Monday, December 20, 2010

From merely "good" to...

... ultimate.

For a variety of reasons, but mostly out of convenience, I'm packing up shop here at Good Brownie and moving over to a new Blogger site, Brownie's Bites. I hope to offer up the same stuff I dished out here, only with a little more regularity. So check it out over there.

For all those who visited here, and especially those who left comments, I thank you.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A murder in Celebration

It seems that not everyone has been happy living in the Town Built by the Happiest Place on Earth.
Celebration, Disney's master-planned, picture-perfect central Florida community, has never reported a homicide in its 14-year existence — until this week.

Residents of the town five miles south of Walt Disney World woke up Tuesday to the sight of yellow crime-scene tape wrapped around a condo near the Christmas-decorated downtown, where Bing Crosby croons from speakers hidden in the foliage. A 58-year-old neighbor who lived alone with his Chihuahua had been slain over the long Thanksgiving weekend, Osceola County sheriff's deputies said.

The community's famous friendliness is what brought investigators to Matteo Giovanditto's body: Neighbors hadn't seen him for days, so they filed a missing person's report, then went into his condo a day later and found him.

Town officials claimed this to be an isolated incident. What would they have said at the beginning of last week, if asked if there were ever to be a murder in their fair town?

UPDATED: More tragedy in Celebration. Craig Foushee committed suicide after barricading himself in his home.

"Just because this is Celebration doesn't mean everyone's perfect," said Eva Medved, who lived across the street from Foushee. "People die, people get divorced, people get in trouble."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"I don't know if I'm going to win another one."

Rafael Nadal takes the humble route after winning the U.S. Open on Monday, completing his own personal Grand Slam. He is only the seventh man in tennis history to have won all four major tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros), and Wimbledon.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"It’s the kind of film Freud, or more likely Jung, would have delighted in deconstructing."

It's really not shocking that the man who brought us Memento and The Dark Knight would make another critically acclaimed film. Memento focused on the problems of memory and loss, while The Dark Knight reveled in nihilism and fate. From what I've seen of the trailer, Inception appears to focus on perception, dreams, and reality. It's always a treat to watch a movie that engages the senses and the mind.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday, America!

May you have many, many more to come. And may God shed His grace on thee...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

You can't expect every WH staff member to be in the Gulf, can you?

Not all White House staffers are taking the BP crisis as seriously as our president. Well, I guess we should give them some slack, right? They work hard...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"From what we know of the future DSM-V, Anakin is a 'good' to 'very good' match to the future BPD."

DSM-V = Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.

BPD = Borderline personality disorder

Anakin = Anakin Skywalker, AKA Darth Vader.

Yes, some French psychiatrists and psychologists had time enough on their hands to create a biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis for the Lord of the Sith. I guess we should applaud them for their efforts, but how much honor should they get for spending so much time and energy diagnosing someone who doesn't exist?

Think this all is rubbish? We know what Lord Vader would say to that:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

3 ways the Gospel can transform a porn addict

Thanks to Covenant Eyes and Breaking Free for a clip of D.A. Carson, John Piper and Tim Keller discussing the power of the Gospel for those who struggle with pornography.

Blago's trial began today

The illustrious former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, finally got his day in court. The Chicago Tribune is keeping up with the latest details, information, and allegations. I'm not sure how exciting the court proceedings will be, but it will certainly be lively if there are a few jurors with 'bad temper.'

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Federer out of Roland Garros

For the first time in six years, Roger Federer will not play in a semi-final match at a Grand Slam. Fifth-seed Robin Soderling beat the #1 seed in four sets.

Geoff MacDonald showed two days ago why he has a future in fortune-telling - "I predict that [Soderling] will take the reigning French Open champion down in four sets."

"a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together"

The Gores are no more. Some people may, of course, think it great fun to ruminate on reasons for their split, but it's a tragedy in the end. The article reads, "The Gores crafted an image as a happily married couple during his eight-year stint as vice president in the 1990s and a presidential candidate in 2000." Was it just an image? Perhaps they were deliriously happy during the Veep years, and it wasn't just an "image" to "craft." Ten years ago, marital separation may have been the furthest thing from their minds.