on the Anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest

you can read my homage again, if you like…

Martin Luther, Jr.:  A Rebel with a Cause


Scary Movies

Here are some lists of the top scary movies (some include gross pics):

Top 100 according to some film critics

Top 50 from boston.com.  not a list for hardcore or purists

Top 20 Zombie movies of all time

Top 100 of All-Time

Top 20 Scariest Movies of All-Time

Top 20 Horror Films Since 1989

I used to watch more when I was young.  Freddy and Jason stuff on cable.  I still remember how scared I was seeing just the commercial for Return of the Living Dead when a bloody, zombie, skeleton guy turns around to face the camera.

I am too chicken to watch some films, I might read the summary just to know what happens but don’t want the images in my head.

I have seen some from these lists, but mostly the ones that were crossovers like Jaws and Shining and Alien.  I have seen the Dawn of the Dead remake, Carpenter’s the Thing, Carrie, and Scream.  But I haven’t even seen 7 with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman which makes many lists.

I will never see the Hostel movies or any of the Saw ones (only caught bits and pieces-pun intended-of the first one on cable.  that was enough), or stuff like Audition, and I hope you won’t either.

I agree with Christopher Lee, who basically said, horror is better when it’s unseen rather than obscene.

So, what about you?  Does your Halloween tradition involve scary movies?

Are you for or against any particular movie?

What movie scared/scarred you the most?

And since we haven’t done this in awhile, how about a poll?

My Son has Discovered Lust

…in a magazine.

That’s kinda provocative but it’s true, although not what you are thinking.

It’s a toy magazine.  And even though it is mostly educational type toys, he is obsessed.  He kept talking about his “wishes” and finally my wife told him to circle the things that he wanted.

He has a lot of wishes.

I came home the other day and he met me at the door to say, “I need a dollar because I cleaned my room.”  The kids do chores, some for money and some just because they should do them.

He lost his first tooth and we are playing the “tooth fairy” game.  He asked if he would get $5.  We laughed in his face.  He got 50 cents.

He wants to go to the toy store as soon as money comes in.  He loves Lightning McQueen as most boys his age.

The life-long battle of materialism has begun for my 5-year-old.   I know I am still in that battle, as well as much of the world, especially developed first-world countries like the USA.

I remember the excitement of toy catalogs, especially near Christmas time.  G.I. Joe and Transformers.  I also loved the Johnson Smith (wow! still in business and online) catalog that had magic tricks, pranks, and novelty items.

For me, I guess it’s books now, or some electronic gadget.

We like to preach and teach about hot topics like homosexuality, or any sexuality period.  Worship problems and denominational doctrines.

But millions and millions of people, including Christians, are losing the war against stuff.  Christmas time is upon us again.  The economy is down so spending will probably be down.  And the government and CEOs are hoping for as much materialism as possible to help our economy.

But at what cost?

1 John 2:15-17

Of Books and Reading (HP Lovecraft)

I finally, out of curiosity, looked into a writer named H.P. Lovecraft.  He is not funny like P.G. Wodehouse (who I love and should really read more).  He is not a man of faith like C. S. Lewis.  He was an American fiction writer in the lines of Edgar Allen Poe from the early 1900s.

The reason I was curious is that his name came up more than once in reading online stuff about Lost mythology.  The Lost TV writers seemed to be influenced from everything from ancient Egyptian religion to Star Wars and Lovecraft kept popping up.

He wrote a lot of short stories dealing with horror, macabre, weird stuff and they are fun. With Halloween coming up, it’s perfect timing to read some scary stories.

Many of the short stories are first-person narratives, from the point of view of one who survived a horror, or knew the people involved.  The narrator is often a skeptic who through following up on other people’s stories, experiences something bizarre.

I can’t even say much without spoiling them.  Many have a surprise twist at the end like Pickman’s Model.  One of the better ones so far is The Colour Out of Space, which is about a meteor that leads to lots of trouble for one family.  The Rats in the Wall is about a man who finds and buys a house that belonged to his ancestors but holds a horrible secret.  It has been the creepiest I have read so far.

How come I never heard of him in school when I read so much more fiction and loved Poe?

Any Lovecraft fans out there?


Here are some non-fiction and non-religious books I would like to read in the next year (also my Christmas List in case Santa is reading):

The Book of Basketball: The NBA according to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons

Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance bySteven Levitt and Stephen Dunbar

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson