Saturday, May 18, 2013

World Fiddle Day 2013

1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan

KEYNOTE ADDRESS By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At the Official Opening of the Seminar On the 1700th Anniversary since the Edict of Milan (Conrad Hotel, May 17, 2013)

PATRIARCHAL AND SYNODAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE 1700th ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE EDICT OF MILAN + BARTHOLOMEW By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plentitude of the Church: Grace and Peace from God

Vatican Radio
Pope's message commemorating edict of Milan
Ecumenical Patriarchate, European bishops to commemorate Edict of Milan
Communiqué on The Edict of Milan–1,700 Years Later,-the-persecution-of-the-Christians-has-not-ceased,-and-the-Church-of-Christ-will-never-cease-to-generate-martyrs-27935.html

For Bartholomew, the "persecution of the Christians" has not ceased, and "the Church of Christ will never cease to generate martyrs"
Patriarch Bartholomew: God and state will protect me

Official Website
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Pertinacious Papist: Catholic Samurai Rebels of 17th-century Japan


Too Much Money, Energy, and Time on Their Hands

Google Glass


Real Life Example
Google Glass and the men's room urinals

No Alpha

Whispers in the Loggia: Schönborn as "Alpha Male" – At HTB, A Clasp of the Titans

He's called that in connection to an Anglican catechetical course, but it is humorous to give him that name when one think of what that term means in the androsphere and how he is anything but.

The Fugitive of Joseon | 천명 [Preview]

Elmore Leonard on 3:10 to Yuma

The first adaptation --

3:10 to Yuma: Curious Distances by Kent Jones

Videos of Patriarch Kirill's Liturgies in China

Beijing and Harbin.

TEDxByronBay Helena Norberg-Hodge

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dr. Esolen: Grammar Lesson of the Day: Past Tenses, Strong Verbs
German grammarians, we’ve seen, divided Germanic verbs into two classes. The weak verbs submitted tamely to the handout of a dental suffix for the past tense: English whine, whined; German weinen, weinte; English kiss, kissed; German kuessen, kuesste. But the strong verbs took their own past tenses, darn it, by altering an internal vowel according to certain expected patterns.

Back in Old English days, we had seven classes of strong verbs, divided by the characteristic vowels. Not that the English thought of them that way; it’s just how a series of sound changes over many centuries affected different verbs, depending on the vowel in the root, and sometimes on the following consonant:

Class 1: ride, rode, ridden
Class 2: fly, flew, flown
Class 3: drink, drank, drunk
Class 4: steal, stole, stolen
Class 5: see, saw, seen
Class 6: shake, shook, shaken
Class 7: fall, fell, fallen

Well, it’s been a long while since Beowulf slew the dragon, and a lot of these verbs have gone a-wandering from one class into another, and some grew so lazy they lost their old forms and became weak: help, delve, tow. Some are weak most of the time but still strong in the participle: strew, strewed, strewn. Others even now can’t make up their minds what they are: cleaved, clove? Yet the movement hasn’t gone all in one direction. Some weak verbs snuck behind the barn and started lifting linguistic weights, getting strong by analogy: dove, strove, hidden.

If the strong had stayed strong and consistent, we’d be hearing sentences like these:

The committee determined that the student had been holpen by his friend.
David slang the stone that slew the foreskinned oaf.
We looked everywhere, but the car keys were lorn.
“I can rin a mile in four-ten!” boasted Jimmy.
The hunter then took his knife and slot the deer in two.
“The umps missed this one, I’m afraid – he slode in around the tag!”

And this, from a strong verb we no longer have, though we have another word for the idea:

I never agreed to go – I was twung!

This too, from another strong verb that has died the death, and for this one we have no replacement at all:
There he was, all presentable: his ears washed, his chin shaved, and his nose snitten.
Amazing, that we can understand a word we’ve never heard, for an action we’ve never had a word to name?

