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Symbols of Christianity

For some time I have been using this Chi-Rho emblem:

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to symbolize the Christian 4GW. The original design was by James Greece of Catholic and Loving It, with a minor change by Lexington Green of Chicago Boyz.

I found the original graphic on a now-defunkt clipart page, so I am grateful to James for letting me know of the image’s original location, and its use as part of his wedding services company. (As a newlywed myself, I can appreciate his work!)

As long as the subject is Christian symbolism, I also wanted to point out “It’s Christmas! Let’s be glad!” by Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan describes his church as “kind of Anglo-Catholic,” so the Christian and Marian themes shouldn’t be surprising.

Sing a carol to your mom
Because she knows what’s going on
And she knows if you’ve been bad or good

And if you get what you deserve
To be graded on the curve
Oh, you got a lot of nerve

Listen to the song on last.fm, download from podbop, or purchase from Amazon.

True Sufjan fans may appreciate the animated YouTube video of ‘Put the Lights on the Tree’.

Use Vixy.net to convert YouTube Videos to MP3

One of the best things about YouTube are how works of art — which otherwise would languish on their creator’s computer or never be made at all — become viral on the net. Rx’s “Freedom 101” (previously featured here and by Mountainrunner, Sean, and ZenPundit), for instance, is an amazing mashup of ideology, freedom, and principle. However, the artist himself is busy running for President) and hasn’t provided an mp3 on his web site. So how to listen to it on my iPod Mini 8GB?

Answer: vixy.net.

Vixy is also an open source project that converts youtube’s flac format to standard ones. Until google implements a “Save As” feature for YouTube, vixy’s website offers a free, fast translator supported by ad-revenue. I recommend it.

I also tried vixy on LOST breakbeat and Reggae Soviet Anthem. Both worked fine. Thanks vixy!

MLK, Reagan, Kennedy Music Video: Rx’s "Freedom 101"

Some things just keep getting better and better. The musician Rx is one of ’em.

His mashup of the Clintons and George Bush, Happy Christmas & A Whole Lot of Love, is a classic. His music video of the President singing Sunday, Bloody Sunday is clever. But nothing he has done compares to his new music video: Freedom 101.


“My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring.”

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth… We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind since his long climb from the swamp to the stars.”

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.”

Now all Rx has to do is link to the MP3 version, and I’m good to go!

Sufjan Stevens on Austin City Limits

Sean Meade very kindly emailed me full-length videos of Sufjan Stevens playing some of his works on the PBS program Austin City Limits.

I also found a lower quality recording, apparently from the same event, of The Transfiguration.

Update: The audio of the entire concert is also available.

Short Review of iTunes 7 with Cover Flow

Props to Apple for iTunes 7, the first program with a 3D interface that isn’t terrible.


iTunes 3D: Actually A Good Idea

Generally, 3D is used to increase flashiness and destroy usefulness. From numerous forgetting web browsers to games, such as Half-Life 2 and Warcraft III, designers have labored hard to make programs slower, more sluggish and less user friendly by adding the glitz of the z-axis.

Apple has bucked that trend.

iTunes 7 incorporates a nifty tool that lets you “flip” through albums on your computer, and it will even download album art off of the iTunes store if you do not have it already on your computer. Apple calls this technology “Cover Flow,” and it is an easy, intuitive, and relaxing way of browsing the music you own and what you want to play next.