How Apple Can Take Over The World

The iPad has become the Tablet standard, and Apple managed to come out with an improved version before any of its competitors had even managed to come close to matching the first iteration. As the news breaks that Amazon is going to be offering an eBook reader that they hope can compete with the iPad, [Read More...]

The Oldest Question in the Universe (It Has Indeed Been Hidden in Plain Sight)

I really and truly think I might know what “the oldest question in the universe” mentioned on this season of Doctor Who is. And the answer really has been hidden in plain sight. But before proceeding, presumably I should quote the Doctor and say… The question has been in our view (“hidden in plain sight”) [Read More...]

Closing Time for Doctor Who? Silence Will Fall

Today’s episode of Doctor Who, “Closing Time,” brought together everything that we love about the show: the Doctor swinging back and forth between cocky overconfidence and severe self doubt, robot dogs, Cybermen turning up in unexpectedly ordinary places, mysteries about the Doctor’s past and future, and an abundance of humor as the Doctor says and [Read More...]

Jesus and the Stereotypical Hero

Ricky Carvel, on his blog Confessions of a Doubting Thomas, noted a set of characteristics that tend to be associated with heroes, and asked whether the very large correspondence, as he sees it, indicates something about the historicity of Jesus. First, here’s the list, which is originally based on the book The Hero: A Study [Read More...]

How Will Doctor Who Fans React If The Doctor’s Real Name Turns Out To Be…?

How will Doctor Who fans react if the Doctor’s real name turns out to be… …what River Song always calls him? In other words… “Sweetie” [Read more...]

The Missing SBL/AAR University of Durham Reception has been Found!

Many thanks to Ben Blackwell for tracking down the missing Durham University reception! I was looking through the program books for SBL and then AAR with a sense of dismay that our Durham crowd might not have a set place to gather. But although it isn’t listed in the printed program books, the University of [Read More...]

Overdrive Media, WMA Files and the iPad (A New Way to Enjoy Lost Episodes of Doctor Who)

This post should be of interest to those who are not Doctor Who fans, but I thought I would use Doctor Who as an example. Many public libraries, including that in Indianapolis, have been acquiring increasing numbers of ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded directly from their web site. I recently checked out a [Read More...]

What Should the Southern Baptist Convention Change Its Name To?

As Jim West, Hemant Mehta and Claude Mariottini have noted, the Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing its name. The Southern Baptists, for those who may not be familiar with them, formed when Baptists in the Southern part of the United States (hence the name) broke away from the Baptist union of which they were [Read More...]

Happy 7th Anniversary, LOST Fans!

Nikki Stafford offered anniversary wishes on her blog, reminding us that it is 7 years since the first episode of LOST aired. How time flies. Nikki will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming LOST mini-conference in New Orleans in October. The program can be viewed online. [Read more...]

Applied Immersion Linguistics at SBL in San Francisco

I received my SBL program book in the mail yesterday, and looked to see what sessions looked interesting and begin figuring out which I might like to attend. Among the most striking are the lunchtime meetings in applied linguistics: S20-202 Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages 11/20/2011 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM Room: Howard – Intercontinental [Read More...]

Darth Vader’s New Voice

There has been a lot of discussion of George Lucas’ alterations to the classic Star Wars films for their Blu-Ray release. This parody is the one that I think is the funniest: If nothing else, watching the parody will make you feel better about what George Lucas actually did. [Read more...]


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