Monday, February 29, 2016

Cash is King

Governments around the world are making noises about negative interest rates.  No, they are not talking about paying you to borrow money.  They are talking about charging you a fee to hold your money in deposit.

If a bank tried this today, people would withdraw their money and deposit it into another bank.  If all of the banks tried it together, people would withdraw all of their money as cash and hold it themselves.

"Cash has a lot of virtues. One of them is that it allows people to engage in voluntary transactions without the knowledge or permission of anyone else. Governments call this suspicious, but the rest of us call it something else: Freedom.", Glenn Reynolds: Cash is the currency of freedom.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

One a Day - Proverbs 7

71My son, keep my words, and lay up my precepts with thee. Son,fili mi custodi sermones meos et praecepta mea reconde tibi
72Keep my commandments, and thou shalt live: and my law as the apple of thy eye:serva mandata mea et vives et legem meam quasi pupillam oculi tui
73Bind it upon thy fingers, write it upon the tables of thy heart.liga eam in digitis tuis scribe illam in tabulis cordis tui
74Say to wisdom: Thou art my sister: and call prudence thy friend,dic sapientiae soror mea es et prudentiam voca amicam tuam
75That she may keep thee from the woman that is not thine, and from the stranger who sweeteneth her words.ut custodiat te a muliere extranea et ab aliena quae verba sua dulcia facit
76For I looked out of the window of my house through the lattice,de fenestra enim domus meae per cancellos prospexi
77And I see little ones, I behold a foolish young man,et video parvulos considero vecordem iuvenem
78Who passeth through the street by the corner, and goeth nigh the way of her house,qui transit in platea iuxta angulum et propter viam domus illius graditur
79In the dark when it grows late, in the darkness and obscurity of the obscuro advesperascente die in noctis tenebris et caligine
710And behold a woman meeteth him in harlot's attire, prepared to deceive souls: talkative and wandering,et ecce mulier occurrit illi ornatu meretricio praeparata ad capiendas animas garrula et vaga
711Not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home,quietis inpatiens nec valens in domo consistere pedibus suis
712Now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the corners.nunc foris nunc in plateis nunc iuxta angulos insidians
713And catching the young man, she kisseth him, and with an impudent face, flattereth, saying:adprehensumque deosculatur iuvenem et procaci vultu blanditur dicens
714I vowed victims for prosperity, this day I have paid my vows.victimas pro salute debui hodie reddidi vota mea
715Therefore I am come out to meet thee, desirous to see thee, and I have found thee.idcirco egressa sum in occursum tuum desiderans te videre et repperi
716I have woven my bed with cords, I have covered it with painted tapestry, brought from Egypt.intexui funibus lectum meum stravi tapetibus pictis ex Aegypto
717I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.aspersi cubile meum murra et aloe et cinnamomo
718Come, let us be inebriated with the breasts, and let us enjoy the desired embraces, till the day appear.veni inebriemur uberibus donec inlucescat dies et fruamur cupitis amplexibus
719For my husband is not at home, he is gone a very long journey.non est enim vir in domo sua abiit via longissima
720He took with him a bag of money: he will return home the day of the full moon.sacculum pecuniae secum tulit in die plenae lunae reversurus est domum suam
721She entangled him with many words, and drew him away with the flattery of her lips.inretivit eum multis sermonibus et blanditiis labiorum protraxit illum
722Immediately he followeth her as an ox led to be a victim, and as a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like a fool to bonds,statim eam sequitur quasi bos ductus ad victimam et quasi agnus lasciviens et ignorans quod ad vincula stultus trahatur
723Till the arrow pierce his liver: as if a bird should make haste to the snare, and knoweth not that his life is in danger.donec transfigat sagitta iecur eius velut si avis festinet ad laqueum et nescit quia de periculo animae illius agitur
724Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and attend to the words of my mouth.nunc ergo fili audi me et adtende verba oris mei
725Let not thy mind be drawn away in her ways: neither be thou deceived with her abstrahatur in viis illius mens tua neque decipiaris semitis eius
726For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been slain by her.multos enim vulneratos deiecit et fortissimi quique interfecti sunt ab ea
727Her house is the way to hell, reaching even to the inner chambers of death.viae inferi domus eius penetrantes interiora mortis

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Yoga and Catholics

I was reading Chaos Manor, Jerry Pournelle's website when he mentions the "The Five Tibetan Rites".  I watched the movements for the rites and after digging more, I found this article, To Yoga or not to Yoga? , authored by Patti Maguire Armstrong.  After reading it, I have decided to stick to Mark Rippletoe.  Well, that and riding my bike and swimming.

