Thursday, November 30, 2006

Marie made me watch the latest American Dad with her, where Stan's secret figure skating addiction is revealed. I had to laugh, it was pretty funny and well done.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Bishop Moreno was laid to rest yesterday. Rest in peace, Bishop.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

Monday, November 27, 2006

So... it snowed today, or so I'm told. I didn't actually see any of it. I did have to drive back from choir rehearsal in Hillsboro home to Beaverton on roads that were ice and slick. That was an adventure!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. Mine's been pretty nice so far. Sang for 9 a.m. Mass, came home and relaxed, then enjoyed an amazingly amazing dinner. Marie really outdid herself -- the ham she made was to die for! Really, just amazing.

Anyway, I have a lot to be thankful for. Deo Gratias!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Star has a nice eulogy/remembrance of Bishop Moreno. I'm told that the SSPP Schola will be singing at the vigil service next week. *sigh* If I were there, I'd be singing.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I didn't get a chance last week to blog about Sun open-sourcing Java. A lot of people had been calling for this, and Sun had been making noises about it for some time, but I was still rather suprised (and pleased) at this move. As someone who worked on a Java-compliant JVM for some time (at NewMonics) I am pleased that I no longer have to worry about being clean-room contaminated by seeing Java source.

Check out the Slashdot discussion for some insight too.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Woo-hoo!! The Wildcats beat the Ducks yesterday!! 37-10! I'm pretty stoked. Of course it figures that the one game they play in Oregon and I couldn't go because of choir retreat yesterday *sigh*.

Check out Hansen's column too.
Bishop Moreno passed away Friday evening (here are the diocesan press release and obituary). Considering the news reports it was hardly surprising, but still sad. I had a lot of good memories of him, though I couldn't say I knew him well. I was privileged to dine in his company a couple of times at SSPP, and had met him several times. He always struck me (as others have said) as a very gentle, humble, holy man. I remember when he was first installed as bishop he came to the Newman Center at UA, where I was a student at the time. I was impressed by his approachability and his openness.

I know that for some his legacy will be the mistakes that he made in the handling of abusive priests. I honestly believe that he did the best he could and that he intended no harm. He apologized for the mistakes he'd made, and I believed he was sincere. At any rate, he's gone to meet the only one truly qualified to judge him.

Rest in peace, Bishop Manuel.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Apparently the UK is working hard on catching up to the Netherlands on the euthanasia front -- Wesley J. Smith on Respectable Baby Killing.

Thanks to Mark Shea for the link.
The Star is reporting that Bishop Moreno's condition is worsening, and he may be near death. Please pray for him.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The US bishops have issued their latest statement on homosexuality (read the actual text for yourself here). Nothing really new here, but some good explanations that will be helpful (e.g. homosexuality being "intrinsically disordered" as an inclination doesn't mean that homosexuals are intrinsically disordered people, or that God loves them less).

Thanks to Mark Shea for the link.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

So... the election is over. Some surprising stuff -- Arizona is the only state that didn't pass a gay marriage ban; parental notification didn't pass here in Oregon; and the stem cell initiative in Missouri did pass. I'd chalk it up to an energized liberal base and a discouraged and demoralized conservative base. I'd bet if most of this stuff had been on the ballot in 2004 it would have been different.
Finally! Vista was RTM-ed today. Since I've been playing with various versions for the past 4-5 months, I'm glad that it's finally on the way. Not that I am horribly impressed with it. It is *very* pretty, but for the most part I think it will be a big "so what" for Joe Consumer.