Woot Off Today! Who Cares?

Update: I actually ended up getting suckered in again on this Woot Off! I got my third Bag of Crap and it was crappier than I ever could have imagined!

Let me see if I can remember what was in it… A plastic snowman, an ugly canvas wine bag and a small yellow plastic car. I think that was it. Not even worth taking to St. Vincent de Paul. Never again, Woot!


Yeah big deal. There is a Woot Off today.  So what.

The previous bag of crap was announced only through Twitter, making it a total time-waster.  The bag of crap before that was total crap.

Jerk somebody else off this time Woot.  You bore me.

My Second Woot Bag of Crap!

My second Woot Bag of Crap is a real bag of crap!

I got my Woot Bag of Crap today and was pretty bummed out because (unlike my first Woot Bag of Crap) this one really was a total bag of crap.

Here is what I got:

  • 1x Woot Bandoleer of Carrots t shirt size large
  • 1x Pair of yellow usb Woot-Off Lights (scratched)
  • 1x Pelican Travel Power Pack for Nintendo DS
  • 2x Pink Lego miniDock iPod speakers
  • 1x Plastic Picnic Basket

Need I say that I have absolutely zero use for any of this stuff?

Here is a picture of my Woot Bag of Crap.  The cat is Spicy Sam.

So what I think I am going to do is give the non-Woot-related stuff to St. Vincent DePaul.

April Blizzard!

Winters are long here in northern Wisconsin!

When I walked the dog last night there was a dusting of snow on the ground but I figured it would be gone by morning.

Wrong!  There was a full-fledged blizzard going on when I got up this morning and I took this picture just as it was tapering off.

I’ve only lived up here for five years so I’ve never seen it, but my neighbors say it has snowed as late as Mother’s Day!

I was really enjoying the beautiful spring weather and I hope the snow will melt away soon so we can get back to it.

Waldo has a new home!

My little dog Waldo has gone off to live with my daughter.

I am going to miss him terribly but I think he will be better off there.

Waldo is the little  Shih Tzu mix that I took in as a stray last July.  He is an older dog and very VERY quiet and timid.  Even before I got Doodle (my new beagle mix) he was completely overwhelmed by the other pets.  Lately it was even worse because Doodle is very high spirited and poor little Waldo got pushed aside every time he ventured out of his little doggy bed.

My daughter lives alone in a very quiet apartment in Madison and I think he will thrive as an only pet in a more peaceful environment.

Here is photo of Waldo.  He is actually significantly less weird looking than what you see in this picture.  He is tiny and very dark grey and very timid so it is hard to get a good picture of him.

Doodle is doing great

My new dog Doodle is doing great here in his new home.

He loves having such a big yard and so many great toys to play with.  He fetches and chews up the tennis balls and anything else I throw for him.  He is digging holes but I guess that’s not the end of the world.  I got him a bone and he promptly buried it.

He is doing pretty well with the other pets.  He chases the cats but never hurts them and they’re lazy blobs so I figure that the exercise is probably good for them.   Ollie, the cat that used to cuddle up to Patrick, has now started cuddling up to Doodle!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Here is another version of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Welcome Doodle, my new doggy!

I got myself a new doggy!

I was missing Patrick so much but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take on the responsibility of another pet, and then I went out to lunch with some friends and they sort of talked me into it.

So I headed over to the Menominee Animal Shelter and picked out the cutest little guy and named him Doodle.  He is mostly beagle with some basset hound and maybe some wiener dog mixed in too.  He weighs about 35 pounds and he is short but pretty long.  He has the traditional beagle tri-color coat and long ears and a long pointy nose.  The people at the shelter estimate that he is about 2 1/2 years old and he is very perky and active.  He loves to fetch and tear up tennis balls.  He is very cuddly and affectionate and he really makes me smile.

Tolerance: What Would Jesus Do?

I have been ridiculously busy lately and haven’t posted anything in ages but I ran across this amazing post today and I wanted to recommend it and link to it and share the last few paragraphs here.

Basically it is a case study in the practice of tolerance.  In modern society tolerance is held as the highest virtue and anyone who attempts to make moral judgments is accused of being an intolerant bigot.   If we do not understand the proper place that tolerance holds we cannot counter these accusations.  I urge you to read the full text of “On Prudence and the Tyranny of Tolerance: A Case Study” or at least read a short excerpt below.

The idea of tolerance is often invoked, and in many different situations, as the guiding principle which trumps all others. In fact, tolerance is typically introduced as the only possible answer to the question of how Jesus would have acted in any given situation. It is the classic rhetorical WWJD response. But it seems to me that this notion must be discredited before it does any further damage to authentic human culture, and so I feel compelled to raise two critical points.

The first point is that Jesus was not tolerant. He was quick to forgive whenever forgiveness was sought, which is a very different thing. But he was formidably intolerant of unrepentant sinners, of those who refused to change in response to the proclamation of the Kingdom. The New Testament repeatedly reinforces this intolerance of the unrepentant, in both the gospels and the epistles. Indeed, if a public sinner will not change at the behest of the Church, he is to be avoided and excluded as a “heathen or a publican”.

The second point, as may be easily imagined from the fact that Jesus did not practice tolerance, is that tolerance is not a virtue. Patience is a virtue. Courage is a virtue. Faith, hope and love are preeminent, supernatural virtues. But tolerance is merely a good or bad prudential decision, based on circumstances. There can be no appeal to tolerance as to a general principle of right order. The only possible question is whether, with respect to any particular difference, tolerance or intolerance is the course most conducive to the common good, that is, to the well-being of the whole community. …

Where tolerance is deemed a virtue rather than a prudential decision, it is not only impossible to build a virtuous society, it is impossible to build any kind of cohesive society whatsoever. This is so because universal tolerance means the acceptance (and therefore tacit approval) of all behaviors, irrespective of their impact on the common good and on human flourishing. To put the matter simply, tolerance perceived as a virtue always rewards vice. Thus, while I began this discussion with the the purpose of elucidating the way complex prudential questions should be resolved, along with the perfectly legitimate differences of opinion which can result, I close it almost gratefully with the proclamation of an inflexible principle: The invocation of tolerance as a virtue will always undermine prudence, the real and necessary virtue that enables us to match proper solutions to particular problems.

I got my Woot Bag of Crap!

I got my Woot Bag of Crap today!

It is so weird because there was really only one thing that I wanted and I actually GOT it!  I’ve been wanting a GPS navigational thing (but not enough to buy one) so that is what I was hoping for and sure enough, I got an Omnitech 4.3″ Car Navigator GPS !

Here is the list of everything I got in my Bag of Crap:

  • 1x picnic basket
  • 1x flush light
  • 1x Camp Rock clock
  • 2x High School Musical clocks
  • 1x 8GB Sansa e280 mp3 player with cable
  • 1x 4GB Sansa Fuze mp3 player with cable
  • 1x Omnitech 4.3″ Car Navigator GPS

Everything seems to work and the mp3 players are actually loaded with music!

I really don’t want the clocks or the picnic basket or the flush light so I’ll give those away either to some kids in the neighborhood or to the St.Vincent DePaul Society.    I already have a bunch of mp3 players so I’ll probably give away at least one of them too.

The funny thing is that I didn’t really understand what the Woot Off Bag of Crap was until my brother explained it to me on the day I won.  So I have my brother to thank for my good fortune.

Here is my Bag of Crap: