“God Is The Bigger Elvis”

Mother Dolores Hart made headlines in February when a documentary about her life and vocation was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short subject. Called “God is the Bigger Elvis” after a line spoken by Mother Dolores, the film tries to make sense of a woman who had everything, and then went from staring in major motion [Read More...]

Anniversary of the Beatification of JP2

A year ago today, thousands lined up to pray before the remains of Pope John Paul II, whose coffin had been moved for his beatification. Later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI declared him to be among the blessed, saying: When Karol Wojtyła ascended to the throne of Peter, he brought with him a deep understanding [Read More...]

Marco Polo WAS in China


I never doubted it for a minute. Historical revisionists have been saying for years that Marco Polo’s famed Travels were a tissue of lies compiled from other sources. Hans Ulrich Vogel, a Sinologist from the University of Tübingen (where Pope Benedict once held the chair of dogmatic theology), has accomplished a staggering act of scholarship that [Read More...]

The End of Moore’s Law, and Beyond

Moore’s Law–which states that the number of transistors that can be placed in a circuit doubles every 18-24 months–is already coming to an end. The exponential growth in the the way silicon circuits are designed and manufactured has driven much of the technological progress of the last 40 years or so, but it can’t continue forever. This is why the techno-Utopians who [Read More...]

The I of It [A Week of Time Wasters]


This week I’m posting five days worth of insidious browser-based time-wasters: little games that will make that coffee break vanish faster than Fr. Z at a Liturgical Dance Workshop.  It looks more like a segment from Sesame Street than a game, but don’t be fooled. The I of It is a wonderful little puzzler with simple [Read More...]