Doctor Who: Before the Flood

The entire episode “Before the Flood” is about the bootstrap paradox, something that comes up sooner or later in every science fiction story, and is nothing new to Doctor Who. But this episode tackles it explicitly – indeed, so explicitly that the opening segment prior to the credits is essentially a PSA about the bootstrap paradox. [Read More...]

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Doctor Who Theme (Classical Piano Version)

This is my new favorite arrangement of the Doctor Who theme. Don’t miss the pianist’s costume changes! Via Mashable. HT Jeff Carter on Facebook. [Read more...]

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Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

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Alexander Glazunov – Symphony No.2 in F# minor op.16

My favorite symphony by this great Russian composer of the Romantic era. [Read more...]

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Bring Church to the People

Many Christians, depending on their denomination, may have heard the challenge to not simply try to bring people to church, but “bring church to the people.” Apparently the Russian Orthodox Church, with the help of (and in the service of) the Russian military, has found a more literal way of doing that than I ever [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: Cold War

It was interesting to see Doctor Who revisit the 80s situation of the Cold War, and interpose an alien into the midst of that setting, in tonight’s episode “Cold War.” The classic “base under siege” type of story is, in the case of “Cold War,” mirrored in a story of a submarine under siege. During [Read More...]

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