Sunday, April 30, 2006

Friday I went to Dupont for work. It was a beautiful, beautiful day. On the way back on the plane I could see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood all at once. It was amazing and awe-inspiring.

Saturday Marie had a booth at the Medievel Faire at Pacific University. PU is in Forest Grove, a little town about 20 miles east of Beaverton. Forest Grove is a really charming little town, and PU is one of those stereotypical small liberal arts schools. It really looks like a dreamy place.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Today was an absolutely beyoooootiful day! It was so uplifting to be out in some sunshine. I took a trip up to Vancouver to skate, and I was blown away by the views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, still snowcapped. Vancouver is also a hot destination for me since it's the home of the nearest Wienerschnitzel! I'd not been to a Wienerschnitzel since I left Tucson, and I was really jonesing for a chili-cheese dog. Ahhhh, it was soooo good!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Happy 80th birthday Queen Elizabeth!

When I read stuff like this, the 1/4 of me that's English feels a distinct twinge. I'm proud to be an American (where at least I know I'm free), but England (really, more, the idea of England) is a grand and glorious thing.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter!

I just got home from the Easter Vigil at my new parish, St. Cecilia's. It was a glorious celebration -- 2.5 hours long, 11 baptisms, 23 confirmations... the music was wonderful.

It was the first time since... 1993? that I was "just" a member of the congregation. It felt strange, and made me very homesick for SSPP. To hear the Litany of Saints and not be the one singing it... to not have a role to play, and to not be surrounded by the people I'd come to know so well at SSPP... it made me very sad. Perhaps, though, it's good for me to be humbled in this way, and to remind myself what it's really all about.

Friday, April 14, 2006

I had to go up to Dupont, WA yesterday for work (up and back), then got home just in time to barely make it to Holy Thursday Mass at St. Cecilia's.

It was a beautiful Mass. The church was jam-packed; the music was beautiful; it was good to be there. After Mass the Eucharist was removed to the altar of repose, across the street in the parish center. I stayed for a few minutes to contemplate my life and thank God for the many ways He's blessed me, and to ask for His help and guidance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Here's a cool article about Condi Rice, amateur pianist. It's always encouraging to see people of importance who value and love music.

Thanks to Catholic Light for the link.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Help For We Crafts-Challenged

Just in the nick of time, help for those of us who are just plain bad at arts n' crafts. Fish Eaters has a handy diagram (scroll down) explaining how to make your palm into a cross. I'll have to give this a go as soon as I get home.

"All New"

Just a brief rant -- why do TV show previews say "all new"??!! Why not just "new"? Are there some airings that are not "all new" but are "partly old"? C'mon, really!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ed Peters has a really good post about the current brou-ha-ha that I'd missed with the SF City Council's anti-Catholic resolution. Check it out. It's ironic and rather amusing that a group that undoubtedly prides themselves on their "tolerance" are so intolerant of others' religious beliefs.
Eeep! My car is in the shop today. My clutch has been acting very alarming -- very squishy. If I'm lucky it's just in need of a good bleeding of the clutch master cylinder. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if my master cylinder is leaking. I just pray I don't need a whole new clutch. This one only has 50K miles on it and I wouldn't have thought it would need work. This stuff makes my stomach churn -- it's really hard to wait for the phone call letting me know just how much it's going to cost when I'm sure it's likely to be a lot more than I really can afford right now. *sigh*
Random techie/geek stuff --
  • An interesting article on the Ph.D. glut. A lot of what North says is definitely true in my experience. I have a number of friends who went through grad school; most of them were frightfully smart but maybe 50% are actually in tenure-track positions at universities. An acquaintance got her Ph.D. in astronomy and is now in aerospace; another took 12 (!) years to get his Ph.D. in physics and is now working at Raytheon. The list goes on...
  • From Slashdot, a cool discussion about this article on Intel's new Core architecture. I work at Intel but I don't work on this stuff and I don't have any inside info (couldn't share it if I did, anyway). I just find it fascinating how much CPU architecture has advanced. I took an architecture class in 1984 or whenever, and a year's worth of parallel processing architecture in 1994ish. This stuff is just... out there. Sheesh.
  • Also from Slashdot, more discussion on Apple's boot loader that lets you load and run Windows on Intel Macs. There are a lot of interesting ramifications of this... will Apple sell more hardware from people who want cool, stylish, well-built Apple hardware to run Windows? Will people make use of this cool technology to use virtualization to run Windows AND Mac OS at the same time?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Java 1.5 for FreeBSD!

Wooohooo! The FreeBSD Foundation has finally managed to make a certified compatible Java implementation available, running on FreeBSD 5.4 and 6.0. This is going to do great things for FreeBSD.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

I've been watching the CNN special on the last days of John Paul II. It's very moving. I was especially struck by the interview with Francis Cardinal George, where he describes how the cardinals accompanied the body of the pope down into the crypt where it would be buried. Here is a prince of the Church, an accomplished man, and yet when he describes that moment, he tears up and almost can't go one for a moment. It made me tear up, too, as I remembered that time, and how blessed we all were to have lived in the time of John Paul the Great.

Here's the text once again of then-Cardinal Ratzinger's homily.

Happy April Fools Day!

On Thursday we Intel-ites were greeted with a wonderful early April Fools joke on the company intranet -- A match made (only) in cyberspace. I have to admit it took me about 3 minutes into the video before I figured it out. It was good! I really like that even a big company like Intel can have fun in this way.