How “Star Trek” Can Shape a Life

Writing for Wired, "GeekMom" Jules Sherred explains the importance of Star Trek to her life, and how it shaped her. My first conversation about this new series didn’t go exactly how I had hoped. For the rest of my class, Star Trek: The Next Generation was the first time they had watched Star Trek on television. They had seen most of the motion pictures, but they had no idea what I was referring to when I would draw parallels to Star Trek: The Original Series. Despite being slightly disappointed … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: An Apocalypse You Can Believe In

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Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.Last week, Slate's Torie Bosch posted a rather unorthodox critique of NBC's new sci-fi series, Revolution. She didn't seem to actively dislike the show, but something about it bugged her... the fact that the women in the show's post-apocalyptic society still had perfect hair. The daughter of Revolution, Charlie (played by Tracy Spiridakos), wears carefully tousled waves with a hint o … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Cheap Music from Amazon (September 2012 Edition)

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Another month, another collection of cheap, yet excellent music from Amazon. This time around, we'll be looking at a soul legend, some of the earliest e … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: NBC's Olympics coverage could be so much better

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.I'm going through withdrawal. After two weeks of reveling in the Olympics, I've returned back to "normal" life where gold medals, world records, and inspirational feats of human strength and prowess are few and far between. I might have to fire up my DVR every so often during the next few weeks to get another little fix... at least, until the 2014 Winter Games commence. Unfortunately, this … [Read more...]

Higgs Boson and the Goodness of Scientific Discovery

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On July 4, 2012, scientists at Switzerland's CERN made an announcement that involved an altogether different kind of fireworks, i.e., the kind of fireworks that one gets when smashing protons into each other at nearly the speed of light. After close to forty years of theorizing, analyzing, and searching -- and yes, smashing protons -- the scientists announced that they were 99.9999% certain that they had discovered the elusive Higgs Boson. Considered by many in the scientific community to be one … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: The Haunted World of David Eugene Edwards

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.In September, Glitterhouse Records will release The Laughing Stalk, the latest album from Woven Hand, aka, the latest project by David Eugene Edwards. E … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Cheap Music from Amazon (July 2012 Edition)

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.This time around, I'm going to do something different and highlight some exceptional, perhaps even necessary, albums that are currently on sale via Amazon's … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Music To Help You Survive The Summer

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.If your town has been anything like Lincoln, Nebraska lately, then this summer has been hot. Oppressively, abysmally, soul-crushingly hot. When it's pushing … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Mono, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Damien Jurado

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.MonoThanks to the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Mogwai, and Explosions In The Sky, apocalyptic post-rock bands have become a dime a dozen, with n … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: The Angelic Ambiguity of "Haibane Renmei"

What comes to mind when you see the word "anime"? Chances are, the list probably includes such tropes as giant robots, ridiculously proportioned female characters wielding ridiculously large weapons, angst-ridden male characters, lots of sex, lots of violence, and lots of violent sex. This is understandable, when you consider most of anime titles that have informed the American awareness of the art-form. However, anime, along with manga, is an incredibly diverse field, with titles and stories … [Read more...]


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