Monthly Archives: October 2008

Singable Translation: “Attende, Domine”

Yes, yet another example of my insistence on using slow airs for hymns. This one works fairly well, I think. It sounds a bit better than it looks.

“Attende Domine/O Hear Us, O Lord”
Lyrics: Maureen S. O’Brien, 10/30/08
after “Attende Domine” (Trad.)
Music: “Cumha Eoghain Rua Ui Neill” (Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill)
Trad. Irish.

Attende, Domine —
O hear us, O Lord.
Et miserere —
and have mercy, O– Lord.
Quia peccavimus —
for we have sinned, O Lord.
Tiiiiibi —
against You-, O Lord.

Attende, Domine,
Et miserere
Quia peccavimus

To You, Most High King,
Redeemer of all things.
We lift up our eyes.
O graciously hear
Your pleading people’s prayers.


At the Father’s right hand
The Cornerstone,
O Road of Salvation,
O Gate of Heaven.
Wash off our spots and stains
From all the wrongs we’ve done.


O God, we ask
Your Majesty’s sacred ear
That our groans and our sighs
You graciously will hear
For our crimes, kindly one,
O kindly grant us pardon.


To You, we admit
All– the crimes we commit.
With contrite heart for it,
we set out the sins that we have hid.
O Redeemer, take pity.
Forgive us, in Your mercy.


Innocent, caught.
Unresisting, brought.
With the witnesses bought,
By crooked men, condemned —
Those You redeemed on that day,
O Christ, keep them that way.


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A New Fiend of Twenty Faces Movie in Japan?

Apparently, the producers of Daughter of Twenty Faces are not the only ones who’ve been dreaming of the ultimate master of theft and disguise in the world of Edogawa Rampo. There’s a new action movie coming out in Japan called K-20. (That’s short for Kaiju 20 Mensou.)

Pretty cool, eh?

Anyway, the story is that our favorite Kaiju of 20 Faces is running around Tokyo in 1949 in a sort of leather Zorro suit (when not wearing disguises), pursued by the famous private detective Akechi Kogoro in his suave high fashion suits (when not wearing disguises).

Unfortunately for him, a totally innocent young acrobat finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is accused of being Twenty Faces himself! How can he prove his innocence while being hunted down by the police? Obviously, he’s got to do what even Akechi can’t manage — capture 20 Faces!

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Go See Changeling

It’s an Angelina Jolie movie directed by Clint Eastwood and written by the great J. Michael Straczynski, who unearthed this true story of the naked city and worked hard to bring it to the screen.

If you want to see a real life noir tale, this is the movie for you.

If you’ve been complaining that you never get to see women play meaty roles, and that there’s too many actresses stuck playing cardboard cutouts named “Love Interest” or “Bimbo”, this is the movie for you.

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I’ll Try and Post Something That’s Not Gross….

… but apparently, that’s all I’ve got for today.

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Food Festival Killed the Cat

Apparently, I missed the outrage earlier this month, when the Sun revealed that Canete, Peru holds a cat-eating festival every year, the Festival Gastronomico de Gato. (I’ll spare you the links to YouTube coverage of the event.)

Anyway, this festival takes place on September 21st, on the Feast of St. Iphigenia, which name ought to be enough to provide you folklore scholars with a couple of articles. But the story goes that she was an Ethiopian virgin non-martyr, originally converted by St. Matthew, who helped evangelize her homeland. According to this gentleman living in Valparaiso, however, St. Iphigenia was later appropriated as “the patron saint of the Black Arts“, which ought to provide three or four more articles.

The truth of the matter seems to be that the local church for black slaves was often named after St. Iphigenia of Ethiopia, and that the only meat slaves could afford was stray cat.

Maybe they only eat Cats That Look Like Hitler?

(Yes, this is a pretty gruesome post. But this is Halloween week, so I’m being seasonal.)

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I Think I’d Have to Be Starving.

From a UK food blog, a description of Scandinavia’s method of eating sharkmeat. Which is apparently poisonously full of uric acid, unless you follow the Scandinavian method.

Dear heavens. And I thought lutefisk and salty licorice were peculiar.


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The Omnivore’s Hundred

Via Goodie Goodie Gumdrops:

Below is a list of 100 things that every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all!

Thanks to the original blogger who thought this up. (If you have questions or are wondering about food on the list, check out the handy FAQ.)

Here’s what you do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or headcheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, Wikipedia has the answers!

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