_______________________________"Hearing a nun's confession is like being stoned to death by popcorn." - Fulton J. Sheen___________________________

Friday, February 18, 2011


It's me, The Kernel. Just thought I'd share a new animation. Well, to be honest it's a remake of Hummer and Tongue. Same idea, but better visuals. Enjoy, Share, Rinse, Repeat.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Onward and Upward

Hope you’ve all had a happy Christmas and New Year. My year promises to be an incredibly busy one. So after a bit of soul searching, I’ve decided (with the assent of the Cornfederate) that after 18 months and 150 posts, this blog will be closing. Even though it’s been a fun little hobby, blogs are ravenous beasts and tend to be surprisingly time consuming; something I can’t really afford as I move on to bigger and better things. I'll certainly miss it though, and will probably even come back to it one day, either as the Kernel of Death by Popcorn or on a completely new blog. I also hope to keep practicing with the animations, so perhaps a few might make it onto here. As it ascends to bloggy heaven, I’d like to thank all eight of you for reading these ramblings, and hope that you have been mildly entertained by our rants and attempts at humor. My account will stay active so posts will still be around for posterity (or should that be post-erity?) I also encourage anybody thinking about starting their own blog to give it a go. With a few notable exceptions, the Catholic blogosphere is somewhat lagging behind its English and American counterparts, and it would be nice to see a couple more blogs out there with an Australian perspective on things.

Until we meet again, I've been the Kernel, thanks for reading.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Shall Never...

...Prophecy again. St. Paul's words are ringing in my ears, which are burning with embarrassment. I cannot quote directly, but something about some persons getting some gifts and others not (but each from the same Spirit)...Prophecy is is not mine and I shall never again, especially where fickle cricketers are concerned, give it a go. Mea Culpa indeed! Bring home the Ashes boys, my faith is restored.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Moral Compass Travel Edition

Yes, the compass is back with some timely travel advice for the holidays.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Solar Power

Seen on the way to Mass in Anaheim last week:
Can you believe that I am so judgemental/stupid that it took someone else to point out to me that in this case 'Sun' was short for Sunday? Of course, I still have my doubts...

Saturday, December 11, 2010


The problem with blogging is that prophetic posts such as my last can come back to haunt. North was dropped and I feel a bit of a fool! However, I am still outraged as he was replaced by a relative no-namer and the selection of Hughes coincided with the man making a duck! I maintain the Ashes are lost but don't listen to me...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ashes Debacle

I for one am shamed. North won't be dropped because we are going into a W.A. test, our two leaders failed, we took how many wickets? and we have how many pushing for a test spot? Woe is the Australian Cricket Team.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fulton Friday

Well, it's still Friday here in LA:

"There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Status: Discerning

Those readers with a Facebook account and more than a few Catholic friends may have noticed a relatively new app called Priestville. Like other 'ville'-style apps, this role playing game has the player involved in all sorts of little tasks to earn certain rewards including, among other things, indulgences, parishioners and charisma points. Completing the daily readings and learning about the saint of the day also play an integral part in the player's ministerial duties. While it all seems a rather silly notion, a recent survey of around 460 regular players revealed some interesting stats. According to a post by the Priestville team:
  • 45% of young men (age 24 and younger) said that playing PriestVille made them more interested in becoming a Priest. 35% of these said, "Much More Interested." These statistics exclude Seminarians.
  • 23% of Seminarians surveyed said that playing PriestVille has made them more likely to actually become a Priest. 70% of these said, "Much More Likely."
Of practicing Catholics who attend Mass less than once per week:
  • 30% said that, since they started playing PriestVille, they attend Mass more often, and
  • The percentage of this group who do Daily Readings at least once per week grew from 4% to 52% since they started playing PriestVille.
There's more, but I'll let you read the rest. And sure, Facebook and reliable statistics don't tend to go hand in hand, but it does offer some food for thought.

I've been working on a special travel edition of Moral Compass during flights, so hopefully should have that up soonish.