There’s nothing quite like a camera to make yourself the most popular guy in the room!
Not that being popular was the goal, mind you. Celebration was the goal. Friday was Fr. David’s 10th anniversary celebration of his ordination to the priesthood. We had a Mass with all of the pomp and ceremony we could muster (including a couple of pieces of music sung by two very talented friends of Fr. D). I found it pretty amazing that we’d get 700+ people out to Mass on a Friday night — it was super cool. Then, we headed to the community hall for a social evening. Fun fun!
On Sunday I headed into Saskatoon to participate in the final Mass & reception for the Lay Formation graduation / commissioning. Again, it was a great celebration and all the stops were pulled out for the Mass, which was presided by the bishop. The music was phenomenal, also. They used a Mass setting by Michael Joncas and augmented the large choir with horns, a flute, a violin, grand piano, and the organ. Quite nice.
On another note, my computer seems to be running good now that I’ve unplugged my MIDI cable when I boot. I have no idea why that would cause problems, but removing the cable seems to have done the trick. Any ideas? I have a Sound Blaster Live! Value 5.1 sound card… and I am stumped as to how a MIDI cable would do anything to the USB and PS/2 ports. Maybe it’s just a coincidence.
Finally, I did a presentation in Kindersley yesterday on the Eucharist in early Christianity. I also got to eat at Lamont‘s place and afterwards he gave me his colour Palm m505! Thanks Lamont! I managed to get my addresses and date book transferred from my older Palm IIIxe. I also discovered that there was an OS upgrade to PalmOS 4.1 available. Unfortunately, I had to boot into Windows (ewww :-) and install the Palm Desktop software to do the upgrade. But now, it seems to be working well, and kpilot even synchronizes properly! Woo hoo! It has conduits that let me move the data to and from the *great* Kontact scheduler / email client / address book / RSS reader / etc. software for KDE.