Somewhere in New Mexico Before the End of Time

Guy McPherson

A Q&A session after a screening of the movie:

The Purposes of Medieval History Medieval Histories – On balancing along the precipice between Medieval Living History and the Medieval Studies of Academia

Relevant to what was written in this post.

Could a case be made that both academic history and the author's "living history" are dead? Living history encompasses re-enacments and events "recreating" the times. But have Europeans been cut off from their roots as distinct peoples? How can one talk about living history when the elites are opposed to national identities (at the level of the nation-state - but there is also opposition to distinct European peoples within those nation-states having their own separate identities, much less some measure of political independence). How much do inhabitants in modern nation states, having adapted to their political economies, life in the megacities, and the loss of extended kin and social networks, have in common with their ancestors? What heritage (or culture) have they received, beyond language and some cultural practices?

And despite the failings of leaders or peoples, the Christian character of the peoples of that time should be admitted. But how many secular academics and historians gloss over this, rejecting Belloc's dictum about Europe and the Faith? Despite their interest in medieval history, how many academics have their position primarily for the sake of earning a wage, using it to criticize the backwardness of the middle ages and to celebrate the modern? (The author of the paper at least recognizes this lacuna in re-enactments.)

How many Europeans look to medieval history to celebrate their heritage, identity, and oneness with those who came before them? How many of them can place their family history within the broader history of their people?

Look to the Land

This book by Lord Northbourne has been republished by Angelico Press.

Google Books
Profile at Organic (Ltd)
Of the Land & the Spirit: The Essential Lord Northbourne
Estonia World: Sydney Opera House interviews Arvo Pärt in Tallinn (video interview)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cause for Fr. Matteo Ricci, S.J. Advances

Sainthood cause of 16th-century Jesuit moves to Vatican by Cindy Wooden

Cordeline Walker, Texas Ranger

Network execs don't learn from each other's mistakes. NBC's Chase? New On ABC: Texas Rangers And 'Killer Women' - Tricia Helfer as Texas Ranger Molly Parker.

Leave it to the... to Screw a Good Thing Up

Are We Post-Queer? A Roundtable on the Present and Future of Queer Theory in Medieval Studies is a useful source, but those who run the website (whose nationality you can ascertain for yourself) have no obvious reservations about posting links to politically-motivated "scholarship" as well - dissertations/theses/articles written with a feminist or 'queer' viewpoint in mind, for example. They may not be Cultural Marxists themselves (it is difficult to be a Cultural Marxist and love medieval studies at the same time?) but they do give material support to the revolution.

Dalrock's Description of the Manosphere

"Androsphere" hasn't caught on yet... What is the Manosphere?

There is no reason why paleocons and tradcons can't be part of the discussion, instead of characterizing all of it as being the domain of PUAs and egalitarians. Their objections to libertinism noted, paleocons and tradcons still need to respond to the critique of Uhmerican society as being misandrist, and if they admit this fact, provide suggestions as to how men should respond. There are plenty in the manosphere who do not identify as paleo or trad but are Christian, uphold patriarchy and a more traditional model of society (i.e. one that recognizes sex differences and differentiation of roles).

The Alpha and His Harem

HanCinema: "Jang Ok-jeong" Kim Tae-hee becomes a royal concubine

Does this part of the fantasy appeal to Korean women, becoming the concubine of high-status, wealthy man, who is not exclusive? Or do they watch it more for the downfall of certain characters? (Apparently this version of Jang Hui-bin's story is more positive, possibly even revisionistic or just plain historical fiction.)

There would be overt protests from Uhmericans to the romanticizing of a actual or soft harem (their private beliefs might be different).


Abstinence Education

Sloppy Seconds Sex Ed by Calah Alexander

Emotional pieces, both this and the critique written by Elizabeth Smart. But who will call the women out? "You're not a woman, so you have no voice in the matter."

