Quotation Marks

One of the monographs I’ve been reading as part of my research for this semester is by Wojech Szypuła, entitled The Holy Spirit in the Eschatological Tension of Christian Life: An Exegetico-Theological Study of 2 Corinthians 5, 1-5 and Romans 8, 18-27. It was published in Rome by Gregorian University Press. There was something quite strange, though, I encountered in this work: a way of quoting I had not seen prior. Instead of using traditional quotation marks (“”), he uses double arrows. Here is a quote to illustrate:

One cannot speak about the salvation of humankind without Christ because <<in Jesus [and only in Jesus, cf. Acts 4, 12], God recapitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men>>.

Is this a stylistic preference or maybe a regional thing? It was odd to me so I thought I’d see if anyone knew if this was common practice elsewhere or one of the author’s idiosyncrasies.

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Important Things Go in a Case!

Today is my birthday and my wife got me something I’ve desperately needed–a case for my iPhone! I’ve had a protective cover for a while, but I hated it–it did not fit quite right and would come off half the time I took it out of my pocket. But no more! Thanks to my jewel of a wife, I have an Otterbox Defender for my phone!

This case is great! It fits like a glove and will keep it safe in most situations (save for being run over by a car)!

And, as George Costanza reminds us, important things go in a case!

Melissa also got me a charcoal grill!!!! I know, I’m 34 years old now and am just now getting one. I never had one before because I had nowhere to put it, but now with a decent patio, I have a place to put one. So, I’ll be looking up good grilling recipes and giving it a whirl!

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As good as the original?

No, I’m not talking about any movie sequel. Apparently in an effort to keep up with competitors, Dr. Pepper has unleashed its own low-calorie-tastes-like-the-original beverage–Dr. Pepper 10. According to a spokesperson for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the drink

“was designed for men who prefer the taste of regular Dr Pepper but are looking for lower calorie options.”

If it lives up to the hype, this would be a heaven send for me! Trying to cut back on calorie consumption is not easy and though DP is not an everyday thing for me, it could be very easily. If this product launches nationwide, which it may do later this year, I’ll definitlely give it a try.

Despite what the ads say, Diet Dr. Pepper does not taste like the original. There is a faint hint of it, but there’s no mistaking the two. Same with Coke Zero–it’s not close enough in taste for me to opt for it over the original. Pepsi Max definitely comes closest of these three, but I don’t drink Pepsi often.

So, will Dr. Pepper 10 live up to its billing? We shall see. In the meantime, here’s a great commercial for it.

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2010 in Review

Ok, so I’m not going to actually review the whole year, but I thought I’d post a few top 5 or 10 lists, as is the custom for media outlets everywhere this time of year.

10 albums I’ve listened to most this year

  • Counting Stars by Andrew Peterson
  • Self-title by Animals as Leaders
  • Constellations by August Burns Red
  • Attack of the Wolf King by Haste the Day
  • Meridional by Norma Jean
  • Son of the Morning by Oh, Sleeper
  • To Plant a Seed by We Came as Romans
  • The Infinite Order by Living Sacrifice
  • The World is a Thorn by Demon Hunter
  • Atonement by Your Memorial

7 Favorite TV shows I watched this year

  • Burn Notice
  • Psych
  • I Shouldn’t Be Alive
  • Border Wars
  • Locked Up Abroad
  • Man, Woman, Wild
  • Dual Survival

(I should mention that House and White Collar would have made the list, but I’m in catch-up mode, so I didn’t include them.)

5 Favorite Restaurants

  • Texas Land & Cattle
  • Wing Stop
  • Twisted Root Burger Company
  • Napoli’s
  • Rudy’s BBQ

I didn’t include a favorite movies list because I’ve only seen a couple this year.  As for books, the list that we bibliobloggers love to see, I haven’t read that many books this year that were list-worthy.  My class readings were ok, but I didn’t read anything that was just spectacular.  Perhaps 2011 will yield better results!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Saints License Plates

Louisianians now have the opportunity to bid on custom license plates emblazoned with the fleur-de-lis and Saints Super Bowl championship logo. All the proceeds go to Operation Homefront Louisiana, which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of the service members and wounded warriors in Louisiana.

Being in Texas, obviously I can’t have one *sniffle*.  However, I think I might pitch the idea to the legislatures and appropriate governing bodies that these be offered.

I wonder if they’ll go for it… :-)

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