Random scribbles about whatever pops into my little head…

Would a Romney Presidency Fuel the Growth of Mormonism? — Romney and Evangelicals

This is a good post by Timothy Dalrymple on a Christian response to a (potential) Mormon presidency:

Would a Romney Presidency Fuel the Growth of Mormonism?



Super Mario Brothers with Real-Life Sound Effects

Check Your Chrome Memory (and other Chrome tips)

Wonder how much memory your Google Chrome browser is using? Open a new tab, and type


in the address bar. You’ll see a page that looks similar to this:

Screen shot of Google Chrome about:memory

Click the link for a full size view

Here is a list of helpful “about” commands:


For Debugging
The following pages are for debugging purposes only. Because they crash or hang the renderer, they’re not linked directly; you can type them into the address bar if you need them.


To see build and load information about your specific Chrome version, type this in the browser address bar:


Strengthening kyat currency in Myanmar throws dollar earners for a loop

Strengthening kyat currency in Myanmar throws dollar earners for a loop – The Washington Post.

Where have all the girls gone? Long time passing…

160 million missing girls.

The Internetz is giving me A.D.D.

The Glory of St. Thomas Aquinas, detail. Paris...

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So, I was about to read this article that began with the phrase, “Pace Thomas Aquinas, sometimes we need to deceive.”

Now, one doesn’t see the word “pace” used as a preposition all that often. I thought I knew what the author meant, but since I’m reading on the World Wide Web of Hypertext documents and infinite information, I thought I should check myself. So of course I double-clicked the word “pace” and selected “Search Google for ‘Pace'” from the context menu.

After a couple of search refinements, I landed on a page of links that confirmed the definition for me: pace is a Latin-inspired word that people use when they want to respectfully disagree. It is like saying, “With all due respect to [so and so], I disagree.”

Okay, fine. But how to pronounce that little word? Should I pronounce it like the noun, the word that means “rate of movement,” the word that rhymes with “race?” That didn’t seem right, especially if the word came from Latin, where the “c” is always hard, and the “a” is usually short. So, is the word pronounced “pah-kay?” That didn’t seem right either. So off I went on another Google search.

So, I found out that “pace” as a preposition has a lot of pronunciations, and the correct one depends on who you ask (or read). I think the consensus was “PAH-chay,” pronounced with an Italian accent.

However, while reading about how to pronounce “pace,” I stumbled upon a link to an article about Tolkien‘s passion for languages in general, and creating languages in particular. This article linked to another, longer, article on the same subject, which of course I had to click over to and read. (I posted a link to this article earlier).

All of this took some time, of course. By the time I had satisfied my curiosity about the word “pace,”  having learned a thing or two about the word and how to pronounce it, and having learned more about one of my favorite authors, I realized that I had never even read the original article that started this whole rabbit trail.

That’s when I realized that the Internet is giving me Attention Deficit Disorder.

Tolkien on language invention

Tolkien's monogram, and Tolkien Estate trademark

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Only a lover of Tolkien, or a lover of language, will appreciate this post:

Tolkien on language invention

I am a lover of Tolkien.

Politics and the Devil

Politics is the exercise of power; and power—as Jesus himself saw when Satan tempted him in the desert—can very easily pervert itself by doing evil in the name of pursuing good ends. But this fact is never an excuse for cowardice or paralysis. Christ never absolved us from defending the weak, or resisting evil in the world, or from solidarity with people who suffer. Our fidelity as Christians is finally to God, but it implies a faithfulness to the needs of God’s creation. That means we’re involved—intimately—in the life of the world, and that we need to act on what we believe: always with humility, always with charity, and always with prudence—but also always with courage. We need to fight for what we believe. As Kolakowski wrote, “Our destiny is decided on the field on which we run.”

via Politics and the Devil « Public Discourse.

EPIC FAIL – Embryonic Stem Cell Scientists Knew They Were Lying

Tocqueville and the End of Equality