Susan Boyle Advances! “Memories” May 23, 2009 Britain’s Got Talent

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Although Susan falters a bit, she brings it home. She looks lovely and is most gracious when Simon apologizes for their skeptical (cynical) behaviour when she first appeared on the show.

In the annals of broadcast civility, Simon's apology might just go down in history. He even gives her a standing ovation!

I love Susan Boyle and all that she stands for: humility, good humor, graciousness, perseverance. I hope she wins the contest, but even if she does not, she has won the hearts of millions of people. This is like a David and Goliath story. And we all love those….

Household Saints or Desperate Housewives? Is there anything redeeming about Desperate Housewives?


 ” The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Hannah Montana” may be among Disney’s most popular ‘tween and teen girl shows, but what else are our girls watching? The women of Wisteria Lane consistently wins the 18-49 year-old demographic (along with Grey’s Anatomy) and have a significant teen audience as well.

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World Communications Day 2009: New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship



“New Technologies, New Relationships.
Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship.”

May 24, 2009

 Dear Brothers and Sisters!

In anticipation of the forthcoming World Communications Day, I would like to address to you some reflections on the theme chosen for this year – New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship. The new digital technologies are, indeed, bringing about fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships. These changes are particularly evident among those young people who have grown up with the new technologies and are at home in a digital world that often seems quite foreign to those of us who, as adults, have had to learn to understand and appreciate the opportunities it has to offer for communications. In this year’s message, I am conscious of those who constitute the so-called digital generation and I would like to share with them, in particular, some ideas concerning the extraordinary potential of the new technologies, if they are used to promote human understanding and solidarity. These technologies are truly a gift to humanity and we must endeavour to ensure that the benefits they offer are put at the service of all human individuals and communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

 For entire text visit: World Communications Day Message 2009

WolframAlpha: computational knowledge engine launched

woldram3A friend sent me this information the other day. It was news to me and I wonder what the implications may be for the spiritual life….  I checked the site’s blog and someone had put the word “dumb” in the search engine. It is olde English and its first recorded use was in 1323 (686 years ago). I looked up the word “nun” and it is Olde English and Classical Latin and was first used in 1275, i.e., 734 years ago. It predates “dumb”; this is a good thing! A treat for trivia aficionados … but I wonder what else it can do! R

“Many of you may have heard about a new ‘computational knowledge engine’ called WolframAlpha. It’s been advertised for a while and finally went live on the internet earlier this week. Rather than a standard search engine such as Google, it provides computations, comparisons, etc. on searches. It will be interesting to see if it’s successful. Below is a link to the site and the second link is a brief introduction to some of WolframAlpha’s features.” DML

Stephen Wolfram's vision launched

Stephen Wolfram's vision: "computational knowledge engine" launched

Ecumenical Jury at Cannes awards Ken Loach’s “Looking for Eric”

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On its 35 anniversary the 2009 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to

Looking for Eric

by Ken Loach

Director Ken Loach

Director Ken Loach

United Kingdom, 2009

For its great artistic quality and it’s humoristic, optimistic and humanist approach of the crisis faced by contemporary society. The film portrays values that are often under fire today such as friendship, solidarity, the importance of family and dialogue towards oneself and the other. Which the mythical Cantona summarizes in one sentence: “The best action I remember is not a goal but an assist”.


And a Commendation to

 Members of the 2009 Jury (Interfilm & SIGNIS): Radu Mihaileanu, President, France; Serge Molla, Switzerland; Alina Birzache, Romania; Federico Pontiggia, Italy; Claudette Lambert, Canada; Jean-Michel Zucker, France



Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)

by Michael Haneke


Germany, 2009

A profound film of beautiful formal and cinematographical craft that moved all of us, reminding us to beware of the symptoms of our inner violence that also breeds social and political violence.