“Nunc est Bibendum” – The Michelin Man


In 1898 one of the first advertisements for Michelin tires, shown above, depicted the “man of tires” toasting others at a party with the phrase “Nunc est Bibendum,” which is Latin for “now it is time to drink.” The accompanying tag in French says “That is, to your health. Michelin drinks up obstacles.” As a result, the Michelin Man was eventually given the name “Bibendum.”


Got ideas of ways we can satisfy our info-junkie cravings? Let me know!

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Recording for Hesychast

Last weekend I got to go to Fort Wayne to record with Ethan for our black metal project Hesychast. I must say that it was such a blessing to see the culmination of four years of writing dedicated to the Lord come forth before our very eyes. It isn’t quite complete: a few bass parts need to be redone, and the singing parts and keyboards need to be added. Nevertheless, we were fortunate to be directed to The Ensomber Room, a recording studio in the owner’s enormous (seriously) basement. Many groups, including several successful ones such as Typhus, have recorded there, but his rates were still affordable given the resources God has provided us with.  We hope to have something publishable within the year, maybe even by the end of the summer.

What would I do differently if I could do it again? Well, I would ensure that the tabs used to practice were completely up-to-date (there were some moments of confusion and disagreement) and I would have practiced more (though I’m thankful for when I could practice, given my jobs and school obligations. My prayer now is that the album, if it gets pressed, will glorify God and be mysteriously used for His holy purpose.

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Comments on St. Symeon’s “Practical and Theological Texts,” Part II

“If you are intent on renouncing the world, do not permit yourself the solace of dwelling in it for the time being, even if all of your friends and relatives try to compel you to do so.” In St. Symeon’s “On Faith” he discusses at one point that one may “renounce the world” while remaining in the heart of the city, though it is typically much harder than for one who has moved into isolation. For the man that lives in the city not only sees the comforts in which his fellow citizens live, but he also walks among his own possessions. Would it not, then, be a great victory against the devil for a man to walk amongst his many possessions and care nothing for them, other than that he might use them for a holy purpose?

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A Note, Seven Months In

I’ve been married for seven months now, and let me tell you, when you are irritated, flat-out angry, or insulted, don’t keep it a secret. At the same time, neither let your forgiveness (which should always occur) be a secret. Be open to the impact that your spouse wants to have upon your life; let his/her encouragement lift you up from any depth.

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Comments on St. Symeon’s “Practical and Theological Texts,” Part I

This is the first in a series of blogs based on The Philokalia, Vol. 4.

From the first of the “One-Hundred and Fifty-Three Practical and Theological Texts”:

To have faith is to die for Christ and for His commandments.

Denying oneself the sensual pleasures, giving up desires for food, comfort, recognition, and security, one acquires the humility to receive love through the Holy Spirit to follow the commandments (Love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul and spirit…Love your neighbor as yourself).

…to believe that this death brings life; to regard poverty as wealth, and lowliness and humiliation as true glory and honour…”

Without attachment to material things, or to high regard among others, one does not seek them but sparingly, when absolutely needed (if this ever occurs). In not seeking the material and recognition, one is uninhibited to search the Spirit and act in love toward others.

More to come!

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These are ideas I’ve seen around the blogosphere that I like which will reduce our potential future national debt (and maybe even reduce the debt we already have!).

Eliminate the follow departments/administrations…
Department of Education (the evidence for its complete failure to maintain quality of education is incredible)

Reduce the size/authority of
Department of Agriculture
MMS (or whatever it is called now)

End agricultural subsidies, energy subsidies, “green energy” subsidies, and cut foreign aid in half.
Repeal “Obamacare” and the recent omnibus financial regulatory law.
Simplify the tax code, reducing the need for IRS agents.
End the “War on Drugs,” and legalise marijuana, if not other drugs as well.
Adjust the age of eligibility for Social Security to account for increased life expectancy.
Close our foreign military bases, or require that all expenses incurred in transporting troops and maintaining the operations of those bases be covered by the country the base is in.

Sell off a great number of publicly-held assets such as land, buildings, and other items.

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Old Blog – Christ in the Tomb

In Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, a character named Ippolit describes his perspective of Holbein’s painting, entitled “Christ in the Tomb.” It is, he says, “an out-and-out depiction of the body of a man who has endured endless torments even before the crucifixion[.]” He goes on to tell in detail how the effects of the tortures endured by Christ were captured by Holbein in this painting. Eventually he points out the point of this painting: “…if a corpse like that…was seen by all his disciples…how could they have believed, look at such a corpse, that the martyr would rise again?…one has the impression of nature as some enormous, implacable, dumb beast, or…in the guise of a vast modern machine which has pointlessly seized, dismembered, and devoured…a great and priceless being, a being worth all of nature and all of her laws, worth the entire earth-which indeed was perhaps created solely to prepare for the advent of that being!”

Through this description by his character Ippolit, Dostoevsky gives us a reminder of the undeniable monstrosity that is the world; the very God which created it and sustains its existence is put through such agony of body and soul, and then killed in the most humiliating fashion, once He has allowed it to occur.

The world (encompassing both Satan and the passions of the flesh) seeks no peace with holiness, and recognises no authority other than itself; there is no compromise with it. This is why Christ declared that no one can serve two masters; sin will continually seek full control and the destruction of piety, humility, faithfulness, prayer, and all other virtues of a life connected to Christ. While Christ suffered and lay dead, the world eagerly sought to kill Him, and reveled in that death, before His glorious resurrection.

Not only is the way of nature, the way of flesh, to kill of all traces of Christ, all holiness, but even the role of Christ is constantly attacked naturally by society. Consider that Jesus is increasingly thought of by many as a “good man,” a prophet, a hippie, a great teacher, and a number of other roles that can be played by mere humans. His Deity is slowly eliminated, thereby reducing Him to a man, leaving Him in the tomb. We must remember and make known who He is.

(Alan Meyer’s translation of Идиот was quoted in this piece)

(The painting described can be seen at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Hans_Holbein-_The_Body_of_the_Dead_Christ_in_the_Tomb.JPG)

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