Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

Infested with tarballs

Posted in Articles by Toad Wednesday June 30, 2004 at 13:24

Okay, so maybe I’m old and I’m just not down with the finer points of modern music, but songs like this just don’t quite do it for me. The line that inspired me to post on this song was “When you move like a jellyfish rhythm dont mean nothing you go with the flow, you dont stop.” Now, I’m a musician, and probably the center of my musical heart is that of a conductor, not a French Horn player or piano player, so any reference to “rhythm don’t mean nothing” automatically rubs me the wrong way. To me just saying it betrays a lack of anything resembling knowledge of musical aesthetics, or just plain bad taste. Even the spastic dancing that modern youth enjoys has rhythm to it. Rhythm is essential in anything musical or poetic, even if it is less conventional.

Then I read the whole song, and while I can see that it was probably meant as a description of this “little girl”‘s surpassing beauty, it really doesn’t come across that way to me. (more…)

The end of the world

Posted in Other by Ziggy Wednesday June 23, 2004 at 11:58

The end of the world is really cool. First everything blows up, and then the New Jerusalem comes down…sweet dude!
The fire refered to in 1 Peter Seems to occur when God appears in His glory (in Revelation)

In other news, my new website address is going to be www.peripheralarbor.com (see my post about the Tree of Life)
It’s not up yet, but it will be….it will be.

In other news, the government is sort of like a large hairy bum…with nuclear missiles and total air/land/sea superiority.

In other news, the news rules the government, and probably the world.

Which brings us back to the end of the world.

All Alone

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Monday June 21, 2004 at 15:36

I was thinking about being alone on Sunday afternoon. This was probably because my whole family is gone for the week, and I am at home alone for sixteen hours out of the day. This led me to think about Genesis, and where God says “it is not good for the man to be alone.” I find it interesting that God did NOT say that “it is not good for the man to FEEL alone”. Niether did God say “So I’m going to start to walk with him ALL the time now! Yep Adam, you’ll never be alone again!”
I’m not sure that I have anything else to say, but this seems a bit of an abrupt end. Then again, the world comes to a rather abrupt end…in the end.

Family Pride

Posted in Articles by Toad Monday June 14, 2004 at 08:53

I’m proud of my dad. His life isn’t too great these days… my mom has left him for another man, and is pursuing a divorce, his finances are a little tight, and he’s having to raise my twin younger sisters from 15 to adulthood on his own. I’m proud of him, though, because of the composure he’s been keeping all through this, and because of the attitude towards God he’s kept throughout these past few months.

I never used to talk to my dad that much. My mom was easier for me to get a hold of, and she could answer my questions just fine, so I didn’t talk to my dad a whole lot. Since March, however, I’ve been talking to him a lot more, and I’ve been very glad of what I’ve heard. My dad is decidedly not without his weak moments, but even in them, he usually knows best how to gget himself through them: God’s grace. My dad hasn’t expressed anger at God at all since my mom left… to the contrary, he appears to have been relying on God all the more since then, and I can tell that God is with him.

I had the honor of helping my dad to work through things this past Saturday. We had dinner and a drive together, and it was great to see him go from clearly upset and hurting to clearly an awful lot better than he was. Any of you who are Christians, feel free to pray for both of my parents, and remember to sometimes stop and look at your own parents as people, and not just figures of authority.

Writers Block

Posted in Other by Toad Thursday June 10, 2004 at 10:43

Recently, I’ve been having quite the urge to write something, either a program or an essay or a story. Anything creative really. Unfortunately, I’m completely bereft of ideas. I can barely even come up with stuff to edit and add to a 57 page long story I’ve already written.

I’ve often wondered: what is writer’s block? Why do we get it? I think about so many things… why is it that when I sit down at a keyboard or pick up a pencil all my thoughts turn into, “So…. what am I going to write…” It’s not just frustrating, it’s… weird. I should start writing down ideas whenever they come to me.

If any of you would like to see something written, let me know and I’ll see if it’s something I can and feel like writing.

For the Purists

Posted in Other by Toad Wednesday June 2, 2004 at 17:00

A note on the word “Isqua“: I did some more looking through the a number of online dictionaries, and isqua is only in a few of them… most of them seem fairly trustworthy, but aren’t the mainstream dictionaries that are easy to find.

Tree at the ends of the world.

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Wednesday June 2, 2004 at 16:11

I was thinking about the tree of life. It seems to be the only feature other than God that is persistant throughout all of creation, right from the begining to the end. Even more interesting is that the tree of life is large enough to be growing on both sides of the river of life. A river flowed through eden, did the tree of life span it as well? Is it the same river? Although all life was destroyed in the flood, many plants survived (Noah didn’t take plants on board the Ark) which makes you wonder…is it the SAME tree of life as well?

New Author!

Posted in Other by Toad Wednesday June 2, 2004 at 12:11

Folks, Ziggy has joined the crew here, and with the addition of another writer we changed the name to Isqua Istari, Elvish meaning “Wise Wizards.” Hopefully, we’ll be able to turn out some stuff worth reading once in a while. 😉

College: Four Years of…?

Posted in Articles by Toad Tuesday June 1, 2004 at 14:28

Melinda, a sister of a friend over at erality.com posted a piece on “Pro: General Education,” which included this line:

“College education…is about education for life.”

I have to disagree with that statement. (more…)

Slacker

Posted in Other by Toad Tuesday June 1, 2004 at 14:01

Clearly, that decision to start a blog was worthless. See, I’ve had this horrible curse where I can never remember the profound things I want to say for long enough to say them, in spite of a terrifying urge to write something. Anyways, I have a bit more time to write (sometimes) over the summer, so we’ll see if the creative juices allow for anything interesting. I’ll also be writing summaries of the work week, since the staff member in charge of my COOP 3000 class wants to see a “Work Journal” so he can say I actually worked for my COOP, and this is a convenient place to put them.

I’m going to go dig up and refine an article I wrote in response to an article on General Education.

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