The Dogmat saw Pictures, Pictures Everywhere

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The Dogmat has been renewing his interest in photography recently, and has come across a number of pertinent articles.13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity: The Dogmat will be taking himself for walks in the future, camera in paw, and he can use a little help getting back into the game. Some of these look like a lot of fun. (Note: "exercise" means making photographs subject to certain constraints, not calisthenics. Although the Dogmat could use those as … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Litigation, Minecraft Cathedrals, and Absurd Optimism

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The Dogmat saw the usual range of stuff, including a couple of thought-provoking pieces and some absurd and touching faith in the power of technology and technological thinking.The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens in Minecraft: Be sure to click through and watch the video; it's truly an amazing accomplishment. (Link courtesy of Tom McDonald.)What's the Point of Pointless Suffering?: We've been discussing suffering recently, chez Dogmat; here's one of Jennifer Fitz' recent posts on the … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw The Beauty

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The Dogmat has seen a lot of neat and beautiful stuff over the last couple of weeks, amid everything else. Being doggy rather than catty, the Dogmat prefers to focus on the beautiful stuff.How to Express Admiration: Scott Meyer explains (in cartoon form) how to express admiration for another; and specifically how to express admiration for Walt Disney because "he's the closest thing we've ever had to a Bond movie villain." After all, did build "an immense complex in the middle of a swamp, … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Racism and Death

Much of what the Dogmat saw this week made him unhappy, especially the news from Charleston. The Dogmat is glad that the shooter's goal of igniting a race war has so far not been reached, and he is mightily impressed with the forgiveness shown by the survivors.On Racism in the American South and the Shock of the Charleston Shootings: While providing neither a facile explanation for the shooter's actions nor a facile prescription for how to prevent similar shootings, Jen Fitz provides some … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Causal Chains, People Burning Alive, and Real Distinctions

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This week the Dogmat saw dance recitals, mostly. Lots and lots of dance recitals. Or, actually, one dance recital spread over several days with lots and lots of dances. But he also had time to see a few things on the Webs.Cross on Scotus on causal series: For those who have been discussing Thomas' arguments for God's existence, here's an article that gives a nice clear explanation of the distinction between the two kinds of causal chains (and why it matters). The rest of you can move … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Pakistani Jazz, Gnostics and Small, Petty Men

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This week the Dogmat saw a string orchestra from Pakistan, Robert Barron on modern variants of gnosticism, Julie Davis on being petty, and a host of other things.Pakistani Musicians Play Amazing Version of 'Take Five': And so they do, although the Dogmat isn't sure the sitar (the Dogmat thinks it's a sitar) is really a jazz instrument. Two wags and a shrill yip.On Small, Petty Men and Loving One Another: Julie Davis on how she manages to defuse her worser self, with bonus C.S. Lewis and … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Shticks, Schemes, and Broken Gods

It was another good week for the Dogmat, barking-wise; the Internet continues to serve up the digital equivalent of postmen and boys on skateboards.I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How. The Dogmat wants you to read this one, and to remember it the next time you read the words, "Studies show...". Science is an amazing tool when it's done right, but when it's done wrong it's no help at all...and it's so easy and there are so many incentives to do it … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Outrage, Lies, Persons, and Art

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The Dogmat saw many things this week, and all too few of them were goofy. A number of them made the Dogmat's ears itch, though, so there's that.Faux outrage, or sounding the alarm: Jane the Actuary talks about the merchants of outrage and the relationship between outrage, clicks, and ad revenues. The Dogmat has been known to bark at nothing in particular from time to time, but agrees it's no way to live.There are only persons: The Dogmat once drove his then girlfriend to angry … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat’s Dictionary: Mystical Body Dysphoria

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Mystical Body Dysphoria (MBD): A condition that occurs when a member of the Mystical Body of Christ feels strongly that another member of the Mystical Body of Christ is an alien being forming no part of the body and who must therefore be cast into the outer darkness. MBD generally occurs because the second member is insufficiently similar to the first in terms of apostolate, liturgical or devotional preference, evangelical priorities, political affiliation, or other areas of interest. MBD is … [Read more...]

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