Adventures in Clojure: The Fact Base


When you're writing a game based around a game world of some kind, be it a text adventure like Zork, an action adventure like The Legend of Zelda, or any number of other games, there's stuff your game needs to remember. A lot of it has to do with the player: where is he, how much health does he have, does he have the Iron Mitts of Cooking that let him invade and conquer the Iron Chef Temple of Cuisine?But on top that, there are a lot of just plain facts to remember. Where has he been? … [Read more...]

St. Dominic

St. Dominic

Pray for us. … [Read more...]

The Aquabats: Magic Chicken and Midget Pirates, with Snakes

The Fury of the Aquabats

Apropos of absolutely nothing, here's a track from one of the stranger albums in my collection: The Fury of the Aquabats, by a mod/ska band with a superhero fascination. Believe it or not, this was my eldest's favorite album when he was little.This particular song is about—wait for it—fast food chicken restaurants. But it's upbeat and happy!And then (why not) here are a couple of more from the same album. First, a horrifying tale of being "Attacked by Snakes":And finally, t … [Read more...]

Dr. Who does the Time Warp

OK, this is simply brilliant...and rather better done than most Youtube videos I've seen. … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Presence


This month's post at is about the Fifth Joyful Mystery: the finding of Jesus in the Temple.You know, it's odd. Most of the Joyful Mysteries have short, pithy names: the Annunciation. The Visitation. The Nativity. The Presentation. And then there's "The Finding of Jesus in the Temple".Here's a preview:My reflections on the first four Joyful mysteries have all focussed on receiving Christ, and then carrying Him with us wherever we go. In the Annunciation, we … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: The Check’s in the Mail

Monkey Typing

If, somewhere, any possible world can exist, then somewhere there is any letter that could possibly be written. Somewhere, all those checks really were in the mail.— Terry Pratchett, Going Postal … [Read more...]

Mistake No Identities!

Do not confuse your parish priest with the Almighty. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go straight to adoration. That is all. … [Read more...]

In Mosul, Crown Him with Many Thorns


There's a fine old hymn I learned in college:Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne, Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.And it seems clear that we are to do so by living for Him, by leading lives that redound to His glory. (That's an interesting word, "redound". I'm not sure I've seen it in any other … [Read more...]

Meme Watch: Economic Bullsh*t


I hate memes like the above with a deep and fiery passion. Not because it is untrue, because I have no idea whether its immediate claims are true or not, but because it's bullshit.The word "bullshit" is a technical term in the philosophical community these days. It means speech used to persuade and manipulate others, with no concern for whether the speech is true or not. A bullshitter doesn't necessarily lie to you; the essence of bullshitting is that he doesn't care whether he's lying to … [Read more...]