Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

“Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?” November 9, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Funny,History,Neat,Sci-fi,Science,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

An entertaining and interesting debate on the proposition: “Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…”

If you mean over the next few years, then this is very likely so. Things have been getting quietly and incrementally better in most places around the world for a long time. However, if humankind is worse off in 100 years (like following a global thermal nuclear war) then the optimists will have been victims of normalcy bias. It’s like what they say about going bankrupt: “At first you go bankrupt slowly, then all at once.” 

Click here for the results of the debate’s final voting.

 

How Much Work Do Things Cost? November 6, 2015

Filed under: Economics,History,Neat,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

We might not feel rich, but we live in productive times.

 

Unrolling the Scrolls October 28, 2015

Filed under: Catholicism,History,Neat,Religion,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

As Numberphile is to Math,
Bibledex is to Christian Scripture.

 

 

It’s “Back to the Future” Future Day! October 21, 2015

Filed under: History,Movies,Neat,Sci-fi,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Today, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 4:29 PM Pacific, is the precise date and time that Marty McFly came to the future in the classic sci-fi trilogy’s second film.

 

 

Behold: The Future, as imagined in 1989:

 

 

A Grocery Trip that Changed the World October 13, 2015

Filed under: Economics,History,Neat,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

On September 16, 1989, Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Texas supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center. Between trying free samples of cheese and produce and staring at the meat selections, Yeltsin roamed the aisles nodding his head in amazement. Yeltsin later wrote: “When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people.

 

“King Tut” August 16, 2015

Filed under: Funny,History,Songs,Stuff,TV — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

“I’d like to talk seriously just for a moment. One of the great art exhibitions ever to tour the United States is the Treasures of Tutankhamen – or King Tut. But I think it’s a national disgrace the way we have commercialized it with trinkets and toys, T-shirts and posters. And three months ago I was up in the woods, and I wrote a song. I tried to use the ancient modalities and melodies. I’d like to do it for you right now. Maybe we can all learn something from this.”

I turns out Dr. Steve Martin (in Humane Letters) was incorrect in some of the historical details, but he set the record straight here.

 

Great Leader Trivia: Abraham, Mahatmas, & Joan March 10, 2015

Filed under: History,Neat,Stuff,Trivia — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th President of the United States.
  • Mahatmas Gandhi (1869-1948) was the Father of Indian Independence.
  • St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was the Liberator of France.

The answers to the questions below are either Lincoln, Gandhi, or Joan of Arc. Highlight the text below to reveal the answers.

  1. Has a middle name.  Gandhi
  2. Read the Bible daily.  Lincoln
  3. Earned a law degree.  Gandhi
  4. Reported hearing voices that other people couldn’t hear.  Joan of Arc
  5. Had two pet cats and sometimes picked one up to “talk to it for half an hour at a time.”  Lincoln
  6. No one has won the Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress portraying this person.  Joan of Arc
  7. Opposed vaccination as “a barbarous practice.”  Gandhi
  8. Never did time as a prisoner behind bars.  Lincoln
  9. Died on a Holy Saturday morning.  Lincoln
  10. Called by Mark Twain “easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.”  Joan of Arc
  11. Featured on a British postage stamp twenty-one years after death.  Gandhi