BTW

BTW, this comes from @PHDComics. It is a follow-up to another cartoon from there which I shared recently. See also a recent article suggesting that emoticons are not ruining language but revolutionizing it. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Dr. Linus

The episode begins with Ben Linus running through the jungle. He catches up with Ilana and the others who had escaped the temple, and they head to the beach. Ilana gives Miles the ashes of Jacob’s body and asks how he died. Miles says that Linus killed him. Ilana tells Ben that Jacob was the [Read More...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]

Star Wars Force Awakens Trailer

I’m sure everyone has already seen the above trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But I still wanted to share it, just to join in the excitement, and to give regular readers a place to talk about it. IO9 not only shared it, but offered detailed analysis, speculation on the political situation [Read More...]

Orphic Dreams

I recently had a dream in which I was at an academic conference of some sort. After listening to a paper, in which Orphism had been mentioned, I asked a question, asking the presenter to say more on that subject because it is an area that I’ve long been curious about but with which I [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Sundown

In the afterlife reality, Nadia is married to Sayid’s brother Omar. His brother is in trouble, having borrowed money from someone. He asks Sayid to help convince the man who says he owes interest for as long as he has the business he started. Sayid says he is sorry, he isn’t the man he was [Read More...]

No Sin To Be Homosexual

“We are each created in the image of God. It is no badge of honor to be heterosexual and it is no sin to be homosexual, just as it is no honor to be White and no sin to be Black. It is simply who we are.” The quote from Rabbi Paul Menitoff comes from his [Read More...]

Church Committee Meeting Underground Map

A P.C.C. is a “Parochial Church Council” in Anglican churches. But the map works quite well for any denomination. Isn’t this a great variation on the London Underground map? Can you relate to it? The budget circle line that goes round and round. The intersection points of various subcommittees. The any other business tangents that [Read More...]

The Bible as Videogame

Dorkly shared a multi-panel comic about how the Bible would work as a videogame. Above are a couple of panels. Click through to see more. Do you think the analogy works, whether as humor or to make a more serious point in a way that gamers can understand? [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Lighthouse

The episode begins with Jack in the afterlife world, at home, looking puzzledly at a scar from when he had is appendix out. He asks his mother about it, and she says he had it out when he was 6 or 7 years old. He then runs to pick up his son David from school, [Read More...]

Christ-Centered Christianity

The quote comes from a post on Fred Clark’s Slacktivist blog. Just look at that word “Christian.” It suggests a faith based and centered on Jesus Christ. When Jesus gets replaced by the Bible, shouldn’t that word be changed to reflect that? [Read more...]

Wow Factor

Today's Non Sequitur. One of life's mysteries is where the missing socks go. But apparently not everyone is so focused on that particular question. If you could have the answer to one great mystery as your final reward, what would you choose?   [Read more...]

Talpiot Tomb Geology

CNN, the New York Times, the Independent, the Jerusalem Post, and the Guardian have had articles about it. James Tabor has mentioned it on his blog more than once, and others like Mark Goodacre, Bob Cargill, and Ben Witherington have also chimed in. I am referring, of course, to the not at all new suggestion [Read More...]

Evolution of Religions

A colleague drew my attention to this infographic which claims to show the evolution of major religious traditions (click through to see the whole thing): Some parts strike me as quite bizarre – Hellenism as a religion, and a precursor of Theosophy while Gnosticism is off on a separate branch. Some are probably more accurate than some [Read More...]


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