TSA allows passengers through checkpoint without screening


I couldn’t resist sharing a link to this recent news about my favorite three-letter agency. I’m not sure which troubles me more, that the TSA couldn’t be bothered to perform its most basic function, or that such a large part of the traveling public doesn’t recognize the screening is little more than security theater.

Fact check?

It’s election season, and I’ve recently been noticing an uptick in the number of mainstream media stories purporting to fact-check candidates’ statements from debates, rallies, advertisements, and so on. Do you ever wonder who’s fact-checking the fact-checkers?

Schéi Chrëschtdeeg

Kathryn and I send out a few dozen Christmas cards every year, a handful of which get sent by airmail to other countries. Occasionally we even get a few cards from aboard ourselves. Yesterday, for the first time, we received a Christmas card in Luxembourgish. Fortunately for us, the note inside was written in English.

Smartphone migration

I am currently in the process of migrating to a new smartphone, but I’m still waiting for the new phone to arrive. In the meantime, since I’m switching service providers too, I’m temporarily using a combination of my old smartphone and a third interim smartphone. After I complete the migration, if you’re one of my … Continue reading Smartphone migration

Install Signal on your smartphone now!

Are you using an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone? Have you installed Signal yet? If not, please stop what you’re doing and install it now! iPhone Android Why Signal? I owe a debt of gratitude to my good friend Dan for bringing Signal to my attention last year. Actually, he told me about its predecessors … Continue reading Install Signal on your smartphone now!

St. Michael the Archangel

The prayer to St. Michael the Archangel has been on my mind and lips quite often since learning about the attacks in Paris last week. Last night I looked through my files to see if Kathryn had captured an image of St. Michael during our California Missions pilgrimage in 2012. It turns out she had. … Continue reading St. Michael the Archangel

Something beautiful

Two weeks ago, I was planning to post this photo from our 2013 trip to Chartres. Since then, Kathryn and I have been emotionally distracted by a hospitalized family member whom we’ve visited almost every day. Now I have the urge again to look at something beautiful. Some of you may remember this photo from my old blog. I’ve re-cropped … Continue reading Something beautiful