Buckeye Jones

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About Buckeye Jones

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    Killer of threads

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    In America
  • Interests
    any roasted coffee, home renovation, travel, raising two boys, church, Swiffer, Charmin

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    Market Research
  • About my avatar
    I think it's me.
  • Favorite movies
    (today) Empire Strikes Back, LOTR:FOTR, TT EE, ROTK, The Searchers, Braveheart, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spartacus
  • Favorite music
    Copland: Appalachain Spring, Orff: Carmina Burana, U2 Joshua Tree, Zooropa, Achtung Baby, Rich Mullins, Resphigi: Pines of the Rome, almost anything from or by Pepe Romero; Buckeye Battle Cry, The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • Favorite creative writing
    JRR Tolkien LOTR/Silmarillion, the Hobbit; Tom Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, Resurrection of the Son of God, For All God's Worth; Edmund Morris TR biographies. David McCullough's John Adams biography, Remains of the Day, Ishiguro.
  • Favorite visual art
    John Volck's stuff. And Dan Sorensen's.

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  1. In my church yesterday, I was chatting with one of our long-term members, Diana T., who came to the US in the early 2000's as a refugee, a war widow, and a single mother. We've known Diana for almost 12 years but until yesterday, I didn't know that on her own she's bought land in Liberia, and is in the process of raising money ($35,000) to build an orphanage for war orphans, and for the orphaned children after the war due to the war's devastating legacy. I found her willingness to sacrifice (essentially she's working two jobs to provide for her kids and to build an orphanage) so moving that I feel compelled to help her, and figure out if I can mobilize my church and community to help. I'm sorry I missed this film when it released almost 10 years ago, and am going to track it down. I hope that it gives me more insight in Diana's story and is a way to connect others to her passion.
  2. That's awesome jackfinn--should I just click the link for the virus or do you need me to download something?
  3. I can't remember anything about this book series except that some character had an African-American girlfriend (and even that I'm unsure of). I don't remember a kid at all. Is this looking anything like the book?
  4. Especially when he's like, "Jen! Jen! I haven't seen you since I abandoned you on that stupid planet with Idi Amin! But I'm so confident that you'll be the recipient of this message that I'm going to address most of it to you! And I'm reallygoingtospeedupattheendbecauseyourplanetisbeingdestroyed!"
  5. Also, that honest trailer takedown is right on the money.
  6. We re-watched this again this past weekend. I don't know that I've had a movie fall as far in my estimation from one viewing to the next. I don't think I was all that hot on it to begin with, but wow, this thing was a huge mess. Characters, plotting, story--yeesh. There were some cool visuals of the Death Star floating around doomed planets. This was a bad movie. The new droid was cool, I guess. But stuff I liked at the first viewing (the two semi-Jedis) were just lame this time. How does a blind kung fu guy take out entire squadrons of storm troopers anyway? Why are there more powerful ships here than there were in the next movie (in the timeline)? Why was Princess Leia's ship hanging out in the battle anyway? Why can you send a space station the size of a small moon through hyperspace but you have to use a big radio dish to send a data file that fits on a thumb drive? Why would the Empire blow up its own data warehouse? For a battle they were about to win anyway? Won't they need some of those other records? Did Captain Antilles take Jimmy Smits back to Alderaan, then come back to Yavin 4, and then hide his ship on some random guy's other ship for the battle? Won't AT-ATs sink in the sand? What do you think that switch Donnie Yen had to throw was originally for? (I think it originally turned off the shield generator, or some tractor beam). Why did Lucasfilm hire actors who's primary purpose was to speak unintelligibly? Seriously, how many indecipherable accents were needed for this cast? Wouldn't the Death Star blowing up a city basically create such a cloud of dust that that planet would have an extinction level event? It's like Star Wars meets Armageddon. Why do CGI people look so fake? Anyway, meh. This is a marketing win for Disney but not a product win. Yay, suits!
  7. I have no idea how to turn the quotes off on this one. I will note that Darryl's comment in the copied thread may be the most pertinent. Groundhog Day seems like a perfect film for "waking up" but it's already been featured.
