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...]


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