Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! For those who don’t follow the Gregorian Calendar, I wish you a happy day, and a happy new year whenever yours begins… [Read more...]

Happy Jesus’ and Newton’s Birthdays!

The odds are slim that Jesus was born on December 25th. But sometimes we commemorate the birth of someone on a day other than the one on which they were actually born – it isn't a big deal. And others' birthdays really do fall on this day, such as Isaac Newton's. And so whoever's birthday [Read More...]

How To Still Get Free Amazon Shipping For Christmas

Some may be thinking that they have missed the deadline to get free shipping for items they want to buy for Christmas via Amazon. But that isn’t so. If you sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, you can get free two-day shipping, and then if you don’t want to pay for it, [Read More...]

RIP Nelson Mandela

The news is just breaking that former South African president, and famous leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, has passed away at age 95. My condolences to his family, my South African friends, and Allan Boesak, colleague at Butler University and director of the new Desmond Tutu Center. [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Visit Mark Anderson’s blog for more cartoons of this sort!   [Read more...]

How Not To Celebrate Thanksgiving

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The Cycle of Thanksgiving

This moving gif was sent by the John Templeton Foundation in a Thanksgiving e-mail. I like that it can be understood in more than one way – as saying that “thanks leads to giving” twice, or as illustrating the cycle of gratitude, as giving thanks leading to giving thanks.   [Read more...]


In case you ever wondered what is at the end of the rainbow, I now have photographic evidence of the answer: the Butler University campus! There is severe weather in our area, but when the sun broke through the clouds, the result was spectacular. If you are anywhere in the region currently affected by the [Read More...]

Dismiss the Slippery Slope

I was tempted to call this post something like “Don’t accept a slippery slope argument unless it is from a geocentrist in an arranged marriage” but that seemed a bit too long for a title. Eric Reitan has been posting about slippery slope arguments, tackling them in detail in order to show how they are [Read More...]

How To Roll Your Rs

This is the video that I have been waiting for someone to produce for a long time. I really appreciate Justin Stoney’s videos in the New York Vocal Coaching YouTube channel in general. But as someone who has tried unsuccessfully to learn to roll his Rs, this one I just had to share. [Read more...]

Terminator the Second

The reading for today’s class (in my Religion and Science Fiction class) was from Terminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back, Therefore I Am. Artificial intelligence, cyborgs, clones, and transporters all make for great philosophical and religious discussion. But is it even better when couched in lines from Shakespeare? HT SF Signal [Read more...]