Rogue One Trailer

As SF Signal and IO9 have pointed out, there is a trailer for the next Star Wars movie, which is not Episode VIII, but Rogue One, set in the rebellion era before Episode IV. It looks great. But let me point out, for the sake of a certain constituency, that this movie is thus a [Read More…]

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Edmund Rubbra, Symphony No.4

This work was my first introduction to the work of this British composer who has sacred choral works among his compositions. I borrowed the CD from the public library when I lived in Durham in the UK. Nowadays, people just go to YouTube to find new music. But there is so much on there that [Read More…]

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Recreation of Rome in the Era of Constantine

Thanks to the Khan Academy for making the above video, and George Athas for sharing it. This is a recreation of what Rome looked like in the era of Constantine. I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the ancient world! [Read more…]

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Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 20th Anniversary Classical Concert

Here are the videos of MYO’s Orchestra A’s performances at their recent Classical Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. They performed a movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: The Bach Concerto for Two Violins (with double the soloists): And Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo: If you’d like to learn more about the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, here’s [Read More…]

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Talk Gnosis Interview about the Mandaeans

The video above is the first part of an interview I did for the online podcast series Talk Gnosis. In a couple of days, they will release the second part which is for subscribers only. Click through for more details about how to become a subscriber, and let me know what you think of the [Read More…]

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How to Win at Chess

A key step is to create division between your opponent’s bishops over same-sex marriage. Watch the video above for other creative moves… [Read more…]

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Prologue to Series 9 of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the release of a video featuring the Doctor returning to Karn and having an intriguing conversation there. Watch the above to whet your appetite for the new season, which premiers in just over a week! Once you’ve watched it, feel free to come back here and discuss who the “he” is that wants [Read More…]

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Et YouTube, Brutus?

Via He Has A Wife You Know. Reminiscent somehow of the sacred selfies I shared recently. [Read more…]

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When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More…]

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Movie Trailer for the Papal Encyclical

I may be mistaken, but I believe that this may be the first time in history that, even in jest, someone has made a movie trailer for an encyclical that the pope is expected to issue. The subject is climate change, and it there are high expectations for it. Does a trailer like this actually help raise expectations for [Read More…]

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Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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