From the comment section of her article:

"From the article “NEW AGE: Catholic Faith and Yoga – Incompatible” by Catherine Marie Rhodes: “There are those who claim there is nothing wrong with practicing Yoga for exercise purposes only, but even the teachers of Hindu have stated that the philosophy and the practice of Yoga are inseparable. From Johanna Michaelsen’s book “Like Lambs to the Slaughter” (pp 93-95) she states, “You cannot separate the exercises from the philosophy… The movements themselves become a form of meditation.”"

One a Day - Proverbs 6

61My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, thou hast engaged fast thy hand to a stranger,fili mi si spoponderis pro amico tuo defixisti apud extraneum manum tuam
62Thou art ensnared with the words of thy mouth, and caught with thy own words.inlaqueatus es verbis oris tui et captus propriis sermonibus
63Do, therefore, my son, what I say, and deliver thyself: because thou art fallen into the hand of thy neighbour. Run about, make haste, stir up thy friend:fac ergo quod dico fili mi et temet ipsum libera quia incidisti in manu proximi tui discurre festina suscita amicum tuum
64Give not sleep to thy eyes, neither let thy eyelids dederis somnum oculis tuis nec dormitent palpebrae tuae
65Deliver thyself as a doe from the hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.eruere quasi dammula de manu et quasi avis de insidiis aucupis
66Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom:vade ad formicam o piger et considera vias eius et disce sapientiam
67Which, although she hath no guide, nor master, nor captain,quae cum non habeat ducem nec praeceptorem nec principem
68Provideth her meat for herself in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.parat aestate cibum sibi et congregat in messe quod comedat
69How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?usquequo piger dormis quando consurges ex somno tuo
610Thou wilt sleep a little, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to sleep:paululum dormies paululum dormitabis paululum conseres manus ut dormias
611And want shall come upon thee, as a traveller, and poverty as a man armed. But if thou be diligent, thy harvest shall come as a fountain, and want shall flee far from veniet tibi quasi viator egestas et pauperies quasi vir armatus
612A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walketh with a perverse mouth,homo apostata vir inutilis graditur ore perverso
613He winketh with the eyes, presseth with the foot, speaketh with the finger.annuit oculis terit pede digito loquitur
614With a wicked heart he deviseth evil, and at all times he soweth discord.pravo corde machinatur malum et in omni tempore iurgia seminat
615To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy.huic extemplo veniet perditio sua et subito conteretur nec habebit ultra medicinam
616Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth:sex sunt quae odit Dominus et septimum detestatur anima eius
617Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,oculos sublimes linguam mendacem manus effundentes innoxium sanguinem
618A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief,cor machinans cogitationes pessimas pedes veloces ad currendum in malum
619A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.proferentem mendacia testem fallacem et eum qui seminat inter fratres discordias
620My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.conserva fili mi praecepta patris tui et ne dimittas legem matris tuae
621Bind them in thy heart continually, and put them about thy neck.liga ea in corde tuo iugiter et circumda gutturi tuo
622When thou walkest, let them go with thee: when thou sleepest, let them keep thee, and when thou awakest, talk with them.cum ambulaveris gradiantur tecum cum dormieris custodiant te et evigilans loquere cum eis
623Because the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:quia mandatum lucerna est et lex lux et via vitae increpatio disciplinae
624That they may keep thee from the evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the stranger.ut custodiant te a muliere mala et a blanda lingua extraneae
625Let not thy heart covet her beauty, be not caught with her winks:non concupiscat pulchritudinem eius cor tuum nec capiaris nutibus illius
626For the price of a harlot is scarce one loaf: but the woman catcheth the precious soul of a man.pretium enim scorti vix unius est panis mulier autem viri pretiosam animam capit
627Can a man hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn?numquid abscondere potest homo ignem in sinu suo ut vestimenta illius non ardeant
628Or can he walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt?aut ambulare super prunas et non conburentur plantae eius
629So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife, shall not be clean when he shall touch her.sic qui ingreditur ad mulierem proximi sui non erit mundus cum tetigerit eam
630The fault is not so great when a man hath stolen: for he stealeth to fill his hungry soul:non grandis est culpae cum quis furatus fuerit furatur enim ut esurientem impleat animam
631And if he be taken, he shall restore sevenfold, and shall give up all the substance of his house.deprehensus quoque reddet septuplum et omnem substantiam domus suae tradet
632But he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall destroy his own soul:qui autem adulter est propter cordis inopiam perdet animam suam
633He gathereth to himself shame and dishonour, and his reproach shall not be blotted out:turpitudinem et ignominiam congregat sibi et obprobrium illius non delebitur
634Because the jealousy and rage of the husband will not spare in the day of revenge,quia zelus et furor viri non parcet in die vindictae
635Nor will he yield to any man's prayers, nor will he accept for satisfaction ever so many adquiescet cuiusquam precibus nec suscipiet pro redemptione dona plurima

