Help me load my iPad with freebies!

At first I was going to give it to someone, and then I thought I would raffle it for a good cause, then I thought it would make a great prize, and then I realized I WANT THIS.

The other day, I was amazed and delighted to hear that I had won second prize in Catholic Vote's contest. First prize was a trip for two two Rome for the upcoming beatifications, which would have been niiiice, but I am beyond thrilled at what I did win, as top referrer: a spiffy new iPad Mini! I understand its microwhatever is roughly as powerful as the International Space Station and that the touchscreen can, by analyzing the electrolyte content in my fingertips, predict the very moment … [Read more...]

At the Register: Beyond Ashes

In which I heroically refrain from making fun of bad hymns and instead suggest some good 'uns for Lent. … [Read more...]

Quick, before it’s Lent!

Listen to this. … [Read more...]

Songs on butts, evebody knows one!

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Songs on butts, every garden grows one! Oh, Neil Diamond, you always come back to me at just the right times. Yes, so, speaking of sweaty music, a student at Oklahoma Christian University has transcribed the music that was written on the butt of someone in Hell, which is why you need to stop making fun of people who major in art history. Here is the butt: And here is the larger picture by Hieronymous Bosch ("The Garden of Earthly Delights") which includes  many things equally as … [Read more...]

I think Taylor Marshall May Actually Be the Walrus

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Look, I know Taylor Marshall is a good guy.  He is a courageous and clear spoken advocate for the faith (a little bit of "NFP is for when you're schizophrenic or in a concentration camp" kookiness notwithstanding); and he has that wonderful, alt-universe-Johnny-Cash face: But this aggression will not stand, man:  Marshall asks,  Did the Beatles Promote Abortion? Marshall zeroes in the covers for the albums Sgt. Pepper and Yesterday and Today as evidence of the Beatles' sinister … [Read more...]

Is there something wrong with me

. . . that I do not find this irritating at all? It sounds like a cross between one of those nutty medieval instruments -- what is it called, a flageoblat or something --  and those straw kazoos we used to make.  You know how to do that, right?  Just bite down on the end of a plastic drinking straw to flatten it, cut the corners off to make a "reed" to vibrate against itself, and blow hard.  Yeah, like this: With some experimentation, you can figure out where to cut holes to … [Read more...]

This is the stupidest thing I have ever saw.

I do this all the time when I'm alone. I laughed so hard! … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Light of the Child

A poem, a tune, a painting for Christmas.  May the baby who brings us warmth and light bless you all! … [Read more...]

Some Beauty

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Yesterday, we went to another lovely concert at the public high school that my oldest two kids attend.  As usual, I was stunned at the variety of music presented:  old and new vocal and instrumental jazz, medieval hymns, funny arrangements of secular Christmas songs, even a Sephardic song about the sighting of a star at the birth of Abraham.  And they were good.  They opened with the entire band playing "O Come All Ye Faithful," and then the various choirs filed in, singing, from both … [Read more...]

RIP, Lou Reed, who understood his own talent completely

The man hated hippies, didn't have a singing voice, and didn't give a shit. Rolling Stone: Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. "One chord is fine," he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. "Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz." Listen closely, hear his tender heart: Here's something written by Dostoevsky, more or less: And here's something by The Shirelles, in an alternate … [Read more...]