Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is it... can it be...? (Hebrew accent)

So here's a word from Proverbs 6:10.

It could be transliterated as ma`at, and it means "a little," or "a bit." Let me show you a couple of things about it. First, the large characters are the consonants:

Next, the little figures under the consonants are the vowel-points:

That leaves the little odd squiggle above the word, which is the accent:

The accents all mean something, and every word has an accent. My question is:

Does that accent mean that this is the word that will defeat Voldemort?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Music — Misirlou / Miserlou

I know. Strangest Title Ever. But I like to start the week with something light and fun if possible, and This is That.

Strange title, yes. But you know it, probably by the spelling "Miserlou."

"I don't know it at all," you say? Give THIS a listen. It's a recording titled "Mousourlou," by Greek bandleader Michaelis Patrinos, from around 1930.

Didn't do it for you? How about this sultry version from around 1947, sung in Greek by a crooner named Danai? Here are the lyrics, according to Wikipedia
Μισιρλού μου, η γλυκιά σου η ματιά
Φλόγα μου 'χει ανάψει μες στην καρδιά.
Αχ, για χαμπίμπι, αχ, για λε-λέλι, αχ,
Τα δυο σου χείλη στάζουνε μέλι, αχ.

Αχ, Μισιρλού, μαγική, ξωτική ομορφιά.
Τρέλα θα μου 'ρθει, δεν υποφέρω πια.
Αχ, θα σε κλέψω μέσα από την Αραπιά.

Μαυρομάτα Μισιρλού μου τρελή,
Η ζωή μου αλλάζει μ' ένα φιλί.
Αχ, για χαμπίμπι ενα φιλάκι,άχ
Απ' το γλυκό σου το στοματάκι, αχ.

My Misirlou (Egyptian girl), your sweet glance
Has lit a flame in my heart.
Ah, ya habibi, Ah, ya leh-leli, ah (Arabic:
Oh, my love, Oh, my night‎)
Your two lips are dripping honey, ah.

Ah, Misirlou, magical, exotic beauty.
Madness will overcome me, I can't endure [this] any more.
Ah, I'll steal you away from the Arab land.

My black-eyed, my wild Misirlou,
My life changes with one kiss
Ah, ya habibi, one little kiss, ah
From your sweet little mouth, ah.
I bet you're getting it now.

Here's the version you're likelier to know.

Pretty funny, in some ways. My, rock videos have changed. Dale himself looks like he's having fun, but the band... yikes. Double-yikes on the drummer. He seems troubled. I thought drumming was fun. And - no idea what the saxophonist is doing.

Back to the song. What you may not have known — as I did not know — is that the song is very old, not Amreican, and probably was written in the 1800s. It is (as you see) about an enchanting little Egyptian girl.

But then in the 1960s, a ten-year-old kid challenged Dick Dale (King of the Surf Guitar) to play a song on just one string. Dale told him to come back the next day. Dale was actually Lebanese-American, born Richard Mansour; he thought of music he'd heard at weddings, picked Misirlou/Miserlou, and decided to ramp up the speed. Hence, Miserlou.

Here's a more recent version, by Dale. Music begins at 1:25.

Dinosaur Gardens (which says the Wikipedia article contains many errors)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Music - Fal$e Teacher$, by Shai Linne

Given the recent discussions of false teaching in connection to the Strange Fire conference, this seems like a timely performance to feature. (Could not find a live performance).

Here's Shai Linne himself giving some back-story.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Homeschoolers: Alpha Omega Publications sale tomorrow

Homeschooling material sale tomorrow 
Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm just going to present you with their ad material, for convenience's sake. I know a lot of my readers homeschool, and every penny saved is a good thing!

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The Homeschool Snow Day sale will feature savings on five innovative and time-tested homeschool curriculum programs for grades PreK-12, including: Monarch, Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons and The Weaver Curriculum.

“The Homeschool Snow Day sale is one of our largest sales of the year and with the homeschool market continuing to grow, we expect to see an increase in families who take advantage of these savings,” said Beth TeGrotenhius, COO at Alpha Omega Publications. “With 35 years of experience in homeschool curriculum development, we are fortunate to have established a proven track record of success and a solid reputation as a trusted provider. We look forward to offering families the opportunity to save money on the education resources they need to support their homeschooling efforts.” 

