Giza in 3D

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I love it when my obsessions come together. Dassault Systems, Harvard University, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have collaborated to create what they’re calling the “most detailed” 3D model of the Giza Plateau, and it does look quite impressive. They’ve made an effort to avoid the videogame feel of some 3D flythroughs and [Read More...]

Gay Activist Attacks Pope Benedict UPDATED

Dan Savage really is a nasty little creep. After using his bully pulpit to call the Bible “bulls**t” and mock teenagers who quietly left his talk, he decided he liked all the extra attention he got for attacking religion. In his circumscribed little world, there is no good or bad press: just people paying attention [Read More...]

Hawks Attack People Attending Mass

In the absence of a Monday Morning Chicken (there were no good pictures this week), you get this little News of the Weird Item: Hawks protecting their nest have made mass attendance a risky proposition at St. Joseph’s Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.  Although things started out peacefully enough, the birds have become territorial and are [Read More...]

Disney’s Touche: Taking Touch to the Next Level

Disney Research (Pittsburgh) has developed a touch control system, called Touche, that not only expands the normal range of touch input, but also allows anything be used as a touch controller. The video demonstration is alternately daffy and fascinating, ranging from negative reinforcement for people who try to eat breakfast cereal with their hands (?!?) [Read More...]

More Churches Closed in Indonesia

In the Aceh district in Indonesia there are about 120,000 Christians, but they’re only allowed to have 1 full church and 4 house churches. That’s clearly not enough to serve the Christian population, so people meet in “unauthorized” places. Now the Indonesian government, prompted by Muslim hardliners, are sealing off these smaller houses of worship. Another Christian house [Read More...]

Saturday Song: “Satan’s Jeweled Crown”

The Louvin Brothers are one of the great close harmony brother acts in the history of traditional American music. The lyrics of “Satan’s Jeweled Crown” are interesting since Ira was, indeed, a drunken, womanizing, brawling racist who once allegedly took at a swing at Elvis for singing “n***er music”. Be that as it may, he [Read More...]

Dali and St. John of the Cross

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In honor of Salvador Dali’s birthday today: Christ of St. John of the Cross. Dali’s painting was inspired by a sketch done by St. John while he was chaplain of the monastery of the Incarnation in Avila. One day, while praying in a loft overlooking the sanctuary, he was struck by a vision, and hastily [Read More...]

Mario and Medieval Manuscripts

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Thanks to boing boing, an old post at Got Medieval is getting some fresh attention, and it’s well worth a look at the whole thing. Carl Pyrdum uses the modern conventions of 2D platform-jumping game art to explain the internal logic of medieval illumined manuscripts. His point is that marginal objects in these manuscripts have platforms [Read More...]


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