End of January Open

The two people for whom these open posts were primarily started seem little-interested as the new ones get opened. Fine, I guess. I know people go to pages they’ve already visited. Maybe others would want to weigh in as the first month of 2015 concludes.

Roman Numerals

When I was a boy, one of my mom’s cookbooks had a section with pages listed in Roman numerals from one to 58–oops i to lviii. When Mom told me C was for 100, D for 500, and M for a thousand, I was good to party like it was 4,999.

I heard that the 2016 Super Bowl will use “50.” Obviously Roger Goodell has more on his mind than looking up the next number in my mother’s cookbook. Time to return to Arabic numerals. Or is it? Can you imagine if there’s some anti-Muslim traditional Catholic fringe-dweller out there who might protest if she or he knew which number system came from where, and converted their whole clan to the Roman system?

Time Travel

If I were a time traveler, going back a few thousand years, I would “invent” the modern Arabic system of numbers, thus revolutionizing bookkeeping and accounting and all.


Anybody doing anything for the feast on Monday?



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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to End of January Open

  1. David D. says:

    “[T]raditional Catholic fringe-dweller[s]” have a few options for Candlemas in the NYC area including at Manhattan’s unofficial “Latin Mass” parish:

    Holy Innocents,128 West 37th Street, New York
    Mass at 6:00 PM
    (Accompanied by the Blessing and Distribution of Candles, as well as the indoor Procession before the start of the Mass. On this day, when the Holy Family went to the Temple, all are encouraged to attend Mass and take part in the beautiful ceremonies (and music) for Candlemas. Parishioners are also encouraged to bring their own (beeswax) candles to be blessed.)

    As I learned in my intro to accounting for non-accountants, a Franciscan friar by the name of Luca Pacioli had seminal role in the development of modern accounting.

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