She’s Had Enough of Me

Pandora never ceases to amaze. Here's a blues number (I guess you'd call it blues) by the Darrin James Band that sounds like what Bob Dylan might have sounded like if he were a blues singer on a day when his voice wasn't TOO weird.This is a live version; I like the studio version much better. Still, if you ignore the overlong guitar solo it's interesting. … [Read more...]

Wedding at Cana: The Mystery of the Body

I have to get my CatholicMom posts in a week ahead of time; and then I forget about them. This one went live about two weeks ago, and I just remembered to link to it.The Wedding at Cana is the Mystery of the Body: with all its faults, the Body is very, very good.There’s a whole lot one can say about Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana. There’s a link with the water of baptism and the wine-become-blood of the Holy Eucharist; there’s a link with the third day of creation and Christ’s th … [Read more...]

On Protecting the Church from Sinners

This is not me.

I was praying Evening Prayer yesterday evening (the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila) and found this in the intercessions:Christ, you presented the Church to yourself as a chaste virgin to her spouse: keep her holy and inviolate.And it struck me that in the face of confusion and concern over bishops saying ludicrous things (which things those are depends on the person listening), this prayer is exactly right. It's Christ's job to keep the Church holy, not mine.There's an attitude I've … [Read more...]

Tolkien Illustrations in the Medieval Style

Arwen and Merry at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields

You'll want to spend some time with these illustrations of The Lord of the Rings by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov. I found them beautiful and unexpectedly moving.There are quite a few at the link; and if you click through there are even more at the artist's own site. … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting and the Synod on the Family


The Synod on the Family is currently going on in Rome; many things are being discussed, and these things are causing many people's heads to explode.I'm not going to talk about those things, but I've got a few observations about troubleshooting.Troubleshooting is the process of looking at a problem, figuring out what's really causing it, and how to make it work. And make no mistake, that's what the pope and the bishops are doing at this synod. The family, that basic unit of society, is … [Read more...]

Some Anecdotes about St. Thomas Aquinas

One of my FaceBook friends commented the other day that she had trouble liking St. Thomas Aquinas; she couldn't warm up to him. All of the books she saw focussed on his theology and philosophy, and made him seem like a thinking machine rather than a person.In part, this is Thomas' fault. He wasn't concerned with himself, so he didn't write about himself; and while others did, they often were concerned with his writings. As a result, we don't really know that much about him compared with … [Read more...]

Thar Be Rough Waters Ahead

As I noted yesterday, I'll be presenting a paper on Quill at the upcoming Tcl/Tk conference. This was a sudden decision, and so I'm scrambling a bit. I spent most of yesterday and all of this morning* working on the paper (which is now finished, at 19 pages of dense technical prose).Thing is, I often spend that time working on blog posts for the coming week. It's now noon on Sunday, and I've got nuttin'. On top of this, I'll be needing to spend time over the next couple of weeks getting … [Read more...]

The TCL/TK Conference Approacheth!

On Saturday mornings recently I've been writing about my views on the esthetics of software development, and I plan to continue with that because it interests me and helps me articulate what I've learned at a deep level but never verbalized. (What, you thought I wrote these posts for your benefit?)I've got to take a hiatus from that today, though, because the 21st Annual Tcl/Tk conference is approaching. It takes place the second week of November in Portland, Oregon, and I'm going to be … [Read more...]

Hold Tight, said the Boogie Woogie Washer Woman

I think most people are familiar with the Andrews Sisters singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; it's a classic, and a lot of fun. Recently, though (thanks to Pandora, natch) I've been familiar with a couple of other Andrews Sisters tunes that really bring it the full goofy.First, there's "Hold Tight", which is a warm, tender, and upbeat love song to...seafood.And then, once you've eaten (because shrimps and rice, they're very nice, so saith the Andrews), you can get your clothes washed … [Read more...]