Month: May 2017
Heard on the Eric Metaxas Show last week: The French have 17 words for “surrender.” Cracked me up. First they rolled over to Hitler and now they’re rolling over to Islam. Channeling Charles Martel!
I found a pretty nifty iTunes app: Audio Catholic History. It’s just $8.99. It’s doing a nice job of brushing me up for my presentations this fall. I work in the garden, hear something I need to be sure to mention, email myself (“Irish missionaries convert England after the Anglo-Saxons took over”), then go back to gardening/listening. Audio books/lectures while gardening is normally the best multi-tasking I do: gardening, learning, and getting exercise all at the same time. It only gets spotty when I have to exert myself too much or have to stop and think about what I’m going to do next in the garden.
The current neurological studies indicate that our brains work on four levels. You can’t multi-task on jobs that require the same brain level. You can’t, for instance, read and talk on the phone at the same time. It would appear that walking, carrying a pot of dirt, and listening to a discussion about the Battle of Tours work on different brain levels.
Someone has started a Malcolm Muggeridge Twitter account. I really liked St. Mug.
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
— Malcolm Muggeridge (@malmuggeridge) May 18, 2017
It’s a holiday. Nothing today. Just this quip from Conan:
“A bishop has come under scrutiny for accepting a $100,000 Toyota Land Cruiser as a gift. The bishop said, ‘I’d get rid of it, but it’s a chick magnet.'”… Read the rest
According to this writer, ESPN is doomed: “[T]he main ESPN business plan, the one that brings in the most revenues to the firm, is doomed to near-extinction, and there is nothing ESPN can do about it.” Link.
Well, “doomed” is a little strong. The business model is doomed, he says, and it will foist large changes on ESPN and the sports world in general, but that doesn’t mean ESPN is going to die.
But they’re going to get crippled . . . and with it, the monstrous amounts of money thrown at ESPN and athletics in general.
It’s a good thing, of course. ESPN and the NCAA have used their sports dominance to shovel a hard-left agenda on our heads. According to this same article, a large number of people are tired of it and trying to get away from ESPN, just as I have for years, resulting in the “double whammy”: changing market conditions and visceral disgust by viewers.
I gotta believe these same viewers are, like me, tired of the NCAA’s political stances, not to mention the (albeit milder) leftist agendas of the NFL and NBA (I haven’t noticed much politicizing in the MLB or NHL, though I’m certainly not an expert).
Hope springs eternal. Let’s hope the politically-hijacked sports world is, indeed, doomed. … Read the rest
Tonight, I drink. It’s an annual tradition for me: no family, piles of papers at the office, bottle of vodka in the break room. It’s a lonely affair, yes, and a bit pitiful, I realize, but I like it.
The trick is, not to get so drunk that I can’t get any real work done. I normally start with actual billable work: answering a few emails, proofreading documents. After a drink or two, I turn on Pandora and do less taxing work. After three or four drinks, I’m shredding crap and tossing papers in the filing basket. The whole affair will take about 3-4 hours. I then ride my bike home, take a shower, chill out, and go to bed.
A pitiful evening, yes, but one I look forward to.
The rest of the weekend will be worse: more work, but sober. Fortunately, much of it will be at the produce stand garden, which is work I enjoy. I’m also going to indulge myself by buying a good audio book, though I’m not sure which one yet.
I’m delivering a series of Theology on Tap lectures at a local watering hole, starting this fall. I deliberately set the bar high for myself in the first lecture, “A History of the Catholic Church in Thirty Minutes.” I’ve started the outline, but I need to bone up on quite a few areas. I’m thinking the audio book will be something that will aid my research. I’m open to suggestions.
Have a great holiday weekend. … Read the rest
Well, given that Slovenia is almost 60% Catholic, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Then again, her father was a communist and the news sources say the family didn’t have her baptized, at least as infants. Interesting story.
— Deacon D. E. Barker (@diezba) May 25, 2017
The produce stand’s garden is coming along. Timing almost worked out great last weekend: I spent three arduous hours on Saturday, forming out two 2.5′ x 60′ raised beds. I spread the organic fertilizer then left, hoping for rain (since I’m not hooked up to city water yet). Alas, it poured Biblically. I went back on Sunday and couldn’t access most of the beds without getting stuck in the mud. I went back on Monday evening, raked out the debris that had floated to the top, and planted six 20′ sections: lettuce heirloom mix, tat-soi, mesclun mix, rainbow chard, green wave mustard, and chinese kale.
I also took a soil sample and mailed it to Michigan State University. It cost $25, but I’ve read/heard repeatedly that those soil tests are pretty amazing. I’m really looking forward to getting it back. The soil feels awfully rich, and I’ve been told that area has legendary top soil, but it’s really rocky. I’m not sure what to think.
There’s a saying among good offensive threats in basketball: “Take what the defense gives you.” If your defender is laying off, shoot; if the defender is forcing you left, then go left; etc. I’ve adapted the same approach with the garden: take what the soil and conditions give you. In this case, I have tons of big rocks in the soil, so I’m using the rocks to raise the beds a bit:
If you’re curious, here’s a picture of the site before I did anything on it, then after it was scraped. I’ll post more pictures as I get it developed:
… Read the rest