Monday, November 30, 2009

death pool

Celebrities who aided the death pool in 2009

Our friends Ben & Aaron have a podcast called Grapes of Rad and they also have a morbid version of fantasy football called Celebrity Death Pool. I couldn't get in on it since I didn't discover them until May of this year and they only take submissions for the next year before Jan 1 but they're drafting again and if you read my blog on a regular basis you might be sick enough to want to participate.

The rules:

1. Choose the names of 13 people that are somehow famous or otherwise known to the general public (movies, music, sports, politics, books, etc.). 10 will be on your active roster, and 3 will be on your “bench.” More on that later…

2. The people you select must be known for themselves, and not just for being associated with someone else. For example:

Acceptable: Hillary Clinton – Bill Clintonʼs wife, but she is known on her own
Unacceptable: Kobeʼs Wife – Unknown other than as Kobeʼs wife

If you feel like there might be some grey area, plead your case when you submit your selections. If we feel your argument is valid, weʼll give it to you. Weʼre pretty relaxed.

3. The purpose of the 3 bench players is to replace any losses during the game. Since no names may be added after the entry deadline, if 4 of your picks die during the year, you are down to only 9 total players.

4. You may activate/deactivate people at any time throughout the year, just let us know.

5. Each person on your list must be a living human being, not in a vegetative state, have a DOB verifiable through public means and not on death row or scheduled for execution as of 12:01 am on 1/1/10. If you submit someone who dies before 1/1/10, you will not get any points, but will be given the opportunity to replace their spot in your lineup.

6. Rosters will be made public once the game starts (but not before). All entries must be submitted by 12/31/09.

7. Player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

1. You will only be given a score for those on your active roster. If someone on your bench dies, you (and they) are S.O.L. Only activated players count.

2. YOU must notify US of any death/score, and any proof (a link) would be great.

3. Scoring is based on how far the age of the deceased is from 100. For example, if someone you chose died at 28, they are worth 72 pts. If they were 85, you get 15; 112 years old, and you get 12 points.

4. In the event of a points tie, the winner will be selected according to either the fewest dead folks, or, if thatʼs even, whoever has the youngest average age of dead folks.

5. Score bonuses: 1st Death of the Year = 10 pts; Unique Death = 20 pts

People must be named individuals, not just “world’s oldest dude” or “the guy from that thing.”

The time/date of death is local time where the person died. If the time of death is reported as exactly midnight local time, the date of the new day used.

Players must not murder their chosen celebs. That’s cheating, and cheating is wrong.

All the rules are at Grapes of Rad.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

unicorn planet, heyyyyy!

This really is the best episode, makes me laugh so hard I roll around and hit things. (Ryan, I ache for your comment.)

sarah palin confessional

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Having a panick attack about the weekend. Church stuff has been bad for me in the past. It feels like a giant crushing risk right now to go on this thing but it didn't seem like such a risk when I signed up for it.


Conversation with stranger on the bus this morning, a Tippi Hedren looking lady in her 60s:

"There's this one girl who calls in sick two times a week and she never gets in trouble, she's been doing it for years, but think she can't get fired because she's black."

Christopher Hitchens is so rad.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

south park does glenn beck

PS - my other blog went up today at Beliefnet. I'm all nervousy about it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

christians and their status updates

I posted this today -

- and said "Christians on Facebook need their own blog, SCCL just can't handle it all." And someone started this blog and emailed me. YES.

Monday, November 9, 2009

bad theology

My friend in Texas sent me this picture he took during church yesterday. He said he was visiting his parents and they'd been asking him to go to their church (it's called Brenham Bible Church) for a long time and he finally went, and he said it was horrifying - the sermon was on not being friends with Muslims. I just listened to the sermon online, just to rile myself up I guess. I can't believe this goes on. The Dave Bazan song "Backwoods Nation" kept playing in my head, this is what it was written about. The pastor is using the 2 John verse totally out of context. I asked our friend Rich about it and he said "That letter is basically an address against a specific group that are actively selling the claim that Christ's coming was a non-physical, spiritual reality (not human, not bodily) and true faith has to do with rejecting the physical world in favor of a "spiritual", pie-in-the-sky world. Basically, Gnostics. In other words, these aren't non-Christians, they are people claiming Christianity is something it is not and convincing people of it."

I think that people and teachings like this church are who the letter was about, not Muslims or other people who don't claim to be Christians. Some jaw-dropping parts of the sermon are at minute 42:30 where he said "Stay away from Muslims!" and at 47:20: "Stay away from them! That's what God's word says."

My blood pressure is too high from listening to this. This is all good fodder for my other blog though.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

most insane "fan" mail at my blog ever

I get a lot of disgruntled emails for my Stuff Christian Culture Likes blog but this one wins. I don't know how it could ever be topped. I already put it at the SCCL facebook page but thought I would immortalize it here in case the facebook page ever goes tits up.


Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 4:23 PM
Subject: You're Not Who You Portray Yourself To Be ... You're a Homosexual Male ... You are in Violatio of Your Blogger Terms of Service

Hi “Stephy”

I looked at the Terms of Service for Blogger, and noticed this little piece of legalese:
Impersonating others: Please don't mislead or confuse readers by pretending to be someone else or pretending to represent an organization when you don't. We're not saying you can't publish parody or satire - just avoid content that is likely to mislead readers about your true identity.

First of all, let’s get this straight … YOU’RE NOT. Your “Stuff Christian Culture Likes” BLOG is a thinly veiled swipe at Evangelical Christians – one that is highly offensive. The only thing interesting here, is that it appears that many who comment on your posts are completely oblivious to your satire. Your blog is shot through with the spirit of anti-Christ. You are not a Christian. You might have been raised in a Christian home, but you are a gay man who is possessed of a spirit of unholiness.

Gay men (and women) are hell-bent on tearing down and ripping to shreds the underpinnings of the Christian Culture in America. As soon as you complete your demolition of Biblical Morality (btw – this is the REAL “homosexual agenda”) you will have succeeded in your endeavors to elevate your own standards of morality by destroying those outlined in the Holy Bible. You are succeeding … you are now less than ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM SUCCEEDING!

I’ll be the last real man standing and fighting you. You can’t run from the truth Mr. Drury. I’ll be in contact with the hosting service of your blog. You don’t deserve to get by with this farce. You are welcome to call me. I will be happy to lead you through the Bible to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. You are advised to repent while you have the chance. That chance goes away when you reach the gates of hell.

Jeff Tilley

Thursday, November 5, 2009