Make Your Own Tricorder

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Another kid who was inspired by Star Trek grows up and makes a functional Tricorder, then places all the specifications, instructions, and schematics online for anyone to use or mod. Nerd win! Peter Jansen has made two versions so far in his attempt to get as many sensors as possible into a single handheld device. Thus [Read More...]

“The beliefs of the church are not going to change by poll”

Preach it, brother.  David Quinn has this to say in the Irish Independent: The findings of the survey commissioned by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) are not even in the tiniest bit surprising. We have known for years that on issue after issue many or most Catholics, even weekly Mass-going Catholics, do not believe [Read More...]

Lego Star Wars Barrel Organ of Awesomeness

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This is the Lego Star Wars Organ by Builders of Sounds: You turn it with a handle, and as the various figures pass under these hammers, they make music. Here’s how the team did it: “We took the iconic Star Wars Main Theme, rearranged it and translated it into a matrix – the constrution blueprint [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken UPDATED

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With a special guest appearance by Bella the dog. She’s already exhibiting some herding behavior, so I think she’s going to be a chicken version of a sheepdog. A, um … chickendog. Yeah, that won’t do at all. Updated: Just a link to let you know that Kat has posted a picture of a chicken [Read More...]

Saturday Song: “Nothing But the Blood”

This version of the “Nothing but the Blood,” done by Jars of Clay together with the Blind Boys of Alabama, is absolutely terrific. If you know of any other good versions, go ahead and post them. Note: Yes, I am aware that the lyrics were probably written with a Protestant sensibility that can be interpreted contrary [Read More...]

“Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”–USCCB Statement

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a statement on the vexed issue of religious liberty in America, and the current attacks upon it. Called “Our First, Most Treasured Liberty,” it outlines the ongoing assault on our religious freedom and urges prayer and action in response. As the document says, “We need, therefore, [Read More...]

Tax Collecting in Ancient Israel

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It’s that time of the year again, but maybe you can take comfort from the fact that people have paid taxes since the first nomads set down roots, built some huts, and decided that someone should really hire a guy to cart away all these leftover woolly mammoth bones, and then maybe send him off [Read More...]

Revisiting Bioshock

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As details about Bioshock Infinite continue to emerge, it seems clear that the game is shaping up to be every bit as challenging and potentially controversial as the original Bioshock. How serious is writer Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games about creating worthy sequel to one of the best, most intelligent, games ever made? Well, here’s [Read More...]


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