Don’t know much about history

Particularly California history:

“Originally, [Mision San Francisco de Assis / Mission Dolores in San Francisco] comprised a fairly vast area, with 10,000 head of cattle, 10,000 sheep, many horses, etc., as well as workshops, farms and gardens. In a very real sense, it was San Francisco. Several thousand native Americans lived and worked there. Following Mexican independence, in 1834 the missions were ‘secularized’ meaning, in effect, that all their lands except that upon which stood the church buildings and cemeteries were seized by the Mexican government and given to private citizens. This impoverished the mission and lead to a decades long decline. By 1842, only a few Indians lived at the mission, and what remained of the building fell into serious disrepair.”

There’s an article in Wikipedia, I don’t know how accurate, about the Mexican secularization act of 1833.

The 1986 movie The Mission, with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons, takes place a hundred years earlier on another continent. King Henry’s dissolution of monasteries was a couple of hundred years before that.


Content editable

but not this content

Chuck Pergiel, looking into text editors, found “a bit of html code that will turn an empty tab on your browser into a text editor.” It’s the HTML contenteditable Attribute. I didn’t know there was such a thing, but it seemed like it might be handy, so I opened up my homepage in Vim and added a link. It works just as advertised.

“absolutely forbidden”

“The use of automatic instruments and machines, such as the automatic organ, phonograph, radio, tape or wire recorders, and other similar machines, is absolutely forbidden in liturgical functions and private devotions, whether they are held inside or outside the church, even if these machines be used only to transmit sermons or sacred music, or to substitute for the singing of the choir or faithful, or even just to support it.” — Show Push the Video

So I guess Youtube is right out.


and its contrary

Saint Francis de Sales explains “Blessed are the poor in spirit:”

“He uses the metaphor of the chemist, who stocks many poisons on his shelves, but not in his body. Each has a purpose, not poisonous in itself, yet which can be turned against its purpose. It is not material wealth that makes us ‘rich in spirit,’ and therefore damnable in some way. It is the ingestion of that wealth into the spirit. Those who are poor, and covet such a wealth, are rich in spirit. As well: those who make a virtue of their wealth, and the risks they have taken to obtain it, until they become insensible to their fever, and to the rapacity with which they commandeer what justly belongs to others. As well: those too distressed by what they have lost, in a season when they lose their old possessions. For everything we have here is only for a time.” — Of halcyon nests, by David Warren

Also, the halcyon is a bird.

Squanto was Catholic

According to Scituate Chronicles, by Ted Clarke, Squanto was a Christian, and probably a Catholic. He seems to have been a decent enough regular guy, but not notably pious.

More than once he was captured and sold as a slave. He crossed the Atlantic multiple times, and lived in England for years. Having gone back to America and been captured and sold into slavery again, around 1614 he was rescued in Gibraltar by Spanish monks who taught him about Christianity and baptized him.

Squanto did give the Pilgrims critical help with farming, and it’s not a exaggeration to say the colony likely would have failed without that help. He also seems to have used his position and knowledge to prey on the ignorance of the local native Americans, and tried to manipulate the Pilgrims into attacking a particular tribe. So, pretty much a man of his time, or our own.