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humanoid Robotics - Updated

This is incredible.
"Remember when the raptors learned how to open doors in Jurassic Park?"


One a Day - Proverbs 5

51My son, attend to my wisdom, and incline thy ear to my prudence,fili mi adtende sapientiam meam et prudentiae meae inclina aurem tuam
52That thou mayst keep thoughts, and thy lips may preserve instruction. Mind not the deceit of a woman.ut custodias cogitationes et disciplinam labia tua conservent
53For the lips of a harlot are like a honeycomb dropping, and her throat is smoother than oil.favus enim stillans labia meretricis et nitidius oleo guttur eius
54But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.novissima autem illius amara quasi absinthium et acuta quasi gladius biceps
55Her feet go down into death, and her steps go in as far as hell.pedes eius descendunt in mortem et ad inferos gressus illius penetrant
56They walk not by the path of life, her steps are wandering, and unaccountable.per semitam vitae non ambulat vagi sunt gressus eius et investigabiles
57Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.nunc ergo fili audi me et ne recedas a verbis oris mei
58Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the doors of her house.longe fac ab ea viam tuam et ne adpropinques foribus domus eius
59Give not thy honour to strangers, and thy years to the des alienis honorem tuum et annos tuos crudeli
510Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, and thy labours be in another man's house,ne forte impleantur extranei viribus tuis et labores tui sint in domo aliena
511And thou mourn at the last, when thou shalt have spent thy flesh and thy body, and say;et gemas in novissimis quando consumpseris carnes et corpus tuum et dicas
512Why have I hated instruction, and my heart consented not to reproof,cur detestatus sum disciplinam et increpationibus non adquievit cor meum
513And have not heard the voice of them that taught me, and have not inclined my ear to masters?nec audivi vocem docentium me et magistris non inclinavi aurem meam
514I have almost been in all evil, in the midst of the church and of the congregation.paene fui in omni malo in medio ecclesiae et synagogae
515Drink water out of thy own cistern, and the streams of thy own well:bibe aquam de cisterna tua et fluenta putei tui
516Let thy fountains be conveyed abroad, and in the streets divide thy waters.deriventur fontes tui foras et in plateis aquas tuas divide
517Keep them to thyself alone, neither let strangers be partakers with thee.habeto eas solus nec sint alieni participes tui
518Let thy vein be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth:sit vena tua benedicta et laetare cum muliere adulescentiae tuae
519Let her be thy dearest hind, and most agreeable fawn: let her breasts inebriate thee at all times: be thou delighted continually with her love.cerva carissima et gratissimus hinulus ubera eius inebrient te omni tempore in amore illius delectare iugiter
520Why art thou seduced, my son, by a strange woman, and art cherished in the bosom of another?quare seduceris fili mi ab aliena et foveris sinu alterius
521The Lord beholdeth the ways of man, and considereth all his steps.respicit Dominus vias hominis et omnes gressus illius considerat
522His own iniquities catch the wicked, and he is fast bound with the ropes of his own sins.iniquitates suae capiunt impium et funibus peccatorum suorum constringitur
523He shall die, because he hath not received instruction, and in the multitude of his folly he shall be deceived.ipse morietur quia non habuit disciplinam et multitudine stultitiae suae decipietur

