January 7th, 2011

tuna monsters

And a big shout-out to St. Leibowitz, too

I'm reading a biography of Pope Sylvester that my son got me for Christmas. Sylvester (a.k.a. Gerbert of Aurillac) was the mathematician-pope at the turn of the Second Millenium. He was especially renowned for his work with the abacus and astrolabe. If he were around today, he'd be a computer whiz, no doubt.

Having been defeated twice trying to set up a Facebook account for the church, and seeing the ease with which that_guy_zach did it for me, I can see why Pope Sylvester was accused after his death of being a wizard with dark powers.

Let it snow, let it snow

Well, I got the Christmas tree put away this afternoon. Rather a melancholy occasion. Christmas is very stressful, of course, and with our family sort of scattered as it is, there's not a lot of joy in putting up decorations. Or in taking them down.

On the other hand, I note that we have a lot of bear ornaments: bear sleeping in log with sign saying, "Do not wake till Xmas"; bear hanging a star; bear in an outhouse; bear on a pine cone; angel bear with trumpet; skating bears; sweetheart bears . . . We could almost do a theme tree.

Christmas may be gone, but winter is still here. It's been snowing like crazy this afternoon. It looks lovely.