Sunday, March 1, 2015

A... silent song?

I am, at the moment, chewing on the half-verse, from today's ever-strange Gospel reading,
... ecce, nubes lucida obumbravit eos.
because it feels so strange.

Thoughts and reflections welcome.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Don't Publish your Passwords

I'm not going to quote the noncanonical and say "we do not know who else may be watching!" — well, ok, with wireless communications and laptops and all that, there are many people we don't know specifically, but — there is one class of nefarious souls we do know is always watching, and that's the Demonic.

Put not your faith in Shiboleths. Do not speak, thinking to no-one, the Devil's way into your heart. But neither despair!

[Eph 6] 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. 13 Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice ...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Playing nero et rubrum

I don't know why I'm playing this game, but ... anyways, a dear dear friend, out of deep troublement in heart, asked me my reactions to these ... could we call them leaked quotes? Anyways, these so-far uncorroborable and heavily snipped words, attributed by Zenit to be attributed by mostly-unnamed people to our Holy Father the inimitable Franciscus I PP... I can't tell, I can't guess how reliable the attribution is, I can't actually tell what the questions were all about to which (as is alluded) he was responding. Anyways, I did that, and then though "oh, I just wrote a 'blog post. Why not post it?"

... However, some excerpts of the Pope's discourse were released thanks in part to several priests who spoke to the press following the meeting. [there is no official transcript. fun.] Some even managed to record [in what medium?] the Pope's words. In addition to several phrases reported by a few Italian news agencies this morning, the 78 year old Pontiff touched upon the theme, for example, on the "traditional rite" with which Benedict XVI granted to celebrate Mass. Through the Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum, published in 2007, the now Pope Emeritus allowed the possibility of celebrating the Mass according the liturgical books edited by John XXIII in 1962, notwithstanding that the "ordinary" form of celebration in the Catholic Church would always remain that established by Paul VI in 1970. [modulo: the ordinary form has been revised since then and will always be subject to the pope's authority to revise again; otherwise, nothing new there]

Pope Francis explained that this gesture by his predecessor, "a man of communion", was meant to offer "a courageous hand to Lefebvrians and traditionalists", as well as to those who wished to celebrate the Mass according to the ancient rites. [His Holiness is free to opine on His Holiness' motives and intentions; whether the former does any good service in voicing opinion...] The so-called "Tridentine" Mass – the Pope said – is an "extraordinary form of the Roman Rite", one that was approved following the Second Vatican Council. Thus, it is not deemed a distinct rite, but rather a "different form of the same right". [infra solis nihil novum]

However, the Pope noted that there are priests and bishops who speak of a "reform of the reform." [I think we can expect Bergoglio to suffer some misapprehension on what this means. He may hear the words but he doesn't necessarily hear what one is meaning to say; I'm sure different people mean different things by it anyways. For another e.g., when he talks of "capitalism", he doesn't mean "free market"] Some of them are "saints" and speak "in good faith." But this [the idea? speaking of it? which?? the article obscures] "is mistaken", the Holy Father said. He then referred to the case of some bishops who accepted "traditionalist" seminarians who were kicked out of other dioceses, without finding out information on them, because "they presented themselves very well, very devout." They were then ordained, but these were later revealed to have "psychological and moral problems." [This sounds like a good example of "don't publish your passwords". If a person has an inordinate attachment to the idea that he is called to priesthood, and knows that being a traditionalist is a password to some bishop's good will, then we can expect that bishop to be duped some of the time. It isn't even suggested that there is a connection between apparent disorder and a true love of tradition.]
excerpted ZENIT, which for some reason I feel compelled to acknowledge for purposes of copyright law.

I also feel compelled to ask what the reliability/slant/interest of zenit is (of which many had heard, but few knew where it lay...)? So far as I know, they are a "news agency", so that it is their business to produce news, whether there is any to hand or not.

But in any case, God Bless our Pope and preserve him from error.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

H - S - H

Dear All,

It's been grand, even if I have not. Yesterday Dad was kind enough to drive me back to Hometown Suburb from Metropolitan, for perhaps two months, perhaps more, with the object of doing "nothing but research" (which I can never seem to make feasible over there, and still less so since TA appointments dried up over the Summer). And So.

Write to qnoodles at google's free mail service if you like, and keep thee well.

The Bat

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Feast Day

O crux viride lignum quia super te pependit redemptor rex Israel; O quam dulce lignum, quam dulces clavos, quam dulcia ferens pondera; O quam pretiosum lignum, quam pretiosa gemma quae Christum meruit sustinere.

and also

Vexilla regis prodeunt,
fulget crucis mysterium,
quo carne carnis conditor
suspensus est patibulo.

Confixa clavis viscera
tendens manus, vestigia
redemptionis gratia
hic inmolata est hostia.

Quo vulneratus insuper
mucrone diro lanceae,
ut nos lavaret crimine,
manavit unda et sanguine.

Inpleta sunt quae concinit
David fideli carmine,
dicendo nationibus:
regnavit a ligno deus.

Arbor decora et fulgida,
ornata regis purpura,
electa, digno stipite
tam sancta membra tangere!

Beata cuius brachiis
pretium pependit saeculi!
statera facta est corporis
praedam tulitque Tartari.

Fundis aroma cortice,
vincis sapore nectare,
iucunda fructu fertili
plaudis triumpho nobili.

Salve ara, salve victima
de passionis gloria,
qua vita mortem pertulit
et morte vitam reddidit.
Venantius Fortunatus, Episcopus Pictaviensis

Monday, September 8, 2014

What a Thousand Looks Like

Usually, multiplication is about generalizations of the relation between areas and lengths; but it can also be accomplished by nesting or iteration, which is sort-of how multiplication gets implemented in Alonzo Church's Lambda calculus and also in polymorphic type theory as the natural transformations
$$ \mathbb{N} = \forall X, (X\to X) \to (X\to X) $$
and so on...

Anyways, Paul collected some hyssop seeds
and expressed some interest in how many plants that makes.

So, just for fun and perhaps for reference, here are $ 1600 = 10 \times 10 \times 4 \times 4 $ black squares arranged in a square of squares; something between one and two thousand. Note that you can probably see the spaces between the squares. Note that you can't see the spaces between most of Paul's seeds.


This kind of visual counting can add interest to films and historical photographs involving well-organized collections of people and all sorts of other things.


There are easily two thousand people watching, from the further stands, looking at us

Another way to think about it: your fancy camera today probably boasts some megapixels per photo; which means you could capture a thousand people, dedicating a few thousand pixels per figure, with a camera you then hide in your pocket. If they'll sit still long enough.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Truth in art

Pay attention in the first twenty seconds!