Day -001: The New University Chapel

img_20151230_093859-01.jpegAteneo de Davao held the blessing of the University Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumnption today. I made it a point to attend the Mass because, hey, it’s history. The chapel is on the site of the old one, so it’s really like going back to where we were.

That said, I’m going to miss the old chapel. The arrangement was really just temporary all along. After all, it used to be an activity hall, and it will probably go back to that function. But three years of Masses there and it has grown on me. I like its simplicity and its accessibility, even for our neighbors in the community.

The new chapel will also take some getting used to. It’s…bigger and it feels more posh. I’m not very comfortable with some of the design choices. It feels like they call too much attention to themselves. Or maybe it’s just me.

I ran a survey with some college faculty because I needed the data for my SDAPS optical mark recognition project. I had 23 respondents in all. Guess what? Fifteen of them didn’t read or follow instructions. That’s about 65%. They used the wrong marking style for the check boxes. I have to hand it to SDAPS, though. It’s very forgiving of these types of mistakes.

Reading

I just realized that A Moveable Feast forms Hemingway’s ars poetica. I read elsewhere about Hemingway’s writing process, how he had to start a story with “one true sentence, and go from there.” Also about how he had to stop writing when he knew where the story was going, so that when he started writing again the next day, he continued from where he left off. I think that, for Hemingway, it’s about momentum. All this is in the second chapter of Feast.

I picked up Kurt Vonnegut’s Deadeye Dick for my, er, leisure reading. Vonnegut used to appeal to me, and many ways, he still does, but I’m a little more wary now of his cynical world-weary style.

Learning

I took a long walk this morning and a round-trip jeepney ride to school and back. I listened to In Our Time’s episode on the scientist Michael Faraday. Quite an interesting character, Faraday was. Mostly self-educated, an experimentalist and a natural philosopher through and through, but strangely, very anti-mathematical. It took James Clerk Maxwell to codify Faraday’s discoveries on magnetism as equations, and Faraday wasn’t too happy with that, apparently. Interestingly, the development of our non-Newtonian understanding of physics has Faraday, Maxwell, and Einstein as the major milestones.

I also listened to the first episode of Orbital Path, wherein they talk about this star occluded by some strange object by as much as 22%. Some variation of a Dyson sphere? The astronomers are still scratching their heads on this one.

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Dom Cimafranca

Teacher, writer, project manager, and all-around nice guy.