Musings on Muses
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Must produce content...Brain running on empty...
Many thanks to Victor Lams for mentioning my humble blog at et cetera. Darn it, now I'll need to produce content on a regular basis.

Look out for big changes here. The Massive Data Recovery is nearly done so stay tuned for a bigger blogroll, more links, and more fun.
Friday, September 26, 2003
Happy Happy Joy Joy!
Guess who is now liscensed to drive in the state of Texas? Yes, dear readers, I finally passed at the ripe old age of 25!
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Shelby Sucks, or Why I've been Gone for Several Days
Those of you who know me know that I am the all purpose office person at my place of employment. The last few days were my budgeted preparation time for the finance committee which meets monthly. So I was supposed to be Finance Girl. However, in the middle of bank reconciliations I noticed a little problem. Actually a big problem. Really an enormous problem. It started out as a simple discrepancy of about 1000 dollars between our balance and the banks.

It became much bigger. When I decided what I really needed to do was restore an old backup to see when the missing entries had been. I would of course need to back up the current version of the database. Guess which computer program wouldn't let me do a backup. I finally did a quick backup but it was suspiciously small for what ought to have been a backup of a very large datebase. Me, being the non-technogeek that I am, charged ahead and tried to restore the old backup. Strangely, the computer told me that no such database existed. Panic. Call tech support. Spend 3 hours on phone with tech support. Bottom line, "You'll need to talk to IT." Oh dear, this is big.

This morning, IT finally called me back, had me send a zipped copy of the database to them, and told me they'd see what they could do. To sum up, it corrupted and they can't fix it but we've restored a backup from July 22. I have two months of ledger entries to put in. Joy. Instead of being Finance Girl, I've had to play Super Geek, a role I fit into very poorly. At least the ordeal is over and I can go back to being Data Entry Wiz.
Friday, September 19, 2003
Too Cute!! (Yar!)
Can't you just see this on my little guy?
Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Tea

It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, matey. Aye, the good ship Melpomene is sailing along with fair winds and good weather. Hoist the mainsail, grab the popcorn, and stay aboard. And keep a weather eye out for those scallywags at Synonyms and Sugar!
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Secular Sins
I have noticed that humanity as a species seems to be programmed to honor their heroes and have opprobrium for certain actions. In short, we have saints and we have sins. This shouldn't surprise anyone, especially Catholics, since we have been taught that those who live lives of heroic virtue live forever after with God and deserve honor (i.e., they are saints) and that those who are not saints are not because of attachment to some sin or other. These are just part of life. However, in the secular, modern, enlightened world, there is no sin and there are no saints. Or so "they" think.

In the past year or so though, I have noticed a strange trend in the newsmedia. Whenever someone famous dies, we are bombarded with weeks of their hagiographies. If someone dies because of some "cause" (hate crimes, protesting a war, etc.) they are added to the martyrology. Just look at what a devotion has sprung up for St. Matthew Shepard. (For the record, I think he died in a most terrible way and that no human deserves that treatment. I do not deny the right of his family to mourn his death. I merely disagree with the cause celebre and his role as martyr in American society.) We even have living secular saints, our blessed celebrities. At one time, we admired heroes of the faith, then politicians when they were still statesmen, and now we admire people for their ability to parrot lines convincingly. Hollywood is a stable of saints in waiting.

To parallel these secular saints we have secular sins. Smoking! Drinking! Intolerance! Perhaps it is the public service announcements. Perhaps it is the cultural residue of the sixties. But while we have tossed out the Seven Deadly Sins (just superstition you know), we still need sin. Because we still feel guilt and its easier to redirect it from its proper end than supress it entirely.

What I find most disturbing about all of this is that I am now seeing this same trend in my own dear Catholic church. Two weeks in a row I have heard homilies where the only sin the preacher could think of for an example was smoking or drinking. Do they fear to cause real repentance, and perhaps real anger, if they mention the sins that still plague us. Has pride been forgotten? What about gluttony? Oh yes, we remember gluttony. America's too fat! What about the other side of gluttony, the obsession with food that accompanies fad diets, snobbery, pickiness? Do we not remember that Envy, Avarice, and Wrath are sins? Why smoking?
Hurricane Isabel
For those who know me, my family is in the hurricane watch area. Please pray that this storm weakens and that it does not leave too much damage.

Update: Mom's area barely even got rain. 15 miles north they were rowing in the streets, in the south county there were evacuations, but all Mom had to deal with was a deranged cat.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
How Am I Driving?
Well, today has been a crash course in code. I think I'm getting the hang of this. Stay tuned to tomorrow when I actually write something of substance!
Never Mind
I think I've figured out the coding. I had typed a wrong letter.
Can anyone help me figure out how I add a WeatherPixie? I'm having a hard time figuring out how to add the HTML to my template.
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Well here it is. I've finally started one of these things. The goals are simple. Write a little bit every day to get in the habit of writing. Test out arguments for my newspaper column. Rant when necessary. I'll be commenting on books I've read, plays I've seen, art, music (both sacred and profane), the decline of western civilization, and the rearing of children in a decadent culture. Here we go.

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