DISASTER AREA from the work of Douglas Adams Disaster
Area, a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones, are
generally held to be not only the loudest rock band in the history of
the Galaxy, but the loudest noise of any kind at all.
Regular concert-goers judge that the best sound balance is usually to
be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles
from the stage, whilst the musicians themselves play their instruments
by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stays
in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely
Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for
artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band's PA system
contravenes local strategic arms limitation treaties.
This has not stopped their earnings from pushing back the boundaries
of pure hypermathematics, and their chief research accountant has
recently been appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of
Maximegalon, in recognition of both his General and Special Theories of
Disaster Area Tax Returns, in which he proves that the whole fabric of
the space-time continuum is not merely curved, but is in fact totally
It's been a while since I've posted about life in general. Busy with wedding planning, and even more so the last month, the Agatha Christie play. We opened last Friday, had three performances over the weekend and close it out Friday and Saturday coming up. It's been a great success - beautifully staged - the cutch gym cleaned up nicely and the stage construction crew have been amazing.
We gave away some tickets on sunday to a local retirement home which worked well and gave us more ideas for reaching out to the local community.
As if all those things weren't busy enough, I'm off to NASA on a business trip, and I'm writing this post on my iPhone at 35000 feet on my way to Norfolk VA.
Oh well, such is my life - perpetual motion it seems. But would I have it any other way?
Once again the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic abuse scandals cross over. This time, Rowan Williams mentions the Irish abuse scandal in a Radio 4 interview (yet to be aired, so leaked by someone?) and gets raked over the coals by Irish clergy (really?)...
Dr Williams said: "I was speaking to an Irish friend recently who was
saying that it's quite difficult in some parts of Ireland to go down
the street wearing a clerical collar now.
"And an institution so
deeply bound into the life of a society, suddenly becoming, suddenly
losing all credibility - that's not just a problem for the Church, it is
a problem for everybody in Ireland."
made his comments about the scandal in an interview to be broadcast on
BBC Radio 4's Start the Week programme.
Now that doesn't seem like a terribly inflammatory thing to say. It's an acknowledgment that the recent scandals have made life very difficult for Fr. Paddy Average on the street in Ireland. "Suddenly losing all credibility" seems to me to be a) quite obvious and b) a comment on the Irish Catholic church as an institution and its leadership, not every single Irish priest personally.
Despite that human perspective, the ABC gets castigated, to the point where he ends up apologizing for remarks that haven't even been broadcast yet...
The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his "deep
sorrow" for any difficulties caused by his comments about the Catholic
Church in Ireland.
His claim that the Church had lost all
credibility because of its handling of child abuse by priests was
criticised by both Catholic and Anglican clergy.
I've said before that Williams seems to be a really great guy who is just out of his depth on the international stage. He zigs when he should have zagged and zags when he should have zigged. He made a very pertinent observation here and should have stuck by it, not allowed himself to be bullied by the very people who are responsible for the scandal in the first place (and plenty of others piling on, of course.)
I mean, come on, who doesn't believe that the Irish Catholic church (and quickly becoming the worldwide Catholic church) hasn't lost all credibility? I can just see all those Archbishops and Cardinals putting their hands over their ears going, "La la la la la la, I can't hear you!"
Andrew Gerns writes over at Episcopal Cafe about the Roman Catholic scandals and a similar lack of quality leadership in the Anglican Communion:
The connection between the response of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to
the child abuse scandals that has dogged their church and the Anglican
Wars that have dogged ours is this: in both instances Christians in
leadership stopped acting as a body "founded on repentance and honesty"
and began to look out for the safety of the institution.
Commenter Tom Sramek Jr notes:
"...technical solutions (doing the same thing better) are found wanting when
adaptive solutions--the need to rethink how we function as the church
in the twenty-first century--are so much more difficult to find."
Two millennia of privilege, power and corruption and it's all coming crashing down not because of child abuse (as abominable as that is), but over the cover-ups and an institutional inability to admit any kind of guilt. Oh sure, they'll throw an Irish bishop or two under the bus to satisfy the media, but that's about it.
In the old days the inquisition could squash whatever inconvenient facts may come to light, and until recently, the media would stay respectfully at a distance and let the Vatican off the hook, but the tide of news as we know it today can't be stemmed.
It is certainly going to be interesting to see how damaging this is going to be to the worldwide credibility of the Roman Catholic Church - to members and non-members alike. Apart from a few unthinking sheep, who's buying the Vatican's line?
First-generation Apple products are for suckers. Only
lemmings with no self-control and excessive disposable income buy first
generation Apple products, especially in a new gadget category. When
they do, they pay the double the price for immature hardware and
and parallels with the iPhone (note: I have an iPhone 3GS, and can't imagine why on earth I would have got one sooner...)
Remember the iPhone? It debuted in 2007 with two models priced at $500
and $600, with no native applications--only mobile Web apps, few of
which came in an iPhone-friendly format at launch because it was such a
new device. A year later, in 2008, a faster iPhone 3G went on sale for
$300 less, with native application support. At the time, there weren't
very many native applications because it was a brand new application
platform. Finally, last summer, the iPhone 3GS--a beefy, snappy phone
for the same price as the 3G--actually ran a huge catalog of native apps
a few versions old at a reasonable speed. The 3G is now on sale for a
measly $100, one fifth of the price of the first generation's cheapest
I don't see the iPad selling for $100 in a couple of years (after all, phone prices are fuzzied up by the contract with the cellular provider), but competition and better features will make the iPad a much better deal this time next year.