In addition to receiving 20 percent off during AOP’s one day sale, those who visit the company’s Facebook page between now and January 31 who “like” and comment on the Homeschool Snow Day sale post – pinned to the top of the company’s page – will be entered into a random drawing to receive an extra 10 percent off their final purchase.
The one-day sale includes free standard ground shipping in the continental United States for all orders of $50 or more.  Connect with Alpha Omega Publications on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest to learn more about the Homeschool Snow Day sale and for tips on other fun snow day activities.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday music - re-do!

Last week I posted a collection of clips, the third and climactic of which featured the amazing Terry Kath's guitar track for "What's This World Comin' To?" But there were technical issues, the track disappeared for days, only reappearing later in the week.

It's so good that today, I'm just adding a bit and telling you to go listen to it.

This is one of those songs that is vintage Chicago at its best, yet it's a song that was never a hit. It is a tight, complex, multi-phase number, featuring everyone in the band. Each of the three main lead vocalists (Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, and Terry Kath) takes a turn. The horns are tight and emphatic. Danny Seraphine's all over on the drums. Pete Cetera lays down a crazy-hot bass line.

But behind and through it all is the inimitable Terry Kath. You probably can't appreciate the cat fully unless you've tried to play guitar, as I have. He was head and shoulders over most players. His bandmates say he could play rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and sing all at the same time. While that may not be strictly possible, there's no doubt that the man could shift gears from rhythm to a complex little riff for seasoning faster than a gunslinger could slap leather. Just absolutely a marvel.

This third track gives something of a feel for that. Another guitarist would have just hammered basic chords. Kath laid down a whole complex landscape, and still threw off some dizzying riffs.

I can't say enough about it. In fact, I'm done. Just go listen.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday music — highlighting mastery of Terry Kath in "What's This World Comin' To?"

On of my favorite never-was-a-hit Chicago tunes comes from the sixth album and is titled "What's This World Comin' To?" I just found a real treat of a version of that song.

Warming up to the treat, first you can listen to the very tight, rockin' studio version. Lead vocals from the three main singers (Kath, Lamm, Cetera), all sorts of funk.

Then watch this, from their (I think) 1973 TV special "Chicago in the Rockies":

Ah, the best band at their best. But wait, there's more! Listen to this track that isolates Terry Kath's frenetic guitar work on the song, just the horns and him:

Awesome, underappreciated talent.

UPDATE 1: ack. It was up yesterday, it's down today. I'll keep this post up, and see if I can either find out what happened or find another source. Sorry!

UPDATE 2: All day, no explanation. If it becomes available again, I'll probably create a new post. It's that fun.

UPDATE 3: Yay, it's live again (as of 1/24/2014, anyway)!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Any good Christian magazine recommendations?

Hi gang.

A correspondent asks if I can recommend any good Christian magazines. Nothing too heavy, just good sound Biblical content.

WORLD is out, Christianity Today's long gone.

So what would you recommend, and why? What do you read?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Monday music — Laurel and Hardy gettin' down

I last shared this over 5 years ago, not for Monday Music. But it's come back to mind, we've got a lot of new readers, and I figure you could use a chuckle. This is it!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Modern continusmaticism in a nutshell

Continusmatic: Seriously! Click on this link to see genuine, legitimate, full-bore New Testament apostolic gifts in full swing! We mean it this time! You can trust us! Would we lie? Don't miss out!!!!!1!

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(h-t to Web Hunt for the idea; see explanation)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Logos study layout

One of my Tweeps, Jerome Brown, asked:

Happy to share, for what it's worth. I'm no Logos ninja; my friend pastor John Kane is, and he helped me make a setup that I like. Here it is (click to enlarge):

The right half of the window is for windows opened in the left.

The left half is composed of two tabs. The Exegetical guide tab is pretty much as Logos sets it up, with lexica and grammar. I added a Collections tab under which I've included various works on Hebrew poetry.

The Passage Guide is composed of commentaries, Systematic Theologies, Dictionaries, and Theological Journals.

I've also prioritized my lexica and my commentaries, so that the ones I use most are at the top of the list. Also, I've renamed many of them so that the names are more helpful, more immediately-recognizable.

As to what commentaries I use, it really depends on the book. I've prioritized TOTC, NIC and WBC (such as I have), NAC, BECNT, EGT, EBC, and some individual volumes; followed by older sets Alford's, Lange's, Pulpit, and so on.

Hope that helps.