The Talmud Finally Gets an Index

From a story at Vatican Insider: For the first time in history, an alphabetical index has been compiled for one of Judaism’s most sacred writings: the Talmud. The index is the work of American immigration lawyer, Daniel Retter, who has created a tool that “allows you to navigate the entire length and breadth of the [Read More...]

Reading John in the Light of the Wisdom Tradition

“Light & Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two I Am Statements in the Gospel of John” is an essay I wrote for a class on John. I was able to express some of my fascination with the wisdom tradition–the place where Jew and Greek meet in the Old Testament–in this essay, as well as draw [Read More...]

Vatican Website Hacked

The most powerful, feared, super-skilled hakerz in the whole wide world managed to mildly inconvenience some people for a few hours while calling attention to their childish grasp of history and reality. Yes, our pals at Anonymous, last seen scampering for cover as their former ally, Sabu, ratted them out, managed to bring down the Vatican’s [Read More...]

Tactile Touch Screens? They May Be Closer Than You Think

Senseg Haptics

And by close I mean, “As near as the next Apple press conference.” [UPDATE 3/7/12: Nope.] Check out Pocket-lint for the whole scoop. Here’s an excerpt: “The aim is to make a corrugated surface feel corrugated, a rough surface rough, a soft surface soft. The first products will ship by the end of this year [Read More...]

Game Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex-Human Revolution

The Deus Ex series, along with its cousin, Bioshock, is one of the most profound statements on transhumanism in any medium. The most recent version, Human Revolution, was released last fall, and it’s still well worth a complete playthrough. Here’s a bit of what I wrote in my review for Catholic News Service. Human Revolution” [Read More...]

Otzi the Iceman Was Lactose Intolerant

Otzi

An almost-complete DNA sequence has been published for one of the world’s oldest preserved bodies, and its revelations provide a fascinating insight into the physical infirmities suffered by our ancestors. Otzi, also known simply as The Iceman, was discovered in the Alps in 1991, where he’d been preserved for about 5300 years. Now that he’s [Read More...]

Hackers Brought Down By Their Own Leader

Sabu

This is Sabu, the leader of LulzSec, the loose group of affiliated hackers devoted the stirring ideology, “Laughing at your security since 2011.” Captured in June 2011 after he was identified by another hacker, Sabu (28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur) turned informant and has spent the intervening months helping ferret out members of both LulzSec and Anonymous. [Read More...]

“Sex is Not a Medical Emergency”

The Singing Detective

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Katrina for this righteously direct and clear blast of common sense at the contemptible forces trying to clobber the Church into submission over the contraception mandate. This is how you do righteous anger, people, so pay attention: … Let me just put this out there for you right away. Sex [Read More...]


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