The right to be forgotten

The highest court of the European Union has ruled that Google and other search engines must allow individuals to request that links about them that appear in searches be deleted. [Read more...]

How the Egyptians moved those big stones

No, it wasn’t aliens who moved those massively huge blocks for the Pyramids.  An ancient drawing shows builders dragging a monument on a sledge with someone pouring water in front of it.  Egyptologists interpreted that as some kind of purification ritual.  But scientists have discovered that pouring water on sand reduces the friction so that it would be possible to drag a multi-ton object on a sledge through the desert sand.  See the picture and an account of the research after the jump. [Read more...]

Encrypting the internet on the cheap

“Heartbleed” is the name of a major bug found in some encryption software that nearly everybody uses.  The thing is, that software–used by big corporations and the U.S. Government–is a free, open-source program that anyone can contribute to, including the designer of this bug.  The company that runs it has one employee and income from contributions of a mere $2,000.  But because all of these wealthy users are so cheap, the world’s passwords and financial data are at risk!  (Go here to learn how to see if your devices are affected and what to do about it.) [Read more...]

New car fever

You don’t need a new car, said one of the Tappet brothers on Car Talk, until your monthly repair bills exceed what your monthly car payments would be.  I am approaching that point, so I’m researching new cars.  Since you readers express remarkable expertise on just about every topic I raise, I come to you for advice.   My impression is that automobile quality and technology have come a long ways since I last bought a car over a decade ago.  So help me out.  Though I would love one of those autobahn monsters they laud on Top Gear, I need something affordable, though preferably with a little pizzazz in the way of performance, styling, or technology.  Do any of you have a car that you’d recommend or recommend that I stay away from?  What would you consider the best American-made vehicles (whatever that means these days)?  What considerations should I factor in?  And how much should a person offer below the sticker price?

Bible reading in the digital age

In answer to my question about how reading conditioned by the internet might affect the way people read the Bible, Rev. Lucas Woodford (my former pastor) pointed to this article by Robin Phillips published in Touchstone in 2012, which also gets into the various ways reading itself has already changed over the centuries.  An excerpt after the jump. [Read more...]

Does the internet degrade our ability to read?

There is some evidence that the way we read on the internet–skimming, surfing, hopping from link to link–is interfering with the ability to read complex, content-rich books that require reading slowly and thoughtfully.

Do you think?  Having just finished the 1500 page unabridged Les Miserables for free on my Kindle (an overwhelming experience that I’ll blog about later), I say not necessarily.  But still, I can see the danger.  I wonder what the eye-bite approach would do to Bible reading.

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