Sunday, December 22, 2013

O Holy Night

Another quick one today everyone and really, just a question.

In the South, do they only play the first verse of "O Holy Night"?
Oh, holy night

The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of our dear Savior's birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt His worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees

Oh, hear the Angel voices

Oh, night divine, oh, night

When Christ was born

Oh, night divine, oh, night

Oh, night divine

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord, let ever, ever praise Thee

Noel, Noel

Oh, night, oh, night divine

Noel, Noel

Oh, night, oh, night divine

Noel, Noel

Oh, night, oh, night divine

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Little Drummer Boy: Now we know why Mary is the Queen of Grace

Just a small one today.

Can you imagine the grace and humility shown by Mary when confronted with the little drummer boy? Some dirty urchin with a drum comes in after she's given birth with Jesus laying in the hay and asks if he can play his drum for the BABY and she simply nods an acquiescence.

Note though, that not even for Mary, Mother of God, does it say that she SMILED and nodded. Just a nod. I guess even for her, that was too far out of reach.

It's even more absurd if you believe she gave birth to Jesus and was then immediately inundated with visitors.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Review of Battle Royale — A Battle to the Death Between Children the Way It Should Be: Horrific

Battle Royale is not even in the same league as the Hunger Games. And by that, I mean Battle Royale is a million times better (and probably a million times cheaper and a million times less profitable...and no, none of those things were exaggerations).

Disclaimer: There may be bloody images of children in this blog post.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chibi Vampire: The Manga Formerly Known as Karin

I'm not complaining about the choice to change the name of "Karin" to "Chibi Vampire" for its American release. If it wasn't for that, I probably would have never read the books. I find it hard to pass up a cute vampire story however, so here we are.

Chibi Vampire is a 14-volume manga series written by Yuna Kagesaki and released by TokyoPop (so that means it's out of print now). Luckily, Amazon's to the rescue. Here is the link to all the books in the series through a variety of Amazon sellers:

Sorry about the lack of a picture, it's a search page link so no pictures. Here's one of the first cover:

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Why Math Teachers Need Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra

A common complaint heard by anyone that hangs out with future math teachers is, "When are we ever going to use this?"

Only it's not their students that are saying this, it's the teachers themselves complaining about the classes of Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra. 

And yes, I believe the irony is lost on them.

Friday, December 6, 2013

I Hate Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

This fact has been a defining characteristic of my own writing since I first read LotR in middle school.

I mean, he just can't shut up.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Do You Hear What I Hear? ...A snitch

Here's part 2 of my Christmas Carol Rants series of blog posts! This time around, dedicated to "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

You can read part 1 here: "Baby It's Cold Outside".

Disclaimer: This is a rant about a popular Christmas carol. You may not be able to enjoy this Christmas carol again after some of the things you'll read.

Note: I still enjoy most of these Christmas carols even though I find parts of them absurd.