Infrastructure: Pictures All Over The Ground

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The above is the sort of picture that makes my wife sigh and say, "Yeah, that looks like a picture you would take." My favorite way to do photography is to take my camera and go for a walk. I look for anything that catches my eye and then try to take an attractive picture of it, and one of the things that catches my eye is what you might call "infrastructure": the stuff that keeps everything working. There are all sorts of interesting mechanisms and devices out there, mostly low to the the … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: We Love the Good We Know

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Having described the generation of the Word by the Father, Thomas now goes on to discuss the procession of the Spirit from the Father and the Son. As the object known is in the knower, to the extent that it is known, so the beloved must be in the lover, as loved. We can only love what we know, though we might know it very imperfectly.  To know a thing is to have … [Read more...]

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His Bright Materials: the Saints and the Forge of God

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Recently my eldest son left home for good, so we thought, on his way to Air Force boot camp.  Physically he wasn’t a likely specimen for military service, being not at all athletic, and skinnier than a rail with it—in the weeks before he left we had to fatten him up so that he’d meet the minimum weight for basic training—but it was his own idea, something he wanted to do, and so we took him down to the airport and saw him off with many a tear.  He held it together for a month but the physical asp … [Read more...]

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Being a Jerk Doesn’t Necessarily Make You a Misogynist

I just ran across this post, "Beyond Mansplaining: A New Lexicon of Misogynist Trolling Behaviors", and I have to ask what misogyny has to do with it—leaving completely to the side the question of whether obnoxious behavior toward a specific woman counts as "misogyny". I've seen most of the behaviors described here performed by people of both sexes toward bloggers of both sexes. Trolls gotta troll, I guess, but I'd love to know what makes "sealioning", "gaslighting", "gauntletting", " … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Consubstantial with the Father

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.My plan is to faithfully step through each of the chapters in the Compendium Theologiae, one each week, until I’ve gotten through the whole thing; otherwise, I’d be mightily tempted to skip the current chapter as it offers very little that’s new. However, things are busy just now, and the previous chapter took me three weeks to get through, so I’m going to take m … [Read more...]

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Free Will, and the Struggle for Excellence

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My posts about suffering have revolved around the notion of “free will”, and that has led to a number of questions, such as, “If suffering is possible on Earth because of free will, and if we still have free will in Heaven, then shouldn’t there be suffering in Heaven as well?”  And so the time has come to define the term “free will” more rigorously.I hasten to add, this is an area where I am very much a student, not a master.  I’m sure you’ve got a few grains of salt handy.In what follows … [Read more...]

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Dog Tired

Actually, we had spaghetti.

I've just completed the second day of a three-day series of all day meetings. And these aren't the kind of meetings where I can sit in the back and listen with half-an-hear for things that concern me; they are the kind of meetings where I need to be paying close attention throughout. So, here's a picture. … [Read more...]

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Review: Canon Selphy 4×6 Photo Printer

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Given that I'm taking pictures again, I wanted a way to make nice looking prints of my favorites so that I can show them off and see what other folks think. We've got an all-in-one inkjet printer that's not bad, but it's also shared with everyone in the house, and everyone in the house expects it to have 8.5" by 11" paper in it at all times. It's not so much that they would try to print to it while I'm printing photos as that I'd load it with 4x6 paper and then forget about it...and then … [Read more...]

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Knowing is Not Enough; and the Doing is Hard

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Continuing through Cam’s comment on my post about suffering in Heaven, he asks, Your first argument seems to revolve around knowledge, yes? You're saying we won't have suffering in heaven because we will have perfect knowledge. This knowledge is somehow caused by something God is or does, and the exact mechanics of that probably won't matter for my comment….Secondly, your first argument seems to rest on an assumption often used by Christians in the service of theological issues (such as div … [Read more...]

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