Friday, April 28, 2017


An Interesting Crime Stastistic


It Would Be Even More "Awesome" If People Wouldn't Overuse the Term "Awesome"

Actually, Life Is Pretty Awesome
Even Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men of his time, could not prevent his mother-in-law from dying of tuberculosis. Today, people don't even get tuberculosis.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Way With Words, Certainly

Everything You Know is Wrong

Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say

I Would Laugh, But There Have Been People Who Have Actually Asked Me About This

At publishing time, Atkinson had moved on and was performing a Google search on her smartphone to find out what chapter of Luke contained the account of the little drummer boy playing his drum for Jesus.

Unpopular Thoughts

The music group Yes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in my hometown.  I've never found any of their songs to be listenable.  Not one.  Horrible stuff, really.

I think if I were going to the trouble and expense of having my gender surgically "re-assigned", or even if I were simply going  to dress from now on as a woman, that I would choose a forename that didn't sound like one chosen by a twelve-year-old girl.

Robert Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died recently.  A beloved cousin, an old friend with whom I was a first year teacher, and various pedagogical colleagues over the years have all loved, LOVED, that book.

Not only do I find it ponderous and dull, but I think it the best example of how to take a delicate metaphor, that life is like a motorcycle journey that requires occasional tune-ups, repairs, and maintenance, and beat it to death. Really, I mean kill it with fire.

It would be one thing if the book were simply witless and overlong, but its regard for Zen was such that I lost all interest in that particular school of Buddhism simply by reading it.

Speaking of music, how come Pete Seeger could never have a hammer?  They're cheap and ubiquitous. You can buy a serviceable one for less than ten bucks.  I'm guessing it was because he was a Communist. He was probably waiting for someone else to buy it for him.

Now, excuse me, as I have to go yell at some kids who are on my lawn.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This is What They Get for Dropping Australian Rules Football

'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

The Future, Ladies and Gentlemen

I'm hoping the attacker's name is Magnus, for reasons that would be understood by comic book fans.

Archaeological News

Mexico's ancient city guards its secrets but excavation reveals new mysteries

It's not Biblical, of course, but it's an old site I worked decades ago.  Like most large sites, there is still much to be discovered.

I'd Be Happy If They'd Just Put Down the Dang Phones

Why Teaching Proper Manners to Kids is More Important Today Than Ever

Another American Hero

Man arrested trying to 'save' beer from fire

The Decline of the West Captured in Seven Syllables

In the loftier precincts of progressive journalism, higher education, and the non-profit world, those hecklers tend to be proponents of “intersectionality,” a voguish theory purporting that power is inextricably linked to aspects of identity like race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, and that an individual’s “marginalization” is thus determined by their accumulation of various traits. Across the country, pseudo-intellectual totalitarians posing as outcasts regularly intimidate earnest but spineless liberals into capitulation. From the Oscar red carpet to Yale University quads, whoever shouts the loudest and claims victimization on account of more facets of their identity can expect to get what they demand, regardless of the quality or even logic of what they have to say.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You Mean Humans Write Those Execrable Scripts?

Writers Guild Members Vote for Strike Authorization With 96% Support

Writers in Hollywood have been mistreated since F. Scott Fitzgerald's day.  Still, it's preferable to and more lucrative than digging a ditch.  Since screenplays are largely dull-witted, plodding, unoriginal, and derivative, I'm not sure how to put a fair price on them.

Biological Truth: Men Are Wired to Protect

Husband hailed 'hero' after fighting off 'eight-foot' shark that mauled his wife

Pro tip:  Shark snouts are made a sturdy cartilage.  It's best to use some form of blunt object, if possible, rather than a bare fist. When necessary, though, if you go Mick Fanning, do so with fists of fury.

Well, That's a Bit Harsh

One Could Substitute "Art" With "Literature" or "Religion" and the Article Could Still Be Accurate

The Death of University Art Programs

Warning: As this deals with contemporary academics, like naughty children, they engage in occasional vulgarities.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This incredible animation shows how deep the ocean really is

Easter Saturday Wave

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

That's it for the waves.  Our regular broadcasting schedule will return after we take a break.  It's been a brutal quarter with returning from overseas, leaving a long-time job, moving, starting anew, meeting the new parish and my staff, Lent, hosting the bishop, and Holy Week, and all packed into twelve weeks.  Also, surf's up!

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Elevation of the Host by Berault, 1890

The Elevation of the Host by Miranda, 1666

San Francisco Celebrates Earth Day

Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights

Archaeological News

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

We All Know This Guy

Area Man On Personal Mission To Explain Why Universally Enjoyed Things Are Bad

Easter Friday Wave

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

I Used to Play the Harmonica Driving to Gigs


Granted, the harp is less cumbersome, but it takes two hands to play properly.