“Where there is no love, put love, and you will draw out love.”

— St. John of the Cross



Currently reading: Jane Eyre (Enriched Classics) by Charlotte Bronte 📚 This one’s long overdue for me and has been sitting on the one-of-the-kids-had-this-for-school shelf. Starting it right before bed was a mistake; I got pulled in immediately.


When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give. If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery.
 St Peter Chrysologus, Office of Readings, Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent


Christopher Alexander, a towering figure in architecture and urbanism—one of the biggest influences on the New Urbanism movement—died on Thursday, March 17, after a long illness, it was reported by Michael Mehaffy, a long-time collaborator and protege. Alexander was the author or principal author of many books, including A Pattern Language, one of the best-selling architectural books of all time.

Christopher Alexander, 1936 - 2018

(h/t MetaFilter)


In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms…Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster-child. Ask your most holy bride to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally. Amen.

St. Bernadine of Siena, Office of Readings, Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary.


Currently reading: St. Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns On Paradise by St. Ephrem 📚


Latest paper for Foundations is nearly in the can: revisions, a run-through with grammarly, more revisions. I think it’s about done. This three-classes-at-a-time bit is crazy-making.


Currently reading: In the First Circle by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn 📚 It always pays to ask co-workers what they are reading! Just got this and can’t wait to start.


Radio nerd aside: this Twitter thread is bananas.

TL;DR: lots of the Russian military is communicating in the clear and SDRs around the world are listening and recording it all.