Thursday, August 03, 2006

Barnyard, youth culture, and librarian indexes

As I said yesterday, I don't have a lot of time to write this week because of Vacation Bible School all this week. So, here's a few more links of interest from the past few day's reading and cultural exegesis.

* Christianity today has an interview with Steve Oedekerk. Who might that be? He's the brainchild behind such films as Ace Ventura, Bruce Allmighty, and the recently released Barnyard. He's a Christian (in Bruce Allmighty, he worked faith subtly into the film) and he enjoys silliness. I still have no plans to see Barnyard -- the main character is a cow named Otis -- when he stands on his back legs, you see his udders. I guess no-one tipped Oedekerk off that only female bovines have udders.

* Sandra Boodman at the washington post has this great article on how overscheduling and overpushing teens have been driving them to misery. It's very thought provoking.

* The Librarian's Internet Index is a great content finder -- each week, they publish a list of new and interesting sites to which you can subscribe -- no junky sales pitch sites in here at all. Worth browsing around for information. I subscribe to their RSS feed of new sites, and each week they toss me at least one or two interesting newbies.