Ice Storm and Possible Outage

The ice storm we had knocked out the power from our neighbors across the street and our power lines are pulled down by broken icy tree branches. We still have power, but it is uncertain whether we will continue to have it. I’m typing this from my lappy as I do not want any rebooting from my desktop.

I called the electric company and hopefully they will fix this by Christmas Eve. The Fort Wayne area is affected by the storms, so it will take a while before they address our problem.

Some Good Things about this Recession

The Consumerist has an article entitled “I Love The Recession Because The Things That Suck Are Dying”.  Among the suck list: those glass tower condos that are taking over the neighborhood (I’m looking at you, Miami Beach!) and stores like Sharper Image, Circuit City and Linens n Things.  (Disclaimer: I had a sweet Samsung MP3 and OGG player that I got from CC, and Mr Theologian has been using the Panasonic shaver that he got from Sharper Image since 2004.  Best shaver ever.  Did not shop at LnT due to their selection.  Meh.)

For me…here is my list:

  • Nobody will look down at you if you prefer to eat at home.  All I need is Internet access for recipes.  Mr Theologian loves the Chicken Marsala I’ve made with veggies and pasta.
  • The McMansion building has halted in my town.
  • Gas prices went way down.
  • Threadless is having a killer inventory sale…5 buck t-shirts!
  • Ron Paul, the guys who hold to the tenets of Austrian School economics, and Libertarians are seeing their ideas in wider exposure.  I get way less “WTF” looks when I tell them that I’m libertarian politically and conservative theologically.
  • I can work better within Open Source as they offer low-cost and free (as in beer and/or freedom) solutions.  Forget paying cash for proprietary office suites when I can use Open Office for free.
  • I have time between gigs to improve my skills.  I’m planning to study for the Security+ exam when I finish my schooling this month.

How did the recession helped you?  Less credit card charging?  Better deals?  Less pressure (yes, it’s possible)?

I’ve pwn3d the Catholics! ;)

Once in a while, the guys at Catholic Answers would do this “Who Wants to Be an Apologist?” contest and listeners would answer questions about Catholic theology and two harder questions about other theology. With each correct question, winners would receive a 25 buck certificate to their bookstore, up to 100 dollars.

The Prediger would listen to 1250 AM Redeemer Radio daily as he can tolerate Catholic stuff much better than the Protestant stuff. Just don’t make him listen to the Rosary, lest you make him grouchy! When I heard that the contest will be on tonight, I prepared myself and read up for several minutes on liturgical and sacramental matters before calling in.

First question was a gimmie– what was the name of the angel who appeared to Mary? It was Gabriel. That’s 25 bux.

Second question was a liturgical question– what’s an ambo? It’s a lectern. Good thing I brushed up on logistics.

Third question was a Scholastic question about faith– does man rely on knowledge, feelings, or the community? I replied that “faith must be informed”, a common Catholic saying. 50 bux!

The fourth question was what was the largest Protestant church body. It was the Baptists. 75 bux!

And the final question…Which Protestant reformer was never a Catholic priest? John Calvin FTW! (He was a lawyer.)

Yay! I has WIN!

And now, I’ll get the 100 buck gc to their bookstore and get my husband some theological books. Because you can never get enough theological books.

Churchill, Toklas, and the Christmas Tree

Today is Winston Churchill’s birthday, and for the past several years, that marks the day that the Theologian household puts up the Christmas tree. The good thing about the 30th of November is that it’s after Thanksgiving. I do not like the Christmas creep in which the stores would decorate as early as Halloween and the holidays are jumbled up. Another good thing is that you can rest after you clean up Thanksgiving messes. Luckily, we did not have a mess to clean up as we went to a nice buffet near the Michigan border, and the location was at this river. Went to the market that Wednesday and compared to the harried crowds, I was mellow as I bought apples and muffins.

