The Future of the Impressive Personal Library

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Time Travel and the Bible

The blog Unreasonable Faith shared this cartoon, a Bible/Back to the Future mash up: It would presumably have been worth posting just for its humor value, and because it brings together two major themes of this blog – religion and science fiction. But I think it could actually lead nicely to some interesting and at [Read More...]

Easier Jailbreak Now Available for iPad 2 and iPhone Using PC with Absinthe

Lots of people who tried jailbreaking their iPad 2 or iPhone using the initial command line release experienced errors and problems. Thankfully, Absinthe for PC (think of it as Jailbreak 2.0, if you wish) is already available, a simple application that you can run and which should work. You may want to make a backup [Read More...]

Religion in Captain America: The First Avenger

I just watched Captain America: The First Avenger and found it interesting to see how they connected it with the themes of aliens visiting ancient Norway in Thor and the idea that super-advanced science/technology is indistinguishable not only from magic and superstition but religion. Red Skull is played effectively by Hugo Weaving (made famous by The [Read More...]

iPad 2 Untethered Jailbreak available for Mac OSX users (version for PC Windows and Linux to follow soon)

The news is breaking that an untethered jailbreak is finally available for the iPad 2, using a tool called Absinthe. The Mac OSX version has been released, and ones for PC/Windows and Linux users are promised soon. The Greenp0ison website is not always keeping up with the strain from so much traffic, but when working [Read More...]

Alcatraz: J. J. Abrams Takes Us To Another Mysterious Island, Tries To Make Our Heads Explode

It took me a while to get around to watching the first two hours of the new TV show “Alcatraz.” There have been comments that it is trying to be the next LOST (which I think is true, even down to the music) and that Jorge Garcia’s character is trying to be too much like [Read More...]

“Emergency Access” to Wikipedia during the SOPA and PIPA Protests

New Scientist posted some ways to get access to Wikipedia today in spite of the blackout. On the one hand, I think they are worth drawing attention to, since some of these would definitely be useful for other sites in other situations where the main original site is not working for some reason. On the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The War Machines (and the computer that knew the Doctor’s name)

The episode of Doctor Who, “The War Machines,” may seem to explore familiar terrain to viewers today. But keep in mind that this episode was written and aired not only decades before Skynet and the Terminator films, but also years before the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project was released. And so the Doctor Who episode [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Savages

The episode “The Savages” is significant for several reasons. It was the first episode to have one single title for its multiple parts – earlier “episodes” had completely separate names for the individual parts, and no clear name for the unified story that was told across them. It also was, I believe, the first time [Read More...]

iPad 2 Jailbreak Almost Here!

The news is circulating that, after a long period of little progress, an untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2 and other A5 devices running iOS 5.0.1 is expected to be available very soon. I’m looking forward to being able to activate voice control, available on the iPod Touch but switched off on the iPad and [Read More...]

Tebowing Terminator

Was this military robot PETMAN programmed to tebow, or is this an act of spontaneous thanksgiving to its creators, having successfully carried out its first test mission? The above is just a prototype. Here is what the finished model is expected to look like when striking the same tebowing pose:   [Read more...]


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