As for making women feel "dirty" or "used" - should we cast the blame on abstinence programs (or Jansenism or some other "negative" view of the body and sex)? Or do such programs merely reinforce the natural shame response of women? I do think that programs that wrongly affect self-esteem, foster quasi-"Jansenism," etc. are erroneous and should not be used. But getting rid of shame is not the answer - but to link it through moral formation to a proper understanding of sin and personal responsibility.

As for the broader point - while "abstinence education" may be necessary, it needs to be part of a worldview that not only respects marriage but acknowledges the differences between men and women. So what are the author's beliefs on those questions? (She seems to be a "conservative" Catholic. The views of those participating in the combox are more diverse.)

Having the Proper Mindset

Or the martial virtues...

Someone from Art of Manliness actually took a course that referenced Dave Grossman: Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part I

And there is this video from Panteao: Analysis of the Survival Mindset

The Boy Scouts of America: Then and Now — A Comparison of the 1911 and Modern Handbooks and Merit Badges

The Long Road to Changing California

California Economic Summit: Getting startup money a problem for many, especially the farmer

California Farm Link (FB)

Christian Tattooing

Byzantine, TX: The tattoos of Oriental Orthodox pilgrims to Jerusalem

"Whereas Judaism and Islam prohibit marking the body, for Orthodox Christian denominations like Armenians, Syrians, Ethiopians and Copts, tattoos are both decorative and a sign of faith. Roman Catholicism does not ban tattooing, but the practice is not as common."

King Louis XVI's Irish Confessor

Abbé Edgeworth: King Louis’ Irish Confessor by Rev. George W. Rutler

Also from Crisis: Cultural Imperialism on the March: Obama Promotes Gay Pride Worldwide

On Martyrdom

Martyrdom Complex? By: Br. John Sica, O.P.

apparently containing a reference to Candida Moss

Press Conference with Archbishop Cordileone on Immigration Reform

Toeing the USCCB line, no doubt.

The Cherry Pickers

Another local bluegrass band. (webpage)

Bluegrass Today: Introducing the Cherry Pickers
Dr. Esolen:

Word of the Day: island

English spelling, we know, is tricky, the bane of youngsters and an object of wondering confusion for people who speak German (in which every word is pronounced exactly as it is spelled) and Italian (in which every word is also spelled exactly as it is pronounced). French spelling is, of course, even more bizarre than English, in that the French are allowed to pronounce final consonants only once a week, on Tuesday, and all diphthongs collapse to eau whenever the word in question is the object of a preposition or a dinner order on the Seine.

I’m not an advocate of spelling reform, though, as Noah Webster was, because quite often our odd spellings preserve the precious history of a word, or help to relate that word to others wherein the spelling is more regular. Thus we see the connection between debt and debit, and we owe that b in debt to the pedants of the Renaissance, who reinserted it after it had vanished – for our word comes not directly from Latin but from French, and they’d already lost the sound. Chaucer has it spelled dette. Same thing for our word doubt: we got it from the French, and the b had already been lost; in Chaucer it is doute. But the Renaissance pedants drug it back in, so now we see the relationship between doubt, from French, and indubitable, straight from Latin.

The trouble is that sometimes the pedants got things wrong. That’s the case with our word island. Most people would suppose that island is related to isle, or that isle is just a fancy abbreviation for island. It isn’t so. The words are entirely unrelated.

The word isle comes to us from the medieval French. They were in the process of losing the sound of the s; it is now marked by a circumflex accent, to denote where an s used to be but i’n’t anymore: ile. That word is descended from Latin insula (cf. English insulate). In Italian the n was absorbed into the s, which remained: isola (cf. English isolate). My own name, which ought to be Isolano,
islander, is in the same group.

