Sunday’s Best: Ready Player One?

Today’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend is a fun one, particularly as it shows us that the line between reality and video-game fiction is already quite blurred.  The last frame is just icing on the cake.

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Sunday’s Best: The Nature of Replacement

Today’s Frazz by Jef Mallett works on a couple of different levels.  One, it’s brilliant observation.  Two, it speaks to something sobering about the human condition and how things change.  And the last panel is, as always, a good way to watch our words.

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Using Labor Day

Today was a work-day holiday for me.  If I didn’t go in to get some things done, I would likely be irreparably behind for the week.  Still not sure if I made a dent in things, but at least I tried.

Here’s yesterday’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend.  Seems appropriate.

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Sunday’s Best: Sharp and Dull

In the middle of the three-day weekend here.  It’s been a decent weekend so far: good things to read, a good movie to watch, and some time with others.  Tomorrow will likely include a little more labor than I had hoped, but that’s a necessary evil for the current moment.

Today’s Frazz by Jef Mallett captures a couple of things well.  It’s a nice crescendo to the strip’s most recent week, which was mostly about how late school is starting for many (who start after Labor Day).  Ah, to be sharp.

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Sunday’s Best: How We Move

Today was a great day in the Sunday funnies.  Lots of nice twists and turns in storytelling.  And lots of little commentaries on how we live and move through the world, which is something I think a decent amount about.  Today’s WuMo is a fun one-panel that resonates with everyone traveling, whether for a day-trip or a longer one.

WuMo Power

Funny to remember when there was a time that something like this would never be an issue.  There were other issues, of course, but not so much about the powering of multiple devices over a longer trip.  And there were always batteries (or the promise of batteries as the next gas station).  One of the last things we probably do at night is to make sure that one device is charging.  And it’s likely the first thing we check when we wake up.

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Sunday’s Best: Preparing for Monday

Today’s Nancy by Olivia Jaimes is a fun picture of how the weekend (even a long one) can get ruined by the threat of Monday.

Nancy SundayThis weekend was an attempt at recalibration for me.  Friday was a state holiday, so I had a little more space than usual to take care of some school stuff in hopes of getting a couple of days without much school stuff.  These first four weeks (with three weeks of classes) has been packed and has mostly upended my summer routine.  Which is something that I expected, but not to the extent that it’s happened.

So Friday was a chance to regain a bit of summer in the morning (with lunch from Timmy T’s) and then spend a couple of hours in the classroom in the afternoon.  A temporary solution to the packed nature of things, but at least it allowed me a little wiggle room at the start of the week ahead.

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Sunday’s Best: What’s Going On?

It’s way too easy to feel like Charlie Brown here.  Sometimes the ball is so far removed from the field that you just don’t know what to do.  Today’s classic Peanuts by Charles Schulz:

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Sunday’s Best: A Splash in the Face

Charles Schulz’s “hand puppet theater” strips are always an interesting thread in the Peanuts run.  This Sunday’s classic Peanuts had a nice, simple joke worth sharing.

Peanuts SplashMy chapel talk this week is about the Biblical Story.  It’s a common refrain from me, one that kind of connects to what Snoopy and Lucy do here: there’s this weird overlap between the story and our moment with it.  Sometimes it’s a real splash in the face, a reminder of the great Story that we are all in.  Sometimes we hear it again and it wake us up, we find evidence of it in our own lives, like wet hair and water down the cheek.

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An Unexpected Reading Journey

Wingfeather 1So last week I looked into purchasing an old novel by George MacDonald (an inspiration of C. S. Lewis).  When it arrived, I realized that I had not read the “fine print” well- the “scholar’s edition” that I had purchased (on sale) was a replication of the original text in its original setting.  Translation: they had made copies of an original printing and had bound it.  Which meant, old book that it was, many pages weren’t even legible.  So I ordered another copy, a modern resetting of the text.  In the meantime, to balance out the heavy reading of A Secular Age, I broke down and cracked open my copy of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson.  I’ve been a Peterson fan for years, just primarily for his music.  I’ve known about his Wingfeather Saga for years but just haven’t been ready to cross media like that.  But I had some time (at least until Thursday), and I had a copies of books one and two at hand, so I took the plunge.

I’m really glad that I did!  It’s not just easy to read . . . it’s pleasant to read.  It reads quickly, but Peterson has inserted footnotes that add texture and humor.  Plus, at times, the narrative voice shines well.  The characters are formed just enough and the mysteries are parsed out at a good pace.  I’m over halfway through, and I still don’t quite know where things are headed (which is really nice in a world where you know how so many stories are going to go before the curtain falls).  And while the main young characters (Janner, Tink, and Leeli) are a joy to read, it really is the adult cast that adds the mystery and the depth.

The other book will come in Thursday.  There’s nothing fantastical about it: no sea dragons or Fangs, no mysterious jewels with their treasure maps.  But it will be a story about Scotland, which should be nice.  But until then, it looks like I’ll be learning about the town of Glipwood and the world of Aerwiar.

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Sunday’s Best: Celebrating Summer Reading

A day late for this, but better late than never.  That’s especially true when you get a quip about summer reading.  Yesterday’s four-color Frazz by Jef Mallett:

Frazz FireworksWe had an overcast, drizzly Independence Day here in Honolulu.  And not much noise, either (unless I slept through things).  Had quality dinner and conversation and then made my way home for good night’s sleep.

I do like the quip above.  It reminds me of the time I was reading the early chapters of Lord of the Rings around July 4th, with Gandalf and his fireworks.  It’s a fun little way to see things fold together.

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