Sometimes you DON’T get the best deal online

I've found this rather counterintuitive, so I thought I'd share for bargain hunting posterity.Since I spilled a cup of coffee on my laptop (a Lenovo 3000 N100) recently, a few of my keys either stopped working completely or began to stick something fierce. As a result, I've been living without easy access to the '-' key in most programs (exception: MS Word, where I was able to map an autoreplace shortcut to get it; for others I've either gone without or pasted in … [Read more...]

The power of HTML: The Synoptic Gospels Primer

It's rare that I see web page that so perfectly captures the power of HTML to make complex ideas accessible as this wonderful website exploring the Two Documents Hypothesis in New Testament studies. Take a look at the Synoptic Gospels Primer's color-coded analysis the Synoptic Gospels' various renderings of the Parable of the Mustard Seed in the Gospels to see what I mean. The power of strategic use of color and smart hyper links. … [Read more...]

Past writings & the dangers of Internet procrastination

Having grown weary of the chore of googling myself every time I want to find past writings, I've added to each page a list of links to past writings available online. It's called "My writings elsewhere". Here's the current list, for those interested:2008-01-23: "MLK's 'Dream' Unrealized and Undigested"Religion Dispatches 2007-12-31: "UK Muslims & the 'War on Christmas'"Religion Dispatches 2007-11-01: "Jyllands-Posten and the Otherization of Europe's … [Read more...]

I’ve taken a second wife

She's a svelte, multi-lingual beauty from Sweden. Now, if she just spoke Arabic, too, she'd be perfect. Here's a recent photo:C-Pen 20 Handheld ScannerC-Pen 20 Pen Scanner scans text, numbers, barcodes and small images from forms, invoices and other printed or hand-printed documents/books/magazines. C-Pen recognizes text in over 167 languages. The scanned data is transferred immediately into your PC, laptop or Win XP based handheld device. C-Pen 20 free integration software creates … [Read more...]

Forget blowing up the Death Star. Try being a Third World farmer!

There's a fascinating and innovative new "Civilization"-style web-based game in the works where you take the role of a Third World farmer struggling to survive in the neofeudal economic order that is modern "Globalization" for much of the world.  It can be played online, so try it out.BTW, it looks like this game is being developed in Denmark.  It's nice to see a reminder of the vision and compassion that characterized Danish politics before Denmark went … [Read more...]

Islamist mods of popular video games

Speaking of Muslims and the Internet... Islamists using US video games in youth appeal - Yahoo! News Tech-savvy militants from al Qaeda and other groups have modified video war games so that U.S. troops play the role of bad guys in running gunfights against heavily armed Islamic radical heroes, Defense Department official and contractors told Congress.[..]"Battlefield 2" ordinarily shows U.S. troops engaging forces from China or a united Middle East coalition. But in a modified video … [Read more...]

Virtually Islamic

Thought I'd share a very interesting blog that charts the intersection of Islam and the Internet called Virtually Islamic.  It's by Gary Bunt, the author of a number of cutting-edge books and articles on Muslims and the Internet.  If you're a techie like me, you're sure to find it entertaining.  For example, he reports on a stink in Saudi Arabia at the moment over an imam who was punished for using his laptop during the khutbah (Friday sermon). It's inelegant and undesirable in … [Read more...]

Akram’s Razor, debasing philosophical discourse on the Internet

In order to share an amusing anecdote, I'm going to have to admit doing something I suspect many of us do secretly late at night when no one is watching.  I periodically Google myself.  Yes, I do it and I do it regularly. I like to think it's less ego than procrastination and idle curiosity--it is interesting to observe how information spreads on the Internet and what better case study is available than one's own webpage--but I'll leave that call to the shrinks. Another motivation is, … [Read more...]