Let the wild rumpus begin.


October 16th can’t come soon enough. I can’t wait to see, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’.  You can’t wait to see, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’.   While we have to wait a couple of weeks for the movie, at least we can enjoy the trailer and the soundtrack now. They couldn’t have picked a better song for the trailer- it’s incredible.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it here.

Also, you can stream the soundtrack (written and performed by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids (a couple of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a couple of the Raconteurs, a guy from Deerhunter and a bunch of real kids)) at Stereogum.

This book was one of the ones that my parents read to me quite frequently.  I always loved it, but it was never my favorite.  And, yes, I got dibs on the outfit for Halloween, don’t even think about it.

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Well, everyone knows that GDP measures a nation’s economic performance and social progress. What this commission presupposes is: maybe it doesn’t.

Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen and pals recently finished the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (CMEPSP, or, the report)- commissioned by French President, Sarkozy, a couple of years ago.  You can read about it here and  here and you can full report here.

When the chairs of the economics departments at Harvard and Columbia (both are also Noble-Prize winning economists)  get together to analyze the way we measure our economic progress, it seems important.

The goal of the report:

The Commission’s aim has been to identify the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic
performance and social progress, including the problems with its measurement; to
consider what additional information might be required for the production of more
relevant indicators of social progress; to assess the feasibility of alternative measurement
tools, and to discuss how to present the statistical information in an appropriate way.

The first recommendation of the report is to look at income and consumption rather than production as the main indicators of well-being within a nation.   Hopefully, this report is a step in the right direction toward using indicators that more effectively measure our well-being and will assist policy makers in creating policies that take more into account than the gross production of a nation.

Perhaps most interestingly, the report makes an attempt to include indicators of social capital into the equation. Finally.

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I and Love and You


The new Avett Brothers album came out today.  Listen to it for free here. Or click on the pic above and buy it.  It’s wonderful.  I first heard them at Newport Folk Fest this past summer.  They stole the show.

They’re playing at Boston House of Blues on October 18th.   Tickets are cheap. You should come.  I’ll be there.  In plaid. If you’re Fitz, you’re getting to go to the CD release event tonight.  Lucky.

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No Parking


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Adirondack Guide

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Someone and someone
were down by the pond
Looking for something
to plant in the lawn.
Out in the fields they
were turning the soil
I’m sitting here hoping
this water will boil
When I look through the windows
and out on the road
They’re bringing me presents
and saying hello.

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Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya, you blocked my road, prepare to die: Non-Christian things that Christians love.

one island

Check out my article on Settler’s of Catan on Patrol Magazine.

This was a joint effort.  My original entry is below. For Anna’s original entry, check her blog here.

My friend Scott still insists that I almost made him fail the spring semester of his junior year of college.  I was a year ahead of him and had that senior grade-invincibility about me.  And me and my other two roommates were constantly looking for a fourth person to joins us in late night games of Settler’s of Catan- usually when Scott was trying to cram for a final or go to bed early before a test.  We’d call down to his room (this was post AIM being cool and pre-Facebook- we actually used phones) and all three of us would just yell into the phone, “Scottie!  Get up here! Settlas!”  Scott is a good man and has a hard time saying no to good times with his friends.  Still, it would usually take three calls, a threat that he was going to unplug his phone from the wall and a counter threat that we would just come down and bang on his door.  Either way, we weren’t letting him study and we sure weren’t letting him go to bed.  We needed a fourth- it’s more fun with four.

We loved these late night games and it seems we thought we were the only people in the world who understood how awesome this game was.  We were wrong.  It turns out that all across the country, at other Christian colleges and among other Christian small groups, this game was catching on like wildfire.

The game:  First off, it should be noted that this game didn’t receive the illustrious “Spiel de Jahres” (German Board Game of the Year award) in 1995 for nothing.  It’s fun (if nerdy) and I think Germans would be great at it.   It plays like a mix of Risk, Monopoly and Pit.  Basically, everyone is a settler on this island (Catan) and you are trying to build roads, settlements, cities, etc.  There is trading, monopolizing of resources, scheming, teaming up, backstabbing, strategizing and dice rolling.  Don’t play with your couple friends.  Like I said, pretty nerdy.  But we loved it.  It was our game.

I still remember the first time that I realized that Settler’s was the BGOC (Board Game of Choice) for other pockets of Christian friends.   I still have no idea why, but this game is incredibly popular among Christian cliques country-wide.  I still remember the first time I found out another group of friends who were as addicted to the game as me and my buddies were.  I was at a wedding in North Carolina. Somehow during the course of the festivities, I learned that the bride’s small group all played Settler’s religiously.  Since then, I’ve heard about pockets in Colorado, Arizona, Orange County, Chicago, Grantham, PA, Atlanta, Vancouver- even a group of Christians living in China- all Christians who think that their bible study friends are the best Settler’s of Catan players in the world.  They are wrong.  My friends are.

To this day, I have no idea why Settler’s of Catan caught on so much among twenty-something Christian- College graduates and their like between the years 2003- 2006, but it did. Ask your friend who graduated from a Christian College.  But then again, I have no idea why we also love the Princess Bride, talking about reading C.S. Lewis, The Brother’s K, playing ‘Mafia’, A Prayer for Owen Meany (admittedly, two of my favorites), smoking a pipe/ hookah, listening to Bright Eyes (three years ago) and frequenting local dive bars to hang out with the ‘locals’.   But we do.

I’m happy to report that in the end, Scott did graduate.  Not only that, but how he’s getting a Master’s Degree in Student Development and is a resident director at a Christian College; no doubt telling the students there about he and his buddies are the best Settler’s of Catan players in the world.

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