Rochester Airport blogging

Off to NoVa and DC for a week – the big reason is to attend (and help with!) my sister’s wetting down party – she’s now (or soon will be?) a Captain, USN.
Geneva being the small town it is (and Rochester being one of our only 2 airport choices) I saw a couple of colleagues coming in from vacation in LA – they got here just in time for drenching rain.

TLM Communities and Google Maps

So I don’t want to start any new non-fiction big medievalist books before I leave town tomorrow. And I was a little bored last night. And I’d been wanting to play with Google’s personal mapping functions. And I’ve spent WAY too much time reading What Does The Prayer Really Say and The New Liturgical Movement and such lately.
So here you go –
1. residences and rectories of
2. groups, orders, etc., who are
3. in union with the Pope of Rome and
4. say Mass primarily with the Missal of Bl. John XXIII

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So far I’ve got the:
FSSP in blue
ICKSP (link not safe for work if you dwell in chant-averse lands) in purpleish pink – I wanted purple for obvious reasons but Google doesn’t get that far up the color scale
CRSJC in yellow
2 disclaimers –
1. Not mass locations, residences. I’m more interested in community dispersion or concentration than I am in individual masses. I’m an historian, not a devoté here. I’m depending on the public information on their websites and sometimes there are ambiguities. For instance, the Institute of Christ the King has at least 2 oratories in the Bay Area, but there really only seems to be one priest (going by the bulletins online). Not that you can tell without compulsively reading that kind of thing.
2. I am not, myself, all that interested in the Extraordinary Form. I’m happy with a well-ordered and reverent Missal of Paul VI mass – the Reform of the Reform is just fine with me. I was very happy with the Oratory in Rome this spring. But I live in the Diocese of Rochester, so I’m hoping for a new springtime and the revivification going on in this movement seems like the best thing for the Church lately.
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further – I’ve already accepted a name-change for the parish in Vancouver, BC. Suggestions welcome!
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further still – added a 2nd location in St. Louis, MO

Finally! We’re NOW Living in the Future!

When Virgin Atlantic opens a subsidiary, Virgin Galactic, we are there! Here? Well, you know what I mean!

The Virgin Galactic company today unveiled the WhiteKnightTwo, a new class of carrier airplane that will help loft space tourists beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
The first plane in the WhiteKnightTwo class was christened EVE in honor of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson’s mother, who performed the official naming ceremony this morning at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.
The sleek, white plane is a larger version of the one that helped SpaceShipOne win the U.S.-ten-million-dollar Ansari X Prize in 2004 by becoming the first privately built craft to carry a person on three round-trip voyages to space.
WhiteKnightTwo will ferry the not-yet-unveiled SpaceShipTwo crafts, six-passenger versions of the original SpaceShipOne, up to 50,000 feet (15,240 meters) above Earth.
The passenger ship is then launched from the underside of WhiteKnightTwo to continue its ascent to the very edge of space—about 65 miles (104 kilometers) above Earth—under its own power. SpaceShipTwo crafts make the return trip to Earth unaided.

Back up your blog!

Folks – I had a scare this morning. I could not get into my Movabletype control panel consistently or see the blog front page for a good hour there. When did I back up the data base last? Let’s just say I was a younger man, then.
Everything is tidy and backed up now.
I resolve to be a better blog-maintainer in the future. Right when I turn over that aspidistra-full of new leaves I’ve already thought of, sadly . . . .

Cameraless in Geneva

One of the endless summer amusements of life in Geneva, NY, is walking along Main Street / Highway 14 and seeing interesting cars. You see, 14 connects the New York State Thruway to Watkins Glen, automotive pilgrimage point. I was cameraless this morning, but on my way into the office I saw 3 shiny Corvettes pull over to the side of the road and wait – no one got out. Before I passed them 3 more Corvettes drove up and the caravan pulled out and headed south.
Last week there were Porsches, but for racing – they went south and north on trailers. I prefer seeing cars driven in for the rallies – it seems more authentic. The old open top sports cars always provide the most fun – their drivers obviously have a great time, silk scarves flapping in the breeze as they pass our scenic campus.

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Rutgers’ new stadium

Prof. Soltan offers us a dismantling of the dream-land of Big U stadium building.

Skeezy Football Coach + Unbuildable Stadium = today’s Rutgers University.
It’s easy to do the math. I mean, it’s easy for us. At Rutgers, they’re still struggling to understand.

