Sunday, July 29, 2007
"Pyscotic Reaction," by the band Count Five.
It's odd. These guys are wearing clothes I usually reserve for national holidays, weddings, and funerals - to sing rock music.
For the curious, "Pyschotic Reaction" seems to have been the only hit this band had. It's bad luck to have a band member named Mouse, I suppose.
Or SUBTLY SATIRICAL COMMENT UPON AMERICAN CULINARY VALUES?
For those interested, this was sung at the summer program I went to.
The Sucrose Inquisition is inquiring into the identity of the singer, the squash, and the cheeseburger. This video somehow awakened their latent suspicion.
Which Saint Are You?
Can't get any better than that!
Dare you, Raulito!
UPDATE: HE DID IT! AND HE DID GET ST. JOAN OF ARC! AAAAAGH!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
So now you'll know what to do.
On a related note, here are some important quotations from my summer trip:
"Can I have your earring again?"
"Can a dog be happy?"
"I know that I do not know that I know that I don't know."
(Two of these originated with your good author. Guess which one didn't.)
Monday, July 23, 2007
In the sixth century, Justinian accomplished the brief recovery of the empire’s old territory in the east, in Africa, and in the west. His victories, however, were hard won over the course of decades, and they came at a great cost in human life, not to mention taxation. Paradoxically, Justinian’s military successes probably contributed to the empire’s subsequent decline. The conquered lands were hardly secure, and many were lost in the years after his death. During his reign there was a great flowering of Byzantine culture, whose monuments remain in Istanbul (e.g., Hagia Sophia) and Ravenna. His reconstitution of Roman law, the so-called Justinian Code, is still the basis of civil law in some modern states. Justinian is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
Justinian was okay, but his wife - Theodora - had, ahem, religious problems: she conspired to make the infamous Liberius pope so he could teach Monophysitism. He didn't.
(Theodora was, by all accounts, a petite woman. A very bad sign.)
I'd rather be the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. Far cooler guy.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I'm having fun this summer, doing a traditional thing - summer school!
Can't go into detail, but this should give you an idea:
An exaggeration, of course...
UPDATE: I had to remove the original clip because of language, so I posted this one. Unfortunately, it's a commercial for a video game. Fortunately, it reflects my experience more accurately.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
...with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Since I won't be posting tomorrow, I figured I mind as well put this up. I was about to give a little dissertation on patriotism, but lo and behold! the Catechism of the Catholic Church reared its head.
Read the whole article - it places patriotism in its larger context, namely in the Fourth Commandment. After all, it is accurate to call our country "fatherland," even when describing the country in feminine terms.
ARTICLE 4 - THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
We should sing patriotic songs tomorrow in church.
And speaking of which, I never thought of "America the Beautiful" as being inappropriate for church. But a "Catholic Anarchist" thinks of it as being so. Wonder why?
H.L. believes we should sing this, despite my crack that he apparently lives in 1969. (He's quite the fortunate son himself, as am I.)
Thus Spaketh Histor at 18:13
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Apparently families are not as great an environmental strain as some claim they are.
Of course, in 15 or 20 years they will be using more energy, but maybe some of the Global Nativists will have died off by then.
Thus Spaketh Histor at 19:22