Today’s assignment is to write about the subject “cloak”. This could be anything – according to Fr. Peck, we can blog about monastic cloaks, women’s cloaks, cloaking devices, whatever. Well, he had me at cloaking device. I am a huge Star Wars fan (although I don’t do expanded universe stuff) and cloaking device reminds me of one thing: Slave I, Boba Fett’s ship, which had a cloaking device making it invisible to detection. When Episode I first came out, my buddy Pete and I went crazy over it – we loved it, which is not typical of many SW fanboys. We also hatched a theory that Kitster, Anakin’s childhood friend, would turn out to become Boba Fett. The source of this idea was the fact that Boba Fett is one of the few SW characters to stand up to Darth Vader (Grand Moff Tarkin is another one), so perhaps he was someone who was friends with Anakin as a child. Also, Kitster and Anakin were slave, and Boba Fett’s ship is called the Slave I. Alas, it was not meant to be – the Jango Fett storyline in Attack Of The Clones put our theory to rest. But it made sense at the time!
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December 5th, 2014 by Fr. Greg
There is a scene in the movie Back To The Future where Dr. Brown (Christopher Lloyd’s character) asks Michael J. Fox’s Marty why he says “heavy” so much. Marty uses it the way someone would say cool or wow or some other exclamation. Dr. Brown answers his own question by concluding that in the future everything is contaminated by an A-Bomb detonation, hence “heavy”. Our theme today for day 6 of the blogging exercise is glory. The Hebrew word kabod (pronounced ka-VODH) is usually translated as glory, with a connotation of heaviness. The triliteral root k-b-d means weight or heaviness in semitic languages. The Arabic word kibid is the word for liver, for it was traditionally thought that the liver was the weightiest organ.
This idea of kabod as glory is rather different than what the English word glory brings to mind. Glory makes me think of bright lights and fanfares. Kabod, which appears often in the early chapters of Ezekiel, calls to mind a king carried by his servants on his imperial litter, with draperies and treasure spilling out of chests. Read the first few chapters of Ezekiel and keep in mind this heavier, darker version of glory – it will change the way you see the story.
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November 20th, 2013 by Fr. Greg
One of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft stories, The Whisperer In Darkness, is soon to be out as a movie. I have been trying like crazy to figure out how to actually post the trailer here but I am still not familiar enough with this new software, so you will have to check it out here. The first guy speaking (playing Charles Fort) sounds exactly like one of the voices on South Park but I couldn’t make the connection based on the IMDB entries. I am a huge HPL fan; I have read all of his fiction, some of his poetry (much of it is rather dreary and some is incredibly racist), and not enough of his letters. I am not a fan of his dream fiction but his “weird fiction” or horror stuff is tremendous and not your typical fare. Movies made from his stories have generally been awful, though, mainly due to too much change or trying to make the stories humorous. The Cthulhu Lives gang has begun making films true to the original stories, and I have great hopes that these movies will be good. The trailer is definitely promising.
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May 10th, 2010 by Fr. Greg