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Mix Music for the Very Young

April 19, 2009

I am a parent of children under the age of 3. Thus much of the “entertainment” I question is for them. There is a “kids book” post on its way, but for now… I make mix cds for them in the car. I want to use the cds to have fun in the car as well as exposing them to many stiles of music and giving them lyrics that are innocent to good for them. (Some times it’s just clips of things I think it would be fun if they started saying.) All while making sure it is nothing that will make me retch.

Thus it also ranges from kids music to “regular” music, so there may be something for everyone here.

This is the track listing of the disc that just went in the car:

Let us know what you think.

  1. Dragnet intro
  2. The Shortest Song in the Universe

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  3. Joshua 24:15
     
  4. books of the Old Testament Song
  5. books of the  NewTestament Song
  6.  Gingerbread man by Tunebuggy
  7. klaatu barada nikto from

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

  8. The Cheese Rap
  9. Tiger by William Blake from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  10.  William Blake by Erin Echo from

    When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos
  11. Symphony No. 41 in C, 

    Baby Einstein 

  12. Gavotta. Non troppo allegro – Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  13. Barnyard Dance LISTEN

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  14. Snuggle Puppy sung by Eric Stoltz LISTEN

    Philadelphia Chickens

    Sandra Boynton

  15. Lordy Child (Say ABBA) (Romans 8:15)

    1956 Soul Junk

  16. Books I like to read from

    Fascinating Creatures

    Frances England

  17. Frodo’s Song in Bree READ BY J.R.R. Tolkien! from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  18. Elephant Swing by Beau Young from Wild Aninmalz
  19. Not much of a tail
  20.  Screen Door (Rich Mullins cover)

    Emperor’s New Band

    This Train

  21. Red Will Dye These Snows of Silver

    The Otherly Opus

    Joy Electric

  22.  Fur Elise, Woo 59 –

    Baby Beethoven

    Baby Einstein

  23. old testement bible dance WTB – Amnesia CD – Old Testament

    Walk Thru the Old Testament

  24. Gospel Bible Dance (This was a free MP3 down load. I am still trying to find the link again.)
  25.  Trust (Reprise) (Proverbs 3:4-6)
  26. Three Little Birds –

    You Are My Little Bird

    Elizabeth Mitchell

  27. But for You Who Fear My Name (Malachi 4:2)

    Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

    The Welcome Wagon

  28. Barve Strong Song

  29. Speed Turtle Brian Wilson LISTEN

  30. Blue Moo

    Sandra Boynton

  31. Conjunction Junction

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  32. The Four-Legged Zoo

    Schoolhouse Rock! 

  33. peoplego.mp3
    Moses: RAMESES!! LET MY PEOPLE GO!!

  34. may my toung be stuck up on the roof of my mouth (Colossians 2:20-22)

    1955

    1955

    Soul-Junk – 1955

  35. filled the hungry with good things

    Download MP3 from http://souljunk.com/

  36. What We Have Learned

    Veggie Tales

I Robot

November 14, 2008

i-robot

What Is It?

  • First Law:A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human
    being to come to harm.
  • Second Law:A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders
    would conflict with the First Law.
  • Third Law:A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not
    conflict with the First or Second Law.

The year is 2035. The world looks like ours with more technological advances. The biggest advance seems to be that it is very common for people to have robots as a personal assistant. In this setting we have a sci-fi cop film. Sort of CSI meets Disney World’s Tomorrow Land. This fast paced robot-mystery focuses on detective Spooner (Wil Smith), a loner in vintage 2004 “All Star” sneakers. He has never trusted robots, but now that his friend Dr. Alfred Lanning (Babe’s James Cromwell) is dead, Spooner rejects the theory of suicide, and takes in a robot to interrogate on murder charges. Spooner then takes on the system where most people believe that the laws programmed into each robot makes it impossible to accuse a robot of harm.

How Was It?

I’m not at all a Will Smith fan. This marks the first thing he has done that I have enjoyed since he came out with the “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” album in 1988. (I don’t recommend the album now.) This was a fun and intelligent film with a good script, good performances and special effects that are well done, but not over the top. It’s exciting but does not feel like your typical FX film.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for its special effects, but lost to Spider Man 2.

Is It Good For Kids?

The danger in the film is real, but the robots are friendly looking. Unlike the Orks in “Lord of the Rings” the presence of tons of the enemy coming after the main character is exciting but not disturbing. Their action ends with some blood. They are also dealing with the issues of suicide and murder through out the film. At one point you do see the basic shape of the female lead while she is showering behind a very steamy glass door. (I believe this was to compare her “humanity” to the robot in the next room.)

The problem that most people will see with “I Robot” is that the main character, though not shown as the moral compass of the film, cusses a fair amount. He even tells a kid “Go home and stop cussing, you’re no good at it.”

You can check www.ScreenIt.com for a complete break down of elements shown on the screen.

How about Spiritual Issues?

Right off the bat the female lead (Bridget Moynahan) tells Spooner that because of the three laws the idea of a robot that can kill some one is a impossible as the idea of a man who can walk on water. Spooner replies “There was this one guy, a long time ago…”

There is also a reference to the robots being like Frankenstein. Like most classic horror monsters, the story of Frankenstein was about a man who tries to be God, and going against God produces a monster. Considering all the other symbolism that matches up, I believe that the classical and religious implications of the statement were intentional. This is the start of an underlying comparison between the story of Jesus
and the plot of I, Robot. Being a bit of a mystery the rest of this section will be a MAJOR SPOILER.

It is discovered that the dead scientist has a Bible in his desk that Spooner finds and spends a good deal of time looking through. The Bible is one of only 2 things he finds in the apartment before it’s destroyed. It seems that the scientist had been held captive by the robots he invented and used the story of Jesus as his influence to concoct a plan to “save” all humanity for the robots.

The laws of the robots only bring about death and slavery (like the laws of Moses). The robots have decided that they need to hold the world hostage and even kill some humans because statistically it will keep the humans safer.

The main robot in question is named “Sunny” (Alan Tudyk) and refers to the scientist that created him as his “Father”. The robot is designed to be more human and able to choose to follow the laws or not. It’s also seen that Spooner is part robot and part human. And the Scientist had himself killed to set off these events and save humanity. Thus he sacrificed himself and this trinity brings about the physical salvation
of the world. In the movie The Matrix, Neo is a Christ Figure. From his Baptism to his death and resurrection through the power of Trinity, he follows the story of Jesus. the Matrix used there Christ Figure to bring a “New Message.” (Galatians 1:8)   Unlike the Matrix, I, Robot is using the story of Jesus as a map of how to
save people. Thus the Jesus symbolism here points back to Jesus. We also see Spooner’s Grandmother, shown as just an all around wonderful woman, wanting to go to church and carrying a Bible exactly like the one Spooner found. (Just incase you didn’t yet know what that book was.)

Finally it turns out that Sonny did kill the scientist, at the scientist’s orders. So the line about “a robot that could kill a human is like a man that could walk on water” more clearly points out who Sonny is emulating.

What Is Your Recommendation?

I would definitely recommend it if you have non-Christian friends who like it. Watching it and being able to point out the Jesus symbolism is both interesting, and potential for opening up questions and discussion about the most important things in life.

The only thing that prevents me for whole heartedly recommending it simply for personal entertainment is the fact that the cussing comes so prevalently from a character that we are supposed to like and root for. This may be one of the very few times where one of those “remove the bad words from your TV” devices might be a good idea…. but still you are going to get the line about the only reason not to cuss is because “you’re not good at it.”