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Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream.I'm  answering with this:If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably a male in his 40s and remember Ape-mania. I don't know what happened to Urko or the other doll I had (Cornelius/Galen, who was played, of course, by the in … [Read More...]

Anthony Esolen: How Dark Were The Dark Ages?

Two things I love:Debunking pseudo-history about the so-called "dark ages": an act of propaganda initiated during the retrograde "Renaissance" and cemented in the un-enlightening "Enlightenment." Anthony Esolen.Dr. Esolen offers brisk tour through lies the "smart" people think are true.And bonus points for mentioning Nicholas of Cusa, as well as another favorite: Chretien de Troyes. If you like TH White or Thomas Malory yet haven't read Chretien, you've missed something really … [Read More...]

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Have I Mentioned Lately How Much I Hate Robots?

This is the latest dumb thing no one needs:What a load of nonsense.First, it's not handwritten. It's machinewritten, which means even though someone built an elaborate bit of gizmoditry to go through all the trouble of dipping a pen in ink and "writing," it's no more personal than running off copies on a printer. It just creates an illusion of being personal, which is actually so much worse.The dude in the video brags about how fast brides can knock off wedding invitations that … [Read More...]

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How I Pray: Sr. Mary Catharine Perry, O.P.

It's the Dominican throwdown! Last week, Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. told us about his prayer life. This week, Sr. Mary Catharine Perry, O.P., tells us about hers.  Sr. Mary Catharine is a cloistered nun at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary. She's part of the famous Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, known worldwide for their soaps, creams, and other goods. Sr. Mary Catharine is the Novice Mistress of the Monastery, as well as the author of the short novel Amata Means Beloved. She's … [Read More...]

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Our Ongoing Holocaust

By most estimates, the death toll since Roe v. Wade is closing in on 60 million human beings. I was never indifferent to the slaughter of the unborn, but I was at one time "pro-choice" because I didn't believe it was "right" or "practical" to ban abortion. In time, I realized what a facile dodge that was. If people are being murdered, you don't just shrug and say "Well, I can't impose my views against murder on their executioners": you stop the killing.In our history, the depths of our … [Read More...]

United by Cruelty: Carthage and America

Ancient tales tell of how Carthaginians sacrificed their own children to obtain favors from the gods. Historians dismissed these accounts as mere propaganda, but recent interpretations of the archaeological record suggest the stories were true.As the archaeologists and historians relate their theories in this story from the Guardian, it's clear that none of them makes the connection between children killed to bring parents good fortune, and the ongoing industrial scale slaughter of children … [Read More...]

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Thoughts About The State of the … Ooo! A Puppy!

My various feeds are full of comments about the State of the Union address last night, as if this kind of crass political theater is something that matters even a little. The focus-tested murmurings of our entrenched oligarchic ruling class are of so little consequence that a couple hours spent reading the most excellent Tarzan comic strips of Russ Manning (something I got for Christmas) would be infinitely more emotionally, aesthetically, and intellectually satisfying.You know what's way m … [Read More...]

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“Ancients” Flying Around On Little Propeller Chairs UPDATED

I'll be honest, I have no idea what's going on here [NOTE: solved, see below]:Here's the entire page, which is an illumination from an MS of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus.The floating heads don't help matters.Here's the previous page:And the facing page:It's a commentary on Revelation 4:3, with the red text at the top reading: Et qui sedebat similis erat aspectui lapidis jaspidis, et sardinis: et iris erat in circuitu sedis similis visioni sm … [Read More...]

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My Favorite Game of 2014 Was …

Monument Valley.Monument Valley (Ustwo; iOS/Android: $4) is a small game. It won’t take you long to finish, and it’s not very challenging, but what it offers is such a pure delight that it became my personal favorite game of 2014. Indeed, I would argue that it was the best game published all year, and for an iPad-only puzzle game, that’s quite an achievement.People are throwing most of their 2014 GOTY awards at Dragon Age: Inquisition. I have no problem with that: it's an impressive p … [Read More...]

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Dog Gets 3D Printed Legs

I haven't done a heart-warming 3D printing story in a while, so here's a tear-jerker for you: Derby the dog, born with deformed front legs, gets a new pair of prosthetics thanks to 3D printing, and he's off like a shot.  … [Read More...]

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How I Pray: Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P.

Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. is a Dominican friar, studying for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  He hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he earned a doctorate in mathematics at The Ohio State University before entering religious life in 2010, and he made his solemn, lifetime profession of religious vows in the Order of Preachers in August 2014.  He and several of his brothers write on various theological and cultural topics for the Dominicana blog, updated every w … [Read More...]

Taking the Devil Seriously

Republished from June 2014, because posts about Satan always bring the evil little worms out of the woodwork.The reality of the devil was one of the hardest things for me to accept when I returned to the Church. When I made my choice to assent and submit to all the Church teaches, I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I knew that much pride and intellectual vanity and modernist funk would have to be scraped away before I could conform myself fully to the Church.This process of death to … [Read More...]

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Satanist Guilty of Killing Two Women

As part of what was allegedly a "Satanic suicide pact," Mark Dobson killed Helen Dorrington (age 52) and Mary Hepburn (32) in May 2012. He cut their throats in a TraveLodge motel in Barrie, Ontario, in a bloody scene marked by Satanic art and dismembered dolls.Dobson tried to plead guilty, but the judge refused because he felt the plea was not in the best interest of the defendant. If Dobson could prove mental illness had compromised his ability to know right from wrong, he might have been ab … [Read More...]

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Pope Threatens to Punch Aide

Oh, sorry, did I forget the #TrollSoHard tag in that headline?On the plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the pope addressed the Charlie Hebdo issue, saying there were limits to free expression and that  "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The Holy Father and I are going to have disagree on this one."Should not"? … [Read More...]

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A Game for Training Missionaries About Indigenous Cultures

The World of Playing cards is a terrific site with reproductions of historic cards from around the world. Most recently, they  shared Snapshots: A Missionary Card Game from the Church Mission Society circa 1910. It's described as a basic set-building game of 48 cards with 12 sets from representing different cultural practices around the world. Each set has four cards, each of a different color, showing some aspect of culture in Japan, Sudan, and so on. The goal is to prepare the missionaries to w … [Read More...]


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