13 February 2016

12 February 2016

I hate seeing things like this

Unfortunately, it is often almost unavoidable.  From a parish bulletin a few dioceses over:

 Pipe Organ: We have received permission to dispose the pipe organ situated in the choir loft. Anyone interested in purchasing it or for more information, please contact the parish office

10 February 2016

9 February 2016

Quick Word of the Day

Carnival.

Made from the Latin words 'Carne' and 'Vale'.  Literally, "carnival" means "farewell to meat."

Side note: 'vale' is also one of the roots of the word 'valedictorian', which means 'speaker of the farewell'.

This has been your moment of useless pedantry for the day.

On the topic of 'Free' University Educations

To those who keep demanding the government pay for full post secondary school education: think this one through carefully. If we do this, universities will lose what little independence they have left. Research will be propped up or stopped for political reasons. What is acceptable will change with each election. The government will have a say in your education- a greater say than they have now. The people who run the public school system will be running the universities and colleges.

I am not saying universities are well run now. I know very well just how badly they can be run. But handing them over to the government may be the one and only way they could be run worse.

Full funding, I fear, is something that will in the long run turn out to be a cure worse than the disease.

8 February 2016

It has been a while since I've reposted this...

...so I guess it's time.  One of my favourite tenors, Mario Del Monaco, blasting away at Nessum Dorma.


6 February 2016

An open letter

Dear Capitalism,

Have you seen the price of bacon lately?

I wondered if pig had suddenly become an endangered species, but it turns out the price is a response to 'supply and demand', your most basic law. Because every fast food restaurant is now offering baconators, and bacon on bacon sandwiches with a side order of bacon wrapped fries, and everything with bacon, the price of bacon has gone through the roof. I have to pay through the nose to get a couple of rashers to go with my pancakes for breakfast.

This situation is unacceptable. Quite frankly, Capitalism, I expected better from you. Try and improve in the future, or you and I will be parting company.

Yours sincerely.