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Still Around

Here's to Juice Newton, clicky:


Blade Runner 2

Finally!  Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies and there is a sequel in the making.

‘Blade Runner 2’ Officially Sets a 2018 Release Date; All of Your Theories to Become Lost in Time, Like Tears in Rain


One a Day - Proverbs 4

41Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend, that you may know prudence.audite filii disciplinam patris et adtendite ut sciatis prudentiam
42I will give you a good gift, forsake not my law.donum bonum tribuam vobis legem meam ne derelinquatis
43For I also was my father's son, tender, and as an only son in the sight of my mother:nam et ego filius fui patris mei tenellus et unigenitus coram matre mea
44And he taught me, and said: Let thy heart receive my words, keep my commandments, and thou shalt docebat me atque dicebat suscipiat verba mea cor tuum custodi praecepta mea et vives
45Get wisdom, get prudence: forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth.posside sapientiam posside prudentiam ne obliviscaris neque declines a verbis oris mei
46Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her, and she shall preserve dimittas eam et custodiet te dilige eam et servabit te
47The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession purchase prudence.principium sapientiae posside sapientiam et in omni possessione tua adquire prudentiam
48Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her.arripe illam et exaltabit te glorificaberis ab ea cum eam fueris amplexatus
49She shall give to thy head increase of graces, and protect thee with a noble crown.dabit capiti tuo augmenta gratiarum et corona inclita proteget te
410Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that years of life may be multiplied to fili mi et suscipe verba mea ut multiplicentur tibi anni vitae
411I will shew thee the way of wisdom, I will lead thee by the paths of equity:viam sapientiae monstravi tibi duxi te per semitas aequitatis
412Which when thou shalt have entered, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumblingblock.quas cum ingressus fueris non artabuntur gressus tui et currens non habebis offendiculum
413Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is thy life.tene disciplinam ne dimittas eam custodi illam quia ipsa est vita tua
414Be not delighted in the paths of the wicked, neither let the way of evil men please delecteris semitis impiorum nec tibi placeat malorum via
415Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it.fuge ab ea ne transeas per illam declina et desere eam
416For they sleep not, except they have done evil: and their sleep is taken away unless they have made some to fall.non enim dormiunt nisi malefecerint et rapitur somnus ab eis nisi subplantaverint
417They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of iniquity.comedunt panem impietatis et vinum iniquitatis bibunt
418But the path of the just, as a shining light, goeth forwards, and increaseth even to perfect day.iustorum autem semita quasi lux splendens procedit et crescit usque ad perfectam diem
419The way of the wicked is darksome: they know not where they fall.via impiorum tenebrosa nesciunt ubi corruant
420My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings.fili mi ausculta sermones meos et ad eloquia mea inclina aurem tuam
421Let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thy heart:ne recedant ab oculis tuis custodi ea in medio cordis tui
422For they are life to those that find them, and health to all flesh.vita enim sunt invenientibus ea et universae carni sanitas
423With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out from it.omni custodia serva cor tuum quia ex ipso vita procedit
424Remove from thee a froward mouth, and let detracting lips be far from thee.remove a te os pravum et detrahentia labia sint procul a te
425Let thy eyes look straight on, and let thy eyelids go before thy steps.oculi tui recta videant et palpebrae tuae praecedant gressus tuos
426Make straight the path for thy feet, and all thy ways shall be established.dirige semitam pedibus tuis et omnes viae tuae stabilientur
427Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in declines ad dexteram et ad sinistram averte pedem tuum a malo

