Of Conjunctions, Cornetti, and Corollaries

Last night there was a beautiful conjunction of your planet’s moon with the gas giant Jupiter. My phone photos don’t do it justice.


The stars are not conjoined for my internet connection however. This morning I am working my Internet problem. My mobile phone connects without a hitch, but my laptop simply will not connect. I will bypass the problem and get a USB gizmo from Vodadone. Better than nothing, and some if you were good to me with donations, which makes the cost less irritating.

One thing you learn when you’ve spent a lot of time in Rome: things rarely work without a hitch and the solution normally requires the one thing you don’t have with you. This is the place where I developed Zuhlsdorf’s Law: in the moment you need technology to work, that is when it will fail, and the depth of the failure is proportioned to the urgency of the need. I am sure you have all ha the experience of trying to show some how something works. That is when it won’t work. That’s Zuhlsdorf’s Law. Corollary: Murphy was an optimist.

In the meantime, breakfast:


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  1. Kerry says:

    The “gas giant Jupiter”. And not forgetting its smallest, but best known moon, the gas midget Biden. Heh.

  2. Jacques-Antoine Fierz says:

    Dear Father, Am I right if I dare to say that these pictures were taken in Via dei Corridori?

  3. AnnAsher says:

    Wouldn’t you know my young learner’s have been studying and observing the moon for last week or so and we didn’t look last night being out late after Mass waiting on supper.
    Breakfast seems it would take the edge off of Zuhlsdorf’s Law.

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