November 08, 2010

Link o'rama

Ode to Daylight Savings Time:

The decks we built, the lawns we nursed,
We’ll next see on March the 1st,
And soon we and our time-zone fellows
Will feel like human portobellos...

DST, you clock magician,
You moved the sun to good position.
You did your job and never pandered
To devotees of Eastern
Standard —
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I find the subject of national catechisms interesting, vis-a-vis the universal catechism. One might be tempted to think the latter is sufficient, but there are regional differences. I wonder if any Catlick blogger has examined differences in tone/emphasis between USCCB catechism and the universal one?

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Interesting post from the Chesterton Society of Ireland on why Chesterton doesn't matter.
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<--- Wow, the poll results on the left side of the blog on Republican prez candidates couldn't be more split. I kind of like Haley Barbour.
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I'm not at all surprised Nancy Pelosi wants to maintain her leadership status. She who wrote the book titled "Power", seeks it avidly.
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I find it shocking that Keith Olbermann was suspended for concretizing in money what he says every day in words. Jonah Goldberg writes:
"the larger problem with these kinds of rules is that they do little to prevent media bias and a great deal to hide an important form of evidence of it. Banning liberal journalists from giving money doesn’t prevent them from being liberal, it just gives them a bit more plausibility when they deny it...It doesn’t fool anyone, but gives the accused a lawyerly rebuttal to accurate accusations."
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Pat Conroy has a new non-fiction book out about his reading life that would seem irresistible to me. It's less a question of if I buy it but when.
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So here we have Jack Donvan, the all-seeing, all-knowing voiceover for ABC's This Week, insisting the midterm election wasn't all that historic. Fine, but is there any chance in Hades that if the Dems had won by that landslide that This Week would be the voice of moderation? Double standards reveal poor sportmanship.


Steven said...

Dear TSO,

This probably isn't true, but I noted yesterday that while the light had been lingering until 7:30 or so, suddenly, with the flip of a dial as it were, it is dark before 6:00--which would have been 7. It seems like that every year, as though the Earth lurches along in its orbit to catch up with the darkness. Curious. I know it isn't true, but I was walking out of my Sunday evening Mass at 6:07 and noted that it wasn't even evening any more, but full night.

I wonder if anyone has ever fully explored the effect of DST on orbital mechanics.



TS said...

Steven, yours is the first comment that ever began, "This probably isn't true". Ha!

Have no experience of said lurch, but do notice that central FL looks east of Columbus so presumably we have a few more minutes of daylight. But I'd trade you places of course.

Jim Curley said...

For us on the homestead, I welcomed the change back to normalcy. We don't have light in the barn and thus can't start milking til sunrise - which means getting out the door by 8:00 AM for daily Mass was an impossiblity this last month.

TS said...

Won't you have the same problem in December & January when the sun won't rise till 7:30 or 8?

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TS said...

Thanks for reading Mr. L, will check out your blog!

Jim Curley said...

TS-certainly sunrise will creep up on us again-but not quite as far - (7:43 in October compared to the latest sunrise of 7:30 on Jan 1). That 13 minutes may make the difference; but overall the trend is better. Last year we were only milking one cow, but this year two, so the difference for a while will be hard to notice.