Everyone who took a psychology course in college knows about placebos. But most of us don’t know the physiological reasons why they work. And few of us think about the implications of their effectiveness. Here’s a video that wades into these subjects. (Hat tip to Improbable Research.)
Tomorrow’s Rock ’n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon passes my front porch, right around the 7-mile split. For all competitors, I offer the good wishes of Lord Birkenhead in Chariots of Fire: “Good luck to you all.” And I offer something that Lord Birkenhead could not: this bit of musical inspiration by Howlin’ Wolf.
Is 9.89 gigaherz the optimal frequency at which to scan kidney bean crops in order to obtain ground-based multi-temporal, multi-angle and co-polarized scatterometer X-band data?
Back in the 1970s, back in my college, seminary-school days, we were crazy on these two gals. Watching this today, I’m still crazy—and envious of Nancy’s fiddle.
Like many bloggers, I’ve neglected my blogroll. Today I fixed that. So if you’re in the mood to check out a blog you haven’t seen before, I invite you to peruse my updated blogroll. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like everything you’ll find there, but I can guarantee (at least today) no dead ends. Everyone there is current, and at least in my opinion, everyone there has something interesting to say.
P.S. Besides my general blogroll on Minor Wisdom, I have legal-writing and appellate blogrolls on my other blog, The (New) Legal Writer. Some blogs formerly on the MW blogroll have been moved to one of those. So if you’re looking for good appellate or legal-writing blogs, check out those blogrolls on The (New) Legal Writer.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced its day-by-day musical lineup for this year’s fest. We won’t have specific acts at specific stages at specific times yet, so we can’t do too much planning now. Depending on various variables, here are some folks I may try to see (and a handful I won’t):
- Friday, April 29: Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Keb’ Mo’, Tab Benoit, George Porter Jr., John Mooney, Los Hombres Calientes, Joe Krown Trio, Willie Tee, Shades of Praise, Morning Star Mass Choir, Voices of Peter Claver.
- Saturday, April 30: Robert Cray, Jeremy Davenport, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Terrance Simien, Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, Shannon McNally, Wayne Toups, J. Monque’D. No, thank you: Bon Jovi.
- Sunday, May 1: John Mellencamp, Dr. John, Arlo Guthrie, Zachary Richard, Anders Osborne, Tommy Sancton, Jeremy Lyons. No, thank you: Kenny G. I don’t know; I may have to check this out: Tom Jones.
- Thursday, May 5: Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shaw, James Booker piano tribute, Little Freddie King, Spencer Bohren. No, thank you: Cyndi Lauper.
- Friday, May 6: Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Kermit Ruffins, Edie Brickell, Eric Lindell, Bonerama.
- Saturday, May 7: Jimmy Buffett, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, Bobby Blue Bland, Marcia Ball, Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, BeauSoleil, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Dr. Michael White, D.L. Menard.
- Sunday, May 8: Neville Brothers, Robert Randolph, Radiators’ farewell, Sonny Landreth, Henry Butler, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bobby Lounge. No, thanks: Kid Rock.
Hat tip to Athenae at First Draft.
One of the greatest dangers in the spiritual life is self-rejection. When we say, “If people really knew me, they wouldn’t love me,” we choose the road toward darkness. Often we are made to believe that self-deprecation is a virtue, called humility. But humility is in reality the opposite of self-deprecation. It is the grateful recognition that we are precious in God’s eyes and that all we are is pure gift. To grow beyond self-rejection we must have the courage to listen to the voice calling us God’s beloved sons and daughters, and the determination always to live our lives according to this truth.