Repentance is a Dish

If you had to live without a clock, would your God still be with you?I finally got fed up with seeing it.I couldn’t have written it more than six weeks ago. But as the fiscal year has come and gone, and with it my clear allegiance to any lessor gods or men, the otherwise blank 6×4 showed up in my piles one time too many.I unplugged every clock in my studio.Then, I wrote vigorously on the card, “Yes, for Jesus Christ is my God, and by God, I am Jonathan McAdam Fisk.”I’m nothing special. But I am, because he is.To be sure, there is a clock in the upper corner of the macbook I wrote this on. There also remains a watchful number lit upon the magical confines of my “phone.”But I reach for it to see the “time” less and less.
I’ve not been late (yet.) I’ve often been early (to my own surprise.) But far more important, I have stopped trying to “squeeze” that extra bit in before this or that.That is, I’ve stopped believing that by worshiping the clock I can find a way to cheat it.Chronos is merciless, and being his mental slave is a treaty your great-great-grandfather’s signed long before the internet. I’m not saying burn the ships. I’m saying realize what tyrant your conscience has been serving, and then remember that he is not your Lord.Jesus Christ is.You and I live in what most people call “the modern world.” But I’ve personally rejected it. Not plumbing. Not electricity. Just the savagery. Not the machinery but the machinations. Not the “magic,” just the myth.The best part about the decision to look at your clocks less is that it is founded on a better first principle that the time-hunted modern man can possibly imagine: you are in absolutely no rush. You can start “stopping” being “on time” like a drug, and start living “in good time” like God intended, any time you like. The last thing you need is to worry about it more, or to start making an elaborate plan for unplugging your clock.No no no.Just dream about it.And then remember that dreams are wasted prayers, and Jesus heard you anyway. So maybe now say it again on purpose.For repentance is a dish best served cold.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Jonathan Fisk

Quick Hits for the Eyebuds

🥫 The weirdest food-related crimes of 2020

🤰 Study shows that identical twins accumulate genetic differences in the womb

🧫 Bacteria can tell the time

👾 We might see a Marvel series about the Skrull

🔎 Qapla’! The hi’story of Klingon

🥔 Bucket list: stay at the Idaho potato hotel

🦶🏽  Potato thought to be a human foot prompted a large-scale police search in the UK

 🐕There’s always one: a dog pulls funny pose for every photo

🇬🇧 Thus quoth the raven: Merlina, the Tower of London’s queen raven is missing

🇮🇹 The biggest mafia trial in decades has begun in Italy

🍬 Coca-Cola cut ties with pro-sugar lobby group

🐪 Beware the camel’s nose: Pope Francis says women may read at Mass but says they can’t be priests.

I can do this all day

A very curious story came our way this week, about a Japanese man who is hired to do nothing. Shoji Morimoto, who advertises himself as being able to “eat and drink, and give simple feedback, but do nothing more” has made a living renting himself out. People hire him for all sorts of reasons. He has been used to make up numbers in a game, to accompany people to medical and legal appointments and to listen to stressed out healthcare workers. It’s a strange old world.

The (Tech) Blob

You are next in the queue: Google says its going ahead with its acquisition of Fitbit, although the DOJ still hasn’t made its final anti-trust decision.

 A Stanford University study claims that facial tracking software can determine your political affiliation with scary levels of accuracy. Not sure how they do that, maybe the MAGA tattoos give it away? Seems crazy in this era when identity politics claim your physical appearance is unrelated to who you really are. Try playing a game of Guess Who these days.

Don’t forget your password! Lots of Bitcoin is locked up worldwide, as owners misplace the private keys needed to access the cryptocurrency. Consider the poor fellow who is trying to remember the password to $240m worth of Bitcoin. He has two guesses left.

Daughters of Wisdom

Cuddlefish ain’t afraid to ask, and the women thank her. This week on Discord, Rev. Benjamin Steenbock answers her question about the Sons of Solomon counterpart for catholic Christian women.

As a younger member of her church, Cuddlefish was concerned about getting the organization up and running, to which our Mad Christian responded with encouragement:

Don’t. The prayers will handle that part for you. Just be ready to speak them to your sisters as building blocks of unity. Let them be your new vocabulary for feminine conversation.

So ladies of the Chill, take encouragement from all that God is doing through our men, while remembering the promises he gives to us.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come…”

Life goes on.line

Lifesite News has reported that Los Angeles schools are insisting that students are vaccinated for Covid before they are allowed to return to school. Dr. Scott Atlas called it for what it is: “This is the most irrational public policy probably in modern history. Children have virtually zero risk of getting a serious complication, virtually zero risk of dying … You don’t lockdown the children because you are personally afraid. That’s totally outrageous.”

A statement from the organizers of the annual March For Life has confirmed they will host a “virtual” event this year, much to the dismay of pretty much everyone. 

Space-age Wine (Con’t)

Now you can fly me to the moon in a balloon. Well, near enough. Space Perspective will take up where the air is rarified.

Life may have slowed down a little over the last year, but as it turns out the earth has been spinning a little faster than usual in recent decades. Scientists have added “leap seconds” to the year to keep their clocks running accurately.

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s an indoor drone! Think of it as a flying security guard, so no more playing Galaga in your cubicle.

In a weird Big Brother move, Tom Cruise has apparently paid a bunch of money for two robots to patrol the set of his latest film. Cruise recently lashed out at crew members who weren’t observing physical distancing, warning that production would be shut down if they didn’t comply. 

Thor wants his hammer back

The horn-hatted barbarian, Jake Angeli, who became the cosplay face of the Capitol riot has offended the heathens. Norse pagans and Scandi heathens say they are distressed that symbols of their religion are being used by “white supremacists.” Perhaps Angeli is a pagan too, as Dr. Koontz suggested on last week’s Brief History of Power. 

David Marcus argued at The Federalist  that President Trump was not responsible for inciting violence and that there was no insurrection. Evidence is emerging that people were breaching the perimeter of the Capitol building well before President Trump’s speech was finished, which shows there is more to the story than the prevailing narrative suggests.