  8. Joel-- I unexpectedly got a chance to attend a lecture by Tom last night at a local church here in Cincinnati. Totally random event that I learned about due to a friend's post on FB. Wow--I think if you have the opportunity to take a course, you definitely should. Two tidbits: 1) Wright writes out his entire lecture, and while he's not appear to read verbatim, I was close enough to see the notes pages were all text. 2) Apparently, he's a very warm and personable instructor, forming relationships and whatnot with the students. So much so that he gave a lecture at this local Cincy church because he taught the senior pastor as a student twenty years ago. That's an endearing quality.
  9. The lies at the end of this didn't bother me so much as the abandonment of its own mythological structure. Its a kind of prometheus story tacked on a Japanese construct but not with internal integrity. 1) The Moon King and the daughters are the moon + stars. 2) Hanso is a mortal, who after many mortal failures preceding him, is about to complete his quest to get magical armor. 3) The magical armor somehow is offensive to the moon & stars. 4) Daughters go off to kill anyone who gets the magical armor. 5) Daughter A falls in love with Hanso (he's different due to adorable combination of samurai + West Texas accent) 6) Moon King unhappy with development uniting eternal "heavenly folk" with mortal man (it's the Lay of Luthien in neo-Japanese clothing). 7) He steals ensuing baby's eye (why? I never got this, or rather, never believed that the explanation for the eye stealing was sufficient.) 8) Sisters find boy; boy goes on quest. 9) Boy finds armor 10) Boy confronted by Moon King--back at the village where the third piece of armor was hidden in plain sight. 11) Boy attacked by Moon King/floating alien from the Avengers, LOSES armor. 12) Boy defeats Moon King anyway, using a THIRD string to play a chord that transforms Avengers alien/Moon King into old duffer. Still no armor. 13) Villagers tell Moon King nice falsehoods to make him feel better. 14) Dead parents show up aglow. 15) While My Guitar Gently Weeps plays. Huh? SDG and others are right--amazing (but still a muddled) initial 90 minutes. Last 15 minutes utter nonsense. From a mythic standpoint--why was there no, zippo, zilch, nada tie back to the celestial part? Why not extend the myth to its mythic conclusions? Why does Grandpa want the eye? What good will that do him? Were the sisters blind? Was he blind himself? No! What's the scoop with the armor? Was it the worst macguffin ever? Why does the moon king turn into an old duffer? Why does he turn into a floating Alien from the Avengers? Where is Loki? What the heck? Still, some of the images and the characterizations and the cinema of it--so beautiful. My kids loved it (11 and 9). I just don't understand how a movie loses its way like this--it must have taken years to make--how do you miss the end? What was originally written? What did they intend to communicate? What could this have been? Ah, well, I probably blinked.
  10. Wright's work, "The Resurrection of the Son of God" is majestic. I've read all of his "Christian Origins and the Question of God" series, but could not finish his two volume work on Paul. I'm no academic but Wright's work is pretty accessible for the non-technician. In his "Paul" works, he gets more technical, and to my untrained eyes, much more engaged with esoteric conflicts in academia; of course this is where the Pauline action is, I guess, ever since Sanders' work in the 70/80s. I'd have a hard time imagining reading just a selected volume from the series without having read the foundations, but if you go in to ROTSOG knowing that Wright's spent a great deal of ink locating Jesus and the gospels in the 1st century milieu of II Temple Judaism in conversation with the messianic expectation as a end-of-the-exile event, and that Jesus was essentially redefining the Israel identity around himself and his followers, then you'll be relatively grounded. The book follows his standard template: Describing the concept in relation to its contemporary Jewish context, then in terms of its relationship to contemporary pagan thought, then in the double criteria of similarity and and disimilarity to both, he paints the topic as a new innovation that demanded a response. I found it exhilarating.
  11. A 75 year old Harrison Ford beating up commies while hunting antiquities? Without Mutt in tow? Movie magic at its finest.
  12. This still looks stupid and unnecessarily convoluted.
  13. this election did get me to purchase Volf's A Public Faith.
  14. I just finished reading "A Canticle for Leibowitz", and darned if I didn't wake up this morning thinking it is actually more likely than ever. And I'm generally not one to get caught up in anti-Trump hysteria. I wish I could read more facts than reactions, but social media gushes reaction (and spin). When the entire news industry runs up a big wave of reporting that Hillary will win! until 9 pm the day of the election, I tend to consider that news orgs are susceptible to groupthink (if they are not blatantly partisan, on left or right). I try to read the original sources as much as possible (recognizing they're just as likely to be "spin"). Oh well.
  15. Star Wars Episode IX: Now For Some More Jedi