I want to draw your attention to a currently free but presumably soon (as in 2011) to be not free section at NYTimes.com, “Opinionator.” For every writing class I teach I always choose an interesting article, usually an op-ed piece, magazine essay or blog post as a means of getting the students minds engaged and ready to tackle the other tasks of the day. This is particularly important this semester as my classes are either at nine in the morning, or seven at night. When I don’t already have a piece in mind for discussion, I almost always turn to “Opinionator.” There, several Times writers get to sound-off in an online-only column about, it seems, whatever they want.
In the last few days, two entries in particular have caught my attention and, I’m sure, will be any of interest to any readers for whom the intersection between faith and culture/public life is a concern. That is, presumably, all of you.
An amazing press release from Christian Eminem imitator rapper KJ-52, which needs no comment:
KJ-52 has an uncanny ability to reach the youth of today in a clever and hip manner. It may be through the subject matter of his music, his tech savviness that connects hims to his fans on a continual basis (twitter, blogs, etc.), or his ultimate mission to point others to God through his work. With the release of his new project “Five Two Television,” his weekly video devotions, and currently touring on the “Modern Day Heroes” tour with Group 1 Crew, KJ-52 is continually staying busy reaching out to his fans. We are excited to announce KJ-52’s follow up single to his hit “End Of My Rope” titled “Calling You” (Featuring J.R.). “Calling You” will be hitting the rock airwaves 2/26!
KJ-52 describes “Calling You” as a single, “filled with text message speak (LOL, TTYL, etc.) and is an analogy of God’s text message (His word) and how God seeks to have us in a relationship and just like others try to get ahold of us with a text. God does the same thing with his text (The Bible).”
Don’t miss out on this catchy and relevant single “Calling You”! Seeking add commitments for 2/26 at Rock radio!
The CCM Patrol has gotten so few tips lately that we were starting to doubt that shit like this was still being made. Alas. And yay.
Certainly by now you’ve heard the Buzz. Or, heard of Buzz. Ummh. Heard the buzz about Buzz?
Whatever, Google has a new social network-y thing out which they’ve been kind enough to drop into your Gmail inbox. If you don’t see it yet, you can probably go here to activate it. Once you get Buzz you will see a new option appear right below your inbox with a cute little graphic that looks a lot like the Google Talk graphic but with a few primary colors inside it.
And before your very eyes your Gmail inbox has been transformed into a social networking hub. You already had the “conversation” style email interface, then Google went and tossed in a IM client in the form of Talk, or Gchat, as it has come to be called, and now you have Buzz. Not only does Google know everything about you (as evidenced, also, by their confidence in getting your Buzz started by suggesting a few friends), but now you never need to go to another website ever.
You don’t have to be a Saints fan to enjoy the French Quarter getting a reason to celebrate. From Mississippi, I was torn between my love for the Mannings and the fact that everyone cheers for the Saints in my neck of the woods. I was pulling for Peyton to get a second ring, but when the gold and black pulled it out at the end, I had a grin on my face.
Peek inside the celebration, and just remember, no one knows how to party like the Big Easy.
A good thing started last night, even if you missed it.
Long Beach, CA. exports its best musical product to the East Coast for the next week as folk-rockers Delta Spirit try out tracks from their second LP, “History from Below” in a sequence of dates in the teeny of tiny clubs.
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