Archive for April, 2007

“The Devolutionist” continues, as Powart and Fort continue trying to do something really big.

Chapter 15: Powart Strikes


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The Lani People continues. Our space veterinarian is still a bit upset after the events of last chapter (again, in a way you might not feel like broadcasting), so it’s lucky for him that an action chapter comes along! I’ll leave you with a little cliffhanger, to encourage you to come back next week.

Chapter 11A



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The Lani People continues, after our space vet’s settled in a bit. But now he faces something even scarier than deadly space parasites — a romance plot! (And no, this isn’t going where you think it’s going. Have faith. But even though it’s quite sedate by today’s standards, this might not be the episode you want to play out loud for your kids or everybody at work….)

Chapter 10


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The Lani People continues, as our young space veterinarian plots to destroy some alien parasites.

Chapter 9


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Gerusalemme Liberata continues. In our last part, the gallant questing knights persuaded Rinaldo (the only knight who can defeat the demons of the wood, so the Crusaders can build more siege machinery, so they can conquer Jerusalem before the sultan of Egypt arrives with reinforcements) to return to his duties.

Unfortunately, returning to his duties means leaving his lover, the princess and witch Armida. She is not going to take this well.

Book 16B


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The Dark Night of the Soul continues.

Book I, Chapter 10: How souls should conduct themselves in this night [the night of sense].


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Back on Schedule, Sorta

Yes, despite my old computer’s mouse attempting suicide last night (it jumped off my desk! still worked directionally, but the buttons went dead) and other vicissitudes (missing an offsite General Office Meeting for work — I knew I should have written that down on my hand!), I think I have now conquered the technical problems.

1. First they seemed like a luxury item and now they seem primitive, but they _do_ still make CD-RW’s. So until Mr. Wireless Router condescends to cooperate with Messrs. Computer, Cable Modem, and Laptop, the CD-RW version of sneakerlink will do nicely.

2. I’m feeling a lot better now that the first couple weeks of Allergy Season are over. (Usually I’m so busy sneezing and wiping my eyes that I don’t notice feeling drained, I guess!)

3. Asterius of Amasea’s sermon on divorce is still attracting 400 extremely obscene spam messages a week, as it has for nearly a month now. I suppose this proves that the good bishop’s work is topical and Relevant to Our Times….

4. I am going to try to persuade my younger brother and my dad to record some dialogue audiobooks, now that I have two computers to record on. (Yes, I know there are such things as mixing boards, but you really don’t want to see me dealing with complex machinery.) I’d really love to hear them do St. Thomas More’s book on persevering through troubles and tribulations, but we’ll see. First I have to persuade them.

5. Yes, I will definitely be finishing out The Lani People and “The Devolutionist”. I will start recording tomorrow morning (God willing and the new mouse don’t throw itself on the old mouse’s pyre). So expect some really exciting chapters this Monday night-Tuesday day!

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I am having a hard time gearing up this spring.  For some reason, I feel very blah and tired in the morning and after work. (I actually feel kinda blah during work, too, but I have too much work to let that get into the way. Also, I have audiobooks to keep me going.)  I also have a great many spring cleaning chores to do, which I am having more success forcing my blah self to do than podcasting. Also, I’m having a lot of trouble sleeping the whole night, even when I stay off the caffeine.

I feel ashamed that I’m letting this stop me, as I was far more physically tired and exhausted last spring.

The other problem is… well, it’s a good kind of problem to have, but annoying. My new laptop handles soundfile processing a great deal more quickly than my old computer, and it sounds pretty good as long as the Audacity program only has to handle laptop noise. (Any hint of my old computer’s fan noise makes it delete too much noise, and leaves the audio hard to listen to.) Unfortunately, I can’t get either a wireless router or a physical connection to work between my old and new computers; and my old computer’s CPU et al are from a generation that really hates USB devices, and thus only recognize them once. The local wireless restaurant just got put out of business by the health department, and I refuse to pay Mickey D’s two bucks for an hour of dubious connectivity. So I have to transfer files from laptop to computer by CD, and then from computer to the Internet; and that’s both expensive of CDs and clumsy. (And I can’t even record while I’m doing it.)

