Month: October 2018


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Whew. Food poisoning Sunday night. It was rough . . . really rough. I started to recover late Monday morning, but I was groggy the rest of the day. At least it gave me a chance to clean my study/office/library/gardening-supply-center/recording studio. I’m lobbying Marie to give me more space in the house. Since the room is already the second biggest in the house, her responses aren’t printable.

misc-rambling-picI’m thinking about transitioning The Weekly Eudemon into an easier title. I’d start with both (e.g., “The Weekly Eudemon: A Catholic Commentary Podcast”), then in a few months, switch the order (“The Catholic Commentary Podcast: The Weekly Eudemon”), then eventually drop “TWE” altogether. Maybe. I’m still mulling it over. Anyway, I’d like to hear any title recommendations. “Wall Street Journal,” “National Catholic Register,” and “Playboy” are all taken, btw.

misc-rambling-picInteresting concept: Slow Radio. It’s a BBC podcast that is meant, apparently, to mellow you out. A lot of the podcast episodes appear to be nature sounds, of the sort you can find on Charter TV’s Music Channel, Spotify or many other services. But some are rather odd, like the one that features conversations with Alzheimer’s patients. I’ll probably try it, just to see what it’s like. Nassim Taleb is fond if saying that, in order to be a true philosopher, one must learn to walk very slowly.

misc-rambling-picThis is very odd, when you consider that incidents of retardation are on the decline: “The number of Americans who claim to be witches has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or paganism, a rise from … Read the rest


Miscellaneous Rambling

Quite an eventful couple of days. I just found out that I’m being sent to Las Vegas next month on business, which is cool. I’m staying at the Wynn, which would typically lie beyond my cost range but due to logistics, that’s where I’m staying. Marie is colored green with envy, but I’m looking forward to it, even if the work will be real and rather tiring. I’m sure I’ll sneak in at least a few hours for recreation. And without Marie, I’ll be able to sample some of that Vegas call girl entertainment. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas (except the chlamydia, I suppose).

Ceiling. TrastevereYou want to get freaked out for Halloween? Check out Drew Mariani’s episode, The Demon of Brownsville Road. Facebook post. It’s about a family who bought a house haunted by a demon that refused to leave.

Ceiling. TrastevereWhen the owner first consulted a priest about the problem, the priest told him he had two options: (1) Run . . . sell the house to a skeptic and move on; (2) Fight the demon himself, with help from the Church. He chose the latter. Which is probably good. It can apparently be hard to sell a haunted house: ‘Haunted’ houses present a very real challenge for realtors. Nearly 50% of potential buyers would never buy a house that is reputed to be haunted.

Ceiling. TrastevereThe new podcast is up: “Halloween, Short History of Early Zen, the Fall of the Empire and BLM, Riggenbach.”

Halloween: Okay to celebrate? Of course. Without appreciating evil, you can’t appreciate good.

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Brews You Can Use

Unwind. Brutal week at the office. It promised to be a light week, but that promise was broken by Tuesday afternoon. After I rolled into my house at 11:00 on Wednesday night, I decided to work half days on Thursday and Friday. I crashed for two hours Thursday afternoon, worked on woodchipping the produce site for 2.5 hours, and then sat back with a gin and tonic to compose this post.

It’s an English G&T: Britvic tonic water (the best tonic I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of daughter Abbie, who ordered me a case from England) and Tanqueray.

From Morning Brew, a daily news email: “Scientists are pulling out all the stops to try to get people to care about climate change. In a recent study in the journal Nature Plants, an international group of researchers concluded that extreme weather events could cause barley yields to fall 3% to 17% (depending on the severity) through 2099. And you know what that means? Beer prices could double on average.”

Well that’s just dang cruel: Sheriff bans alcohol sales after Hurricane Michael. ‘People need to not focus on drinking.’ In this week’s podcast, I draw a distinction between escapist drinking and embracive drinking, condemning the former and lauding the latter. But hey, sometimes, a guy needs to escape, and Hurricane Michael seems as good of an excuse as any to get drunk. … Read the rest



Great, freakin’ great: Dozens more breakfast foods test positive for trace amounts of weed killer.

Nifty piece. I might plug The Weekly Eudemon on all of them, just to see what happens. I suspect the users of new media tend to stick together: Alternatives to Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and Other Big Tech Platform.

It lists Gab, which, technologically, is a legitimate Twitter alternative. It’s unfortunate, and borderline malicious, that it has been painted as the Twitter for the alt-right and crazies. That’s not the case at all. It’s simply that the people banned from Twitter went to Gab, thereby giving it a disproportionate number of such people. Now nobody feels safe establishing an account there. LIke I said, unfortunate and unfair, but that’s where the platform is now. … Read the rest


Midweek Rambling

Wow, lots of speculations out there about The Caravan: Democrats are funding it, Soros is funding it, they’re riding and not walking, Muslims have infiltrated it (reminding me of P.J. O’Rourke referring to people of a certain hard-to-distiguish skin color as “urine-colored people” . . . I’m pretty sure it was O’Rourke). I don’t know what to make of the rumors, but American Thinker, which I respect, addresses some of the rumors here, and implicates a few Catholics in the process.

Interesting piece draws repeat parallel between Sears and Amazon. Just as it’s impossible to envision Amazon ever failing, it will happen. Not so long ago, it would’ve been unthinkable to see Sears fail.

From the Notebooks: Barlaam: (14 c.). Under nominalism/skepticism, reason no longer toils with transcendent truths. It is relegated to addressing earthly concerns. This helped the humanist movement which started contemporaneously with Ockham. It was the pillar of the Renaissance.

Barlaam tried to bring the spirit of humanism to the Byzantine Church. Like a good nominalist, he taught that God is absolutely unknowable. St. Gregory Palamas, however, resisted, and insisted that God is knowable, albeit not in essence but through His energies. Palamas was a mystical realist; not an intellectual realist like St. Thomas. The Byzantine Church sided with Palamas and condemned Barlaam’s teachings. Barlaam went back west, and enjoyed the widening road between reason and revelation that marked humanism.

By rejecting Barlaam, the Orthodox Church rejected the Renaissance. The Orthodox Church could not accept the Renaissance and its foundation in the divorce between reason and revelation because the Orthodox Church emphasized the unity between soul and … Read the rest


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Man, 7,000 immigrants marching toward America, although it seems pretty clear they know they won’t be admitted. It’s sad, and I gotta admit: I feel some guilt. If my history is accurate, Honduras was Ground Zero of the U.S. Banana Republics: countries governed primarily to benefit U.S. corporations, without the benefit of the rule of law or without giving priority to local interests (which every government, by virtue of its very existence, is obligated to do). It looks like Honduras never recovered, and these people are paying the price. We have to protect our borders, but geesh. Should we at least acknowledge some blood on our hands? I’m really torn and am open to correction.

misc-rambling-picThis is a kind of interesting piece: Creating the champagne of marijuana in California. It’s about the marijuana business and how small growers are preparing to compete with Big Cannabis. It’s basically a story that parallels the beer industry: big beer v. craft brewers. Craft brewers focus on making high quality beer, while the big boys concentrate on marketing.

misc-rambling-picThis looks like it could’ve come straight out of the Shire:

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