Archive for January, 2007


Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I’ve been using Twitter a lot lately (via Dean) and it’s great fun. You should join!

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history of religion

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

I’m reading “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris lately (excerpts ) and the spread and influence of religion has been on my mind a lot.

It seems that if our species ever eradicates itself through war, it will not be because it was written in the stars but because it was written in our books; it is what we do with words like “God” and “paradise” and “sin” in the present that will determine our future.

-Sam Harris
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

à la volette

Monday, January 1st, 2007

I’m a big fan of the French TV show Kaamelott (lighter English entry), a comedy television series which parodies the Arthurian Legends. The series takes place in the 5th century, in England (then called Brittany) and all the characters use modern language and the formal “vous”. It’s hysterical and exquisite.

Each episode lasts less than 4 minutes. The episode below (La Quinte Juste) is one of my favourites.

King Arthur sings to himself under his tree. (w3t-ers, the song he’s singing is “Pavane (Belle qui tient ma vie)”, the same song DD made us sing in Montreal last year ;). His father in law approaches and Arthus asks him “did you hear me sing?” and Léodagan says “no…”.

The episode is about singing. Father Blaise is very conservative, the knight Bohort wants to modernise singing and King Arthur doubts at first that they’re making a good use of their time singing, then doesn’t really give a damn but participates anyway.

Father Blaise: “I’ll report to the Pope the next person I hear whistling a pagan interval!” and also “stop! or I’m going to throw up on the round table!”

Anyway, at the end of the episode, Bohort, King Arthur and the king’s mother in law stand in front of Father Blaise and sing an interpretation of the song À la volette. I think they can sing.

Best wishes for this year

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Voila, 2007 is here, now. And it better be good!