Quips & Asides

April 8, 2005


When you fill four days with nonstop 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. work-and-necessities, it's very hard to make productive use of the fifth day.

Posts are a-comin'... at some point. Taking a longer view, I'm trying to bang my days into a schedule more conducive to writing (and mental health). As I've been asking everybody I know: please bear with me.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 PM

December 25, 2004

Merry You-Know-What!

I'm a little late in the day with this, but I figured anybody who'd be checking Dust in the Light on Christmas Day would know that I wish you all the most joyous of holidays.

Tomorrow comes inexorably, as does the new year, but as the months hurtle by, we do well to take seriously our periodic reminders of God's presence in our lives and the love that He generates.

God bless you all, and may the spirit of this day remain with you every day and evermore.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:38 PM

September 7, 2004

After the Bell

Whew. Handling a large class is tiring! Although, I'm finding motivation to actually teach in the fact that the students have been most attentive while I've been doing so. Luckily, I've whole curricula of material from which to draw; first days are often nebulous, I guess.

I'm going to run a couple errands. Breathe a little bit. Then I'll do some reading and posting. Things'll be a little smoother once I'm a few weeks ahead in my planning.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:24 PM

September 3, 2004

Indoctrinating with Song

So the school at which I'll be teaching this year has just bought a new religion curriculum — new books, new schedules, new material... and an accompanying CD alleging to be "music for teens." As one might guess, the curriculum's producers — God bless their well-meaning souls — haven't quite succeeded in compiling a track list that will reach the kids' pop culture spirits.

But the idea is a good one, and I'd like to run with it. The problem is that, being a relatively new Christian, I'm also relatively new to Christian music, so both my knowledge and collection are inadequate to the task. Please, if you've any favorites in this category — and I'd also be interested in albums or specific songs from the more famous, secular side of the industry — let me know in the comments sections. Hey, for all I know, some of y'all work in the music biz; self promotion is allowed.

I'd also welcome (ahem) any CD contributions that the spirit of the project might inspire you to send along.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:34 PM | Comments (4)

August 12, 2004

Discontinued Superheroes

After reading the post involving the dojo of my younger days, my mother sent me an email titled "Uncanny Ability":

You've always had an uncanny ability to recognize people and places - years later and after many changes.

Hey, maybe I'm a mutant, like the Uncanny X-Men... albeit with a pretty lame power.

Wolverine: Why didn't you try to stop Juggernaut? He ran right by you!

Remember Man: What did you expect me to do? The dude walked through that concrete wall like it was paper.

Wolverine: You've gotta start finding ways to make use of your powers, bub.

Remember Man: I did! On his way out, Juggernaut crushed a man I went to preschool with. He was always a kind of weird looking kid. Big teeth. Bit the class hamster once.

Wolverine: Whatever.

For another seriously flawed superhero, this one currently active in Iraq, be sure to check out Cox & Forkum's latest cartoon.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:46 PM

July 14, 2004

As I've Long Suspected...

... but painting every room in a house has confirmed, I'm a failed perfectionist.

I set out intending to take the time to do the job flawlessly, but now I'm finding that I just don't care.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:47 PM | Comments (3)

April 6, 2004

Note on the Previous Post

Sorry about the previous post. I've held it at bay since last Friday, but Nicolosi's anecdote persisted in taking up my mental space, so I thought I'd best lure it out with words.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:25 PM

February 20, 2004

For Your Coffee Break

I've been meaning to mention that Ferry Halim has another heartwarming game over at Orisinal. I don't know what it is about his style, but the games, simple as they are, just make me feel good.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:04 AM

January 29, 2004

Ad Spotting

Hey look! A hair club that promises to turn even ordinary-looking men into Bill O'Reilly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:41 PM