Father Knows Best: Eclectica Edition

25 Apr

Ulysses: Musical Interlude – the Passed on the Left-Hand Side edition

Johann Happolati: Good Christian Music: Sufjan Stevens

Thomas L. McDonald: Remember: All of This Happened by Accident; Saturday Song: “Down to the River to Pray”

An Unmarried Man: A Coachella brief season in the sun; The unfamiliar wanderer; Coming down the mountain of vulnerability

Ferdinand Bardamu: The In Mala Fide Cassette Club: Lee Ranaldo, Leonard Cohen, Anaïs Mitchell and More

Double-Minded Man: Heroic Females In Poetry; Poetry: The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay

Danny from 504: Cooking for Single Men – Grilled Skirt Steak with Chipotle-Lime Paste [paleo]; Cooking for Single Men – 504 Steak Teriyaki; Cooking for Single Men – Roast shank of Lamb

Chef In Jeans: Cooking for Single Men – Honey Chipotle Chicken; Cooking for Single Men – Grill Chili aka Leftover Chili

Elsewhere In Dreams: Bourgeois; mississauga; Twilight In Ontario

Cowtown Pattie: The Painted Churches of Texas Hill Country

The Fat Guy: Your Saturday Nightmare Fodder

Fred Reed: Famous Urinals I Have Known

Strange Maps: A World Map of Heavy Metal Density

Shouting Thomas: Gotta Play That Organ… Valpo Lutheran Chapel

The Gormogons: Postoŝako: The Esperantists return

Vault-Co: The Future That Might Have Been

The Lutheran Insulter

Lancia TrendVisions: Argos In Cappadocia

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Sociological Observations of Norwegian Black Metal Bands;  Things I Said to My Infantry Platoon in Afghanistan, and What I Probably Should Have Said Instead; Hipster Logic Problems; Job Interview Responses From a Millennial Liberal Arts Major

Cracked: The 5 Depressing Lessons We Learned from Highlights Magazine; 5 Baffling Discoveries That Prove History Books Are Wrong; 5 Ways to Beat Old-School Games Using Math

Marc Barnes: Your Weekly Fix of Catholic Art – Audrey Assad; It’s the Best Day Ever!; Catholicism: Making Rockstars Since 36 A.D.; The Problem With Christian Rock; The Problem With Christian Rock 2; The Problem With Christian Radio

Futility Closet: Second Sight; Dante’s Dentist; Opposing Forces; Food for Tomorrow; The Candle Problem

Modern Drunkard Magazine: 10 Best Things About Booze; Why I Drink; Dead End Drinks; Cold War Cocktails; Boozing with the Bomb; Welcome to BoozeTown

WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: The Bakersfield Sound Gets The Museum Treatment It Deserves; Fehérlófia: Hungarian Folktale and Psychedelic Trip


Posted by on April 25, 2012 in humour, Linklove, music


22 responses to “Father Knows Best: Eclectica Edition

  1. Bwana Simba

    April 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Out of curiosity, why are you linking Although their articles can be funny, they have a lot of misogynist articles.

  2. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I had never noticed anything misogynist on Cracked – in fact, there are some counterexamples of misandrist, female-pedestalizing articles on there, that I have seen – but regardless, the ones I linked aren’t by any means misogynist or misandrist, and in general, that’s the stance I take with anything I link to; linkage to something does not and should not imply that I necessarily agree with or endorse everything on said site – not even necessarily that which I link to! I link boldly and fearlessly to whatever I find interesting (usually stuff I agree with or like, but not necessarily always; if something’s interesting and provocative, I may still link it, regardless of my personal opinion); if others want to get their knickers in a knot over anything I’ve linked to, or elsewhere on or linked off of sites I’ve linked to, that’s their business. But I won’t censor myself, just because some may not like what they find if they poke further around a website, beyond the pages I’ve linked. For that matter, I don’t imagine anyone will like everything I link to; oh well!

  3. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I trust that Christians will use their Spirit-led discernment, as they follow links. Obviously, I’m not going to link anything pornographic; nor will I link anything encouraging hatred of anyone or any group. But I won’t necessarily eschew linking non-egalitarian websites; ones that, without encouraging hatred of anyone, nevertheless promote a vision that is contrary to modern-day, complete, radical egalitarianism.

  4. David Collard

    April 26, 2012 at 1:43 am

    From what I have seen on Cracked, and on Memebase as well, it pretty much depends on the writer, and the observer. Feminists and masculinists will both find something to offend. It is like the way the Left are convinced that the media are controlled by the Right. And vice versa.

    Memebase has a lot of quite misogynistic stuff. More than misandrist in my experience. A lot of sandwich jokes …

  5. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Never heard of memebase, unless it’s one of those sites with memes that people fill in with whatever text they like for a pic, in which case I’ve probably seen it; I definitely have seen many of those. And yeah, they run the gamut of opinion, from one side to the other, depending on who gets involved.

    I see no reason to worry about the content of things elsewhere on, or linked from, sites I post a page of. I certainly won’t. Encouraging men to be fearful, lest they perhaps see something offending, is another insidious effect of churchianity, as far as I’m concerned, and I won’t be party to that.

  6. Bwana Simba

    April 26, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I meant misogynist as in placing women on a pedestal. Wait, does misogynist only mean “men good/ women bad”?

  7. David Collard

    April 26, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I think you may want to check the definition of misogynist and misandrist. Some Memebase material pokes fun at women, and could be called misogynist. I tend to call it realist.

    I have worried a lot about having a bad influence, but I tend to think three things. One is that real men and women, including Christians, know that we have bodies. Two, that to some extent it is a case of “honi soit qui mal y pense”. That is, if it bothers you too much, perhaps you have the problem. And three, I firmly believe that robust references to bodily realities damages feminism, which is pretty much a form of secular puritanism anyway.

