Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ecclesia Virtualis Video

I attended this panel discussion at St. Joe's University and have yet to comment on it. Check it out for yourself while you are waiting for me to chime in.

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Silly words

Journey Woman has a fun contest going on at her blog! Here are my three silly words for your review:

Splurge - it sounds like a Batman sound effect gone wrong.
Polynomial - I just like the way it sounds.
Blurb - another sound effect gone wrong.

Go to Journey Woman's site and enter the contest yourself.

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Garage sailing

I'd have to take out a second mortgage to buy all the stuff I would want! Any thoughts on what might be for sale at this garage sale? I'm thinking I'd want the Communion of Saints collectable drinking glasses from back in the day when they were a premium for filling up the Popemobile at the Vatican Oil gas station.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Annunciation Surprise

I was very surprised to hear this commentary on NPR of all places. The local NPR station is my second choice for drive home listening when my classical station starts to drop out. Usually I'm yelling at the radio when NPR is on but this time I was pleasantly surprised, especially after their story about the early church just previous to the commentary (don't get me started!).

Still, NPR never fails to disappoint. Their headline for the commentary (Feast of the Annunciation Celebrates a Proud Mary) is confusing since a prideful Mary isn't mentioned in the commentary and as far as I know pride isn't one of the attributes associated with Mary. Methinks some bored intern or web lackey thought a reference to Ike and Tina Turner in a commentary about the Blessed Mother would liven things up. *sigh*

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Book meme

Here's a meme I got from the Kyrie Eleison blog.

A List of Books: Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, underline the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk* the ones you’ve never heard of. I've also added a ? to those that I can't remember if I read.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)*
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)*
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)*
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)*
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)*
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)*
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)*
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)*
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)*
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)*
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)*
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)*
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)?
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)*
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)?
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)?
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)*
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) *
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)?
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)*
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)?
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)*
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)*
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)*
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)*
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)*
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)?
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)*
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)*
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)*
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I won't tag anyone but if you feel like doing this one, be my guest! Just leave a link to it in the comments so I can go take a look!

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Attention All Philadelphians!!

This should be good:

"Ecclesia Virtualis: Catholics in the Blogosphere "

A Panel Discussion with:

Amy Welborn
Author of the blog "Open Book"

Rocco Palmo
Author of the blog "Whispers in the Loggia"

Grant Gallicho
Associate Editor, Commonweal

Panel Host:

William McGarvey

Responses from:
Brent A Smith, PhD., Assistant Professor of Marketing, SJU
James F. Caccamo, PhD., Assistant Professor of Theology, SJU

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
Chapel of St. Joseph - Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial

Call 610 660 3290 for more info.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Ultimate Answer!

Slashdot reports that Stephan Hawking believes the universe spontaneously popped into existence from nothing.

This has just rocked my world! I thought the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything was "42". Apparently I was wrong. According to Hawking the answer is "magic"!

You can read all the comments on Slashdot if you're interested in following this.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Let's call them...

The Green Shirts.

...the debate on global warming has been "hijacked" by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions."
Anyone else have any good names for them?

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Trying to figure out if this magazine is published in English as well.

All this is the fruit of a rather pessimistic observation that in the affected contemplation of itself, contemporary art has reached the point of mere phantasmagorical, empty self-reference - a theatre of images that are the offspring of blind, narcissistic fascination*.

* my emphasis

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Before the fall...

Pride begins to enter Brother Karl's thoughts.

h/t to
BB Blog

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Koontz on Beauty

“I can walk in the rose garden, watch the joyful capering of my dog, and see the indisputable work of God. The key is beauty,” says Koontz, who converted to the Catholic faith while in college. “If the world is merely a complex and efficient machine, beauty is not required. Beauty is in fact superfluous. Therefore beauty is a gift to us. If we were soulless machines of meat, the survival instinct would be all we needed to motivate us. The pleasures of the senses — such as taste and smell — are superfluous to machines in a godless world. Therefore, they are gifts to us, and evidence of divine grace. The older I’ve gotten, the more beauty, wonder, and mystery I see in the world, which is why there are ever more of those three things in my books.“

Hat tip to Amy at Open Book

Another author I've got to add to my "to read" list.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Quote of the Week!

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot. -- George Orwell