The most conspicuous thing about Rutgers and their football dreaminess is that they’re one of those come-from-nowhere schools. I mean 20 years ago who cared about Rutgers football? Syracuse was doing its best to be New York’s College Football Team (though that always sounds like a reach to me for NYC, but whatever). Rutgers has that enormous advantage of being in the middle of a massive population of rich folk suffering from a severe skybox deficit – how could they NOT build an enormous stadium on the banks of the Raritan?
Of course, they could build more college classrooms around the state to take up some of the unserved high school graduates, but skyboxes are more fun than classrooms.

Ted Allen answers the really important questions

Ted Allen has a great new show on the Food Network (yes, I am finding Binding Words: Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages too much just now, much as I was loving it this afternoon) – Food Detectives. I’m waiting to see the results on the test of the 5 Second Rule! They dropped shrimp on a sidewalk! Ack!
Next week: What are the dangers of double dipping?

The things museum directors will do to bring art to the people.

Remember the note about Duran Duran playing a fundraiser for Friends of the Louvre?
Here’s a description of the day’s events from a BusinessWeek article:

On a breezy June morning, several dozen people climb a narrow staircase to an ornate, high-ceilinged room in the Louvre Museum. Displayed on easels are 22 works by Leonardo da Vinci–a delicate pen-and-ink Madonna and child, detailed architectural sketches, subtly shaded tempera studies of draped fabric. These fragile 500-year-old drawings are rarely seen by anyone but scholars and museum curators.
Today, they’ve been removed from the vaults for a private showing to Friends of the Louvre, an elite group of $10,000-and-up donors. Later, the Friends will dine on veal and asparagus in truffle sauce amid Greek and Roman sculpture in the museum. Still later: a silent auction of luxury vacations and other indulgences and a concert by the ’80s band Duran Duran. All told, the soiree will raise more than $2.7 million.

And you want to know why? The government’s appropriations for the Louvre only cover half the budget, down from 70% in 2001. So an enterprising director looks to Duran Duran and Abu Dhabi . . . .

Opening the Hadrian Show in London

There’s a big Hadrian show at the British Museum – and here’s a description of the opening from Bloomberg Muse:

For the first time in many years, the ruler of London addressed the assembled populus in Latin. Boris Johnson, mayor of the U.K. capital, climbed onto the podium at the opening of the British Museum’s Hadrian exhibition and began spouting classical prose.
After awhile, he paused to ask the audience, “How much more of this do you want? There’s yards of it.” The July 23 audience didn’t demur, and perhaps some of them understood what he was saying since there were several professors of classical studies present.
So the mayor plunged on. He is himself, as Neil McGregor, director of the museum, pointed out, the ruler of a vast empire, namely the London government machine.
It was an impressive performance. Tony Blair is able to speak in passable French; President John F. Kennedy famously declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” in German. But most British officials nowadays probably no longer have a working knowledge of Latin.
It may be that this was the best Latin speech made by a British politician since the Romans departed in the fifth century. Mayor Johnson studied Greats — a four-year program in classics — at Oxford, and is evidently a master of the Latin language. MacGregor, thanking the Italian ambassador for his help, described him as “the representative of the former colonial power.”

Here’s a review of the show, as opposed to a love letter to Boris Johnson, from the 24 Hour Museum. It’s getting great reviews; maybe because I’m just back from Rome I’m not all that thrilled – but they’ll have things on show from all over the place. Still, they can’t bring the Pantheon – and all the portrait busts in the world can’t make up for that.

Talk about unintented consequences! Have granite counter tops? A geiger counter?

SHORTLY before Lynn Sugarman of Teaneck, N.J., bought her summer home in Lake George, N.Y., two years ago, a routine inspection revealed it had elevated levels of radon, a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. So she called a radon measurement and mitigation technician to find the source.
“He went from room to room,” said Dr. Sugarman, a pediatrician. But he stopped in his tracks in the kitchen, which had richly grained cream, brown and burgundy granite countertops. His Geiger counter indicated that the granite was emitting radiation at levels 10 times higher than those he had measured elsewhere in the house.

Ummm. So happy to have landlord-installed plastic. Read it all.

No drought here!

Whatever we’re having this summer, it’s not a drought – I think it’s rained every day for a week. Some days storms and then sun, some days grey. Today it’s been raining for two hours pretty steadily, but it shows some signs of breaking up. The Lake will be full, that’s for sure!
On a more cheerful note, today saw the first local corn and tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market – yay!