Monthly Archives: January 2010

Kansas City – support of seminarians

Tonight I will be able to attend an event in Kansas City, MO, an annual dinner in support of seminarians of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KA. 
As you know, Bp. Finn … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama and space exploration.

Pres. Obama is probably going to try to kill the space program.
I deplore this.
This is a move that we should all reject, rebuke and protest.
Mr. President… if you are going to cut something, try the Department of Education.

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Conception Abbey, MO

Yesterday evening I was able to visit Conception Abbey, MO.

Conception was founded by a monk, Frowin, from Engelberg Abbey in Switzerland.   The Abbey shows a real influence of Beuron, with is distinctive artistic style.  The monks even … Continue reading

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Following TEAM RUBICON in Haiti – getting better

Team Rubicon is a self-financed and self-deployed group of former Marines, soldiers firefighters, Jesuits, health care professionals currently providing emergency relief in Haiti.  They provide their own security and deal with whatever they find. 
 

Today we scoured the city to … Continue reading

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“Whatever it is, I’m against it!”

Meanwhile… over in Spirit’s neighborhood, this via Astronomy Pic of the Day, Mars is in opposition!
Yes, Mars is opposed today, even as the Moon is full.

Explanation: Mars is at opposition tonight, opposite the Sun in planet Earth’s sky. Of … Continue reading

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SPIRIT! “Another phase of its long life.”

The efforts to free the Martian rover Spirit have failed.
Spirit is now imitating life.
From NASA with my emphases and comments:
WASHINGTON — After six years of unprecedented exploration of the Red Planet, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit no longer will be … Continue reading

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Following TEAM RUBICON in Haiti – critique of aid

Team Rubicon is a self-financed and self-deployed group of former Marines, soldiers firefighters, Jesuits, health care professionals currently providing emergency relief in Haiti.  They provide their own security and deal with whatever they find.
UPDATE 28 Jan:
Team Rubicon’s founder offers … Continue reading

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Travel habits

Another hour or so in an airport lounge.

UPDATE: De-icing a plane.

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Catholic identity must not be checked at the door of the polling booth

From CNA:
Catholic identity must not be checked at the door, advise Costa Rican bishops
San José, Costa Rica, Jan 27, 2010 / 11:02 pm (CNA).- In light of the upcoming presidential elections in Costa Rica set for February 7, the country’s … Continue reading

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iPad

Is this thing just a big iPhone? Touch?
QUAERITUR: battery life?

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