But the Anglo Saxon word for that crop of land surrounded by water was simply ea. That’s all. When that word grew hard to understand – when the diphthong collapsed into a single vowel – English speakers felt the need to clarify. So an island was called an ea-lond, or, in some dialects, an i-lond, an island-land, so to speak. That explains why in some Middle English texts we see the word ilond or iland. That’s how it ought to be spelled. But the Renaissance pedants guessed – wrongly – that the word was related to insula, and stuck the silent consonant where no consonant, silent or not, had ever been.

Other scholarly mistakes: whole, whore, delight, comptroller, prothonotary, align, could, foreign, limb, climb, rhyme.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If You Don't Mind the Book Being Better Than the Movie

Indiewire: From Best To Worst: Elmore Leonard Movie Adaptations

I'm waiting for the Criterion release of 3:10 to Yuma.
Catholic Sun: Pope Francis raises hope among Eastern rite Catholics

"The Catholic Church has not canonized many Eastern rite Catholics through the years. Now, with a pontiff deeply influenced by the Byzantine and Ukrainian liturgies and spirituality, many think that could change."

This is a bit odd - why would Eastern Catholics expect the Bishop of Rome to do so? (As opposed to doing it for themselves.) The problem of the Unia?
FPR: The Modest Republic: Just Published - Palgrave MacMillan

On Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers and the Classification Tangle by Peter Van Buren

Also published at Salon:
The government whistleblower who wouldn’t be silenced
Seven years after publicly blasting the TSA, a former air marshal might finally be getting his job back

Joseph Pearce on E.F. Schumacher

Small is Beautiful and Faithful: The Vision of E. F. Schumacher by Joseph Pearce

Co-Opting the State to Bring About Revolution

Homosexual activist says gay ‘marriage’ isn’t about equality, it’s about destroying marriage by Johanna Dasteel (via Vox)

That the current campaign for "same-sex marriage" is motivated on the part of many by the desire to destroy the institution of marriage has been known for a while, given what these radical activists have themselves admitted.

The big same-sex marriage lie by Ryan T. Anderson
They do want to change this basic institution
Twitch: Korea Beat: Domino Records, 10 Million Club and the Dangers of Success

I don't think going "mainstream" or aping Hollywood blockbusters is the problem - what is problematic are the contemporaneous changes that have occurred with respect to social mores, as transmitted by mass media in Korea. There are ideological libertines within the industry, who seek to promote "love" but only destroy.
Coming soon to Cupertino - Paris Baguette. (Where Tung Kee Noodle used to be, next to Target.) No doubt it will be a good hang out for the SAHMs and E. Asians. (Don't know if Indians are that interested in pastries - never seen them at the local places when I've looked.) There are some Koreans living in Cupertino, but not as many as in Santa Clara. Will Koreans living in Santa Clara come to this store, since it may be slightly bigger than the one on El Camino Real? I bet it will be popular with the 20- and 30-something single Asian women.

Grand opening on May 17.

Cappella Romana records Semeron krematai

Hayley Westenra / Paul Mealor / Brendan Graham - Sleep On

Gift for Royal Baby

Monday, May 13, 2013

Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry - soundcloud

Best Fries in NYC

The Village Voice: The 10 Best French Fries in New York City, 2013 Edition

The list includes Bareburger.
AICN: Medieval Times: The Motion Picture

I've been to the one in SoCal once, when I was in high school. It was fun. But they couldn't commission something original and faithful to life during that period?

Building on Luigi Giussani, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury by Fr. Charles Klamut

And yet only Benedict XVI is known for making the connection with respect to the liturgy.

RT: Monsanto wins landmark patent case in Supreme Court

Article. Some were cursing Clarence Thomas for this. Did he write the majority opinion? It was that Obama appointee Elena Kagan, writing for a unanimous court. Who owns the National Government?

NPR: The Salt

Video of Mgr. Dominque Rey

(via NLM)

Sacra Liturgia 2013

Tonus Peregrinus on The Early Music Show

BBC3 - expires in 5 days.

Their website.

