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October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017: Momento Mori, Matthias Hauser, A Dark Room

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Momento Mori
“Remember death!” To practice momento mori is to remember that you too shall die one day. It is a reflection, a meditation on life, death, and the meaninglessness of earthly pursuits. Reminders of death were embedded in European art — paintings, sculpture, architecture…even the figures in large clocks — during the Medieval period and eventually the concept spread to the New World. One common practice is to keep a human skull (a replica will do) on the desk where one works or studies. I happen to follow a religious sister on Twitter who advocates this practice, and I must admit, I may be a bit late in stowing my Halloween decorations at work this year.

Matthias Hauser
Matthias Hauser is a fine-art photographer with an impressive portfolio, ranging from stunning landscapes to timeless still lifes. He even has a collection of mesmerizing fractal images. I first became familiar with Matthias’ work, however, when I found a few pieces from his Google Deep Dream collection posted on social media. For some reason beyond comprehension, I am fascinated with the Deep Dream Burger, which upon further inspection begins to resemble a conglomerate of creepy-crawly organisms more than it does food.

A Dark Room
This 2013 Open Source role-playing game by Doublespeak Games caught my attention sometime in the last year. It is text-based and single-player, which doesn’t exactly sound like a lot of fun; unless, of course, you are a fan of text-based games like I am. Unfortunately, it’s been gathering virtual dust in an open browser tab ever since, and I have not had time to sit and play with it for very long. I will admit, it starts off a bit slow, but I’ve read very promising things about it. I’m adding this to my stack, partly because I want to revisit the game, but also because my interest goes beyond the game itself. I want to see how it was written. That’s the glory of Open Source! Hopefully, I can do more with it soon.

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October 3, 2015

Year’s Minds Calendar

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“Year’s mind” is the commemoration of a deceased member of the faithful on the anniversary of his or her death. This is often a celebration of the Holy Mass (a requiem), or may simply be a formal prayer ritual. Strictly speaking, this commemoration is held one year after death, though it is not uncommon that some formal remembrance be made on the anniversaries thereafter. Certainly, it is the duty of all faithful Catholics to keep the souls of the departed in their prayers, whether or not they are in need of intercession. Prayer is never wasted as a result of our simple ignorance, and the graces dispensed for this act of spiritual mercy will flow to whoever needs it as God sees fit.

What better way to remind yourself to pray for your loved ones than to set up a year’s mind calendar in your calendar software? Many people record birthdays, and this works basically the same way. It can be recorded as an all-day event or a 10-minute appointment with God — either way, the important thing is that it catches your attention and brings you to prayer. Added bonus: set it up as an annually recurring event and you won’t have to remember to copy your calendar each year.


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