Archive for April, 2009

Vista Crashing Audacity

Apparently, one of the many reasons you should avoid buying Vista is that Microsoft has changed the way it handles sound. Apparently this new “sound architecture” is what has messed up Audacity (my audio software) so much.

Ever since I got this new computer with Vista on it, and despite a lot of tinkering, Audacity has decided to crash at inconvenient times — usually after I’ve recorded for ten minutes. Everything will be fine for a while; but then all of a sudden, no recording over ten minutes. Then, after a while, no recording over about two minutes. And then, eventually, for no reason detectable to mere mortals, Audacity comes back.

I am informed that the new “beta” version of Audacity is actually pretty stable with Vista (despite Vista fighting it all the way, no doubt). I’m going to try it. Hope it works!

So yes, I’m tired and not terribly motivated. But fighting with Vista is what really takes the joy out of podcasting audiobooks. Buy anything else.


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On Christian Doctrine continues, as all that love talk culminates in one idea — that all Scripture is meant to teach us to love, and that it must be read and interpreted through a lens of love.

Chs. 35-40, Book 1


Sorry for the confusing posts.

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On Christian Doctrine continues. In this interesting installment, Augustine continues to talk more about love of God and love of neighbor than the interpretation of scripture, but this is all going somewhere in the next segment. Besides, you wanted to think about whether angels were your neighbor, right?

Chs. 29-34, Book 1


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On Christian Doctrine continues. (Finally. It’s been since January. Sorry.)

St. Augustine hits out at people who thinks you shouldn’t love yourself or your body, and explains where self-love shows up in the Bible. Also, stuff on the order of love and who to help.

Chapters 23-28, Book 1


My mother wonders whether St. A had ADD. Personally, I think he was just as full of ideas as a shaken-up bottle of pop is full of fizz. 🙂

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I changed the header, then changed it again because I decided I didn’t like the look of that one. I don’t know what it is with that Sicilian guy Antonello de Messina. His paintings are just very attractive to me, he shows Mary and lots of other people reading, and so he’s bound to show up here again and again.

Archive.org has been messing about, for your convenience. You probably know about the Wayback Machine servers having been moved offsite (which is kinda weird, but whatever works). However, when you log onto the Audio section of the Archive, you’ll also notice that there are whole sections off by themselves for even more stuff now. There’s one for Sermons. There’s one for Podcasts. Etc.

(The interesting thing is that this is apparently leaving the top ten download stats field under generic Open Audio, largely to the Muslim folks, who are downloading a gazillion copies of Koran recitations, or whatever that stuff all is. They’ve been advancing up the stats for a while, so this probably isn’t just a seasonal thing. Still, it’s a bit curious that they wouldn’t have their own section, too. Probably not enough Arabic readers on staff to check content and arrange them correctly.)

They don’t do new 64k mp3s anymore, so don’t expect to see them. OTOH, they’ve got a ton of other formats and improvements going.

So if you experience any archive.org flakiness, you can at least be glad to know it’s For Your Own Good. 🙂

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The Ultimate Weapon continues, at long last. In this chapter, the alien commander, Gresth Gkae, has a lot of thinking to do.

Chapter 10


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“The Unity of the Church” comes to a conclusion.

Part 4


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“The Unity of the Church” continues.

Part 3


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“On the Unity of the Church” continues.

Part 2


I should probably warn you also that this was recorded on my new computer with my new headset. So the sound may not be all that it could be. Sorry about that….

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In this treatise, “On the Unity of the Church”, the North African bishop (and future martyr) writes movingly about the unity of the Church. It’s not all that long — you can listen to all four parts in a little more than an hour — but it’s all pretty good stuff.

You may remember St. Cyprian of Carthage from another treatise of his that I podcast, “On the Lord’s Prayer”.

Part 1


Sorry to be so vague about this. I recorded a lot of this in the wee hours, back when I first had broken my arm and wasn’t able to sleep through the night. So honestly, what with time and lack of sleep, I don’t remember most of what this is about! 🙂 Also, sorry it’s taken me so long to start up again. I don’t have a lot of get-up-and-go at present. But I will finish up the stuff I started; please continue to be patient with me.

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