The Latest Roman Technology: aBook

HT Mark Goodacre for this wonderful parody of the iPad from Horrible Histories. [Read more...]

The EThOS of Open Access

Thanks to Nick Norelli for highlighting that a number of UK doctoral dissertations – including my own – are available for download from the British Library database EThOS, which stands for Electronic Theses Online Service. There are also a couple of theses related to the Mandaeans, one of which served as the basis for the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death

The Doctor Who episode “The Seeds Of Death” witnesses the return of the Ice Warriors and the introduction of what later on would be referred to as a “trans-mat” device, but which here was referred to as a “T-mat” which stood for “Travel-Mat.” I wonder what the Ice Warriors will look like if they ever [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors

The episode The Ice Warriors from the Patrick Troughton era is particularly interesting to watch today, because it is set in a time in Earth’s future when humanity faces a crisis as a result of anthropogenic climate change. In this case, developments in both food production and population led humans to reduce the amount of [Read More...]

Words With Spouse

Rumors are circulating that Zynga is planning on releasing a new game, “Words With Spouse,” which will allow married couples to enjoy a version of the popular game “Words With Friends.” Until now, spouses have had to largely refrain from enjoying this word game with one another, and not only because of qualms about describing [Read More...]

New iPad (aka iPad 3): What’s New, What’s Necessary, What’s Pedagogically Useful?

The iPad 3 has been mentioned on surprisingly few blogs I read regularly or subscribe to. When the iPad 2 came out, there was more buzz among educators. Perhaps it is simply the fact that whether educators could afford to upgrade to iPad 2 (or use university funds to get one), or could not afford [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani

“The Mark of the Rani” was the first episode in which the Sixth Doctor traveled back into a famous period in Earth’s past – in this case, the time of the Luddite movement and its opposition to technology that threatened to eliminate human jobs. This setting provides the symbolic background for discussions between three timelords [Read More...]

Digital Analysis of Mandaic Manuscripts

My collaborator on the Mandaean Book of John translation project, Charles G. Häberl of Rutgers University, is scheduled to present on “Digital Analysis of Mandaic Manuscripts” at the workshop “Ancient Religion, Modern Technology” to be held February 13-14 at Brown University. Some of the other presentations also look fascinating, covering topics from Syriac linguistics to ancient [Read More...]

The Future of the Impressive Personal Library

HT Marc Cortez [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The War Machines (and the computer that knew the Doctor’s name)

The episode of Doctor Who, “The War Machines,” may seem to explore familiar terrain to viewers today. But keep in mind that this episode was written and aired not only decades before Skynet and the Terminator films, but also years before the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project was released. And so the Doctor Who episode [Read More...]

Torchwood: Reset

This episode seems like the ultimate LOST/Doctor Who/Torchwood crossover. Martha Jones teams up with Torchwood to take on…Charles Widmore (actually, Professor Copley, played by Alan Dale). The similarity would have been there even if the same actor who played Widmore on LOST had not had the role he did in this episode. We still find [Read More...]


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