Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Just a Quick Check-In....

Greetings from the Southern Command of the House Ui Bhriain! All is well here, although there are heavy emotional downpours in our future. (Grandma sorta kinda didn't mention the bit where she'd totalled her car. Back in October. And the insurance company refused to pay for it. And she consulted her buddies, her boyfriend, and an attorney, but didn't tell any of her kids or other relatives....) But at least everything is going well on the health front, and that's what really matters.

I got very interested in Sudoku right before the trip. But now I know how to do them, so the fascination has passed. After all, there's not much fun in putting numbers in order, over and over again. I think I will try next to conquer cryptic crosswords -- but I hold out no great hopes. Those things are pure evil and extremely specialized, and no amount of punning knowledge is of any aid to you.

That's about it from me. See you all in another week and a half or so.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year! And Merry Chrisbris!

Since Cacciaguida has coined the perfect word to describe the old Feast of the Circumcision, I figure I need to use it as often as possible.

Not that I'm dissing the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Heck, no. Considering how many people on the Internet seem to be closet Nestorians, we need to proclaim that Mary is Theotokos as often as we can. But heck, if you don't believe Mary's the Mother of God, you're well on your way to becoming either an Arian (Jesus isn't God, he's just really special) or a Docetist (Jesus was just God wearing an elaborate costume. He didn't really share in our human pains and troubles; he just pretended that he did.)

But it does seem anti-ecumenical to give up the Feast of the Circumcision, doesn't it?