Friday, February 29, 2008

The Platypus Lectures

Hi all,

this is just a note to let you know that I will be lecturing on C.S. Lewis' "Till We Have Faces," at BIOLA University on the evening of March 6th. The lecture should be in Sutherland at 8pm. All are welcome!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Platypus Maladies Part II

Finally starting to get better this week. We'll see how it continues to go. Thank you all for your prayers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

J. S. Platypus

J.S. Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze".

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Platypus Paints (Someday...)

Three years ago, two friends of mine decided that I needed to expand my hobby interests. For years, I've collected and painted miniatures for relaxation and as a way of beatifying my office space. I collected them for the craft, and without much concern for the games in which they were meant to be used as pieces. My two friends, however, thought that my interests stopped just short of some real fun. They thus decided not to rest until, via birthday and Christmas presents, I had a entire playable army of my own. This Christmas, they've officially done it. I am now the proud owner of a 2,000 point High Elf army. So a word of thanks to the guys who "presented" me into the world of table-top war-gaming. Next time you're in town, we'll have a go at it. Of course the best thing about having a 2,000 point army? More models to paint! ;-) At least as soon as I heal up enough to do a little painting... :-P

*The Picture is taken from the "Warhammer: High Elves" rule book.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Platypus Reads Part XII

Well, events of the last month have derailed much of my proposed blogging. Thoughts on Dune have gotten overwhelmed by my current reading of The Half-Blood Prince (A day late and a dollar short, but I'm almost done with the series). Still, I may attempt to restart that thread at a latter date.

With N.T. Wright in the bag, the new theological work is Bishop Ryle's book on holiness. We're reading through it for faculty devotions. I've wanted to dig into Ryle for a while, so now I get my chance.

I've also finished the first edition printing of The Book of Lost Tales I that my in-laws were nice enough to get me for Christmas (The picture above is J.R.R. Tolkien's painting of Taniquetil). I recommend it for lovers of The Silmarillion and those who have a keen interest in artistic composition. If you're in the mood for more of The Lord of the Rings it comes off as fragmented and frusterating (That was my impression when I first picked it up many years ago). You can also look at it as "a different version" or "an earlier telling" of the major events of The Silmarillion (which is essentially what it is: the earliest drafts of Tolkien's legendarium). All in all, I enjoyed the read and look forward to snagging a copy of volume II. I highly recomend volume III, The Lays of Beleriand, as well as the recently released Children of Hurin.

Well that's all for now. I'm off to run errands, but remember: "the Platypus speaks Truth!"

Friday, February 01, 2008