Monday, December 31, 2007

Alice for a Marymas Eve

Below is the first film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland directed by Cecil Hepworth in 1903. The print is decayed, and the deterioration adds an amazing creepiness to the silent piece. The music is Debussy's musical rendition of Mallarme's poem L'apres midi d'un faun. Another version, with a very interesting commentary instead of music, can be found here. Also of interest is this collection of early films and another one here.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sagrada Familia

"God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you."
The First reading (Sirach)
Holy Family Coptic Icon

The Holy Family, Martin Schongauer

The Couple (A Holy Family), Marc Chagall

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


From the Pope's Urbi et Orbi message

"Neither individuals nor nations should be afraid to recognize and welcome him: With him 'a shining light' brightens the horizon of humanity; in him 'a holy day' dawns that knows no sunset. May this Christmas truly be for all people a day of joy, hope and peace!"

"Allow the light of this day to spread everywhere: May it enter our hearts, may it brighten and warm our homes, may it bring serenity and hope to our cities, and may it give peace to the world."

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Advent 4

God Help Us, Joey Garcia

"do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
from the gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Our Lady of Sorrows, from the book of Kells

Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
"and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
they will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee."
from the first reading (Isaiah)

"the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
from the gospel (Matthew)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Advent 2

"On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom."
from the first reading (Isaiah)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Best Quote of the Year?

--Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ (Vatican Astronomer)

How Music Looks

Michel Gondry devises a way to paint music and has Bjork paint a song using a piano.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Advent of Advent

Avenging Angel, Jeff Jordan

"He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!"
from the first reading(Isaiah)

"Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep."
from the second reading (Romans)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Convenience is convenient

Kings of Convenience are super cool. Here is why: Erland Oye, one half of the duo, is the absolute geekiest person alive, and secondly they are amazing. (I feel I throw up a lot of music, but I've been listening to this, the cure, and morrisey/smiths non stop as the year has been winding down)

Super cool Video

Them apparently doing an impromptu set on Ipanema Beach

Erland Oye singing the Cure's "Boys don't Cry" on the set of another of their videos

And finally Erland Oye's techno version of The Smith's "There's a Light That Never Goes Out"

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