Twenty Years Later, We Haven’t Forgotten

Twenty years. It seems crazy to think it’s been that long.

I was just a kid when the towers came down. Back then it was hard to understand what had happened; it seemed too big to comprehend. Honestly, even as an adult, sometimes it’s hard to grasp what happened that day. But one thing is certain–we will never forget those who died on that tragic day as victims of hate.

Eternal rest grand unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

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Happy Birthday, Star Trek!

Star Trek turns 55 today, and I couldn’t let the day go by without posting something. After giving it some thought, I decided the best video for such a momentous occasion was Kirk’s “Risk is our business” speech from the episode “Return to Tomorrow”. It perfectly encapsulates everything great about Star Trek and why it has captivated our imaginations for 55 years.

Here’s to another 55 years!

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An Exciting New Latin Mass Magazine

Several months ago, I heard about plans for a new magazine called Benedictus. Published by Sophia Institute Press, this little magazine was going to include daily Mass readings, prayers, and articles about Catholicism. It sounded pretty interesting, and I was interested to see how it was eventually going to end up. Well, this past month, Benedictus published their very first issue. And I must say that it was very worth the wait.

It has the Mass readings for all the Sundays of the month as well as the weekday Mass readings, and it also includes the Morning and Evening prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours. There are daily meditations, beautiful artwork, and educational articles, most of which are excerpts from longer books. In short, I love it, and I wanted to share it with all of you because it is so great. If you have a chance to check it out, go for it.

https://praybenedictus.com/

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Star Wars Samurai Music

It sounds like a strange title, but there is a reason I described it this way. I’ve posted before about the amazing work of Samuel Kim on YouTube–his stuff is fantastic (and in some cases even manages to surpass the original). At some point he decided to put a samurai-style spin on the Star Wars soundtrack, and this caught my attention for a very specific reason. You see, George Lucas drew very heavily from a Japanese film called Hidden Fortress when developing Star Wars. As a result, you can find a lot of Japanese-style influences in the overarching story. So seeing a samurai flair being added to the music from Star Wars really seemed to pay a nice homage to the franchise’s roots.

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The Hand of Jadus in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”

I’ve written before about my experiences playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Last year, I even celebrated achieving Legendary Status by completing all eight class stories. But when I played as the Imperial Agent, I chose not to become the Hand of Jadus. However, seeing a lot of other people talk about their experience with joining Darth Jadus in the game, I decided to create another agent character and see for myself.

I won’t go into a ton of detail since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played it yet, but the story takes on a decidedly different feel if you choose to become the Hand of Jadus. It’s almost like playing a different game. Interactions with other characters become different; the Empire itself changes–it is probably one of the most impactful choices you can make in the game.

Is there a version I prefer (Hand of Jadus vs regular agent)? I’m not sure. I think both versions of the agent storyline are interesting and make for a very dynamic game. It might be best to play both versions for yourself to see which version you like better.

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Chinese Gregorian Chant

Yes, that is a strange title. Yes, you read it correctly. A Belgian priest serving as a missionary, Fr. Vincent Lebbe, translated the Latin text of Gregorian Chant into Chinese to make it easier for converts to sing. His work has all but been forgotten, but one enterprising YouTube channel is uploading recordings of the translations in order to preserve them.

Isn’t that cool!?

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Mauve Alert! Both Chris Chibnall AND Jodie Whittaker Leaving “Doctor Who”!

I had been planning a post that summarized some of the new information about season 13, but this seemed to take precedence. Chris Chibnall has recently confirmed that both he and Jodie Whittaker will be leaving Doctor Who in 2022. After season 13 airs later this year, there are a couple of specials planned for 2022, so it is likely the regeneration will occur during the final of the specials. This would indicate that 2023, Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary year, will introduce the Fourteenth Doctor in some capacity.

I won’t lie; I’m happy about this news. I have tried really, really hard to like Whittaker and Chibnall, but they just never really clicked with me. Needless to say, I am very interested in seeing what a fresh Doctor and showrunner will bring to the table.

Season 13 is scheduled to air sometime this fall, but the exact date is unclear.

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Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

Once again, we gather here to celebrate another year of this blog managing to maintain its existence without my running out of things to write about. Can you believe it’s been nine years? I feel quite proud of myself for keeping it going this long; I thought for sure it would only last a few weeks before I ran out of topics.

We’ve had quite the eventful year here, too, from finishing the incredible journey of Babylon 5 to playing all of the classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bright Empires saga  to lamenting Dune‘s delay to October 2021 to watching the animated reconstruction of Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones to learning how to use Blender for 3D art to reading the strange early draft of The Fellowship of the Ring to discovering a Dracula adaptation that mostly follows the book to discussing the significance of March 25 in The Lord of the Rings to watching the animated reconstruction of Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep to reflecting on how time can change your perspective to mulling over Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Doctor Who TV movie to getting excited about the upcoming animated Rohirrim film to announcing my Zazzle store to marveling over an animated Godzilla series that’s actually good.

Phew! We covered quite a lot of ground this past year, didn’t we? I can’t wait to see what this next year will bring to grace the pages of this humble blog. As always, dear readers, I thank you for sticking around.

Onwards to the next year!

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Latest “Dune” Trailer

As I watch the latest trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of Dune, I find myself desperately hoping that it will not be terrible. I want to like it so much, but I have been so often let down in the past. Will this break the streak? I guess we’ll find out in October.

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An Animated Godzilla Series? That’s Actually Good?

It sounds crazy, I know, but the new Godzilla: Singular Point was quite an enjoyable watch. It definitely was not your average Godzilla story, but I think it was more enjoyable for that fact. It tried something different, and for the most part it worked.

I don’t know if this will be the only season, but it was definitely fun to watch.

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