Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express

“Mummy on the Orient Express”brings together all the things that Doctor Who has done well for a long time – myth, science, and terror. The episode takes place almost entirely on board a faithful replica of the Orient Express train – in space. The plan is for this to be the last journey for the Doctor [Read More...]

GenCon and the Future of Gaming

GenCon 2014 is fast approaching – a little over two weeks. If you will be in Indianapolis for the occasion, let me know – perhaps our paths will cross, although it is unlikely to happen unless it is planned, given how large and crowded an event it is. To celebrate the occasion, I thought I’d share [Read More...]

Psalm for an Idol

  By David Hayward   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

The episode “The Monster of Peladon“sees the Doctor return to Peladon. The daughter of king Peladon (whom the Doctor met in the earlier episode “The Curse of Peladon“) is now reigning. Superstition is a major focus in the episode, the plot of which revolves around a rebellion by miners and political machinations that are instigating [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Green Death

The Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Green Death,” witnesses the departure of Jo Grant. It explores matters of environmentalism and big business in a way that will be a theme again in “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” in the subsequent season. The episode highlights early on the challenge of bringing about social [Read More...]

Steps to Fundamentalist Adoption of New Technology

Unless you're a fundamentalist Calvinist, in which case substitute “Arminianism.” Via Skipper Georg Warnecke on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Outside

I just had this drawn to my attention on Reddit: A subreddit for Outside, a free-to-play MMORPG developed by Deity Games and the most popular game, with 7 billion+ active players. Currently NOT looking for other moderators Guide to good comments/submissions: Remember, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature. It’s a lot more fun to explain something [Read More...]

Eternal Punishment for Spammers

Via George Takei on Facebook.   [Read more...]

When Science Fiction Becomes Fact

HT to Jeff Carter for sharing the link to This Isn’t Happiness, which shared the above infographic. While the importance of science fiction is not limited to or even necessarily focused in its ability to accurately predict future science and technology, it should not be missed that it also does that – sometimes by inspiring [Read More...]

Does The Internet Make People Atheists?

Via PZ Myers and a couple of other people, I became aware of an article with the title “How The Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion.”  Here is a chart from the article: There is definitely a need to avoid assuming that the correlation indicates causation. But I will certainly want to dig into the [Read More...]

Are You Backed Up?

I have often been struck by the parallel between religious terminology about salvation and the ways we talk about digital data: in terms of being “saved. And there are those who hope to achieve longer life, if not ultimately eternal life, by making a backup copy of their mind that can be transferred to a [Read More...]


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