i have a religous mandate to notice your beautiful face

July 19, 2004
Passage of the Moment
We are here to abet creation and to witness to it, to notice each other's beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house.
Annie Dillard. Noticed it as a reading in the Unitarian Universalist songbook. I managed to find a page with more Annie Dilliard small Selections -- the second ones about Trees is pretty cool as well.

Political Quiz of the Moment
Slate lets you figure out Red or Blue based on the cultural tidbits you know and incidental things that you do. I came up exactly in the middle. (That might be because I pay attention to the right wing and knew a few trivial bits.)

Though I find the whole assignment of the colors "red" and "blue" kind of arbitrary. I guess we've come along way from the 50s, seeing as how now the republicans don't being called "red". (And only Nixon could go to China.)

Music Video of the Moment
Fans of the video game Soul Calibur (or anyone into virtual skinny guys in gimp outfits grooving to pop music) may enjoy seeing Dance, Voldo, Dance. Once you've seen half of it you've probably got the idea, but still its pretty cool.