Tuesday, January 01, 2013

...and on the eve of the new year,
I make my greatest discovery

If you type "Jesus on velociraptor" into Google, you will discover an entire artistic subculture devoted to juxtaposing (or outright replacing) Jesus with a velociraptor. I looked and laughed at many of the images, and have finally concluded that the following image is my favorite of the bunch, mainly because of the velociraptor's look of prophetic exaltation (not unlike the image of the idiot who dominates this blog's banner):

And on that educational note, I bid you a very Happy New Year.

See you on the other side.



Aaron said...

This meme is new to me, but I just discovered - upon Googling it for the first time just now - that the banner for your site now comes up rather high in the search results for "Jesus on Velociraptor." Nice going.

Kevin Kim said...


John from Daejeon said...

I don't know if you've seen the 7-part series, Why Poverty?, but it is extremely thought-provoking on so many levels.

I can't believe that I now want to actually shake Bono's and Bob Geldof's hands as I never cared much for their music, but they are truly inspirational on so many levels, while I'd go way, way out of my way to actually "spit" on the likes of the two-faced politicians and ruthless businessmen featured here, especially Marc Rich and Charles Schumer.

I wish I was taught this back in my Social Studies classes. At least, it's easy to see why China is now making such big inroads in Africa, and other places, now.

Charles said...

The day is two years old now, but I'm willing to nominate John's comment as "Non Sequitur of the Year."

Kstylick said...

I find this so funny but heck, why not. We can't be sure if Velociraptor do or do not exist during Jesus time. Terrific meme.

John from Daejeon said...

Yeah, Charles. There wasn't really a more fitting recent post by Kevin where I could share this great, recent BBC series with more people that might appreciate the power of truly great television. http://video.pbs.org/program/why-poverty/

However, I did show a few minutes of "Solar Mamas" and "Education, Education" (titled "Ant People of China" in the U.K. telecast) to my older S. Korean middle school students (and a couple of visiting ex-students that are home from their universities for winter vacation), and I ended up having to come home two hours late as they wanted to stay after my last class and actually watch something educational yesterday evening.

Many were pretty torn up at seeing the wonderful winner-takes-all university exam day where most poor students don't stand a chance no matter the country. Then, the rest were moved to tears by the plights of the poor, rural students in China that are ripped-off by fly-by-night private colleges that take the students' money and then close down before the term even begins, and when they are forced to work for free for weeks just to prove themselves after graduation when the businesses have no plans to hire them in the first place. The episode did play on the sympathy card a bit as the young, prospective university student's mother works as a brick maker with only one partial hand and two stump fingers on it as her other hand and fingers were eaten by hogs when she was just a baby, but to see just such a mother working so hard for her child was/is beyond inspirational to all those watching and weeping.

What I wasn't expecting was how grateful they were after watching "Solar Mamas" and the plight of poor, uneducated women around the world venturing to India to go to the Barefoot College for six months to learn Solar Power Engineering. They were cheering when these women passed their exams. I was pretty happy that they were pretty harsh with the heroine's lot in life and her choice of a bum 1/2 husband in Jordan. 1/2 because she is the second of his two wives and is forced to live uneducated, in squalor, and to support him and her nine children. It did not say if she was supporting his first wife and her eleven children.

Now, my students actually want me to show them "Welcome to the World" today after my final class as they were touched by the trailer. I can't believe that they want to watch/read another hour, but I won't be able to show it to my middle school students as it has quite a bit of female nudity (in childbirth) and many mother and child deaths in childbirth in Sierra Leone. It's a really rough one all around.