Saturday, February 20, 2016

One a Day - Proverbs 3

31My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.fili mi ne obliviscaris legis meae et praecepta mea custodiat cor tuum
32For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life, and peace.longitudinem enim dierum et annos vitae et pacem adponent tibi
33Let not mercy aud truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart.misericordia et veritas non te deserant circumda eas gutturi tuo et describe in tabulis cordis tui
34And thou shalt find grace, and good understanding before God and invenies gratiam et disciplinam bonam coram Deo et hominibus
35Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence.habe fiduciam in Domino ex toto corde tuo et ne innitaris prudentiae tuae
36In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy omnibus viis tuis cogita illum et ipse diriget gressus tuos
37Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil:ne sis sapiens apud temet ipsum time Dominum et recede a malo
38For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.sanitas quippe erit umbilico tuo et inrigatio ossuum tuorum
39Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits;honora Dominum de tua substantia et de primitiis omnium frugum tuarum
310And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall run over with implebuntur horrea tua saturitate et vino torcularia redundabunt
311My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint when thou art chastised by him:disciplinam Domini fili mi ne abicias nec deficias cum ab eo corriperis
312For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the son he pleaseth himself.quem enim diligit Dominus corripit et quasi pater in filio conplacet sibi
313Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and is rich in prudence:beatus homo qui invenit sapientiam et qui affluit prudentia
314The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chief and purest gold:melior est adquisitio eius negotiatione argenti et auro primo fructus eius
315She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are desired, are not to be compared to her.pretiosior est cunctis opibus et omnia quae desiderantur huic non valent conparari
316Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory.longitudo dierum in dextera eius in sinistra illius divitiae et gloria
317Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable.viae eius viae pulchrae et omnes semitae illius pacificae
318She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that shall retain her is blessed.lignum vitae est his qui adprehenderint eam et qui tenuerit eam beatus
319The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.Dominus sapientia fundavit terram stabilivit caelos prudentia
320By his wisdom the depths have broken out, and the clouds grow thick with dew.sapientia illius eruperunt abyssi et nubes rore concrescunt
321My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel:fili mi ne effluant haec ab oculis tuis custodi legem atque consilium
322And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy erit vita animae tuae et gratia faucibus tuis
323Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble:tunc ambulabis fiducialiter in via tua et pes tuus non inpinget
324If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be dormieris non timebis quiesces et suavis erit somnus tuus
325Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked falling upon paveas repentino terrore et inruentes tibi potentias impiorum
326For the Lord will be at thy side, and will keep thy foot that thou be not taken.Dominus enim erit in latere tuo et custodiet pedem tuum ne capiaris
327Do not withhold him from doing good, who is able: if thou art able, do good thyself also.noli prohibere benefacere eum qui potest si vales et ipse benefac
328Say not to thy friend: Go, and come again: and to morrow I will give to thee: when thou canst give at dicas amico tuo vade et revertere et cras dabo tibi cum statim possis dare
329Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in moliaris amico tuo malum cum ille in te habeat fiduciam
330Strive not against a man without cause, when he hath done thee no contendas adversus hominem frustra cum ipse tibi nihil mali fecerit
331Envy not the unjust man, and do not follow his aemuleris hominem iniustum nec imiteris vias eius
332For every mocker is an abomination to the Lord, and his communication is with the simple.quia abominatio Domini est omnis inlusor et cum simplicibus sermocinatio eius
333Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed.egestas a Domino in domo impii habitacula autem iustorum benedicentur
334He shall scorn the scorners, and to the meek he will give grace.inlusores ipse deludet et mansuetis dabit gratiam
335The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.gloriam sapientes possidebunt stultorum exaltatio ignominia

Friday, February 19, 2016

One A Day - Proverbs 2

I have not faithfully posted "One a Day" or even read "One a Day". However, I am not giving up. So far, I have finished Proverbs 5 and here is the post for Proverbs 2.

