Archive for December 2018

After several TalkBack episodes from Inappropriate Conversations, this is a Walk The Earth episode that focused on Christmas, with a new intro that I find even more insightful. The words, shared from a different source, are a bit spoilery about Santa. 


December 14th as the release date for this TalkBack of Inappropriate Conversations is not a coincidence. Looking back to December 2012, I wanted to speak broadly about secular visions of Nativity, but a mass murder at an elementary school could not be ignored. The episode is segregated, with the sadness and anger at the end. Now, 6 years later, it seems like we've had countless aftershocks to that mass-murder earthquake, and it's fair to ask if we've become numb -- some willingly, valuing possessions over people, and some as a psychological defense mechanism.

I also referred to circumstances in the same Connecticut crime a couple of months later, talking about my first experience staring down the barrel of criminal's gun.

All the same, Merry Christmas from Inappropriate Conversations and Walk The Earth!


AMC is televising "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey" for the 2018 holiday season, with (sometimes very early) morning broadcasts on December 12th, 21st, and 24th. It isn't a Rankin-Bass classic, but it is worth the time to look back at the 1977 half-hour special. So far, the only commentaries of this sort I've done have been for Rudolph and Nestor. Make of that what you will.


On Saturday, December 8, 2018, CBS will broadcast "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for the second time this year. It's a perfect time to look back on an Inappropriate Conversations audio commentary soundtrack for the holiday classic. 


I've just noticed that a year has gone by between blog-only postings under the Articles category at Inappropriate Conversations. Clearly, I should be writing more. 

That said, here is an annual post renewing the call for a proper post-season tournament (or two) in college football. It is still an outrage that a sport with 10 conferences cannot include all conference champions in the so-called FBS playoffs. Using the BCS and other rankings, along with automatic bids for conference champions, that tournament would look like this:

16-team FBS bracket

Or, if this concept of "power 5 conferences" versus other conferences makes any sense, then I renew a call for two tournaments:
one NCAA bracket for the "popular 5" and another NIT bracket for the rest.

NIT and NCAA format

Another TalkBack to November 2014 with a focus on Advent. This one considers both word and music in an Advent devotional in audio form. Although this was an Inappropriate Conversations podcast, it definitely has a Walk The Earth tone, too.
Happy holidays at the onset of Advent!


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