The best thing I can figure is that I should get a bit ahead, then get on the bus and go eat at Panera in order to transfer files to archive.org. But that seems a bit overelaborate, and not cheap. Podcasting is supposed to be my free hobby!

I honestly don’t know what to do. Maybe I can find a better router that will actually work, and then I won’t have to worry about this anymore.

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The Fallen Ones (2005) is a fun B-movie that apparently runs periodically on the Sci-Fi Channel, and is also out on DVD. I was amazed to learn that it manages to fuse mummies, American monster flicks, Japanese monster battle flicks, Nephilim, fallen angels with snakes coming out their fingers, the Great Flood, and the Book of Jubilees. Also Caspar Van Dien as an archeologist, Robert Wagner as a CEO, and Tom Bosley as a linguist rabbi.

Written, produced, edited, and directed by Kevin Van Hook — who sounds like a fun guy to chat with in a coffeeshop at two in the morning, especially if somebody brings action figures along!

Also amusingly, it turns out that the Watchers and Sentinels of comicbook fame apparently are based on Jewish angel and fallen angel folklore. Man, I always knew there was something wrong with that non-interference attitude of Uatu‘s. What If, indeed….

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I wanted to do something heartening this week, given the sad events in Blacksburg. I found this over on tertullian.org, and I hope it helps.

Sermon 61: “Go; behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves.”


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Pastoral Care continues, as Pope Gregory considers how to advise people who’ve committed sins in action and those who’ve committed sins in thought. He also deals with the role of consent and regret.

Chapter 29


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Against Heresies continues, on not badmouthing everybody and their uncle in the Old Testament when we’re sinners ourselves, as well as a typological interpretation of the story of Lot’s daughters. In a very gentle wording, Christianity and post-Temple Judaism both get referred to as “the two synagogues” and “the two churches” (both of which boil down to “the two assemblies of God’s people”). Next, we are assured once more that there’s one and the same God is running things in the OT and the NT, and that God is the author of both.

Book IV, Chapters 31-32


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Stuff is happening, and I apologize that I haven’t been posting. I will soon. Until then, some books to tide you over:

“Concerning Virgins” by St. Ambrose of Milan. Letters to his sister Manellia containing advice on life as a vowed virgin. 2 hrs., 29 min.

The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius. Written in prison by a philosophical Christian Roman, this poetic work was highly influential on medieval thought. 5 hrs., 13 min.

Caedmon’s Hymn, by Caedmon. Less than 2 minutes long, so no excuses!

The Innocence of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton. 10 hrs., 23 min. The Wisdom of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton. About 7 hrs. Classic mystery stories.

The Man Who Knew Too Much, by G.K. Chesterton. Cynical mystery stories. 5 hrs., 49 min.

Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences, by Rene Descartes. About 2.5 hrs.

The Jesuit Missions: A Chronicle of the Cross in the Wilderness by Thomas Guthrie Marquis. Canadian history. 3 hrs., 9 min.

God’s Troubadour: The Story of St. Francis of Assisi by Sophie Jewett. 2 hrs. 30 min.

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis. Yes, apparently there’s a rule that everyone must record audiobooks of him and Austen. 8 hrs., 42 min.

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence. 1 hr., 13 min.

The Mariner of St. Malo: A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier, by Stephen Leacock. Popular history. 2 hrs., 27 min.

“A Discourse on the Passion of Love” by Blaise Pascal. 24 min.

Collected Works by St. Patrick. 1 hr.

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. Classic mystery. 6 hrs., 30 min.

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I managed to get through Holy Week and Easter choir without hoarseness, but now my allergies and sinus have begun their spring attack in earnest. Also, my workload at my job has increased, and I’m still adjusting to that. So I’m afraid there’ll be no podcast this week.

I do apologize for the inconvenience. I know I wimped out during most of Lent, too. But if I rest up now, I’ll be able to do more podcasting for you later.

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Pastoral Care continues, with comments on what spiritual advice to give those who have committed sexual sins, and those who haven’t. So they won’t do something worse, out of unwarranted despair or holier-than-thou-ness….

Chapter 28


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