Jewish Androids

I finally got around to starting to watch The Big Bang Theory recently. It is hilarious! I was surprised by how much treatment of religion there is in the first half of the first season. I particularly liked the treatment of what it would mean to be a Jewish android, including circumcision and powering down [Read More...]

Technology is Making Us (Anti-)Social

Thom Stark was one of several who shared this on Facebook. In addition to the irony of the phrase, which applies as well to newspapers as it does to smartphones and other electrinic devices, there is the fact that the things the passengers are holding connect them to news and information about and from a [Read More...]

STS Instructor Position

A couple of courses I teach, such as “Religion and Science,” count towards the Science, Technology, and Society program here at Butler University. And so I thought I ought to circulate this job advertisement connected with that program: Instructor Science, Technology and Society Program Butler University announces an Instructor position in its Science, Technology and [Read More...]

The “Bible Scholar” App

I have mentioned before the need for an app that makes Biblical scholarship available to the general public for free. A recently-publicized app called “The Bible Scholar” illustrates why it is needed, rather than actually providing what is needed. The app is the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary, and many other [Read More...]

students and e-mail

Today's New York TImes features an article about students considering e-mail antiquated and not checking it, preferring texting and social media. The articles suggests that perhaps professors ought to adjust and start communicating with students via text instead of e-mail. Hogwash. Texting is simply not a convenient way to receive – or to send, for [Read More...]

Why You Should Update to iOS 7

The image above reached me via Brian LePort on Facebook. I did upgrade recently, but since I hadn’t been using Apple Maps to navigate on the go, I didn’t get to experience its shortcomings – as evidenced by the fact that I am still alive. But I do like the elimination in iOS 7 of [Read More...]

Cylon Origins according to Ziggy

Was I the only person to read yesterday's Ziggy comic and think of Battlestar Galactica? We actually focused on machines becoming self aware in my religion and science fiction class yesterday, the readings being “Gus” by Jack McDevitt and “Good News from the Vatican” by Robert Silverberg. For next time, they are reading “Reason” by [Read More...]

Robotic Church

I was intrigued to see the New York Times article today about something called “Robotic Church.” While one can find lots of examples of human beings going through the motions, this is about an artist bringing together multiple robotic creations of his, capable of making music, together in one place in Brooklyn to “make a [Read More...]

Popping Shrimp and Online Teaching

There’s a wonderful op-ed piece by Aaron Hirsh in today’s New York Times, on online teaching and what it stands to gain and lose. His proposal, that wise use of online components can free up more time for experiential learning, resonates with my own thoughts on this subject.   [Read more...]

Surf to Song Number…

From Cartoon Church   [Read more...]

The Quantum Mechanics of USB Drives

Via Marc Cortez   [Read more...]


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