October 2005


31 Oct 2005 10:39 pm

Why does a woman want to buy a new dress to impress a man? She must have not read Jane Austen to understand men’s attitude toward women’s clothes.

She went home very happy. The morning had answered all her hopes, and the evening of the following day was now the object of expectation, the future good. What gown and what head-dress she should wear on the occasion became her chief concern. She cannot be justified in it. Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. Catherine knew all this very well; her great aunt had read her a lecture on the subject only the Christmas before; and yet she lay awake ten minutes on Wednesday night debating between her spotted and her tamboured muslin, and nothing but the shortness of the time prevented her buying a new one for the evening. This would have been an error in judgment, great though not uncommon, from which one of the other sex rather than her own, a brother rather than a great aunt, might have warned her, for man only can be aware of the insensibility of man towards a new gown. It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biased by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull, or the jackonet. Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter. But not one of these grave reflections troubled the tranquillity of Catherine.

30 Oct 2005 03:20 pm

Q.56. What is the reason for the third commandment?

A. The reason for the third commandment is that the Lord our God will not allow those who break this commandment to escape His righteous judgment, although they might escape punishment from men.


Recall the third commandment: You shall not misues the name of the Lord you God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

God Himself promises to punish those who misuse His name. We often comfort ourselves with the thought that our private sins are completely unknown to anyone but ourselves. We think that no one else sees what we have done. But that is not true. Even if no other living human soul knows what we have done, God knows. Nothing escapes His notice. God sees everything we do, and He notes if we have misused His name.

God warns us here to be careful how we use His name. But if we do not obey His commands and fear His name, God promises punishment.


Deuteronomy 28:58-63

58 “If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God, 59 then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. 60 And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the LORD will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. 62 Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God. 63 And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

&29 Oct 2005 10:20 pm

Headline Digg: First Ever USB Guitar Ships

Brian Moore has taken their excellent iGuitar line of digitally-equipped guitars, and added class-compliant USB, via the new iGuitar.USB model. Plug it into a USB jack, and you have instant access to your sound in recording and effects software, no drivers required.

28 Oct 2005 09:51 pm

Headline Reuters: Harry Potter’s “flying” car is stolen

LONDON (Reuters) – The “flying” Ford Anglia used in the
Harry Potter films has been stolen from a film studio lot, police said on Friday….

“The film prop was being stored under a tarpaulin. It was not in good condition and could not have been driven away under its own steam,” the police spokesman said.

The prime suspect is Alice Cooper.

26 Oct 2005 10:23 pm

Headline Washington Times: Elmo imitator charged with aggressive begging

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red and cuddly “Sesame Street” Muppet Elmo has learned a new lesson….

A man dressed as the character was one of three impersonators arrested last week on charges of harassing tourists for tips after posing for photos on Hollywood Boulevard. The others booked were impersonators of superhero Mr. Incredible and the dark-hooded character from the horror movie “Scream.”…

“With all of the crime in Los Angeles, they pick on us?” said Elmo impersonator Donn Harper, 45, who makes up to $400 per day in tips.

Elmo makes a very good point. Aren’t there higher priorities for the police? It all depends. Was there a Barney or Teletubbie impersonators in the vicinity? If so, they would clearly take precedence.

26 Oct 2005 06:01 pm

Headline Tribune-Review: Priest’s art contains little gifts

23 Oct 2005 03:59 pm

Q.55. What does the third commandment forbid?

A. The third commandment forbids our treating as unholy or abusing anything God uses to make Himself known.


The answer to this question makes it clear that the third commandment goes beyond just forbidding our careless use of God’s name. We must also be careful about anything that God uses to make Himself known. Obviously, this includes our use of the scriptures. We must not abuse the scriptures.

Peter warns us against ignorant and unstable people who twist Scriptures to their own destruction. They will be punished for their abuse of the Scriptures.


2 Peter 3:14-17

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

22 Oct 2005 08:40 pm

I really enjoy reading G.K. Chesterton. He has great insights and can record them in wonderfully pithy phrases.

Here’s an example of something that I had not realized before, but after reading this Chesterton quote, I realized how true it is.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

21 Oct 2005 11:00 pm

(Administrative comment: Posting has been light lately. I haven’t given up on blogging, but I am trying to adjust some things in my schedule. I’m putting an effort in maintaining a daily post to meditatio mea, but when everything is done there isn’t always time to get in a post here at mj. Sorry about that.)

Today’s excitement was a trip to Grove City College with my oldest for an interview and tour of the campus. He’s considering attend there next fall, and I was impressed with the campus. It is very nice, and they do a great job of presenting it in the most favorable light.

But there was one issue. As an alumni of both Syracuse and USC, I know how important the football program is to campus life. The one problem I saw with Grove City was that their football field has very small bleachers. I’m talking tiny. I’ve been to high school football games with bigger stands. It must be very hard to get tickets to the game with so little seating. The home games must sell out all the time, and if you can’t go to the football game, what’s the point of attending the college? On the plus side, if the game is sold out, they won’t black out the TV coverage in the local area, but I’d hate to be reduced to only watching the home games on ESPN.

18 Oct 2005 10:05 pm

Last week I was on vacation, working around the house. The one big project I finally finished was putting ceramic tile on the bathroom floor. I began the project quite some time ago, and just needed to finish the tiles around the edges where they needed to be cut.

When I was finished, there were newly placed tiles across the entrance to the bathroom. The instructions for laying the tiles said that no one should step on the tiles for twenty-four hours. So I instructed my family to leap over the threshold of the bathroom.

Now I wonder: By doing that, did I make them into Dagon worshipers and are then now subject to punishment?

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