“Cross pollination:” Japan and Europe

Harmonia Early Music: From Japan To Europe, And Back Again By JANELLE DAVIS
In the 16th century, Jesuit missionaries from Portugal and Spain brought violas da gamba and other instruments to Japan to accompany the singing of masses in their newly founded churches. By the middle of the century the missions were becoming well established. Perhaps to show proof of their success, or, as a way to raise European support for missions in the East, the Jesuits appointed four young Japanese converts to go Europe and meet the Pope.

In 1582, the envoy of these four young men, known as the Tensho boys, set off from Nagasaki travelling first to Portugal and then to Spain. Travel records show that the boys were given royal treatment during their journey, and that along the way, they enjoyed many splendid concerts in European courts and churches.

The Tenshō embassy
Chapter Sixteen The Adolescent Envoys of the Tenshō Era

Vocal Recital: Yamada, Chiyomi - NARVAEZ, L. de / FUENLLANA, M. de / CACCINI, G. / DOWLAND, J. / ICHIJURO, K. / HUYGENS, C. (Kurofune)

More on Patriarch Kirill's Visit to China

Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy in Beijing
Patriarch Kirill: The dreams of the Chinese Orthodox Church’s bright future begins to come true

Patriarch Kirill meets with director of Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs
Patriarch Kirill: The dreams of the Chinese Orthodox Church’s bright future begin to come true
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy in Beijing

Farewell Concert for The Stairwell Sisters

This Wednesday at Strings in Emeryville.

The group's website. From their FB page:

• WEDS, MAY 15
Stairwell Sisters Say Farewell
Strings, Oakland, CA
6320 San Pablo Ave, just south of Alcatraz
8pm Concert, $10-20 donation
Strings is an intimate house concert-type venue, with no sign, just look for the address. There are no advance tickets - first-come first-served. Doors open at 7:30 and (we hope) it will be crowded! People bring snacks and drinks to share (if you like), and wine is available for purchase. Let's make it a party!

It's Official: 24 is Returning to FOX


It appears that they'll keep the "realtime" format but skip hours - 24 hours in 12 episodes. I think most 24 fans would be willing to see the format go. Why don't they reinvent the show as a normal one-hour drama? Some more "traditional" action/spy dramas have been successful, Strike Back being the most recent example.

Only one summer season is in the works so far. Will the soul patch, Tony Almeida return once again in the future, if this reprise is successful? I don't think they should bring Chloe back, except perhaps in a brief cameo. When the series ended, Jack was on the run again, and I wouldn't mind seeing him in hiding again, rather than starting off with him back in the good graces of the U.S. government.

Rethinking State Sovereignty

Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own Futures | On the Commons

Aren't such "power grabs" a natural consequence of state sovereignty? One may disagree with it, but this conception has been present since the beginning. What is needed is to rewrite the state constitution, either partially so that "home rule" is recognized, or more thoroughly.

Agree with Furious Ferret. Most men just aren’t very attractive. They don’t look attractive or act/behave attractive. It used to be 50 or 60 years ago that a lawyer with beachfront property would have no trouble attracting a woman. Those days are over. He has to have something else — good looks, great personality, Game.

SD is right too: when you’re in your 20s and working on getting a law degree and you’re young and trying to establish a practice, you don’t have time to work on game or make yourself attractive as a husband. It used to be that young women were trained (or their dads helped them) to find men with potential, and they married early to those men. Women don’t do that anymore for a number of reasons; They want to date and have sex with who they want. Women have their own money and jobs and places and took control over mate selection from fathers and authority figures. The churches as institutions ceded control to individual women in the interest of “progress” and “compassion” and “fairness”. Divorce laws make it much, much easier for women to leave a marriage in which her only reason for wanting to end the marriage is “unhappiness” or “we’ve grown apart”. Because “irreconcilable differences/irretrievable breakdown” is really just lawyerspeak for “I don’t wanna be married anymore to him/her”.

