I’ll drink to that: new pubs pledge profits to charity

A very cool trend worth noting, from the New York Times:  Ask a bartender exactly how much profit was collected from that pint of beer you just drank, and the answer is likely to be as murky as a barrel-aged bourbon stout. The economics of alcohol, like the calorie count, are usually about the last [Read More…]

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“It’s not a sin to be beautiful”

That’s evidently the translation of the headline above, trumpeting Vanity Fair’s story on the pope’s private secretary. Details: Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict’s private secretary, who has been dubbed “Gorgeous George” by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy. The prelate has landed on the cover of Vanity Fair. The cover on the [Read More…]

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The end of dating

They’ve pulled the plug on courtship, and the New York Times is there to write the obit: Raised in the age of so-called “hookup culture,” millennials — who are reaching an age where they are starting to think about settling down — are subverting the rules of courtship. Instead of dinner-and-a-movie, which seems as obsolete [Read More…]

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Happy Feast of the Ass

I kid you not. I’m actually early with this; today is technically the vigil of the Feast of the Ass.  But I wanted you to be able to get a jump on things. A seminarian friend writes: How can we ever come to receive the fullness of the treasury of the Church’s liturgical tradition ignoring [Read More…]

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Someone alert George Jetson: amazing device projects a computer keyboard onto any flat surface

Wow.  Just wow:  Smartphone and tablet users who want a full-sized keyboard without carrying one around may want to check out a device called the Magic Cube. Demoed by manufacturer Celluon at CES this week, the Magic Cube displays a full keyboard and a multi-touch mouse on just about any flat surface. The virtual keyboard and mouse appear as [Read More…]

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“Every age, we think we’re having the last laugh, and at every age we’re wrong…”

If you have some things you’d like to change in the new year, you might take comfort from a new report which notes that change, one way or another, is inevitable. From the New York Times:  When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have [Read More…]

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Meet the man who plays “Taps” for his neighbors every night

From my former colleague Steve Hartman at CBS News, a lovely slice of American life: Every evening, for two years now, Don Brittain walks out onto his porch with his trusty trumpet and plays the famous 24 notes for Taps. Now, it has become a nightly ritual for his entire neighborhood in Tacoma, Washington to [Read More…]

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What will religion in America look like in 2060?

The conservative American Family Association offers its prediction: A conservative religious group is warning that 2060 will be a grim time, when Christians are treated “like African Americans were prior to civil rights,” the family unit is dissolved and America has a Muslim president. Christian organization the American Family Association issued the warning to members on [Read More…]

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Superman was Jewish? Who knew?

An intriguing little item from today’s New York Times:  Years before Superman could be easily spotted in the sky among the birds and planes — or in motion pictures, or on billboards or lunchboxes or the many other pop-cultural artifacts he now occupies — his co-creator Joe Shuster met him in person on the street. In 1945, [Read More…]

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Ping-pong prodigy withdraws because final match fell on Sabbath

How many kids do you know who have this kind of devotion? Details:  She doesn’t spin on Shabbos. Ping-pong prodigy Estee Ackerman, an 11-year-old from Long Island, was disqualified from her final event at the 2012 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas last Dec. 21 when her match fell on the Jewish holy [Read More…]

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