21My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my commandments with thee,fili mi si susceperis sermones meos et mandata mea absconderis penes te
22That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: incline thy heart to know prudence.ut audiat sapientiam auris tua inclina cor tuum ad noscendam prudentiam
23For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to prudence:si enim sapientiam invocaveris et inclinaveris cor tuum prudentiae
24If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a treasure:si quaesieris eam quasi pecuniam et sicut thesauros effoderis illam
25Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and shalt find the knowledge of God:tunc intelleges timorem Domini et scientiam Dei invenies
26Because the Lord giveth wisdom: and out of his mouth cometh prudence and knowledge.quia Dominus dat sapientiam et ex ore eius scientia et prudentia
27He wilt keep the salvation of the righteous, and protect them that walk in simplicity,custodiet rectorum salutem et proteget gradientes simpliciter
28Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.servans semitas iustitiae et vias sanctorum custodiens
29Then shalt thou understand justice, and judgment, and equity, and every good path.tunc intelleges iustitiam et iudicium et aequitatem et omnem semitam bonam
210If wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge please thy soul:si intraverit sapientia cor tuum et scientia animae tuae placuerit
211Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee,consilium custodiet te prudentia servabit te
212That thou mayst be delivered from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh perverse things:ut eruaris de via mala ab homine qui perversa loquitur
213Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:qui relinquunt iter rectum et ambulant per vias tenebrosas
214Who are glad when they have done evil, and rejoice in the most wicked things:qui laetantur cum malefecerint et exultant in rebus pessimis
215Whose ways are perverse, and their steps infamous.quorum viae perversae et infames gressus eorum
216That thou mayst be delivered from the strange woman, and from the stranger, who softeneth her words;ut eruaris a muliere aliena et ab extranea quae mollit sermones suos
217And forsaketh the guide of her youth,et relinquit ducem pubertatis suae
218And hath forgotten the covenant of her God: for her house inclineth unto death, and her paths to pacti Dei sui oblita est inclinata est enim ad mortem domus eius et ad impios semitae ipsius
219None that go in unto her, shall return again, neither shall they take hold of the paths of life.omnes qui ingrediuntur ad eam non revertentur nec adprehendent semitas vitae
220That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of the just.ut ambules in via bona et calles iustorum custodias
221For they that are upright, shall dwell in the earth; and the simple shall continue in it.qui enim recti sunt habitabunt in terra et simplices permanebunt in ea
222But the wicked shall be destroyed from the earth: and they that do unjustly, shall be taken away from it.impii vero de terra perdentur et qui inique agunt auferentur ex ea

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

One a Day

I am reading one a day.  I am on four now so you will have to catch up.

