TBT: Laserdisc Edition

So the brood has been watching old re-runs of Watch Mr. Wizard..both the ones from the 1950s and 1960s and the Nickelodeon ones from the 1980s, filmed in the Great White North.

With that being said, YouTube’s AI suggested we watch this one. It features Mr. Wizard talking about how the Pioneer Laserdisc player works.

Pretty cool demo.  I assume that modern day DVDs work in a similar manner just much, much smaller.

But after this, YouTube prompted another video…this time with Leonard Nimoy  pitching a competing platform from Magnavox.

What group they use to pitch the space-age technology…wait for it…

Enjoy this edition of Throw Back Thursday!

What do I want from life?

Wayyyy back a few years ago when I started this blog, it was an output for some professional discernment on exploring potential new career ideas, etc.  Nothing much came out of it as I’m still working at the same institution, albeit in a different capacity.

Anyway…back at that time, I read several professional development books, many of the self-help types. I put them aside until recently when my manager offered a book he read over the past few months.  I just started it this evening and will perhaps make additional blog posts on it.  The book is The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly.  I think he wrote this before he penned his other “professional/dynamic/rediscover/etc Catholic” books.  I have not read any of the others and they are currently not on any of my lists to read.



Getting back to the point, early on in the first few chapters the following question was posed:

What do you want from life?

It’s a legit question.  So, I will answer it.  This is partially influenced by my aforementioned friend who is dying of inoperable cancer. Barring any miracles (which he would like to attribute to Blessed Karl of Austria’s intercession if God so Wills), he will pass into his eternal reward in the next few months.  Here’s my list, in this order:

  1. To die, having fully confessed shortly before, in the state of Sanctifying Grace with my wife, children and parents in tow and with as much Purgatory time worked off as possible.
  2. Continue to increase my affection and love towards my wife and children.
  3. To be able to support in as many ways possible the work of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, the Institute of Christ the King and the work of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
  4. Retire from work when I want to and be financially independent with my south county manor debt-free and cash available to whisk my afore mentioned, affection-increased bride out of town to places like Rome, Florence, Prague, Bavaria or wherever we are wanting to go.  Or, domestically to decide in the morning to fly to Dallas to have In-N-Out Burgers for lunch and fly back.
  5. To be handier around the house.
  6. Be a safe and an expert marksman. (in the meantime, don’t volunteer for this job!)

Perhaps as I read more of this book, I’ll add to or modify this list.

What do YOU want from life?  I look forward to the conversation and invite you to share.

The Institute Expands-Next Stop: Motown

Although I saw this news on the ChurchMilitant.com site last week, Tuesday’s Vortex episode mentions the Institute’s latest apostolate which will be located in Detroit, Michigan.  The pictures from the link above look very promising and a beautiful and fitting place for the Traditional Mass. In many respects, it resembles our own St. Francis de Sales.  Same architect perhaps??

Michael Voris speaks well of the Institute, being “one of the most faithful Catholic communities there is.”  Huzzah!  I look forward to seeing this apostolate get started and to see it grow as it combats the errors that have grown out of the Archdiocese of Detroit over the past few decades.  Please pray for their success.

You can see the Vortex episode here. Don’t let the headline confuse you.

Two Prayer Requests – Updated

#1 – Please pray for my friend Joe. He has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer and has asked for this specific prayer intention: Remission of his sins to shorten his time in Purgatory. 

#2 – Please pray for me as I will be taking, finally, the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam this coming Friday 8/26.  UPDATE – I passed!  Thank you!!

I ask you to implore St. Joseph Cupertino’s intercession. You can read about our saint here at New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08520b.htm The prayer for his intercession:

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.



Gloria Patri

Thank you!

The Supreme Law of the Church

Hello everyone!

One of the blogs I follow, Liturgy Guy, had this great post from Portland’s Archbishop Sample.

I quote from part of it:

“True mercy goes beyond justice. But mercy does not oppose justice. Our mission is, only by the grace of God, to seek the salvation of our souls, and to bring as many with us to Heaven as we can, again only as God uses us as his instruments of grace and mercy. The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls.”

Read the entire post here


Perhaps the powers-that-be will be finding creating for him a new position in Malta with such an attitude…:-/


Please Support A Catholic Manliness Fund Raiser!


Dear friends,

My son, Bubba, and I have been a part of a startup scouting organization, the American Rangers, from its inception a few years ago.  It has been a wonderful experience for both of us as we have learned much and I developed a network of excellent dads, who are all trying to lead their sons into becoming rugged, holy men for God.

The organization has recently kicked of a modest fundraising activity in which two of the dads will attempt to do a 100 mile trail run in 30 hours this fall.

Please consider pledging to this effort.  First and foremost, to help us develop and expand the formation program and grow it.  Secondly…so YOU don’t have to run 100 miles in the backwoods! :)  I tried to talk the organizer of this event into having our wives do a big bake sale but he declined.


Information about the pledging is here: https://go.rallyup.com/american-rangers/Campaign


Information about the American Rangers may be found here: http://americanrangers.org/

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