And speaking of mellow…here is this following video…and I thought of one special Left Coast Confessional when I saw this movie clip. Stoner movies are teh funney, but this one is more highbrow than most pot-based comedies.

Good thing it’s not your thing, man. Otherwise, we’ll be subjected to Half-Baked style dialogue like: “Have you read the Book of Concord? Yea? But did you ever read the Book of Concord… on weeeeed?”

Quiz yourself with the Civic Literacy Report

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At the bowels of Fark, we enjoy interesting quizzes that makes us S-M-R-T and not D-M-U-B. The conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute published a report revealing that many Americans do not have strong civic awareness. They even have its quiz online so you can gauge your own ability. I got 93.94% on that quiz…got bit on two questions. Some non-Americans scored quite well.

Then, there is the question whether the quiz is slanted towards a conservative free market perspective. Would I do better if the questions were written in a libertarian perspective? Would the Farkers do better or worse if the questions were written by a leftist think tank? That is the drawback with this Civic Literacy Report.

Post your findings and discuss.

Dancing for Mental Health

Here is an interesting gem from the 80s…just heard it from Radio Nigel. It was an synth parody of 80s motivational self-improvement produced by Lynn Goldsmith.

In this track entitled Adventures in Success, Sting played the bass and Goldsmith provided the vocoder’d voice. Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, and Todd Rundgren also contributed to the Will Powers project.

I wonder whether this was produced without irony or snark. It’s a danceable song that’s peppy and positive.

misGuidance Theatre #2: Aware! Alert! Alive!

Here is a safety film that attempts to cash in with the 70s superhero craze with low quality effects. Some LOL moments: the chipmunk-like alien voice, Guardiana’s silver glasses, and ignorance of food safety (quite subtle). I first saw this on channel 62 in LA years ago when it was an Asian-programming station and it used these English language educational films to fulfill its educational program requirements.

Don’t mess with the Austrian School!

The husband would watch the Saturday business segment on Fox News, and they would have the commentators recommend some stock based on their predictions. In these 2006-2007 segments from CNBC and Fox News, Peter Schiff predicted this current mess coming. Watch how the commentators snickered at his predictions and made dubious recommendations.

It’s no crystal ball speculation…it’s the Austrian school of economics.

[mis]Guidance Theatre #1

I have not been at the blog, as I had the usual load of stuff. Thank goodness I can take a break.

At the old loud purple incarnation of CarolRutz.com, I used to have a section known as “Parental Misguidance Theatre”, in which I play old clips of educational films. I grew up watching them at school, on KLCS-58, and KRCA-62 when it had their Asian programming format. They were required to air an hour of educational programming each day, so they aired educational films.

I wonder whether kids today get to watch them in class with the film projector running or whether they get to see the AIT-style programming via videotapes. Thank goodness the Internet Archive is keeping stock of these films so we can amuse ourselves and the next generation. And I’m restarting my educational film feature on this blog.

To kick off this feature, here is this really funny film of the 70s about doing dangerous dares. I saw this one for the first time on KLCS in the 90s. The sibs and I were in stitches over the kids’ antics. And it does not have an ending except the ending that you provide yourself. Did she or did she not? Hope you enjoy this.


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Australia: Spiting its nose

Another Fark article, this time about a German doctor being denied his permanent residency because his son has Down’s Syndrome.

If Dr Kurt Marquart would have been alive today, he’d be very angry at the injustice his former country has committed. I know he would, because he was all too aware that a country that does not value all human life is a country sliding towards slavery and oppression. I remembered when the Professor told the apologetics class about his stint as a pastor in Queensland. One day, a teenage girl went to him and told him that she was pregnant but her dad wanted to procure an abortion– all because he is on the church board and “What Would People Say” if his daughter is pregnant. He took the girl’s father to task for this sin. Since he has joined the Church Triumphant, I humbly ask the Church Militant in Australia to decry this act of stupidity. A town needs their doctor more than anything else, and that burden outweighs whatever burden the child may have incurred.

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