Saturday, March 27, 2010

Memo to Barbara McGuigan

Dear Barbara McGuigan of EWTN Radio:

Please stop sighing "Yes" every 5 seconds when you're interviewing someone.  It makes you sound like Rexella Van Impe.  I can't listen to you when you do that.  Thanks.

Every Light In The House Is On

Show the World Wrestling Federation World Wildlife Fund it couldn't be more wrong about "climate change" . . . and put all your lights ON at 8:30 tonight!

A great argument for why, from Canada's National Post.  (What, a conservative Can'tadian publication?  I'm sure thugs from the Human Rights Commissions are on their way to shut them down as I type.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

The Easter Bunny


The Great Pumpkin

Pro-Life Democrats

Okay, so I lied.  None of them exist.

UPDATE: From Catholic Cartoon Blog:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lonely Again

I just wish there was someone I could call up to watch a game with, go bowling with, etc.  I haven't had anyone like that for way too long.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

It Was Fun While It Lasted

For the last several years, I've used a minidisc recorder like this one to record news stories and interviews, music, and even our cats.  Unfortunately, the third -- and likely last -- of these has given up the ghost.  Whereas I dropped the first two and thus destroyed their recording capability, this one died from too much wear on the mic input jack.  It would sound fine when I recorded on it in the house, but once I took it outside, the connection was fickle and unnecessary noise ensued, ruining more than one interview.

Minidisc players took off for a while in Asia and Europe.  They involved a disc slightly smaller than a diskette onto which sound was recorded . . . up to five hours worth.  The format never really caught on in the U.S., although radio newsrooms used them for quite a while because of their sound quality.  But the kind I had here was never really built for professional use.  Now, minidiscs have been left behind by iPods and mp3 players, as well as digital voice recorders that can record many more hours of sound.  And all without moving parts. 

So now I'm looking for a digital voice recorder.  Anyone want some minidiscs?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Stations of the Cross

For the first time in quite a while, I attended Stations of the Cross, at my home parish of Immaculate Conception.

On one hand, it was good to be reminded of what Jesus went through, and it was touching to sing the song of Mary after each station.  On the other hand, I was saddened to see the parish using a 1970 set of Stations that reeked of "Spirit of Vatican II", focusing on us more than Him.  Whoever wrote this did so in persona Christi, continually referring to the reader/supplicant as "My other."  The photos for the most part looked like they could have been used as Steely Dan album covers.  I guess a Nihil Obstat and an Imprimatur don't excuse everything.   (See also V for Victory's post.)

Turns out Father Z had a post about the Stations as well.  I wish we'd use St. Alphonsus Liguori's version.  Oh, well, after reading the comments, I should be grateful we have Stations at all.  And at least these didn't include the Resurrection as a Fifteenth Station, like we had when I was in Catholic elementary school.  Eeesh. 

I'm also enjoying listening to Catholic apologist Tim Staples' set of talks called "Sword of the Spirit."  That term has had a negative connotation to me ever since my days in the Lamb of God community in Baltimore, so it's nice to hear Staples redeem it for me.  Right now I'm listening to the talk on the Eucharist, focusing especially on the Bread of Life discourse in John 6.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bumper sticker of the day

I usually ignore Pagan/Wiccan bumper stickers on vehicles (how often do you find just one, anyway?), but this one made me laugh:

Come to the Dark Side
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