Mourning the Pierced One

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The Book of Zechariah: Background Zechariah can be a difficult book at times, partly due to some obscure language, but also because there are two distinct textual traditions. Chapters 1-8 are the work of the prophet Zechariah himself, written before the inauguration of the Second Temple, possibly around the year 520BC. These initial chapters contain [Read More...]

Saturday Song – “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”

In anticipation of Passion Sunday, a cover of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by Selah. O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown: how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as [Read More...]

The 1940 US Census is Coming

Until I got an Ancestry.com account for my mom, I was fairly tepid on the subject of genealogy. She had done a fair bit of shoe-leather genealogy, finding the usual array of birth and death certificates, marriage licences, arrest reports, trial transcripts, and … well, let’s just leave that there. Anyway, Ancestry is an amazing piece of work, [Read More...]

The Museum of Celebrity Leftovers

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Future archaeologist excavating the area around Kingsand, in Cornwall, England will have long and heated arguments about the strange religious beliefs of the culture that built The Old Boatstore, and raised a strange and much disputed shrine to the leftover foodstuffs of a mysterious pantheon of long-forgotten gods. They will marvel at odd glass reliquaries that once housed treasured items, [Read More...]

Just Put This Fish in Your Ear

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Okay, so Microsoft may have perpetrated countless offences against technology, including Bob, Clippy, Zune, Explorer, and Windows version We’ll-Get-It-Right-Annnnnny-Day-Now, but they’ve also given us Xbox, Microsoft Office and … … yeah, that’s about it. Sorry. Anyway, now they may be able to add “We invented a Babel fish, kind of” to their short list of accomplishments. The Babel [Read More...]

Telescopes in the Toilet

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Five 18th century artifacts, discovered over a period of 40 years in Amsterdam, at last have been identified as personal telescopes. Two of the them were found in a privy pit. The devices–representing the very cutting edge of 18th century technology–were hand-carved from bone and fitted with a pair of lenses. How such high-end tech got [Read More...]

“Silence and stillness”

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“That which is truly great grows unnoticed, and silence at the right moment is more fruitful than the constant activity that only too easily degenerates into spiritual idleness. In the present age, we are all possessed by a strange restlessness that suspects any silence of being a waste of time and any kind of repose [Read More...]

Fairwell, Earl UPDATED

One of the greats has passed into eternity. Godspeed, Earl Scruggs. A nice tribute from Steve Martin: Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried. [Read More...]


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