English is hard and I apparently can't today. Can you tell I've been having a rough time lately?

For work (as in my actual day job that) I'm taking a Mendix training... Unless I'm way off base, it looks like basically MS Access, only more open? Am I completely wrong?

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Jonathan Coe has a good piece at the always excellent Crisis Magazine. In it, he looks at the flaws of modernist, "liberal" Catholics vs. the timeless magisterial teaching of the Church (true and unchangable, btw).


@masterofthetiger Not total privacy. Corporations collect enough data from your public actions to predict your behavior in a lot of respects, and a lot more data about you is legally a matter of public record (and thus available for the asking) than most people realize. In most jurisdictions in the US, this info is collected, legally, on an opt-out rather than opt-in basis, and you could make a full-time job out of tracking down every company that is tracking you and opting out.

Yes, you can mitigate this somewhat, but you can't stop it completely.

@masterofthetiger I accepted long ago that nothing is really private anymore. Maybe this is a defeatist attitude, but it's true nonetheless.

@rmaffeo Thank you for posting this. I needed to hear it.

@artsyhonker That doesn't even include time spent in rehearsals, and holidays also have a lot more of those...

@artsyhonker The weird part of my equation is that I have continuing voice lessons, that are mostly (but not completely) paid for by my check from the church that pays me. However, I don't use a lot of that time for church music specifically, for obvious reasons. I do spend probably at least 20-30% of my allotted practice time on church music (also more at holidays) so I guess it does even out.

Of course, one of the places where I sit in the choir loft every Sunday does pay ME for the privilege...

I put some cash in the collection plate when I sit in the pews, but when I'm sitting in the choir loft, I don't give any money.

This doesn't come up in my mind terribly often, but I've heard 2 sermons on tithing recently, and I always find myself questioning the fact that I don't feel guilty about not donating cash.

@masterofthetiger That's a great suggestion! I have something like that on my personal computer, but I'd need permission to install anything like that on my work laptop. I'll consider asking for that.

@George I recently went to a local parish that isn't my home parish that has relatively recently acquired a priest from India (those seem to be more common around here than priests from Africa, but in my experience have been equally orthodox and holy men). It's not as bad as the parish in the article, but there was a contingent of parishioners loudly proclaiming the pre-2010 dialogue responses.

What brought this on was my first visit to an eye doctor in 15 years, which in turn was brought on by yet another family member being diagnosed with glaucoma.

I'm told that my macula and optic nerve are perfectly healthy, probably helped by having picked up the habit as a teenager of wearing sunglasses every time I go outside. I've decided to supplement this with some of those glasses that block blue light so as to minimize eyestrain when staring at screens all day. We'll see how that goes.

I find it a bit disappointing that nobody ever bothers to measure visual acuity that's better than 20/20. I've had a noticeable deterioration of my vision over the past few years, but since I still test at 20/20, I'll never know how much.

This is not to brag about my genetic lottery win when it comes to eyesight, just a data nerd's lament at finding some statistic that wasn't measured.

Requesting prayers not only for myself but also for those involved in the situation that precipitated this course of events.

I just got the sort of phone call I'm both grateful for and... not.

Some stuff has happened, and I'm requested to come up with a solo to sing on Sunday that fits in with the theme. Oh, and I have to let them know what it is before tomorrow.

I'm just getting over bronchitis, so they are probably just getting a hymn, but that should be okay. Now to figure out which one...

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The truth is the statistics aren't usually wrong. But more often than not people draw the exact opposite conclusion than they should from statistics because they aren't trained int he fallacies. We see this in almost every area of politics and it the central reason that democracy based politics fail, because people are really shitty at creating actionable solutions from data, even when that data seems clear.

#Stem #Science

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The power to stop someone you hate from speaking online can be used to stop speech by someone you love, or your own speech, EFF's Cindy Cohn writes in Wired: wired.com/story/when-limiting-

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"A truly profound atheist is someone who has taken the trouble to understand, in its most sophisticated forms, the belief he or she rejects, and to understand the consequences of that rejection. Among the New Atheists, there is no one of whom this can be said, and the movement as a whole has yet to produce a single book or essay that is anything more than an insipidly doctrinaire and appallingly ignorant diatribe."

David Bentley Hart


The second class in the series is the one on how to make pants, though, and I assume pockets will be taught at that time, though I'm kinda sad the class on how to make tops is last, because what I really want to make is dresses.

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