Thursday, March 29, 2012

Finding Godly Entertainment

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -- Philippians 4:8

I believe that, as Christians, we should choose Godly entertainment, and this article is a sequel to my article on that subject. If you agree, then the next step is finding Godly entertainment. But how do we do that?

Reviews are the easiest and best way, if the review contains a content overview to let you know exactly what is in the movie, television show, book, musical album, or video game. Such reviews are not 100% accurate, but in most cases they can provide the information you need to choose wisely. (For these types of resources, see my post Resources for Finding Godly Entertainment.)

Family, friends, and acquaintances can be another good way to find Godly entertainment, if they are trustworthy in what they recommend. Do you they share your values, or are they likely to overlook content and moral issues? If you aren’t sure,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Animal Tips for Writers: Cottonmouths

The cottonmouth, or water moccasin, is one of four kinds of venomous snake your hero can encounter in the United States. They are usually brown with darker bands along their body. They can get up to around seventy inches long, and they tend to have somewhat heavy and muscular bodies. Their name comes from an aggressive display they make by rattling their tail, hissing, and showing their fangs, which also shows the white of their mouth.

Cottonmouths live in the southeastern United States, where they are fairly common. They are the world’s only semi-aquatic viper, so they prefer a habitat near water and are rarely found more than a mile away from water. Their diet largely consists of fish and frogs, but they will eat a variety of other small animals, including cannibalizing their own kind. They are even more venomous than a related venomous snake, the copperhead, but bites are not as frequent as their seemingly aggressive nature would indicate. Unlike some myths say, they can bite underwater.

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Honey Badger Cares

As someone who has always found honey badgers to be one of the animal kingdom’s most fascinating animals, normally I would be pleased to see them getting the media attention and fans that they deserve. However, the current trend I see regarding honey badgers seems to be doing more harm than good.

Perhaps starting when it was listed as one of the animals in a vile article titled “Six Animals That Don’t Give A F***”, and then hugely popularized by the slightly-less-vile YouTube video “The Crazy Nastya** Honey Badger”, the honey badger was presented to masses as an entertaining freak rather than in a wholesome and truly informative way.

Catch-phrases such as “Honey Badger Don’t Care”, “Honey Badger Don’t Give A S***", “What Would Honey Badger Do?” have grown popular. They are based off of the honey badger’s reputation for fearlessness and toughness, and while they caricature an interesting animal that is not defined by those attributes alone, such a caricature could still be amusing were not so many of the catch-phrases offensive.

Since becoming famous, the honey badger has

Monday, March 5, 2012

Animal Tips for Writers: Coral Snakes

The coral snake is one of four kinds of venomous snake your hero can encounter in the United States. Due to its red, yellow/white, and black bands, it resembles scarlet snakes, scarlet kingsnakes, and red milk snakes and some other harmless snakes. However, with the American coral nake, the red bands are separated from the black bands by a band of yellow/white, while harmless look-a-likes usually have red bands touching their black bands. The coral snake grows up to thirty inches long.

Coral snakes are most common in the southeastern United States, but are rarely seen due to their reclusive behavior. Unlike the other venomous snakes in America, they clamp down on their victim and chew to fully inject their venom, instead of striking and then letting go. Coral snakes are infrequently encountered and are less likely to bite than other venomous snakes in the United States, but if they do bite their venom is quite potent. Due to the infrequency of bites, antivenom is apparently in short supply since there is little demand, but one hopes that there is enough on hand should someone be bitten.

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner