Informal Discourse for Academics

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No Greater Love (Updated Version)

It stumbles on its wording a little. But I still think the new version is intelligible, and makes a nice point through humor. When someone puts down their phone and gives you their full attention nowadays, it is an expression of their utmost respect. We could also add a version of John 10:18: “No one [Read More...]

The Skeptical Zoroastrian

Question: What do you call someone who doesn’t know whether two gods exist? Answer: A “diagnostic.”   HT Vance Socci for the joke. [Read more...]

Don’t Be Like Jerry

Zack Hunt shared the above image on Facebook. I have not had any real interest in participating in the creation of these stick figure descriptions of oneself, but I have appreciated several of the parodies and attempts at humor around them. And this one, as a response to the endorsement by Jerry Falwell Jr. of [Read More...]

If I Had a Denarius

Robert Piper offered this quip on Facebook as a comment on another meme, and I thought it deserved to become a meme in its own right, and so (with his permission), here it is. [Read more...]

Two Corinthians Walk Into a Bar (Perfect Biblical Joke)

The joke seems to me the perfect combination of the “Two Corinthians” set up and a punch line that alludes to the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. It is from a comment on an earlier post about “Two Corinthians.” I thought it deserved to be memed. What do you think? [Read more...]

What My Desk Says About Me

I confess that my desk is covered in books, and papers from last semester and probably older. Have you been judging me, the way the infographic below suggests? [Read more...]

Not Afraid To Say What People Are Thinking

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An Epiphany Present

From Cartoon Movement. That’s the trouble with the magi delivering their gifts, according to Matthew, when Jesus would have been old enough to talk… For those who want something more serious on the occasion of Epiphany, I will point out that not only is Jesus a toddler in the story in Matthew, but the family [Read More...]

How BB-8 Actually Works

I just came across this picture showing how BB-8 (the droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for the few who don’t recognize it immediately) actually works on the inside: [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who works as a comedy episode throughout most of it, and then as a tender romance towards the end. Whether the combination of the two really works or not is hard to say, but the result was enjoyable even if it didn’t consistently feel believable even by Doctor Who standards – and [Read More...]


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