Aquinas & More on Boycotting Chinese Products

In a post on the shameful betrayal of Chen Guangcheng at the hands of the US government, the Catholic retailer Aquinas & More reiterates why they don’t carry products made in China: Since Aquinas and More opened we have had a policy that we don’t buy or sell any products from China. We have posted [Read More...]

10 Bullets [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 a bottle of whiskey at an Irish wake. 10 Bullets doesn’t need a whole lot of setup. Your have rows of ships passing by overhead, a fixed gun battery firing straight up, and [Read More...]

The Very Creepy “Life of Julia”


Pssst: hey, Catholics, see that screen capture above? Yeah, I think he’s talking about us again. The picture is from the Obama campaign’s new “War on Women”-themed site, called “The Life of Julia.” I guess the “Conservatives hate women and want to implement The Handmaid’s Tale as social policy” meme is polling well with the uninformed, so the campaign [Read More...]

Tactile Gloves Allows Deaf/Blind to Text

The Lorm hand touch alphabet allows people to communicate with someone who is both deaf and blind by using tactile signing. The system assigns different letters to different places on the hand, and someone touches the different places on the hand to spell out messages. Now, Germany’s Design Research Lab has created a glove fitted with textile [Read More...]

Greydanus on Avengers

Steven D. Greydanus has seen a movie I’ve been looking forward to for years, and he says that it is indeed all of that, plus the proverbial bag of chips. Marvel’s The Avengers is awesomeness squared. It’s the apotheosis of the modern age of comic-book movies, the epitome of everything that Iron Man, Hulk, Captain [Read More...]

Swindler [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 me when “Ashes” is played. The hero of Swindler is a larcenous little green blob of something-or-other, complete with a robber’s mask. He draws a flexible cord from his head, lassoes it around [Read More...]

The Most Disturbing Thing You’ll See Today

A guest on Dr. Phil has severely disabled adult children, and she wants the right to be able to euthanize them. A mother of disabled  children in the audience is rightly appalled by this, since it’s cold-blooded murder. Dr. Phil asks his audience for a show of hands for all those who think a mother should be allowed to [Read More...]

Empire of the Dwarfs [News of the Weird]

Look, I don’t make the news, I just pass it along. And the news is this: approximately 100 dwarfs live in a self-contained mini-Empire-cum-theme-park and entertain tourists. China built the facility in 2009, despite some concerns about exploitation of people with disabilities. As Matt Poulter of website eChinacities wrote: “Is Dwarf Empire providing its employees [Read More...]