[1] Parabolae Salomonis, filii David, regis Israel, [2] ad sciendam sapientiam et disciplinam; [3] ad intelligenda verba prudentiae, et suscipiendam erudtionem doctrinae, justitiam, et judicium, et aequitatem: [4] ut detur parvulis astutia, adolescenti scientia et intellectus. [5] Audiens sapiens, sapientior erit, et intelligens gubernacula possidebit.
[6] Animadvertet parabolam et interpretationem, verba sapientum et aenigmata eorum. [7] Timor Domini principium sapientiae; sapientiam atque doctrinam stulti despiciunt. [8] Audi, fili mi, disciplinam patris tui, et ne dimittas legem matris tuae: [9] ut addatur gratia capiti tuo, et torques collo tuo. [10] Fili mi, si te lactaverint peccatores, ne acquiescas eis.
[11] Si dixerint: Veni nobiscum, insidiemur sanguini; abscondamus tendiculas contra insontem frustra; [12] deglutiamus eum sicut infernus viventem, et integrum quasi descendentem in lacum: [13] omnem pretiosam substantiam reperiemus; implebimus domos nostras spoliis; [14] sortem mitte nobiscum, marsupium unum sit omnium nostrum: [15] fili mi, ne ambules cum eis; prohibe pedem tuum a semitis eorum:
[16] pedes enim illorum ad malum currunt, et festinant ut effundant sanguinem. [17] Frustra autem jacitur rete ante oculos pennatorum. [18] Ipsi quoque contra sanguinem suum insidiantur, et moliuntur fraudes contra animas suas. [19] Sic semitae omnis avari: animas possidentium rapiunt. [20] Sapientia foris praedicat; in plateis dat vocem suam:
[21] in capite turbarum clamitat; in foribus portarum urbis profert verba sua, dicens: [22] Usquequo, parvuli, diligitis infantiam, et stulti ea quae sibi sunt noxia cupient, et imprudentes odibunt scientiam? [23] convertimini ad correptionem meam. En proferam vobis spiritum meum, et ostendam vobis verba mea. [24] Quia vocavi, et renuistis; extendi manum meam, et non fuit qui aspiceret: [25] despexistis omne consilium meum, et increpationes meas neglexistis.
[26] Ego quoque in interitu vestro ridebo, et subsannabo cum vobis id quod timebatis advenerit. [27] Cum irruerit repentina calamitas, et interitus quasi tempestas ingruerit; quando venerit super vos tribulatio et angustia; [28] tunc invocabunt me, et non exaudiam; mane consurgent, et non invenient me: [29] eo quod exosam habuerint disciplinam, et timorem Domini non susceperint, [30] nec acquieverint consilio meo, et detraxerint universae correptioni meae.
[31] Comedent igitur fructus viae suae, suisque consiliis saturabuntur. [32] Aversio parvulorum interficiet eos, et prosperitas stultorum perdet illos. [33] Qui autem me audierit absque terrore requiescet, et abundantia perfruetur, timore malorum sublato.


One of My Favorite Songs

Written by John Prine, who was introduced to me by Shelly Deshotels. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Ride

Senator Cruz Will Filibuster

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly yesterday, February 13th, 2016.  May he rest in peace.

His death leaves an absence on the Supreme court bench and President Obama would like nothing more than have someone he appoints fill the position.

I do not think that President Obama will get his wish.

"SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: George, the Senate has not confirmed a nominee that was named in the final year, an election year, in 80 years. This is a lame duck president. And, by the way, the only reason Anthony Kennedy was nominated that late is that Democrats in the Senate had gone after and defeated two previous nominees, Robert Bork, which set a new standard for partisan attacks on a nominee, and Doug Ginsburg."

 "STEPHANOPOULOS: But does that mean -- does that mean that you're going to filibuster anyone -- anyone that President Obama nominates?

CRUZ: Absolutely."

Cruz: If The Democrats Want To Replace Scalia, "They Need To Win The 2016 Election"

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday Afternoon Ride

I wiped down my bike and performed some other minor maintenance on it.  Afterwards, I went for a ride.  I stopped by the Aunt Dot's resting place and then went back to my side of the Vermilion River and tooled around.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Eggnog Riot

"It started with the successful mission to transport two gallons of whiskey from a local tavern back to West Point. William Burnley, Alexander Center, and Samuel Roberts were the student-soldiers responsible, and their smuggled booze would be used to brace the bowl of eggnog set aside for the North Barrack’s Christmas party. While the idea of pouring good whiskey into what is essentially pancake batter may seem a grievous mistake, keep in mind that it was the holidays and these cadets were mostly giddy teenagers."

The Great Eggnog Riot

Saturday, February 6, 2016


"The rest of the world watched in horror as civil servants and police were lined up by pits and shot mercilessly. When their pistols got too hot to hold, or they ran low on ammunition, the troops went back to bayonets and bludgeons. Nobody who depended on the state for their living was spared."

Is the World Economy Toast?

"There's a scene in the film adaptation of Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Shipping News": An old newshound explains to newbie journalist Kevin Spacey how dark clouds on the horizon justify the hyperbolic headline "Imminent Storm Threatens Village."
"But what if no storm comes?" Spacey asks. The veteran replies with a second-day headline: "Village Spared From Deadly Storm." Unfortunately, having survived the storm fanned by subprime mortgages and the credit crisis, the clouds are gathering again over the global village we live in; they are getting darker every day."

