God is not essentially Creator, but he is essentially Logos. Creation itself is a plan of divine reason. People might play dice for entertainment. Chess is different. You play chess for the beauty, elegance, complexity, logic, mathematics of the thing. It is as much a passion as a pastime. Must get around to seeing it sometime. Right after, you know, the other 48. I have never had enough "reason" to play chess so I just paint. You, SDG, have it in boatloads and I know better than to argue philosophy with you! If you say chess is a reflection of the divine, so be it.
  12. Is atheistic chess any less of a contradiction than atheistic art? Isn't all human reasoning a reflection of the divine Logos? If you are an honest nihilist, is chess any more fulfilling than art? Chess, being a game, has as its end the entertainment of those playing. The end of art is to create a new "being", the work of art. While it is not creating from nothing it is still a work of creation, which playing a game is not.
  13. I think, in one sense, atheistic art is categorically impossible. Any act of creativity is analogous to the creative act of God, so it is life affirming and has meaning. I think of Marcel Duchamp, one of the founders of Dada, who ultimately quite making art and spent his time playing chess because he was an honest nihilist.
  14. I'm watching it on Hulu and the current episodes don't become available until Wednesday. I'm liking the themes being developed so far. I see lots of possibilities.
  15. They are going to be in Austin for SXSW. I am tempted to try and get in to see them.
  16. How about those cowboys? Both of the challenges were right up their alley, though. You have to give them props for the whole bus thing. I am disappointed in the detectives. Not seeing the name on the sign of the kuchen stop seems pretty lame for detectives. I'm sorry granny got kicked in the head by the cow and had to start milking all over. They might have beat the detectives otherwise. By the way, I had kuchen once at a German restaurant in Fredericksberg, TX. One of the best desserts I have ever eaten.
  17. Austin's name was on the wall. What number was next to her name? According to Lostpedia her name is not on the wall.
  18. I have only seen a couple of his pieces in person and the ones I saw (I think they were typical of his work) the movement is so slow that it is almost imperceptible. They seem to be very meditative and contemplative and not distracting. I always wanted to see the ones where the angelic creatures suddenly appeared in fire and water.
  19. That was a tough road block right out of the gate. I felt sorry for the guy who couldn't make it. I think he gave it his all. And his wife was kind about it. The team that everybody was making fun of came in first, right? I kind of like the cowboys and the cops but neither of them seem to come off too bright in the first episode.
  20. Have you ever read Jacques Maritain's Responsibility of the Artist? It is all about art and morality. Oddly, I just checked it out of the library yesterday and after reading your post found out it is available online. I have just started reading it but it certainly seems relevant to your topic.
  21. It was Fear and Trembling, I believe.
  22. The theme I am finding interesting in Caprica is their take on the old mind/body split. Perhaps it is because I have been trying to wrap my mind around the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. I am no philosopher so forgive me and correct me if I get this wrong. St. Thomas says the the soul is the form of the body and that neither soul or body on its own makes up a human being. A human is the composite of soul and body. The soul requires the sensible input of the body to acquire intellect. Once the soul has acquired intellect, it continues to exist apart from the body at the time of death (the definition of death is when the soul departs the body) although it is still considered incomplete until the resurrection reunites the body and the soul. This is obviously different from the modern, Cartesian way of thinking about the body and soul that sees them as two discrete entities. So in Caprica we have the soul of Zoe captured in her avatar who continues to exist after she is killed in the terrorist attack. Her father captures her (or her software) and installs her in a Cylon. I think, from a Thomist point of view this would be impossible since the form of the robot and of Zoe, a human, would be two very different things. I suppose it would be possible under a Cartesian understanding of the soul. If a human soul is not a composite with the body and could be captured and the technology was available, the soul could be put in any kind of container that could provide sensible input. An interesting twist is that the soul of Zoe only works in the first Cylon she was downloaded into. My one big difficult suspension of disbelief so far in this show has been that the world class software engineer, Daniel Graystone, did not make a backup of his daughter's avatar before he tried to download it into the Cylon. I find that very hard to believe. Critical to the plot though.
  23. The Asian guy is Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine, Twilight Samurai). The translator is John Hawkes (Miami Vice, Me and You and Everyone We Know). I recognized John Hawkes from Deadwood but it took a while to figure out that is where I had seen him before.
  24. I believe, Walker Percy called these qualities the diagnostic and the celebratory. The artist can diagnose the ills of his society or he can celebrate the goodness of which he is aware. I was approached by a gallery once, a pretty well known Christian art gallery. Upon seeing the images I sent them they declined to represent me because my work was too diagnostic or prophetic (my words not theirs but that was the reason). They said no one would want to buy those kind of paintings and they are right but it is still the artist responsibility to make those kinds of paintings. Here are a couple of examplesof what I consider diagnostic or prophetic paintings: This is a painting about abortion. And this one is about consumerism.
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