Tuesday, June 13, 2006


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  • The opinions stated here may not be the actual opinion of anyone, including the author, since the author is taking pain pills for a sprained ankle, and he feels really, really good right now.

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  • The author is not a cradle Catholic, but is one of those pesky, annoying converts.

  • The author loves writing stuff in ancient Greek and Latin, although he doesn't read either. He just thinks that it looks really cool.

  • The author has read only a trivial amount of C. S. Lewis, but he did read Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings in junior high school.

  • The author is greatly interested in the classical arts, but his childhood artistic talents dried up completely when he became 11 years old; now he can only draw horrible-looking stick figures.

  • The author likes to preach, so this website tends to be, well, preachy.

  • Philosophically, the author is attracted to Plato and Aristotle, and Aquinas was instrumental in his conversion; he is an opponent of modern and postmodern subjective philosophies. But what's true for him isn't necessarily true for you—although if you believe that, you are technically really goofy.

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