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Four Words For Love TV Ad

Anyone who has spent time in a church will have heard reference made to the differing Greek words that are translated as ‘love’ in English Bibles.
Various sermons will have made their entire points about redemption or Christian living on observations about these loves, perhaps even if in some cases the different words used don’t carry all the freight that various differentiations might allow for.

Here’s an ad that featured in the Super Bowl for an insurance company called Love Takes Action and which references “The Ancient Greeks” as having “had four words for love. The most admirable is called agápē. Love as an action.”

Their expression of the motivation for that action is contained in the ad.
It’s a secular expression of agápē that declines to mention that the “Ancient Greek” usage of it seems to have been predominantly biblical, and because of that can’t really emphasise the undeserving objects that are present in biblical explanations, a dimension which deepens the wonder of its sacrificial nature.
That’s not a criticism, but it’s a point of contrast that stands out to me.


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Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day Jeep Ad

Bill Murray and a few familiar (though older) faces revisit the premise of Groundhog Day and encounter one difference that makes a lot of difference.
Phil the groundhog doesn’t seem to have aged a day.

This had 16.5 million views when I saw it on YouTube.


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Guessing Names By What The Letters They Start With

Follow this link and go to a page at a site called flowingdata where data has been crunched on USA names born in different years in order to produce a search device that guesses your name based on what decade you were born in, whether you are male or female (or have a male or female name, I guess) and what letter(s) your name starts with.
I guess the names are pretty consistent from USA to Australia.
It’s pretty close.
Go see if you’re curious.


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2019 Hide And Seek Champion, Along With Every Other Year Since 1983 (via Cannot Unsee)

As Cannot Unsee points out, this could be a record, although no one knew he was hiding.


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Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker Final Trailer

“The Saga Will End”
Sure.
We’ll see.

Who is Rey?
Will Poe Dameron ever do anything remotely heroic that doesn’t get lots of people killed?
Where will emo Darth Vader or whatever his name is end up?
Is Chewie going to get a medal sometime or another?
Is the Emperor really floating around somewhere, or was Supreme Leader Snoke just a complete waste of time?
Are we going to see a big, big, gathering of force ghosts sometime or another?
Any chance of the force being balanced?

Eh, maybe I have to watch eight or nine movies before December 19.


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The IMDb Rating For This Afternoon’s Movie

The Internet Movie Database rating for this afternoon’s movie is all you need to know.


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The World Of Planners

I’ve been hearing consistent updates about the adventures in ordering a particular planner from someone called Leanne Baker.
I’d say the fervor about these things is religious, but I think that may be an understatement.
And that’s without getting started on the subject of stickers.
I’m not sure if stickers are a ubiquitous aspect of planners, or are more like a separate denomination, or are something more akin to a distinct culture in themselves.
It’s all alien to me.
I don’t keep a diary or planner.
It does show.