Now, you’re unattractive and don’t get noticed because at 21 there’s not all that much that distinguishes you. You have no money, no job and no place of your own. Worse, you have no confidence because no one taught you how to “stride through the world without apology or excuse” because you have inherent worth as a man. You have no dominance or dominant personality because you have no authority over anything. You can’t make any decisions on your own at work; you have to ask for permission to wipe your own ass.

Your own church is against you: You’re told constantly you need to be kinder, gentler, more in touch with your feelings and emotions. You’re told nothing about what really attracts women. You’re browbeaten every other Sunday about how wonderful and caring women are and how boorish, crude and terrible you and your dad are. Then you’re told you’re going to hell if you don’t marry a nice girl from your church to avoid being “unequally yoked”. Then you’re told to “man up and marry the slut!”

The Tuttles with AJ Lee and special guest Brittany Haas - Beaumont Rag

The Tuttles with AJ Lee and special guest Brittany Haas - Beaumont Rag

The band will be performing in Mountain View this coming Saturday. You can hear some tracks from their new album on the latest episode of Bluegrass Signal.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HoffPo: Why the Copts Matter in Egypt by James Cowan
The Coptic Church matters because it is the West's last link with an earlier form of Christianity, and with a tradition of eremitical life that has all but disappeared from the modern world. It matters also because it reminds us of what Egypt means to us as a repository of all that the West holds dear in terms of thought, culture and the civilizing process itself. The Copts are descendents of the original Egyptians, and share their grave and stable approach to governance and belief. Furthermore, they continue to act as a restraining influence upon the passionate and often disruptive forces that are currently abroad in the streets of Cairo today.

Divine Liturgy in Beijing

From last weekend: Divine service on the holy day of Christ's Radiant Resurrection

Patriarch Kirill visits China
Patriarch Kirill pays historical visit to China
Russian Patriarch Conducts Service in Beijing

Sample April Verch's Newest Album

Bluegrass Today

NYT Profile of Esther Gokhale

The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley

An Argument for Monarchy

Exalted Hierarchy by John Maelstrom

The monarch would be elected and not inherit his office from his father; this would be more in accordance with distributive justice.

More on Gregorian Chant as the People's Music

Music scholar says chant is for everyone, not just elite by Carl Bunderson

Background Causes for Uhmerican Social Atomism

Westward Expansion: How the West was Won? by Bruce Frohnen
On Brad’s more important point, the problem of western expansion, I’d like to simply encourage him in further beating up on Thomas Jefferson–always a good thing, and particularly appropriate in this instance. It probably was inevitable that Americans would settle the bulk of habitable North America. From their beginnings, Americans have been a restless people perhaps too enamored of adventure and material self-betterment. Our national character is not perfect, but it is a thing we must recognize. However, that this expansion was made far more harmful to America and Americans as well as the peoples who “got in our way,” is beyond question. Old fashioned greed, being a part of our fallen nature, is to be expected, but was made far worse by a combination of racism and power. When our thug-in-chief at the time, Andrew Jackson, decided that peaceful, law-abiding Cherokee, living in European-style settlements, were to be removed with deadly force because their land was too valuable to let them keep, we saw the worst in America come forth. Most westward expansion was far more morally ambiguous than this, with blame and praise earned on both sides, but expansion was almost always made worse by a progressive drive on the part of the government.

The global land grab: The new enclosures by Liz Alden Wily (Resilience)


An older film...


Economy of the Tao: Wendell Berry & Economic Health by Ralph E. Ancil

Another on Archbishop Gomez

Is the Rule of Law Immoral? Ask Archbishop José Gomez! by Christopher Manion

Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom
Parmesan ice cream, rouge for Mr Darcy and chamber pots galore - what experts discovered when they tried to recreate the Pride And Prejudice ball for television

Tea at Trianon: The Allure of Regency Fashion

Something about Cape Breton:
How to look - and dance - like a local at a Cape Breton ceilidh