Lost in Translation

Well, Mass today was one of the last times I’ll get to experience Catholic Mass as I’ve come to know it for my 39 years.  In their infinite wisdom, the Catholic hierarchy has decided that the words to the Mass are too easy to straightforward and that we need to revert to more archaic language.  That will bring us, if not closer to God, closer to other Catholics also using more archaic translations to their own languages.  Or something like that.  Via the Post:

English-speaking Catholics are bracing for the biggest changes to their Mass since the 1960s, a shift some leaders warn could cause “ritual whiplash.”

The overhaul, which will become mandatory Nov. 27, is aimed at unifying the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide with a translation that is as close as possible to the original Latin version. It allows for less independence and diversity of interpretation in a church that in recent decades has tried to retain more control over how Catholicism is defined.

One Bishop’s response summed up my thoughts quite well:

Erie, Pa., Bishop Donald Trautman says that such words as “consubstantial” and “chalice” and a Jesus “born ineffably of the inviolate Virgin” won’t help Catholics get closer to God.

And as for changes such as:

Other changes emphasize the difference between common English and Latin: “When supper was ended, He took the cup” becomes: “In a similar way, when supper was ended, He took this precious chalice in His holy and venerable hands.”

I just kind of roll my eyes at language like that.  Maybe that makes me a bad Catholic.  Not that this will stop me from going to Mass most weeks, but just more reason for me to feel like the Catholic hierarchy doesn’t get it.

Chargers, market failure, etc.

Perhaps the greatest rip-off in the world of modern electronics is buying the cables, connectors, etc., in bricks and mortar stores instead of on-line.   Things you can usually find at ebay for $.99 or so show up in Best Buy and the like for $25.  Sure, the quality may be a little less, but for the most part, a USB 2.0 cable is a USB 2.o cable.  And, you know what?  If it goes bad, it’s pretty affordable to have a few extra.  I’ve probably bought  5 or 6 generic Motorola cell phone chargers for about $1 each.  Yes, they tend to go bad after a while, but at that price, I’ve always got another one waiting and still haven’t paid near what it would cost to go into a cell phone store and buy one.  My Ipad charger cord (the original) recently went bad and I just pulled out an extra one I had bought for my Ipod for $.99.  All good, and no frantic trip to the Apple store to pay $30 so that Alex would not throw a tantrum over an un-charged Ipad.  And, of course, I went on Ebay and ordered another $.99 spare.  When I ordered by Blu-Ray DVD from Amazon, I also ordered a $2 HDMI cable, to avoid $25 Best Buy version.  Anyway, Kevin Drum had a recent interesting post on the bizarring pricing of similar objects at Best Buy:

Apple Computer seems to think that $50 is a fair price for a spare iPhone charger, so I headed off to Best Buy today to see if I could find something more reasonably priced. And I did. But can anyone explain this?

On the left, you can buy a power adapter plus a cord for $21.99. On the right, you can buy just the cord — the exact same cord — for $24.99. Surely there’s a breakdown of the free market at work here. But of what nature, exactly?

Drum did some wrong math– it’s only $30 from Applpe, but the point about Best Buy remains.  I think the failure has something to do with the intellect of the customers.  Not to mention, if one is already ordering something like this on-line, Best Buy is about the last place you should go.

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