  8. Bwana Simba

    April 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

    You learn something new everyday. I have no problems with your posting articles, I just thought it odd given Cracked has had problems with some of the Manosphere community and vice versa. Or, better yet, some of the writers at Cracked have had a problem.

    Also, I have no problems with jokes about women, I just have heard so many jokes about men that I have no tolerance for it. I swear I can’t go a single day without hearing some sort of joke about men’s sex drive, aggressiveness, assertiveness, testosterone, etc. The odd thing is, it’s usually not women who make the jokes… it’s manginas and other castrated men who usually make them.

  9. David Collard

    April 26, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Testosterone. Or, as I like to call it, the genius hormone.

  10. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

    @ Bwana Simba: ‘Misogynist’ means ‘woman-hating’; ‘misandrist’ means ‘man-hating’. Putting women on a pedestal tends to mean putting men down, so it’s either female chauvinist or misandrist.

    And yes, as I noted, there have been some male-bashing type articles at Cracked. Oh well! That doesn’t mean there isn’t still fun, interesting stuff there, and I for one don’t let the presence of some stuff at their site that I may find objectionable, make me not post other stuff that isn’t objectionable. (I mean, it’s not like I’m saying “Spend money at their site!” I’m not. Everything I’ve linked to is free. 🙂 )

    I have noticed that certain others in the manosphere who used to link to them, haven’t been doing so, ever since one or two of those male-bashing articles appeared. But I didn’t get the memo, telling me the ‘party line’ I’m supposed to toe. 😉 Besides, I think for myself, and do my own thing; if others don’t want to interact with them, any more, that’s their business. Nobody has to click on my links to them, either, if they don’t wish to. 🙂

    This week’s Father’s Knows Best has no serious political or manosphere type themes; I thought I, and everyone, could use a bit of a break from it. It’s mostly fun stuff, arts and entertainment-related, art, music, architecture, poetry, slice-of-life blog entries, cooking, and the like; some essays on entertainment, but again, not all of the usual sort of things I tend to focus in on, most often – and many blogs I haven’t posted links to, before now. I just wanted to shake things up a bit. Hence the title, ‘Eclectica’. 🙂

    @ Bwana Simba, David Collard: I see nothing wrong with ribald humour, depending on the context, of course; not being flirty inappropriately, but just good clean, or dirty, fun. We’re all adults here…

  11. Sis

    April 26, 2012 at 7:36 am

    That is one of the weirdest videos I’ve ever seen.

  12. Carnivore

    April 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Testosterone. Or, as I like to call it, the genius hormone.

    Or, as I like to call it, the civilization-building hormone.

    Great cartoon. Does anyone really pay attention to those medical reports on the evening news? (I suppose one must first take the time to watch the evening news, which I do not.)

  13. Carnivore

    April 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    BTW, all the links to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency are kaput.

    [Thanks for the heads-up; fixed.]

  14. joycalyn

    April 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Here’s some more good Christian music for you, Will. Notice the freeness of the album.

  15. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    @ Carnivore: Thanks for the heads-up; I’ve fixed the McSweeney’s links. Not sure how that happened.

    “Great cartoon. Does anyone really pay attention to those medical reports on the evening news? (I suppose one must first take the time to watch the evening news, which I do not.)”

    I don’t watch TV, but same with the newspapers; you’re always seeing contradictory reports coming out, new studies saying the exact opposite as earlier ones, then the same again, later. Eggs are good for you; eggs are bad for you. A glass of wine a day is good for you; one glass of wine each day is too much, not good for you. Some bran each day is good for you; better to get your fibre in fruit instead of bran because of carbs. Butter is good for you; butter has too much saturated fats, and is not good for you. Etc., etc. Over and over. I tend to ignore them now, and just take the view that everything in moderation, nothing in excess, is surely the best advice to follow, regarding foodstuffs; plus, keep in mind glycemic indexes of carbohydrate-containing foods.

    @ sis: Really? There’s a lot weirder stuff out there, I assure you…

    @ joycalyn: Thanks for the link; I’m enjoying it. I have heard Josh Garrels before; a buddy of mine is a big fan of his, and has played his stuff on my car stereo for me before. A good Christian artist, indeed.

  16. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    @ sis: BTW, the Leningrad Cowboys are a Finnish rock band; in that concert clip, they’re accompanied by Russia’s Red Army Choir.

  17. electricangel1978

    April 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Some eclectic links, but ones I am glad to have come across.

  18. Will S.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Glad you like them, EA. 🙂

  19. An Unmarried Man

    April 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    As you know, Will, I’ve been away, but I’ve been meaning to thank you for the linkfulness!

  20. Will S.

    April 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hey, you’re welcome, David! Thanks for your slice-of-life blogging; I enjoy reading such when it’s interesting like yours. Unlike someone who, for instance, blogs about selling life insurance, commuting to work, and weight-lifting (to consider one manosphere denizen I won’t name or link; his comments elsewhere are far more interesting than his boring blog). 🙂

  21. An Unmarried Man

    April 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I think all subjects can be rendered interesting if the insight and expression are allowed to dictate the stream of thought. If people try to focus too much on the subject, they dry up and it becomes an operating manual. The whole point of creative writing is to describe your emotions and thoughts, isn’t it? I guess there is a place for neutral observation in the blogosphere, but I think ultimately we are in the “entertainment business.” (Major snark!)

    You guys have a great site here, keep up the good work!


  22. Will S.

    April 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    @ David: Hey, thanks! 🙂

    I agree, that any subject can be interesting, but the key is what you’ve identified: to express one’s thoughts and feelings, too. The inner thought life, plus what one does day-to-day, even if fairly mundane, can be quite interesting, if done right – like you do. 🙂


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