Saturday, March 08, 2014

Gary Taubes

"Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity" by Gary Taubes, March 2, 2014

"That's Illegal"

Kickstarter: Lukas Pool's First Album

Get Out There and Move

Why Everyone Should Walk 30 Minutes A Day

I need to get back into this habit...

Housing Bubble in Salinas?

10 cities where ordinary people can no longer afford homes

I'd hate to drive that commute.

Switzerland... You have to ruin it for the rest of us.

It Needs Many Asian Icons...

Holy Korean Martyrs Parish dedicates new church in San Jose

Also some local news: Father Matthew Koo honored with ‘Monsignor’ title

Ashokan Farewell (violin duet) Mark O'Connor / Kelly Hall-Tompkins recording session

The only good thing from that Ken Burns project, besides the Shelby Foote interviews?

More Paul Howe

Just because...

The Paul Howe Tactical Carbine

Tactical Life

Lt. Col. Daniel “Danny” Davis Vindicated?

AmCon: Lessons from a Surge Skeptic By KELLEY VLAHOS
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis reflects on the state of the Army as Afghanistan winds down.

Related: US Army Considers 3 COAs for Camo Replacement

Mark Malvasi on the Connection Between Economic Liberty and Political Liberty

Property and Power by Mark Malvasi

Related: Debt Servitude and the Student Loan Bubble

Wendell Berry at Yale 360

Wendell Berry: A Strong Voice For Local Farming and the Land (Resilience)

Something With Anne Akiko Meyers

When Is International Beta Day?

Is it me or more women posting about the day on FB this year? Feminism has not peaked globally yet.

Post by TED.

Propaganda Around the World

Vintage Sexist Ads

Not Fading Yet

Post by TED.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Soup's True Detective Parody

High American Art

Acting? Sincere? Sincere Acting?

Matthew McConaughey and American Manliness by Peter Lawler
On manly American heroism and the Oscars

Oscars 2014 Matthew McConaughey Red Carpet Interview | 86th Academy Awards 2014

Friday, March 07, 2014

Two students I had not seen for several years recognized me at another school today and seemed somewhat happy to see me.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5 Years Already

Planet Local

Russian Men's Choir Inside St Basil's Cathedral - Valaam Monastery Chant

Thursday, March 06, 2014

And One More Sure Winner from NBC

Crisis - Exclusive First Look: Meet the Heroes of NBC's Crisis

NBC is so desperate it's giving Heroes another chance: NBC's 'Heroes' to be Revived as Miniseries.

Cultural Citizenship

CNA: Legion's general director affirms Christ-centered spirituality by Jan Bentz

Life After RC: Conscience and authority in the Legion

The Glory that is Rome

You get a glimpse of Roman soldiers in Pompeii and Son of God, both of which were released recently. Funny that the makers of Pompeii thought it was necessary to include a black African slave/gladiator as a character, even though it's been done repeatedly in recent depictions of the Roman Empire (Gladiator, Spartacus, what else?) Pompeii, with all of its CGI effects and lame Hollywood disaster movie plot, probably deserves its low freshness rating.

Is there any chance that for the sword and sandal movie, the Hollywood historical epic to get away from Political Correctness?

King Arthur, Centurion, The Last Legion, and The Eagle were disappointing though not all equally bad. What is Mel Gibson up to? His planned movies on the Vikings and the Maccabees don't seem to be going anywhere. Is there a movie about the Roman republic or the Empire that he would be willing to do, in Latin? (The Punic Wars? Caesar's campaign in Gaul?) Or maybe something on the Eastern Roman Empire, in Latin and Greek?

East of Byzantium and a movie on the Council of Nicaea

They may be inspiring to some and a must-see for history buffs but will they be too cheesy for the rest of the potential audience (much like Son of God appeals to pious Christians who do not have high standards for film-making)?

More episodes of Byzantium the Lost Empire.

Plus, Byzantium - A Tale of Three Cities.

National Geographic did a documentary on Armenia.

The Rebirth of Armenia

A FB friend posted the following from Tim Stanley:
"I've reached the conclusion that traditionalists should reject politics and focus on art. We should take back control of the cultural institutions—universities, academies, churches, periodicals—and use them to promote beauty. We should try to live charitably, fully and well—to be examples and trend setters. We mustn't turn our backs on the people we disagree with, but embrace and cherish them (please, do not conflate traditionalism with snobbery—Yukio [Mishima] wrote, “The highest point at which human life and art meet is in the ordinary. To look down on the ordinary is to despise what you can’t have.”) And we should not accept our fate as mere critics of civilisation (the figurative version of Mishima’s suicide) but instead become the architects of a new one. For we traditionalists don’t contribute nearly enough to our society. Helping to improve it could mean anything from blogging to writing a symphony. My favourite way to keep the flame burning is to attend the Old Rite Catholic Mass. There is the real synergy of art and action: an ancient ritual, unchanged, unchanging that represents a communion with the past. And, of course, to God."
--Timothy Randolph Stanley
Telegraph. See also Daniel McCarthy.