The Shipping News Says the World Economy Is Toast


Friday, February 5, 2016

Pork Steaks

Champagne's grocery had pork steaks for sale at $1.49/lb.  I picked up five of them.  I have never cooked a "pork steak" before.  I decided to cook it as I would a beefsteak.  I salt and peppered it then cooked it up in a black-iron skillet in bacon fat.  It was rather tasty and fairly tender.  Then I read about trichinosis.

After that alarming information, I have just cooked a pork steak for dinner and allowed it to reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  First I sprinkled both sides of the steak with salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard powder, and ginger powder.  After rubbing that in, I tossed it into very hot coconut oil (near smoke point) in a hot black iron skillet for five minutes per side.

The inside measured at 120F; this was far too cool.  So, I lowered the burner to medium-high and cooked it until it reached 160F, flipping it a couple of times for even cooking.  It has been resting while I write this.  Time to give it a taste.

It is very flavorful and I would not be embarrassed to offer it to someone else.

James Webb Space Telescope

This device will be placed into an L2 halo orbit, which is beyond the moon.  The launch vehicle will be an Ariane Rocket launched from the Guiana Space Center.

Here is a video from NASA showing deployment.

The eighteenth and final beryllium mirror has been installed.

Image from NASA
HT: Ars Technica

The Nature of the Beast

"Some 225 years ago, the “Founding Father” of the United States, Toothless George – and his golem, Alexander Hamilton – marched on rural Pennsylvania to teach the veterans of the American Revolution a lesson about what they’d actually fought for."

Is it a “Good Idea”?

Getting to be Time for a New American Revolution

British may be serving warrants in the United States.  That worked out so well the last time.

UK wants authority to serve warrants in U.S.

Learn a New Language

Here is an interesting web-place.

Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free

Beyond the Pale for Law

"The boy is unnamed in local news reporters, which note that he is under 15 years of age. He allegedly took a nude photo of himself on a girl’s cell phone. That girl sent the picture to another girl, who sent it to another. Preliminary charges are pending for all three—the boy was charged with manufacturing child porn, and the girls with distributing it. A prosecutor is still weighing whether to pursue the charges."

Male Teen Takes Nude Photo of Himself, Charged with Making Child Porn

Indoctrination and Ideaologues

Here is an interesting article I found on Instapundit.

"So, we tell boys as young as 6 that their identity is a disease, we drug them with increasingly more dangerous drugs and let the pharmaceutical industry make a huge profit out of this. This is how most boys in the west start their life. Before they have even figured out who they are, the very essence of their humanity is demonized and erased. Now comes the next stage: They have to be taught that this is a privilege. Some schools go as far as do exercises of separating students by race and gender, and telling them how oppressed they are, or if you have the ‘privilege’ of being a straight white male, how oppressive you are. Maybe we do live in a racist and sexist society after all, just not the way it’s portrayed in the media."

Aviation Exteriors (AvEx)

Here is an interesting business that resides here in Acadiana at Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, LA.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I made a nice breakfast of calf liver, smothered in onions and fresh yogurt with pineapple and honey for dessert.

Google Bias

Who gives a goodbye.  After all, you can use any search engine that you would like.  The following idiocy is a non-starter.

"U.S. antitrust officials should consider revisiting their closed investigation into Google’s search practices in light of claims by the European Union that the company manipulates results, said Utah’s attorney general."

Harold Dupre

You silly old white man.  How can you expect anyone to appreciate such nonsense.


I enjoyed bringing my sister, Miriam, to and from her apartment in New Orleans.  There was never a dull moment in the journey or the pickup.  For the most part, I drove my Nissan 240SX and carried a 9mm Colt All American 2000 in a shoulder holster.

I would find a place to park and then walk to her apartment on Dauphine, across from Matassa's Market.  I always open carried arms and never came to grief for it.  I only ever got lip once from a man seeing me walking with a rifle, in the French Quarter, on the way from Miriam's to my car.  He asked me who I was looking to shoot.  Well, there were other interesting moments but I will relate them at another time.

Simply Slinky

Good Times