ramble through the bronx

yes, this here is ramble through the bronx, the continuing musings of a graduate student* who should be writing her dissertation, but honestly, living in new york city there's really so much else to do...

* and her commenting friends. And guest blogger.
[welcome to ramble through the bronx | bloghome
[I wish I was a mole in the ground]
Meredith [>] (NYC/Toronto)
Emily [>] (Brooklyn)
Emily's music site[>]
Jeremy [>] (Bronx)
Ryan [>] (Bronx)
non-NYC people I miss
Jennifer [>] (Toronto)
Tokyo Tintin[>] (Tokyo/Toronto)
Dawn [>] (Ottawa)
Caitlyn [>] (Ottawa)
CBC [>] (my true love)
del.icio.us/janeyjane [>] (my social link collection, alas, not updated lately. I am apparently not delicious)
The Keeper [>] (try it, you'll love it)
comics sites that I check every day
Newsarama [>] (check out the 'blog' section especially)
When Fangirls Attack [>] (women in comics links)
politics, media, and gossip
AlterNet [>]
'Fuddle duddle' incident [>]
The Nation [>]
Catholic stuff
America Magazine [>] magazine of US Jesuits
Commonweal Magazine [>] biweekly magazine of lay Catholics
Karl Rahner Society [>] site dedicated to awesome 20th c. theologian
Liberal Catholic News [>] blog for progressive catholics
Pacem in Terris [>] Pope John XXIII's 1963 encyclical
music - mostly folk music and banjo links
The How and Tao of Folk Music [>] Patrick Costello's podcasts & banjo & folk guitar instruction
Back Porch News [>]News, Commentary & Links for the folkie community
E-Z Folk [>]Folk music instruction and tabulature
amuse yourself
Piled Higher and Deeper [>] (comic about grad student life)
Cat and Girl [>] just what it sounds like
The Onion [>]
Sluggy Freelance [>]
The Boondocks [>]
Eric Conveys an Emotion [>]
Society for Women in Philosophy [>]
the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy [>]
The Hegel Society of America[>]
North American Fichte Society[>]
Journal of Neoplatonic Studies [>]
Women Philosophers [>]
Brian Leiter's blog [>]
Harper's [>]
Neil Gaiman [>]
Charles de Lint [>]
Making Light [>]
McSweeney's [>]
WFUV [>]
Anti-pedantry page: Singular 'their' in Jane Austen [>]
places I miss
Cafe Diplomatico [>] (Toronto)
The Red Room [>] (Toronto)
The Free Times Cafe [>] (Toronto)
Sneaky Dee's [>] (Toronto... aka Sneaky Disease, best nachos in town)
Kensington Market [>] (Toronto)
College Street [>] (Toronto)
Perfection Satisfaction Promise [>] (Ottawa - formerly the Painted Potato)
Piccolo Grande [>] (Ottawa)
The Market [>] (Ottawa)
Stray cats of Parliament Hill [>] (Ottawa)
other nonsense
Mozilla [>]
Abebooks [>]
Alibris [>]
Metafilter [>]
and thank you
Thanks to Haloscan for blog-comment-ability

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

As you can see, not much activity

I'm more or less retiring this blog. For personal stuff, I invite you to stop by LiveJournal (email me for my user id there)(note: most of my posts there are friendslocked, so you will need a LiveJournal account to view them).

Love to you all, and thanks for reading over the last few years!

EDITED for discretion, July 5 2007.

jane 6:00 PM [+]

Saturday, March 03, 2007
In the midst of Lent, still happy to be an Agnostic Catholic

Picking up on my friend Ryan's post on Christian atheism, I found the following 'Blogthings' quiz interesting. To the question, "You are most interested in...", I could have happily answered either 'Philosophy' or 'Serving God's purpose' -- probably to a large extent because I see these as pretty intertwined for me. (To the question "You think God...", I answered "is unknowable," but that's just good philosophy of religion, and good Aquinas)

When I answered "Philosophy", the result was:

You are Agnostic

You're not sure if God exists, and you don't care.
For you, there's no true way to figure out the divine.
You rather focus on what you can control - your own life.
And you tend to resent when others "sell" religion to you.

Which isn't true, for me, because I do care quite passionately that God exists.

So, then, when I switched just that one answer over (saying that I want to serve God), the result is this:

You are a Believer

You believe in God and your chosen religion.
Whether you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu..
Your convictions are strong and unwavering.
You think your religion is the one true way, for everyone.

Which is, again, not quite right at all. Yes, I believe in God, and given that I'm going to be baptized this Easter, I'm committed to becoming Catholic specifically. I can reflectively affirm the Creed. But I don't know if I would say my convictions are strong and unwavering -- rather, my prayer is "Lord, I believe; Help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24). (See Ryan's post, linked above, for more on doubt, or this spirited discussion on LiveJournal about the importance and nature of doubt.

Further, while I do think that my religion is true, I would qualify the statement that it's the one true way for everyone. The Second Vatican Council acknowledged that there are a lot of obstacles between some people and the church -- and includes the bad & hurtful & unthinking behaviour of some believers as among those obstacles. The Church recognizes that there can be non-believers who are, in their commitment to the good and to truth, very close to God.

And that's Catholicism! I'm pretty sure a Hindu would be even farther from being characterized by that blurb.

Anyway. Just some thoughts. To sum up -- I'm not surprised that with my answers I wavered between 'agnostic' and 'believer' -- but the descriptions are lame.

jane 12:11 PM [+]

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Go Irish Studies!

News about Fordham's Irish Studies Department; can I say that I feel very cool that it was I who introduced Ryan and Eoin at an Irish bar? (They had heard of each other but had not yet met.) I feel cool. (Nice photo of Eoin, too).

jane 9:47 AM [+]

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thanks Jane!

I would like to thank Jane for some fantastic company on Monday and Wednesday. And a tour of all the restrooms in the bookstores on the east side. ALL of them. :-)

And just in case you get lost, I found a map.

meg 10:16 AM [+]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I'm not going to tell you what this is

...but if you haven't heard about NFCTD yet, go check it out. And resist the urge to look it up on google until you've played with it a little.


jane 12:49 AM [+]

Sunday, February 18, 2007
So, ignore the fact that I look awful

But in case you wanted to see how my banjo was coming along, here it is. (My lovely new laptop has a built in webcam. Awesome.)

jane 9:47 PM [+]

Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Joy of YouTube... Glenn would love it.

By the way, a HUGE reward to anyone who manages to find me a copy of "The Idea of North."

Glenn Gould playing Bach's Concerto in D minor. A very old recording indeed.

Also, for extra Gouldiana... from "The Art of Piano"

jane 8:10 PM [+]

Ryan... why? That's how a girl loses her reputation!

I had a lovely lunch with my friend Ryan on Valentine's Day. Here is his mention of our lunch on his blog. All I can say is, even though I am coming up on a year now, my celibacy is entirely unintentional. Come on.

And it was a grilled cheese and bacon. Where did standards go?

jane 11:13 AM [+]



jane 10:06 AM [+]

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