Can't "take control" without numbers, and Christianity is not about numbers - it's about bringing Christ to others. Besides, the heavy use of print and electronic mass media in a system that is not sustainable may lead to their curtailment in the future - if we want to restore beauty we need to do so in a local context, in our communities and our temples.

MBC 20140216 김연아 메인링크 첫 공식 연습 - 조애니 로셰트 인터뷰

It is confirmed that she is dating a hockey player. I hope she isn't unequally yoked.


Economies of Community on PBS


Adam DeVille on Fasting and Adapting Fasting Practices

CWR: Can We Talk About Fasting? by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Some thoughts on the Western and Eastern approaches to food and fasting during the Lenten season.

Dale M. Coulter Responds to Charles Taylor

First Things: Wrestling with Charles Taylor by Dale M. Coulter
Is our world really so disenchanted?

A Secular Age


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fisher More College

Rorate Caeli: Guest Op-Ed: First Things First
The Traditional Latin Mass and the Fort Worth Affair

Dr. Taylor Marshall provides some information as to what has been going on with the school:

Doing the Work of a Bishop

Bishop Michael Barber has made some changes in personnel for the Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish near Cal. The Paulist fathers still have care of the apostolate/parish - there is a long history of the Paulists serving the Newman Hall, but I'd rather see the bishop invite the Dominicans to take over. Such an important locus of evangelization and outreach would be in better hands with the Dominicans. LGBT still has a presence there. In the past the Paulist Fathers were linked to Americanism. If the priests at Newman Hall are representative of the order, the order is "liberal."

Remarks by one of the exiting priests, Fr. Campbell, the former pastor.

A reason for the change? Gay Priest Ousted By Conservative Bishop

As for "renovating" the modernist building, especially its interior - both inside and outside the sanctuary could be adorned with icons and mosaics. What else can be done?

There is a group for the Cal Newman Alumni - any "conservative" Catholics in the bunch, or did they sign on to the leftist, social justice program?

Pope Francis Reaching out to Evangelicals

Pope Francis and the Future of Charismatic Christianity
by Dale M. Coulter

Pope Francis Sends Video Message to Kenneth Copeland - Lets Unite

Pope Francis, Pentecostals, and Friendship
by Dale M. Coulter

Charismatics, Magisterials, and Rome
by Greg Forster

“We are not against modernity, but we are against westernization”
Hindu outcry prompts Penguin to withdraw book by Mark Movsesian

A Shallow Understanding of Evangelization Coupled with a Preoccupation with Social Media

Leads to #ashtag. "Crazy Latins."

First Things: Anti #ashtag by Sandra Laguerta

True Detective gets Catholic viewers? Ready to Tie It Off by Julia Yost
On True Detective Episode Seven


From the Society of Jesus FB page:
"Trailer of our Giuseppe Castiglione filming in China: Giuseppe Castiglione was an Italian Jesuit lay brother who served as a missionary in China, where he became a painter at the court of the emperor (1715)."

GLOCK Confidence

Something with Paul Howe:
NLM: The Theology of Church Archtitecture - a lecture by Denis McNamara
by David Clayton

Found the Events Calendar plugin for Wordpress. I'm not thinking of switching yet, but looking into possibilities for evangelization.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Blue Heron and the Peterhouse Partbooks

Harmonia Early Music - mp3

Last year Harvard, This Year Cal

August 7-9

I came across this today as well: Paleo Living and Orthodox Lent

Gretchen Legler on Bhutan and People-Centered Economics

People-Centered Economics?

Beth Molaro -- Efficient Contra Dance Walk Throughs

An Otaku's Dream Vacation

The Dominicans in California

California Catholic Daily: ‘You must really go to California’
Bishop Alemany, Andrew Jackson, and John Henry Newman (Catholic SF)

Fr. Tomas Kocik Responds

NLM: Reforming the Irreformable? A Postscript

Related: From Peter Kwasniewski --
Lectio Divina: What, Where, When
Just Say No to '65!

The Theology of the Offertory - Part 2: the Offertory and Priesthood in the Liturgy by Gregory DiPippo

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Fogo de Chao now has a location at Santana Row! A bit pricier than Korean BBQ though - $51.50 for dinner, $29.50 for lunch - about the same as Espestus.