A Classic Greek Menu

So my daughter's class was given the assignment to make up a menu for a themed restaurant. Her particular theme was Greek mythology. My elder son and I were inspired, and came up with a number of unique...dishes.Persephone's Diet Plate The Scylla and Charybdis Platter (the entree isn't the best, but the sides are to die for). The All-You-Can-Eat Hydra Plate: Eat one, get two free! Pandora's Box Lunch The Tartarus Soul Food Special (Leaves everyone else's soul food in the … [Read more...]

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We’ll Let You Know What Happens In Court

Here's a wrinkle on the usual Nigerian e-mail scam that I'd not seen before: the letter from the "police".INTERNATIONAL POLICE (INTERPOL) RC-32657, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA E-mail; ---------@gmail.com Tel: xxx-xxxxxxxxxxxAttention: Sir/Madam,We really hope that this message is coming to you direct and please immediately you receive this message do let us know because we need to cary on with this impostor's work accordingly,My dear, we trying to call you … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron Comes to Los Angeles!

If you're reading this blog you're probably already aware that Fr. Robert Barron of Word On Fire has been appointed one of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' three new auxiliary bishops. I didn't hear anything in Archbishop Gomez' press conference today about how they would be serving, but I have some speculations.The Archidiocese of Los Angeles is immense, the largest in the United States in terms of population. It has historically been divided into five pastoral regions, each with its own … [Read more...]

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How I Work

Tom McDonald tagged me a few weeks ago to do a post on "How I Work"; and apparently the answer is slowly because I've not got around to it until now. I'll be talking primarily about the work I do at home: blogging, other writing, preparing for RCIA classes, personal programming projects and like that, as opposed to my day job. (In my day job I sit in an office with an ancient Windows box and a big monitor doing mathematical modeling and writing software. There.)Location: Southern … [Read more...]

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Bunnies Don’t Lay Eggs? Who Knew?

So a relative of mine was at the mall, and heard a father say to two very small crying children who wanted to see the Easter Bunny,Birds and reptiles lay eggs! Bunnies don't! We don't support the Easter Bunny, how many times can I say this!I can understand not wanting to stand in line for the Easter bunny, especially with two little ones who were probably over-tired already, so I don't think this dad is a monster for not wanting to do it. But I'm fascinated by what he had to … [Read more...]

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Catholic Pick-Up Lines

From Daily Theology (a site I'd not previously visited) comes this year's list of 20 Catholic pick-up lines, just in time for Valentine's day.Several of them made me laugh out loud, especially #3: "The Holy Spirit is driving me into the wilderness of your temptations." … [Read more...]

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Howdy, Doofus! Or, an In-Joke is Born

Some years ago, after watching some Harry Potter movie or other, my second son mispronounced the Potterverse unlocking charm, "alohomora", as "Aloha, Moron!" This led to the formulation of a companion charm, "howdeedoofus", pronounced "Howdy, Doofus!". We didn't ascribe a meaning to this charm, just admiring the sound of it, but over time it has come to be a charm against bad jokes.By which I mean: when my elder son makes a bad joke, I will say, "Howdy, Doofus!" This still happens at … [Read more...]

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Ten Facts You Won’t Believe

Back in the day, McDonalds' shakes used to contain real wooden shakes. The SuperBowl is filmed in the same soundstage as the Moon landings. So are the Olympics. PhotoShop is really a tool for taking pictures of alternate worlds disguised as image manipulation software. Barack Obama was born in Abilene, Texas, and he doesn't want anyone to know. The airspace above Area 51 in Nevada appears on air traffic control systems as Volume 51. Benjamin Franklin invented the fax … [Read more...]

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You Are Not an Agent of Karma

I found the above title in my idea notebook yesterday, and thought, well, yes, this is true. Unfortunately I didn't capture any of the reflections that went along with the title, so I've no real idea what I was planning on saying about it. It's too good a title to waste, though, so there it is.If I recall correctly, it had to do with making the bad behavior of others an excuse for bad behavior of one's own. I have an image of an expensive car parked across two parking spaces, and an … [Read more...]

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